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A PAPER scan of the First Issue!
Comic and scans by rangerhouse
Edits by loftypilot
From July 1940 - with a nice Lou Fine cover featuring sad sack hero with one of the silliest costumes ever Red Bee!
Lots of origin stories in the book -Hercules, Agent X-5 by Eisner and Sultan, The Strange Twins, Bob & Swab by Klaus Nordling, Neon the Unknown
And the first regular supernatural horror feature in GA comics maybe ever -
The Weird Tales feature starting with 'The Tale of the Haunted Inn' predates EC Comics and it's own Old Witch by 10 years.

31-October-2012 1:15 pm
Username: Henry Peters
Comment: hooray! thanks to all involved!
31-October-2012 5:41 pm
Username: Pictorialist
Comment: Really! Everyone's hard work and dedication for all these entries is SO appreciated! Harpy Halloween!
1-November-2012 12:26 pm
Username: ottawagrant
Comment: Worth getting for the cover alone!

Issue: #1
Published: July 1940, Price: 0.10 USD, Pages: 68, Editing: Ed Cronin
Color: Color Dimensions: Standard Golden Age US Paper Stock: Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior Binding: Saddle-stitched Publishing Format: Was On-going Series
Notes: On sale date from the fanzine, Fantasy News, dated April 14, 1940 (on page 3). The comic was scheduled for release during the week of April 14-20, 1940. Information shared by Bart Bush through the Comics History Exchange page on Facebook (4 October 2016).
 Comic Contents:
Cover (1 page)
Featuring: The Red Bee
Credits: Pencils: Lou Fine | Inks: Lou Fine
Genre: Superhero
Characters: The Red Bee [Rick Raleigh]

Comic Story (7 pages) Origin of Hercules
Featuring: Hercules
Synopsis: After Joe Hercules' mother dies of a heart attack, Joe goes after the unscrupulous banker who caused it. But his enthusiasm lands him in jail, where his cellmate encourages him to put on a costume, become a superhero, and break out of jail to avenge his mother's murder at the hands of Jyppe, who had wanted to own the town of Maryville.
Credits: Script: Dan Zolnerowich ? [as Dan Enloz] (signed) | Pencils: Dan Zolnerowich (signed) | Inks: Dan Zolnerowich (signed)
Genre: Superhero
Characters: Hercules [Joe Hercules] (origin) Mrs. Hercules (Joe's Mother, Death) Pete Birch (introduction) J. Willistone Jyppe (villain, Banker)

Comic Story (6 pages) The Plot To Sink the ARKIAN
Featuring: X-5 Super Agent
Credits: Script: Will Eisner [as Cary Weyt] | Pencils: Charles Sultan | Inks: Charles Sultan
Genre: Spy
Characters: X-5 (intro) Baroness Verber (Intro, Villain)

Comic Story (6 pages) Clock of Doom
Featuring: Jack and Jill
Credits: Script: ? [as Lowell Riggs] | Pencils: Leonard Frank | Inks: Leonard Frank
Genre: Detective-mystery
Characters: Jack Doe (intro) Jill Doe (intro) Joseph Eberhart (dies) Edward Eberhart Phipps (villain)

Comic Story (7 pages) Origin of the Red Bee
Featuring: The Red Bee
Synopsis: Assistant D.A. Rick Raleigh, as the Red Bee, gets a conviction of Boss Storm, a corrupt leader of a political machine seeking to run City Hall. The Red Bee is armed only with his trained pet bee, Michael.
Credits: Script: Toni Blum ? | Pencils: Charles Nicholas [as B. H. Apiary] (signed) | Inks: Charles Nicholas [as B. H. Apiary] (signed)
Genre: Superhero
Characters: The Red Bee [Rick Raleigh] (Assistant District Attorney) Michael (a Bee) Tom Darrow (District Attorney) Boss Storm (villain)

Comic Story (7 pages) Origin of the Strange Twins
Featuring: The Strange Twins
Synopsis: 25 years ago, Sin Chow kidnapped one of the sons of Neville Strange and raised him in his den of pirates. Only Wing Low know that Douglas and Rodney are brothers. Douglas spends 5 years in prison for a crime Rodney committed and then tries to prove his innocence by tracking down the brother he doesn't even know exists.
Credits: Script: S. M. Iger [as S. M. Regi] | Pencils: Alex Blum | Inks: Alex Blum
Genre: Adventure
Characters: Douglas Strange Rodney Strange (villain) Wendy Hale Wing Low Sin Chow (villain)

Text Story (2 pages) The Lost Moment
Credits: Script: Toni Blum (Toni Boon) | Letters: Typeset

Comic Story (6 pages) Neutrality Patrol
Featuring: Bob and Swab
Credits: Script: Klaus Nordling (signed) | Pencils: Klaus Nordling (signed) | Inks: Klaus Nordling
Genre: Adventure Humor
Characters: Bob Masters (intro) Swab Decker (intro)

Comic Story (5 pages) The Triple Train Wreck Robbery
Featuring: Casey Jones
Credits: Script: Munson Paddock ? [as Pad Docke] | Pencils: Munson Paddock | Inks: Munson Paddock
Genre: Adventure
Characters: Casey Jones (intro) Deegan (villain)

Comic Story (6 pages) The Tale of the Haunted Inn
Featuring: Weird Tales
Credits: Script: ? [as Pierre Winter] | Pencils: Pierre Winters | Inks: Pierre Winters
Genre: Horror-suspense
Characters: The Old Witch (intro)

Comic Story (5 pages) Origin of Neon the Unknown
Featuring: Neon the Unknown
Synopsis: Corbett, a member of the French Foreign Legion, drinks from a mysterious pool and gains strange "neonic" powers. Meanwhile, Morgan Crookes tries to organize all the black races of the world to help him conquer the white countries.
Credits: Script: S. M. Iger [as Tagor Maroy] (signed) | Pencils: Alex Blum | Inks: Alex Blum
Genre: Superhero
Characters: Neon The Unknown [Tom Corbet] (introduction, Origin) Lt. Cracket Morgan Crookes (villain)

Comic Story (2 pages) In Tinkle Town
Featuring: Tommy Tinkle and Mary Lou
Credits: Script: Pauline Comanor (signed) | Pencils: Pauline Comanor | Inks: Pauline Comanor
Genre: Humor Children
Characters: Tommy Tinkle (an Animated Puppet, Intro) Mary Lou Prof. Grund Sam Snipe (villain) Pat Pokem (villain) Lotta Lure (villain)

Comic Story (5 pages) Doomsday and Afterward
Featuring: Blaze Barton
Credits: Pencils: Henry Kiefer
Genre: Science Fiction
Characters: Blaze Barton (intro) Prof. Solis (intro) Betty Solis (intro) Core-Men (villains)

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