Men of Mystery #104- “Hardworking Heroes” is now available !! A superb collection of full-story esoteric rarities straight out of comic’s Golden Age, including gems from Eastern Publishing’s Heroic comics, like MAN O’METAL (drawn by Wonder Woman artist H. G. Peter), both HYDROMAN and MUSIC MASTER (MM’s origin from Heroic #12, in fact) drawn by the great Bill Everett and the hardly-seen PURPLE ZOMBIE, drawn by lady artist Tarpe Mills. Also, a fistful of feature-length stories from Standard/Nedor’s America’s Best #14; The BLACK TERROR, FIGHTING YANK, DOC STRANGE and the AMERICAN EAGLE. Hillman Pubs is represented with an great AIRBOY tale (featuring VALKRIE!!) drawn by the JSA team of Arthur Peddy and Bernard Sachs, the HEAP by Dan Barry, and The FLYING FOOL by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Speed #24 stars CAPTAIN FREEDOM ( with art by Arturo Cazenueve) and SHOCK GIBSON (drawn by Al Bryant) make an appearance as well, plus Fred Schwab’s LADY LUCK, HURRICANE KIDS by Bill Ely, and GANGBUSTERS. 140 pages in glistening black and white, inside a full color Alex Schomburg cover. $29.95, from AC Comics. Printed in 2017.
When Golden Age fans and historians think of that venerable Golden Age publisher T. T. Scott’s Fiction House line of comics (certainly one of the more successful comics lines of the era, running from 1938 until 1954), they think of a lot of great comics- science-fiction, jungle, aviation and adventure, all with a strong “Good Girl” art slant. What they DON’T think of is costumed supercharacters. But- Fiction House DID give the superhero bandwagon a few turns (particularly early on), and the uninitiated will be surprised to learn that they weren’t too bad. This go-around, issue #103; Men of Mystery shines a spotlight on the little-known roster of Fiction House superheroes. Ever hear of CAPTAIN FIGHT? Well, you’ll see him in a feature-length adventure originally published in Fight Comics #18, nicely illustrated by Artie Saaf. How about Rip Reagan, POWER MAN? FC’s entry in the “let’s imitate Superman” was drawn by Emil Gershwin. See it here. Intrigued by a star-spangled champion from the 29Th century traveling back in time to 1940 to fight Facsism? Try SUPER AMERICAN, as rendered by FC’s awesome cover specialist Dan Zolnerowich. Maybe your tastes run to a red-costumed spaceman who can grow to giant size. If so, check out The RED COMET, out of the early pages of Planet Comics. Rollicking action and adventure with an aviation backdrop is anything but routine with The PHANTOM FALCON. He actually had no super powers, but he did have a cool mask and costume, and actually appeared in Wings Comics until almost 1950. MOM #103 sports not one but TWO PF tales, one drawn by Howard Larsen, and one by Charles Sultan. And do make sure you are well-grounded when you check out The LIGHTNING, U. S. Army serviceman Fred Larkin in his red and yellow costume, tossing lightning bolts from his fingertips. This one illustrated by Sheena’s main artist, Robert Hayward Webb. Who would go around in a red cape and tights practicing magic in the jungle? TABU, that’s who. He stalked through a healthy run of issues of Jungle Comics, nicely rendered by Enrico Bagnoli, among others. Don’t forget a trio of costumed kids fighting enemy fifth-columnists on the domestic front known as The RANGERS of FREEDOM. Unfortunately, they only appeared in a quartet of adventures, all well-drawn (as is this one) by Joe Doolin. How much need could there be for costumed crimefighters in the African jungle in the 1940’s? Well, maybe more than we would think, since Jungle Comics also hosted the cowled RED PANTHER. See him here, drawn by Tom Gill. All of the above-mentioned rarities would be worth the price of admission alone, but there’s more- AURO, Lord Of Jupiter drawn by Bob Powell, STUART TAYLOR by Nick Cardy, Al Walker’s NORGE BENSON, CAPTAIN NELSON COLE, of the Solar Force; and FLINT BAKER by Arthur Peddy. Check out the Heroes of Fiction House in Men of Mystery #103, because you WON’T see THIS stuff anywhere else!! 136 pages, black and white with color covers, standard comic book size. Printed in 2017.
Men of Mystery #102 is now available- another great eclectic collection of the best and most interesting costumed-hero adventures from a wide variety of Golden Age publishers, including Standard/Nedor, Dell, Eastern Publishing, Fawcett, Fox, Continental, Bailey Pubs, Pelican, Lev Gleason and others. Vintage gems here abound, including THE LAST original 1940’s MISS MASQUE story left that we had not previously reprinted; an untitled Lin Streeter-drawn adventure initially printed in Exciting Comics #54. Also, the ONLY SHOCK GIBSON story ever drawn by the Glanzman brothers- Lew Glanz ( best known for being the main artist on Centaur’s AMAZING MAN and The SHARK, as well as being the first artist to illustrate the classic children’s book character, Pipi Longstockings) and Sam Glanzman (best known for his stellar art on war stories at DC and Charlton in the Silver Age), plus classic never-before-reprinted stories featuring Dick Briefer’s REX DEXTER; IBIS, MOON GIRL, Mr. SCARLET, COMMANDO YANK, BLACK TERROR and PHANTOM EAGLE. There are also not one but TWO 1940’s heroes that have never before been seen in MEN OF MYSTERY debuting this issue: Mr. LUCIFER, a dark anti-hero type illustrated by John Giunta during his pseudo-Meskin phase, originally seen in the Bailey shop- produced Spook Comics #1; and one of THE rarest one-shot heroes of the Golden Age, The GREEN GIANT; written by George Kapitan and drawn by Harry Sahle, seen previously only in Pelican Pubs’ one-shot Green Giant Comics in 1941. In addition, this issue also features a quintet of “sophmore sensations”; stories atarring heroes who have appeared previously in MOM ONLY ONCE. They include The RED BLAZER (drawn by Al Avison), H. G. Peter’s FEARLESS FLINT, Fox Features’ GOLDEN KNIGHT, RED ROCKET(with art by George Appel), and Bob Wood’s The GHOST. A full 140 pages of spectacular forgotten gold, reproduced in crystal clear, pristine black and white, with color covers. Standard comic book size, saddle- stitched, for $29.95 from AC Comics. Printed in 2016.
Based on the responses we get, MEN OF MYSTERY readers just can’t get enough of Everett M. Arnold’s Quality Comics material from the Golden Age, so we’ve put together ANOTHER all-Quality special, highlighting this top-shelf purveyor of comic book action from the 1940’s. The star of this issues’ awesome Lou Fine cover, UNCLE SAM leads off the proceedings with a tale originally published in National Comics #33; an election-themed story titled “Mobtown, USA”, followed by an untitled John Cassone BLACK CONDOR saga from Crack Comics #25, a classic Al Bryant-drawn CAPTAIN TRIUMPH, George Brenner’s antideluvian masked adventurer The CLOCK, a Reed Crandall- illustrated episode of The RAY, AND one featuring SAMAR; Fred Guardineer’s TOR, and QUICKSILVER- and that’s only the beginning!! This issues’ special feature hones in on DOLLMAN, one of Quality’s BIGGEST stars ( no pun intended)! MOM 101 will present no less than SIX FULL DOLLMAN dramas, running across the chronological spectrum of the character’s 14-year run, starting with three early Lou Fine-illustrated gems, a Reed Crandall classic from Feature Comics #45, another top-flight Crandall opus from ten issues later, moving on to an iconic Al Bryant-rendered story pitting him against the masked menace of Mr. Curio from Feature #122. Being barely six inches high never looked so good!! Of course, introducing Golden Age characters that have NEVER been previously reprinted at AC has become a MEN of MYSTERY tradition, and we are NOT about to let #101 break that skein, so this issue we throw in ALIAS The SPIDER; Paul Gustavson’s costumed bow-wielding crimefighter, and the INVISIBLE HOOD, Art Pinajian’s early Smash Comics star. If you’re a Quality Comics mayven that loves those spectacularly- drawn stories, you can’t miss this one. Old-timers say Quality paid their artists and writers THE HIGHEST rates in the 1940’s, and that kind of budget showed up in the level of the work that ended up on every page of their comics. MOM #101 will be yet another testament to that. 140 pages of full-story, high-quality black andwhite reprints inside of four-color covers; standard comic-book size, and saddle-stitched. Coming from AC Comics in July, 2016.
The landmark 100Th issue of AC’s long-running classic vintage reprint series is finally here, and WHAT an issue it is!! The ladies have hijacked the book from Page 1 to Page 160, with this issue’s special theme on ALL the comic bok masked and super heroines that existed in comic books BEFORE DC’s heralded WONDER WOMAN! This volume covers it all, from Planet Comics one-shot AMAZONA (said to LITERALLY be the inspiration to Marston and Peter’s WW), Nedor’s WOMAN IN RED (first masked heroine anywhere in comics), from thr ultra-rare Great Comics #1, it’s MADAME STRANGE (her very first story, in it’s entirety), Centaur’s MAGICIAN FROM MARS origin (Does ANYONE else even KNOW that she was a female superheroine? With that name, probably not.), FANTOMAH from Jungle Comics; The very LAST original Golden Age MISS VICTORY story that AC had NEVER previously reprinted; Fox Fearures’ SPIDER QUEEN; the BULE LADY’s origin, from Amazing Man #24; CAMILLA; PAT PARKER, WAR NURSE (in the story she first dons her costume); The BLACK CAT (drawn by BOB POWELL!!); LADY FAIRPLAY; Quality’s MISS AMERICA, USA-The SPIRIT of OLD GLORY, and WILDFIRE, all in never previously-reprinted stories; Chesler’s LADY SATAN, SORCERESS of ZOOM and QUEEN of EVIL from Fox, and even a trio of heroines that STARTED in newspaper strips (before WW’s debut) and later made their way into comics- LADY LUCK, CONNIE and The INVISIBLE SCARLET O’NEILL!! With art by Alex Blum, Dan Zolnerowich, Frank Frollo, the aforementioned Bob Powell, Klaus Nordling, Ralph Mayo, Chuck Winter, John Giunta, Malcolm Kildale, Elmer Wexler, Nick Cardy, Jim Mooney, Sol Rosen, Harry Lucey, Louis and Arturo Cazeneuve, W. B. Smith, George Appel, Maurice Gutwirth, Russell Stamm and Frank Godwin. All this plus an editorial by AC Executive Editor on the handful of quialifying heroines we COULDN’T include in this tome!! This issue has an ADDITIONAL 20 pages over even a normal huge issue of MOM, as it is a FULL 160 pages of superb classic reprints. If you think Diana Prince was the first super-female in the comic books, buy this issue and find out how WRONG you were!! Standard comic book size, fuull color covers, black and white interiors, saddle-stitched, for $29,95. Released in 2016.
Men of Mystery #99 is now available!! A wonderfully eclectic collection of lead features, stong backups and a little rare weirdness from defunct publishers like Hillman, Fawcett, Spark, Dell, Lev Gleason, Harry “A” Chesler and more- perfect for the discriminating collector and Golden Age fanatic. Sixteen full vintage stories reprinted in glistening black and white, featuring adventures starring headliners like Lev Gleason’s original Daredevil, Crimebuster ( in his later Chuck Chandler days), Airboy, Captain Midnight, Shock Gibson, The Owl, The Flame, The Claw, and Spirit of ’76- as well as MOM first-timers including Atoman, Fireater, Great Zarro, Iron Ace, Mr. E, and Robin Hood. Artists on these wonderful features include Joe Kubert, Jerry Robinson, Bob Powell, Arties Saaf, Carmine Infantino, Leonard Frank, Norman Maurer, Robert Q. Sale, Jack Binder, Arturo Cazeneuve and Frank Thomas. 140 full pages of vintage greatness within a full-color Fred Kida, saddle-stitched at full comic book size, priced at $29.95. Released in 2016.015.
Men of Mystery #98 is now available!! This issue is devoted to the offerings from early comics pioneer Victor Fox’s Fox Features line, with sixteen rare stories from this legendary line. Cover feature The BLUE BEETLE is likely Fox’s best-remembered hero, and you’ll see him this issue not once but TWICE, in an early Golden Age appearance in a story from Mystery Men#13 (drawn by Larry Antoinette) and also one from late in the run, a 1948 Jack Kamen- drawn gem “Suicide For Sale”, from Blue Beetle Comics #53. Another star of the day was SAMSON, who also appears in a pair of tales- both drawn by Al Carreno- one each from Fantastic Comics #’s 15 and one from # 20. The GREEN MASK was BB’s co-star in Mystery Men, and he’ll likewise share the spotlight here, appearing in a tale (also from MM #13) drawn by the Cazeneuve brothers- Louis and Arturo. STARDUST the SUPER-WIZARD is one of the weirdest featiures ever to appear in comics, and he turns up here in a tale (also from Fantastc #15) where he calls upon help from “The Stardust Sixth Column”- a group of teenage boys (all decked out in costumes identical to his) to beat some racketeers- as only creator Fletcher Hanks could illustrate it. And we couldn’t do an issue of MOM without presenting at least a couple of costumed types that had never prviously appeared in reprints in the title, and this time around we have three! First. it’s The BLACK LION, from Wonderworld Comics # 27, along with his partner, The Cub, by Chuck Winter. I might surmise that the BLACK LION stories are unused episodes of The BLACK FURY (who previously ran in Fantastic Comics) slightly reworked. Then, there’s”DYNAMITE” THOR, from Blue Beetle #6. This costumed crusader works somewhat in the mold of Quality’s HUMAN BOMB or Centaur’s TNT TODD- he propels himself through the air and fights crime with the aid of-dynamite- though it’s not really clear just HOW. Finally, it’s The BANSHEE, from V-Man Comics #2. This early Warren King-drawn hero is actually mild-mannered Jim O’Connell who wraps himself up in tattered shrouds, and leaps about fighting crime and-screaming. Really. All this plus Fox’s underwater hero, NAVY JONES; LIEUTENANT DRAKE by Klaus Nordling; V-MAN by Ramona Patenuade; SPACE SMITH, Dr. Mortal (by Bert Whitman) from Weird Comics #8, Bob Powell’s D-13 and MARGA the PANTHER WOMAN. 140 pages of rare, early Golden Age hero action in black and white with color covers, for $29.95. Released in 2015.
Men of Mystery #97- “Quality Comics’ Biggest Stars” is now available!! Yes, it’s another top-flight compilation of some of the best Golden Age stories produced for Everett M. Arnold’s late, great Quality Comics line of the 1940’s and ’50’s; 20 complete stories in all, culled from some of the rarest, most valuable vintage issues of such Quality titles as National, Feature, Hit, Crack and Smash; with a special focus on the spectacular art of REED CRANDALL! This issue, enjoy DOLLMAN (from Feature #49) CAPTAIN TRIUMPH, The RAY (from Smash #36), and HERCULES (From Hit #16), all illustrated by the talented Mr.Crandall, but that is only the beginning, because you also get QUICKSILVER (from National #23), from National #23, The JESTER (from Smash #36) and RUSTY RYAN (from Feature #49), all by the equally-skilled Paul Gustavson, AND WONDER BOY (from National #23), ZERO, GHOST DETECTIVE (from Feature #49),BETTY BATES ( from Hit #16) and SALLY O’NEILL (from National #23) all by the stellar Al Bryant, plus Jack Cole’s MIDNIGHT (from Smash #36), Alex Kotzky’s ESPIONAGE (from Smash #36), MERLIN as illustrated by Fred Guardineer (originally published in National #23), SAMAR by Maxwell Elkans (as previously seen in Feature #49), The MARKSMAN drawn by Alex Koda (from Smash #36); The RED BEE by Witmer Williams (Hit #16), DAFFY by Bart Tumey (From Smash #47), UNCLE SAM (from National #23) and Jim Mooney’s WILDFIRE from Smash #36. That’s a full 140 pages of crisp black and white full story reprints not seen since their original publication in the 1940’s!! All inside a great full-color Crandall cover starring DOLLMAN! Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched, for $29.95. Released in 2015.
