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Rangers Comics #21 (Fiction House, 1946) featuring Tiger Man.
Tiger Man's launch in Rangers Comics #28 was a weird addition to a title that was already wonderfully strange by this time.  We've recently talked about features such as Lily Renée's Wolf-less Werewolf Hunter and Kazanda, Wild Girl of the Lost Continent from this period of the Rangers Comics title, but the addition of Tiger[...]
Sheena in Jumbo Comics #9 & #10 (Fiction House, 1939)
Sheena's iconic leopard skin costume with its plunging neckline front and mostly backless design has become so familiar and ubiquitous, that it's hard to imagine that the character ever wore anything else.  But she did, and there's even an early moment in the Jumbo Comics series that explains the change to the now-familiar design.  For[...]
Jumbo Comics #159 (Fiction House, 1952)
We recently singled one of the break-out hits of this Fiction House auction, Kaanga Comics #8 with its cover by an underappreciated artist of the Golden Age, Maurice Whitman.  But Whitman's work graced a large number of comics of the mid-1940s through the early 1950s that are undeservedly overlooked After serving in WWII, Whitman entered[...]
Jumbo Comics #31 (Fiction House, 1941)
The eleven-point Gerber Scarcity Index rated comics from common to nonexistent, with Gerber 11 meaning known to be published but with no copies known to exist, Gerber 10 designated as less than 5 known copies, and a Gerber 9 meant to indicate 6-10 known copies.  As a result, Gerber 9s and Gerber 10s have been[...]
Rangers Comics #2 (Fiction House, 1941)
When it comes to determining the toughest-to-get Fiction House comic books, the elephant in the room is Jumbo Comics #1-8.  Those oversized issues are much larger than standard Golden Age comic books and are thus not able to be CGC graded at present.  That means they don't appear on the CGC census, and while the[...]
Fight Comics #3 (Fiction House, 1940), Fight Comics #12 (Fiction House, 1941) featuring Power Man.
Rip Regan, Power Man was one of the early superhero characters to appear from Fiction House, and his debut in Fight Comics #3 also features a classic cover by the legendary Will Eisner Eisner's cover for the issue is unusual for the title, and some have speculated it was originally meant for Planet Comics This[...]
Kaanga Comics #8 (Fiction House, 1951)
Kaanga Comics #8 appears to be one of the toughest Fiction House comics in high grade, and features a spectacular cover by Maurice Whitman This issue is a recent breakout among serious vintage comic book collectors, as high grade copies are unheard of on the public marketplace Five years ago, a slightly higher-graded copy sold[...]
Matt Baker's Sky Girl from Fiction House's Fight Comics.
Jumbo Comics #69 is widely considered as containing the first published comic book artwork from legendary artist Matt Baker.  An artist whose name has become synonymous with beautiful women in comic book art, this issue would contain two stories that Baker contributed to, Sheena and Sky Girl.  While Baker's contributions to the iconic jungle girl[...]
Lily Renée's Señorita Rio in Fight Comics.
An underappreciated eight-year-long saga from an important Golden Age artist, you can get a Fight Comics #19 (Fiction House, 1942) CGC FN- 5.5 Off-white pages featuring the origin and first appearance of Señorita Rio, plus many other issues of Fight Comics featuring her saga up for auction in the 2022 October 13 The Fiction House Showcase Auction[...]
The Werewolf Hunter by Lily Renée in Rangers Comics.
The Werewolf Hunter feature in Rangers Comics was one of Golden Age artist Lily Renée's early assignments at Fiction House Professor Armand Broussard, the Werewolf Hunter, was an occult investigator whose adventures brought him up against a wild variety of supernatural creatures, exotic sorceresses, and artifacts of dark magic Lily Renée brought inventive and detailed[...]
Rangers Comics #23 featuring Kazanda, (Fiction House, 1945).
The story is a good fit for a Fiction House line best known for jungle girls, because Kazanda is in a sense just that Kazanda's Lost Continent is protected from detection by outsiders through the machinations of its evil ruler Sylf But when explorers from the outside world do find it, Kazanda helps them and[...]
Wings Comics #85 (Fiction House, 1947)
The issue also includes a Ghost Squadron story by Maurice Whitman and Phantom Falcon by Charles Sultan.  A well-crafted example of Cold War era comics, there's a Wings Comics #85 (Fiction House, 1947) CGC NM- 9.2 Cream to off-white pages up for auction in the 2022 October 13 The Fiction House Showcase Auction #40199 at Heritage Auctions. Wings[...]
Dan Zolnerowich's Wild Fiction House Covers, Up for Auction
Magazine.  But he might be best remembered for his work at Fiction House, where his contributions included 101 credited covers for that publisher on titles including Fight Comics, Jumbo Comics, Jungle Comics, Planet Comics, Rangers Comics, Sheena Queen of the Jungle and Wings Comics.  An artist worthy of vastly more attention than he gets, there's[...]
Fight Comics #75 (Fiction House, 1951)
Fight Comics #32 is the first appearance of Tiger Girl, a long-running jungle girl character from publisher Fiction House Tiger Girl was created by artist Robert Webb with an unknown writer and her stories ran continuously from 1944 to the end of Fiction House in 1954, first in Fight Comics and then in Jungle Comics[...]
Planet Comics #38, 48 (Fiction House, 1945, 1947)
Mysta of the Moon debuted in Planet Comics #35 (cover-dated March 1945) under circumstances that qualified as fairly unique in the Golden Age — and those circumstances started on Mars.  Planet Comics had included a Mars-themed since the very beginning.  Flint Baker of Mars ran from issues #1-14 and was replaced by Mars, God of[...]
