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"Jack Woods: "Don Nogales, Cattle Rustler, Part 1"": This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

Famous First Edition #C-63 is a one-shot with a cover date of June, 2020. It was published on April 15, 2020.

Appearing in Jack Woods: "Don Nogales, Cattle Rustler, Part 1"

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Synopsis for Jack Woods: "Don Nogales, Cattle Rustler, Part 1"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

Riding along the Rio Grande at night, Jack Woods, a cowboy of the Old West, spies two men driving cattle. The two men, Don Nogales and his henchman Miguel, see Jack in turn, and Nogales sends Miguel to fetch him. Miguel flags Jack down, and, when Jack stops, pulls a gun on him. Nogales decides to bring Jack to his ranch in Mexico, and the three men arrive there just as dawn begins to break. As they reach Nogales' office, Jack quickly incapacitates Miguel with a wrestling throw, giving him the time to pull his own weapon. Turning his attention to Don Nogales, Jack does not see Miguel, still on the floor, pulling a knife and taking aim....

Appearing in Sandra of the Secret Service: "The Gavonian Affair, Part 1"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Prince Lothar (First appearance)

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Other Characters:

  • James (Sandra's chauffeur) (First appearance)
  • Haskins (Sandra's butler) (First appearance)
  • Lothar's emissary, Reynolds (not named until a later issue) (First appearance)

Synopsis for Sandra of the Secret Service: "The Gavonian Affair, Part 1"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

Late for an appointment with her dressmaker, Sandra is surprised when a strange man, in a tuxedo and top hat, jumps into her car with her, pulls a gun, and instructs her chauffeur to drive to 614 Main. Another car speeds in pursuit, shooting at them, but Sandra and her mysterious passenger manage to escape, and he thanks her for her help, then leaves. Later, after Sandra has returned home, a distinguished looking foreign man pays a call, to tell Sandra just whom it was that she rescued, but their conversation is interrupted by a man with a gun!

Appearing in "Jigger and Ginger"

Featured Characters:

  • Jigger (First appearance)
  • Ginger (First appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Blue Devils (First appearance)

Antagonists:

  • Kip (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Jigger's mother (Behind the scenes)

Synopsis for "Jigger and Ginger"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

Kip overhears Jigger making a date with Ginger. He arranges for his fraternity brothers, the Blue Devils, to ambush Jigger under the guise of "initiating" him into the fraternity. While the Blue Devils are off putting Jigger through various tests, Kip drives to Ginger's house and convinces her to take a ride with him. The Blue Devils leave Jigger on a road ten miles outside of town, saying that his last test is to make it back. Fortunately for Jigger, Kip takes the same road, and Ginger insists that Kip pick him up. Kip is forced to play chauffeur as Jigger and Ginger cuddle in the back seat.

Appearing in "Oswald the Rabbit"

Featured Characters:

  • Oswald the Rabbit

Synopsis for "Oswald the Rabbit"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

Oswald's day of ice skating has its ups and downs.

Appearing in Barry O'Neill: "Fang Gow of China, Part 1"

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  • Fang Gow (Behind the scenes) (First appearance)
    • Fu-Yak (First appearance)
    • Ivan (First appearance)

Vehicles:

  • O'Neill's car (Destroyed)

Synopsis for Barry O'Neill: "Fang Gow of China, Part 1"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

Barry O'Neill responds to the summons of Inspector LeGrand of the French Sureté, and the two men discuss the menace of Fang-Gow. Meanwhile, Fang-Gow himself commands his minions to destroy O'Neill, and Ivan assigns the task to Fu-Yak. Working with an assistant, Fu-Yak plants a bomb in Barry's car, but a stroke of luck saves Barry from harm. That night, while Barry is on the phone with LeGrand, Fu-Yak climbs in his hotel room window....

Appearing in Magic Crystal of History: "Ancient Egypt, Part 1"

Featured Characters:

  • Binks (First appearance)
  • Bobby (First appearance)

Items:

  • Magic Crystal of History (First appearance)

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Synopsis for Magic Crystal of History: "Ancient Egypt, Part 1"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

Caught in a violent thunderstorm, Bobby and Binks take refuge in an old, abandoned house. Inside the house, on a pedestal, is a glowing crystal ball. Bobby takes up the crystal, which suddenly begins to glow even more brightly, blinding the two children. The crystal begins to grow, and with a thunderous crash, Bobby and Binks find themselves transported back in time nearly 6000 years to ancient Egypt.