Men of Mystery #96- the special All Nedor/Standard issue is now available!! The comic book offshoot of Ned Pines’ pulp magazine empire had a good long run during comic’s Golden Age (and beyond, really), operating from 1939 until 1956. This big volume of MOM celebrates some of the best and most interesting costumed adventure characters throughout the companies’ history. BRAD SPENCER, WONDERMAN was an attempt at a cross-genre hero, melding science fiction with superheroics. He was a headliner in Nedor’s Wonder Comics during the late 1940’s, appearing here in “The March of The Dinosaurs” which originally appeared in Wonder #17, from April 1948. The noteworthy artwork is by the unlikely teamimg of Bob Oksner and Frank Frazetta. Thrilling Comics’ cross between Doc Savage and Superman, the original DR. STRANGE could fly and do just about anything, powered by quaffing a liquid made out of “distilled sun atoms” called Alosun. This issues’ first STRANGE adventure “Dr. Strange In The South Seas” comes from Thrilling #8, in 1940; as illustrated by George Mandel. The SCARAB was an interesting hero that just never caught on. With an ancient Egyptian theme, the power of the pharoahs AND a reincarnated priest in the form of a black cat as a sidekick. Here you’ll see The SCARAB’s origin from Startling #34, July 1945. Adapted from the pulp hero The GREEN GHOST, super-magician George Chance fights crime as simply The GHOST, appearing here in an untitled story from 1940. WOMAN IN RED was a very early original costumed heroine showcased here in a story from Thrilling #19 (1941), with art by W. B. Smith. PYROMAN may have been awkwardly named (since he has electrical powers), but he was a pretty cool character. See him here taking on phony Asian versions of himself in a nameless story from 1945, as drawn by Ken Battefield and Everett Raymond Kintsler. Then, it’s Nedor’s most popular hero, The BLACK TERROR in a Sheldon Moldoff-delineated tales from America’s Best #25, “Musical Monkey Murders”. Artist Bob Oksner returns bringing Nedor’s top kid gang group The COMMANDO CUBS to life in (yet another) untitled story from Thrilling #44, from October 1944. The FIGHTING YANK takes down a super-tank in a story (What did this company have agaist STORY TITLES for a time?) from Startling #34, as limned by the ubiquitous Ken Battefield, followed by a CAPTAIN FUTURE story from the same book. FIGHTING YANK plays a return engagement from a 1949 issue of his own title, FY #27 as drawn by the superlative art team of Mort Meskin and Jerry Robinson- “The Return of Fingers”. DR. STRANGE (now referred to as “DOC”) plays an encore in a story originally seen in Thrilling #44 wherin he and his sidekick Mike team up with the Junior Air Wardens of America to stop a stateside gang of spies. Nedors’ other kid gang (these moppets are in costume) rings in as The FOUR COMRADES clean up a gang of fifth-columnists as drawn by Maurice Gutwirth. Add it all up, and it’s a full 140 pages of classic vintage stories from this fascinating company, reproduced in crisp black and white using the most up-to-date technology available. Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched with a full-color cover (drawn by GRAHAM INGELS, of all people) for $29.95. Released in 2015.
LAST COPY LEFT IN STOCK!!!Get ready for a TREAT!! MEN of MYSTERY #95 is NOW AVAILABLE!! Another mammoth 140-page collection of vintage comic book stories from the medium’s Golden Age!! This issue, we cook up another heaping helping of the obscure, as our MOM theme focuses on MORE Strange Heroes of the Golden Age. After starting off playing against type with an adventure of the sedate and tasteful Quality Comics star, DOLLMAN (who crosses horns with a sexy blonde villaness called Queen of the Ants in an story penciled by the great Reed Crandall), things move tamely onto Fox Features (and our cover )star The FLAME. Whats odd about a masked & costumed guy who runs around on fire, after all? This entry is reprinted from Wonderworld #2, illustrated by Larry Antoinette. Next up, it’s MOM first-timer. The SPARKMAN!! He’s a hero with electrical powers- but when he has to stop a super-speedster crook, he shoots him in the shoulder with a .45 automatic? This gem was drawn by Paul Bernadier, originally printed in Sparkler #51. Then, before our batteries run down, it’s ANOTHER electrical paladin, Foxs’ DYNAMO, straight out of a 1940 issue of Weird Comics. Following that it’s the MOM debut of The FACE!! Newscaster Tony Trent dons a “horrible” rubber fright-mask, Homburg hat and bowtie to fight crime. Wouldn’t you? Drawn by Mart Bailey, straight out of Big Shot #11. Bob Powell’s eerie MAN IN BLACK makes an appearance, narrating a twist-of-fate story involving the bombing of Hiroshima. Yet ANOTHER “fist-time” hero comes to the pages of MOM next, as Hillman’s MICRO-FACE takes the stage. John Belfi draws “The Man Who Lost His Face”, as MF turns the tables on a handsome gangster, as initially seen in Clue Comics #10. Then it’s another episode of PHANTASMO, Master Of The World. What more can we say about the consummate weirdness that IS Phantasmo? Nothing. You have to see it to believe it. It’s drawn by Elmer Stoner, from The Funnies #49. How about the origin of a costumed hero “pledged to alleviate all human suffering caused by inhuman warfare”? The RED CROSS. His first appearance is here, from Captain Aero #8, with tasteful art by Jack Alderman. We’ve run ONE story featuring the Prize/Headline superguy ATOMIC MAN previously, but here he is in his original costume, in a story from Headline #18, probably limned by Al Carreno. Then, it’s Dell Comics’ costumed answer to The Thin Man- The OWL in a typical Frank Thomas-drawn screwball mystery originally seen in Popular Comics # 79. Yet ANOTHER newby comes up after that- The VOICE, from Popular #52- as drawn by Jim Chambers. He might’ve lasted long enough to catch on, but I just couldn’t SEE him. REX DEXTER pops up again, in a VERYweird SF story written/drawn by Dick Briefer, from Mystery Men #5, followed by Sheldon Moldoff’s MOON GIRL, as she battles a sultry sorceress in “The Witch Of The Haunted Hills”. Equally macabre is the next feature; Ben Brown & Dave Gantz PURPLE CLAW!! Dr. Jonathan Weir takes on the restless ghost of the murdered Don Carlo as seen initially in Purple Claw #1. Then, reincarnated Roman Chariot racer Cauis Martius Wheeler fights crime in the 1940’s as… The DART. No kidding. Check out this story from Weird Comics #8 and see for yourself. How plausible is an ex-con attorney turned costumed hero? Check out The ZEBRA and make up your own mind. In this story, culled from Green Hornet #20, Big Z fights a costumed villain called The Silver Silouette- as drawn by a VERY young Joe Kubert!! Finally, costumed hero/magician/jungle man TABU closes out this collection, in an early story from Jungle Comics #22, drawn by George Wilhelms. 18 full stories perfectly presented in glistening black and white between full-color covers (wirth a front cover by Lou Fine, yet), 140 pages, standard comic book size- saddle-stitched. Released in 2024. Get it now!!
MEN OF MYSTERY #94 IS NOW ON SALE!! Yes, the special “All Aviators” issue of MOM is now available for purchase. This thrilling volume celebrating the great flying heroes of the Golden Age features never-before-reprinted adventures of all the greats, including SKYMAN, (from Big Shot #11), The PHANTOM FALCON, BLACK VENUS, AIRBOY, The PHANTOM EAGLE, CAPTAIN WINGS and TWELVE MORE iconic aeronautical heroes (and heroines) that have NEVER BEFORE APPEARED in Men of Mystery: The BLACK ANGEL, CAPTAIN AERO, CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT (The Dell Comics incarnation), The FLYIN’ FOOl, FLYIN’ JENNY, FLYING DUTCHMAN, GOLDEN EAGLE, LONE EAGLE, MASKED PILOT, SKYWOLF, TOMMY TOMAHAWK and WING TURNER!! Never before have so many of comicdom’s fearless flyers appeared together in one book!! Culled from the great air-war titles of the 1940’s like Wings, Airboy, Air Fighters, Contact Comics, Captain Aero and many, many more. Showcasing art by such luminaries as: Bob Powell, Harvey Kurtzman, John Giunta, Bob Fugitani, Mort Leav, Maxwell Elkan, Russell Keaton, Marc Swayze, Ogden Whitney, George Tuska, Ernie Schroeder, Rudy Palais, Charles Quinlan, Bob Jenny, George Appel and Paul Parker. Eighteen full-story reprints in all, in THE best black and white reproduction that current technology allows. In total, it’s 140 full pages of art and story not seen since the glory days of the flying heroes- plus full-color covers. Standard comic book size, saddle stitched. Strap on your leather helmet, pull down your goggles, zip up your flight jacket and get ready for action with this great collection of vintage comic book action. $29.95 and on sale NOW!!
Men of Mystery #93 is now available!! A special all-Quality issue spotlighting gems found in Everett “Busy” Arnold’s great line of comics in the 1940’s and 50’s. Top artists abound, starting off with a SUPERB Lou Fine story starring UNCLE SAM, originally seen in National Comics #13. Not only is this ‘SAM’s first MOM appearance ever; this MAY be the single greatest comic book illustartion job Fine ever did! A real feast for the eyes, as SAM breaks up a scheme using townspeople as slaves in an underground mine. Next, Paul Gustavson puts pen and pencil to paper to illuminate an episode of Smash Comics star MIDNIGHT, as all gangland teams up on him in “Let’s Murder Midnight”, from Smash #47. Then, Feature Comics star DOLLMAN rings in with a sort of a “try-out” story auditioning his girlfriend Martha Roberts for her future role as his partner, Dollgirl. Here Martha appears as a six-inch-tall heroine who calls herself “Midge”, in an adventure that originally ran in Feature #77. Master craftsman Reed Crandall provides visuals on a breathtaking feature-length CAPTAIN TRIUMPH drama (originally seen in Crack Comics #57) wherin his girlfriend Kim falls under the thrall of the fanatical cult of the Green God!! Polish resistance hero The MARKSMAN does his imitation of William Tell to save innocents behind eneny lines in a tense tableau drawn by Fred Guardineer; Jack Cole illustrates a never-previously-reprinted story starring the DEATH PATROL (plus one-pagers of Dan Tootin and Wun Cloo); Lou Fine does an encore on HACK O’HARA, and another costumed hero makes an MOM debut- The SNIPER weighs in, doing his best to save non-combatants from the Bataan death march in a Vernon Henkel-drawn story from Military Comics #33. Another Henkel creation, MOM first-timer YANKEE EAGLE also joins this issue’s fray to clear a girl wrongly accused of her brother’s murder. All this plus the swashbuckling ERIC FALCON from Buccaneers Comics, The WHIP from Crack Comics, RUSTY RYAN and his Boyville Brigadeers, The JESTER, KID ETERNITY and more Quality surprises- all in crisp, clean, state-of-the-art full-story black and white reproduction. 140 pages, full color covers, saddle stitched for $29.95. Released in 2014
MEN OF MYSTERY 92 IS NOW AVAILABLE!! The BLACK TERROR has long been a favorite of Golden Age fans in general, and has certainly been represented often enough within the pages of Men of Mystery in years past. He’s been absent far too long lately, but he returns here in MOM #92 in one of his most gripping 1940’s adventures in a story originally printed in Black Terror # 22, a story partially inked by the legendary FRANK FRAZETTA!!. And the ‘TERROR is not the only vintage “heavy-hitter” of the era along for the ride, as Hillman Pubs AIRBOY is on board as well, with an Ernie Schroeder- illustrated tale from Airboy Volume 6, #5 involving sightless tribesman, ice-incas, and lots of weirdness! Quality Comics’ great, DOLLMAN is a part of things, too- with and adventure pitting The Mighty Mite against one of his most colorful villains, The Minstrel, in a John Spranger story from Dollman #33. These three were among the longest-lived, most successful costumed characters of the Golden Age. Of course, EVERY issue of MOM celebrates the rare and obscure costumed heroes of The Golden Age, as well as the very best- and everything in between. So prepare to be amazed by a look at the ORIGINAL comic book thunder god, Fox Features’ version of THOR, in a full-length adventure from the pages of the July 1940 issue (#4) of Fox’s Weird Comics. More history from the progeny of Victor Fox pops up with a story of REX DEXTER, the FIRST all-orignal, ongoing-series outer space hero ever created in the American comic book. This bizarre spaceman, written and drawn by the very unique Dick Briefer, debuted in Mystery Men Comics in 1939, and this issue’s story comes from among his first half-dozen appearances. There’s more sci-fi heroics after that, with Fiction Houses’ RED COMET, from Planet #1.That cosmic- level champion known as PHANTASMO is back, in another outing illustrated by pioneering African-American artist Elmer Stoner, from Dell Comics’ The Funnies #48.Check out the ORIGIN of Standard/Nedor’s atom-fueled powerhouse, The AMERICAN CRUSADER; an 18-page feature length tome last seen in Thrilling Comics #19. Looking for a super-hero based in Eastern mysticism? Check out The RED DRAGON, seen here reprinted from Street & Smith’s Super-Magician Comics title. Fiction House’ genre-bending heroine TABU is here again, too- he operates in the jungle, wears a cape and fights evil- using mystical powers. Do we call him a magician, a super-hero, or a jungle character? He’s ALL THREE!! As usual, there’ll be a selection of heroes never before seen in an issue of MEN OF MYSTERY- this go-around, it’s the offbeat duo named NIGHTMARE and SLEEPY, plus the man known as GUNMASTER- the most violently anti-gun character you are likely to see ever represented in late-1940’s American comic books; both are from Hillman Pubs’ Clue Comics. In addition, there are appearances by a trio of Bob Powell creation- The SCARLET ARROW, The WEAVER and The mysterious, mythical MAN in BLACK. A full 140 pages of classic Golden Age material in crisp black and white, saddle-stitched at regular comic book size with full-cilor covers. Now available for only $29.95.
MEN OF MYSTERY #91 is NOW AVAILABLE!!There’s nothing a true Golden Age fan likes more than finding some “new” character or strip that they’d never seen before. If that fans’ particular area of interest is costumed super-types, this 91st issue on AC’s long-running vintage reprint anthology MEN OF MYSTERY is absolutely NOT to be missed!! We’ve searched through every hidden corner of the Golden Age to find the most obscure, most esoteric and most down-right WEIRD superhero concepts ever to make it into print in the 1940’s!! This book has alien heroes (MARTAN the MARVEL MAN and his girl-partner were from the planet Alterran, SUB-ZERO was another off-worlder); android heroes( The WHITE STREAK is an artificial human); lawyer-heroes (The MOUTHPIECE- need we say more?), heroes-by-proxy (Professor SUPERMINDand SON- you’ll just have to see it to believe it) ;a guy that turns into a red, flaming rock (FEARLESS FLINT); a babe who dresses up as an old hag to fight crime (SPIDER WIDOW); and we don’t even have room to get into trying to explain PHANTASMO, The FLYING FIST and BINGO, BRONZE MAN, GHOST of FLANDERS, ZERO- GHOST DETECTIVE, HOODED WASP, TABU, PHANTOM FALCON, and a half-dozen others who will be on display in MOM #91.20 great vintage stories in all. Some of these concepts were pretty creative, and you might wonder why they never found a major audience. Others will just make you say “WHAT were they THINKING?!”- but all will be interesting. And, for those who are NOT fans of the obscure, we’ve got a couple of well-crafted adventures starring Quality Comics’ first-line stars DOLLMAN and cover feature HERCULES. Artists include H.G. Peter, John Daly, Augie Froelich, John Spranger, Fred Guardineer, Frank Borth, Elmer Stoner, William Kent, Ralph Carlson, Alex Blum, Carl Burgos, Jack Binder, George Brenner and others; with a cover by Lou Fine. It’s over 148 pages of full-story reprints of the WEIRDEST superheroes of the 1940’s, in crisp black and white with full color covers. Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. released in 2013.
Issue #90, the latest in AC’s premiere Golden Age reprint anthology series, Men of Mystery, is now available!! Shady publisher Victor Fox’ Fox Features line was one of the earliest comic houses to jump “whole-hog” onto the costumed superhero trend right around 1940; and if not for some questionable business practices and bad decisions, they COULD have made a big success of it. They definitely had the right type of product out there at the right time, but apparently just didn’t quite know what to do with it. But that doesn’t mean that they didn’t do some colorful, interesting, and historically-important comic book stuff for a few years. Based on some positive reaction to previous reprints of the Fox Features’ original version of the BLUE BEETLE that we’ve done lately, we’re bringing interested readers even MORE BB this go around. We’re presenting complete reprintings of two issues of Fox’ BIG 3 comic ( #’s 3 and 4 ), their “all star” anthology of the time, and addtional material from BLUE BEETLE #10. Here, you’ll get a chance to see the Sombre Scarab in THREE big stories; two of which are feature-length 18-pagers!! All of these BB tales are rendered by Al Carreno, a Mexican-American artist whose father rode with Pancho Villa!. One of the stories, ( the lead adventure from Big Three #3 ) was reported by the late, legendary comics writer Robert Kanigher to be his FIRST professional swcripting job in comics!! In addition to that, you’ll get a quartet of adventures starring FFC’s mythical strong-man hero, SAMSON, illustrated by Pierce Rice and Arturo Cazeneuve, and a pair of pyrotechnical dramas with The FLAME. Murder. mayhem and destruction on a mass scale are the order of the day in these tense potboilers filled with villainous mad doctors and gangsters with their incredible schemes. Then, get ready for The GORILLA!! Did you think The SUB-MARINER was the BEST anti-hero produced in comics’ early days? Well, maybe he was. But he wasn’t the ONLY one!! Check out a strange “take” on a recurring super-character with The GORILLA !! ALL are never-previously-reprinted Golden Age full-story classics, all straight out of the pages of early 1940’s Fox Features comic books !! A full 140 pages of vintage excitement ! Black and white interiors with full-color covers; standard comic book size and saddle-stitched. Like EVERY issue of MOM, THIS one is NOT to be missed!! Released in 2013.
