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Feature Comics #21 is an issue of the series Feature Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of June, 1939.

Contents

Synopsis for "Mickey Finn"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Mickey Finn"

Featured Characters:

  • Mickey Finn

Supporting Characters:

  • Uncle Phil

Synopsis for Espionage Starring Black X: "Pursued By Baron Basil"

Circa 1938-April: The Black X has captured Baron Basil, but Basil escapes, leaving behind some incriminating documents, that will expose a foreign spy. Black X has to make it from New York to Washington with the evidence, before Basil's numerous tireless enemy agents catch up with him, in a fast-paced cross-country passenger-train chase, aboard the Washington Special. Towards the end, Black X eludes two badguys by the "Richard Stanton method," that is, he dresses up like a very dapper old lady, chats them up, and leaves them, with an insulting note pinned to one's coat.

Appearing in Espionage Starring Black X: "Pursued By Baron Basil"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Major Murdock

Antagonists:

  • Baron Basil (gets away)
    • his assassins (20 are caught)

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • The Washington Special

Synopsis for "Jane Arden // Lena Pry"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Jane Arden // Lena Pry"

Featured Characters:

  • Jane Arden
  • Lena Pry (See Notes.)

Synopsis for Gallant Knight: "The Princess of Navaria"

(reprints from the British comic Wags)

Appearing in Gallant Knight: "The Princess of Navaria"

Featured Characters:

  • Sir Tyrone Neville of England

Supporting Characters:

  • Alice D'Assigny, Princess of Navaria

Antagonists:

  • Chopak
    • his robbers

Other Characters:

  • Prince of Navaria

Locations:

  • France
    • village near Marseilles

Era:

Synopsis for "Big Top"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Big Top"

  • Appearances not yet listed

Synopsis for Captain Cook of Scotland Yard: "The Death of Colonel Warren"


Appearing in Captain Cook of Scotland Yard: "The Death of Colonel Warren"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Chief of Scotland Yard
    • Metropolitan Police

Antagonists:

  • Charles the Chauffeur
  • the Butler

Other Characters:

  • Colonel John Warren (Dies)
  • Molly the Maid

Locations:

Synopsis for Archie O'Toole: "O'Toole Transformed"


Appearing in Archie O'Toole: "O'Toole Transformed"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Suzy Sweet

Other Characters:

  • Garfinkle
  • Queen Bea Hyve
  • Strange Professor

Locations:

  • Pyromania

Synopsis for The Clock: "Crime at the International Fair"

At the 1939 World's Fair, in his own civilian identity, Brian O'Brien encounters and defeats two punks, the Boss and Chick.

Appearing in The Clock: "Crime at the International Fair"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Chick
  • The Boss

Locations:

Synopsis for "Lala Palooza"

{newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Lala Palooza"

Featured Characters:

  • Lala Palooza

Supporting Characters:

  • Vincent Palooza

Synopsis for The Bungle Family: "High Words"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in The Bungle Family: "High Words"

Featured Characters:

  • Bungle Family

Synopsis for Richard Manners: "Theft by Seaplane"


Appearing in Richard Manners: "Theft by Seaplane"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters: Antagonists:

  • Ned Parsons

Other Characters:

  • Mitch, the Hick Detective

Locations:

  • Crestville

Vehicles:

  • Parsons' seaplane
  • Manners' seaplane

Synopsis for Slim and Tubby: "Episode 21"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in Slim and Tubby: "Episode 21"

Featured Characters:

  • Slim
  • Tubby

Synopsis for "Ned Brant"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Ned Brant"

Featured Characters:

  • Ned Brant

Synopsis for Reynolds of the Mounted: "Murder among the Cree"


Appearing in Reynolds of the Mounted: "Murder among the Cree"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Chief Big Horn

Other Characters:

  • Constable Burton
  • Cree Indians

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • two dog sleds

Synopsis for "Dixie Dugan"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Dixie Dugan"

Featured Characters:

  • Dixie Dugan

Synopsis for "Joe Palooka"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Joe Palooka"

Featured Characters:

  • Joe Palooka

Supporting Characters:

  • Knobby Walsh

Notes

  • First issue of Feature Comics, continuing the numbering from Feature Funnies.
  • Published monthly by Comic Favorites, Inc.
  • 'Black X:
    • Baron Basil starts the story tied to a chair, but he's loose from that before the first page is over, and that's the last we see of him, for now.
    • Baron Basil looks exactly like Basil Taneo (Smash Comics #5, he's thin but jowly and has an almost-handlebar mustache.
    • Batu does not appear in this episode.
  • Last issue for Richard Manners, Super Sleuth by Frank Frollo. Next issue Rance Keane by William Smith begins.
  • Also featured in this issue of Feature Comics were:
    • Good Deed Dotty by J.P. McEvoy and J.H. Striebel, running across the top 1/5 of all 3 of their Dixie Dugan pages.
    • "Joe Palooka's Boxing Course" by Ham Fisher, running across the top 1/5 of all 4 of his Joe Palooka pages.
    • Lena Pry by Monte Barrett and Russell E. Ross, running in the bottom-left 1/4 of all 4 of their Jane Arden pages.
    • Little Brother by H.J. Tuthill, running across the top 1/5 of both of his Bungle Family pages.
    • Mortimer Mum by Bill Sakren ("Toddy" and "Mortimer Mum" share one of Toddy's two pages, with the other page filled out with advertising.)
    • Nippie ("He's Often Wrong") by Lank Leonard, running across the top 1/5 of all 4 of his Mickey Finn pages.
    • Off The Record (1-panel gags) by Ed Reed, in two places in this issue.
    • "The Meaning of the Fourth of July" (text article)
    • "The Mystery of Echo Island, Chapter 2, The House With The Single Door" (text story) by John A. Thorne
    • They're Still Talking: "...About the Olympic Marathon of 1908 in London" by Bob Zuppke and R.W. Depew
    • Toddy, by George Marcoux ("Toddy" runs across the top half of Mortimer Mum's page and another page).

Trivia

  • George E. Brenner signed his The Clock Strikes story as himself, and his Clip Chance story as "Scott Sheridan."
  • Will Eisner signed his Espionage stories as "Will Irwin" and his Archie O'Toole stories as "Bud Thomas."


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