(September 1940)

Marvel, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1940-07-05
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Timely Publications
Editing:
Joe Simon
Color:
Full Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing

Issue Notes

Daring Mystery Comics published monthly by Timely Publications, Meriden, Conn. Entered as second class matter at the post office, Meriden, Conn. Entire contents copyright 1940 by Timely Publications, 330 W. 42nd St., N. Y., N. Y. Vol. 1, No. 6, September, 1940. Yearly subscription $1.00. Printed in U. S. A. For advertising write Marvel Group.

Credits from or confirmed by the Masterworks reprint unless otherwise noted.


["Like plunging fury, Marvel Boy crashed into their midst!"] (Table of Contents)

Marvel Boy / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Joe Simon
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Marvel Boy [Martin Burns]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

While the Masterwork lists only Kirby as the artist, Craig Delich says that Simon inked it (based on data given to Jerry Bails), and Dr. Michael Vassallo also leaned towards a Kirby/Simon credit in his notes to the Timely-Atlas list.

Red Raven Comics #1 (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jack Kirby; various
Inks:
Jack Kirby; various
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Red Raven; Human Top [Bruce Bravelle]; Eternal Brain; Officer O'Krime; Magar the Mystic; Comet Pierce; Mercury
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover, reproduces the cover of Red Raven Comics #1 as well as splash panels from the interior.

Introducing Marvel Boy (Table of Contents)

Marvel Boy / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Simon
Pencils:
Jack Kirby (pages 1-3); Joe Simon (pages 4-10)
Inks:
Joe Simon
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Marvel Boy [Martin Burns] (introduction, origin); Andrew Burns (Martin's father, introduction); Mrs. Burns (introduction); Zeus; Hercules; Mars (villain); Bruen (villain, introduction); Schulz (villain, introduction); Stohl (villain, introduction); Richter (villain, introduction); Adolf Hitler (villain); Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
The soul of Hercules is reincarnated as Martin Burns, who displays unusual strength from infancy but hides his abilities from his peers. On his fourteenth birthday, Zeus tells Martin the source of his powers, names him the Marvel Boy, gives him his costume and sends him out against fifth columnists.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Next appearance in USA Comics (Marvel, 1941 series) #7, although Young Avenger in USA Comics #1 is arguably a reworked version of this character as Will Murray notes in the Daring Mystery Masterworks introduction.

Pencils identified by Greg Theakston as Simon and Kirby on "alternating pages". Specific page identifications by Harry Mendryk at http://kirbymuseum.org/blogs/simonandkirby/archives/category/periods/tim...

Craig Delich confirms Simon as sole writer and inker from information given to Jerry Bails, although Mendryk believes the inker is different for each artist, possibly with several inkers.

The Legion of the Doomed (Table of Contents)

The Fiery Mask / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Simon
Pencils:
Jack Kirby (pages 1-4); Joe Simon (pages 5-10)
Inks:
Joe Simon
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fiery Mask [Jack Castle]; Ab Waltin (introduction, death); Ella Waltin (introduction); The Legion of the Doomed [Legion of the Damned] (villains, name not consistent throughout story)
Synopsis:
When the demonic Legion of the Doomed force a rural couple to claim a sinister child as their own, the Fiery Mask must solve the crimes it commits in a chase that will lead him into Hell!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Next appearance in Human Torch (Marvel, 1940 series) #2.

Pencils identified by Greg Theakston as Simon and Kirby on "alternating pages". Specific page identifications by Harry Mendryk at http://kirbymuseum.org/blogs/simonandkirby/archives/category/periods/tim...

Craig Delich confirms Simon as sole writer and inker from information given to Jerry Bails, although Mendryk believes the inker is different for each artist, possibly with several inkers.

["The Man of the Day After To-morrow"] (Table of Contents)

Stuporman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Harry Douglas [as Harry / Douglas] (signed)
Pencils:
Harry Douglas [as Harry / Douglas] (signed)
Inks:
Harry Douglas [as Harry / Douglas] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; satire-parody; superhero
Characters:
Stuporman [Marmaduke Snood, Jr.] (introduction); Mike Muskrat (villain, introduction); Professor Plotz
Synopsis:
Stuporman is woken up from his nap to fight a criminal who has brainwashed a genial college professor into creating diabolical inventions to support his crimes.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Next appearance in Joker Comics (Marvel, 1942 series) #1, also later in Comedy Comics (Marvel, 1942 series) #11.

A black and white Stuporman story, built mostly out of panels from this story (rearranged, with some new panels added), appears in the October 1940 issue of Snap, one of Martin Goodman's pulp magazines. Thanks to Frank Motler for this information.

Contrary to various other published theories including Who's Who and the Masterworks, "Harry / Douglas" was an editor/artist named Harry Douglas, as confirmed by Michael J. Vassallo upon interviewing Harry Douglas, Jr. after the younger Douglas contacted the author of this blog post: http://monomythic.wordpress.com/2009/08/17/marvel-mystery-monday-stuporm...

