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   By Superman
Children's Crusade for Children ad art is definitely by Sheldon Mayer!
 
Additional Information
 
PublicationMay 1940 | Price: 0.10 USD | Pages: 1 | Frequency: monthly
 
CoverThe Nation's Comic Monthly
FeaturingNapoleon; Mescal Ike
CreditsScript: Victor E. Pazmiño? | Pencils: Victor E. Pazmiño | Inks: Victor E. Pazmiño | Letters: Victor E. Pazmiño?
ContentGenre: Humor | Characters: Uncle Elby; Pa Piffle [Paw Piffle]
 
Publisher advertisementJoin Today! Buck Rogers Solar Scouts (1 page)
FeaturingBuck Rogers
CreditsPencils: Dick Calkins | Inks: Dick Calkins | Letters: typeset
ContentGenre: Science Fiction | Characters: Buck Rogers
NotesInside front cover. Promotional advertisement for the Buck Rogers Solar Scouts fan club, with coupon to fill out to join the club. Indicia at bottom of the page.
 
CartoonHead on His Shoulders
FeaturingThe Gay Thirties
CreditsScript: Hank Barrow [as Barrow] (signed) | Pencils: Hank Barrow [as Barrow] (signed) | Inks: Hank Barrow [as Barrow] (signed) | Letters: Hank Barrow?
ContentGenre: Humor
 
CartoonCan This Be Treason?
FeaturingThe Gay Thirties
CreditsScript: Hank Barrow [as Barrow] (signed) | Pencils: Hank Barrow [as Barrow] (signed) | Inks: Hank Barrow [as Barrow] (signed) | Letters: Hank Barrow?
ContentGenre: Humor | Characters: Willie; unnamed boy
NotesBottom portion of cartoon was expanded to fill the remainder of the bottom of the page below the advertisements.
 
AdvertisementFireworks
FeaturingBaltimore Fireworks Company, Inc.
CreditsScript:? (ad copy) | Letters:?; typeset
ContentGenre: Non-fiction
NotesAdvertisement for fireworks from the Baltimore Fireworks Company, Inc. of Baltimore, Maryland. Shares page with The Gay Thirties cartoons.
 
AdvertisementGiven Nothing to Buy
FeaturingWilson Chemical Company, Inc.
CreditsScript:? (ad copy) | Pencils:? (illustration) | Inks:? (illustration) | Letters: typeset
ContentGenre: Non-fiction
NotesAdvertisement offering kids and opportunity to sell premium items like chrome cases and Cloverine Brand Salve from Wilson Chemical Company, Inc. of Tyrone, Pennsylvania. Shares page with The Gay Thirties cartoons.
 
AdvertisementStreamlined Bike for You!
FeaturingCrowell-Collier Publishing Company
CreditsScript:? (ad copy) | Pencils:? (comic art);? (illustration) | Inks:? (comic art);? (illustration) | Letters:?; typeset
ContentGenre: Non-fiction
NotesAdvertisement with an illustration and a very basic comic panel to sell a prize catalog from Crowell-Collier Publishing Company of Springfield, Ohio. Shares page with The Gay Thirties cartoons.
 
Cartoon"I just want to get my ball" (1 page)
FeaturingGoofie Gags
CreditsScript: Victor Pazmiño [as VEP] (signed) | Pencils: Victor Pazmiño [as VEP] (signed) | Inks: Victor Pazmiño [as VEP] (signed) | Letters: Victor E. Pazmiño?
ContentGenre: Humor
NotesFour gag cartoons.
 
Cartoon"Clark Gable's first acting job was with a co-operative stock company."
SynopsisFun facts about movie stars and trivia about Hollywood.
FeaturingStar Flashes
CreditsScript: Charles Bruno (signed) | Pencils: Charles Bruno (signed) | Inks: Charles Bruno (signed) | Letters: Charles Bruno?
ContentGenre: Non-fiction; Biography | Characters: Clark Cable; Mary Carlisle; Jane Withers; Gene Autry; Trigger; Shirley Temple
NotesThe 11/23 date was not removed from the Gene Autry portion of the cartoon. Artwork was reformatted from several Star Flashes comic panels.
 
