(June 1940)

Fiction House, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Every month
On-sale date
1940-04-12
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Glen Kel Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
Fiction House Magazines
Editing
Malcolm Reiss (editor); Will Eisner [as 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 451777.


Tigress of the Deep Jungle Swamp (Table of Contents)

Kaänga / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
?; Will Eisner ? (see notes)
Inks
?; Will Eisner ? (see notes)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
jungle
Characters
Kaänga

Indexer Notes

Tony Rose believes that the cover has been heavily re-touched by Eisner but that at the very least, the Kaänga figure was penciled by someone else.

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

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

Script
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Don't miss this sensational offer!
Synopsis
An in-house promotional advertisement for twelve Fiction House back issues for $0.25 and 4 coupons from Fiction House comics.

Indexer Notes

inside front cover

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

Kaänga / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Trapped in the treacherous swamps by two of the cruelest forces of the jungle, ...
Genre
jungle
Characters
Kaänga; Sam Broot (villain); Anitra (introduction); Kula; Ann Mason; Cheba (leopard)
Synopsis
Anitra rescues Kaänga from yet another attack by Sam Broot and his men, but when Kaänga refuses to become her king, she prepares to sacrifice him. Ann and Cheba arrive and prevent the execution and Anitra allows Kaänga to go free because of his love for Ann. Later, however, Anitra dispatches her men to kidnap Ann and feed her to the crocodiles. Kaänga manages to rescue Ann at the last second and once again delivers a pasting to Sam Broot.
Keywords
bondage; crocodiles; poison; sedan chairs; stereotyping of African natives; swimsuits; thrones

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

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
The black orchid! Scientists have searched in vain for this exotic flower.
Genre
jungle
Characters
The Red Panther; Dr. Grayson (introduction); Dr. Grayson's daughter (introduction); Sneed
Synopsis
Despite the Panther's warnings, a botanist pursues collecting a black orchid. He is followed by a gang of thugs who want to sell the flower. The plant is located and one of the thugs touches it and dies. The other thugs flee and the botanist extends his gratitude to the Panther for his warning.
Keywords
black orchids; bondage; botanists; torture

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

Camilla / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob Powell (signed)
Inks
Bob Powell (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The lost empire, dependent on its salt supply from the nearby mines...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Camilla; Count Knuten (villain, death); Caredodo (introduction); Gerald; Arndt
Synopsis
The deaf hunchback, Caredodo, is persuaded by Count Knuten to assassinate Camilla. Caredodo follows her to the salt mines where she is attempting to discover the reason for the failure of salt deliveries. Camilla saves Caredodo's life during a cave in, however, both are captured by the monkey creatures who have killed the miners. Camilla's army arrives and during the battle with the monkey creatures, Cardodo kills Knuten and flees.
Keywords
caverns; monkey creatures; saddle zebras; salt mines

Indexer Notes

The depiction of Caredodo is an homage to Charles Laughton's portrayal of the hunchback, Quasimodo, in the 1939 film, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."

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

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A lost white race, enslaved in a hidden African jungle village!
Genre
jungle
Characters
Roy Lance; Gov. Malraux (introduction, villain); Jill March (introduction)
Synopsis
Roy escorts immunologist Jill March into the jungle to eradicate sleeping sickness. They are captured and imprisoned in a village where the governor is using white slaves to manufacture illegal firearms. The governor and his mean are defeated when they are overcome with sleeping sickness and only Roy and Jill can save them.
Keywords
Angola; arms manufacturing; French equitorial Africa; gun running; ocean liners; sedan chairs; slavery; sleeping sickness; stereotyping of African natives; tsetse flies

The White Slave (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
jungle
Characters
Ran-Tog [formerly Ron-Tog]

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

Fantomah / comic story / 6 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 had always watched the growth of a certain white boy, now grown to manhood...
Genre
jungle
Characters
Fantomah; The Jungle Demon (introduction, villain); Powerhouse (python)
Synopsis
Eating strange jungle berries transforms a man, raised in the jungle by a python, into the Jungle Demon whose goal is to strip the jungle of all its diamonds and emeralds. Fantomah cure him of his berry-induced madness and take him and his foster parent, Powerhouse, to a remote plateau where that can live together in peace.
Reprints
Keywords
pythons; stereotyping of African natives

