Victor Fox

Fox titles with blue background

01/28/2014

 

 

1920

 
July

July 2, 1920 Crystal Coal Company plans to export coal to Italy, France and Scandinavia.  This company is owned by Victor S. Fox, who

also owns the Consolidated Maritime ; which has 22 vessels in its fleet. (Rowe)

 

 
Oct

October 4, 1920 control of 12 ships sold to Victor Fox on installment plan removed by federal government. (Rowe)

 

October 5, 1920 Victor S. Fox and William Kaiser charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States due to false accounts with

their buying of several steamships (Rowe)

 

 
 

Dec

 
Fox was the Fox who owned the Consolidated Maritime Lines in the 1920s (which seems to be shipping);  which would mean he's the guy with the Victor S. Fox Co, and various other steamship companies (see various government documents in the late 1920s for the precise connection (see Tomorrows book) Rowe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2, 1921 the ship  Monongahela, which arrived in Seattle on May 22 is to be sold at public auction.; boat seized from Victor S. Fox by US government to pay the crew.

 

July 11, 1921  Steamship, Moshulu, is being held at anchorage in Oakland, CA, after arriving from Manilla  a week ago. Crew unpaid.

Fox had bought that ship, Chilicothe, and the Monongahela from the shipping board.

These were captured German ships.   The other two boats are seized or to be seized and sold at public auction. Fox not having finished paying for them (or making recent payment).

 

July  16   1921 the Moshulu is to be sold,  it left Oakland on May 11, 1920 returning July 5, 1921. The crew is owed $13,000. Boat is to

be sold by the government to ensure wages paid.  Monongahela sold a few days ago. Other boat still in Manilla. (Rowe)

 
 

April 20, 1922 Board announces the prices of the two steamships sold to the Victor S. Fox company

(rowe)

 

 
 

1929

 
Nov Fox was indicted on November 27,1929 for mail fraud and a “boiler room” “sell and switch” stock scheme- a scheme where good stocks were sold for bad and purchases made of “unissued” stocks which were not delivered (Berk)  
 

1934

 
  Paul Clancy publishes Astrology Magazine and starts a new Astrology fad  
 

1936

 
     
 

1937

 
Jan    
Mar

 

Fox publishes first magazine- World Astrology- jumping onto an existing fad. The magazine is distributed by Donenfeld and Liebowitz's Independent News.  Donenfeld owns 50% of the magazine. (Image from Phantom Lady Archives vol2. Digital Comics Museum)

 

1938

 
 

 

In early 1938, they absorb ROSE DAWN'S MODERN ASTROLOGY which ran in 1937.   ROSE DAWN did this magazine to promote herself - she was a star of XER, the Mexican border radio station that was at one time the most listened to station in the US. (Feldman)
 

 

April Jerry Iger visits Max Gaines' office at McClure and obtains copies of all the comics magazines they are currently printing- including Action #1. (according to Sheldon Mayer's testimony).  Iger is interested in publishing his own comic magazine.  
June DC's Action Comics #1- (Cover dated- on sale April 18th).  
  Victor Fox, as a client of Independent News, has access to sales reports kept in the Independent News offices while viewing his own sales reports for World Astrology.  
 

1939

 
Feb Victor Fox speaks to Jack Liebowitz about publishing a comic book magazine.

Feb 11, 1939. Bruns Publications serves notice to Independent News that they are changing distribtuors to Kable News.

 
May Wonder Comics #1 featuring material prepared by the Iger/Eisner shop including Will Eisner's Wonder Man.