AdvertisementFree! Snake Triangle!
FeaturingThe Mail Box Stamps for Collectors
CreditsScript:? (ad copy) | Pencils:? (illustrations) | Inks:? (illustrations) | Letters: typeset
ContentGenre: Non-fiction
NotesShares page with the The Mail Box Stamps for Collectors is an advertisement section for stamp collectors. Advertisements are from the Seminole Stamp Company of Baltimore, Maryland and Potomac Stamp Company of Washington, D.C.
 
Comic Story"Swell of you to take us in Captain!" (4 pages)
FeaturingRoy Powers
CreditsScript: Paul Powell | Pencils: Kemp Starrett? | Inks: Kemp Starrett?
ContentGenre: Adventure | Characters: Roy Powers; Rocky Jones; Chunky
 
Letters PageThrills Galore in Famous Funnies (1 page)
FeaturingLet's Get Into a Huddle!
CreditsScript: Stephen Douglas (signed) | Pencils: Stephen Douglas (signed) | Inks: Stephen Douglas (signed) | Letters: typeset; Stephen Douglas
NotesIncludes a short bit of information of artist M. E. Brady, and his then recent move to California and his mention in a local California newspaper. Also a short vignette of artist Bob Bliss and his recent mention in an unnamed major Boston newspaper. States next issue #71 will be released on May 14th (1940).
 
Comic StoryCavaliers and Roundheads
FeaturingHighlights of History
CreditsScript: J. Carroll Mansfield (signed) | Pencils: J. Carroll Mansfield (signed) | Inks: J. Carroll Mansfield (signed) | Letters: J. Carroll Mansfield?
ContentGenre: Non-fiction; History | Characters: Charles I; James I; Duke of Buckingham
 
Comic Story"'Sterling,' the mark of the finest silver..."
FeaturingWould You Believe It......?
CreditsScript: J. Carroll Mansfield | Pencils: J. Carroll Mansfield | Inks: J. Carroll Mansfield | Letters: J. Carroll Mansfield?
ContentGenre: Non-fiction; History | Characters: Man o' War; Napolen Bonaparte; Louis Bonaparte; Hortense Beauharnais
NotesThe Would You Believe It......? is a topper (footer) to Highlights of History comic strip listed in the previous sequence.
 
CartoonPerseverance
FeaturingHistoric Ships......
CreditsScript: J. Carroll Mansfield (signed) | Pencils: J. Carroll Mansfield (signed) | Inks: J. Carroll Mansfield (signed) | Letters: J. Carroll Mansfield?
ContentGenre: Non-fiction; History
NotesThe Historic Ships...... is a topper (footer) to Highlights of History comic strip listed in the second sequence previous to this one.
 
Comic Story"Oh Ho- What a life! Three guards bowled over so far..." (4 pages)
FeaturingSkyroads
CreditsScript: Dick Calkins | Pencils: Russell Keaton (signed) | Inks: Russell Keaton (signed)
ContentGenre: Adventure; Aviation
NotesLast panel of each daily strip includes "Wing Tips", short factoids about flying. Dick Calkins is credited on the original comic strip, not on the reprint.
 
Comic Story"I could sit like this forever dear"
FeaturingHairbreadth Harry
CreditsScript: F. O. Alexander [as Alexander] (signed) | Pencils: F. O. Alexander [as Alexander] (signed) | Inks: F. O. Alexander [as Alexander] (signed) | Letters: F. O. Alexander?
ContentGenre: Adventure
 
Comic Story"Rodeo souvenirs! Real Wild West hats!"
FeaturingHigh-Gear Homer
CreditsScript: F. O. Alexander [as A] (signed) | Pencils: F. O. Alexander [as A] (signed) | Inks: F. O. Alexander [as A] (signed) | Letters: F. O. Alexander?
ContentGenre: Humor
NotesHigh-Gear Homer is a topper (footer) to the Hairbreadth Harry comic strip listed in the previous sequence.
 
