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"Joe Palooka": (newspaper strip reprints)


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Feature Funnies #19 is an issue of the series Feature Funnies (Volume 1) with a cover date of April, 1939.

Contents

Synopsis for "Joe Palooka"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Joe Palooka"

Featured Characters:

  • Joe Palooka

Supporting Characters:

  • Knobby Walsh

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 Captain Cook of Scotland Yard: "The Poisoned Chocolates"


Appearing in Captain Cook of Scotland Yard: "The Poisoned Chocolates"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Mary Cook
  • Cook's boss
  • Fogarty

Antagonists:

  • Bart Scruggs

Other Characters:

  • Helen Scruggs (Dies) (Behind the scenes)
  • Mr. Hill
  • John Holliday

Locations:

Items:

  • nitrobenzene poison

Vehicles:

  • Cook's big yellow sedan

Synopsis for Archie O'Toole: "Count Hackula"

Archie gets bitten by a Jitterbug.

Appearing in Archie O'Toole: "Count Hackula"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Suzy Sweet
  • Dr. Hangnale

Antagonists:

  • Count Morris Hackula
  • Countess Tessie Hackula

Locations:

  • Pyromania
    • Castle of Hackula
  • Archie O'Toole's palace

Synopsis for Gallant Knight: "Montecourt, Part 2 of 2"

(reprinted strips from the British comic Wags)

Appearing in Gallant Knight: "Montecourt, Part 2 of 2"

Featured Characters:

  • Sir Tyrone Neville

Supporting Characters:

  • Duke of Montecourt
    • his knights

Antagonists:

  • Count de Rochemont
    • his men-at-arms
    • his spies

Locations:

Era:

Synopsis for Slim and Tubby: "Episode 19"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in Slim and Tubby: "Episode 19"

Featured Characters:

  • Slim
  • Tubby

Synopsis for "Ned Brant"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Ned Brant"

Featured Characters:

  • Ned Brant

Synopsis for The Clock: "Pug Pratt, Fight Fixer"

Just as he's winning a championship bout, Boxer Danny Dowd is shot, from the arena's balcony, by Pug Pratt, frustrated extortionist and crooked gambler. The Clock pursues and corners Pratt, and arranges for Dowd to beat him up, then turns him over to the police.

Appearing in The Clock: "Pug Pratt, Fight Fixer"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Pug Pratt
    • his gang

Other Characters:

  • Danny Dowd
  • Crusher Casty
  • Mr. Mahar

Locations:

Synopsis for "Dixie Dugan"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Dixie Dugan"

Featured Characters:

  • Dixie Dugan

Synopsis for Espionage Starring Black X: "Propaganda In Panama"

Circa probably 1938-Feb: Colonel Baldridge in Panama has trouble with an insurrection, fomented by foreign spies: 2 jodphur-wearing aviators (one looks Japanese, one white one, probably named Otto Bix) plus General Hoch. By being in the right NYC travel agency office at the right moment, Black X lucks into seeing General Hoch the Revolutionist booking passage to Panama on the S.S. Granada, and buys the same tickets for himself and Batu. On the voyage Black X snoops thru Hoch's crated-but-not-dismantled airplane in the ship's hold; it's equipped with pre-loaded machine guns. As usual the bad guys get the drop on Black X; a few days later they're in Hoch's jungle hideout (ten miles from Juarez). Hoch figures on becoming Dictator of Panama in under a month. Next day a USAAF scout biplane is shot down by Hoch's unwieldy-looking airplane; that night Black X escapes in some undescribed manner from the jailhouse hut, then subdues the Japanese-looking spy pilot, and sends a radio message to the U.S. garrison at Panama City. A 2-man biplane comes to help Black X, but Bix & Hoch man a machine gun and hold it at bay, until Black X sneaks up on their position, and the Black X's guns bark death to the surprised revolutionists. One rescue later, he's back in WDC and Panama is again at peace.

Once again, the wrap-up takes place "a few weeks later, in Black X's favorite restaurant in Washington.

Appearing in Espionage Starring Black X: "Propaganda In Panama"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • General Hoch, the Revolutionist (Dies)
  • Otto Bix (Dies)
  • other spy pilot

Other Characters:

  • Colonel Baldridge

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • S.S. Granada
  • Curtiss Jenny biplane

Synopsis for "Big Top"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Big Top"

  • Appearances not yet listed

Synopsis for Richard Manners: "The Emerald Robbery"


Appearing in Richard Manners: "The Emerald Robbery"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Louise

Other Characters:

  • Joan De Vrille

Locations:

Synopsis for "Lala Palooza"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Lala Palooza"

Featured Characters:

  • Lala Palooza

Supporting Characters:

  • Vincent Palooza

Synopsis for Reynolds of the Mounted: "Murder At a Lumber Camp"


Appearing in Reynolds of the Mounted: "Murder At a Lumber Camp"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Cabat

Other Characters:

  • Baxter

Locations:

Synopsis for The Bungle Family: "Neighbor's Day"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in The Bungle Family: "Neighbor's Day"

Featured Characters:

  • Bungle Family

Synopsis for "Mickey Finn"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Mickey Finn"

Featured Characters:

  • Mickey Finn

Supporting Characters:

  • Uncle Phil

Other Characters:

  • Ink Higgins

Notes

  • Published monthly by Comic Favorites, Inc.
  • Also featured in this issue of Feature Funnies 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 their two pages, with Mortimer running on the bottom half)
    • 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.
    • Strange As It Seems: "Allenby's Conquest of Jerusalem", by John Hix
    • Strange As It Seems: "The Head that Changed Bodies!", by John Hix
    • "The Outcast" (text story), by Robert M. Hyatt
    • They're Still Talking: "...About The Run that Crushed Germany's Dr. Otto Peltzer" by Bob Zuppke and R.W. Depew
    • Toddy, by George Marcoux ("Toddy" and "Mortimer Mum" share their two pages, with Toddy running on the top half)

Trivia

  • Captain Cook: On page 3 panel 1, some random drive-by assassins shoot at Cook, next panel he's at his destination, and seems to have forgotten all about them. We never find out who they were or who sent them.


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