Fight Comics #15 (Fiction House, 1941)
Jones and quite a few others, including Fiction House's Super-American.  An underappreciated Fiction House superhero, there's a copy of the debut of Super-American in Fight Comics #15 (Fiction House, 1941) CBCS VG- 3.5 Slightly brittle pages up for auction in the 2022 October 13 The Fiction House Showcase Auction #40199 at Heritage Auctions. Fight Comics #15 (Fiction House,[...]
Rangers Comics #1 (Fiction House, 1941)
As we've mentioned recently, after Fiction House launched its first comic book series with Jumbo Comics in 1938, its next four comic book titles were counterparts of four of its pulp titles.  Jungle Comics hit the newsstand in October 1939.  Planet Comics and Fight Comics followed in November.  Wings Comics was launched a few months[...]
Planet Comics #1 (Fiction House, 1940)
Lasting 73 issues from January 1940 to Winter 1953, Planet Comics is the most important science fiction title in American comic book history.  Almost 70 years after the conclusion of that run, the title continues to have an impact on mainstream pop culture.  It's the go-to example for science fiction comic book art and imagery,[...]
Fight Comics #1 (Fiction House, 1940)
The feature Spy Fighter in 1940's Fight Comics #1 from Fiction House divided the world into three warring superpowers, as explained in the opening caption blurb: "The year is 1997 Only three nations have emerged from the great war of 1939 — Russmany, ruler of all Europe and all Africa; Mongo, the kingdom holding Asia[...]
Fiction House founder John W. Glenister circa 1922, George Grantham Bain Collection via Library of Congress.
Fiction House founder John W Glenister was a man who embodied the notion of living life to the fullest.  During a 1922 trip to the UK, he was filmed for a newsreel short titled Man Who Vows to Kill the 'Kill-Joys' in which he forcefully went off against the side effects of what he termed[...]
Jumbo Comics covers by Maurice Whitman.
But in 1947, he began working for the publisher with which he would make his mark: Fiction House.  Whitman worked on interior stories for the likes of Wings Comics, Planet Comics, Jungle Comics, and other Fiction House titles 1947-1950 before starting to get cover work as well.  Maurice Whitman created dozens of covers for Fiction[...]
Jumbo Comics #69 (Fiction House, 1944) featuring Matt Baker artwork.
The name Matt Baker has become synonymous with beautiful women in comic book art, so it's fitting that his likely first work was on iconic jungle girl Sheena in Jumbo Comics from Fiction House.  Between the period in 1944 that he worked on that 12-page Shenna, Queen of the Jungle story for Jumbo Comics #69[...]
Ghost #2 (Fiction House, 1952)
EC Comics titles like Haunt of Fear, Shock SuspenStories, and Tales from the Crypt; Fawcett title This Magazine is Haunted; and even enduring Marvel Comics titles like Strange Tales have all transcended the politically-motivated witch hunt stigma of the 1950s to be considered well-crafted classics in the modern day.  But a few of those 65[...]
Planet Comics #69 (Fiction House, 1952)
Lasting 73 issues from January 1940 to Winter 1953, Planet Comics is the most important science fiction title in American comic book history.  It's a fascinating series from start to finish, but Planet Comics #69 is interesting for reasons that are a little different than most.  This issue was discussed at length in the book[...]
Planet Comics #11 (Fiction House, 1941)
A high-grade example of why the Planet Comics series has become legendary, there's a Planet Comics #11 (Fiction House, 1941) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white pages up for auction at the 2022 May 8-9 Sunday & Monday Comic Books Select Auction #122219 at Heritage Auctions. Planet Comics #11 (Fiction House, 1941) Fiction House got its start as a[...]
Rangers Comics #26 (Fiction House, 1945)
Fiction House's Rangers Comics was originally titled Rangers of Freedom Comics.  The series featured a fairly typical if well-executed war-era team of superheroes fighting a Nazi supervillain called the Super-Brain.  But America's entry into WW2 changed all that.  The title changed into a more typical kind of war comic with some spectacular good girl covers. [...]
Sheena, Queen of the Jungle #4, Fiction House 1948.
comic book debut in Jumbo Comics #1… that is another incredibly tough comic book to get.  However, when it comes to her own series Sheena, Queen of the Jungle #1-18 (1942-1953), ComicConnect has you covered this week, as they've got the best Registry Set of the series up for auction this week in their Event[...]
Jumbo Comics covers by Maurice Whitman.
But in 1947, he began working for the publisher with which he would make his mark: Fiction House.  Whitman worked on interior stories for the likes of Wings Comics, Planet Comics, Jungle Comics and other Fiction House titles 1947-1950 before starting to get cover work as well.  Maurice Whitman created dozens of covers for Fiction[...]
Fight Comics #36 (Fiction House, 1945)
But this legacy almost certainly influenced the genesis of far more comic books than those featuring Wonder Woman, particularly comics published by Fiction House There's a number of these comic books, several issues of Fight Comics, available in today's 2021 July 25-26 Sunday & Monday Comic Books Select Auction #122130 from Heritage Auctions. Fight Comics #36 (Fiction[...]
Fiction House's War Birds Comic and Operation Vagabond
War Birds was a short-lived, three-issue air combat series from mainstay Golden Age comic book publisher Fiction House.  The debut issue has no date month but was on the stands at the same time as August 1952 cover-dated Fiction House titles, and its Library of Congress copyright date places its release around July 7, 1952[...]