(August 1940)

Fox, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-06-15
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Fox Publications, Inc.
Brand
A Fox Feature Comic FP
Editing
Victor Fox
Color
Color
Dimensions
7 1/2" x 10 1/4"
Paper Stock
Glossy Covers; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Blue Beetle radio program mentioned in an ad in this issue.

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)

The Blue Beetle / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Edd Ashe
Inks
Edd Ashe
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Blue Beetle [Dan Garret]

Indexer Notes

Art credits revised from Charles Nicholas? to Ashe by Craig Delich 2010-3-14.

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

The Blue Beetle / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Larry Antonette [as Charles Nicholas] (signed)
Inks
Larry Antonette [as Charles Nicholas] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A gang of thieves are about to rob a pawn shop...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Blue Beetle [Dan Garret]; Mike Hannigan (Policeman); unnamed pawn shop worker; Spike (villain, introduction); Spike's gang [Joe; Red (death); rest unnamed] (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
A gang of thieves rob a pawn shop, nearly knocking out Policeman Hannigan, who whistles an SOS, which the Beetle overhears and heads out to capture the crooks.
Reprints
Keywords
Vitamin 2-X

Indexer Notes

First mention of Blue Beetle being given super-powers by Vitamin 2X.

According to an article that appeared in the Los Angeles Times in 1976, written by Lynn Simross, this story MAY have been illustrated by Don Rico.

Creator credits confirmed by Shaun Clancy in the Comics History Exchange list on Facebook from Larry Antonette's personal papers, which included pages of this story torn from the original comic book and kept as reference by Antonette (21 February 2015).

[The Joe Pennelli Case, Part 1] (Table of Contents: 2)

Wing Turner / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Dennis Neville ? [as Floyd Kelly] (signed)
Inks
Dennis Neville ? [as Floyd Kelly] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Wing Turner; Joe Pennelli (villain, introduction)

[The Destruction of Tarsis] (Table of Contents: 3)

Rex Dexter of Mars, Interplanetary Adventurer / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Dick Briefer (signed)
Pencils
Dick Briefer (signed)
Inks
Dick Briefer (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Rex Dexter; Cynde; unnamed ruler of Tarsis (introduction); Rof (villain, introduction); Zard (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Rex and Cynde are on their way back to Mars, but before getting there, they respond to an urgent call for help to save all living beings from the doomed planet Tarsis. They accept, but Cynde is put in charge of a separate ship from Rex, and is captured by Rof and Zard.
Reprints
Keywords
Mercid (a planet); Tarsis

[The Butcher's Maniacal Murders] (Table of Contents: 4)

The Green Mask / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Walter Frame] (credited)
Pencils
Walter Frehm ?
Inks
Walter Frehm ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Green Mask [Michael Shelby] (in caption, real name revealed, origin); Elizabeth Blankett (cameo, death); Janet Royce (mention only, death); Mary Morgan; unnamed Mayor; unnamed Police Chief; The Butcher (villain, introduction); the Butcher's gang (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
The Green Mask must track down and stop a maniac murderer who is targeting debutants.
Reprints
Keywords
The Star; Vita Ray Machine

Indexer Notes

Walter Frame is a by-line for Fox Publications.

Art credits revised to Walter Frehm ? by Craig Delich. Art samples posted on the Who's Who of Frehm's work on this feature do not seem to match in comparison to this story. There were many artists working on the Green Mask in 1940.

AC Comics' Mark Heike attributes this story to Louis and Arturo Cazaenueve. According to the Who's Who, Louis did art in 1941 (not 1940), while Arturo is not credited with working on the feature at all. No extant evidence proves otherwise.

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

Billy Bounce / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Fred Schwab
Pencils
Fred Schwab
Inks
Fred Schwab
Colors
?
Letters
Fred Schwab

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Package for Master Billy Bounce!
Genre
adventure
Characters
Billy Bounce

The Devil's Vendetta (Table of Contents: 6)

Chen Chang / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Munson Paddock [as Cecilia Munson] (signed)
Inks
Munson Paddock [as Cecilia Munson] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Chen Chang (villain); Hip Sing (villain, introduction)

[The Spies in the Lighthouse] (Table of Contents: 7)

Lt. Drake / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Klaus Nordling ?
Pencils
Klaus Nordling [as F. Klaus]
Inks
Klaus Nordling [as F. Klaus]
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
crime
Characters
Lt. Drake; Ivan (villain, introduction, death); other spies (villain, introduction, death); Miss Kayne (introduction)

Death from the Boxing Ring (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 1.67 pages (report information)

Script
E. J. Armond (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
sports

[The Lady Saboteur] (Table of Contents: 9)

D-13 / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
D-13 [Richard Anthony]; Henrietta Gorin (first appearance, villain)

[Ching the Pirate] (Table of Contents: 10)

Zanzibar / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Tuska (signed)
Inks
George Tuska (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Zanzibar; Ching (villain, introduction, becomes a rat)

[The Coming of the Lynx] (Table of Contents: 11)

The Lynx / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jim Mooney [as Norton Kingsley] (signed)
Inks
Jim Mooney [as Norton Kingsley] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Lynx [Jim] (first appearance); Blackie [Phil] (first appearance, origin); Professor Bigsby; Red Crowley (first appearance, villain); Dutch (villain)
Synopsis
The Lynx and Blackie, the Wonder Boy, must battle the Flood Makers Association in order to prevent them from flooding a town and looting the empty homes.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Artist credit revision from ? to Jim Mooney, some info and synopsis added by Craig Delich 9-26-08.

[Lt. Wolff Attacks] (Table of Contents: 12)

Captain Savage / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Charles A. Winter?
Inks
Charles A. Winter?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Captain Savage; Lt. Wolff (villain, introduction); Nazis (villains)
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Blue Beetle
  2. 1. ["A gang of thieves are about to rob a pawn shop..."]
    The Blue Beetle
  3. 2. [The Joe Pennelli Case, Part 1]
    Wing Turner
  4. 3. [The Destruction of Tarsis]
    Rex Dexter of Mars, Interplanetary Adventurer
  5. 4. [The Butcher's Maniacal Murders]
    The Green Mask
  6. 5. ["Package for Master Billy Bounce!"]
    Billy Bounce
  7. 6. The Devil's Vendetta
    Chen Chang
  8. 7. [The Spies in the Lighthouse]
    Lt. Drake
  9. 8. Death from the Boxing Ring
  10. 9. [The Lady Saboteur]
    D-13
  11. 10. [Ching the Pirate]
    Zanzibar
  12. 11. [The Coming of the Lynx]
    The Lynx
  13. 12. [Lt. Wolff Attacks]
    Captain Savage
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Lou Mougin
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Jim Walls
  • Del Gruber
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Len Wolinsky
  • Darci
  • Katie
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Gregory Fischer
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