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I will! I’m just taking forever because I don’t have a lot of free time these days.
Did somebody post a link to this site somewhere? Whole bunch of new followers all of a sudden.
House ad for Marvel Mystery Comics in the science fiction pulp magazine Marvel Stories #2, November 1940. Art by Carl Burgos.
DC COMIC #17: New Comics #5
DATE: June 1936
PUBLISHER: National Allied Newspaper Syndicate Inc.
CONTENTS: Cover by Whitney Ellsworth; “Bang!” (text article) by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson; “Captain Jim Of The Texas Rangers” by Homer Fleming; “Sir Loin Of Beef”, written by J. Muselli, drawn by Bill Patrick; “Castaway Island” by Tom Cooper; “Ol’ Oz Bopp” by Russell Cole; “Captain Quick” by Sven Elven; “Maginnis Of The Mounties”; “Sagebrush ‘N’ Cactus”, written by J. Muselli, drawn by Bill Patrick; “Sandor And The Lost Civilization” by Homer Fleming; “Sam The Porter” by Russell Cole; “Funny Man” (text story) by Paul Frederick; “King Arthur” by Rafael Astarita; “Rattlesnake Pete” by Boody Rogers; “17-20 On The Black” by Tom Cooper; “Pandora’s Box”, maybe by Henry Kiefer; “Myths Of Gods And Men: Prometheus”, maybe by Henry Kiefer; “Steve Conrad On Dolorosa Isle” by Creig Flessel; “Andy Handy” by Leo O’Mealia; “Stratosphere Special” by Serene Summerfield; “Needles” by Al Stahl; “Brain Teasers” (activity pages); “Rock-Age Roy” by Boody Rogers; “Bugville” by Dick Ryan; “Slim And Tex” by A. Leslie Ross; “Laughing At Life!” by Vin Sullivan; “The Book Shelf” (text article) by Marjorie Knight; “The Radio Dialer” (text article) by A.R. Lane; “Worth-While Films To Watch For” (text article) by I.W. Magovern; “Magic!” (text article) by Andrini The Great; “Famous Poems Illustrated” by Henry Kiefer; “Ray And Gail” by Clem Gretter; “The Vikings”, maybe written by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, drawn by Alex Anthony Blum; “Goofo The Great” by Russell Cole; “A Tale Of Two Cities” by Merna Gamble; “Capt. Spiniker” by Tom Cooper; “The Drew Mystery” (Dale Daring story) by Dick Ryan; “Rusty” by Hal Sherman; “Federal Men”, written by Jerry Siegel, drawn by Joe Shuster; “It’s A Dern Lie” by Bill Patrick. Editor: Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson. Associate editor: Vin Sullivan. Associate editor: Whitney Ellsworth.
SERIES/CREATOR NOTES: Four new recurring features debut in this issue: “Steve Conrad On Dolorosa Isle” by Creig Flessel, “Famous Poems Illustrated” by Henry Kiefer, “Rusty” by Hal Sherman, and “Sandor And The Lost Civilization” by Homer Fleming, making his comic book debut. Fleming also takes over Captain Jim, while the very busy Bill Patrick takes over Sir Loin Of Beef, Sagebrush ‘N’ Cactus, and It’s A Dern Lie; a couple of those strips will change their names next month, probably because original creator Robert Leffingwell brought them over to his new publisher. “Stratosphere Special” and “Bugville” both appear for the second and final time; Dick Ryan will stick around, but Serene Summerfield is done with DC and will end up at the Eisner studio. Gordon “Boody” Rogers makes his comic book debut with a pair of one-offs; both features will return exactly once next year, and Rogers is now a cult favorite. A bunch of regulars also do one-offs, Whitney Ellsworth draws the cover instead of Vin Sullivan, and Chikko Chakko does not appear.
Captain Jim Of The Texas Rangers: Captain Jim and Bob chase bad guys in a canyon. Comic book heroes had such boring names before superheroes were invented. Why would I want to read about “Captain Jim” and “Bob”? Nobody’s even trying.
Sir Loin Of Beef: A kid fucks with two guys having an archery contest, and the story ends with them firing a bunch of arrows at him, meaning this lighthearted gag story is immediately followed by a grisly murder.
Castaway Island: Larry and Dougal try to rescue Sally from Blackface. I’m not sure who any of those people are, so you and I are in the same boat.
Ol’ Oz Bopp: Our hero buys meat and then falls asleep. Gag strips are uneventful.
Captain Quick: A bunch of English people chill on a ship and then a Spaniard shows up.
Maginnis Of The Mounties: Maginnis fights fur thieves, and his buddy gets shot.
