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"Inch: "Collecting Cats"": Inch and his friends gather up some cats for a scheme to make money.

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New Comics #4 is an issue of the series New Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of April, 1936. It was published on March 15, 1936.

Contents

Synopsis for Inch: "Collecting Cats"

Inch and his friends gather up some cats for a scheme to make money.

Appearing in Inch: "Collecting Cats"

Featured Characters:

  • Inch (Single appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Pincus

Synopsis for Sir Loin of Beef: "The Sling Shot"

Hash and Cowhide compete with each other in a hunt for food.

Appearing in Sir Loin of Beef: "The Sling Shot"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Locations:

Synopsis for Vikings: "Episode 4 (of 22)"

Now a young man, Ivar fights with his fellow Vikings against a rival clan, the Bear-Sarks. They are victorious, but his father Kol is killed during the battle, so Ivar succeeds him as King.

Appearing in Vikings: "Episode 4 (of 22)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Kol (Dies)

Antagonists:

  • The Bear-Sark clan

Other Characters:

Locations:

Vehicles:

Synopsis for Cap'n Spiniker: "Heading South, Part One (of seven)"

Spiniker allies himself with Sternpipe, and the two head south to seek adventure.

Appearing in Cap'n Spiniker: "Heading South, Part One (of seven)"

Featured Characters:

Other Characters:

  • Captain Sternpipe

Vehicles:

  • Lollypop

Synopsis for G. Wiz: "How Old Do You Think I Am?"

G. is refused a girl's hand by her father, on the grounds he's too young, but his attempts to prove his age land him in hot water.

Appearing in G. Wiz: "How Old Do You Think I Am?"

Featured Characters:

  • G. Wiz (First appearance)

Synopsis for "Chubby"

Chubby raises the water of a shallow swimming hole with his body weight, to the delight of his friends.

Appearing in "Chubby"

Featured Characters:

  • Chubby

Synopsis for A Tale of Two Cities: "Episode One (of twenty-one)"


Appearing in A Tale of Two Cities: "Episode One (of twenty-one)"

Featured Characters:

  • Jarvis Lorry (First appearance)

Synopsis for Ramblin' Jim: "Introducing Click Allen"

Jim meets Click, a reporter who wants to interview him about capturing the three bandits.

Appearing in Ramblin' Jim: "Introducing Click Allen"

Featured Characters:

Other Characters:

  • Click Allen (First appearance)

Synopsis for "17-20 On The Black, Part 4 (of 13)"

Frog catches Jim and ties him up. It's up to Kim to rescue his friend!

Appearing in "17-20 On The Black, Part 4 (of 13)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Kim

Antagonists:

  • Frog Morton

Other Characters:

  • Hing Lee (First appearance)

Synopsis for Ol' Oz Bopp: "Canadian Quintuplets"

Oz wrongly suspects a stranger in town of wrong-doing.

Appearing in Ol' Oz Bopp: "Canadian Quintuplets"

Featured Characters:

  • Oz Bopp (First appearance)

Synopsis for Chikko Chakko: "Chicken Coop Carpentry" & "Checkers"

Chikko traps himself building a chicken coop for his new chicken Peppy. Later, he and his friend Pauncho play checkers by forcibly borrowing McGill's checkered shirt.

Appearing in Chikko Chakko: "Chicken Coop Carpentry" & "Checkers"

Featured Characters:

Other Characters:

  • Peppy (First appearance)
  • Chicos
  • Pauncho (First appearance)
  • McGill (Single appearance)

Synopsis for Jungle Boy: "Introducing Jungle Boy"

Jungle boy plays in the jungle with his friend from the natives' village, Bombah. When a lion charges towards them, it is Bombah's big brother, Pat-Nak, who saves the day.

Appearing in Jungle Boy: "Introducing Jungle Boy"

Featured Characters:

  • Jungle Boy (Single appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Bombah (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Par-Nak (Single appearance)

Synopsis for Slim and Tex: "Asking Helen to the Dance"

Two cowboys, Slim and Tex, make a bet on a coin to who will go to the dance with the beautiful Miss Helen.

Appearing in Slim and Tex: "Asking Helen to the Dance"

Featured Characters:

  • Slim (First appearance)
  • Tex (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Miss Helen (First appearance)

Locations:

Synopsis for "Sara Lou Sunshine"

Sara Lou takes care of Sonny's sick kitten. Later, she gives her old party dress to her younger sister Rita.

Appearing in "Sara Lou Sunshine"

Featured Characters:

  • Sara Lou (Final appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Rita Lou (Single appearance)
  • Sonny (Single appearance)

Synopsis for Captain Jim of the Texas Rangers: "Jane and Johnny: Part 3 (of 27)"

The kids' uncle Bob becomes worried over their disappearance, and with Captain Jim's help he starts to track them down. As they approach Bear Ridge, an unseen gunman shoots Bob's hat off.