Men of Mystery #89 is now available!! Headlined by actual Golden Age adventues of frontline star features from the era (in never previously reprinted stories, of course) including DOLLMAN, AIRBOY, COMMANDO YANK, GREEN MASK, SPY SMASHER, CAPTAIN FREEDOM, SHOCK GIBSON and NEON the UNKNOWN!! Other highlights of this issue include early work from the soon-to-be star artist Mac Raboy on an adventure of Fawcett Comics’ Dr. VOODOO. Raboy would later make his mark on CAPTAIN MARVEL Jr; GREEN LAMA and a long run on the FLASH GORDON newspaper strip, but here you’ll see an excellent example of his early work. One of the most obscure and esoteric, almost legendary comic books of the early 1940’s is the one-shot produced by the Lloyd Jaquet Studio, GREEN GIANT Comics. MOM #89 will present the one and ONLY appearance of a strange costumed superhero from that book known as The MASTER MYSTIC!! We guarantee you’ve never seen THIS one before!! And every issue of MOM we try to introduce at least a few characters from the 1940’s we’ve NEVER reprinted before, and this issue will is no exception, with early Quality Comics stars from Hit Comics; HERCULES and The RED BEE, AND from Cat-Man Comics, BLACKOUT!! Of course, there’s be a lot more, like the further adventures of Dell’s bizarre PHANTASMO, whose saga we started in MOM #88; Harvey Comics’ champions The SPIRIT of ’76 and the GIRL COMMANDOS, Magazine Enterprixes’ The DURANGO KID, and others!! Featuring art by Mac Raboy, Bob Powell, Carl Pfeufer, Ernie Schroeder, Bob Fujitani, Arturo Cazeneuve, Elmer Stoner, Mac Raboy, Victor Pazmino, Joe Certa, Jill Elgin and more. It’s another 140-page, saddle-stitched blockbuster of full-story vintage reprints in black and white, at regular comic book size with a full-color cover, all for $29.95
A FULL 140 PAGES OF NEVER-BEFORE -REPRINTED VINTAGE GOLD!! That’s right, Men of Mystery #88 contains 16 full story reprints of rare, vintage action headlined by some of the most unique and interesting costumed heroes of the 1940’s, not seen anywhere since their original printings !! This issues’ cover star Mr. SCARLET stars in “The Hunted Hunter”, drawn by Jack Binder, from Fawcett Comics’ Wow Comics; followed by an untitled QUICKSILVER story from National Comics #26. The art is signed “Nick Cardy”, but this one is actually drawn by Paul Gustavson. Then, another Quality Comics star, MERLIN (never previously appearing in MOM) rings in, with an untitled story (also from National #26) drawn by that master of magicians, Fred Guardineer. There’s more Quality to come, with STORMY FOSTER, The GREAT DEFENDER, in an adventure illustrated by Rudy Palais from Hit Comics #32, and The UNKNOWN , in a story whose creators are also unknown, again from National #26; plus DOLLMAN faces off against two of his most notorious nemesis, The Undertaker and Tom Thumb in a taughtly-paced spellbinder as drawn by John Spranger. Then, Fox Features is represented with an early BLUE BEETLE episode, from Mystery Men #26, and a GREEN MASK nail-biter, also from an early MM issue. A pair of Eastern Color stars join the fray, as MUSIC MASTER fights a Nazi sabotage ring in a story beautifully rendered by Jimmy Thompson, and MAN O’METAL roots out threats to the war effort in the Black Diamond mine in a story penciled by H. G. Peter; both from Heroic Comics #22. Arturo Cazeneuve’s BRITSH AGENT #99 shows up, reprising his initial appearance from way back in Pocket Comics #1, and Senor Cazeneuve does double-duty, as it his his art that also graces The ZEBRA on “The Man Who Looked Into The Future, from an unkown issue of Green Hornet.” Two newcomers to Men Of Mystery come from Dell Comics’ The Funnies (issue #46, to be exact) in The BLACK KNIGHT- a costumed paladin set in medevil times, and PHANTASMO- a comtemporary( by 1940 standards) superhero who has to be seen to be believed. Cut in the mold of The Spectre, Stardust the Superwizard and Mr. Justice, this nearly-omnipotent student of Eastern philosophy had some very weird adventures, drawn by African-American artist Elmer Stoner. This issue’s story is his first appearance, as is the case on the BLACK KNIGHT story, as well. Plus- two more bonus SURPRISE stories; one drawn by Joe Certa, and a second by Jack Binder. You can’t get MORE perfectly-reproduced Golden Age reprint material anywhere for less! A full 140 pages of vintage 1940’s costumed hero reprints in black & white with a full-color cover. Standard comic book size; saddle-stitched.
Check out another heaping helping of rare comic book history in the latest installment of the most important Golden Age reprint anthology ever produced; Men of Mystery #87!
You’ll start off with a never-before-reprinted adventure of the original Fox Features BLUE BEETLE in a story drawn by the underrated Sam Cooper from Big Three #2. Thrill to the dashing Beetle’s duel with the grotesque Porky Hogg! Next, BB’s Fox compatriot from Mystery Men Comics (issue #6, to be exact) The GREEN MASK swings into action to save a beautiful blonde from a gang of spies. Then, it’s a rare treat- a 16-page adventure of one of the STRANGEST costumed heroes of the Golden (or any) Age, The MAD HATTER!! Ruthles ganster Frank Faro’s mind ends up in the body of a gorilla, and it’s up to the poerty-writing ‘HATTER to bring him in, in a weird and disturbing tale drawn by the always-moody John Giunta. Then, it’s one of the few WWII costumed heroes to operate in Europe behind enemy lines, as Standard/Better/Nedor’s short-lived star of Thrilling Comics, The AMERICAN CRUSADER works to save “The Voice of Norway” in a story illustrated by Max Plaisted. Quality Comics’ classy miniature hero, DOLLMAN rings in next, with an adventure set among the Native Americans of the great Southwest, as illustrated by Bill Ward and Al Bryant. Then, Centaur Comics’ one-shot hero, SOLARMAN takes the stage, in a somewhat-wacky tale drawn by “The Real” Frank Thomas. Then, the BLUE BEETLE makes a return appearance; this time from his short-lived revival in the mid-1950’s, in a Ted Galindo/Ray Osrin drawn story titled “Rookie Trouble”!! Then, we leaf through the pages of Harvey Comics’ history, starting with an Ernie Schroeder-drawn adventure of SPIRIT of ’76 titled “Isle of the Monster Ape”, PLUS a Schroeder-drawn adventure of SHOCK GIBSON, originally seen in Speed #34. Finally, we explore one of the most interesting format experiments on the 1940’s comic book world, Pocket Comics, with FOUR full stories originally seen in Pocket #1: The origin of The PHANTOM SPHINX; the origin of The RED BLAZER (as drawn by Al Avison); the origin of The ZEBRA, AND the first appearance of the anti-hero known as SATAN!! (Please note that the art for the four Pocket Comics stories here in MOM are considerably LARGER and easier to see than the versions originaly seen in the color the ACTUAL Pocket Comics #1!!! ) A full 140 pages of vintage 1940’s costumed hero reprints in black & white with a full-color cover. Standard comic book size; saddle-stitched.
The latest action-packed issue of comicdom’s premiere Golden Age superhero reprint anthology focuses exclusively on the World War II heroes of Fawcett Comics- including two FULL ISSUE reprints featuring a pair of rare, sought-after gems from the early heydays of Fawcett’s costumed champions of justice! Appearing here in this issue, it its entirety is the very rare MINUTE MAN #1, from the Spring of 1941; currently valued at over $3000.00! A spin-off from Master Comics, the MINUTE MAN stories from this book were released before thre US entered World War II. The four untitled stories from #1 were all drawn by Charles Sultan with the help of the Chesler Shop artists. SPY SMASHER #5 is reprised here as well, with four stories drawn by the excellent Emil Gershwin- “Death Itself Must Die”, “The Two-Faced Killer”, “America Smasher”, and one untitled story. SS #5 currently guides at a value of about $1000.00 But that’s not all- this volume also contains a Dan Barry COMMANDO YANK story from a 1942 issue of Wow Comics- “The White Lily of France”, an untitled Mr. SCARLET story from Wow #7 where the Crimson Crusader takes on The Black Sphinx (art by Jack Binder) AND the Spy Smasher back-up feature “Thrilling Spy Tales”, plus house ads & text features. In all, it’s 160 pages of vintage 1940s comic book action at it’s best. All stories are reprinted in full, utilizing state-of-the-art digital technology to maintain the integrity of the art. Standard comic book size, black & white interiors with full color covers, saddle-stitched. Released in 2011.
THIS BOOK IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!ALL FEMALE Men of Mystery blockbuster spectacular!! EVERY story in this volume features a distaff dare-doll in vintage Golden Age action, reprinted from the original 1940’s comic book in which they originally appeared!! 31 full GA stories in all, featuring 28 DIFFERENT heroines, including 12 NEVER BEFORE SEEN in the pages of Men of Mystery!! First-timers include LADY SATAN, TOMBOY, SUZIE, YANKEE GIRL,TARA, USA-SPIRIT OF OLD GLORY, TANGI, The VEILED AVENGER, PAT PATRIOT, SPIDER QUEEN, BLACK PHANTOM and FANTOMAH. Things lead off with the never-before-reprinted Fox Features PHANTOM LADY classic “The Jack-In-The-Box Murders”, as drawn by the great Matt Baker, and just get better from there !! Read great “good girl art” adventures featuring SKY GIRL, FIREHAIR, GLORY FORBES (also by Baker), TIGER GIRL, MYSTA of the MOON, JANE MARTIN, CAMILLA, FUTURA, TORCHY, MISS VICTORY, RULAH, LADY LUCK, SENORITA RIO, GALE ALLEN, and BLACK VENUS. Their are also TWO MORE PHANTOM LADY stories included; one each from her Quality Comics and Ajax-Farrel runs. The best of the best of the iconic, pin-up style adventure heroines of the World War II era, as drawn by masters of the genre including Gearge Evans, Lily Renee, Ralph Mayo, Joe Doolin, Bob Lubbers, Mort Meskin, Bill Ward, Maurice Gutwirth, Lin Streeter, Arthur Peddy, Pierce Rice, Rudy Palais, Frank Bolle and others; from comics originally published by Fiction House, Harry “A” Chesler, Lev Gleason, Quality, Continental, Holyoke, Standard/Nedor and others. Standard comic-book size, 234 pages, black & white interiors with color covers. Printed in 2011.
This issue’s main focus is on the late, great Standard/Nedor/Better/Pines comics group of the 1940’s, and features a fistful of reprints of their top super-types, including THE BLACK TERROR (in THREE FULL STORIES!!), FIGHTING YANK, PYROMAN. DOC STRANGE, PRINCESS PANTHA , The AMERICAN EAGLE, all in never-before-reprinted adventures- PLUS the FIRSTE-VER MOM appearances of The LIBERATOR, CAPTAIN FUTURE and CAPTAIN CROSSBONES!! Included among this is a COMPLETE reprint of BLACK TERROR Comics #27, the last issue of that character’s Golden Age run!! But that is FAR from all, since the balance of this huge, 200+ page issue carries 14 MORE full-length Golden Age stories, including The DOLL MAN in “The Snoopernike”, The JESTER, LADY LUCK (drawn by Fred Schwab), The HOOD in “The Adventure With Lady Satan”; TABU, AURO, Lord Of JUPITER and CAPTAIN WINGS (From Fiction House’ Fight, Planet and Jungle Comics), MAJOR MIDNIGHT, The MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER, NYOKA The Jungle Girl in “Nyoka And The Orphan”; SUPER-MOUSE; PLUS other MOM first-timers like The CRASH KID, DR. VOODOO (by Mac Raboy!!) and several others!! This issue features artwork by such 1940’s stalwarts as Mort Meskin, Ruben Moriera, Kin Platt, Jack Alderman, Bob Lubbers, Joe Doolin, Bob Oksner, Basil Wolverton, Kurt Scaffenberger, Leonard Frank, Ogden Whitney, Steve Ditko and Sheldon Moldoff! All full-story reprints, in crystal-clear, state-of-the-art reproduction. Comic book size, black & white interiors with color covers, squarebound trade paperback format. Released in 2010.
ONLY A FEW COPIES LEFT!! This 200-plus page blockbuster is particularly special, as it contains MORE pages of coverage on the legendary (and rare) CENTAUR COMICS line than any book previously published anywhere at any time!! Though rarely seen (even by comics historians, due to their poor distribution in the late 1930’s and early ’40’s), this storied publishing house is famous as a sort of “primordial soup” of creators and concepts; a place where styles, ideas and approaches were tried before moving on to success at bigger and better venues. With editorial product packaged by the Lloyd Jaquet studio ( the “entry point” for dozens and dozens of artists & writers who would later develop into some of the industries’ biggest stars ), CENTAUR was one of the first companies to move comic books away from newspaper strip reprints and into all-original material; heavily into action/adventure strips, and from there into lots and lots of costumed superheroes!! MEN OF MYSTERY 83 reprints no less than ELEVEN full Centaur stories, from their original source material in CENTAUR’S Amazing Man Comics, Wham Comics and Amazing Mystery Funnies. See not one but TWO full features starring AMAZING MAN, plus one each headlining The ARROW, FANTOMAN, The SHARK, AIRSUB DX, The RAINBOW, The BLACK PANTHER, REEF KINKAID (artistic great Bob Lubber’s FIRST professional art job!!) MIGHTY MAN and The BLUE FIRE, with art by Lew Glanz, Paul Gustavson, Martin Filchock, Al Plastino, and Carl Burgos !! But the special CENTAUR feature is just the beginning, as another full FIFTEEN stories culled from the archives of other publishers fill out the book, including The BLACK TERROR, CAPTAIN FREEDOM, DOLLMAN, SHOCK GIBSON, MOON GIRL, AIRBOY and MAJOR MIDNIGHT, PLUS these never previously seen (in MOM ) characters DR. FROST, The SCARAB, AMERICAN EAGLE, The FLYIN’ FOOL, The FLAMINGO and MAN O’ MARS; representing material originally published at Prize Comics, Standard/Nedor, Hillman, Continental, Fawcett, Fiction House and others. Artists on these stories include Ken Battefield, Johnny Craig, Ernie Schroeder, Leonard Frank, Bob Fujitani, Bob Powell and John Giunta. 25 full Golden Age reprint stories in all, representing some of the rarest and most esoteric material that the comic book scene of the 1940’s had to offer. Even if you consider yourself well-versed in knowledge of comics’ formative years, there is a LOT of material in this volume that we guarantee you have never seen!! As always, a great collector’s value for 218 pages of THE most sought after and hard-to-find costumed hero stories out of the 1940’s!! Reproduced in crisp and clear black & white, with full color front and back covers. Standard comic book dimensions in a bookshelf format, with a perfect-bound spine. Released on 2010
A special “Women of Mystery” issue, focusing on the fighting females of 1940’s comicdom!! The first time in history that over 200 pages in one volume have been devoted to classic reprints of vintage heroines!! And this selection includes both the popular and the obscure- 30 full-length stories in all, including a number of first-appearance encores, and more than half a dozen distaff adventurers NEVER reprinted anywhere before!! This spectacular volume includes Fox Feature’s PHANTOM LADY in”The Case of the Swindling Eye”, drawn by Matt Baker; Standard/Nedor’s MISS MASQUE in “The Gems of Jeopardy”, with art by Bob Oksner, Ralph Mayo & Co; a never-before-reprinted MISS VICTORY tale from Holyoke’s Captain Aero Comics; “The Mad Monster”, with art by Nina Albright; the first appearance of Ace Comics’ LIGHTNING GIRL, costumed partner to LASH LIGHTNING, in “The Teacher and the Lesson of Doom”; Fiction House Comics’ GALE ALLEN and the Girl Squadron; MYSTA of The Moon, FUTURA and SKY GIRL, all in never-previously-seen adventures, plus the FIRST appearance of SENORITA RIO, from Fight Comics # 19 with art by Nick Cardy; EC’s MOON GIRL in “The Rustlers of Ransom Gap”, drawn by Johnny Craig; Quality’s DOLL GIRL fights side by side with DOLLMAN in “The Voodoo Master”, and TORCHY rides a horse in a Bill Ward classic- plus the first appearance of the GGA superheroine WILDFIRE from Smash Comics #25, by Robert Turner and Jim Mooney, and LADY LUCK breaks up a larcenous carnival in a Klaus Nordling-illustrated episode; the first appearance of Continental Publishing’s BLACK VENUS from Contact Comics #1, drawn by Charles Tomsey; Harry “A” Chesler’s JET-GIRL teams with ROCKETMAN in an Al Plastino- illustrated adventure, “Murder Hides It’s Tracks”, from Zip-Jet # 2; Fawcett Comics’ BULLETGIRL joins BULLETMAN in tackling “The Homicidal Highjackers”, drawn by Bob Fujitani, from Master Comics #88; and NYOKA The Jungle Girl faces “The Flying Snake” in a Max Elkan-drawn story from Master #109; while IBIS the Invincible is aided by the beauteous TAIA in “The Vampire Cloak”, from Whiz #114; Wild West shapshooter KITTY CARSON deals with “Indian Revenge”, as illoed by Bob Powell !! As if ALL THAT wasn’t enough, there are also these stories featuring female crimefighters making their first-time MOM appearances: BLONDE BOMBER in “Hawaii Has Termites”, drawn by Jill Elgin; GALE LEARY-The Will O’The Wisp in an unnamed story from Key Comics #3; Hillman’s IRON LADY in her debut story, originally published in Airboy Volume 4, #1; M. E.’s UNDERCOVER GIRL in “The House That Hate Built”, by Ogden Whitney; Spark Pubs’ GOLDEN GIRL, in her one and only appearance from Golden Lad #5, “The Phoney Policemen”; Centaur Comics The BLUE LADY, in her debut story from Amazing Man Comics #25, and TWO one-shot heroines from Cambridge House’s Star Studded Comics, The COMMANDETTE (drawn by Nina Albright) and The GHOST WOMAN!! And that’s STILL not all, as this issue includes a bonus story starring The DURANGO KID and other surprises!! 220 pages of crystal-clear, state-of-the-art reprints from actual Golden Age comics, in stunning black & white between full-color covers. This perfect-bound, comic-book sized bookshelf volume was released by AC Comics in June, 2010.
