(May 1940)

Fiction House, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Every month
On-sale date
1940-03-14
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 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 449460.


Empire of the Ape Men (Table of Contents)

Kaänga / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Will Eisner
Inks
Will Eisner
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
jungle
Characters
Kaänga
Reprints

Indexer Notes

While the text suggests that this cover depicts a scene from a story in the comics, there is no such story here.

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

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

"Once again, the arch enemy of Kaänga strikes." (Table of Contents: 2)

Kaänga / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Red Bradey]
Pencils
George Tuska
Inks
George Tuska
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
jungle
Characters
Kaänga; Sam Broot (villain); Ann Mason; Cheeba (leopard)
Synopsis
Ann and Cheeba help Kaänga escape after he is captured by Broot. Kaänga then uses the animals of the jungle to chase away Broot's army.
Keywords
kepis; stereotyping of African natives; swimsuits

Indexer Notes

Sam Broot is miscolored as a Caucasian.

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

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Deep in the jungle stands a group of giant ant hills, home of the poisonous red ants --
Genre
jungle
Characters
The Red Panther; The Ant Woman (introduction, villain, death)
Synopsis
After the Red Panther rescues a safari from poisonous ants, the Ant Woman vows revenge on the Panther and the safari leaders. However, their capture, the Panther turns the tables on the Ant Woman and she is killed by her own ants.
Keywords
anthills; ants; bondage; stereotyping of African natives

Indexer Notes

The previous indexer doubts that this is Peddy's artwork.

["The screams of a caged leopard resounds throughout the jungle,..." [sic]] (Table of Contents: 4)

Tabu, Wizard of the Jungle / comic story / 7.75 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Robert Lewis]
Pencils
George Carl Wilhelms ?
Inks
George Carl Wilhelms ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
jungle
Characters
Tabu; The Zsingos (African tribe)(introduction, villains, death); Jibus (African tribe)
Synopsis
The leopard cultist Zsingos kidnap the children of the Jibus to sacrifice to their gods. The children are rescued by Tabu after he uses his own magic to overcome the magic traps set for him by the Zsingos.
Keywords
baboons; bondage; caves; human sacrifice; kidnapping; leopard cults; lions; skeletons; stereotyping of African natives; tiglons

Strange Case of Ezra Ark: Case 3: File 1: Clue 2 (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 0.25 page (report information)

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Ark
Synopsis
In this installment of the Fiction House serialized mystery of the month, Ark's nephew threatens to kill him.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

Camilla / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Tad Carter]
Pencils
Bob Powell
Inks
Bob Powell; ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Restoring the eternal fountain of youth, Camilla rules her lost empire in pefect peace and harmony...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Camilla; Lief Thorgson (introduction, villain, death); Count Knuten (introduction, villain); Count Knuten's cousin (introduction, villain)
Synopsis
Camilla thwarts the Viking king Lief Thorgson through superior magic. After Thorgson's death at Camilla's hand, his men agree to follow her.
Keywords
bondage; chariots; human sacrifice; riding zebras; torture; Vikings

Death of the Laughing Terror (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Lin Davies]
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
jungle
Characters
Ran-Tog

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Bossert
Inks
Bill Bossert ?; Leonard Frank ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The masked arrows, a band of thieving natives attack Captain Thunder's fort...
Genre
adventure; jungle
Characters
Captain Terry Thunder; The Masked Arrows (introduction, villains, death); Astbis (African tribes)
Synopsis
The Masked Arrows capture the fort and Terry must get assistance from the local tribes to re-take it.
Keywords
idols; stereotyping of African natives

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

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

Script
? [as Roy L. Smith]
Pencils
Henry Kiefer
Inks
Henry Kiefer ?; ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
We'll find plenty of tuskers in there...
Genre
jungle
Characters
Wambi; Wolf Lawsen (introduction, villain, death); Raga (crocodile); Nostro (hippopotomus); Ogg (ape); Tawn (elephant); Bimi (badger)
Synopsis
Wambi and his animal friends rescue a herd of elephants from an ivory hunter and then destroy him and his steamboat with his own dynamite.
Keywords
dynamite; ivory hunting; stereotyping of African natives