Appearing in Wing Brady, Soldier of Fortune: "The Bedouins, Part 1"

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  • Bedouin marauders

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  • French open-cockpit scout monoplane

Synopsis for Wing Brady, Soldier of Fortune: "The Bedouins, Part 1"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

While on lookout as their company makes camp, Foreign Legionnaires Wing Brady and his friend Slim see reflected light in the distance. Wing recognizes it as a coded distress call from Corporal Levun, another member of the company. Wing convinces the company captain to let him and Slim take the company's only airplane to rescue Corporal Levun and his men. The fliers soon arrive to find Levun and his men under attack by Bedouins. Wing and Slim strafe the Arabs, but return fire damages their motor to the point where the plane can no longer stay in the air. Wing and Slim begin to drop-- right toward the waiting Bedouins.

Appearing in Ivanhoe: "Episode 1"

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Synopsis for Ivanhoe: "Episode 1"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

Wamba and Gurth, jester and swineherd respectively in the service of Cedric the Saxon, are returning to Cedric's castle at the end of the day. They encounter a band of horsemen led by Brian de Bois-Guilbert and his companion Prior Aymor (a Norman monk). They demand the way to Cedric's castle, but Wamba, because of the ongoing hostilities between Normans and Saxons, deliberately gives them the wrong directions. Now hopelessly lost, Brian and his company come upon a stranger asleep in the road (really a disguised Wilfred), who agrees to guide them to Cedric for the use of a horse. Cedric loves Normans no more than does his jester, but politely receives them and orders a feast prepared. Wamba suddenly enters and informs Cedric that one of his dogs has been deliberately crippled. Cedric becomes angry and vows to punish the perpetrator. As the guests are being seated for dinner, a major-domo announces the entrance of the Lady Rowena.

Appearing in "Judge Perkins"

Featured Characters:

  • Judge Perkins (First appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Jasper (not yet named) (First appearance)

Synopsis for "Judge Perkins"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

Re-elected to his third term, Judge Perkins sets out on his circuit. But when an altercation with a belligerent goat sends the judge tumbling into the lake, it's Jasper to the rescue!

Appearing in Don Drake on the Planet Saro: "The Midget Men, Part 1"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Betty (First appearance)

Antagonists:

  • The Midget Men of Saro (First appearance)

Vehicles:

  • Don and Betty's sphere-ship (First appearance)

Items:

  • Drake's atomic energy gun (First appearance)

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Synopsis for Don Drake on the Planet Saro: "The Midget Men, Part 1"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

An accident sends Don and Betty's ship hurtling out of Earth's orbit and into deep space. After a rough landing on a distant planet, Don and Betty put on oxygen masks and go out to explore. Don takes an environmental reading and discovers the air is breathable. They soon encounter the Midget Men, who quickly capture the pair of Earthlings--but the Midget Men are in turn attacked by two bandar, while Don and Betty remain helpless in the Midget Men's nets!

Appearing in Loco Luke: "Out West, Part 1"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Turkey Tail (not yet named) (First appearance)

Antagonists:

  • Black Dan (First appearance)

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Synopsis for Loco Luke: "Out West, Part 1"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

Loco Luke has two problems: an uncooperative horse, and how to catch Black Dan to collect a $5000 reward. Unfortunately, one of those problems catches up with him when Black Dan ambushes him. The outlaw divests Luke of everything but his underwear, and leaves him stranded in the middle of the desert. Luke starts to make his way back to town, unaware that he has acquired a shadow...

Appearing in "Scrub Hardy"

Featured Characters:

  • Scrub Hardy (First appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Letty (Single appearance)
  • Cookie Botts (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Spike (Single appearance)
  • Coach (Single appearance)
  • Basketball players

Synopsis for "Scrub Hardy"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

Scrub decides to impress Letty and try out for the basketball team. Looking to embarrass Scrub in front of Letty, Cookie gets his buddies to give Scrub a good working-over, culminating in Spike using Scrub for the ball! But Cookie's plan backfires when Letty comes to Scrub's rescue.

Appearing in Jack Andrews: "The Mysterious Stranger, Part 1"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Coach Muller (not named until New Fun Comics #5) (First appearance)

Antagonists:

  • Stranger

Other Characters:

  • Bill
  • Announcer
  • Football players

Synopsis for Jack Andrews: "The Mysterious Stranger, Part 1"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

With his football team down 7-0 at halftime, Jack tries to rally the troops. But as the team is ready to take the field, a stranger approaches Jack and offers him two hundred dollars to throw the game. Jack decks the stranger and leads the team to a touchdown. However, as the kicker tries the extra point, the ball suddenly veers in mid-air. Jack eventually scores another touchdown, giving his side the win, but when his coach asks him why he didn't throw any forward passes, Jack reveals his suspicion that someone was shooting at the ball, and he's going to find out who it was!

