(April 1940)

Fiction House, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
every month
On-sale date
1940-03-05
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Glen Kel Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
Fiction House Magazines
Editing
Malcolm Reiss (editor); William E. Eisner (art director); S. M. Iger (feature editor)
Color
Color Cover; Black and White Interior
Dimensions
Early Issues Standard Golden Age U.S.; Later Issues Standard Silver Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

On-sale date from previous issue.
Publication date of February 19, 1940 found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, 1940, Number 2. Second class permit. Copyright number 449460.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Kaänga / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Charles Sultan ?
Inks
Charles Sultan ?; ?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
jungle
Characters
Kaänga
Reprints
Keywords
rhinoceroces

Indexer Notes

Here Kaänga's name is spelled "Kaȧnga," with a dot, rather than the diaeresis.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

Kaänga / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Red Brady]
Pencils
Ken Jackson (signed)
Inks
Ken Jackson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The mighty white man of the jungle, Kaänga, is the only man feared by the ruthless Broot...
Genre
jungle
Characters
Kaänga; Sam Broot (villain); Ann Mason; Cheba (leopard)
Synopsis
Kaänga and Ann are captured by Broot, who forces Kaänga to labor for him as an act of humiliation. Cheba, rescues the pair and Broot and his mean are left in a tiger trap.
Keywords
Balak (jungle); bondage; canoes; iguanak; stereotyping of African natives; tiger traps

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Red Panther / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Taylor Martin]
Pencils
Arthur Peddy ?
Inks
Arthur Peddy ?; ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Two ex-convicts beat their way through the jungle...
Genre
jungle
Characters
The Red Panther; two crooks (introduction, villain, death)
Synopsis
The Panther prevents two lost criminals from plundering the pitchblende of a tribe in his jungle. As punishment, he rolls the men in the pitchblende and releases them. A week later he finds them dead of radiation poisoning.
Keywords
idols; pitchblende; stereotyping of African natives; tigers; water buffalo

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

Tabu, Wizard of the Jungle / comic story / 6.75 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
R. L. Golden (signed)
Inks
R. L. Golden (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
There's that jungle wizard, Tabu! Hello there!
Genre
jungle
Characters
Tabu; Tom Barton (introduction); the Bargonans (African tribe)(introduction, villains)
Synopsis
Tabu rescues a naturalist from the Bargonans, who breed lion-leopard hybrids to eat their enemies.
Keywords
crocodiles; leopards; lion-leapards; rafts; safaris; stereotyping of African natives

The Case of the Frightened Killer: Case 2: File A: Clue 2 (Table of Contents: 4)

Bullseye Bannon / comic story / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob Powell ?
Inks
Bob Powell ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Bullseye Bannon; Titus
Synopsis
The second clue in the murder mystery that is serialized across the Fiction House titles this month.

Indexer Notes

Located on the lower one quarter of the final page of the Tabu story.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Camilla / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
C. A. Winter [as CAW]
Inks
C. A. Winter [as CAW]
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Camilla, bemoaning the loss of the spring of her eternal youth and knowing her beauty and power are waning...
Genre
jungle; science fiction
Characters
Jon Dale; Ruth Burch; Camilla
Synopsis
Camilla is exiled by her people for her cruelty. She encounters Jon and Ruth and transforms Jon into an ice statue and tells Ruth that if she will help her find the fountain of youth, Jon will be restored. Together they locate the fountain and Jon is returned to human form, and Camilla is once more restored to immortality. Sensing a change in Camilla, Jon and Ruth ask her people to return her to her throne and they agree.
Keywords
fountain of youth; immortality

Son of the Lion (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Bob Clark]
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
jungle
Characters
Ron-tog (a jungle boy) (introduction)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

Captain Terry Thunder / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Buck Johnson]
Pencils
Rafael Astarita
Inks
Rafael Astarita
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A fierce jungle tribe attacks the lonely outpost...
Genre
adventure; jungle
Characters
Captain Terry Thunder; the Ingaras (African tribe)
Synopsis
The Ingaras attack Fort Death and capture Terry's men. He barely escapes and makes his way to the next outpost to raise a rescue party.
Keywords
bondage; torture

