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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:
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)
Genre: Superhero
Characters: The Red Bee [Rick Raleigh]

Comics-form Advertising (1 page) Fellows, Here's Your Bike!
Synopsis: A boy gets a new bike.
Credits: Letters: typeset

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.
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
Synopsis: X-5 overhears a plot to sink an American ship in a neutral port.
Genre: Spy
Characters: X-5 (intro) Baroness Verber (Intro, Villain)

Comic Story (6 pages) Clock of Doom
Featuring: Jack and Jill
Synopsis: A man invites Jack and Jill to witness his murder.
Genre: Detective-mystery
Characters: Jack Doe (intro) Jill Doe (intro) Joseph Eberhart (dies) Edward Eberhart Phipps (villain) Dr. Graham

Comic Story (7 pages) Origin of 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.
Genre: Superhero
Characters: The Red Bee [Rick Raleigh] (Assistant District Attorney) Michael (a Bee) Tom Darrow (District Attorney) Boss Storm (villain) Red (thug) Pete (thug)

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.
Genre: Adventure
Characters: Douglas Strange Rodney Strange (villain) Wendy Hale Wing Low Sin Chow (villain) Blimey Joe Hung Fu Lady Chutney Barclay Wan Low Slipfinger Stubborn Pete

Text Story (2 pages) The Lost Moment
Synopsis: Danny is given a second chance to avoid killing a man.
Credits: Letters: typeset
Genre: Fantasy
Characters: Father Donovan Danny Grew Hans Schmidt

Comic Story (6 pages) Neutrality Patrol
Featuring: Bob and Swab
Synopsis: Bob and Swab don't get along so the captain assigns them to keep the crew of a foreign sub under control.
Genre: Adventure Humor
Characters: Bob Masters (intro) Swab Decker (intro)

Comic Story (5 pages) The Triple Train Wreck Robbery
Featuring: Casey Jones
Synopsis: Deegan uses an autogyro to try to rob Casey's train.
Genre: Adventure
Characters: Casey Jones (intro) Deegan (villain)

Comic Story (6 pages) The Tale of the Haunted Inn
Featuring: Weird Tales
Synopsis: The Whites are forced to take shelter at an old inn run by a strange woman who claims the inn is unfilled.
Genre: Horror-suspense
Characters: The Old Witch (intro) Harvey White Joan White

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.
Genre: Superhero
Characters: Neon The Unknown [Tom Corbet] (introduction, Origin) Lt. Cracket Morgan Crookes (villain) Wilson

Comic Story (2 pages) In Tinkle Town
Featuring: Tommy Tinkle and Mary Lou
Synopsis: Sam Snipe wants to mess up Tommy Tinkle's contract with Santa Claus.
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
Synopsis: In the year 50,020 the heat of the sun cracks the planet Earth and unleashes core-men to take over the surface.
Genre: Science Fiction
Characters: Blaze Barton (intro) Prof. Solis (intro) Betty Solis (intro) Core-Men (villains)

Promo (ad From The Publisher) (1 page)
Credits: Letters: typeset
Characters: Uncle Sam

Advertisement (1 page)
Credits: Letters: typeset

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