Men's Adventures 4

Title Published
August 1950 to July 1954
Issue Numbers
4 to 28
Number of Issues
25
Continued From
True Adventures
Issue Information
Cover Date
August 1950
Indicia Frequency
quarterly
Indicia Publisher
Comic Combine Corp.
 
 
Cover Titles
He Called Me a Coward!
The Payoff!
Johnny Orchid!
A Boy and His Dog!
 
 
Cover Credits
Syd Shores pencils unsigned
Syd Shores inks guess
Contributions
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Cover Creator Credit
Stories
  Job
Number
Title Pages Credits
  7482 He Called Me a Coward!

Notes: Adventure story (big-game safari in Africa).
8 pg art Bob Brown pencils attributed

Contributors:
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit
  - You Ain't Seen Nuthin' Yet!!

Notes: Ad for Man Comics and Young Men
1 pg house ad
  - Johnny Orchid

Notes: Crime story.
11 pg art Syd Shores pencils unsigned
Notes: Splash panel
Gene Colan pencils unsigned
Syd Shores inks attributed
Notes: Splash panel
Vince Alascia inks unsigned

Contributors:
Ger Apeldoorn: Creator Credit
Joe Moore: Creator Credit
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit
  7305 A Boy and His Dog

Notes: A boy finds a stray dog and wants to keep it. But his dad won't let him. That night the dog is outside the house barking. Dad goes out to beat him, but finds out that the house is on fire. The dog runs in and saves the boy. That's exactly the same story as the Tuska story in 3-D Action! Not the same story told again... but the same story! Same captions, same dialogue... only a different splash panel. Tuska eliminates the flash forward panel of the father beating the dog and sending it away and replaces it with a dialogueless panel of the father waking up in the night. Some of the panels have been rearranged, but most of the shots are the same. Seems Tuska worked from the same script and made a few different choices.

This also solves another puzzle for me... why a story with such an old job number in a 1953 3d book would have such modern looking Tuska art. I had sort of guessed that it was one of the 'closet' stories that were left undrawn and was used later. But not it seems to be a reused story. Why would they do that? And why didn't anyone else see the doubling up of job numbers? Well... they don't have the same job number. Although the 1953 version does have a low job number, it is not the same. This one is 7205 and the later one is 8305. The numbers are to close to be a coincidence. If they had been completely different, I would have suggested someone sold the same story twice and Stan filed it away to be used later. But this seems more like a misreading.

Anyway, nice to see the different interpretations. The Tuska story had fascinated me for a long time and I have even scanned it in and turned it into a very readable black and white story. - Ger A.
4 pg art Syd Shores pencils unsigned
Syd Shores inks attributed
Notes: Splash panel
Vince Alascia inks guess

Contributors:
Joe Moore: Creator Credit
Ger Apeldoorn: Creator Credit
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit
  SL-3125 Mind Over Brawn 2 pg text
  - The Best Western Comic Ever!
·Whip Wilson starring
1 pg house ad
  - The Payoff

Notes: Teenage hotrodding story.
9 pg art Syd Shores pencils unsigned
Notes: Splash panel
Mike Sekowsky pencils unsigned
Syd Shores inks attributed
Notes: Splash panel

Contributors:
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit
Joe Moore: Story Information
  7413 Trapped! 7 pg art Bob Brown pencils attributed
Bob Brown inks guess

Contributors:
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit
Joe Moore: Story Information