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10-January-2007 8:43 pm
Username: Glammazon
Comment: Wonder Man makes his first and only appearance in this issue - his strip was stopped by DC Comics because the character was too much like Superman. William G. "Gangbuster" Robinson also makes his first appearance; he is a young lawyer who has been appointed a special prosecutor owing to the graft and corruption among the members of his town's police force. In most frames, someone has added a beard to "Gangbuster" Robinson's face with a crayon.
30-August-2019 3:29 am
Username: ghmcleod
Comment: Thank you

Issue: #1
Published: May 1939, Price: 0.10 USD, Pages: 68, Editing: Victor Fox
Color: Color Dimensions: Standard Golden Age US Paper Stock: Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior Binding: Saddle-stitched Publishing Format: Was Ongoing Series
Notes: Indicia: WONDER COMICS is published monthly by Bruns Publications, Inc., V. S. Fox, President, 480 Lexington Avenue, New York, N. Y. Editorial, Executive and Advertising Offices: 480 Lexington Avenue, New York, N. Y. Copyright 1939 by Bruns Publications, Inc. Application for entry as second-class matter is pending. Volume 1, No. 1, May, 1939. Single copies: 10ยข; Subscription, 12 months: $1. On sale date from the publication date found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 2. Second class permit. Copyright number 409807.
 Comic Contents:
Cover (1 page)
Featuring: Wonder Man
Credits: Pencils: Will Eisner | Inks: Will Eisner
Genre: Superhero
Characters: Wonder Man [Fred Carson]

Comic Story (1 page)
Featuring: Winged Wonders
Credits: Script: ? [as Floyd Kelly] | Pencils: ? [as Floyd Kelly] (signed) | Inks: ? [as Floyd Kelly] (signed)
Genre: Non-fiction Aviation

Comic Story (14 pages) The Origin of Wonder Man
Featuring: Wonder Man
Synopsis: Fred Carson, timid radio engineer and inventor, was given a ring by an old Tibetan which makes him impervious and the strongest man on Earth. His boss asks him to accompany his daughter Brenda (or Nora- the text is inconsistent) as she joins the Red Cross to help in a foreign war. When they arrive, the base comes under attack. Carson becomes Wonder Man, defends the base, puts an end to the war and feeds the populace.
Credits: Script: Will Eisner | Pencils: Will Eisner [as Erwin Willis] (signed) | Inks: Will Eisner [as Erwin Willis] (signed)
Genre: Superhero
Characters: Wonder Man [Fred Carson] (introduction Origin) Brenda/Nora Hastings (introduction Name Changes Halfway Through Story) Reggie "Playboy" Berold (introduction) General Attila (villain Introduction)

Comic Story (8 pages)
Featuring: Shorty Shortcake
Synopsis: Shorty is captured by smugglers while walking near the Rio Grande. While he tries to escape from Tiny, Suzy and her dog Skippy seek the help of Mr. De Welth, richest man in the world, and his butler Weems to find Shorty.
Credits: Script: S. M. Iger | Pencils: S. M. Iger [as Jerry Williams] (signed) | Inks: S. M. Iger [as Jerry Williams] (signed)
Genre: Humor
Characters: Shorty Shortcake (introduction) Suzy (introduction) Skippy (introduction) Mr. De Welth (introduction) Weems (introduction) Tiny (villain Introduction)

Comic Story (1 page)
Featuring: Wonders That Are True
Genre: Non-fiction

Comic Story (4 pages) Fire At Sea
Featuring: Patty O'Day
Synopsis: Reporter/camerawoman Patty O'Day parachutes onto a cruise ship to get footage of a fire. The crew doesn't want her filming, but a mysterious man calling himself Lord Farnsworth helps her escape, asking her to mail a letter for him when she returns to the shore.
Credits: Script: Adolphe Barreaux? | Pencils: Adolphe Barreaux (signed) | Inks: Adolphe Barreaux (signed)
Genre: Adventure
Characters: Patty O'Day (introduction) Ham (introduction) Lord Michael Farnsworth [Lord Mike] (introduction)