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

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, walking along a jungle trail, hears a commotion and turns aside.
Genre
jungle
Characters
Simba; Golox (introduction, villain, death)(ape); Gloria
Synopsis
Golox, leader of the apes, decides that Simba has ruled the jungle too long. Golox confronts Simba and they begin to battle as a film crew arrives. During the confusion, Golox makes off with Gloria, the crew's actress. Simba pursues Golox and kills him, rescuing Gloria.
Keywords
apes; motion picture productions

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

Captain Terry Thunder of the Congo Lancers / comic story / 6.917 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Bossert ?
Inks
Bill Bossert ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Men, we're going to have company! A woman!
Genre
adventure
Characters
Captain Terry Thunder; Gloria Frazier (introduction)
Synopsis
Gloria, a general's daughter visits the fort and is taken captive by Arabs. Terry rides to her rescue.
Keywords
bondage; spanking; torture

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

advertisement / 0.083 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fireworks for the 4th of July
Synopsis
A one panel advertisement for the Acme Fireworks Corporation in River Grove, Illinois.

Indexer Notes

Final panel of final page of the Terry Thunder story.

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

Tabu, Wizard of the Jungle / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Robert Lewis]
Pencils
Charles Sultan
Inks
Charles Sultan
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The savage Mbuti tribe performs the weird ceremony of crowning their new chief...
Genre
jungle
Characters
Tabu; Batau (introduction, villain, death); Loula; Mbono; Waluri
Synopsis
A white boy, designated as the heir to the previous village leader, has his position usurped by Batau, who rules as a tyrant. Tabu restores the boy to the leadership position and the villagers burn Batau at the stake.
Keywords
bondage; burning at the stake; human sacrifice; stereotyping of African natives; thrones; torture

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

Jungle Facts / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
? [as Leo Lyons]
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Mapowi, strongest native of the Kenya colonies of Africa...
Genre
non-fiction; jungle
Synopsis
A collection of miscellaneous trivia related to Africa.
Keywords
crabs; devilfish; turtles

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

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
Wambi visits his friends, the pygmies, as they celebrate their feast of plenty.
Genre
jungle
Characters
Wambi; Ogg (ape); Tawn (elephant); Erp (baboon); Tara (lioness); Circa (eagle)
Synopsis
Wambi's animal friends help a village of pygmies recover their homes after they are driven out by a neighboring tribe.
Keywords
blowguns; bondage; idols; pygmies; stereotyping of African natives

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

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

Script
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
if you want quality comic magazines -- look for the bull's-eye when you buy!
Synopsis
An in-house promotional advertisement for the Fiction House titles Fight Comics, Jumbo Comics, and Planet Comics.

Indexer Notes

inside back cover

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This beautiful desk for only $1.00
Synopsis
An advertisement for the Remington Noiseless Deluxe Portable Typewriter from Remington Rand, Incorporated. Purchasers of the typewriter may also buy a desk for one dollar.

Indexer Notes

back cover

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Tigress of the Deep Jungle Swamp
    Kaänga
  2. 1. ["Don't miss this sensational offer!"]
  3. 2. ["Trapped in the treacherous swamps by two of the cruelest forces of the jungle, ..."]
    Kaänga
  4. 3. ["The black orchid! Scientists have searched in vain for this exotic flower."]
    The Red Panther
  5. 4. ["The lost empire, dependent on its salt supply from the nearby mines..."]
    Camilla
  6. 5. ["A lost white race, enslaved in a hidden African jungle village!"]
    Roy Lance
  7. 6. The White Slave
  8. 7. ["She had always watched the growth of a certain white boy, now grown to manhood..."]
    Fantomah
  9. 8. ["Simba, walking along a jungle trail, hears a commotion and turns aside."]
    Simba, King of the Beasts
  10. 9. ["Men, we're going to have company! A woman!"]
    Captain Terry Thunder of the Congo Lancers
  11. 10. ["Fireworks for the 4th of July"]
  12. 11. ["The savage Mbuti tribe performs the weird ceremony of crowning their new chief..."]
    Tabu, Wizard of the Jungle
  13. 12. ["Mapowi, strongest native of the Kenya colonies of Africa..."]
    Jungle Facts
  14. 13. ["Wambi visits his friends, the pygmies, as they celebrate their feast of plenty."]
    Wambi, The Jungle Boy
  15. 14. ["if you want quality comic magazines -- look for the bull's-eye when you buy!"]
  16. 15. ["This beautiful desk for only $1.00"]
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
  • Peter Croome
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.