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Movie Comics (1939 National) comic books

  • Issue #1
    Movie Comics (1939 National) 1

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    64-pages featuring condensed movie stories told in comics panel format, but illustrated with photos from the movie. Movies featured in this issue are: "Son of Frankenstein" with Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, "Gunga Den" with Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, and Douglas Fairbranks, Jr., "The Great Man Votes" with John Barrymore, Peter Holden, Virginia Weidler, "Fisherman's Warf" with Bobby Breen, Leo Carillo and Henry Armetta, and "Scouts to the Rescue" with Jackie Cooper. Movie Make-Up page showing how the monster make-up is applied to Boris Karloff. Four pages f "Screen Scoops" featuring interesting facts about movie stars such as Boris Karloff (and his Frankenstein role), Bela Lugosi, Leo Carrillo, Cary Grant and Basil Rathbone. Also the Minute Movies and Movietown comics strips. Inside back cover features a full page ad for All-American Comics #1. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #2
    Movie Comics (1939 National) 2

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    Photo cover colorized of Andy Devine, cover pencils by Jack Adler (airbrushed corrections), Emery Gondor (airbrushed corrections), and Sheldon Mayer (heads across bottom), inks by Jack Adler (airbrushed corrections) and Emery Gondor (airbrushed corrections). "Stagecoach," script by Dudley Nichols (screenplay), art by Jack Adler (corrections) and Emery Gondor (corrections); airbrushed and lettered over movie photo stills; A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process; Based on the 1939 movie. "The Saint Strikes Back," script by Derek Twist (screenplay) and John Twist (screenplay), art by Jack Adler (airbrushed corrections) and Emery Gondor (airbrushed corrections); airbrushed and lettered over movie photo stills; Simon Templar, the Saint, travels to San Francisco to solve crime mysteries within the police department; Based on the 1939 movie. "Terrors of the Tomb," script and art by Ed Wheelan. "Arizona Legion," script by Oliver Drake (screenplay), pencils by Jack Adler (airbrushed corrections), Emery Gondor (airbrushed corrections), and Sheldon Mayer (heads across bottom), inks by Jack Adler (airbrushed corrections) and Emery Gondor (airbrushed corrections); airbrushed and inked over movie photo stills; Boone is a hard drinking, shoot up the town cowboy who is trying to get in with the Dutton gang; Based on the 1939 movie. "King of the Turf"; airbrushed and inked over movie photo stills; Mason is a former race-horse owner who gave up everything and started to drink after the death of one of his jockeys; Based on the 1939 movie. 68 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #3
    Movie Comics (1939 National) 3
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    • Paper: Off white to white
    • Slab: Minor side edge crack
    • Gerber 8 No Show.
    • Label #0760207002

    Cover pencils by Jack Adler (airbrushed corrections), Emery Gondor (airbrushed corrections), and Sheldon Mayer (heads across bottom), inks by Jack Adler (airbrushed corrections) and Emery Gondor (airbrushed corrections). "East Side of Heaven," script by William Conselman (screenplay), pencils by Jack Adler (airbrushed corrections) and Emery Gondor (airbrushed corrections), inks by Jack Adler (airbrush) and Emery Gondor (airbrush); airbrushed and inked over movie photo stills; Bing Crosby plays a singing cab driver who finds an abandoned baby in his cab; Based on the 1939 movie. "Mexicali Rose," script by Gerald Geraghty (screenplay), art by Jack Adler (airbrushed corrections) and Emery Gondor (airbrushed corrections); airbrushed and inked over movie photo stills; Bad guys interested in oil profits attempt to take a mission away from poor Mexican children, but Gene and Frog save the day Based on the 1939 movie. "Four Feathers," script by Lajos Biro (screenplay), Oliver Garrett (screenplay), R. C. Sherriff (screenplay), and Arthur Wimperis (screenplay), art by Jack Adler (airbrushed corrections) and Emery Gondor (airbrushed corrections); airbrushed and inked over movie photo stills; Resigning his commission on the eve of his unit's deployment against Egyptian rebels, a British officer seeks to redeem his cowardice by secretly aiding his former comrades--disguised as an Arab; Based on the 1939 movie. "Mystery in the White Room," script by Alex Gottlieb (screenplay), art by Jack Adler (airbrushed corrections) and Emery Gondor (airbrushed corrections); airbrushed and inked over movie photo stills; In the middle of an eye-surgery operation in a large hospital, the lights in the operating room go out and the chief surgeon is murdered; It is the job of Police-Detective Spencer to figure out who in the room had something to gain from his death; Based on the 1939 movie. "Navy Secrets"; airbrushed and inked over movie photo stills; A Navy officer is assigned to break up a spy ring within the service itself; Based on the 1939 movie. All-American Comics ad. 68 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #4
    Movie Comics (1939 National) 4

