(June 1940)

Ace Magazines, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-04-14
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Ace Magazines, Inc.
Brand
Ace
Editing
Aaron A. Wyn
Color
full colour
Dimensions
standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock
newsprint interior; glossy cover
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Pat Lamar packaged this issue for Ace, and per the NY Supreme Court December 1941 hearing records, his studio provided 47 pages of scripts, 64 pages of coloring, and the 60 pages of comics, lettering and logos, etc. 15 pages of script were not provided by Lamar. Lamar stated that he had done comics work for Harry Donenfeld, but that his only artwork for Ace were corrections requested by the art director.

On sale date from the fanzine, Fantasy News, dated April 14, 1940 (on page 3). The comic was scheduled for release during the week of April 14-20, 1940. Information shared by Bart Bush through the Comics History Exchange page on Facebook (4 October 2016).

Publication date of 25 March 1940 was reported to the U.S. Copyright Office and found in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, 1940, Number 2. Copyright number B 451091.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Flash Lightning / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Flash Lightning [Robert Morgan]

Indexer Notes

Flash is surrounded by splashes from three inside features: Flash Lightning, Hap Hazzard and The Raven.

Lt. Col. W. G. Barker (Table of Contents: 1)

Famous Daredevils Of History / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ajay Hull (signed)
Inks
Ajay Hull (signed)
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Ajay likely to stand for the initials A.J.

Ambassador of Doom (Table of Contents: 2)

X, the Phantom Fed / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Turner ? [as Brand House] (credited)
Pencils
George Appel ?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
X (a federal agent; Intro); the Green Mask [Sam Barkley] (villain; introduction; death)

Indexer Notes

Based on the magazine "Secret Agent 'X'" May 1934 story; per Mark Trost in Blood 'n' Thunder #30 (Summer 2011). Brant (not Brand) House was the pen name of the writers for the Secret Agent 'X" pulp.

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

'Flash' Lightning / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Turner
Pencils
Harry Lucey
Inks
Harry Lucey
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Egypt--the land of eerie mystery...
Genre
superhero
Characters
'Flash' Lightning [Robert Morgan](introduction, origin); Old Man of the Pyramids (introduction); the Phoenix (villain, introduction, death)

Indexer Notes

Based on the magazine Captain Hazard pulp story for May 1938, per Mark Trost in Blood 'n' Thunder #30 (Summer 2011).

Inker credit by Craig Delich.

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

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

Script
Robert Turner
Pencils
Martin Naydel
Inks
Martin Naydel
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Raven, master avenger, preys on the clever crooks...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Raven [Danny Dartin] (introduction); Mike; Jack; Lola Lash; Captain Lash; Flanagan; McGowan; Allen Reynolds (villain, crooked stock promoter); Arthur Wells (villain, a charity fraud)
Synopsis
The Raven robs Reynolds and Wells and gives the money to the poor.

Indexer Notes

Based on the story "The Sinister Sphere", the first Moon Man story, which appeared in Ten Detective Aces June 1933; per Mark Trost in Blood 'n' Thunder #30 (Summer 2011).

The Big Moment (Table of Contents: 5)

Whiz Wilson / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Whiz Wilson (Intro)

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

Marvo the Magician / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Introducing Marvo the Magician and his monkey, Tito...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Marvo the Magician (Intro); Tito (Intro)

Clues That Caught Criminals (Table of Contents: 7)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

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

Ace McCoy / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
That front ship is an odd-looking cross...
Characters
Ace McCoy (Intro)

Meet "Hap" Hazard (Table of Contents: 9)

Hap Hazard / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Archibald (signed)
Pencils
Joe Archibald (signed)
Inks
Joe Archibald (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Hap Hazard (introduction)

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

Buck Steele / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Meet Buck Steele--his horse Blackie--and his dog Rusty...
Characters
Buck Steele (Intro)

Read These! Every Month (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

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

[Sure-Fire Comics Is published by the publishers of these well-known Ace Magazines] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

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

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Flash Lightning
  2. 1. Lt. Col. W. G. Barker
    Famous Daredevils Of History
  3. 2. Ambassador of Doom
    X, the Phantom Fed
  4. 3. ["Egypt--the land of eerie mystery..."]
    'Flash' Lightning
  5. 4. ["The Raven, master avenger, preys on the clever crooks..."]
    The Raven
  6. 5. The Big Moment
    Whiz Wilson
  7. 6. ["Introducing Marvo the Magician and his monkey, Tito..."]
    Marvo the Magician
  8. 7. Clues That Caught Criminals
  9. 8. ["That front ship is an odd-looking cross..."]
    Ace McCoy
  10. 9. Meet "Hap" Hazard
    Hap Hazard
  11. 10. ["Meet Buck Steele--his horse Blackie--and his dog Rusty..."]
    Buck Steele
  12. 11. Read These! Every Month
  13. 12. [Sure-Fire Comics Is published by the publishers of these well-known Ace Magazines]
This issue was most recently modified by:
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