Sagebrush ‘N’ Cactus: The duo heads into town to try to catch the killer of Pickax Pete. So, nothing happens. It’s like a deleted scene.
Sandor And The Lost Civilization: Sandor is a Tarzan copy, but located in the jungles of India, with the arch-enemy Rajah Marajah. In this debut installment, Sandor kills a tiger and is cornered by the Rajah and his minions. This is going to get so racist so quickly.
Sam The Porter: Speaking of racism, this one-off is about a comically black porter who keeps getting names wrong.
King Arthur: Knights being boring.
Rattlesnake Pete: A one-off about a guy in an Old West town running from bullets that turn out to just be horseflies.
17-20 On The Black: Jim Gale returns to take down the bad guys.
Pandora’s Box/Myths Of Gods And Men: Prometheus: Illustrated mythology.
Steve Conrad On Dolorosa Isle: Steve Conrad and a bunch of supporting characters sail to Dolorosa Isle to take a look around, not really for any reason.
Andy Handy: Homeboy gets rained on. That’s all.
Stratosphere Special: A sci-fi imagining of people landing on the moon in the year 2036. This is kinda fun.
Needles: Needles goes to a doctor who abuses him and leaves him worse off, when all Needles wanted to do was sell him a magazine.
Rock-Age Roy: Basically a prototypical Flintstones character, but dumber.
Bugville: A lot going on here. Lots of talking bugs. Kind of innovative, layout-wise. Sorry to see it go.
Slim And Tex: The pair shoot guns a bunch, and talk about shooting guns.
Laughing At Life!: Some asshole hates that his wife makes him play bridge.
Famous Poems Illustrated: Exactly what it sounds like, kicking off with Longfellow. No kid who bought this comic in 1936 actually read this. I am the first person ever to read it.
Ray And Gail: Sharks just start eating everybody.
The Vikings: Two Vikings fight over who gets to lead the other Vikings.
Goofo The Great: Goofo does magic tricks and then gets angry about carrots being everywhere?
A Tale Of Two Cities: If I were this magazine’s target audience, the literary adaptations would reinforce my impression that novels are boring.
Capt. Spiniker: The captain gets his peg leg stuck in a bottle. I think Captain Spiniker is my favorite New Comics character.
Dale Daring: The titular star is tied up and gets rescued, contributing little of value to her own story.
Rusty: Hal Sherman’s new recurring feature is the latest mischievous-kid comic. In this one, Rusty thinks a woman is calling for help, but it’s just a pirate.
Federal Men: More boat-fighting.
It’s A Dern Lie: Riding horses, shooting injuns.
For no real reason I can think of, I’m slowly finding this more tolerable. Maybe it’s just familiarity kicking in, making it feel slightly less like a hodge-podge of random bullshit. But I still wish I could skip ahead a couple of years.
DC COMIC #16: New Book Of Comics #1
PUBLISHER: unknown (National/DC)
Proto-DC’s second reprint book, following The Big Book Of Fun Comics. I can’t find a record of the exact contents. A second issue of this title will come out in a year or two.
DC COMIC #15: More Fun #10
DATE: May 1936
PUBLISHER: More Fun Inc.
CONTENTS: Cover by Vin Sullivan; “Are You Listening?” (text), illustrated by Vin Sullivan; “Sandra Of The Secret Service” by W.C. Brigham; “Spike Spalding” by Vin Sullivan; “Woozy Watts” by Russell Cole; “Jack Woods”, written by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, drawn by W.C. Brigham; “Ivanhoe”, written by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, drawn by Raymond Perry; “Don Drake On The Planet Saro”, written by Ken Fitch, drawn by Creig Flessel; “Barry O’Neill And Fang Gow Of China” by Leo O’Mealia; “Mr. Divot”, maybe by Whitney Ellsworth; “Fun Mail” (text), illustrated by Peter Alvarado; “Buckskin Jim” by Tom Cooper; “Pelion And Ossa” by Al Stahl; “Imagine That”, pencilled by Henry Kiefer, inked by A.D. Kiefer; “2023 Super-Police”, written by Ken Fitch, drawn by Clem Gretter; “Midshipman Dewey” by Tom Cooper; “More Fun And Magic” (text) by The Wizard Of Biff; “Talk About Talkies” (text) by Mary Patrick; “Magic Crystal Of History”, drawn by Harlan David Haskins; “Fishy Frolics”, drawn by Creig Flessel; “Definition Of A Licking” (text) by Oliver Brault; “Books Books” (text) by Edith Brittin; “Do You Know?”, pencilled by Henry Kiefer, inked by A.D. Kiefer; “Doc Occult”, written by Jerry Siegel, drawn by Joe Shuster; “Along The Main Line” by Tom Cooper; “Slim Pickins” by Stan Randall; “Brad Hardy” by A. Leslie Ross; “It’s A Fact!”, maybe drawn by Paul Ferrer; “Chubby” by Hal Sherman; “Little Linda” by Whitney Ellsworth; “Henri Duval”, written by Jerry Siegel, drawn by Joe Shuster; “Treasure Island”, written by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, drawn by Sven Elven; “Ramblin’ Jim” by Stan Randall; “In The Wake Of The Wander” (Captain Grim story) by Tom Cooper; “Hubert”, written by J. Muselli, drawn by Bill Patrick; “Bob Merritt”, written by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, drawn by Leo O’Mealia; “G. Wiz” by Hal Sherman. Editor: Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson. Associate editor: Vin Sullivan. Associate editor: Whitney Ellsworth.