SECOND spectacular issue in our new SUPERSIZED THICK format for MEN OF MYSTERY!!!! OUR BIGGEST and BEST issue yet!! 240 pages of classic Golden Age reprints in a squarebound trade paperback format!! This issue’s special focus is on the superheroes of Ace Comics, starting with Mike Machlan’s stunning front cover, through a Mark Heike text rundown of the history of Ace, and capsule summaries of all of the companies’ costumed heroes, to a COMPLETE REPRINT of issue #3 of Ace’s all-hero “all star” showcase book, FOUR FAVORITES, straight out of 1941!! One full feature-length story each starring MAGNO the MAGNETIC MAN, LASH LIGHTNING, VULCAN, The RAVEN and Mr. WHISKERS, just as they originally appeared!! And that’s not ALL- additional Ace coverage includes stories fron other titles, like MARVO The MAGICIAN from LIGHTNING COMICS, and Mr. RISK and The SWORD from SUPER-MYSTERY Comics. You won’t find THIS much coverage on the all-but-forgotten Ace line ANYWHERE else, in any book or magazine on comics history!! But that is only the beginning, as there are never-previously-reprinted stories starring GA favorites from OTHER publishers, too- like MISS MASQUE in “The Ring of Death”, DOLLMAN vs The NOOSE, GREEN LAMA, LADY LUCK, the Australian MANHUNTER, IBIS the INVINCIBLE, NYOKA, The DURANGO KID, and THUNDA!! But there is STILL even more after that, as more than half a dozen OTHER vintage features make there MOM debut this issue, including The ARROW, MUSS ‘EM UP DONOVAN, MOON GIRL, The ZEBRA, The SPIRIT of ’76, NORGE BENSON and The RANGERS OF FREEDOM!! A total of 26 full stories, from 11 different publishers ( Ace, Centaur, Fawcett, Fiction House, Fox Features, Harvey/Family, Magazine Enterprises, Nedor/Standard, Prize and Quality) sporting art by Bob Oksner, Al Bryant, Dick Briefer, Shelly Moldoff, Bob Powell, Klaus Nordling, Arturo Cazeneuve, Joe Doolin, Ernie Schroeder, Joe Certa, Bob Fujitani, Harvey Kutzman, Will Eisner, Bob Lubbers, Pierce Rice and MORE!! You CAN’T say you love Golden Age material and NOT love this book!! (And if you call yourself such a vintage comic book expert that you’ve SEEN all of these stories before, you’re a flat-out LIAR!! Even WE hadn’t seen all this stuff until we put this book together!!!) An absolute MUST for the 1940’s costumed-hero fan!! Standard comic-book size, 240 pages in black & white with full color covers, perfectbound trade paperback format. Released by AC Comics in 2010
FIRST ISSUE OF THE NEW BOOKSHELF-FORMAT!! Thats right- more than THREE TIMES the pages of the “old” Men of Mystery package, this squarebound, trade paperback volume sports 232 pages of story and art from the Golden Age of comics!! The centerpiece of the issue is a special indepth focus on the late, great Fawcett superhero, BULLETMAN; with EIGHT full BULLETMAN stories reprinted, including the ENTIRE contents of Fawcett’s Bulletman Comics #9!! Stories include: “Battling The Crime Broker”, “Their First Split-Up”, “Canine Criminals”, “The Bird -Man”, “Return Of The Weeper”, “Meet Killer Gorilla”, “The Vicious Vandal” and “The Robber Who Was Dead”. Art by Ken Bald, Bill Ward, Harry Anderson and The Binder Shop. But the ballistic fun doesn’t stop there, as comics historian Don Ensign (edited by P. C. Hamerlinck) contributes a profusely-illustrated, prodigious historical overview article that spans TWO FULL SECTIONS of the book, covering the character’s Fawcett run from beginning to end. Plus- a full BULLETMAN index, listing ALL of the heroes’ Fawcett, DC Comics and AC Comics reprint appearances. Certainly the greatest documentary coverage of BULLETMAN ever to see print!! But, as they say in the infomercials; THAT’S NOT ALL!! Like every issue of MEN OF MYSTERY, this one sports an assorted sampling of reprints of OTHER Golden Age characters. So, if BULLETMAN is not your cup of tea, you STILL get just as many pages of OTHER great vintage reprints as you ever did in MOM!! This issue’s potpourri includes The BLACK TERROR in “A Race With Death”, with art by Sheldon Moldoff and Ralph Mayo; NYOKA in “Perils In The Pyramids” (drawn by Bernie Krigstein) and “White Menace”; DURANGO KID in “Dynamite Doom” by Joe Certa and John Belfi, plus THREE ultra-rare Centaur Comics stories from the 1930’s- AIRSUB DX with “The Conqueror- Part !” by Carl Burgos, DAN DENNIS, FBI in “Crime Does Not Pay”, by Sam Gilman; and “THE CASE OF THE MISSING HEIR” by Bob Kane!! More never-previously-reprinted vintage comics “gold” than we have ever offered in one book before- and starting this issue, it becomes the MOM standard package. )Please note that because of the complications of squarebinding, quantities on this book may be limited. It MAY sell out fast, and once initial orders are filled it could be quite some time before the book is available again. So if you want it, better buy it NOW, while it is still available. Standard comic book size, 232 pages, black & white with color covers. Perfectbound bookshelf spine. Printed in 2009.
Another stellar “homage” Mike Machlan cover leads off this issue, highlighting Fawcett Comics’s MR. SCARLET, who starts the issue with “The Wolf-Men Of The West”, a 13-page action thriller drawn by Phil Bard, and originally seem in Wow Comics. Next up- from the Fabulous ’50’s, it’s Sterling Comics’ CAPTAIN FLASH, in his origin story, entitled “The Beginning”; drawn by Mike Sekowsky, from Captain Flash #1, originally published in November of 1954. With this story, AC Comics has now reprinted EVERY original CAPTAIN FLASH story from the Sterling 1954-55 run. Then, from Fiction House Comics’ Planet Comics, it’s MYSTA of the MOON, in an untitled story where Mysta battles the Superbrain and his awful fungus of doom. Art by Joe Doolin. Then, Quality Comics’ Mighty Mite, DOLLMAN rings in, in an untitled story from Dollman Comics. The evil Mr. Vickery concocts a potion to turn Dollman’s own fiancee’ Martha and her father Dr. Roberts against him, as illustrated by John Spranger. Then, it’s Fox Features’ The FLAME in a spectacular, Lou Fine-illustrated adventure from The Flame #1, as the Fiery Fighter is caught up in tale of international intrigue involving a legion of skeletal, undead creatures known as Kikoos. Then, a Klaus Norldling LADY LUCK short feature- “Unmasked”; MAJOR MIDNIGHT in “The Moon Creatures”, as rendered by Leonard Frank, plus a never-before-published pin-up of Tommy Tomorrow by Jim Mooney. Standard comic book size, 68 pages, black & white with color covers, saddle-stitched. Printed in 2009. (NOTE: This will be the last 68-page, $9,95 issue of Men of Mystery. As of September , 2009, Men of Mystery will become a 240-page, $29.95 bi-annual trade paperback. Look for it in Previews, and be sure to place a pre-order for it with your retailer.)
Another issue of 100% quality- Quality Comics that is, as Everett Arnold’s late, great comic house of the 1940’s and early ’50’s is the complete focus of this volume of MOM. Inside Mike Machlan’s superb Jack Kirby homage cover of Quality Comic’s MANHUNTER you’ll find that very same character himself in the lead story, as a criminal convention nominates a team of underworld killers to try to take out The MANHUNTER and his dog THOR, in an unnamed story originally seen in Police Comics #25, with art by Reed Crandall and Rudy Palais. Then, it’s Paul Gustavson’s JESTER, wherin the laughing clown of crimefighting breaks up a phoney charity casino scam in a vintage tale from Smash Comics #34, followed by Jim Mooney and Robert Turner’s groundbreaking “good girl” art superheroine, WILDFIRE ; who stops a vicious gang of killers intent on destroying America’s oil fields in a story from Smash Comics #30. Next, LADY LUCK breaks up a Japanese plot to devastate the US with bubonic plague in a screwball drama drawn by Klaus Nordling, followed by the MOM debut of a never-previously-reprinted Quality hero- The MARKSMAN!! Polish Baron Povalski leads a TRIPLE life in occupied Europe of WWII; “haunting” his own ancestral castle (taken over by Nazi forces as a local headquarters), he infiltrates the enemy forces themselves disguised as “German” Major Hurtz, and using the information he gleans in that guise to thwart Nazi plans as the cloaked, bow-wielding MARKSMAN, in an untitled story from Smash #34. Then, it’s another MOM first-timer, The RED TORPEDO!! A mysterious masked vigilante pilots his navagible, one-man torpedo in a quest to keep the high seas safe, in an H. C. Kiefer-drawn story from Crack Comics #5; followed my the return of an old nemesis in a feature-length DOLLMAN adventure drawn by John Spranger. The UNDERTAKER returns in “The Million Dollar Corpse”, from late in the run of Dollman Comics. Then, it’s Pete Trask- T-MAN in “The Voice of Russia”, from T-Man Comics. The courageous government undercover agent must block a Soviet plot to over-broadcast the Voice of America radio program with Communist lies. Art by W. G. Hargis. Finally, this issues’ THIRD debut character, The UNKNOWN rings in as he fights the Axis powers inside the occupied areas of the Balkans in an untitled story (drawn by Bernie Klein) from National Comics. As always, Men of Mystery is 64 pages of crisp, clean, full-story black & white reprints from actual Golden Age comics. Standard comic book size, with full color covers, saddle stitched. Printed in 2009.
Another big 68-page volume of classic 1940’s super-hero comic book reprints!! Cover Star MINUTE MAN opens the show in “Minute Man Meets The Victory Vampire”, drawn by Phil Bard; and originally seen in Fawcett’s Master Comics #43. Next, it’s SPY SMASHER behind enemy lines in war-town World War II Europe, as he faces off against a knife-wielding Italian spy in an untityed story from Whiz Comics #22. Then BULLETMAN and BULLETGIRL find themselves ensconced in….”The Temple of Evil”, also from Master Comics #43. Then, a pair of Eastern Color creations appear, straight out of Editor Steven Douglas’ Heroic Comics. First, MAN O’ METAL in an untitled H. G. Peter-drawn story wherin Pat (MAN O’METAL) Dempsey takes on a Nazi submarine- then MOM first-timer MUSIC MASTER stars in yet another unnamed adventure, this one drawn by the great Jimmy Thompson, where the musical maestro of might breaks up a blackmail ring. Finally, it’s MAJOR MIDNIGHT in “Without A Body!!” A Leonard Frank- illustrated adventure featuring XOG, the bizarre outer space alien. All top-flight, crystal-clear black & white reprints from acual vintage comic books. Printed standard comic book size, saddle-stitched with full color covers (front cover art by Mike Machlan!!) , and printed in 2009.
64 pages of great super-hero action reprinted in sparkling black and white from the genre’s Golden Age, the 1940’s!! Cover star The BLACK TERROR does double duty in a brace of adventures-“The Funny Man Murder”, AND “The Theiving Leprechauns”, both originally seen in Standard/Nedor’s Black Terror # 21; both stories feature moody inking by Raphael Astarita. Then, it’s Holyoke Comic’s The HOOD in a story (surprisingly) rendered by the great Bob Fujitani- “The Man Who Sold His Soul To The Devil”, originally printed in Cat-Man Comics #26. Then, Quality Comics’ DOLLMAN tussles with…” The Secret Six”, a nicely-rendered story from late in the character’s run. Then, it’s an early rarity- Ace Comics’s star, FLASH LIGHTNING in a story from 1940’s Sure-Fire Lightning #3, the character’s third appearance ever, rendered here by Harry Lucey. Next, it’s Klaus Nordling art on a LADY LUCK shorty, followed by the MOM debut of another Ace Comics mysteryman, The RAVEN, in a story drawn by W. E. Rowland, originally seen in Sure-Fire-Lightning #3. As always, Men of Mystery is a treasure trove of comics’ golden rarties!!
Our milestone 75Th issue leads off with a dynamic new cover by Mike Machlan, but the contents are all 100% pure vintage Golden Age reprints!! This volume opens with our cover star, Holyoke Comics’ FLAG-MAN in “The Wasp And The Sting Of Death”, nicely illustrated by the team of Alan Mandel and Dan Barrry, straight out of a 1944 issue of Captain Areo Comics. Next up is a brilliantly rendered episode of Quality Comics’ DOLLMAN, as Al Bryant does the art chores on “Tom Thumb and The Doll Man”!! Then, it’s CRIMEBUSTER in “Iron Jaw’s Treasure Hunt”, drawn by Hi Mankin, and originally seen in Lev Gleason Pubs’ Boy Illustories #78, from 1952. Then, Fawcett Comics’ RADAR makes his first MOM appearance, in a reprint of his very first Fawcett appearance; “Adventure In The States”, as drawn by Ken Battefield in Master Comics’ #83, in 1947. Then, it’s ROCKY X of the ROCKETEERS in “The City Beneath The Surface”, drawn by Ralph Mayo for Boy Illustories #94. Next, it’s the FIRST appearance of the “civilian” version of Fawcett’s star character, SPY SMASHER as CRIME SMASHER, in “Spy Smaeher Introduces Crime Smasher”, as drawn by Al Carreno in Whiz Comics #76. Rounding out the issue is MAJOR MIDNIGHT in “The Life Of The Shark”; drawn by Leonard Frank. A full 64-pages worth of Golden Age gems faithfully reproduced in glistening black & white. Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched with a full color cover. Printed in 2008.
Another stellar lineup of vintage tales of costumed adventure, this issue highlighting some of the best male/female crimefighting duos of The Golden Age. Leading off it’s BULLETMAN & BULLETGIRL in “The Weeper”; a story originally appearing in Fawcett’s Master comics, as drawn by members of the Binder Studio. Then, a first-time appearance by a rare duo from Continental/Holyoke’s Terrific Comics, it’s BOOMERANG and DIANA, in “The Duke Of Terror Castle”, illustrated by L. B. Cole. Then, cover stars The FLAME and FLAME GIRL in “The Case of the Hollywood Crutch Killer”, from a 1941 issue of Fox Feature’s Wonderworld Comics, with art by Pierce Rice and Arturo Cazeneuve. Then, ROCKETMAN and JETGIRL in “Terror Strikes The Turnpike”, as illustrated by Ruben Moriera from Zip-Jet Comics. Then, it’s Quality Comics stars DOLL MAN and DOLL GIRL in “The Druid Death”, originally printed in 1951’s Doll Man Comics #38. And Finally, CAT-MAN and KITTEN fight their arch-nemesis Dr. Macabre in “The Man Who Conquered Death”; drawn by Bob Fujitani , and originally seen in Holyoke’s Catman Comics #29, in 1945. A full 64 pages of Golden Age classics, perfectly reproduced in black & white, inside a full-color cover, (Please note; this issues Rocketman& Jetgirl story was previouisly reprinted in Rocketman Ashcan #1, and the Cat-Man & Kitten was previously reprinted in Golden Age Greats #1- both books now virtually out-of-print ) Standard comic book suze, saddle-stitched binding. Printed in 2008.
Another colossal collection of the cream of the Golden Age crop among the costumed comic-book heroes of that halcyon era!! It starts of with a stunning Mike Machlan cover featuring Fawcett Publications mysterious MR . SCARLET. His adventure within is “The Loot Of Christopher Murden”, as illustrated by Carl Pfeufer, originally seen in Wow Comics. Pfeufer also does art chores on this issue’s COMMANDO YANK story; “Death Rides a Swallow,” taken from Wow #58, in 1947. MAJOR MIDNIGHT must solve the mystery of “The Flying Tomb”, as drawn by Charles Tomsey, while IBIS The INVINCIBLE must “Battle The Moon Menace” in a story from Whiz Comics. We round out the package with three tales taken from Quality Comics’ library: LADY LUCK in “Brenda Banks-Killed”, by Klaus Nordling; T-MAN in “Girl With Doom In Her Hands”; by W. G. Hargis, and DOLL MAN versus the beautious Black Witch!! A full 64-page, Golden Age sized package- all full-length stories, reprroduced in black & white using state-of-the-art technology. Full- color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. Printed in 2008.