Comic Story"Near Goyaz, Allura was kidnapped and chained in a cavern" (4 pages)
FeaturingBuck Rogers
CreditsScript: Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed) | Pencils: Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed) | Inks: Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)
ContentGenre: Science Fiction | Characters: Buck Rogers; Wilma Deering; Huer
 
Comic Story18 (1 page)
SynopsisJitter helps a a caddy to a woman playing golf
FeaturingJitter
CreditsScript: Arthur Poinier | Pencils: Arthur Poinier | Inks: Arthur Poinier | Letters: Arthur Poinier?
ContentGenre: Humor; Anthropomorphic-funny Animals; Sports | Characters: Jitter; unnamed red-haired woman
NotesComic is almost wordless.
 
Comic Story"Jeremy Blade and the U.S. Marshal continuing their search for Klondike Devlin's mine..." (3 pages)
FeaturingSergeant Stony Craig
CreditsScript: Frank Rentfrow | Pencils: Don Dickson | Inks: Don Dickson
ContentGenre: Military
 
Comic Story"Now children, as a reward for having a perfect lesson-..." (1 page)
FeaturingBig Chief Wahoo
CreditsScript: Allen Saunders | Pencils: Elmer Woggon | Inks: Elmer Woggon | Letters: Elmer Woggon?
ContentGenre: Humor | Characters: Big Chief Wahoo; Minnie Ha-Cha; Pigtails; unnamed kids; Kelly (greenhouse owner); Ammonia (Wahoo's horse)
NotesLast panel is called "Indian Slango" listing period gags on Native American slang. Dialogue edited out of the reprint at the bottom of the "Indian Slango" panel.
 
Comic Story"Got to hand it to ya kid! You know hot wa handle a boat!" (4 pages)
FeaturingDickie Dare
CreditsScript: Colton Waugh | Pencils: Colton Waugh | Inks: Colton Waugh
ContentGenre: Adventure | Characters: Dickie Dare; Dan Flynn: Wags
 
Comic Story"Well come on, Pat, this deserted farm-house..." (2 pages)
FeaturingAdventures of Patsy
CreditsScript: Mel Graff | Pencils: Mel Graff | Inks: Mel Graff
ContentGenre: Adventure | Characters: Patsy; Phantom Magician; Queen Patsy; King Goof
 
Comic StoryUncle Elby and Napoleon Get Back at Speed Boaters (1 page)
SynopsisNapoleon and Uncle Elby's quiet time fishing is ruined by the splashing waters from two people in a speed boat. Elby buys an engine for his boat from a Marine store and fills up a tub of water. They chase down the boaters and Elby dumps the tub and water on them causing them to crash on the shore. Now they can return to their fishing.
FeaturingNapoleon
CreditsScript: Clifford McBride (signed) | Pencils: Clifford McBride (signed) | Inks: Clifford McBride (signed)
ContentGenre: Humor; Animal | Characters: Napolean; Uncle Elby
 
Comic Story"Not all medals are won on battlefields." (1 page)
FeaturingDaredevils of Destiny
CreditsScript: Frank Rentfrow | Pencils: Don Dickson (signed) | Inks: Don Dickson (signed)
ContentGenre: Biography; Military | Characters: Private Albert Smith; Machinist Mate P. M. Phelps
 
FeaturingThe Pen Pal Page
CreditsPencils:? (logo art) | Inks:? (logo art) | Letters: typeset
 
Comic Story"I've been waiting a week for that dancing lesson broadcast..." (1 page)
FeaturingNapoleon
CreditsScript: Clifford McBride (signed) | Pencils: Clifford McBride (signed) | Inks: Clifford McBride (signed) | Letters: Clifford McBride?
ContentGenre: Humor; Animal | Characters: Napolean; Uncle Elby
NotesOnly first panel has dialogue, remainder of the strip is wordless.
 
