Red-Holmdale

COMIC #102: Captain America Comics #17
DATE: August 1942
PUBLISHER: Timely Comics
CONTENTS: Cover by Al Avison; “The Monster From The Morgue” (Captain America story), maybe written by Stan Lee, drawn by Al Avison; “Rookie McQuirk” by Red Holmdale; “Sub-Earthmen’s Revenge!” (Captain America story), maybe written by Stan Lee, drawn by Al Avison; “Situation Wanted I Got An Action Story” (text story) by Mortimer Breen; “The China Road” (Fighting Yank story), drawn by Jimmy Thompson; “Machine Of Doom!” (Captain America story), maybe written by Stan Lee, drawn by Al Avison; “The Secret Stamp”, written by Stan Lee, drawn by Don Rico; “Sentinels Of Liberty Secret Club News” (text article), maybe illustrated by Al Avison. Managing editor: Stan Lee. Associate editor: Al Avison.
CANON: Partial canon (Captain America stories).

Another format change: we’re back to three Cap stories per issue.  Cap and Bucky fight a gorilla with a murderer’s brain, a race of “sub-earthmen” and a guy named the Spook who wants to control them, and a mad scientist who wants to end WWII by destroying the world.  The Spook’s men look exactly like Klansmen.

The Secret Stamp foils some criminal plot that I didn’t bother paying attention to.  This issue also has two one-time-only backup features: Fighting Yank by Jimmy Thompson (Victory Boys) and Rookie McQuirk by Red Holmdale (Hocus Pocus).  The Fighting Yank is just an American soldier who fights the Japanese in China.  Rookie McQuirk is a gag strip about a bumbling army rookie and his friend, a racist caricature called Blackout; I don’t know of any further Timely credits for Holmdale, who’ll move on to Archie.  Someone named Mortimer Breen wrote the text story; can’t find anything on him.