CANON: Partial canon (Doctor Occult story).
SERIES/CREATOR NOTES: A couple of new recurring features: “Imagine That” by the Kiefers, and “It’s A Fact” by Paul Ferrer, whose only known credits are this feature’s few installments. A couple of recurring features end: Henri Duval and Chubby. All the creators have other gigs in this or New Comics. Slim Pickins and Ramblin’ Jim both end for now, but will each return once down the line; Stan Randall will move on to Comics Magazine Company and then Dell. Hal Sherman’s “G. Wiz”, which appeared once in New Comics, moves over here and will briefly recur. Harlan David Haskins draws his second and final “Magic Crystal Of History” before disappearing forever. Creig Flessel fills in for Clem Gretter on Don Drake. Wing Brady skips this issue. And a couple of regular creators throw in some one-offs.
Sandra Of The Secret Service: Sandra wanders by a swordfight and then gets abducted and ends up in a room full of men in hoods. I don’t know how I’m supposed to follow any of these recurring adventure strips in installments; I feel like I’d have to read a compilation to have any clue about what’s going on.
Spike Spalding: Pincus gets caught and imprisoned as a stowaway. No sign of Spike.
Woozy Watts: Homeboy has difficulty catching a butterfly.
Jack Woods: Jack tries to rescue Dolores and her father from Pancho Villa and his brigands, cliffhanging in a one-on-one confrontation between Jack and Villa on a mountain ledge.
Ivanhoe: Knights and monks.
Don Drake On The Planet Saro: Drake fights aliens who just look like Roman centurions or something. No fangs or tentacles or anything. Just boring-looking people-aliens.
Barry O’Neill And Fang Gow Of China: Everybody’s fighting on a boat and I’m not sure what’s going on. I’ll bet I write that sentence again before this issue’s over.
Mr. Divot: A silent one-off from Whitney Ellsworth about a golfer who misses so many times that he digs a hole to China.
Buckskin Jim: Some Indians are nice and some are mean.
Pelion And Ossa: The duo get an airplane in the mail, and fly it, and crash it. The airplane definitely looks bigger than the crate it came in.
Imagine That: A renaming of the Kiefers’ previous feature, this is once again illustrated historical speculation that works best if you imagine a drunk Orson Welles slurring it before passing out.
2023 Super-Police: Bad guys capture good guys and then there’s a queen? Something like that?
Midshipman Dewey: Dewey escapes from his boat and then goes back to try to rescue the captain.
Magic Crystal Of History: Kids in an ancient city. Didn’t hold my attention.
Fishy Frolics: An illustration of a bunch of weird mermen.
Do You Know?: Illustrated facts about animals.
Doc Occult: With his first story arc over, Doctor Occult takes down the Methuselah killer, a weirdo who thinks that killing people with long-lived relatives will make him live longer too. Early super-villains were pretty dumb. Because Doctor Occult is drawn by Joe Shuster and looks heroic, I keep thinking he looks like Superman:
Along The Main Line: Couple of yutzes get tied up in a mine and dynamite goes off.
Slim Pickins: Slim argues with Pippo the monkey, Pippo says “icky bogg foogy”, they fight, Slim runs away, the monkey kisses Slim, and Slim gets money. I guess I’m on board. You had me at “icky bogg foogy”. By the way, this is hereby the only result on Google for “icky bogg foogy”.
Brad Hardy: Brad fights ape-men. I’m missing the second page!
It’s A Fact: Illustrated trivia facts.
Chubby: Chubby hangs out in front of an embarrassing sign and everybody laughs at him.
Little Linda: Linda is a prisoner of two bank robbers, but slyly manages to turn them against each other. The final panel would never, ever be published today:
Henri Duval: Henri gets into a swordfight with a bunch of guys who then capture him and bring him to jail. And that’s the last we ever see of Henri Duval, who I guess is still serving his time.