More of the very BEST costumed-character adventures from comic books’ Golden Age, the 1940’s!! This issues’ incredible lineup includes: John Giunta’s DUKE OF DARKNESS, a goofy Spectre-type hero, from 1945’s Triple Threat Comics #1; everyone’s favorite DOLLMAN up against The Hag, in an Al Bryant-drawn story from the late 1940’s; MAJOR MIDNIGHT in “Danger On Ice”, as illustrated by Dan Barry; a CAMIILA adventure from Jungle Comics, as rendered by Matt Baker; and THREE new first-time characters debuting in tghis issue of MOM- THE RED COMET, from Fiction House’s Planet Comics, in an untitled adventure; HYDROMAN in another untitled story drawn by Ben Thompson- from Eastern Colors’ Heroic Comics #19- and RAINBOW BOY, by H. C. Keifer- also untitled, and also from that same issue of Heroic. 64 pages of wild vintage crime-crushing, originally released by publishers like Gerona, Quality Comics, Fawcett, Fiction House and Eastern Color. All full stories, reproduced using state-of-the-art techniques in crisp, glorious black & white. Standard comic book size, color cover, saddle-stitched. Printed in 2008.
Another superb mix of Golden Age classic reprints, including some old favorites, and two “newcomers” to the MOM line-up- but ALL in never-before-reprinted stories straight out of the 1940’s. Inside another spectacular Mike Machlan cover is cover star THE HOOD, who debuts this issue, as rendered by Jack Alderman from a mid-’40’s issue of Holyoke’s Cat-Man Comics, followed by Fawcett’s MINUTE MAN, in a Charles Sultan-drawn story from Master Comics #19. Then, Dan Barry illustrates MAJOR MIDNIGHT in “Marauders From The Deep”. Next up is a first-time appearance by SHOCK GIBSON in a breathtaking Bob Fujitani story from Speed Comics #44- “The Laughter That Kills”!! IBIS the INVINCIBLE appears, courteousy of Kurt Schaffenberger’s drawing skills, in ” Holocaust- God of Destruction”, from Whiz Comics. Then, straight out of Wow Comics it’s The PHANTOM EAGLE, by Charles Tomsey. This story is entitled “The Aerial Vikings”. BULLETMAN and BULLETGIRL go into action in “The Tattooed Man”, as drawn by Harry Anderson, and a Bernard Krigstein- illustrated GOLDEN ARROW finishes out the book, “The Dangerous Toys”. 68 pages of high-quality vintage reprints of the best of comic’s early days. Standard comic book size, black & white interiors with full color covers, saddle-stitched. Printed in 2008.
Another great super-sized 68-page vintage reprint blockbuster!! First, it’s cover feature CAT-MAN & KITTEN, in a never-previously-reprinted classic (originally seen in Holyoke Comics’ CAT-MAN #25 ) , “The Eyes of Justice”, written & drawn by Charles Quinlan. The Feline Furies take vengence on gangster Looie Moroni after the justice system lets the bloodthirsty killer off on a technicality. Then, DOLLMAN battles The Troll, in a suspenseful epic from Quality Comics’ DOLLMAN #32. Leonard Frank delineates The MAJOR MIDNIGHT opus, “Major Midnight Fights For Freedom”. Next, a CRIMEBUSTER classic from Lev Gleason Pubs’ Boy Illostories #81, “Iron Jaw Bites Again”, as penned by Charles Biro and drawn by William Overgard. Dartbane Prison is the setting for an untitled adventure od macabre and mystery from The SECRET FILES OF DR. DREW, with art by Jerry Grandenetti.Then, an untitled adventure of STAR PIRATE, as drawn by Maurice Whitman (from Fiction House’ PLANET COMICS), and Fawcett’s stasr of WHIZ COMICS, LANCE O’CASEY in “The Bandit Birds”. And last but not least, this issues’ debuting rarity is: The RECKONER in “The Stamps That Dripped Blood”, also from CAT-MAN COMICS, and drawn by Don Rico. All full stories reprinted in crisp, perfect detail. Black & white interior with color covers (with front cover art by Mike Machlan ); standard comic book size, saddlestitched. Printed in 2008.
Mike Machlan’s spectacular cover art is but a prelude to this issue’s opening vintage classic- “The Birth of the AVENGER!!”- the origin and first appearance of Magazine Enterprises’ historic premier Silver-Age costumed defender, as written by Gardner Fox and illustrated by Dick Ayers. Then, AIRBOY flies into action, as he investigates the mystery of a ghost-plane, in a taught drama drawn by the great Ernie Schroeder. Next, Ernie’s back, doing art chores on a classic tale starring The HEAP, wherin the big, silent, shaggy guy tangles with a a monstrous crustacean known as The Black Death from the Sea!! Next, it’s a feature-length adventure of SPY SMASHER, as he “Discovers the Streamlined Treasure Island”; as rendered by Alex Blum. Then, a Klaus Nordling LADY LUCK adventure as she goes undercover as a chorus girl to rescue the kidnapped General Stone, followed by Matt Baker’s PHANTOM LADY in- “The Television Spies”. IBIS The INVINCIBLE makes an appearance, in a Kurt Schaffenberger-drawn tale entitlrd “School for Sorcerers”, and LANCE O’CASEY rounds out the issue in “The Deadly Seadragon”. 64 pages of action and excitiement, straight out of the pages of Golden Age comicvs originally printed by Fawcett, Hillman, Fox Features, Quality and others, reproduced in sparkling black & white using state-of-the art restoration and reproductive techniques. Full color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. Printed in 2007.
A special spotlight on the costumed mystery WOMEN this issue; starting out with cover star MISS MASQUE in “Diana’s Jewel”, illustrated by Bob Oksner, and originally printed in Nedor’s America’s Best Comics #24; followed by a Klaus Nordling LADY LUCK 4-pager. Then, the guys get back into the act, as DOLLMAN breaks up “The Suicide Club”, in an 11-pager beautifully rendered by Al Bryant. Then, MISS VICTORY battles fifth-columnists in an untitled Charles Quinlan story from Captain Aero #7. Fiction House’s SENORITA RIO gets into the act as she saves the remnants of an Inca tribe from the phony threat of Zambomba, the Winged God of Evil; and MAJOR MIDNIGHT and crew make a “Trip Through France”, courteousy of artist Leonard Frank, MattBaker’s PHANTOM LADY breaks up “The Case of the Murderous Model”, and CRIMEBUSTER learns “The Turtle’s Secret”. The best in Gloden Age reprints, from Fox Features, Holyoke, Lev Gleason, Quality, Fawcett and other long-defunct publishers. a full 68 pages in black & white, with color covers
Another huge cache of previously-unseen Golden Age gems starring the top costumed crimefighters of the 1940’s!! Quality Comics is well-represented this issue, with THREE great feature-length stories: “A Million-Dollar Corpse” stars the diminutive dynamo, DOLLMAN; as he battles one of his toughest nemesis in a beautifully-rendered story by John Spranger. The Mighty Mite never looked tougher, and girlfriend Martha never looked better!! MANHUNTER joins the fray as he encounters a face from his past- The Ghostmaster, in an excellent tale originally appearing in Police Comics #26. Then, G-man extraordinaire T-MAN finds himself in trouble on a “Mexican Slayride”. Fawcett Comics stars shine as well, with cover star MR. SCARLET in “Portrait of Death”, drawn by Carl Pfeufer from Wow Comics # 46, and Major Midnight “Spikes The Sun-Gun”, with art by Leonard Frank. Standard/Nedor’s top star The BLACK TERROR battles through a spooky untitled adventure from Exciting Comics # 51, and Fiction House’s STAR PIRATE fights through an untitled Planet Comics story drawn by Maurice Whitman. The biggest comic book stars of The Golden Age, reprinted exactly as they originally appeared over half a century ago. 46 pages, black & white with color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. Printed in 2007.
Vintage derring-do from the cape and mask set, as per every issue of MOM!! DOLLMAN starts the festivities in a feature-length story drawn by John Spranger, as the Mighty Mite’s arch-foe TOM THUMB tries to keep another former villain- The Great Gazabo- from going straight. Then, from Down Under, the Australian Catman & his partner, Kit must travel all the way to London to save pretty Terry West from kidnappers in an untitled story from Catman #16, written & drawn by John Dixon. Then, cover star SKYMAN defies all odds to save a US general shot down behind Japanese lines during 1943 in an untitled story from an early issue of Columbia’s Big Shot Comics. Next, MR. SCARLET & PINKY are up to there necks in “Murder By Magic”, drawn by Carl Pfeaufer, from Wow Comics #43. Then, KID ETERNITY and his helper, MR. KEEPER must find there way back from “The City of Silence”, as they match wits with the evil & twisted Mr. Silence, reprinted from Hit Comics. Finally a MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN short feature, “The Little Giant”. Great Golden Age reprints from Quality, Fawcett, King Features and others. Standard comic book size, 64 pages in black & white with color covers, saddle stitched. Printed in 2007.
Another WHOPPING 64 pages of prime GOLDEN AGE reprints of the highest quality!! A mix of great old favorites and intriguing first- timers this go-around. Among the super-characters making their FIRST appearance ever in MOM in this issue is CAPTAIN FREEDOM, in an untitled story reprinted from SPEED COMICS #24. Captain Freedom was somewhat of an imitation of Timely’s Captain America (one of the better ones) in that he wore a flag-inspired costume, but instead of ONE youthful sidekick (like Cap) Freedom has FIVE of them, collectively known as The Young Defenders. This unnamed tales has Cap Freedom & Co. taking on a mad scientist (named Dr. Deemon) who is cooking up some biological weapons, and it is drawn by Arturo Cazenueve. The next dominoed debutante this ish is The JACK of SPADES, an extremely obscure (but fascinating) superhero who comes to life via an exploding deck of cards!! In this bizarre adventure, he tangles with an entire civilization of winged hawkmen to save an innocent girl. This character is the creative product of Albert & Florence Magarian, and appeared in the odd-sized TOPS COMICS in 1944. Our returning regulars include The DOLLMAN, as drawn by Al Bryant in “Dollman Joins The Underworld”; cover feature Commando Yank in “The Die Is Cast”, by Carl Pfeufer, originally appearing in WOW COMICS #46, in 1946; IBIS The INVINCIBLE in “Ibis Meets The Glacier Man”, drawn by Kurt Scaffenberger; The GOLDEN ARROW in “The Warring Tribe” as drawn by Bernie Krigstein, and The CAT-MAN and KITTEN battle their nemesis Mr. Peccary in “Larceny In Liquid”, originally published in CATMAN COMICS #20, and rendered by Charles Quinlan.Full-story, vintage reprints reproduced from actual comic books of the 1940’s, originally published by Fawcett, Quality, Harvey, Lev Gleason and Holyoke Comics, presented in crystal-clear, state-of-the-art printing quality.Men of Mystery #65 is black & white with color covers, 68 pages in standard comic-book size, saddle-stitched. Printed in 2007.
Now, BIGGER and BETTER than ever, with MORE PAGES!!! That’s right, starting this issue and from now on MEN OF MYSTERY becomes a full, 68-PAGE comic book, just like in the GOLDEN AGE!! MORE great vintage reprints as you like them in every issue!! Now there’s room for longer stories and more features!! This introductory blockbuster starts things off with a bang, as cover star DOLLMAN crosses the trail of the masked menace known as The Stuntman!! 14 pages of action & intrigue as rendered by Al Bryant.Then, another installment from the Australian MANHUNTER series, ” Adventure in Mexico”!! Next, it’s IBIS THE INVINCIBLE ‘ “The Hands of Horror”, originally seen in Whiz Comics #70; MISS VICTORY in “Death From The Past”, as illustrated by Nina Albright, from Captain Aero Comics #17; “Major” Midnight meets “The World’s Worst Public Enemies; plus The FIGHTING YANK in “The Return of Fingers”, by the stellar team of Jerry Robinson & Mort Meskin!! Pure 1940’s classics from cover to cover, all reproduced with state-of-the-art expertise!! 68 pages, black & white with color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched, printed in 2007.
Nothing but the finest in Golden Age reprints, as always. This issue opens with another late- ’40’s classic DOLLMAN story, this one illustrated by the great Al Bryant. It is untitled, but in it the Diminutive Detective faces off with Dragg, Master Criminal and would- be Ruler of Men!! A typically-slick Quality Comics offering. Then, from Prize Comics’ Frankenstein #27, the one and only Dick Briefer writes & draws a grisly adventure featuring his unique take on the Mary Shelly creation in “Frozen Alive”!! BULLETMAN & BULLETGIRL join in an adventure strait out of Fawcett’s Master Comics; “Mysterious Coincidences”, as drawn by Bill Ward & Charles Tomsey. Then, it’s two certified RARITIES from the historic & well-storied (but seldom seen) Centaur Comics group- from Amazing Man Comics, it’s The SHARK, in “Vacation Time”, ans produced by Lew Glanz, older brother of long-time comics illustrator Sam Glanzman. The Shark is a unique take on the super-powered underwater character, and Glanz’ art style has charm & polish. Then, from Amazing Mystery Funnies, it’s Harry Sahle’s AIR MAN!! Another interesting approach to the Hawkman-type of flying hero, this one having debuted no more than a few weeks after DC’s iconic character. Interesting & unusual as well, since this character was pledged to fight crime from the air, but only as it occured on the high seas!! 52 pages og great vintage 1940’s action in black & white with color covers. Standard comic book size & format, printed in 2007.
More high-quality vintage reprints from comic’s Golden Age!! First, Quality Comic’s DOLLMAN must solve a mystery of poisoning murders that involve a rare, double-barreled flintlock pistol, in an untitled story drawn by John Spranger. Then, THE AVENGER returns in a Bob Powell clasic not seen since Magazine Enterprises’ The Avenger #2- “The Sea Monsters!!”. Next, Fawcett Comics master of magic, IBIS THE INVINCIBLE “Battles The Amazing Riverman!!”, followed by the Quality version of MANHUNTER; in one of his rare, Australian-market-only native produced stories- “South Seas”; and finally, T-MAN in “The Terror of the Orient”- plus two surprise short features-MANDRAKE’S magic tips, and a “U-Solve-It Mystery” featuring a special surprise guest-star. 52 pages, black & white with color covers, standard comic book size. Printed in 2006.
