Exciting Comics #v1#2 (2)
(May 1940)

Pines, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1940-03-21
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Better Publications, Inc.
Editing
Ned Pines [as N.L. Pines] (president)

Issue Notes

Some info verified using a DCM scan (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/).

On sale date from the publication date found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, 1940, Number 2. Second class permit. Copyright number 448583.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Ted Crane / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
L. North
Inks
L. North
Colors
?

Characters
Ted Crane
Keywords
jodhpurs; shields; spears; stereotyping of African natives

Ted Crane and the Leopard Men (Table of Contents: 1)

Ted Crane / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Mandel [as Geo Mandel] (signed)
Inks
George Mandel [as Geo Mandel] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Ted Crane (first appearance); Prof. Hawkins (first appearance); Betty Hawkins (first appearance); The Leopard Men (first appearance, villains); Bullard (first appearance, villain)

[Marooned on Mercury] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Space Rovers / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Max Plaisted
Inks
Max Plaisted
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Ted Hunt (first appearance); Jane Martin (first appearance); Dr. Matthew Martin (first appearance); Mercurian cave-people (first appearance); Flaedo (first appearance, villain, death); Zado (first appearance, villain); King of Thian (first appearance, villain); Otto (first appearance, villain); another spy (first appearance, villain)

[The Second Theseus] (Table of Contents: 3)

Son of the Gods / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
George Mandel
Pencils
George Mandel
Inks
George Mandel
Colors
George Mandel
Letters
?

Characters
Dr. John Thesson [the modern Theseus] (first appearance, origin); Theseus (first appearance); Ariadne (first appearance); Aegeus (first appearance); Minos (first appearance, flashback); Prof. Craig (first appearance); Perphetes (first appearance, villain, death, flashback); Sinis (first appearance, villain, death, flashback); Minotaur (first appearance, villain, death, flashback); Procostous [Procrustes] (first appearance, villain); Cercion (first appearance, villain, death)

[The Knowles Case] (Table of Contents: 4)

Dan Williams, Private Investigator / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ray Lowry
Inks
Ray Lowry
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Dan Williams; Patricia Knowles (first appearance); Edward Knowles (first appearance, villain, death)

[On the Western Front] (Table of Contents: 5)

Sergeant Bill King / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Leonard Sansone
Inks
Leonard Sansone
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Sergeant Bill King; Nazis (villains)

The Grey Rider (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jackson Cole
Letters
typeset

Mystery of the Lost Mine (Table of Contents: 7)

The Masked Rider / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
The Masked Rider (first appearance; only appearance); The Specter [Jim Sanford] (first appearance; villain)

[Theft of the Tank Plans] (Table of Contents: 8)

The Sphinx / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Kin Platt ?
Inks
Kin Platt ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
The Sphinx [Ellsworth Forrester] (first appearance); Marjorie Grover (first appearance); Thomsen (first appearance; villain); Saunders (first appearance; villain); other spies (first appearance; villains)

Masked Bandit (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Donald Bayne Hobart
Letters
typeset

The Mask Returns (Table of Contents: 10)

The Mask / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Raymond Thayer [as Thayer] (signed)
Inks
Raymond Thayer [as Thayer] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
The Mask [Tony Colby]; Olly Snate (villain; death); Otto Fox (first appearance; villain; death)
Reprints
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Ted Crane
  2. 1. Ted Crane and the Leopard Men
    Ted Crane
  3. 2. [Marooned on Mercury]
    The Space Rovers
  4. 3. [The Second Theseus]
    Son of the Gods
  5. 4. [The Knowles Case]
    Dan Williams, Private Investigator
  6. 5. [On the Western Front]
    Sergeant Bill King
  7. 6. The Grey Rider
  8. 7. Mystery of the Lost Mine
    The Masked Rider
  9. 8. [Theft of the Tank Plans]
    The Sphinx
  10. 9. Masked Bandit
  11. 10. The Mask Returns
    The Mask
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