Appearing in Captain Jim of the Texas Rangers: "Jane and Johnny: Part 3 (of 27)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • unseen gunman

Locations:

Synopsis for "Just Suppose"

(alternative historical scenarios)

Appearing in "Just Suppose"

  • Appearances not yet listed

Synopsis for Stratosphere Special: "Part 1 (of 2)"

In the year 2036, a weekend excursion to the moon departs from Earth on a balloon. When their gondola arrives, the moon aliens scatter in fear.

Appearing in Stratosphere Special: "Part 1 (of 2)"

Featured Characters:

  • Excursionists (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Moon aliens (First appearance)

Vehicles:

  • Inter-Stellar Trans-Aereo (First appearance)

Locations:

Synopsis for Andy Handy: "Olive Jar"

Try as he will, poor Andy can't seem to get the lid off the olive jar.

Appearing in Andy Handy: "Olive Jar"

Featured Characters:

  • Andy Handy (First appearance)

Synopsis for King Arthur: "Part Two (of six)"

Queen Guinevere and Prince Geraint, of Arthur's knights, search for their king's hunting expedition. Instead, they encounter a knight and his dwarf, who whips Geraint for asking his master's name. Geraint pursues them seeking revenge, and ends up in a fortress where a joust is being held. Geraint prepares to enter the jousting tournament to face the man who insulted him: The Sparrow Hawk.

Appearing in King Arthur: "Part Two (of six)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • The Sparrow Hawk (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Enid (First appearance)
  • Lancelot (Mentioned only)

Locations:

Synopsis for Needles Uses His Noodle: "Skiing"

Needles heads to Suicide Hill for some skiing, and the steep descent almost kills him. One week later, Needles is back with a parachute.

Appearing in Needles Uses His Noodle: "Skiing"

Featured Characters:

Locations:

  • Suicide Hill

Synopsis for Maginnis of the Mounties: "The St. Pierre Mystery, Part One (of nine)"

Trappers are being chased from their land and even killed, so Maginnis goes undercover to find out who's committing these crimes.

Appearing in Maginnis of the Mounties: "The St. Pierre Mystery, Part One (of nine)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • sniper

Other Characters:

  • Old Man Dubois
  • Yvonne Dubois

Locations:

  • Canada (First appearance)
    • the St. Pierre Country
    • St. Pierre River

Synopsis for "Laughing at Life"

Famous director Eric von Dunkem barks out orders to everyone on set as usual. When a subordinate simply says no to him, the director dies of shock, literally.

Appearing in "Laughing at Life"

Featured Characters:

  • Eric von Dunkem (Only appearance; dies)

Locations:

Synopsis for Goofo the Great: "Hat Trick"

Goofo's magic tricks have a tendency to go wrong sometimes. Unfortunately, his volunteer becomes the victim of such a trick.

Appearing in Goofo the Great: "Hat Trick"

Featured Characters:

  • Goofo (First appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Marie (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Victor (Single appearance)

Synopsis for Strange Adventures of Mr. Weed: "The Time Machine, Part 4 (of 4)"

Fritz thinks up a way to win Emily Jane's heart.

Appearing in Strange Adventures of Mr. Weed: "The Time Machine, Part 4 (of 4)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Other Characters:

  • Abigail Blumel (Final appearance)
  • Betsy Blumel (Final appearance)
  • Emily Jane (Final appearance)
  • Throckmorton (Single appearance)

Items

Synopsis for Castaway Island: "Episode 3 (of 12)"

Thanks to a snake's appearance, Dougal is able to get the upper hand on Blackface. But just when he and Larry are securing the yacht, they hear Sally's voice cry for help from the hut on the beach.

Appearing in Castaway Island: "Episode 3 (of 12)"

Featured Characters:

  • Dougal MacDougal

Supporting Characters:

Other Characters:

  • Sally (Mentioned only) (See Notes)

Antagonists:

  • Blackface

Synopsis for Sagebrush 'n' Cactus: "Knife Ambush, Part 4 (of 7)"

Cactus is imagining all the things he was going to do with the money from the nugget they found.

Appearing in Sagebrush 'n' Cactus: "Knife Ambush, Part 4 (of 7)"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Knife Ambush (Mentioned only)

Other Characters:

  • Pickax Pete (Mentioned only)

Locations:

Synopsis for "Our Kids"

A new kid moves on the block and his father gives him a quarter. His mean attitude annoys the other kids, so they give him a black eye and steal his money to buy soda.

Appearing in "Our Kids"

Featured Characters:

  • New kid (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • New kid's dad (Single appearance)
  • New kid's mom (Single appearance)

Synopsis for Captain Quick: "Episode Three (of twenty-two)"

For many months, the Bonnie Bess preys upon Spanish shipping, then sets course for England. En route back to Plymouth, Captain Quick spots another Spaniard vessel in the water. His men are wanting to loot more Spanish treasure before heading home, so Quick pursues the ship, and leads his men aboard. To their surprise Marjorie Barlow, Quick's betrothed, is on board with Captain Velasquez, and declares she is headed for Spain to marry him instead!