The little man comes up big again this issue, with cover feature DOLLMAN in the lead spot, as diminutive Darrel Dane battles GLOVES, the strange villain whose hands speak the language of DEATH, in a taught tale beautifully illustrated by Al Bryant. Then, IBIS THE INVINCIBLE takes on The Ghostly Cavalier in a mystic misadventure drawn by the great Kurt Schaffenberger. Steve Ditko’s The Mysterious Traveler learns why “The Vision Came”; STRONG MAN takes on a crowd of bad guys that is “Too Many For Strongman” in a story by artist Bob Powell; COMMANDO YANK searches for the “Pearls of Perella” in a story out of Wow Comics; and MAJOR MIDNIGHT finds himself in the middle of a swindle for “The Water Fuel”!! Great full-story Golden Age reprints as originally seen within the pages of Quality, Fawcett and Charlton comic books of the 1940’s & ’50’s
It’s the “Golden Age Champions of Quality” issue, as Everett “Busy” Arnold’s top-flight comics line is the book-length feature, opening with yet another John Spranger- drawn gem of a DOLLMAN adventure entitled “Death Is My Hobby”, wherin the diminutive daredevil tangles with his fishy arch-nenesis, The Moray. Then, making his Men of Mystery debut, the long-running star of Crack Comics- CAPTAIN TRIUMPH, as the alter ego of ordinary Lance Lamont breaks up the larcenous Moxon mob. Then, Police Comics headliner MANHUNTER clears an innocent man named Charles Chuckaluck from a murder rap by catching the real guilty party. Then- not one but TWO Klaus Nordling LADY LUCK adventures; as the daring damsel breaks up a gang of geriatric gangsters called the Old Croney Mob; and also uses the practicing thespians employed in a horror-themed play to scare the Skullish Gang into giving up. All this plus Pete Trask, T-MAN, up to his neck introuble as he attempts to free a fellow agent by allowing himself to be taken as a “Red Hostage”!!. All stories are complete, reprinted from actual vintage comic books originally published in the 1940’s & ’50’s, using state-of-the-art reproduction methods. 52 pages, black & whitw with color covers, standard comic book size & format, saddle-stitched, printed in 2006
Another all-Quality Comics issue, celebrating the comic book publishing venture of the late, great Everett “Busy” Arnold. That Mighty Mite, The DOLLMAN leads off the issue, with another cracked classic illustrated by the great John Spranger; “The Boy Who Knew All The Answers# !! Then KID ETERNITY twists time and space to learn the truth about the legend of Sir Henry Morgan in “Yo, Ho and A Bottle of Miracles”. Next, it’s Cold-War era espionage & action with T-MAN in a taut & suspenseful tale titled “Red Intrigue in Paris”. Klaus Nordling’s screwball take on the sultry LADY LUCK comes next, as she foils a murderous villain known as Warped Brain, then MANHUNTER brings in Skinny Starr for the murder of Jim Jibb, and finally LADY LUCK has an encore, in another Nordling-rendered madcap as she stops a burglary in the radio studio of star disc jockey Gus Giggly. 52 pages, black & white with color covers. Standard comic book size & format. Original, authentic Golden Age stories reproduced and reprinted in full, in 2006
Timeless classics from the Golden Age of comics; the 1940’s, reprinted in full in crystal clarity!! An issue-length focus on the characters of the late, great Fawcett comics line this time around. Spy Smasher faces “The Blizzard Blitzkrieg”, from Spy Smasher #9, 1942; followed by an illustrated profile on prolific, forgotten great- artist Carl Pfeufer, scribed by comics historian P. C. Hammerlinck. Then, a superb example of Pfeufer’s work- a full-length Mr Scarlet story entitled “All The World’s A Stage”, originally seen in Wow Comics #40. Then, more Pfeufer virtuosity; this time teamed with inker John Jordan on the Don Winslow melodrama, “The Return of the Scorpion!!”. Then, it’s Commando Yank in “The Japanese Shellproof Island”, and finally Ibis the Invincible in “The Land of Death”, as drawn by Kurt Schafenberger, from Whix Comics #96. 52 pages, color covers with black & white interiors, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. Printed in 2006
Thrills from the Golden Age of Comics!! Five big features this issue, starting off with the high-flying AIRBOY, as he battles a giant, mutant slug from the sea floor, as endered by the master; Ernie Schroeder. Then, it’s the 1950’s incarnation of The BLUE BEETLE, rendered quite capably by the art team of Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia (notable because this long-lived classic hero has been drawn SO BADLY for so much of his 45-plus year career in comics) in “Unmasked”. Then, cover feature BULLETMAN (with the beautiful BULLETGIRL by his side, of course!) in “The Dangerous Escape”, as drawn by Bill Ward and the Binder Shop crew. Then, straight out of Whiz Comics, it’s IBIS THE INVINCIBLE, in “The Guardians of the Tomb”, and finally that beauteous jungle defender, CAMILLA, (in a story out of Jungle Comics )on the trail of ancient Viking relics- as drawn by Ralph Mayo. All quality, full-story reprints, as originally seen within the pages of Hillman, Fawcett , Charlton & Fiction House comics. 52 pages, black & white with color covers. Standard comic book size & format, saddle- stitched. Printed in 2005
Another cornucopia of costumed character classics not seen since comics’ Golden Age- the 1940’s!! Start off with cover feature BULLETMAN, one of the most popular heroes of the era, appearing in not ONE but TWO stories this issue; “The Strange Hostage” (from Master Comics #102) drawn by Bill Ward; and “Bulletman- Tunes Out Station C-R-I-M-E!!” Then, it’s the fearsome & enigmatic HEAP, in an untitled story illustrated by the great Ernie Schroeder. Ibis The Invincible rings in in a top-flight adventure out of a 1946 issue of Whiz Comics; “The Sinister Seeds”- very well-drawn, but the artist is unidentified. The TARGET and the TARGETEERS break up a milk-hijacking scam, as rendered by Joe Certa; the somewhat bizarre costumed defender, The YELLOWJACKET faces “The Steel Coffin Case”, with art by Ken Battefield, and the VERY bizarre STARDUST (soon to RETURN to comics in an upcoming issue of FEMFORCE!!) returns in a surreal adventure against- “The Mad Giant”!!- weirdly rendered by Henry Fletcher. As always, quality, complete-story reprints as originally published by Fawcett, Fox Features, Curtis, Frank Communale & Hillman. 52 pages, black & white with color covers, standard comic book size & format. Printed in 2005.
Another full volume of classic Golden Age costumed- hero reprints, starting off with cover star The Avenger, who is featured in a Bob Powell -drawn story originally seen in The Avenger #4; “The Man Who Played Spy”. Then, it’s that post-war espionage ace, Quality Comic’s T-Man, in “Trouble’s Double”, well-drawn by W. G. Hargis. This adventure takes place in the Middle East, smack dab in the middle of a late-’40’s oil crisis!! Commando Yank returns, courtest of artist Carl Pfeuffer in a story from Wow Comics #44, “Quisling Quest in Tibet”, followed by the surreal & unearthly Stardust the Superwizard, in an untitled Henry Fletcher story originally seen in an early issue of Fox Features’ Fantastic Comics. Camilla, the jungle queen saves a cache of native diamonds in an untitled Ralph Mayo story from Fiction House’ Jungle Comics; the great Steve Ditko provides art on “Operation Blacksnake”, another petroleum- related story, this one narrated by Charlton’s Mysterious Traveller; and Pete Morisi’s Masked Raider appears in “The Shotgun Army” 52 pages, black & white with color covers, standard comic-book size, saddle-stitched. Printed in 2005
The Black Terror returns to the pages of Men of Mystery!! Inside a stunning Alex Schomburg cover, you’ll find a gripping late-1940’s ‘Terror tome, “The Plundering Pooch”, wherin an innocent but well-trained dog helps a gang of thugs fleece a millionaire- until the Terror Twins intervene!! Art by George(Batman, Fantastic Four) Roussos, and then-Nedor art director Ralph Mayo. Then, Fox Features red, white and blue defender, The Eagle takes on a band of Nazi saboteurs armed with magnetic guns and light-bending invisibility rays, as drawn by Pierce Rice and Arturo Cazeneuve. Quality Comic’s Wonder Boy uses all his super-abilities to return an exploited circus performer to his homeland, in an Al Bryant-illustrated story originally printed in National Comics #15. Two-fisted detective Mark Fabian makes his MoM debut, in a Mike Sekowsky- drawn tale- “Hot Rod”!! Then, Fiction House’s Captain Terry Thunder takes on “The Desrert Panther”, as drawn by Robert Hayward Webb, and finally Novelty Press’ Target and The Targeteers break up a crooked water show, in beachside action as rendered by Joe Certa. Golden Age gems, reprinted in crystal-clear, full-story format. 52 pages, standard comic book size and format, color covers with black & white interiors. Printed in 2005
A special all-star issue!! It starts Airboy, one of the most successful and longest-running characters to come out of the Golden Age of comics, featured in one of the youthful aviators most-requested (and scariest) adventures: “Airboy and the Rats!!” This tale is rendered by one of comicdom’s unsung masters, Ernie Schroeder. Then, it’s not one but two adventures of Quality Comics’ green-clad, sassy and sophisticated female adventuress, Lady Luck; bothe rendered by Klaus Nordling. Fisrt, LL takes on a beautiful but deadly lady executioner called Miss Powerhouse; and in the second, sabotage on a dam leads to circumstances that have the social register believing that Brenda Banks ( Lady Luck’s civilian identity ) has been killed. The, it’s special feature star, The Green Lama!! The ‘Lama may not have been a long-lived strip (tho’ he did inspire both a pulp magazine and a radio show in the late 1940’s) this issue’s GL offering, “An American Story” sports top-flight art by Mac Raboy, considered by experts to be among the ten best aertists to come out of the comic book world of the 1940’s- and this story features cameo appearances by Raboy himself, and hos actual Spark publications editor of the day, Joseph Greene. Then, there’s the masked crimefighter known as… Zippo!! What can you say about this Hillman Pubs., yellow-costumed adventurer who fights atop hydraulic footwheels, except that this strip appears to be drawn by Arturo Cazeneuve. Finally, a humorous Jack Cole gem, an adventure with Plastic Man’s pal, Woozy Winks!! Full-story reprints of the best of comic’s early years. 52 pages, black and white with color covers, standard comic book size. Printed in 2005.
Call off the dogs, it’s Cat-Man and Kitten in the spotlight this issue, starting off with a great front-cover reproduction of the cover artwork from the first issue of his original Holyoke Comics series, as rendered by Charles Quinlan. Once inside, you get not one but TWO great Cat-Man features; first, a classic confrontation between the ferocious feline and his arch-nemesis, Dr. Macabre (aided and abetted by two elderly but murderous sisters) from Holyoke’s Catman #30, as drawn by the awesomely atmospheric Bob Fujitani. Then, it’s the fianal chapter of the Australian Catman and Kit story started back in MOM #50, as the down-under duo try to defeat gangster Vic Stombelli in their own secret hideout. It’s beautifully illustrated by John Dixon. Lovely Mysta of the Moon makes an appearance, in a Matt Baker-drawn story entitled “Revolt On Planet Xanthia”, and Fawcett Comic’s Spy Smasher gets more than he bargained for when the masked crusader “Visits The Dentist”. Not one, but TWO Men of Mystery first-timers appear this issue: the mysterious two-fisted detective from Fiction House Comics known as The Eye, in a gritty noir adventure drawn by Bill Bennilus- AND, a whimsical and wonderous escapade of Quality Comic’s Kid Eternity, rendered by an unknown artist attempting to ape the great Mac Raboy !! 52 pages of full-story reprints of actual Golden Age comic book stories, with color covers, standard comic book size and format. Printed in 2005.
Another Quality Comics- themed issue, with all stories reprinted from that storied stable of comic characters from the 1940’s and ’50’s. Unheralded Quality artistic great John Spranger is highlighted, with TWO stories in addition to the cover illustration: Dollman faces his arch-foe The Undertaker on a cross-counrty train ride; (as originally seen in Feature Comics) then Manhunter takes on the master mechanic of lawlessness, Jawbone, from Police Comics #60. U.S. government master spy, Pete Trask- better known as T-Man, solves the case of “The Elephant Who Loved Flowers”- a tale from his own magazine, drawn by H. G. Hargis; and the glamorous Torchy has an adventure in babysitting, courtesy of artist Bill Ward. But wait- there’s more!! As a special bonus, we’re running an adventure of The Black Condor, drawn by the artist most associated with “quality”- be it the publishing company or the descriptive adjective- the great Lou Fine!! The ‘Condor fights electrically-charged kite-men, straight from Smash Comics #6. Plus- last issue, we started a feature-length adventure of Australia’s Cat-Man, with a promise to run the concluding chapter this month. Well, too much great Quality stuff went into this ish, so there was no room to run the whole finish to Cat-Man!! So- this issue sprts o two- page teaser, with the end of the story (we promise!!) in Men of Mystery #52!! 52 pages, black and white with color covers. Standard comic book size, printed in 2004
Big 50Th Issue!!! The” best of the best ” culled from comic’s Golden Age are reprinted as usual this issue, starting out with the legendary Spy Smasher, stranded on a tropical island and at the mercy of Nazi killers in “Winds of Death”, illustrated by Alex Blum. Then, from Down Under, it’s a reprise of Australia’s version of The Catman, and his partner Kit, as they must save beautiful Terry West and her father, The Professor, from the clutches of Capital Cities’ crimeboss, Vic Stombelli, in a beautifully-illustrated cliffhanger drawn by John Dixon. Look for the conclusion of the story in MoM #51. Then, Bulletman and Bulletgirl save a man from attempted murder on the ski slopes in “The Death Jump”, with art by Charles Tomsey. Then, counter-espionage takes The Black X into Finland and Russia, in the early days of World War II, in an untitled story drawn by Will Eisner, ortiginally seen in Smash Comics #10. Finally, it’s Cold War superheroics as The Avenger flim-flams a coterie of Communists into believing that he is a “Man From Mars”; with art by Bob Powell. Top quality printing and reproduction on superb full-story reprints of material originally seen in the 1940’s and ’50’s from publishers like Quality, Magazine Enterprises, and Fawcett. 52 pages, black and white with color covers. Printed in 2004.
Another top-flight mix of rare, full-story reprints from the Golden Age of comics this issue, starting out with cover feature Minute Man. In addition to comics, Minute Man’s publisher (Fawcett) produced a variety of products that featured their characters- including a series of Dime Action Books- small, illustrated storybooks in a format not too dissimilar from Whitman Pubs hugely -successful Big Little books. The Minute Man Dime Action adventure, “Mystery of the Spy Ring”, with art by the Harry “A” Chesler studio, was among Fawcett’s best. Here in MOM, we’ve taken the Dime Action illustrated book approach, and reformatted the illustrations into comic book panels, layed out horizontally, to tell the story in a manner closer to the standard comic book approach. Minute Man’s Fawcett Comics stablemate Bulletman appears this issue, as well- but instead of usual partner Bulletgirl, here he goes into action with a flying canine cohort, in “Bulletdog Takes Over”. Then, the distaff side of adventuring is represented by Jim Monney and Bob Turner’s Wildfire, as she cleans out a castle haunted by thugs in a story straight out of Quality Comic’s Smash #33. Next, the one and ONLY appearance of artist Bob Powell’s futuristic, flying female, the one and only Atoma!! Fiction House joins the fray, with a well-illustrated (and untitled) Captain Wings tale. Plus- as a special feature, and action-packed effort starring the Original Blue Beetle- “Last Chance”, with art by Ted Galindo and Ray Osrin. Color cover with black & white interiors, 52 pages. Standard comic book format. Printed in 2004.
An all-star issue made up of some of the biggest stars in superhero comics of the 1940’s, in crystal-clear, full-story reprints. Inside of a superb Alex Schomburg cover, you’ll find Dollman, facing the unlikely villainy of…Polka-Dot? A wildly expressive strip drawn by the unsung great John Spranger. Then, it’s that shambling mass of living matter known as The Heap, in a top-flight retelling of his origin, drawn by Ernie Schroeder. The Black Terror faces off against a colorful female vigilante in “The Revenge of Red Ann”; as rendered by Jerry Robinson and Mort Meskin. Then, it’s Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, tackling “The Ghosts of the Lion-Men”, by R. H. Webb and friends. This issue’s first-time guest feature is Yankee Doodle Jones, illustrated by Lou Fine imitator (and Lou’s brother-in-law, in fact) Charles Sultan. Plus, one-page featurettes from Space Mouse and Atom-Age combat, with art by Frank Carin and Dick Ayers. Great encore presentations of storis that originally appeared in Quality, Standard/Nedor, Fiction House, Harry “A” Chesler, Hillman, Charlton and Fago comics. 52 pages, black & white with color covers. Standard comic book format. Printed in 2004.
It’s two old favorites and two newcomers this issue, as Quality Comic’s diminutive dynamo takes center stage in “Dollman’s Dilemna”, and Bulletman gains a partner in a reprint of the historic origin of Bulletgirl, originally seen in Fawcett’s Master Comics #13, in 1941!! New to MoM this issue is Ace Comics’ top crime crusher, Magno (along with his costumed assistant, Davey) in a tale darawn by the distinctively quirky Rudy Palais, from 1946’s Super-Mystery comics Volume 6, #2. Finally, we re-present what is artist Bob Fujitani’s strangest superhero strip, with this great 1946 rerun of the one and only appearance of Captain Truth, out of Cambridge House Publishing’s Gold Medal Comics #1. Must be seen to be believed!! Brilliant, perfect full-story reprints of actual Golden Age comic book stories from the 1940’s. 52 pages, black and white with color covers. Printed in 2004.
Quality Comics is a focus again this issue, as top artist Reed Crandall is the man behind the cover art and lead feature, both of which star Stormy Foster, The Great Defender. Then, Manhunter takes on “Fence, Incorprated”, as originally seen in Police Comics #66. Two more quality first-timers for the Men of Mystery series appear here, too- as Neon, The Unknown appears, in a story reprinted from Hit Comics #17, (with art by Alex Blum) and The Jester comes on the scene, from a later issue Smash Comics. Fiction House favorites Star Pirate (by Leonard Starr) and Kaanga (drawn by John Celardo) round out the Golden Age fun. Full-story, exact reprints of actual, vintage 1940’s comic book stories from the industies’ greatest creators. 52 pages, black and white with color covers. Standard comic book size. Printed in 2004
Rare gems from comic’s Golden Age abound, starting off with a great Ken Bald-illustrated story from 1942- the break-up of Bulletman and Bulletgirl!! Then, a MOM newcomer, Quality’s National Comics feature, Wonder Boy debuts, as he overturns a submarine to stop Nazi sabatuers. And, Fox Comics Nightbird, not seen anywhere since Green Mask #9, February 1942, comes onto the scene to stop the murderous… Censor!! Fan-favorite Crimebuster gets the nod, as he stops “The Overconfident Con-Man”, a story written by Charles Biro, and drawn by Norman Maurer, out of Lev Gleason Pubs’ Boy Comics. Fiction House is represented by jungle man (from Jungle Comics- where else?) Ka’anga must hunt the blood spoor of the Phantom Queen- tastefully drawn by Maurice Whitman. Finally, it’s dark fantasy from Charlton with Steve Ditko’s Mysterious Traveler as he views an “Escape”. Black oand white with color Mac Raboy cover, 52 pages, standard comic book size. Printed in 2004
Two favorites headline the Golden Age superhero hit parade this issue in Cat-Man (drawn by Don Rico) and Bulletman; (by Charles Sultan and the Chesler shop) and three seldom-seen features make their MoM debut this month: Lady Fairplay, illustrated by Dick Tracy assistant Jack Ryan, Man O’ Metal, by Wonder Woman artist H. G. Peter, and White Streak and Red Seal, by Emil Gershwin. Plus- a Centaur short recreation by Fred Guardineer. Beautiful full-story reprints from Fawcett, Progressive Pubs, Holyoke, Eastern Color and Curtis Publications. Cover art by L. B. Cole. 52 pages, Bblack and white with color covers. Standard comic book size. Printed in 2003
A pleasure-packed potpourri of rare and esoteric tales from comic’s Golden Age, presented in crisp, clear, full-story reprints.See Fox Feature’s The Flame, in the origin and firts appearance of Flame Girl, as illustrated by Pierce Rice and Arturo Cazeneuve, an early Bulletman adventure, pitting him and Bulletgirl against “The Unholy Three”, as drawn by Charles Sultan. Than, Harrry “A” Chesler’s Dynamic Man and Dynamic Boy defy “The Mad Master of the Doomsday Express”, with art by Ruben Moriera, and an early Nedor/Standard heroe makes his MoM debut- Raymond Thayer’s The Mask, in “The Mask Returns”. Rarer than rare is TNT Todd, the explosive superhero out of Centaur’s Keen Detective Funnies; and finally a slickly rendered Bob Powell opus, M. E.’s The Avenger, in “The Day The Earth Grew”. 52 pages, black & white with color covers. Standard comic book size. Printed in 2003.
