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Issue: #1
Published: February 1940, Price: 0.10 USD, Pages: 68, Editing: Abner Sundell
Color: Color Dimensions: Standard Golden Age US Paper Stock: Glossy Cover, Newsprint Interior Binding: Saddle-stitched Publishing Format: Was Ongoing
Notes: Some info verified using a DCM scan (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/). On sale date from the publication date found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, January-December 1940, Numbers 1-4. Second class permit. Copyright number 445574.
 Comic Contents:
Cover (1 page)
Featuring: Steel Sterling
Credits: Pencils: Charles Biro (signed) | Inks: Charles Biro (signed)
Genre: Superhero
Characters: Steel Sterling [John Sterling]

Comic Story (12 pages)
Featuring: Steel Sterling, The Man of Steel
Synopsis: John Sterling completes the chemical formula which will completely protect him from the underworld's bullets, unlike his murdered father who was killed by a group of ruthless gangsters. John bathes himself in the formula, which has been poured into a cauldron of molten steel......dives in, and emerges as a man with the resistance, the magnetism and the strength of steel.
Credits: Script: Abner Sundell | Pencils: Charles Biro | Inks: Charles Biro
Genre: Superhero
Characters: Steel Sterling [John Sterling] (scientist, Introduction, Origin] Policemen (introduction For All, Some Die) The Black Knight (villain, Introduction, Death) The Black Knight's Gang (villains, Introduction For All)

Comic Story (6 pages)
Featuring: The Scarlet Avenger, Gang Buster
Synopsis: Jim Kendall has devoted himself to wiping out gangland since the death of his wife and child while flying in a hijacked plane, which crashed, and in which all were killed except Jim. In the accident, his face muscles were paralyzed and Jim became the man who never smiled. Kendall has a giant scientific brain, and uses that science to the aid of his crusade.
Credits: Script: Harry Shorten | Pencils: Irv Novick [as Irving M. Novick] (signed) | Inks: Irv Novick [as Irving M. Novick] (signed)
Genre: Superhero
Characters: The Scarlet Avenger [Jim Kendall] (introduction, Origin) Operative No. 12 (introducion) Chief Mike Brady Sledge Hammer (villain, Introduction)

Comic Story (6 pages) The Rustlers of South Valley
Featuring: Nevada Jones
Synopsis: The Cattleman's Association has sent Nevada Jones to help Irene Cox prevent her herd being stolen by rustlers.
Credits: Pencils: Frank Volp | Inks: Frank Volp
Genre: Western-frontier
Characters: Nevada Jones (introducion) Irene Cox A Gang Of Mexican Rustlers (villains, Introducion, Most Dead)

Comic Story (6 pages) "Kalthar, mighty giant of the jungle........"
Featuring: Kalthar, The Giant Man, King of the Jungle
Credits: Script: Harry Shorten (signed) | Pencils: Lin Streeter (signed) | Inks: Lin Streeter (signed)
Genre: Jungle
Characters: Kalthar (introduction, Origin) Ta-Lo (a Witch Doctor, Introduction) Kate Goodwill A Band Of Arab Slavers (villains, Introduction For All)

Comic Story (8 pages) The Devil's Flying Twins
Featuring: War Eagles
Synopsis: The Shane twins are rich Americans who join the British Air Force to continue a feud with the German sportsman, Herr Schultz.
Credits: Pencils: Ed Smalle, Jr. | Inks: Ed Smalle, Jr.
Genre: Aviation War
Characters: Tim And Tom Shane (introducion, The Devil's Twins) Anton Schultz (villain, Introducion)

Text Story (2 pages) You Can't Win!
Synopsis: Executions are likely to be drably gruesome affairs even to the most hardened newspapermen.
Credits: Pencils: Mort Meskin (signed) | Inks: Mort Meskin (signed) | Letters: typeset
Genre: Crime
Characters: William Edward Hickman (murderer)

Comic Story (8 pages) The Pirates of Ho Tsin
Featuring: Captain Valor
Synopsis: Captain Valor resigns his commission in the U.S. Marine Corps to seek adventure, and, aided by Ronnie and Angie, heads to China to battle the evil Ho Tsin.
Credits: Script: Abner Sundell | Pencils: Mort Meskin (signed) | Inks: Mort Meskin (signed)
Genre: Adventure
Characters: Captain Valor (introduction) Ronnie Angie (Ronnie's Sister) General Ho Tsin (villain, Introduction)

Comic Story (6 pages) The Eye of Oglu
Featuring: Mr. Satan
Synopsis: A young girl's father is missing after a series of weird happenings. She suspects foul play and contacts Dudley for help, who dons a purple costume with yellow cape and ventures out to help as Mr. Satan, international detective and soldier of fortune.
Credits: Script: Abner Sundell | Pencils: Edd Ashe (signed) | Inks: Edd Ashe (signed)
Genre: Superhero
Characters: Mr. Satan [Dudley Bradshaw] (introduction) Mary Doran Mr. Doran Count Bodana (villain, Introduction)

Comic Story (8 pages) The Ritania-Hundaria War
Featuring: The Miracle Man, Zambini the Magician
Synopsis: The king of Ritania begs Zambini to help him win the war against Hundania. Hundanian spies place a huge and deadly cobra, whose bite means death, in Zambini's bedroom.
Credits: Script: Joe Blair | Pencils: Elmer Wexler (signed) | Inks: Elmer Wexler (signed)
Genre: Fantasy
Characters: Zambini The Miracle Man (introduction) King Of Ritania (introduction) Mata Dari (villain, Spy) Hundarian Spies (villains, Introduction For All)

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