Ace Comics

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Ace Comics was published by David McKay Publications from 1937 to 1949. It was a compilation of newspaper strip reprints such as "Jungle Jim", "Brick Bradford", "Tim Tyler's Luck", "Prince Valiant", "The Lone Ranger", Katzenjammer Kids" and "The Phantom".

History

"The Phantom" first appeared in issue #11 in February 1938, in brown costume. The stories were serialized from the daily strip, and were not complete in each issue. The last 4 issues in the series broke with tradition and contained stories from the Sunday strip. All of the Phantom strips printed in this series were quite heavily cropped and edited, and occasionally the text was rewritten. The daily strip from May 8, 1939 to July 12, 1941 was completely skipped for some unknown reason. The Sunday strip story "The 12 Tasks" was abbreviated to "The Seven Tasks" for the Ace Comics version in #148 and #149. The original fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth tasks were edited out of the story, leaving a total of seven.

Initially, the Phantom only ran for 4 pages in the middle of these comics, but from issue #38 the coverage was increased to 8 pages and was moved to the front.

The Phantom's first appearance on the cover of Ace Comics was on issue #140 and had a small picture of the Phantom's face in a circle about 25 mm in diameter on the cover, with the rest dominated by other King Features characters, also on covers of issues #141 and #142. The first cover entirely devoted to the Phantom was #143, and he remained there until the publication ceased with #151.

The last issue featured an advertisement for "The Blue Gang" which was supposed to appear in the next issue. However, #152 was never published and the series ended with #151.

Issue overview

1938
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
 
1939
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
1940
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
1941
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
1942
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
1943
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
81
1944
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
1945
94
95
96
97
98
99
100 101 102 103 104 105
1946 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117
1947 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129
1948 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141
1949 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151