First Fox comic

Bruns Publications

480 Lexington Ave

 

Cover dated May 1939 means that Wonder Comics #1 appeared in March 1939. DC obtained a preliminary injunction (a legal procedure to order a stop an act in order to prevent “irreparable harm”) March 16 followed by a permanent injunction hearing on April 6 which quashed there ever being a second appearance of Wonderman. As produced, Wonder Comics #2 contained no Wonderman, but Yarko the Great. (Berk)

Jul

Wonderworld #3 starring the Flame

29 Worthington St (Phelps Publishing Co.)

Springfield Mass

 
Aug Mystery Men #1 featuring Blue Beetle and Green Mask (29 Worthington ST)

Sep

 

Mystery Men #2 1st Fox Publications issue  
Nov    
Dec 

SCOTT, BILL     Editor: FOX c1940

 

Blue Beetle #1- mostly reprints

Fantastic Comics #1

 

Dec 2, 1939 real time.  Eisner -Iger shop splits with Fox over non-payment.  Fox advertises for artists to replace them. (Berk)  Joe Simon responds to the ad and becomes the new editor.

 

SIMON, JOE              Editor: FOX 1940-41

 

Fox produces in Dec '39 a Sunday comics supplement of his features (said by researchers to be simply reprints), and also offered 4 original daily strips, including Blue Beetle & Green Mask (Murray)

 

1940

 
Jan Jack Kirby begins work for Fox on the Blue Beetle comic strip.

Mystery Men 6

Wonderworld 9

 
Feb

Mystery Men 7

Science #1

Mar

Mystery Men 8

Science 2 (Holyoke)

 
April

Spring '40, Fox offers a Spirit-style 16-page comic book insert, "Weekly Comic Magazine" headlined by Blue Beetle & Molly O'Day. (Murray)

Rex Dexter of Mars comic strip drawn by Dick Briefer

 

Mystery Men 9

Weird #1

May

 

Simon covers begin to appear

May 15,1940 Blue Beetle radio show begins (Berk) Runs through September.

Mystery Men #10

Weird #2 (Holyoke)

Fantastic #6 (Worthington)

 

May 2, 1940 Fox loses the Detective vs. Bruns case on appeal. (Alter Ego 101)

 
June

 

Flame #1

8 Lord ST

Buffalo, NY

 

Green Mask #1 (Buffalo)

Blue Beetle 2

Mystery Men 11

 

 

 

July Mystery Men #12 29 Worthington ST

 

Aug

Weird 5 (Holyoke)

 

Blue Beetle 3

 

Mystery Men 13 features the Lynx with Blackie the Mystery Boy with art by Jim Mooney under the name Norton Kingsley.  Detective Comics again files suit, this time alleging infringement upon Batman. The case was settled in 1942 with Fox once again having to pay damages and court costs. (Alter Ego 101). The Lynx ran until Mystery Men 31 in February 1942, the last issue.

Sept

 

Mystery Men 14  
Oct

Mystery Men 15

Wonderworld 18 (Springfield)

 
Nov

Samson #1 (Holyoke)

Rex Dexter of Mars #1

Dec

 

Big 3 #2 and Flame #3 published at 1 Appleton St Holyoke MA .

Other titles continue to list Worthington St address.  According to the Springfield Sunday Union and Republican for Oct. 21, 1928, Phelps and Bowles have a joint operating agreement for their printing business.

 
 

1941

 
Feb

CN distribution symbol on Mystery Men 19.

Colonial News owned by Victor Fox?

 

Mar

SUNDELL, ABNER  Editor: FOX Mar 41-42

dates uncertain (Bails)

 
Apr Mystery Men 21 lists 247 Park Ave as editorial offices  
June

 

Flame #5 lists 1 Appleton St Holyoke as printer

247 Park Ave NYC as editorial offices

Worthington St address continues to appear.

 
July The Eagle #1

Aug

 

Swank Magazine- 1-7 thru March 1942

Grin and Swank (due to Kooba Kola ads), and Fox also did Wink and Dash (Snyder)

Green Mask 6 (Holyoke)

Nov US Jones #1

Dec

 

   
 

1942

 
Jan

last Flame (#8)

V Comics #1

Feb

 

Sherman Bowles, publisher of 4 Springfield Mass newspapers and owner of Holyoke Press  takes over Catman with #12(7) and Captain Aero with #8.

