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Issue Details

Issue V2#12 [25]
Published July 1944
Frequency bi-monthly
Cover Price 0.10 USD
Pages 52
Editing ?
Notes JULY 1944. Volume 2, Number 12. CAT-MAN COMICS is published bi-monthly by Continental Magazines, Inc., 420 DeSoto Avenue, St. Louis, 7, Mo. Editorial offices: 220 West 42nd Street, New York City, 18, N. Y. Entered as second-class matter at the Post Office at St. Louis, Mo. Copyright, 1944, by Continental Magazines, Inc. Yearly subscription 60 cents for six issues in U. S. A. For advertising rates write Continental Magazines, Inc., 220 West 42nd Street, New York City, 18, N. Y. PRINTED IN THE U. S. A.

Cover Details - "untitled"

Characters Catman [David Merrywether]; Kitten [Katie Conn]
Genre superhero
Pencils Rudy Palais [as R. Palais] (signed)
Inks Rudy Palais [as R. Palais] (signed)

1 page Albert Publications advertisement "Amaze Your Friends!"

Pencils ? (photo)
Inks ? (photo)
Letters typeset
Notes Inside front cover.

8 page The Catman and the Kitten story "The Eyes of Justice"

Characters Catman [David Merrywether]; Kitten [Katie Conn]; Moroni (villain, introduction, death, first name given variously as Tony, Looey or Toni)
Synopsis A jury acquits Moroni despite the evidence, but the David Merrywether tells him outside the courthouse that he's marked, and the Catman and Kitten make good on that threat!
Genre superhero
Pencils Charles Quinlan [as Chas. M. Quinlan] (signed)
Inks Charles Quinlan [as Chas. M. Quinlan] (signed)

6 page The Deacon and Mickey story "Rasputin Jr."

Characters The Deacon; Mickey Matthews; Rita Jordan (the Mayor's daughter); Moody (villain, introduction); Rasputin, Jr. (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis The Deacon suspects a hypnotist who's giving a show in town, but when he gets hypnotized himself it's up to Mickey to save the day!
Genre superhero
Script Jack Grogan ? (see notes)
Notes According to Who's Who, Grogan wrote this feature in 1944. As he also wrote another feature in this issue, he's *very tentatively* credited here.

Half page Captain Aero Comics; Terrific Comics; Suspense Comics; Cat-Man Comics promo (ad from the publisher) "The Tops in Comics Books!"

Characters Captain Aero; Miss Victory; Kid Terrific; Jimmie; Mr. Nobody; The Catman; The Kitten
Notes Promo for all four of Continental's then-current series.

3 page Jerry Jr. story "Goodness, I'm Sure!"

Characters Jerry Jr.; Jerry's mother
Genre humor
Pencils W. Jourdain ?
Inks W. Jourdain ?
Notes Who's Who identifies Jourdain as an artist on this, and it looks similar to other Jourdain work identified elsewhere in the GCD, but confirmation is needed.

1 page text story "80 to 1"

Letters typeset

6 page The Reckoner story "The Stamps That Spilled Blood"

Characters The Reckoner [Matty Martin] (introduction); Rocky (introduction); Saunders (introduction, villain); Skully (introduction, villain)
Synopsis The death of a young girl in the back of his cab leads Matty, a.k.a. the Reckoner, to investigate, and he discovers that she and her father have been kidnapped in order to obtain the man's rare stamp collection.
Genre adventure; superhero
Pencils Don Rico (signed)
Inks Don Rico (signed)
Reprinted in Men of Mystery Comics (AC, 1999 series), #70 (2008)

Half page Catman Comics promo (ad from the publisher) "Write a true personal adventure that happened to you!"

Synopsis Introduces a contest, which asks readers to submit a true personal adventure that had happened to them, along with a snapshot, to Continental Magazines. The winner, in addition to receiving a $25 War Bond, would also have their story illustrated in comic strip form [along with their likeness]. The 2nd place winner would get $10 in war stamps, while there were 100 more prizes where the winners would get $5 each in war stamps.

7 page The Hood story "The Sons of the Rising Sun"

Characters The Hood [Major Craig Wood]; Rae Herman (his fiancée); Wilferd Carson; Nejo (villain); Balu (villain); other Japanese saboteurs (villain)
Synopsis Escapees from a Japanese POW camp dress as American cowboys in order to attack and secure Carlyte, a new super explosive created by Wilferd Carson.
Genre superhero
Script Jack Grogan ?
Pencils Jack Alderman
Inks Jack Alderman
Notes There ia a reference to the Killer Dogs of issue #22. Grogan is listed in Who's Who as the writer during this period and has a signed story elsewhere in the issue, but there is no direct evidence for this story.
Reprinted in Men of Mystery Comics (AC, 1999 series) #71 (2008)

1 page text story "The Return"

Letters typeset

6 page Little Leaders story "The Death of a Swordsman"

Characters Mickey Matthews; The Kitten [Katie Conn] (out of costume); Mel Parker; Mr. Schaeffer [Gary Loder] (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis Mickey, Katie and other students join the Fencing Club run by new teacher Mr. Schaeffer, but he turns out to be a jewel thief hiding out from his fellow criminals.
Genre adventure
Script Jack Grogan ?
Pencils Lou Ferstadt (signed)
Inks Lou Ferstadt (signed)
Notes Grogan is listed in Who's Who as the writer during this period and has a signed story elsewhere in the issue, but there is no direct evidence for this story.

4 page story "Heroes All!"

Characters J. A. "Speedy" Powell
Synopsis The story of how "Speedy" Powell got a plane of a type he'd never flown before through a battle after the pilot was hit.
Genre bio; war
Pencils Gil Kane [as Eli Katz] (signed)
Inks Gil Kane ?
Notes Eli Katz is Gil Kane according to Who's Who.

4 page story "The Death of You"

Synopsis A cautionary tale about how Japanese shells being made from American metal sold to Japan years before.
Genre war
Script Jack Grogan (signed); Orren Ward, Jr. (signed)
Pencils L. B. Cole (signed)
Inks L. B. Cole (signed)

1 page Balco Products Company advertisement "Remove Ugly Blackheads"

Letters ?; typeset
Notes Inside back cover.

1 page Pioneer Publications, Inc. advertisement "Be Popular"

Letters typeset
Notes Back cover.