PSAChildren's Crusade for Children (1 page)
ContentGenre: Advocacy
NotesPublic service announcement to encourage donations for helping refugee children during the period of April 22 to 30, 1940.
 
Comic Story"Buck up! The magic carpet must be right around here" (4 pages)
FeaturingOaky Doaks
CreditsScript: William McCleery [as RB Fuller] (signed) | Pencils: Ralph Briggs Fuller [as RB Fuller] (signed) | Inks: Ralph Briggs Fuller [as RB Fuller] (signed)
ContentGenre: Adventure; Humor; Historical | Characters: Oaky Doaks; King Cedric; Sir Cadwell
 
Comic Story"C'mon, Tiny, the circus is in town!" (1 page)
FeaturingSeaweed Sam
CreditsScript: Victor E. Pazmiño [as VEP] (signed) | Pencils: Victor E. Pazmiño [as VEP] (signed) | Inks: Victor E. Pazmiño [as VEP] (signed) | Letters: Victor E. Pazmiño?
ContentGenre: Humor
 
Comic Story"I promised Minnie Ha-Cha I'd see to it that you got a new hat, today!" (1 page)
FeaturingBig Chief Wahoo
CreditsScript: Allen Saunders | Pencils: Elmer Woggon [as Wog] (signed) | Inks: Elmer Woggon [as Wog] (signed)
ContentGenre: Humor | Characters: Big Chief Wahoo; Great Gusto; unnamed male sales clerk; unnamed female sales clerk; unnamed female customer
NotesLast panel includes "Chief Wahoo's Dizzy Dictionary."
 
Comic Story"You're on your way to Hollywood, Irma!" (2 pages)
FeaturingOlly of the Movies
CreditsScript: Julian Ollendorf | Pencils: Julian Ollendorf | Inks: Julian Ollendorf | Letters: Julian Ollendorf?
ContentGenre: Adventure
 
Comic Story"Scorchy Mickey and Himmelstoss return to the LaFarge cabin" (2 pages)
FeaturingScorchy Smith
CreditsScript: Noel Sickles | Pencils: Noel Sickles | Inks: Noel Sickles
ContentGenre: Adventure | Characters: Scorchy Smith; Pudge; Knuckles; Armara
 
Comic StoryQueen of the May
FeaturingSomebody's Stenog
CreditsScript: Alfred Earle Hayward [as A. E. Hayward] (signed) | Pencils: Alfred Earle Hayward [as A. E. Hayward] (signed) | Inks: Alfred Earle Hayward [as A. E. Hayward] (signed) | Letters: Alfred Earle Hayward?
ContentGenre: Humor | Characters: Sam Smithers; Cam O'Flage; unnamed Bonbon College co-eds; unnamed Bonbon college dean; unnamed police officer; unnamed judge
 
Comic Story"If I do say it-I am strong minded!"
FeaturingThe Back-Seat Driver
CreditsScript: Alfred Earle Hayward | Pencils: Alfred Earle Hayward | Inks: Alfred Earle Hayward | Letters: Alfred Earle Hayward?
ContentGenre: Humor
NotesThe Back-Seat Driver is a topper (footer) to the Somebody's Stenog comic strip listed in the previous sequence.
 
Comic Story"Several hours have elapsed..." (2 pages)
FeaturingLightnin' and the Lone Rider
CreditsPencils: Frank Robbins | Inks: Frank Robbins
ContentGenre: Western-frontier | Characters: Jim Larrimore; The Panther (villain); Ramon (henchman); Luis (henchman)
NotesReprint information from the Stripper's Guide blog (http://strippersguide.blogspot.com/2017_09_24_archive.html, retrieved 27 September 2017) based from research by Allan Holtz and Jeffrey Lindenblatt.
 