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

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

Script
? [as Harold Morley]
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Angered savage tribes, whipped to fierce action by the cruelty of African slavers...
Genre
jungle
Characters
Roy Lance; Kubuttis (African tribe)
Synopsis
Roy helps members of the Kubutti escape from slavers.
Keywords
Belgian Congo; poisoned darts; safaris; slavers; stereotyping of African natives

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

Simba, King of the Beasts / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Simba approaches the water hole to slake his thirst.
Genre
jungle
Characters
Simba; John Mason; Dick Mason
Synopsis
Unscrupulous hunters poison the water hole and take the Masons captive. Simba rescues the Masons, who then detoxify the water hole.
Keywords
poision; water buffalo; water holes

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

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
Fantomah, propelling herself on powerfully developed thought waves; glides swiftly over the silent jungle.
Genre
jungle
Characters
Fantomah; Mundoor (introduction, villain)
Synopsis
Discovering the eggs of giant reptiles on a fallen asteroid, Mundoor raises the reptiles in an attempt to take over the world. Fantomah uses her astounding powers to break Mundoor's hypnotic control over the reptiles and sends Mundoor, the reptiles, and the asteroid into deep space.
Reprints
Keywords
astronomical observatories; hypnosis; meteorites; Simbora (Middle Eastern city); skeletons; super vitamin plants

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13)

Jungle Roars / cartoon / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
? [as Lore]
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You're lucky -- my doctor says I can only eat lean meat!
Genre
humor
Keywords
cannibals; stereotyping of African natives

Indexer Notes

1 panel cartoon

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

Jungle Roar / cartoon / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
? [as Lore]
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This parrots from the jungle, he can do everything but talk
Genre
humor
Keywords
parrots; pet stores

Indexer Notes

1 panel cartoon

A Jungle Tale (Table of Contents: 15)

Prof. Dunk / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Will Eisner ? [as Heck ?]
Inks
Will Eisner ? [as Heck ?]
Colors
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Professor Dunk
Synopsis
A monkey with a magnifying glass puts the professor on the hot seat.
Keywords
magnifying glasses; monkeys

Indexer Notes

mime strip

Tony Rose doubts the art is Eisner's but can see the resemblance between the signature and Eisner's traditional signature.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Empire of the Ape Men
    Kaänga
  2. 1. ["$50.00 given away free"]
  3. 2. "Once again, the arch enemy of Kaänga strikes."
    Kaänga
  4. 3. ["Deep in the jungle stands a group of giant ant hills, home of the poisonous red ants --"]
    The Red Panther
  5. 4. ["The screams of a caged leopard resounds throughout the jungle,..." [sic]]
    Tabu, Wizard of the Jungle
  6. 5. Strange Case of Ezra Ark: Case 3: File 1: Clue 2
  7. 6. ["Restoring the eternal fountain of youth, Camilla rules her lost empire in pefect peace and harmony..."]
    Camilla
  8. 7. Death of the Laughing Terror
  9. 8. ["The masked arrows, a band of thieving natives attack Captain Thunder's fort..."]
    Captain Terry Thunder
  10. 9. ["We'll find plenty of tuskers in there..."]
    Wambi, The Jungle Boy
  11. 10. ["Angered savage tribes, whipped to fierce action by the cruelty of African slavers..."]
    Roy Lance
  12. 11. ["Simba approaches the water hole to slake his thirst."]
    Simba, King of the Beasts
  13. 12. ["Fantomah, propelling herself on powerfully developed thought waves; glides swiftly over the silent jungle."]
    Fantomah
  14. 13. ["You're lucky -- my doctor says I can only eat lean meat!"]
    Jungle Roars
  15. 14. ["This parrots from the jungle, he can do everything but talk"]
    Jungle Roar
  16. 15. A Jungle Tale
    Prof. Dunk
  17. 16. ["Have you read these magazines?"]
  18. 17. ["Money and big prizes"]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.