As per usual, this issue is chock-full of Golden Age gems from the 1940’s and ’50’s, headlined by Blue Bolt and his lovely assistant Lois in “The Thing of Terror”; Bulletman (flying solo) in “The Prophetic Press”, and Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein, in a story titled “Entranced”. Plus, two little-seen characters making their MOM debuts: Centaur Comic’s Fantom of the Fair (with art by Paul Gustavson). and from Prize Comics#1, K The Unkown. All that plus Bob Powell’s Jet Powers. Vintage and classic full-story reprints from Fawcett, Novelty press and Magazine Enterprises, among others. 52 pages. black and white with color covers. Standard comic book size. Printed in 2003.
Top-flight, top-quality full-story reprints out of comic’s Golden Age, the 1940’s! Stories include “Check and Double Check, starring Bulletman & bulletgirl, from Fawcett’s Master Comics #41; Spy Smasher Vs. Baron Von Stuka, Ibis the Invincible in “Invaders From The Rubber World”, and Charlton’s Nature Boy in “The Dictator of Utopia”, drawn by John Buscema!! 52 pages, black and white with color covers. Standard comic book size, printed in 2003
The best of the Golden Age, with six gig stories, starring the likes of The Black Terror, in “larceny at the Lighthouse” (by Meskin and Robinson ), The ‘Terror’s kid sidekick, Tim; in his ONLY solo story outing of The Golden Age, “The Kid Plays A Lone Hand”, by George Tuska; Bulletman and Bulletgirl in “Leave Us Face It”; the eerie Purple Claw in “The Final Hooror” (by Ben Brown and Dave Gantz); a Ralph Mayo-drawn tale of The Little Wise Guys, “Scarecrows Lucky Blunder”; and Spy Smasher vs. The Mask by C. C. Beck. All top-flight, full-story reprints originally seen with the pages of comics from Nedor, Fawcatt, Lev Gleason and Minoan/Toby Press. 52 pages, black and white with color covers. Printed in 2003.
Another batch of superlative Golden Age reprints, including the electrifying Pyroman battling dinosaurs, the high-flying Airboy trapped in a weird, nuclear -induced alternate dimension, a Spy Smasher shorty, and Bulletman and Bulletgirl in “The Highwaymen of the Skies. Stories originally published by Nedor, Fawcett, and Hillman, with art by Ken Battifield, Bill Ward, and Ernie Schroeder. Plus- a special “story that never was” starring The Fighting Yank-” Fighting Yank Vanishes!” with art by Joe Certa. 52 pages, black and white with color covers. Standard comic book size. Printed in 2003.
The patriotic hero, SPY SMASHER is up against one of his greatest foes… the blood-thirsty Nazi agent known as “Iron Mask”11 in a great Golden Age story drawn by Emil Gershin. That high-flying duo, BULLETMAN and BULLETGIRL are on the trail of killers on the loose in “The Dangerous Escape”! COMMANDO YANK fouls crooks who would corrupt America’s greatest pasttime in an energetic entry by Carl Pfeufer. LEE GRANGER, JUNGLE KING is about to be burned at the stake until Eric, his talking lion, scares off his captors!! Government agent BLACK COBRA races a deadline for danger to solve”The Mystery of the Falling Corpse”! by Robert Webb- plus Paul Gustavso’s Quality Comics kid gang, Rusty Ryan and the Boyville Brigadiers makes it’s MOM debut. Superrb vintage reprints originally published by Fawcett, Ajax and Quality comics, in the 1940’s and “50’s. Black and white with color covers, 52 pages in standard comic-book format. Printed in 2003
Another stellar collection of the greatest costumed hero stories from the 1940’s. This issue’s headliners include The Fighting Yank, in “Fireworks on the Fourth”, wherin a band of criminals tries to steal a vintage document signed by George Washington himself-drawn as a solo effort by Mort Meskin, and Catman and the Kitten in their untitled first meeting with their arch-nemesis, Dr. Macabre. An excellent story featuring some of the weirdest, wildest Bob Fujitani artwork you’ll ever want to see! Then, straight out of Champ Comics, The Human Meteor makes his first-ever appearance in Men Of Mystery, as he and sidekick Toby the shoeshine boy stave off a Japanese air attack on San Francisco. Top flight draftsman Bob Powell handles art chores on “The Deadly Hour”, a Strongman story originally appearing in Strongman #3, the Ajax-Farrel incarnation of The Black Cobra rings in to bust up a spy ring trying to sabotage the test trials of a new tank for the U. S. Defense department, in a tale rendered by Sheena artist Robert H. Webb. Four superb, full-story reprints utilizing the best reproduction techniques available, from comics originally published by Standard/Better/Nedor, Holyoke/Continental, Magazine Enterprises, Worth Pubs, and L. L. Miller. 52 pages, black and white with color covers, standard comic book format. Printed in 2002
Captain Flash battles the underwater menace of the Sharkmen by Mike Sekowsky, while Ibis the Invincible dares all to rescue the beautiful Taia from the evil Cat God, drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger. The very first appearance of that human cyclone known as The Twister (by Paul Gustavson) from the pages of Blue Bolt Vol.2,#1 is presented in this big book of classic reprints, along with that issue’s Blue Bolt story. Next comes a real surprise…Miracle Man! No, not THAT Miracle Man, but the costumed hero from the 1950’s who clobbers a giant octopus in this story!! The Tomboy makes her first Men of Mystery appearance this issue,as she battles the cold-blooded villain known as Sound Wave!! Then, meet The Panther, an Australian costumed hero from the same era. Some of the most interesting material out of the Golden Age of comics, from publishers like Fawcett, Sterling, Curtis and more- from around the world. 52 big pages, black and white with color covers, standard comic book format. Printed in 2002.
Another Golden Age treasure trove of historically-important reprint greats opens with one of the earliest adventures of The Spy Smasher, as he wrestles with his arch-enemy, The Mask, for possesion of the mysterious Hypno-Ray! Drawn by C. C. Beck!! Then see the way it all began for Magazine Enterprises’ crimson-clad paladin of the Cold War in “Birth of The Avenger!”, with art by Dick Ayers and a story by Gardner F. Fox. Bob Lubbers renders a spectacular episode of Fiction House Comics’ Captain Wings, as he encounters the evil dictator, Colonel Zoltam. The classic sleuth, Charlie Chan makes his first MOM appearance this issue, as does Bill Ward’s outrageous “good girl art” icon from Quality Comics, Torchy. The “mystery” with her is how she kept from getting arrested for indecent exposure. Round out the issue with an eerie mystery story drawn by Carl Burgos. 52 pages, black and white with color covers. Printed in 2002.
There’s something creepy going on in the AC Editorial offices- the superheroes have been usurped by Weird Men of Mystery! Can true love come to an undying monster? Read “The Beautiful Dead”, perhaps the best of all the Dick Briefer Frankenstein chillers out of Prize Comics. When a voluptuos blonde creates wholesale murder, Dr. Weir and The Purple Claw discover “The Devil is a Dame” by Ben Brown, from Stanmore Publications. Can “The White Spirits” who menace jungle dwellers be from the Great Beyond? It’s up to the mighty Jungle Jo and Lura, his buxom mate to determine in an eerie tale by Wallace Wood and Joe Orlando. One of the most bizarrre heroes in comics history, Fox Features’ Stardust the Super Wizard, torn from the pages of Fantastic Comics, makes his first appearance in Men of Mystery this issue. The Claw- black hearted fiend of civilization- kidnaps Army generals only to be thwarted by the unearthly costumed hero, The Ghost, in an early Lev Gleason/New Friday Pubs. story by Bob Wood. This is a truly weird collection of rare Golden Age stories! 52 pages, black and white with color covers, standard comic book format. Printed in 2001
This patriotic-themed issue presents red, white and blue clad heroes of the Golden Age of comics, skillfully reproduced in complete story form, from vintage comics in sharp, clear images. The Flagman and his kid sidekick, Rusty, battle not one but two Axis dictators in Nazi occupied France! Both Hitler and Mussolini guest star! The Eagle and Buddy , the dare-devil boy, fight sabotage at sea when Nazis sink the Navy’s secret submarine… the PX-1! Miss Victory (AKA Joan Wayne) pits her prowess and pulchritude against “The Devils With Wings” led by Garto, King of the Falcons!! (sexy art by Nina Albright). Even though The Dart, a reincarnation of ancient Roman racket buster Cassius Martius, throws off our color scheme by wearing yellow, red and green, he and Ace, his juvenile partner, struggle against injustice to save a life-giving serum from destruction. The Spy Smasher rounds out the issue, even with his green and red, out-of-scheme costume colors. Believe me, kiddies, these are rare superheroics from Fox Features, Holyoke and Fawcett titles that you will only find in Men of Mystery. Color with black and white colors, 52 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 2001.
(Golden Age) Men of Mystery # 32 spotlighting the Ajax heroes-The Flame and Phantom Lady from the 1950’s! Also Black Cobra, Samson,Wonder Boy, Mr. Scarlet, Black Rider and Mercury Man! Printed in 2001 Men of Mystery #32This issue spotlights the Ajax Comics heroes of the 1950’s with a feature article on Phantom Lady, Black Cobra. Samson, Red Rocket, Wonder Boy and The Flame “The Flame’s Field Day” is a complete Flame adventure that is reprinted to represent this series. Also on board is Mr. Scarlet, from Fawcett’s Wow Comics; who meets Hitler in this WWII tale; Steve Ditko’s Tales of the Mysterious Traveler brings the strange story of “The Heel and the Healer”; the origin of the Black Rider (A Fox Features hero, not the Western character) is this issue’s rarest offering; and last but not least is the origin of Mercury Man by Rocke Mastroserio, a forgotten super hero from Charlton Comics. 52 pages, black and white with color covers, standard comic book format. Printed in 2001.
The original Daredevil and the Little Wise Guys find a tiny civilization on Mars in “Speed and Space”- the LAST appearance of that Daredevil in costume. Drawn by Hy Mankin.The Black Terror cleans up a horseracing scam in “Handicap to Murder”, spectacularly rendered by Jerry Robinson and Mort Meskin; Crimebuster trades his sweater for a hardhat in “The Son of a Scoundrel”, with art by Norman Maurer, Bulletman and Bulletgirl solve the “Case of the Vanishing Elephant”, and Auro, Lord of Jupiter battles dinosaurs and the arch- villain Bixo in an early story out of Planet Comics. Top quality full- story reprints of the best of comicdom’s classic Golden Age characters, from Standard/Nedor, Lev Gleason, Fiction House and Fawcett. 52 pages, standard comic format, black and white with color covers. Printed in 2001.
THIS BOOK IS NOW SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE! Golden Age Fawcett Heroes :The War Years! Spy Smasher v.s. Dr. Roach by Jack Binder! Minute Man v.S. Hitler by Phil Bard from Master Comics! Lance O’Casey v.s. lady pirate Singapore Sal! Commando Yank v.s. gangster in “the Unfair Fair” by Dan Barry. Bulletman and Bulletgirl v.s. “The Tunnel of Terror”.
Jim Mooney, one of comic’s all time greats, is featured this month! In addition to a extensive interview, it features his first comics work, “The Lynx”or “The Moth”! Confused? you won’t be after you read this issue! Also features Jim’s 40’s superheroine, Wildfire and Lash Lighting fighting not one but TWO supervillians. All this plus a Fox Features Samson(not by Mooney).
This issue stars Nedor/Better Publications heroes! The Black Terror in “the Deadly Choice” with art by Mort Lawrence from Exciting Comics # 61, The Grim Reaper in “The Master of Treachery” from Wonder Comics #16, The Fighting Yank in “Black Wing of Death” from Fighting Yank #22,Miss Masque in “The Devil to Pay” from Fighting Yank 22. Plus a Little Wise Guys from Daredevil Comics by Lev gleason Publications. Cover by Alex Schomburg from America’s Best Comics#24
THIS BOOK IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!!features “Monsieur Gravedigger” by Jerry DeFuccio and Reed Crandall, Lady Luck by Nick (Cardy) Viscardi, Phantom Lady in “A Shroud for the Bride” by Matt Baker from Phantom Lady 14, 1947, Mr. Mystic by Bob Powell, Crimebuster in “The Long Arm of Justice” by Charles Biro,and the Avenger in “The Fog Robbers” by Darlin’ Dick Ayers!
Phantom Lady becomes the target of an enemy that has ferretted out her secret identity in “Eye for an Eye Witness”, The Australian hero, Catman,(not to be confused with the Holyoke/Continental Cat-Man)travels into dangerous territory trying to rescue his girlfriend from “The Witch-Ring of Sinster Swamp”. Captain Wings is issued a “Invitation from Death” with art by Bob Lubbers. Finally, a Star Pirate story illustrated by Murphy Anderson!
This special All Emerald Issue spotlights Golden Age artist Martin Nodell and the 60Th Anniversary of his creation….THE GREEN LANTERN. Featured is a lengthy interview with Mart as he tells how his famous superhero was created. Then Bill Black covers the history of Green Lantern in ALL-AMERICAN COMICS, GREEN LANTERN, COMICS CAVALCADE and ALL STAR COMICS. Illustrated by Mart Nodell, Irwin Hasen, Paul Reinman, Alex Toth and Gil Kane (unpublished). Illustrated interview with Irwin Hasen coducted by Chris Irving. Classic reprint stories from the 1940’s continue the emerald theme as THE GREEN MASK and GREEN LAMA swing into action again. Can THE GREEN HORNET and THE GREEN TURTLE be far behind? (ask Jeff Gelb, he’ll tell you he’s in there!!) Color Green Turtle cover , interiors are black and white with graytones. 52 pages, standard comic book format.
A full scale invasion of the Earth is launched by creatures from outer space and only Captain Flash can save our planet, in “The Invaders”, from Sterling Comics’ Captain Flash #4, with art by Mike Sekowsky. Next, Quality Comics’ Manhunter makes his second MOM appearfance, in “The C ase Of The Kidnapped Corpse”, from Police Comics #20, with art by Pierce Rice;Dynamic Man, from Harry “A” Chesler’s Dynamic Comics looks good as drawn by Ruben Moreira, as he faces “The Tangerine Terror”; Fawcett’s Ibis The Invincible takes a “Twist In Time”, Strong Man, from Magazine Enterprises is here, in “Peril At Devil’s Kitchen”, with art by Bob Powell, and another first-time feature for MOM this go-around- The Target , as seen in the Novelty Press comic of the same name. Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 52-page standard comic book format. Printed in 2000.
America’s national hero, that mysteryman of the airways, Skyman ,swings into action here for the first time in his premiere adventure from Columbia’s Big Shot Comics #1, by Gardner Fox and Ogden Whitney, while Jack Cole appears in his one and only time as the artist on Quicksilver, from National Comics #13, and the strong Quality Comics slant continues with G-2 in “Case # 7- The Return Of Mata Hari” drawn by Ruben Moreira for National Comics #23, and Firebrand, by Lee Ames stands in, from Police #10. This month’s Golden Age interview is with Centaur Comics artist and industry pioneer Martin Filchock, and to go along with it, we reprint his rare, early super character, Fireman, from Man Of War #1. A classic collection of vintage rarities that can’t be beat. Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 52-page stadard comic book format. Printed in 2000.
New to MOM this issue is Manhunter, the blue-costumed crimefighter and his wonder dog, Thor! Here, he battles a voodoo queen in an untitled story from Quality’s Police Comics #10. Old Sterling Comics favorite Captain Flash returns in “The Fight Of The Century”, from Captain Flash #3, May of 1955, as drawn by Mike Sekowsky. Lev Gleason’s Crimebuster appears in a story from late in his run in Boy Comics, “Big Trap…Tender Bait”-written by Charles Biro and drawn by Ed Martinott. Also, Fawcett’s Don Winslow of The Navy “Climbs Mount Everest”, as rendered by Carl PFeufer and John Jordan, an adventure of Will Eisner’s Espionage- Starring The Black X from an early Smash Comics issue, #14. Plus- The Human Bomb, drawn by his creator, Paul Gustavson, in another story from Police Comics #10. Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 52-page standard comic book format. Printed in 2000.