Text Article (2 pages) Buffalo Bill
Featuring: Men Who Made the West
Credits: Script: Will Eisner | Pencils: Will Eisner | Inks: Will Eisner
Genre: Western-frontier
Characters: William F. Cody [Buffalo Bill]

Comic Story (6 pages) The Oasis of Li-Wang
Featuring: Dr. Fung
Credits: Script: Bob Powell? | Pencils: Bob Powell [as Arthur Dean] (signed) | Inks: Bob Powell [as Arthur Dean] (signed)
Genre: Adventure
Characters: Dr. Fung (introduction) Dan Barrister (introduction) Li-Wang (villain Introduction Death)

Text Story (2 pages) The Wrath of Allah
Credits: Script: Will Eisner [as William E. Eisner] (signed) | Letters: typeset
Genre: Adventure

Comic Story (5 pages) Lone Hand
Featuring: "Wild Tex" Dawson
Synopsis: Tex finds a wanted criminal masquerading as the town Sheriff when he takes a new job on a cattle ranch.
Credits: Script: Will Eisner? | Pencils: Will Eisner? [as Leon Spuds] (signed) | Inks: Will Eisner?
Genre: Western-frontier
Characters: Tex Dawson (introduction Origin) Cactus Kirby (villain Introduction)

Comic Story (1 page)
Featuring: Sport Album
Credits: Pencils: Chuck Wilson (signed)
Genre: Non-fiction Sports
Characters: Gar Wood Fred Jacoby Lefty Grove

Promo (ad From The Publisher) (1 page) 1000 Prizes Given Away Free!
Featuring: Wonder Comics
Synopsis: Solicitation of feedback on Wonder Comics, with a promise of a ring like Wonder Man's to the first 1000 best respondents.
Credits: Letters: typeset

Text Article (1 page)
Featuring: Movie Memos
Credits: Pencils: Glenda Carol (signed) | Inks: Glenda Carol (signed)
Characters: Deanna Durbin Wallace Beery Joe E. Brown Stan Laurel Oliver Hardy

Comic Story (4 pages) The Menace of the Mask
Featuring: K-5 Spies At War
Synopsis: K-5 is sent to find out who's behind a group of gun runners in a foreign war.
Credits: Script: Will Eisner [as Ned Coe] (signed) | Pencils: Will Eisner [as Ned Coe] (signed) | Inks: Will Eisner [as Ned Coe] (signed)
Genre: Spy War
Characters: K-5 (introduction) Rick Anthony (introduction Death) The Mask [Sen. Stanley] (villain Introduction

Comic Story (5 pages) Gang-Buster Appointed By Gov. Harmon
Featuring: "Gang-Buster" Robinson
Synopsis: Robinson is hired to rid Capital City of crime. On his first case he busts a gang that killed a city cop.
Credits: Pencils: ? [as Harold Vance] (signed)
Genre: Crime
Characters: Richard G. Robinson ["Gang-Buster" Robinson] (introduction Origin) Spike McGinty (villain Introduction)

Cartoon (1 page)
Featuring: Some Fun
Genre: Humor

Comic Story (7 pages) The Hijacked Pocket Battleship
Featuring: Spark Stevens
Synopsis: Spark Stevens and Chuck Lawton, two Navy sailors who are friends but constantly squabble, are instrumental in recovering their ship when it is captured by criminals.
Credits: Script: Bob Kane [as Rob't Kane] (signed) | Pencils: Bob Kane [as Rob't Kane] (signed) | Inks: Bob Kane [as Rob't Kane] (signed)
Genre: Adventure
Characters: Spark Stevens (a Sailor Introduction) Chuck Lawton (introduction)

Activity (1 page)
Featuring: Prof. Penpusher's Cartooning Class
Credits: Pencils: ? [as Heza Nutt] (signed)

Text Article (1 page) Wonder Stamp Club
Credits: Letters: typeset

Cartoon (1 page)
Featuring: Belly Busters
Credits: Script: Bob Kane? [as Kane Roberts] | Pencils: Bob Kane? [as Kane Roberts] (signed) | Inks: Bob Kane? [as Kane Roberts] (signed)
Genre: Humor

Advertisement (1 page)
Credits: Letters: typeset

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