Cartoon"FIS-S-S-H!" (1 page)
FeaturingAbove the Crowd
CreditsScript: Benjamin D. Allen [as Stookie Allen] (signed) | Pencils: Benjamin D. Allen [as Stookie Allen] (signed) | Inks: Benjamin D. Allen [as Stookie Allen] (signed) | Letters: Benjamin D. Allen?
ContentGenre: Non-fiction; Biography | Characters: Captain A. L. Kahn
 
Comic Story"Golly, Napoleon. We've been becalmed here for an hour-I'm going to take a swim!" (1 page)
FeaturingNapoleon
CreditsScript: Clifford McBride | Pencils: Clifford McBride | Inks: Clifford McBride | Letters: Clifford McBride?
ContentGenre: Humor; Animal | Characters: Napolean; Uncle Elby
NotesThe first four panels were reprinted in Napoleon and Uncle Elby daily (Lafave Newspaper Features [Arthur J. Lefave]) 1941-07-02 with slightly altered dialogue.
 
Comic Story"Scram! You brats!" (1 page)
FeaturingBig Chief Wahoo
CreditsScript: Allen Saunders | Pencils: Elmer Woggon [as Wog] (signed) | Inks: Elmer Woggon [as Wog] (signed)
ContentGenre: Humor | Characters: Big Chief Wahoo; Dixie Down ["Butch" Mahoney] (blacksmith); Gravyface; Tubby; unnamed kids; Oscar the Octopus
NotesLast panel includes an Oscar the Octopus gag panel. Dialogue edited out of the reprint at the bottom of the "Oscar the Octopus" panel.
 
Comic Story"Now don't you worry - In the morning - if I can walk - I'll look for that paper!" (2 pages)
FeaturingBabe Bunting
CreditsScript: Roy L. Williams [as Williams] (credited) | Pencils: Roy L. Williams [as Williams] (credited) | Inks: Roy L. Williams [as Williams] (credited) | Letters: Roy L. Williams?
ContentGenre: Adventure; Children
 
Comic StoryNow For a Vacation!
FeaturingMescal Ike
CreditsScript: S. L. Huntley (credited) | Pencils: Art Huhta | Inks: Art Huhta
ContentGenre: Humor; Western-frontier
NotesMescal Ike logo above this strip.
 
Comic StoryWhat's Talk Anyway!
FeaturingMescal Ike
CreditsScript: S. L. Huntley (credited) | Pencils: Art Huhta | Inks: Art Huhta
ContentGenre: Humor; Western-frontier
 
Comic StoryMaybe He's Undersize?
FeaturingMescal Ike
CreditsScript: S. L. Huntley (credited) | Pencils: Art Huhta | Inks: Art Huhta
ContentGenre: Humor; Western-frontier
 
Comic StorySafe at Home Plate!
FeaturingMescal Ike
CreditsScript: S. L. Huntley (credited) | Pencils: Art Huhta | Inks: Art Huhta
ContentGenre: Humor; Western-frontier
 
Comic Story"Hullo, there, Connie! Goin' down town?"
FeaturingConnie
CreditsScript: Frank Godwin (credited) | Pencils: Frank Godwin (credited) | Inks: Frank Godwin (credited) | Letters: Frank Godwin?
ContentGenre: Adventure
 
Comic Story"John, I'm going to stop worrying about my diet!"
FeaturingThe Wet Blanket
CreditsScript: Frank Godwin | Pencils: Frank Godwin | Inks: Frank Godwin | Letters: Frank Godwin?
ContentGenre: Humor
NotesThe Wet Blanket is a topper (footer) to Connie comic strip listed in the previous sequence.
 