Quinlan and Temerson? go with them.  Temerson is not a part owner of Holyoke, but may be an employee.

Last Fox Blue Beetle 11. Last Mystery Men #31

still at 29 Worthington ST

Mar Fox was forced into [in]voluntary bankruptcy on March 6, 1942 by a number of his creditors including, Bulkley, Dunton & Co.[Paper], Phelps Publishing [of Springfield, MA], and Chemical Photo Engraving Inc [color separations]. with monies owed in excess of $100,000. (This was due, probably, in no small part to the fact its distributor, Colonial News, Inc. went under, owing Fox Publishing $173,551.) Berk

 

Jun

Holyoke takes over Blue Beetle (#12)

Charles Quinlan takes over editorial and art with #13.

52 Vanderbuilt Ave NYC

 
Jul    
Aug Blue Beetle 13  
Sept Blue Beetle 14  
Oct Blue Beetle 15  
Nov Blue Beetle 16  
Dec Blue Beetle 17  
 

1943

 
Jan

last Holyoke issue of Catman (17)

Blue Beetle 18

 

Feb    
Mar Blue Beetle 19  
Apr

New Blue Beetle (20)

Chas Quinlan Ed.

statement of Ownership

 
May Blue Beetle 21  
Jun Blue Beetle 22  
Jul

 

Temerson forms Et-Es-Go and resumes publication of Catman

220 W 42nd ST

Printed in St. Louis

Blue Beetle 23

 
Aug last Quinlan Blue Beetle story (24)

BB still at Vanderbuilt Ave- still printed in Holyoke.

Produced by Ferstadt studios?

 
Sept Blue Beetle 25

 

Oct Blue Beetle 26  
Nov Blue Beetle 27  
Dec

 

Blue Beetle 28  
  Fox starts a paperback line, printed and distributed by Larkin, Roosevelt and Larkin in Chicago. 133 North Jefferson ST, Chicago, IL.

The second volume was published by R.W. Voight. By volume 5 It was Green Publishing, still with the Fox head on the cover.  Dating is uncertain. http://bookscans.com/Publishers/digestindex/Pages/Digest%20Publisher.pdf

After the war, Larkin would launch a series of "Who's Who" volumes, which appears to be their only product.  This was a profitable operation that lasted at least into the 1960s.

 

 

1944

 
Jan Blue Beetle 29  
Feb

 

Blue Beetle 30

On February 15, 1944 Fox filed a petition to emerge from [in]voluntary bankruptcy by proposing to “pay creditors 33 1/3% of net proceeds of the magazine Blue Beetle.” Continuing as Fox Feature Syndicate, Inc., Fox started a new line of comics and wrested  Blue Beetle Comics back from Holyoke Publishing Co. with issue 31, cover dated June 1944 (Berk)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Court action against Holyoke continued into 1945.

 
undated

Fox funnels a lot of material through surrogate publishers who have access to paper allotments under WW2 restrictions.

 

The Bouncer (R W Voight Chicago)- copyright by Fox Features by Bob Kanigher.  E.C. Stoner cover. Distributed by Fawcett. (FDC)

Rocket Kelley (Larkin, Roosevelt and Larkin, Chicago) also FDC.

 

Real Hit Comics (reprints BB#25- Savings Bond Premium- probably Temerson, not Fox?)

 

Fox also puts out a string of giant comics through surrogate publishers. Many of these books contain stories of Fox continuing characters, including Joan Mason, Blue Beetle's girl friend, but no Blue Beetle stories himself. V-Man mysteriously becomes the Puppeteer.  The Green Mask is replaced with a new version. 

