COMIC #105: Captain America Comics #18
DATE: September 1942
PUBLISHER: Timely Comics
CONTENTS: Cover by Al Avison; “Bowling Alley Of Death!” (Captain America story), maybe written by Stan Lee, pencilled by Syd Shores, inked by Don Rico; “Captain America And The Tomb Of Horror!”, written by Otto Binder, drawn by Al Avison; “The Yanks Are Coming!” (text story); “The Mikado’s Super-Shell!” (Captain America story), maybe written by Stan Lee, drawn by Don Rico; “Percy”, pencilled by Mike Sekowsky, inked by George Klein; “The Fighting Fool!”, maybe written by Stan Lee, pencilled by Don Rico, inked by Al Gabriele; “Dippy Diplomat” by Guy Blythe; “The Case Of The ‘Costumed Crook’” (Secret Stamp story), maybe written by Stan Lee, drawn by Don Rico; “Dippy Diplomat” by Guy Blythe. Managing editor: Stan Lee. Associate editor: Al Avison.
CANON: Partial (Captain America stories).
I missed it last issue, but the title page now lists writer/editor Stan Lee as “Managing Editor” and artist Al Avison as “Associate Editor”. And beginning this issue, Avison has a reduced art role, with Secret Stamp artist Don Rico stepping up. Of the three Cap stories, Avison drew only one (written by occasional Cap writer Otto Binder), Rico drew one, and occasional Cap artist Syd Shores pencilled one with Rico inking. I got these credits from the Grand Comics Database, but the comic credits Avison; if the G.C.D. is right, I guess the former Kirby protege has his own ghost-artists now.
Binder’s stories always suck; in this one, Cap has a nightmare about fighting the Black Talon while Betty Ross marries Sergeant Duffy. Not that I like the other stories much better. I can handle Cap fighting a Japanese guy named Paw with a long-range gun, but nobody needed a “bowling alley of death”.
Percy: Like last time, I found no mention of this gag strip online. Percy causes mischief at the circus.
Fighting Fool: An Australian and a Frenchman go to America to fight Nazis.
Dippy Diplomat: Silent gag strips from Guy Blythe. Dippy Diplomat will show up a few more times in this title, and Blythe has no other credits besides those.
Secret Stamp: The Secret Stamp catches jewel thieves at a costume party.