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Issue: #1
Published: March 1940, Price: 0.15 USD, Pages: 52, Editing: Bill Parker
Color: Color Dimensions: 10.5" X 14" (#1-6); Standard Golden Age U.S. (#7-133) Paper Stock: Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior Binding: Saddle-stitched Publishing Format: Was Ongoing Series
Notes: 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. Class B periodical. Copyright number B 444735.
 Comic Contents:
Cover (1 page) World's Biggest Comics Book
Genre: Superhero
Characters: Master Man White Rajah (vignette) Devil's Dagger (vignette) Frontier Marshall [Bill Crane] (vignette) El Carim (vignette)

Text Article (1 page) Attention! Boys and Girls
Credits: Script: ? (ad copy) | Pencils: ? (photograph) | Inks: ? (photograph) | Letters: typeset

Comic Story (7 pages)
Synopsis: Growing up as a weak child, an unnamed doctor introduced him to Vitacap, a capsule of vitamins and all forms of energy to become the world's strongest man. As an adult he builds an all rock castle on the world's tallest mountain. He dedicates to help people, first by rescuing a nurse and two orphans from a fire at an apartment complex caused by gangsters. Mayor Dole asked Master Man to save his daughter from those same gangsters which he does. Master Man turns down the Mayor's offer to stay in the city, and returns to his castle.
Genre: Superhero
Characters: Master Man (first Appearance Origin) Unnamed Doctor Unnamed Nurse Unnamed Orphan Boy Unnamed Orphan Girl Gangsters (villains) Mayor Dole Unnamed Mayor's Daughter

Comic Story (4 pages) The Jeweled Crown of Ramistan
Synopsis: David and his father come his plantation in India. One day while on a stroll, David's pony is spooked by Sin-Gee. Sin-Gee saves David from a fall but he becomes lost in the forest. Unable to find his son, David's father leaves India in grief, forcing David to learns to live on his own. He learns how to protect himself and become a great peacemaker for throughout the jungle. On a visit to Ramistan, David and Sin-Gee helps the Old Rajah retrieve the Jeweled Crown of Ramistan from head hunters.
Genre: Adventure
Characters: White Rajah [David Scott] (introduction, Origin) Sin-Gee (a White Elephant) Father Scott (David's Father) Old Rajah Of Ramistan Unnamed Heade Hunters;

Comic Story (4 pages)
Synopsis: Jeff Marlowe, underworld boss of Carterville wanted to steal from the scientist Simon Craig his diamond making machine. Burton, city editor for the Daily Blade sends his reporter, Ken Wyman (son of a wealthy family) to cover Craig. On the way Wyman saves Sandra Cole from some of Marlowe's gangsters. Meeting with Craig, he saves the scientist from Marlowe's gangsters as well. With his chauffeur Pat Gleason, Wyman decides to challenge them and stop their plans as the Devil's Dagger.
Genre: Superhero
Characters: Devil's Dagger [Ken Wyman] (introduction) Jeff Marlowe (villain, Introduction) Marlowe's Gangsters Burton Sandra Cole Simon Craig Pat Gleason

Comic Story (4 pages)
Synopsis: Morton makes a homemade balloon and ends up traveling from his town in Hoopieville, West Virginia and discovers the floating island of Felicia in the South Atlantic. There he meets Queen Silva, who is impressed with his ability to fly. When an enemy air force threatens to attack the island, Morton helps make a large net to snare the places from his balloon, capturing the enemy forces.
Genre: Science Fiction
Characters: Morton Murch (introduction, Origin) Mrs. Murch Lem Queen Silva

Comic Story (4 pages)
Synopsis: Shipwreck Roberts is contracted by Mr. Jones to find out why so much shipping has sunk in the same area of the ocean. Together with his partner, Deep Sea Doodle, they discover that Doctor Drown has been using an experimental yacht that he sank to the ocean's floor to direct sea beasts of his creation to sink ships and steal their cargo. Roberts and Doodle overpower Drown and his henchmen Romez to bring them to justice before they sink a passenger ship.
Genre: Adventure
Characters: Shipwreck Roberts (introduction) Doctor Drown (villain, Introduction) Romez (Drown's Hunchback Henchman) Mr. Jones Deep Sea Doodle Drown's Beasts [Giantocrab Two Brontosauruses Colostopus]