 

 

All Top (Wise) (1)                             All Good (Voight) (2)                                            All Your (Voight) (3)

Book of Comics (Wise)(4)            All Great (Wise) (5)             Everybody's Comics (Wise)  (6) 

 

Most of this work is produced by the Ferstadt studio and signed with fake names:

BACHLE, LEO unconfirmed    

BROWNER, HERMAN (pen/ink/) 1945 > 45   

COLE, LEONARD B. (pen/ink/) c1942-c43 > 42 43   

DA VOREN, EARL (pen/ink/) c1943 possibly later known as WALTER DAVOREN > 43   

FERSTADT, LOUIS (own/dir/) 1942-45 > 42 43 44 45   

FREEDMAN, SOPHIE (wr/) 1945 > 45   

GREGG, GEORGE unconfirmed    

KURTZMAN, HARVEY (pen/ink/) 1942-43 > 42 43   

MADDEN, BILL unconfirmed    

O., F. [unknown?] (pen/ink/) mid-1940s > 44 45 46   

S., N. [unknown?] (pen/ink/) mid-1940s > 44 45 46   

S., R. [unknown?] (pen/ink/) mid-1940s > 44 45 46   

SNIBBE? [EBBINS?] (pen/ink/) c1945 unconfirmed > 45   

TARAS, MARTIN (pen/ink/) c1942 

(Who's Who)

March

 

Fox's right hand man, Robert Farrell puts out his own comic line, Four Star Publications starting with Captain Flight. Packaged by L.B. Cole?

undated Four Star published Hi-Ho- packaged by L. B. Cole?  Undated but advertised in Captain Flight #1 Packaged by L. B. Cole.

Three issues- 1944?, 1945? and 1946.

Jun

 

Fox wins Blue Beetle back from Holyoke and resumes publication with #31-

Blue Beetle #31 is printed in Akron, Ohio.

 

Blue Beetle now has super powers, including flying, super strength and size changing and Joan Mason works for the Daily Planet!

Art is provided by the Ferstadt studio, including this cover by EC Stoner.

 

Holyoke begins Sparkling Stars to replace all the titles it lost.  33 issues through 1948. Produced by Ferstadt Studios?  Basically Blue Beetle without the lead feature.

Jul

 

Blue Beetle 32

 

Aug

Blue Beetle 33 has FDC (Fawcett) distributor symbol- Captain Marvel appears on back cover selling Mechanics Illustrated

 

Fox Feature Syndicate

10 E 43rd St

NYC

Mailing at NY, NY

 

Green Mask 10 -This Green Mask is a new character, the son of the previous version.

 

Swank returns as a digest

Sept

 

Bouncer #11- Printed in Buffalo

Blue Beetle 34

Oct

Blue Beetle 35

Bouncer 12

 
Nov

 

Blue Beetle 36- Printed in Buffalo

Green Mask 11

Bouncer 13

Dec    
 

1945

 
Undated

 

                                  

All Great Comics (Chicago Nite Life)     Book of All-Comics (Chicago Nite Life)        Ribtickler (Chicago Nite Life)

 

 

 

April

Spring 45 last Bouncer #14

Green Mask #1 -E. C. Stoner cover

May Blue Beetle 37 (6 month gap)  
Jun    
Aug Blue Beetle 38  
Sept    
Oct Green Mask 3- Printed in PA

221 Conyngham St

Wilkes-Barres PA

(Central Color Printing- owned by Fox?)

ED-60 E 42nd ST NYC

Nov Blue Beetle 39

Dec

Krazy Life #1 begins a new trend into funny animal and humor comics. Features Loop O'Day (actually a war strip) and Gilbert the Gentle Gorilla. L.B. Cole cover?

 

Rocket Kelly #2

 

Blue Beetle #40

no date Ribtickler #1, features Icky, Flash Lyte, Pussy Katnip and Jerry Jingle

 

1946

 
Jan  

Green Mask #4- now distributed by ANC (American News)

Feb    
Mar Blue Beetle 41

Spring

The humor flood begins.

All Top #1 starring Cosmo Cat and Flash Rabbit- no Fox symbol on cover

All Good #1

All Your #1

Jo Jo #1

Zoot #1

Ribtickler #2(?)

