(June 1940)

Dell, 1936 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-05-01
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Editing
Oskar Lebeck
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1940, New Series, Vol. 35, No. 3.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Martan the Marvel Man / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Martan the Marvel Man; Martians

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

In This Corner / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Art Krenz
Pencils
Art Krenz [as Krenz] (signed)
Inks
Art Krenz [as Krenz] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; biography; sports
Characters
Roger Peckinpaugh; Ray Schalk: Grover Cleveland Alexander; Zeke Bonura
Keywords
baseball

Indexer Notes

On inside front cover.

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

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

Script
Bob Jenney [as Bob Jenny] (credited)
Pencils
Bob Jenney [as Bob Jenny] (credited)
Inks
Bob Jenney [as Bob Jenny] (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oh! Oh! This looks like we're in for a bit of troubleshooting!
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
The Masked Pilot; Dwight Ellis (aviation designer); Tom; Karl Ellman (villain, engineer, death)
Synopsis
The Masked Pilot and Tom head for the aviation factory owned by friend Dwight Ellis, who has had a problem with his plane prints being traced. The Pilot discovers that one of the factory employees is the guilty party, then has to fight for his very life to subdue him.
Reprints
Keywords
Alaska; Army

Indexer Notes

"Copr. 1940 by R. S. Callender."

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

Pete and His Pal Pudgie (formerly Penguin Pete) / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Win Smith
Pencils
Win Smith (credited)
Inks
Win Smith (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Doggoneit!
Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Penguin Pete; Pudgie

Indexer Notes

"Copr., 1940, by R. S. Callender."

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Hold Everything / cartoon / 0.6 page (report information)

Script
Clyde Lewis (credited)
Pencils
Clyde Lewis (credited)
Inks
Clyde Lewis (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
So the crowd's with me, eh?
Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

Six single panel cartoons.
"Copr. 1939 by NEA Service, Inc."

The Winners of the February Popular Comics Contest (Table of Contents: 5)

Popular Comics Contest / activity / 0.4 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

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

The Voice / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Charles Verral ?
Pencils
Jim Chambers (signed)
Inks
Jim Chambers (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
We get dat infermashun, boss.
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
The Voice [Tim Brant]; Professor Bert Wilson (inventor); Herman (villain); Mr. Bulinski (villain)
Synopsis
The Voice tracks down a murderer and kidnapper, and gets him to confess to the murder of Mike Chummler.
Keywords
invisible; Sigma Rays

Indexer Notes

"Copr. 1940 by R. S. Callender."

This is the first story in which the hero calls himself the Voice.

The Voice gets his power of invisibility this way: a phosphorescent gas clings to the cellophane fabric (worn by Tim Brant) giving out rays that render the body invisible.

Art credits verified by Craig Delich, and the Who's Who indicates that Chambers did the art on this feature in 1940. The only other known artist for The Voice in 1940 was Stan Aschmeier, and this art is definitely not by him.

Name These Cute Pets (Table of Contents: 7)

Popular Comics Contest / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photo)
Inks
? (photo)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

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

The Hurricane Kids / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Albert Hartje (credited)
Pencils
Bill Ely [as Will Ely] (credited)
Inks
Bill Ely [as Will Ely] (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You fellows have no idea what it means to me
Genre
adventure
Characters
The Hurricane Kids [Alan Burnham; Dave Burnham]; Maya; Omu; Captain Bill Brady; Captain Blackbeard
Keywords
shipwreck

Indexer Notes

"Copr., 1940, by R. S. Callender."

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

Wally Williams, American Boy / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Victor Boni (credited)
Pencils
Tom Hickey (credited)
Inks
Tom Hickey (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Understand, team, it's a tough race over a six-mile course.
Genre
adventure; sports
Characters
Wally Williams; Arlene Grahame; Betty Riley; Biff; Gramps Williams; Joe; Jughead; Ted Jackson
Keywords
cross-country; Elmhurst College

Indexer Notes

"Copr., 1940, by R. S. Callender."

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

Captain Tornado / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Kenneth Kennedy] (credited)
Pencils
Newt Alfred ?
Inks
Newt Alfred ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Looks like I'm in for it now unless I can get my hands free.
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Captain Tornado; Jane Bordani

Indexer Notes

Original indexer listed Kenneth Kennedy as the writer and artist for the story, but according to Jerry Bails' Who's Who of American Comic Books, Kenneth Kennedy was only a byline and the writer is unknown.
According to Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr., Hames Ware identified Newt Alfred as the artist for the story in Popular Comics #49. The art in this story looks very similar to the art in that story (Greg Fischer, April 2014).
"Copr., 1940, by R. S. Callender."

