Fox Comics

Mystery Men #1

Charles Nicholas Wojtoski

August 1939

Dressed like the Green Hornet

Mystery Men #2

Charles Nicholas Wojtoski

Blue Beetle in tights

Sept 1939

Mystery Men #3

Charles Nicholas Wojtoski

October 1939

Blue Beetle #1

new origin by Will Eisner

Winter 1939

Jack Kirby 1939-40

After Kirby left, Pierce Rice took over the comic strip.

Blue Beetle  #2

Larry Antonette

Spring 1940

 The Arson Ring

yellow gloves!

 Blue Beetle #2

Al Carreno

Spring 1940

Blue Beetle 3

Mastermind of Crime

Pierce Rice 41

July/August 1940

Mystery Men #12

Joe Simon

July 1940

Mystery Men #12

Chuck Cuidera

July 1940

 Mystery Men 13

Don Rico?

August 1940

Blue Beetle #4

Ed Ashe

Fall 1940

Big 3 #1

Sam Cooper

 Fall 1940


Blue Beetle #10

Louis Cazeneuve

December 1941

red gloves!

Blue Beetle 11

Ramona Patenaude

February 1942

Blue Beetle 11

Louis Cazeneuve

February 1942

Cargo of Doom

Blue Beetle 11

Al Carreno

February 1942

Holyoke Comics
With Blue Beetle #12, Printer Sherman Bowles managed to wrest control of the property from Victor Fox, for non-payment of debts.  He turned the preparation of material over to Frank Temerson's Cat-Man staff, a title he had taken over only a few months earlier.

Blue Beetle 13

Allen Ulmer

August 1942

Pierce Rice

Blue Beetle #13

(left over from Fox)

Sol Brodsky

Blue Beetle 13

Blue Beetle 13

Christopher Schaare

Blue Beetle 14 introduced the Beetle's kid side kick Sparky, although Sparky would miss more adventures than he would participate in.  (Allen Ulmer)

Blue Beetle 16

(Allen Ulmer?)

November 1942

Blue Beetle 16

Charles Quinlan

Quinlan was Temerson's editor/art director.

Phil Bard (Oliver Ashford)

Blue Beetle 14

September 1942

Alex Blum

Blue Beetle 20

April 1943

Alan Mandel

Blue Beetle 20

Lewis Golden

Blue Beetle 21

May 1943

Temerson won back the rights to Cat-Man and took his former staff with him to begin producing a new comics line.  Sherman Bowles turned to a new shop and a new editor, Philip Steinberg,  to continue producing his remaining Blue Beetle title.



Gil Kane

Blue Beetle 25

September 1943

Lee Ames

Blue Beetle 27

November 1943

George Tukel ?

Blue Beetle 29

January 1944

Fox Comics version II

Gerald Altman cover

Blue Beetle 31

June 1944

Herman C Browner

Blue Beetle 31

June 1944

Peril in the Pacific

Under the over the top guidance of E. C. Stoner (Otis), Fox's new Blue Beetle became a cosmic hero capable of performing any super feat imaginable.  A cross between Superman and the Spectre, flying, super-speed, super vision growing to giant size- the Beetle could do anything!

No explanation for this development was ever made in the stories.  Stoner guided the Beetle through a six part serial about an invasion from Saturn that collapsed in mid storyline when Fox decided to change direction again.

Maurice Del Bourgo 45-6

or Maurice Whitman

EC Stoner

Blue Beetle 33

August 1944


Blue Beetle 36

November 1944

Lou Ferstadt 

Blue Beetle 40

Winter 1945

After almost a year break between issue 44 and 45 the Beetle came back with a new direction.  The super powers were gone and the Beetle became a regular crime fighter again.  Fox turned creative control over to Jerry Iger and his studio.  Under artists like Jack Kamen and Bob Webb the Beetle became known for "good girl art" and lurid crime stories.

Jack Kamen

Blue Beetle 46

July 1947

Blue Beetle 46

H C Kiefer

Robert Webb

Blue Beetle 56

May 1948

Ken Battefeld or John Forte

Blue Beetle 57

July 1948

There was almost a two year gap between Blue Beetle 49 and 50, after which the lurid crime approach was abandoned in favor of a return to standard crime fighting.  Mo Marcus and diverse hands handled the art for the three issue revival attempt after which Victor Fox gave up the battle and liquidated his properties.

Mo Marcus

Blue Beetle 58

April 1950