Thundering Herds (Table of Contents: 8)

Wambi, The Jungle Boy / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Roy L. Smith]
Pencils
Henry Kiefer [as Karl Kief](signed)
Inks
Henry Kiefer [as Karl Kief](signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
jungle
Characters
Wambi; Buck Larsen (villain, death); Tawn (elephant); Ogg (ape); Lupa (wolf); Kaa (python)
Synopsis
Tawn and Ogg are captured by Larsen who plans to use them to lure Wambi to his death. Wambi and Lupa turn the tables on Larsen and free all the captured animals.

Indexer Notes

The story title is taken from the cover blurb.

first line: "Buck Larsen, renegade, goes back to the scene of his recent defeat at the hands of Wambi..."

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

Simba, King of the Beasts / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
William M. Allison
Inks
William M. Allison
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A terrific storm is lashing the jungle...
Genre
animal; jungle
Characters
Simba
Synopsis
During a terrific storm, two of Simba's cubs become trapped beneath a fallen tree. Simba seeks the help of an elephant to free them.
Keywords
elephants; leopards; lightning; storms

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

Fantomah / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Fletcher Hanks [as Barclay Flagg] (signed)
Pencils
Fletcher Hanks [as Barclay Flagg] (signed)
Inks
Fletcher Hanks [as Barclay Flagg] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Fletcher Hanks

First Line of Dialogue or Text
She sees, in a far-off laboratory, a famous scientist...
Genre
jungle
Characters
Fantomah; The Doctor (villain, introduction, death); Mac (villain, introduction, death); group of four Gorgon Gorillas (villains, restored to normal)
Synopsis
Fantomah stops a mad scientist who has taken control of the gorillas in the jungle, using a serum to make them super-intelligent. As punishment, she allows the gorillas to rip him to pieces, and then she restores them to normal intelligence.
Reprints
Keywords
airplanes; gorillas; laboratories; safaris

Indexer Notes

First line of text reads: "Fantomah, the most remarkable woman ever known, has such strange powers and insight, that she foresees all that is to happen in connection with jungle life..."

The cover illustration and title of the 2009 Fantagraphics book "You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation!" come from the last page of this story.

The authors of the reprint, who own the original art for this story, surmise from close examination of Fantomah's face on the splash page that "the editor probably had the face of Fantomah whited out and prettified from Fletcher Hanks' original rendering".

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

Roy Lance / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Courtney Thomason]
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The young adventurous African explorer meets with more treachery...
Genre
jungle
Characters
Roy Lance; The Zungos (introduction, villains, some die); John Mitchell (introduction); Ellen Mitchell (introduction)
Synopsis
Roy rescues his safari clients from the savage Zungos.
Keywords
bondage; Buwaga (African village); idols; safaris; stereotyping of African natives; torture; Uzanza (African village); witch doctors
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Kaänga
  2. 1. ["The mighty white man of the jungle, Kaänga, is the only man feared by the ruthless Broot..."]
    Kaänga
  3. 2. ["Two ex-convicts beat their way through the jungle..."]
    The Red Panther
  4. 3. ["There's that jungle wizard, Tabu! Hello there!"]
    Tabu, Wizard of the Jungle
  5. 4. The Case of the Frightened Killer: Case 2: File A: Clue 2
    Bullseye Bannon
  6. 5. ["Camilla, bemoaning the loss of the spring of her eternal youth and knowing her beauty and power are waning..."]
    Camilla
  7. 6. Son of the Lion
  8. 7. ["A fierce jungle tribe attacks the lonely outpost..."]
    Captain Terry Thunder
  9. 8. Thundering Herds
    Wambi, The Jungle Boy
  10. 9. ["A terrific storm is lashing the jungle..."]
    Simba, King of the Beasts
  11. 10. ["She sees, in a far-off laboratory, a famous scientist..."]
    Fantomah
  12. 11. ["The young adventurous African explorer meets with more treachery..."]
    Roy Lance
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  • Donald Dale Milne
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  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
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