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

Herky / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Clyde Lewis (credited)
Pencils
Clyde Lewis (credited)
Inks
Clyde Lewis (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Maybe the reason your girl is becoming cool towards you is because you're too rowdy
Genre
humor; children
Characters
Herky; J. Granville Gurk; Lois
Reprints
  • from Herky Sunday (NEA Service, Inc.) 1938.12.04

Indexer Notes

"Copr. 1938 by NEA Service, Inc."

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

Herky / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Clyde Lewis (credited)
Pencils
Clyde Lewis (credited)
Inks
Clyde Lewis (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Th' kid sister got a spankin' today and do ya know why?
Genre
humor; children
Characters
Herky; Herky's father; Herky's mother; Honey
Reprints
  • from Herky Sunday (NEA Service, Inc.) 1938.09.18

Indexer Notes

"Copr. 1938 by NEA Service, Inc."

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

Gang Busters / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Well, we've got Ernie Hall in the jug.
Genre
crime
Characters
Chief John Winston; Helen Barry; Jack; Mr. Wolf; Mrs. Wolf; Tony; Ernie Hall [also as Mr. Foster] (villain); Gorilla (villain); Lefty O'Brien (villain); Mrs. O'Brien (villain); Tony (villain)
Keywords
F.B.I.

Indexer Notes

"Copr., 1940, by Phillips H. Lord, Inc."

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

cartoon / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Hal Bittner [as HB] (signed)
Inks
Hal Bittner [as HB] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Those dopes wreck more planes playing follow the leader
Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

Three single panel cartoons. Last panel is signed HB.

Fireworks (Table of Contents: 15)

advertisement / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

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

Martan the Marvel Man / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
G. Ellerbrock (credited)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Martan's ship!
Genre
adventure; science fiction
Characters
Martan; Vana; General Pelton; The Spacemen (villains)
Keywords
Earth

Indexer Notes

"Copr., 1940, by R. S. Callender."

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

Bronc Peeler / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Fred Harman (credited)
Pencils
Fred Harman (signed)
Inks
Fred Harman (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oh why are you locking me in this cellar?
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Bronc Peeler; Babs Dalton; Crazy Kate (villain); Baldy (villain); Blackie (villain)

Indexer Notes

"Copr., 1940, by Stephen Slesinger"

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18)

Shark Egan / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
John T. Donaldson (signed)
Inks
John T. Donaldson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Those guys down there are downright unfriendly!
Genre
adventure
Characters
Shark Egan; Mary McDermot; Ace O'Doul; Kanaka Lew; Angkar; Captain Mai-ti [also as Captain Mai Ti]; Commander Kru-Sing (villain)
Keywords
Hwang-Ho

[Frank L. Anders] (Table of Contents: 19)

Heroes / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Roy Humphries (credited)
Pencils
Roy Humphries (signed)
Inks
Roy Humphries (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; biography
Characters
Benjamin Franklin; Chief Blackbird; Frank L. Anders; Lt. Frank Luke, Jr.; Meriwether Lewis; William Clark

Indexer Notes

On inside back cover.

Recipes for Fun... (Table of Contents: 20)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Martan the Marvel Man
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    In This Corner
  3. 2. ["Oh! Oh! This looks like we're in for a bit of troubleshooting!"]
    The Masked Pilot
  4. 3. ["Doggoneit!"]
    Pete and His Pal Pudgie (formerly Penguin Pete)
  5. 4. ["So the crowd's with me, eh?"]
    Hold Everything
  6. 5. The Winners of the February Popular Comics Contest
    Popular Comics Contest
  7. 6. ["We get dat infermashun, boss."]
    The Voice
  8. 7. Name These Cute Pets
    Popular Comics Contest
  9. 8. ["You fellows have no idea what it means to me"]
    The Hurricane Kids
  10. 9. ["Understand, team, it's a tough race over a six-mile course."]
    Wally Williams, American Boy
  11. 10. ["Looks like I'm in for it now unless I can get my hands free."]
    Captain Tornado
  12. 11. ["Maybe the reason your girl is becoming cool towards you is because you're too rowdy"]
    Herky
  13. 12. ["Th' kid sister got a spankin' today and do ya know why?"]
    Herky
  14. 13. ["Well, we've got Ernie Hall in the jug."]
    Gang Busters
  15. 14. ["Those dopes wreck more planes playing follow the leader"]
  16. 15. Fireworks
  17. 16. ["Martan's ship!"]
    Martan the Marvel Man
  18. 17. ["Oh why are you locking me in this cellar?"]
    Bronc Peeler
  19. 18. ["Those guys down there are downright unfriendly!"]
    Shark Egan
  20. 19. [Frank L. Anders]
    Heroes
  21. 20. Recipes for Fun...
    The Funnies
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Nick Caputo
  • Del Gruber
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tim Cotrill
  • Gary L. Watson
  • Gregory Fischer
  • James Ludwig
  • Ramon Schenk