Appearing in Captain Quick: "Episode Three (of twenty-two)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Marjorie Barlow
  • Bonnie Bess Crew

Antagonists:

  • Captain Velasquez (First appearance) (see Notes)
    • Spanish Crew

Locations:

Vessels:

  • Barlow's "Bonnie Bess", 3-masted privateering warship
  • Spanish Galleon (Captured)

Synopsis for Dale Daring: "The Drew Mystery, Part 1 (of 5)"

Dale has a hot lead on a case and calls Lieutenant Sparks to let him know. She unknowingly is being eavesdropped on, by the crooked man Stitch, and he and his partner follow her to Dr. Millard's apartment, where they gag and tie her up.

Appearing in Dale Daring: "The Drew Mystery, Part 1 (of 5)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Dick Sparks (First appearance)

Antagonists:

  • Stitch (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Dr. Millard (First appearance)

Synopsis for J. Worthington Blimp: "The Stagecoach, Part 3 (of 3)"

A young woman who works at the Hamburger Stand has fallen in love with Jupiter.

Appearing in J. Worthington Blimp: "The Stagecoach, Part 3 (of 3)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Jupiter Jones (Final appearance)

Synopsis for Federal Men: "The Invisible Empire, Part 1 (of 7)"

A submarine full of spies are planning to sink the President aboard his private Yacht. Steve Carson infiltrates into the sub, and may now be the only one who can save the president's life!

Appearing in Federal Men: "The Invisible Empire, Part 1 (of 7)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

Locations:

  • Benton Reservoir
  • Waterloo Harbor

Vehicles:

  • Presidential Yacht
  • submarine

Synopsis for "It's A Dern Lie"

A cowboy encounters a bear while searching for his cattle, which was stolen by giant mosquitoes. The cowboy uses his frozen sweat as ammunition for his rifle to kill the bear.

Appearing in "It's A Dern Lie"

Featured Characters:

  • Cowboy (Single appearance)

Notes

  • Published by National Allied Newspaper Syndicate, Inc.
  • First issue for Andy Handy by Leo O'Mealia.
  • First issue for Captain Jim of the Texas Rangers under the new name, now written and drawn by Homer Fleming.
  • First issue for Sven Elven script and art on Captain Quick, after last issue's absence, replacing Jon L. Blummer.
    • The Spanish captain's name, Velasquez, changes to Rodriguez next issue.
  • Per the lettering in his story's title, Capt. Spiniker is now spelled with one "n," and per page 2 panel 1, his first name is "George."
  • First and last New Comics issue for Chubby and G. Wiz by Harold Sherman, both feature continue in More Fun Comics #10.
  • In Castaway Island, Dot's name is retconned to Sally.
  • First issue for Dale Daring by Dick Ryan.
  • First issue for Goofo the Great by Alger.
  • After this issue, It`s A Dern Lie by Robert Leffingwell moves to Comics Magazine #1, May 1936, published by Centaur Publications, under its new title, T'aint So.
  • Last DC issue for J. Worthington Blimp by Sheldon Mayer, which then moves to Comics Magazine #1 May 1936, published by Centaur Publications, for one episode, then ends.
  • First and last issue for Jungle Boy by Art Pinajian.
  • Last New Comics issue for Just Suppose... by Henry Kiefer, the feature continues in More Fun Comics #10.
  • First issue for Maginnis of the Mounties by J. C. Leonard.
  • First issue for Ol' Oz Bopp by Alger.
  • First and last issue for Ramblin' Jim by Stan Randall. This episode is continued from More Fun Comics #9, and is then continued into More Fun Comics #10.
  • Absent this issue is Ray and Gail by Clem Gretter, which returns next issue.
  • Last issue for Sara Lou Sunshine by Emma C. McKean.
  • First issue for Slim and Tex by A. Leslie Ross.
  • First issue for Stratosphere Special by Serena Summerfield.
  • Last DC issue for The Strange Adventures of Mr. Weed by Sheldon Mayer, which ends in mid-continued-story, then moves to Comics Magazine #1 May 1936, published by Centaur Publications, for one more episode, then ends.
  • Also appearing in this issue of New Comics were:
    • Introductory letter from "The Editors"
    • "Book Shelf" (text article) by Carson Smith
    • "Bugville" (two-page illustration) by Dick Ryan
    • "Cartoon Corner" (illustrated article) by Stanley
    • "Great Guns" (text story), by Captain E.R. Anthony
    • "It's Magic" (text article), by Andrini the Great
    • "Puzzle Page" by Don DeConn
    • "Radio Dialer" (text article) by A.R. Lane
    • "What Do You Think" (letters page) by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
    • "Worth-while Films to Watch For" (text article) by I.W. Magovern

Trivia

  • First DC comic book issue to feature President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • This opening installment of "A Tale of Two Cities" covers Book One, Chapter One and part of Chapter Two.
  • Mary Partrick signs her Inch strip as "Deanie Partrick".
  • Alex Anthony Blum signs his Vikings strip as "Anthony".
  • Russell Cole signs his Goofo the Great and Ol' Oz Bopp strips as "Alger".
  • Art Pinajian signs his Jungle Boy strip as "Pingston".


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