Summer

Nuttylife #2 (formerly Krazy Life) L. B. Cole cover ?

221 Conyngham St

Wilkes-Barres PA

(Central Color Printing- owned by Fox?)

Editorial 60 E 42 St

NYC

Jul

 

Blue Beetle 42

Cosmo Cat #1 L. B. Cole cover ?

Ribtickler #3

Aug Nuttylife becomes Wotalife (#3)

Sept

Blue Beetle 44 (no 43)(Stoner cover)

Cosmo Cat #2

Ribtickler #4

Nov

Cosmo Cat #3

Ribtickler #5

 

Dec

Zoot Comics #4

All Great #1

Everybody's Comics #1

Lil Pan #6 (Rocket Kelly)

 

1947

 
Jan

Zoot #5- changes format from funny animal to teen humor.

 

Ribtickler #6

Feb

All Top #5

Jo Jo #5

Lil Pan #7

 
Mar

Zoot #6

Ribtickler #7

 
Apr

All Top #6

Jo Jo #6

Lil Pan #8

 
May    
June

Fox moves away from Funny Animal titles into "Good Girl" art.  The Ferstadt shop is replaced by the Iger shop.

 

Blue Beetle 45 (long gap) (Stoner cover?)

Zoot #7

Ribtickler #8

July

Blue Beetle 46 Jack Kamen cover

JoJo Congo King 07 change in direction

Aug

Phantom Lady 13- first issue

(Wotalife)

cover by Matt Baker

Blue Beetle 47

Ribtickler #9 (last issue)

 

Farrel's Four Star converts Captain Flight into Daffy Tunes #12   

Printed at Central Color Printing in Wilkes-Barres PA One issue

Also Brenda Starr (2 issues)

Sept

Junior  #9 (Lil Pan)

Al Feldstein produces Fox version of Archie

Blue Beetle 48

Oct Central Color Printing of Wilkes-Barre and Victor Fox buy a paper mill (Oct 23, 1947) Berk

All Great #14

Blue Beetle 49

Phantom Lady 14

 

October 23, 1947 Postdam, NY:  Postdam paper  Mill sold to Fox Features Syndicate.  Produces newsprint and cover stock.  Uses

material from Central Color in Wilke-Barres Pa  (Rowe)

 

 
Nov All Top changes direction (#8)- Rulah Jungle Princess cover

Blue Beetle 50

Dec

Everybody's Comics

Sunny  #11 (Cosmo Cat)

Blue Beetle 51

Phantom Lady 15

 

1948

 
Jan

According to Jim Vadeboncouer, Matt Baker leaves the Iger shop about this time. Most Fox work after this point that looks like Baker, probably isn't.

 

Fox enters the crime market

Murder Inc #1

Blue Beetle 52

 

Bruce Gentry: last 4 Star comic from Farrell until the 50's

Feb

Blue Beetle 53

Dagar 14 (All Great)

Phantom Lady 16

Mar Meet Corliss Archer #1

Blue Beetle 54 BB shoved off his own cover for "The Vanishing Nude"

Apr

Blue Beetle 55

Phantom Lady 17

Dagar 15

May Blue Beetle 56

Jun

Famous Crimes #1

Phantom Lady 18

Dagar 16

Jul

Blue Beetle 57 last issue

Women Outlaws #1

Aug

Tegra #1

Phantom Lady 19

Sep

My Life  #4 (Corliss Archer)

Western Killers #60 (Blue Beetle?)

Western Outlaws #17 (Junior)

Oct

Famous Crimes #3

Zegra #2 (Tegra)

Phantom Lady 20

Nov    
Dec

Famous Crimes #4

Phantom Lady 21

 
 

1949

 
  Fox begins combining four unsold comics under a new cover and issuing random collections as 132 page giants.  The same cover may contain different stories.  Also, since Fox printed the first page of the opening story on the inside front cover, many stories are incomplete.  
Feb Phantom Lady 22

 

Feb  8 1949  Postdam Mill  (of Utica NY) declares bankrputcy, hopes to remain in business.  Fox is president, treasurer and director. Caroline B. Fox is sole stockholder.  company founded in October 1947 (Rowe)

 

 
Apr Last Phantom Lady #23

Jun

Fox leaps wholesale into the romance comics boom just in time for it to go bust.