Appearing in Cap'n Erik: "The Sealing Expedition, Part 1"

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  • Butch Ramsen (Single appearance)
  • Spike (Butch's henchman) (Single appearance)
  • Chuck (Butch's henchman) (Single appearance)

Vehicles:

  • Viking, a sailing ship

Synopsis for Cap'n Erik: "The Sealing Expedition, Part 1"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

Cap'n Erik's crewman reports that the ship is ready to sail in the morning, and the captain warns him to keep their destination, Kilitook Island, a secret. But Butch Ramsen, a rival captain, overhears the conversation, and sends two of his henchmen to sabotage Cap'n Erik's ship. The miscreants cut the ship loose from its moorings, sending it floating across the harbor to crash into another ship. The next morning, Cap'n Erik watches Ramsen sail out of the harbor, the other man's taunts in his ears, and vows to beat Ramsen to Kilitook Island.

Appearing in Buckskin Jim, the Trail Blazer: "The Indian Ambush, Part 1"

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  • Trapper Pete (not yet named) (First appearance)
  • Blackie (First appearance)

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  • Indians (First appearance)

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Synopsis for Buckskin Jim, the Trail Blazer: "The Indian Ambush, Part 1"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

Buckskin Jim Kenyon arrives in New Orleans to join a wagon train to California, but finds that the train has left without him. Attempting to catch up, he is sidetracked by a cry for help. Finding an old man (Trapper Pete) and his horse (Blackie) trapped in quicksand, Jim quickly tosses Pete a rope and pulls him to safety. The two men then team up to rescue the horse. In gratitude, Pete offers Jim a ride to catch the wagon train. On the way, however, Jim spots smoke, which Pete identifies as Indian smoke signals. Interpreting them to mean that the Indians plan to attack the wagon train at dawn, Pete, with Jim still riding pillion behind him, attempts to head the train off, but he and Jim and spotted by the Indians. Pete slides off Blackie and tells Jim to run for it, but Jim refuses to abandon him, and the two men prepare to fend off the Indian attack.

Appearing in "After School"

Featured Characters:

  • Lefty Peters (First appearance)
  • Slimsy Simpkins (First appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Uncle Wilbur (First appearance)

Antagonists:

  • Old Man Spinks (First appearance)

Synopsis for "After School"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

Lefty tries to get his infant uncle Wilbur into the club, but Slimsy insists that the baby be tested before letting him as mascot. During the test, however, Slimsy and Lefty get into an increasingly-noisy argument, which ends abruptly when Old Man Spinks, the meanest man in the neighborhood, beans Slimsy with a shoe from his apartment window. Lefty and Slimsy take to their heels--but Lefty suddenly realizes that he's forgotten something...

Appearing in "Caveman Capers"

Featured Characters:

  • Ur (First appearance)
  • Wur (First appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Ur and Wur's family

Antagonists:

  • Dinosaur

Synopsis for "Caveman Capers"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

Wandering around after dark, Ur the caveboy sees lightning strike--and discovers fire. Excited by his new discovery, he brings a burning branch home to his family, but inadvertently leads a hungry dinosaur to them as well!

Appearing in Fun Films: "Tad Among the Pirates, Part 1"

Featured Characters

  • Tad

Antagonists

  • Pirates

Synopsis for Fun Films: "Tad Among the Pirates, Part 1"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

In early 18th century New York City, Tad leaves his house to play. Encountering pirates, he follows them to their ship and sneaks aboard. But his curiosity gets him into trouble when he accidentally falls into the ship's hold.

Appearing in "Bubby and Beevil"

Featured Characters:

  • Bubby (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Jacky (First appearance)
  • Jacky's mother (First appearance)

Antagonists:

  • Beevil (First appearance)

Synopsis for "Bubby and Beevil"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

Bubby is a humble good-natured happy-go-lucky gnome-like creature with clattering wooden shoes and a big pointed hat who likes doing good deeds. Beevil is a mischievous gloomy bogie who likes to thwart Bubby's plans for doing good deeds. One happy morning, Bubby wakes up and does some stretching before leaving to find someone do good. The mischievous Beevil gets out from under the tree he calls home and follows Bubby to see what he's up to. Bubby stops and sees a boy named Jacky doing errands for his mother. After finishing his errands, Jacky's mother tells him to go to his room and do his homework. Jacky, however, is very tired and goes to sleep on his desk before he even starts! The good-natured Bubby sneaks through the window inside his room and does his schoolwork for him as Jacky sleeps. Beevil, watching Bubby do a good deed in disdain, sneaks into the room and hides behind the desk. When Bubby is finished with the boy's homework, he places it on the desk and climbs out the window. Beevil gets up and spills ink all over Jacky's homework and desk, much to Bubby's dismay...

