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Filesize: 47.68 MB
Uploader: Yoc
Downloads: 299
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Rating: Admin Rating: n/a Avg. User Rating: 7.33333   with 3 votes
 
 
Original was missing ifc, ibc.
A very cool Rangerhouse scan!
Edit by Yoc
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Fills found in eBay ad. Better scans pulled from two other RH books to create the missing pages.

2-December-2016 8:53 pm
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Username: Yoc
Comment: Comment by erwin-k: The true publisher of this particular comic may be in question. A friend of mine had a copy of this. On the inside front cover the original indicia had been blacked out and another, very short one put in. It made the big printer in St. Louis, Missouri, the publisher. Not that at the end of the Black Raider story the reader is invited to write to the printer's address. Perhaps this is that 2nd edition. Maybe Rural Home owed the printer money & this is how they tried to collect.
2-December-2016 11:15 pm
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Username: Bob Hughes
Comment: Publisher of Rural Home- Baird, I think, was arrested and convicted of evading WWII paper restrictions. Many of his books were seized by the government and then sold as surplus. The new owner was then allowed to sell them on the newsstands with the original indicia blocked out and something else written there. It way be that World Color bought them back to recover the money for the printing bill that Baird never paid.
3-December-2016 6:32 am
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Username: Poztron
Comment: Whatever the confusing origins of this comic, that front cover art by LB Cole is one of his very best. Thanks for filling in the missing pages and bringing it back to our attention.
3-December-2016 4:42 pm
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Username: erwin-k
Comment: Glad to see the upgrade. If only a comics scholar could get their hands on a copy, I'll bet that overprinted indicia could be read with a bit of effort.
 
 

Published: April-May 1945, Price: 0.10 USD, Pages: 52, Editing:
Color: Color Dimensions: Standard Golden Age US Paper Stock: Newsprint Binding: Saddle-stitched Publishing Format: Was Ongoing Series
Notes: Indicia on all known copies is blacked out and replaced with: 420 Desoto Ave, St. Louis Missouri. Dated Fall 1945. Issue Number appears on cover only.
Comic Contents:
Cover (1 page)
Credits: Pencils: L. B. Cole | Inks: L. B. Cole

Comic Story (12 pages) "Here is the most unusual character in detective fiction"
Synopsis: After being wounded during the D-Day invasion, Gordon and Red are discharged from the military only to return home and fight a war against crime. Gordon adopts the secret disguise as a masked adventurer, who seeks to put two notorious robbers behind bars.
Credits: Script: Bill Woolfolk ? | Pencils: Maurice Del Bourgo [as del] (signed) | Inks: Maurice Del Bourgo [as del] (signed)
Genre: Adventure; Crime; War
Characters: Black Raider [Gordon Summers] (Army Ranger); Harold "Red" Crandall (Army Ranger); jewelry store owner (death); unnamed Chief of Police; Jake Dugger (villain); Harry Malone (villain); Ben Rainer (villain, pawnshop owner, fence); the Nazis (villains, many die)

Comic Story (6 pages) "Chin Chop on trail!"
Credits: Script: Bill Woolfolk ? | Pencils: Tony DiPreta (signed) | Inks: Tony DiPreta (signed)
Genre: Humor
Characters: Chin Chop

Comic Story (5 pages) Avalanche

Text Story (2 pages) Treachery, Inc.
Credits: Letters: typeset
Genre: Detective-mystery

Comic Story (10 pages) The Collector
Synopsis: When Patrolman Riordan is killed while saving another man's life, the forces of heaven grant him a return to Earth as a collector of souls.
Credits: Pencils: Maurice Whitman ? | Inks: Maurice Whitman ?
Characters: The Shroud; Gus Gorilla; Hanson Riordan [The Collector]

Comic Story (12 pages) "Merlin is the world's greatest magician!"
Credits: Script: Bill Woolfolk ? | Pencils: Leo Morey | Inks: Leo Morey
Genre: Superhero
Characters: Merlin; Duke Deval

The data in the above section is courtesy of the Grand Comics Database™ under a Creative Commons Attribution License.


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