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    Photo cover of Brian Aherne as Captain Fury. "Blue Montana Skies"; Gene Autry follows a clue written on a rock by a dead man to get to a smuggling operation near the Canadian border; airbrushed and inked over movie photo stills; Based on the 1939 movie. "Big Town Czar"; When gangster Phil Daley gets rid of his chief Paul Burgess he has everything that money can buy, except the respect of his parents and his sweetheart Susan Warren; airbrushed and inked over movie photo stills; Based on the 1939 movie. "The Oregon Trail"; Wagon trains are not making it to Oregon and Jeff Scott has been sent to investigate; airbrushed and inked over movie photo stills; Based on the 1939 movie. "Captain Fury"; An Irish convict sentenced to hard labor in Australia escapes into the outback, and organizes a band of fellow escapees to fight a corrupt landlord; airbrushed and inked over movie photo stills; Based on the 1939 movie. "Star Reporter"; John Randolph (Warren Hull), an idealistic young newspaper owner who uses his paper as an instrument for the public good, uses a campaign against crime to successfully run grafting politicians out of town; airbrushed and inked over movie photo stills; Based on the 1939 movie. "Streets of New York"; Jimmy, an idealistic and hard-working young man, has just arrived in New York City with dreams of making his fortune; airbrushed and inked over movie photo stills; Based on the 1939 movie. All-American Comics ad. 68 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #5
    Movie Comics (1939 National) 5
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    • Paper: Off white
    • Label #1303993006
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    • Paper: White
    • Scarce per Overstreet.
    • Label #0167264015

    Photo cover of Louis XIV (Philippe of Gascony, Louis Hayward) and Maria Theresa (Joan Bennett). "The Man in the Iron Mask"; Despotic King Louis XIV discovers he has a twin brother who has grown up under the tutelage of his foster father, the patriotic musketeer D'Artagnan; airbrushed and inked over movie photo stills; Based on the 1939 movie. "The Girl and the Gambler"; Learning of a certain cantina dancer, the notorious outlaw El Rayo bets he can bring her voluntarily back that night; Arriving he learns she loves the craps table operator Johnny Powell; airbrushed and inked over movie photo stills; Based on the 1939 movie. "The Family Next Door"; A plumber (a Rodney Dangerfield type) has misadventures with his family; airbrushed and inked over movie photo stills; Based on the 1939 movie. "5 Came Back"; Twelve people are aboard Coast Air Line's flagship the Silver Queen en route to South America when the airplane encounters a storm and is blown off course; airbrushed and inked over movie photo stills; Based on the 1939 movie. "The House of Fear!"; A detective goes undercover as a producer to investigate an actor's murder, which occurred during the performance of a play; airbrushed and inked over movie photo stills; Based on the 1939 movie. "Wolf Call"; Playboy Michael "Mike" Vance, Jr.is night-clubbing in New York City with Natalie; They join a scavenger hunt and break-in a pet shop to get something they require for the treasure-hunt prize; While there, Mike frees Smokey, a police dog, and Smokey follows him home; airbrushed and inked over movie photo stills; Based on the 1939 movie. 68 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #6
    Movie Comics (1939 National) 6

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    Final issue of the series. Movie adaptations--combination photo/art: "The Real Glory" (starring Gary Cooper and David Niven), "In Old Monterey" (Gene Autry, Smilry Burnett), "The Phantom Creeps" (Bela Lugosi), "The Underpup" (Gloria Jean, C. Aubrey Smith), "Mutiny on the Black Hawk" (Richard Arlen, Andy Devine), "The Chumps at Oxford" (Laurel and Hardy), and the conclusion of "The Oregon Trail" (John Mack Brown). Also Movietown (by Harry Lampert) and Minute Movies (by Ed Wheelan). Half-page ad for All-American Comics # 8. Second robot cover. Cover price $0.10.