Cartoon"I know it looks good on me - " (1 page)
FeaturingLife's Like That
CreditsScript: Fred Neher (credited) | Pencils: Fred Neher (credited) | Inks: Fred Neher (credited) | Letters: Fred Neher?
ContentGenre: Humor | Characters: Squeaky
NotesSix gag cartoons one of which feature a boy named Squeaky.
 
Comic Story"Little Jackie Hornet flew into a cornet..."
FeaturingLittle Jackie Hornet
CreditsScript: M. E. Brady | Pencils: M. E. Brady | Inks: M. E. Brady | Letters: M. E. Brady?
ContentGenre: Humor | Characters: Little Jackie Hornet
NotesLittle Jackie Hornet is a topper to Butty and Fatty comic strip listed in the next sequence.
 
Comic Story"Dang it! I forgot my key and now I've got to sneak in the house ... "
FeaturingButty and Fatty
CreditsScript: M. E. Brady [as MEB] (signed) | Pencils: M. E. Brady [as MEB] (signed) | Inks: M. E. Brady [as MEB] (signed) | Letters: M. E. Brady?
ContentGenre: Humor; Children
 
Text StoryPearler's Three (2 pages)
CreditsScript: Winifield Kent | Pencils:? (illustrations) | Inks:? (illustrations) | Letters: typeset
ContentGenre: Adventure
 
Comic Story"Hey! Cut that out! Lie down Jo-Jo!" (2 pages)
FeaturingHomer Hoopee
CreditsScript: Fred Locher (signed) | Pencils: Fred Locher (signed) | Inks: Fred Locher (signed) | Letters: Fred Locher?
ContentGenre: Adventure; Humor
 
Activity"These happy animals are taking a walk..." (1 page)
FeaturingFunland Everybody's Playmate
CreditsScript: Art Nugent [as A. W. Nugent] (signed) | Pencils: Art Nugent [as A. W. Nugent] (signed) | Inks: Art Nugent [as A. W. Nugent] (signed) | Letters: Art Nugent?
ContentGenre: Non-fiction
NotesPuzzle and activity page.
 
Comic StoryAesop's Fables (1 page)
FeaturingNapoleon
CreditsScript: Clifford McBride (signed) | Pencils: Clifford McBride (signed) | Inks: Clifford McBride (signed) | Letters: Clifford McBride?
ContentGenre: Humor; Animal | Characters: Napoleon; Uncle Elby; Willie
NotesExcept for one panel, this comic is mostly wordless.
 
Activity"Now how can I make him disappear?" (1 page)
FeaturingMagic Made Easy
CreditsScript: Stephen A. Douglas [as S.D.] (signed) | Pencils: Stephen A. Douglas [as S.D.] (signed) | Inks: Stephen A. Douglas [as S.D.] (signed) | Letters: Stephen A. Douglas?; typeset
ContentGenre: Non-fiction
NotesActivity page of magic tricks.
 
Comic StoryScout Manual, Wood Craft, Campers Guide (1 page)
FeaturingJitter
CreditsScript: Arthur Poinier (credited) | Pencils: Arthur Poinier (credited) | Inks: Arthur Poinier (credited) | Letters: Arthur Poinier?
ContentGenre: Humor; Animal | Characters: Jitter
NotesInside back cover.
 
AdvertisementAnnouncing the Sensational New Daisy 1000-Shot Red Ryder Carbine (1 page)
FeaturingRed Ryder; Daisy Manufacturing Company
CreditsScript:? (ad copy) | Pencils: Fred Harman (Red Ryder characters, signed);? (illustrations) | Inks: Fred Harman (Red Ryder characters, signed);? (illustrations) | Letters:?; typeset
ContentGenre: Non-fiction | Characters: Red Ryder; Little Beaver
NotesBack cover. Advertisement using Red Ryder characters promoting the 1000-Shot Red Ryder Carbine Daisy Air Refile from the Daisy Manufacturing Company of Plymouth, Michigan.
 
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