(August 1940)

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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-05-22
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Comic Magazines, Inc.
Editing
Ed Cronin
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was on-going 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)

Neon the Unknown / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Lou Fine
Inks
Lou Fine
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Neon the Unknown [Tom Corbet]; the Nazis

A Town's Ransom (Table of Contents: 1)

Hercules / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Greg Powers] (signed)
Pencils
Dan Zolnerowich (signed)
Inks
Dan Zolnerowich (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hercules [Joe Hercules]; Mr. Portle (introduction, science teacher); un-named town Mayor; Crinch (villain, introduction, town Board member)
Synopsis
Hercules battles saboteurs who blow up a school and a dam.
Reprints
Keywords
Couver Dam; Meadowland

[Assignment: Ruina] (Table of Contents: 2)

X-5 Super Agent / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner [as Cary Weyt]
Pencils
Charles Sultan
Inks
Charles Sultan
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy
Characters
X-5; The Black Guards (Intro, villains)

[The Baby on the Doorstep] (Table of Contents: 3)

Jack and Jill / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Lowell Riggs]
Pencils
John Lindermayer ?
Inks
John Lindermayer ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Jack Doe; Jill Doe; Rocky Ford (villain, intro); Slobber Mike (villain, intro); Stella Ford (intro); Butch Ford (intro)
Synopsis
Someone leaves a baby on the Doe's doorstep. Hijinks, including gunplay, ensue.

The Phantom Scaffold (Table of Contents: 4)

Old Witch / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Pierre Winter] (signed)
Pencils
Pierre Winter
Inks
Pierre Winter
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Witch

Indexer Notes

formerly Weird Tales

[The Escape of Roderick Strange] (Table of Contents: 5)

The Strange Twins / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
S. M. Iger [as S. M. Regi]
Pencils
Alex Blum
Inks
Alex Blum
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Doug Strange; Rod Strange (villain); Wing Low (villain); Wendy Hale
Synopsis
Rod captures Doug and takes his place.

Tyrant's Death (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Toni Blum
Letters
Typeset

[The Hospital Grafters] (Table of Contents: 7)

The Red Bee / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Toni Blum ?
Pencils
Charles Nicholas [as B. H. Apiary] (signed)
Inks
Charles Nicholas [as B. H. Apiary] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Red Bee [Rick Raleigh] (Assistant District Attorney); Tom Darrow (District Attorney); Captain Dooley; Michael (the Red Bee's bee); Al Snead (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The Red Bee must combat an influenza plague that infects the city since the hospitals can't afford to give treatment because city coffers have been bled dry by grafting politicians led by Al Snead.
Reprints

[Costa Rica Shore Leave] (Table of Contents: 8)

Bob and Swab / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Klaus Nordling (signed)
Pencils
Klaus Nordling (signed)
Inks
Klaus Nordling (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; humor
Characters
Bob Masters; Swab Decker; Nina Costa (intro)

[The Railroad Saboteurs] (Table of Contents: 9)

Casey Jones / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Pad Docke]
Pencils
Munson Paddock
Inks
Munson Paddock
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Casey Jones

[The Venusian Expedition] (Table of Contents: 10)

Blaze Barton / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Roy Talon] (signed)
Pencils
Henry Kiefer
Inks
Henry Kiefer
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Blaze Barton (assistant of Professor Solis); Professor Solis; Betty Solis; Venusians (introduction); The Bat Men; King of the Core-Men (villain); Core-men (villains)
Synopsis
After the Earth has been burned to a cinder, from passing too close to the Subn, Blaze has to face a group of monsters emerging from Earth's core.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Oddity: Blaze was a Flash Gordon type hero who lived in a time after the year 5029 when the Earth's orbit was nearer to the Sun. However, in this one story, the year is 3000.

Roy Talon is a company by-line for the strip and not the name of a real personage.

[Max the Toy Lion] (Table of Contents: 11)

Tommy Tinkle / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Sandy Klauz]
Pencils
Pauline Comanor
Inks
Pauline Comanor
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Tommy Tinkle; Mary Lou; The Professor; Max (a toy lion, intro); King Neptune; Snipp (intro, villain) and Snapp (intro, villain)

[The Defeat of Radolf] (Table of Contents: 12)

Neon the Unknown / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
S. M. Iger [as Tagor Maroy] (signed)
Pencils
Alex Blum
Inks
Alex Blum
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Neon [Tom Corbet]; Radolf (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Neon heads for Dunland to free the inhabitants of a concentration camp in Dunland from the evil and tyranical rule of a dictator.
Reprints
Keywords
Dunland; Rachaw (concentration camp)

Indexer Notes

It is easy to see from all the elements contained in this story that Radolf is actually Hitler in another personage.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Neon the Unknown
  2. 1. A Town's Ransom
    Hercules
  3. 2. [Assignment: Ruina]
    X-5 Super Agent
  4. 3. [The Baby on the Doorstep]
    Jack and Jill
  5. 4. The Phantom Scaffold
    Old Witch
  6. 5. [The Escape of Roderick Strange]
    The Strange Twins
  7. 6. Tyrant's Death
  8. 7. [The Hospital Grafters]
    The Red Bee
  9. 8. [Costa Rica Shore Leave]
    Bob and Swab
  10. 9. [The Railroad Saboteurs]
    Casey Jones
  11. 10. [The Venusian Expedition]
    Blaze Barton
  12. 11. [Max the Toy Lion]
    Tommy Tinkle
  13. 12. [The Defeat of Radolf]
    Neon the Unknown
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Bob Hughes
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Del Gruber
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Ramon Schenk
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Lou Mougin