Treasure Island: John Silver hangs out.
Ramblin’ Jim: Jim tells the sob story of his life to a guy interviewing him for a newspaper for some reason.
Captain Grim: The captain gets captured by natives, which seems to happen in at least one story in every issue.
Hubert: Our hero waits on a long line.
Bob Merritt: Bob confronts and fights the guy who’s been impersonating Prospector Jake.
G. Wiz: Dude looks for ink.
I’ve found the serialized stories to be the biggest failings of this and New Comics. They’re too convoluted for me to follow, at least when I see them a page or two at a time like this. I wonder if Superman will suffer from the same problem in a couple of years.
CHARACTER NOTES: Doctor Occult now has the most appearances of any DC Universe character so far, tied with no one. The five installments of his series are the only stories in DC continuity, and he’s the only character who’s been in all of them.
Stan Lee’s high school yearbook photo, 1939.
(Posted this a while back, but this is a cleaner reproduction.)
Could you leave links to the comic downloads in your entires, starting from New Fun #1?
No, sorry. That’s not what this blog is for. You should be able to find torrents pretty easily using Google.
HOW DO YOU GET ALL OF THESE EXTREMELY RARE COMICS? (also, could you please make digital copies of them available to read?)
Some of them have been reprinted, like in the Marvel Masterworks series. I’ve found the rest in torrents of scanned comics, which you can find pretty easily via Google.
MARVEL COMIC #442: Tessie The Typist Comics #5
DATE: Winter 1945
PUBLISHER: 20th Century Comics Corp.
CONTENTS: Cover pencilled by Basil Wolverton. Editor: Vince Fago.
SERIES NOTES: I take back what I said about a quarterly schedule; this oddly-scheduled series won’t return until September.
As usual, I couldn’t find a copy and don’t know what’s inside. Poor Tessie’s been lost to history forever. I wonder if any copies of this exist anywhere. I wonder if even one person on the planet knows what’s in this. I wonder if any living person has read it, even 60 years ago as a child.
Not sure what’s supposed to be happening on the cover. Tessie’s perfume knocked Skidsy out? Is that good or bad? Skidsy looks enamored. Does he like the smell of the perfume so much that he lost his balance? Did Tessie intend that? She looks happy. Does she not know what’s going on behind her? Is it some sort of special perfume that knocks people out and makes them laugh? Is Tessie a secret agent? Is Tessie standing on something, or are her legs just three times the size of her torso? We’ll probably never know, or really care that much.
MARVEL COMIC #135: Terry-Toons Comics #4
DATE: January 1943
PUBLISHER: Timely Comics Inc.
CONTENTS: Cover; “Gandy”; “Terrytoon Varieties!” (activity page); “Oscar”; “Terrytoon Varieties!” (activity page); “Dinky”; “Terrytoon Varieties!” (activity page); “Frenchy”; “Wacky Willy”; “Toughie Gets The Bird” (text story); “Terrytoons Varieties!” (activity page); “Nutty Tales”; “Terrytoons Varieties!” (activity page); “Andy Wolf And Bertie Mouse”. Editorial and art director: Stan Lee. Associate: Bill King. Technical advisor: Mel Barry. Designing technicians: Vince Fago, George Klein, Ernie Hart. Animation and layout supervisors: Mike Sekowsky, Ed Winiarski, Jim Mooney. Special effects: Gary Kay, M. Aquaviva, David Gantz. Story and script specialists: Stan Lee, Joe Calcagno, Ernie Huntley. Consulting associate: Robert Solomon.
Once again, I’ve tracked down a scan of a comic I posted about previously but couldn’t find. It’s nice to fill in gaps like this, but it makes me feel like I’m never going to make any progress. By the time I get around to this again, there’ll be a Krazy Komics omnibus and I’ll be screwed. Anyway:
Gandy tries to fix or build a car for a race, then finally races, and wins because he poured cream soda into the tank? It’s confusing. Oscar the pig thwarts a couple of gangsters. Dinky stars in a weird Christmas story in which he constantly annoys Santa’s gnome (which is an elf, but called a gnome). Frenchy plays in a football game and is useless. E. Claude Pennygrabber tries to cheat the Ginch out of money, but everything backfires. Andy Wolf chases Bertie Mouse into a haunted house, where a ghost fucks with both of them.
I’ve included the credits from the inside front cover, with their goofy titles. You can tell who the writers and artists are, but I don’t know who worked on which story.
Look! It’s the opposite of Rorschach! I don’t know.