Appearing in "Pelion and Ossa"

Featured Characters:

  • Pelion
  • Ossa

Synopsis for "Pelion and Ossa"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

Appearing in 2023 Super Police: "Captain Kiddlaw, Part 1"

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  • "Photo-Light Wave" communications equipment

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  • Shanley's stratoplane-/-submarine, the "Hi-Lo"
  • Five U.S. Ships (vanished)
  • S.S. Trent

Synopsis for 2023 Super Police: "Captain Kiddlaw, Part 1"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

Rex Cosmos, officer of the Super-Police, pays a visit to Professor Shanley's airport laboratory to test Shanley's new vehicle, the Hi-Lo, a craft that can travel both in the air and underwater. Cosmos intends to take the craft to the Galapagos Islands to investigate the disappearances of five American ships. Shanley's assistant telephones Shanley's daughter Joan and informs her of the impending flight. Joan rushes to the airport, and, in her haste to catch the Hi-Lo, neglects to pay her cab fare. As the Hi-Lo takes off, Joan grabs hold of a wing just as the cab driver (Axel Yoke) grabs hold of her. Both are pulled into the air with the Hi-Lo, but Joan's arms soon grow tired and she loses her grip. Inside the Hi-Lo, Rex takes the controls and deftly maneuvers the craft underneath Joan and Axel, catching them in mid-air. With Joan and Axel safe, the Hi-Lo receives a distress call, via photo-light wave, from the S.S. Trent, which is sinking, near the Galapagos Islands. Rex and his crew set the cosmic ray to full on, and the Super Police Hi-Lo craft races to the scene of the emergency!

Appearing in "Tom Mix -- and his Ralston Straight Shooters"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Jimmy (First appearance)
  • Jane (First appearance)

Antagonists:

  • The band of smugglers
    • Spooky Farrow (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • The troops of Fort Custer

Locations:

Items:

  • the Zyp Gun (First appearance)

Synopsis for "Tom Mix -- and his Ralston Straight Shooters"

This story is reprinted from New Fun Comics #1.

Jimmy and Jane pass by the window of Tom Mix's ranch where they overhear Spooky Farrow and his band of smugglers talk about their plans to capture and kill Tom Mix that night so they could smuggle a load over the border without interference. They plan to hide in his ranch and shoot him when arrives. Armed with this information, Jimmy and Jane get on their horses and ride to town to try to alert Tom Mix. When they arrive, the townspeople tell them that Tom already left for his ranch with a wrangler. As they double back, they see they are seconds too late as Tom is about to enter his house. Thinking fast, Jimmy attaches a warning note to his Zyp Gun and shoots! The arrow lands on the front door just as Tom had his hand on the latch. Tom Mix reads the note, in which Jimmy had quickly scribbled "Smugglers inside Danger! Jimmy" Tom Mix yells to Jimmy and Jane to get troops from Fort Custer to come. Tom and the wrangler then secure the ranch and make the smugglers raise their hands in the air. As the troops arrive, one of them thanks Tom and informs him that they've been pursuing the smugglers for years. Tom says that Jimmy and Jane deserve the credit. The wrangler chuckles and says that after this every guy and girl will want a Zyp Gun.

Notes

  • This is the first issue of Famous First Edition (Volume 1) published since 1979.
  • Reprints in its entirety New Fun Comics #1, which is generally regarded as the very first DC Comic.
    • No feature in this issue is more than one page long.
  • Oswald the Rabbit, by Al Stahl, ran along the bottom 1/4th of the pages of the "Jigger and Ginger," "Barry O'Neil," "Magic Crystal of History," "Wing Brady," and "Ivanhoe" stories.
  • Barry O'Neill: In "Fang Gow of China Part 1", Le Grand's name is spelled "Legrande". The more common spelling, "Le Grand", was first used in New Fun Comics #5. His title "Inspector" was first used in More Fun Comics #10.
  • Although the comic story Bubby and Beevil sets up a cliffhanger, a new storyline debuts next issue.
  • Don Drake: On Saro, a bandar was a rhino-like animal, about the size of a locomotive.
  • The Ivanhoe episode covers the first four chapters of the Walter Scott novel.
  • The story Tom Mix -and his Ralston Straight Shooters is actually an advertisement for the Ralston Purina Company. If you had bought a Ralston cereal package and sent the top of the package by mail, you would have received a Zyp Gun.
    • Tom Mix is a real life actor and Hollywood's first cowboy movie star; he would later receive his own title with Fawcett Comics, under Tom Mix Western, in 1948.
  • Also appearing in this issue of New Fun Comics were:
    • "Spook Ranch" (text story) by Roger Furlong
    • "Bathysphere" (text article)
    • "Sports" (text article)
    • "On the Radio" (text article)
    • "In the Movies" (text article)
    • "Model Aircraft" (model design)
    • "Aviation" (text article)
    • "Henrik Hudson's Half Moon" (model design)
    • "Popular Science" (text article)
    • "Stamps and Coins" (text article)
    • Young Homemakers (text article)

Trivia

  • "Oswald the Rabbit" was originally created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. Universal Pictures commissioned Oswald's creation and owned Oswald at the time of this comic's publication.
  • Henry Kiefer signs his Wing Brady story as "deKerosett".



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