THIS BOOK IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!!!! The superheroes of Fawcett Comics are back as this issue’s theme, as many of that line’s top Axis-busters appear in crisply perfect reprints of some of their best stories. Start off with ” Spy Smasher And The Faker”, drawn by Alex Blum for Spy Smasher #10, move on to “Win,Place And Death”, starring Mr. Scarlet, from Wow #56, July, 1947, drawn by Carl Pfeufer. Then, it’s “The Phantom Eagle And The Cave Of The Vikings”, by Marc Swayze, as seen in Wow #32, in January of 1945. Ibis, The Invincible faces “The Moon Monsters”, by Alex Blum, and Bulletman solves the curious case of “The Killer-Diller Killers”, from America’s Best Comics #7 With a text write up on America’s Greatest Comics by P. C. Hamerlinck, and a short memoir by Marc Swayze. Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 52-page standard comic book format. Printed in 2000.
THIS BOOK IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE> The Men Of Mystery spotlight focuses on a woman this time around, as this issue’s theme is The Phantom Lady and other heroes. Start off with a breathtaking Matt Baker Phantom Lady cover recreation, and a lead story starring comics’ ultimate “good girl art” heroine from her Fox Features run, “The Subway Slayer”, from All Top Comics #12, August, 1948. An interview with Golden Age artist Frank Borth touches on his days drawing the original incarnation of the ‘Lady ar Quality Comics, as well as the rest of his career. We’ll see a sample of Mr. Borth’s work as we present an adventure of his creation, The Spider Widow ,in a story from Feature Comics #63, then see her, co-star The Raven and The Phantom Lady all in action together in a tale from Feature #71, drawn by Rudy Palais. Then, it’s Harry “A” Chesler’s Dynamic Man, out of the pages of an early 1940’s issue of Dynamic Comics, in an untitled story drawn by Al (Superman) Plastino. Jack Cole is represented with a Death Patrol saga (again untitled) from Quality’s Military Comics #2, and the Phantom Lady returns in the very last story published in her Fox run, “The Mystery Of The Monkey Cult”. Get a peek into comics history here that you’ll see nowhere else. Color cover, enteriors are black and white with graytones. 52-page standard comic book format. Printed in 1999.
Special all sci-fi issue, featuring reprints of Space Patrol by Bernie Krigstein; “The Robber Baron of Demos”; George Evans’ Captain Video in: “The Dark Side of the Moon”; Rocky Jones, Space Ranger in “The Forbidden Frequency”, drawn by the underated Ray Osrin; and Rocky X, of the ROCKETEERS in “Earth Raiders from Galaxy X”, illustrated by Raplh Mayo. 52 pages, black & white with color covers, standard comic book size. Printed in 2000.
THIS BOOK IS COMPLETLY SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!! Celebration of Weird Heroes begins with the mighty mystic from Tibet… The Green Lama, in a story drawn by Al Plastino, from 1941’s Prize Comics #13. Dick Briefer draws (and Al Dellinges recreates) the first Frankenstein story, from Prize Comics #7, 1940. Will Eisner joins in with an adventure of Espionage-Starring The Black X, from Qualty’s Smash Comics #3, 1939. The weirdness continues with The Yellowjacket, from the 1946 Frank R. Communale (A precursor to Charlton Publications.) comic book of the same name. Joe Kubert pits Son Of Sinbad against the “Ransom Of Shipwreck Shoals”, from St. John’s Daring Adventures #1, in 1953. “Collector’s Corner” this month is by Matthew Gore, as he writes on famed British comics artist, Dennis McLoughlin. Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 52-page standard comic book format. Printed in 1999.
This issue presents an article/interview with the legendary Joe Simon composed by Joe with his son Jim Simon. Also, indepth coverage of the Simon/Kirby masked hero, Stuntman- one of the best comic book concepts of all time, written by Bill Black, in support of the reprint of “Stuntman Enters The House Of Madness” from Stuntman #1, 1946. More historical text is presented by comics historian (and former Mad Magazine editor) Jerry DeFuccio who teamed up with Golden Age artist Mart Bailey to create a super-hero themed newspaper strip-The Owl. Jerry provides art and background on his creation as well as on the artist of Dell Comics 1940’s Owl character, “The REAL Frank Thomas”. Also featured are a reprint of the Holyoke Cat-Man and Kitten from Cat-Man Comics #31, with very Fujitaniesque art by George Gregg, and “The Owl And Me” by Jeff Gelb. Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 52-page standard comic book format. Printed in 1999.
This issue features two double length action stories Fawcett’s Mr. Scarlet and Pinky must solve the mystery of “The Runaway Room”, as drawn by Jack Binder for America’s Greatest Comics #7, in 1943; then it’s Airboy from Hillman Publications in “Monsters From The Ice”, featuring one of his most memorable enemies, Zzed. This story originally appeared in Airboy #76, and is drawn by Ernie Schroeder.Then, it’s “Bulletman Vs. The Torpedo”, with art by Harry Anderson, from Master Comics circa 1945, and two special treats- future Mad creator Harvey Kurtzman tries his hand at a superhero on Buckskin, in “Barn Of The Doomed”, from a 1943 issue of Ace Publications’ Super Mystery Comics, AND a Phantom Lady story that was DRAWN for her mid-50’s Ajax/Farrel run, BUT NEVER BEFORE PRINTED ANYWHERE-“Two Times Zero” This inventory story was left over after the title was cancelled in the ’50’s, and we aquired the original art!! A rare find indeed. Color covers, interiors are black and white with graytones. 52-page standard comic book format. Printed in 1999.
Special all Simon and Kirby issue!!! Covered here in great detail are the colorful careers of some of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s most awesome creations including Captain 3-D (Featuring a unique standard-comic recreation if the origin of Cap from Captain 3D #1, AND some of the never-before-seen Mort Meskin pencils for the nevedr-published Captain 3D #2.), Bullseye, and the much-celebrated Boy’s Ranch. Each feature covers the subject issue-by-issue and all text is profusely illustrated. Even the cover is a representation of the cover art created for the unpublished Captain 3D #2. A complete Jack Kirby Black Owl story will be featured, exactly as it was seen in Prize Comics #8, in December of 1940, and part one of an actual interview with Joe Simon!! Don’t miss this one!!! Color cover by Kirby and Black, interiors are black and white with graytones. 52-page standard comic book format. Printed in 1999.
The spotlight falls on Fawcett Comics this issue as MOM reprints examples of five of Fawcett’s finest features. Cover star Commando Yank leads off in a big, 12-page action thriller, “Danger At The Dyke”, from America’s Greatest Comics #7, then it’s 14 pages of Minute Man, as he “Makes The Dictators Buy War Bonds!”, drawn by Phil Bard in his best pseudo-Kirby style. It is also fro AGC #7. Bulletman rings in,with “The Curio Shop Murders”, done by master brushman Bill Ward, from Master Commics #100.Plus, Ibis The Invincible and The Golden Arrow(by Dick Giordano and Vince Alascia). Also, “The Collector’s Corner”, by Bill Black-on The Marvel Families’ last Golden Age appearance. Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 52-page standard comic book format. Printed in 1999.
Sporting a never-before-printed cover of Magazine Enterprises’ The Avenger by Dick Ayers, M. E.’s cold-war crimefighter is in the lead spot with a reprint of “Death Has Three Faces” from The Avenger #1,with art by Dick Ayers. Another ’50’s favorite returns, Sterling’s Captain Flash, by Mike Sekowsky in “Man Or Myth”, from Captain Flash #4. Mr. Scarlet solves “The Case Of The Impregnasble Vault”, drawn by Carl Pfeufer, for Fawcett Comics’ Wow #50, and Street and Smith’s Rex King, Adventurer teams up with his pet panther Kato to keep the African jungles crime-free in an adventure drawn by Al Plastino for Super Magician #2, circa 1941. Then, one of the most memorable clashes of the Golden Age is revisited as we see New Friday’s Daredevil Vs. The Claw, in a line-for-line recreation of Jack Cole’s masterpiece, executed by comics legend C.C. Beck. Also, part 2 of the interview with Quality Comics great Chuck Cuidera, and The Collector’s Corner by former Mad Magazine editor, Jerry DeFuccio. Another fat volume chock full of vintage comics action and fun from the 1940’s and ’50’s. Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 52-page standard comic book format. Printed in 1999.
During the Golden Age of comics, Everett M. Arnold’s “Quality Comics” was aptly named, as he hired nothing but the very best artists in the industry to illustrate his features. We’ve spotlighted the creme de la creme among them here. This issue starts out with Espionage-Starring The Black X, from Smash Comics, a pre-Spirit gem by the great Will Eisner, followed by Stuart Taylor- Strange Stories of The Supernatural, (Not actually a Quality feature, rather a Fiction House strip from an early issue of Jumbo Comics ) a sci-fi adventure drawn by the incomparable Lou Fine; a pair of vintage Fox Features strips, both out of an early issue of Wonderworld Comics: Dr Fung, by Bob Powell, and more Eisner magic on Yarko The Great. The legendary Jack Cole clocks in with the wacky origin of The Death Patrol from Military Comics #1, and an homage/restoration of Paul Gustavson’s Human Bomb, (the origin story) done by none other than C. C. Beck. Also, “The Collector’s Corner” by Bill Black focuses on DC Comics’ The Flash this issue. And if that’s not enough, as a special feature, we have part 1 of an interview with the man who knew and worked with them all… one-time Quality Comics art director (and Blackhawk co-creator) Chuck Cuidera!! Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 52-page standard comic book format.
Special salute to the original Holyoke Comics Cat-Man! This issue contains the never before reprinted secret origin of The Cat-Man and Kitten, taken from Cat-Man Comics # 27, and stunningly rendered by Bob Fujitani. It also guest-stars The Deacon and Mickey- a Golden Age crossover!! The beautiful and buxom Phantom Lady battles “Satan”s Seal”, from the #5 issue of her 1954 Ajax/Farrel series; and the awesome Nedor champion The Black Terror busts up “The Model Crimes”, in a Mort Meskin?Jerry Robinson story from Exciting Comics #64. Another import fills out the bill, as the Australian version of The Cat-Man romps through a 21-page adventure from the Frew Publication’s series 21st issue from the late 1950’s. It is illustrated by the talented John Dixon, and is titled “The Electronic Monster!” Once more this title packs vintage superhero action from cover to cover!!
This special issue centers on masked comic book heroes who also appeared in the movie serials!! Golden Age comic stories include Spy Smasher by Emil Gershwin, Captain Midnight in “The Cross-Country Crime”, drawn by Dan Barry and taken from his Fawcett comic series, from issue #57 of his own book, circa 1947. There’s also Harry “A” Chesler’s Rocketman, in an untitled story drawn by Tony Cataldo, ans a new “retro” story starring The Black Commando, hero of the Columbia chapter play, The Secret Code. It’s called “Hitler’s Mechanical Monster”, and is written and drawn by Bill Black. Also, indepth articles on the serials themselves, including Captain America and King Of The Rocketmen from Republic Pictures, and Batman & Robin and Captain Midnight. Lots of photos, poster and ad reproductions. Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 52-page standard comic book format. Printed in 1998.
Nedor/Standard’s hero from Startling Comics , Pyroman leads off this issue, in an untitled story reprinted from America’s Best Comics #3, circa 1942. Another Better Publications favorite follows, as The Black Terror tosses “The Dice Of Death”, drawn by Mort Lawrence, and reproduced from Exciting Comics #68, July of 1949. Mr. Scarlet and Pinky deal with “Willpower” in a Bob Fujitani-illustrated story from Fawcett’s Wow Comics #61, February of 1947. A special feature this issue is an indepth text article on the bizarre MLJ hero, The Hangman, which is written by Mark Heike and profusely illustrated with Bob Fujitani artwork. And, lest you think we’ve left out the luscious ladies of long ago, Yankee Girl stars in a new “retro” tale, guest-starring The Fighting Yank, “Watch Out For The Ooze”, written and drawn by Bill Black. Bonus featurette- a rare page from Tem’s Crash Comics Adventures #5, from the second ever appearance of The Catman. Art by Irwin Hasen. Color Alex Schomburg cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 52-page standard comic book format. Printed in 1998.
A Rocketman and Rocketgirl cover introduces the high-flying heroes, who appear in an intitled story drawn by Al Plastino from their St. John incarnation. This tale is taken from Zip-jet #1, February of 1952. Mr. Scarlet must find the antidote to the “Formula For Death”, drawn by Bob Fujitani, and reprinted from Fawcett’s Wow #62, January of 1948. The sexy woman of mystery this issue is Starr Flagg- Undercover Girl. She meets “The Doom Of Siva Dey”, drawn by Ogden(Herbie) Whitney, in a story from Magazine Enterprises’ Manhunt #9, June of 1948.There’s cat-fights and bondage thrills in this story that features a villainess who was actually revived in AC’s long-running Femforce comic. That stalwart of Sterling Comics, Captain Flash is back to meet “The Return Of The Mirror man”, as rendered by Mike Sekowsky, from Captain Flash #2, March of 1955. The Owl and Owlgirl swoop out of the midnight skies to keep criminals in check in a tale torn from the pages of Dell’s Crackajack Funnies, drawn by Frank Thomas sometime in 1942. Wild man Jack Cole illustrates an early Midnight story from Quality’s Smash Comics, circa 1941, and “The Menace Of The Horror Weeds” threatens the beautiful Princess Taia and Ibis The Invincible in a story from Whiz Comics #150, October of 1952. No less than seven Golden Age features reproduced in sharp, crystal clarity. Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 52-page standard comic book format. Printed in 1998.
No less than seven Golden Age features reproduced in sharp clarity, six of them new to this title!! Columbia’s Skyman battles giant Axis-spawned insects in an untitled story from Big Shot #32, (from February of 1942) drawn by his co-creator Ogden Whitney. The origin of Hillman Publication’s The Heap is recapped in the first episode of his series in Airboy Comics, originally appearing in Vol. 3, #9, October, 1946. The Phantom Lady ends up in “The Old Shell Game”, from PL’s Ajax/Farrel run- Phantom Lady #2, February/March of 1955. Rocketman and Rocketgirl combat a murder racket in an untitled story from Chesler’s Punch #19, drawn by Ralph Mayo; Fox Features’ The Eagle thwart G. I. bankrobbers in a story taken from the second issue of his own book, published in September of 1941, and illustrated by Pierce Rice and Arturo Cazeneuve. Also, Bulletman and Bulletgirl face “Annihilation In The Air”, drawn by Bill (Torchy)Ward, from Fawcett’s Master Comics #99 Bonus: an all new “retro” adventure of The Fighting Yank and Kid Quick, written and drawn by Bill Black. Thrill to the fun, laughs and excitement as they take on the notorious and beautiful lady bandit known as Chili Con Carnage. There’s all this, and more; all of it featuring the finest printing quality available. You won’t find material like this anywhere else. Color cover by Bill Black, interiors are black and white with graytones. 52-page standard comic book format. Printed in 1998.
New to this title this issue… The Green Mask, Fox Features star , from the 9Th issue of his own title, in a story titled “The Mystery Of Barren Island”. Art is by Pierce Rice and Arturo Cazeneuve; and The Enchanted Dagger, from Harry “A” Chesler’s Yankee Comics of 1941, drawn by George Tuska. The sexiest heroine of the 1940’s, Fox Features’ The Phantom Lady is back in another tale drawn by the legendary Matt Baker. “Bullets For Ballots” is from Phantom Lady #20, October of 1948. Mort Meskin and Jerry Robinson collaborate on an 11 page episode of The Black Terror, “The Quiz Crime”-from America’s Best Comics #27, August of 1948, and Mr. Scarlet gets to “The Root Of Evil”, from Fawcett’s Wow Comics #60, and is drawn by Carl Pfeufer. As per usual , the reproduction on these vintasge gems is actually better than the originals. Color cover by Don Newton, interiors are black and white with graytones. 52-page standard comic book format. Printed in 19977
A brand new painted cover by Dick Ayers and Bill Black leads off this issue,and The Black Terror is back in an exciting adventure by those champions of comic book noir, Jerry Robinson and Mort Meskin. This one is called “The Brute Of The Bayou”, and it originally appeared in Nedor Comics’ Black Terror #26, April of 1949. The luscious crimefighter Miss Masque (who was also revived in AC’s Femforce title)makes her first appearance in this title, in “Death Stalks At Night”,from America’s Best Comics #27, August of 1948. It sports art by Bob Oksner, with some panels inked by a young Frank Frazetta! Captain Flash is back to defeat “The Actor”, from Sterling’s Captain Flash #2, 1955. M. E.’s The Avenger faces “The Red Hand Of Terror” by Dick Ayers, from The Avenger #1,in 1954; obcure Golden Age hero The Red Rocket also debuts this issue in “The Case Of The Wandering Evidence”, from Ajax/Farrel’s Phantom Lady #4. Plu, Mr. Mystic, by Bob Powell. This issue’s “Story Behind The Cover”, written by Bill Black, features illustrations specially created for it by Dick Ayers. Color painted cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 52-page standard comic book format. Printed in 1997.