Comic Story (4 pages)
Synopsis: Bill's father Ned, the Marshall for Big Savage, is gunned down by bandits. Bill assumes his father's role as Marshall and has to fight off challenges from a potential rival, Marshall Whipple. He then faces down a string of criminals, lead by Jim Trask before finally defeating Trask, with the help of one of Trask's men, Mesquite Mike. Mike accepts Crane's offer to become a deputy.
Genre: Western-frontier
Characters: Frontier Marshall [Bill Crane] (introduction, Origin) Ned Crane Marshall Whipple Helen Wright Unnamed Rustlers Unnamed Fugitives From Justice Unnamed Bandits Jim Trask Unnamed Trask's Men Mesquite Mike Unnamed Robbers

Text Story (1 page) Sooner or Later
Credits: Pencils: ? (illustration) | Inks: ? (illustration) | Letters: typeset
Genre: Adventure

Activity (1 page)
Featuring: Master Puzzlers
Credits: Pencils: ? (illustrations) | Inks: ? (illustrations)

Promo (ad From The Publisher) (1 page) If You Want a Whale of a Time for a Dime
Credits: Script: ? (promo copy) | Pencils: various | Inks: various | Letters: typeset

Comic Story (4 pages) Introducing Mr. Clue
Synopsis: Mr. Clue is brought up to a city where its mayor, Roger Brett, is assassinated. Digging around for leads to find answers for the clues he found at the shooting scene, he discovers that the murderer was Police Chief Flynn, saving Tony Terror from the electric chair.
Genre: Detective-mystery
Characters: Mr. Clue (introduction) Mayor Roger Brett (death) Police Chief Flynn Tony Terror Tommy Bill

Comic Story (4 pages) Boy Newsreel Reporter
Synopsis: Newsreel cameraman Streak Sloan, while in Alaska on a whale oil ship, comes across a pirate named Jack Bannon and his crew. Bannon is raiding and stealing ships' cargos using a submarine stationed in a secret harbor in the Arctic. Streak and the crew are overpowered and taken captive by Bannon and his crew. The Coast Guard arrives to take on Bannon's men and Streak himself captures Bannon aboard his submarine.
Genre: Adventure
Characters: Streak Sloan (introduction) Cap Wabash Black Jack Bannon (villain)

Comic Story (4 pages)
Synopsis: El Carim comes to the aid of Jane Grey to help find her father, Harrington, who was kidnapped. In their efforts to free him, they too are captured by the kidnappers. Awaking from being knocked out, El Carim breaks free, tricks the kidnap leader with a false magic command which results in their capture.
Genre: Superhero
Characters: El Carim (introduction) Jane Grey Harrington Grey

Comic Story (7 pages)
Synopsis: Rick O'Shay is contacted by Franconian troops to investigate a potential rebellion led by Sidi-Ahmed. Rick and Mekki track Sidi-Ahmed down only to be captured by Sidi-Ahmed. They escape and return with Franconian troops and overpower Sidi-Ahmed's forces, with Rick himself capturing Sidi-Ahmed.
Genre: Adventure
Characters: Rick O'Shay (introduction) Sidi-Ahmed Mekki Unnamed Franconian Soldiers Unnamed Sidi-Ahmed Arab Rebels

Promo (ad From The Publisher) (0 pages) Hey, Kids!
Credits: Script: ? (promo copy) | Pencils: various | Inks: various | Letters: ?; typeset

Text Article (1 page) Here's How You Can Win Master Comics' World's Biggest Contest!
Credits: Pencils: ? (photograph) | Inks: ? (photograph) | Letters: typeset

Promo (ad From The Publisher) (1 page) You're Sure to Get a Prize If You Buy the April Whiz Comics
Credits: Script: ? (promo copy) | Pencils: various | Inks: various | Letters: typeset

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