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Issue: #1
Published: January 1940, Price: 0.10 USD, Pages: 68, Editing: Abner Sundell
Color: Color Dimensions: Standard Silver Age US 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. Second class permit. Copyright number 437359.
 Comic Contents:
Cover (1 page)
Featuring: The Shield
Credits: Pencils: Irv Novick [as Novick] (signed) | Inks: Irv Novick [as Novick] (signed) | Letters: typeset
Genre: Superhero
Characters: The Shield [Joe Higgins]

Comic Story (10 pages) G-Man Extraordinary
Featuring: The Shield
Synopsis: The Shield is sent to stop a Stokian spy ring.
Credits: Script: Harry Shorten | Pencils: Irv Novick [as Irving Novick] (signed) | Inks: Irv Novick [as Irving Novick] (signed)
Genre: Superhero
Characters: The Shield [Joe Higgins] (some Origin Details Revealed) J. Edgar Hoover Klotz (villain, Introduction)

Comic Story (6 pages) The Coming of the Comet
Featuring: The Comet
Synopsis: After injecting himself with a gas fifty times lighter than hydrogen, John Dickering discovers he can now take leaps that are more like flying. Beams now shoot from his eyes and when the rays cross what ever he's looking at disintegrates. Glass is the only thing that can stop the beams. He vows to use his new powers for good. He starts by going after a typhoid racketeer. Killing three associates The Comet comes upon Dr. Archer and takes him up into the sky to convince him to stop his typhoid racket. After Dr. Archer pleads to be let down The Comet lets him go, letting him fall to his death.
Credits: Script: Jack Cole (signed) | Pencils: Jack Cole (signed) | Inks: Jack Cole (signed) | Letters: Jack Cole
Genre: Superhero
Characters: The Comet [John Dickering] (introduction, Origin) Dr. Archer (villain, Introduction, Death)

Comic Story (3 pages)
Featuring: Jocko
Credits: Script: Dick Ryan (signed) | Pencils: Dick Ryan (signed) | Inks: Dick Ryan (signed)
Genre: Anthropomorphic-funny Animals Jungle
Characters: Jocko (Introduction Only Appearance ?)

Comic Story (6 pages)
Featuring: Sgt. Boyle
Credits: Pencils: Charles Biro | Inks: Charles Biro
Genre: War
Characters: Sgt. Henry "Hank" Boyle (introduction, Origin)

Comic Story (6 pages)
Featuring: Queen of Diamonds
Credits: Script: Manly Wade Wellman | Pencils: Lin Streeter [as L. Streeter] (signed) | Inks: Lin Streeter [as L. Streeter] (signed)
Genre: Science Fiction
Characters: The Queen Of Diamonds (introduction) The Rocket (introduction) Rado Von Kelter (villain Introduction)

Comic Story (6 pages)
Featuring: Fu Chang
Synopsis: Fu Chang possesses a set of magic chessmen with all the magic powers of Aladdin’s lamp which are responsible for Fu Chang’s spectacular solutions of great international mysteries. He saves Tay Ming from the Dragon by praying to his god, who brings the chessmen to life to defeat the Dragon and save his girlfriend (later fiancee).
Credits: Script: Manly Wade Wellman | Pencils: Lin Streeter (signed) | Inks: Lin Streeter (signed)
Genre: Detective-mystery
Characters: Fu Chang (introduction, Origin) Tay Ming (girlfriend) The Dragon (villain, Introduction)

Text Story (2 pages) Murderer's Brew
Credits: Script: Will Harr | Letters: typeset
Genre: Crime

Comic Story (6 pages)
Featuring: Bentley of Scotland Yard
Credits: Script: Manly Wade Wellman | Pencils: Maurice Gutwirth [as M. Gutwirth] (signed) | Inks: Maurice Gutwirth [as M. Gutwirth] (signed)
Genre: Detective-mystery
Characters: Bentley (introduction) The Mayfair Monster [Sir Rupert Napier] (villain Introduction)

Comic Story (6 pages) Klondike Cafe Robbed
Featuring: Press Guardian
Synopsis: The Falcon saves newspaper reporter Flash Calvert from Slug Wickum and his gang.
Credits: Pencils: Jack Binder (signed) | Inks: Jack Binder (signed)
Genre: Adventure
Characters: The Press Guardian [a.k.a. The Falcon] (introduction, Identity Revealed As Perry Chase In The Next Issue) Flash Calvert (newspaper Reporter, Introduction) Jim Boyd (newspaper Editor, Introduction) Slug Wickum And His Gang

Comic Story (5 pages) The Rivalry
Featuring: The Midshipman
Credits: Script: Will Harr (signed) | Pencils: Edd Ashe [as E. M. Ashe, Jr.] (signed) | Inks: Edd Ashe [as E. M. Ashe, Jr.] (signed)
Genre: Adventure War
Characters: The Midshipman [Lee Samson] (introduction)

Comic Story (6 pages)
Featuring: Kayo Ward
Credits: Script: Phil Sturm (signed) | Pencils: Bob Wood | Inks: Bob Wood
Genre: Sports
Characters: Eddie "Kayo" Ward (introduction Origin) Lew Black (introduction) Connie (introduction) One Round Hogan (villain Introduction)

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