 

My Love Life #6 (1st issue) continues from Zegra

My Love Secret #24 (Phantom Lady)

Jul

Last All Top #18

My Love Affair #1

My Secret Life #22 (Western Outlaws)

My True Love  #65 (Western Killers)

Aug

My Confession #7 (Western True Crime)

My Past Thrilling Confessions #7 (Western Thrillers)

Women In Love #1

My Desire 30 (Jo-Jo Comics)

Sep

My Love Story #1

My Experience #19 (All Top)

Oct

My Love Life #8 (Zegra)

My Desire #31

My Great Love #1

Nov

My Love Memoirs #9 (Women Outlaws)

Dec

My Great Love #2

 

1950

 
Apr

Blue Beetle 58 series returns

My Great Love #4

My Secret Romance #1

Jun

My Love Life #12

Martin Kane, Private Eye #4(#1)

Blue Beetle 59

July

Hunted #13 (#1)

Inside Crime #3 (#1)

March of Crime #7 (#1)

 

Fox Feature Syndicate  forced to file a voluntary petition for bankruptcy on July 15, 1950 along with its wholly owned subsidiary, Central Color Printing in an attempt to obtain protection from its creditors. (Berk)

 
Aug

Blue Beetle 60 last issue

 

 

Murder Incorporated #2

Sep

Famous Crimes #19

Inside Crime #2

March of Crime #2

Spectacular Stories #3

Colossal Features #3

Hoot Gibson #3

Judy Canova #3

Range Busters #1

Cody of the Pony Express #1

Frank Buck #3

Hunted #2

 
Oct

No more titles issued until Aug 51

 
Nov

 

 
Dec

 

 
 

1951

 
Mar

Fox tries to rearrange its debts via petition dated March 27, 1951.  (Berk)

 
Apr Robert Farrell gets back into publishing with The Lone Rider #1. 26 issues through 1955.

Printed at 2 Main St. Bridgeport CT. 

May    
Jun    
July Listing debts of $775,000 versus assets of only $30,000 as of July 31, 1951, a bankruptcy receiver was appointed for the company on August 2, 1951. (Berk)  
Aug

Fox's last gasp. 7 comics published in 1951.

 

Crime Incorporated #3

Famous Crimes #20

Murder Incorporated #3

 
Sept

My Love Life #13B

March of Crime #3

My Secret Life #27

Rocket Ship X #1

 

 

 

 

 

1952

 
May The company was unable to emerge from bankruptcy, and Fox himself declared personal bankruptcy on May 29, 1952. (Berk)  
 

1953

 
Nov L. B. Cole brings back Cosmo Cat as Super Cat (3 issues)

 

1954

 
Oct

Charlton brings back the Blue Beetle in Space Adventures 13- mostly reprints

2 issues plus 4 issues of his own title

Dec

Robert Farrell, Fox's friend and oftentimes collaborator brings back a very toned down Phantom Lady as part of his Ajax comics line. 4 issues

 

Robert Farrell, the right hand business “associate” of Victor Fox brought back reworked versions of The Flame and Samson in his short-lived Ajax-Farrell titles that joined the brief- the very brief- golden age super hero resurgence in 1954-1955. (Farrell even recycled the name Fantastic Comics for a similar brief period.) .(Berk)

 

1955

 
April Samson  12

May Wonder Boy 17 from Ajax Farrell.  2 issues. Includes Phantom Lady back-ups

 

1957

 
July

7/3/57 Victor Fox dies.

 
Aug Ajax-Farrell brings back Cosmo Cat again but only on the covers. 4 issues.

 

The Blue Beetle !