[The Black Ace] (Table of Contents)

The Flying Flame / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill O'Connor [as Okie] (signed)
Pencils:
Ben Flinton [as Ben] (signed)
Inks:
Ben Flinton [as Ben] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Red Ruff (introduction); The Black Ace (villain, introduction, death); Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Captain Red Ruff flies his plane, the Flying Flame, on a mission against the Black Ace who is defending a Nazi castle where all attacking planes mysterious explode upon approach.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Next appearance in Tough Kid Squad (Marvel, 1942 series) #1.

The article on Leonard Sansone indicates that Sansone did inks or some of them on this story (Alter Ego #121, November 2013).

Scales of Justice (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
John H. Compton (signed)
Pencils:
Harry Ramsey [as H.R.] (signed)
Inks:
Harry Ramsey [as H.R.] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Sheriff Sam Reynolds; Texas Pete (death); Baldy; Dan Hobart; Giles Norton (villain)
Synopsis:
Texas Pete has been found murdered and the claim map he carried is missing.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The winners from the Daring Comics Contest on the inside front cover of issue #2 are announced in a box at the bottom of the 2nd page. However, no indication of which characters they picked is given. Murray Forman won the 1st Prize of $5, Jackie Gorman won 2nd Prize of $2, and there were 18 other winners of $1 each.

[The Schustak Case] (Table of Contents)

The Falcon / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
L. Bing (see notes)
Inks:
L. Bing
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Falcon [Carl Burgess]; Tony Wells; James Buttersworth (villain, introduction); Bo Schustak (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Carl Burgess interrupts the getaway from a bank robbery, and as the Falcon goes after the gang that committed the crime.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

next appearance in Human Torch (Marvel, 1940 series) #2

There is some confusion as to whether this story was drawn by L. Bing or Munson Paddock, as they had similar styles. Who's Who first recorded Bing, then revised to Paddock. Hames Ware and Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr., while compiling the Masterworks credits with Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, discussed the possibilities and decided that the artist was indeed L. Bing as was originally thought.

[The Kidnappers and the Magician] (Table of Contents)

Monako, Prince of Magic / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Larry Antonette (signed)
Inks:
Larry Antonette ? [as Larry Antonette] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
occult
Characters:
Monako; Pere (introduction); an old Hag (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Monako spots a drugged man being held by thugs at one of his shows. Monako and his friend Pere must rescue the man's sister from a mysterious old hag.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Last golden age appearance. There is a teaser for a Monako story in the next issue, but it never appeared. However, a "Mantor the Magician" story appeared in Human Torch (Marvel, 1940 series) #2 alongside other Daring Mystery orphans, which looks suspiciously like a reworked Monako, although by Al Gabriele instead of regular Monako artist Larry Antonette. Next appearance in The Marvels Project (Marvel, 2009 series) #2.

Notes from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, Hames Ware and Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. on the Timely-Atlas list indicate that an inker other than Antonette may have worked on this story.

[The Origin of Dynaman] (Table of Contents)

Dynaman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Dahlman ?
Pencils:
Steve Dahlman
Inks:
Steve Dahlman
Colors:
?
Letters:
Steve Dahlman ?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dynaman [Lagaro] (introduction, origin); Korugians (introduction, death); Pharoah Khufor; Chief Ribur [Tibur] (introduction, villain, death, name not consistent through story); Gurbans (villains)
Synopsis:
Larago, whose name means "Dynaman", grows up in the ancient advanced land of Korug displaying amazing strength of body and mind. When Korug abruptly sinks beneath the waves, only the flying Dynaman escapes. Finding the civilization of Egypt, helps the Pharaoh Khufor defend it against the barbarian Gurbans.
Reprints:

[The Coming of Tigerman] (Table of Contents)

Tigerman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Mike Roy [as Roy] (signed)
Inks:
Mike Roy [as Roy] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle; superhero
Characters:
Tigerman (introduction); Professor Carson (introduction, death); Louise Carson (introduction); Rangoo (introduction, an ape, Tigerman's friend); King Kuu (villain, introduction); Monolink Men (villains, introduction)
Synopsis:
Tigerman tries to rescue Professor Carson and his daughter Louise from an attack by the Monolink men, but all three are overwhelmed and taken to the underground kingdom of the Monolinks. After one failed attempt, Tigerman and the Carsons must brave an underground river to escape.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The introductory blurb talks about Tigerman's "tamed Bengal tiger, Balu", further indicating a connection to the Trojak, the Tiger-Man feature that appeared in issues #2-5. However, Balu does not actually appear in the story, and the supporting cast and plot are different than the continuing story and cast of Trojak.

Mystic Comics #4 (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Letters:
?

Characters:
Hercules David; Black Widow [Claire Voyant]; Flexo; Dynamic Man [Curt Cowan]; Merzah; Invisible Man [Dr. Gade]; Blue Blaze [Spencer Keen]; Thin Man [Bruce Dickson];
Synopsis:
Promotional ad from the publisher for Mystic Comics #4, including partial art from the cover and splash pages from the various features.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

inside back cover

["Under Water Swimming Goggles"] (Table of Contents)

Johnson Smith & Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Like plunging fury, Marvel Boy crashed into their midst!"]
    Marvel Boy
  2. 1. Red Raven Comics #1
  3. 2. Introducing Marvel Boy
    Marvel Boy
  4. 3. The Legion of the Doomed
    The Fiery Mask
  5. 4. ["The Man of the Day After To-morrow"]
    Stuporman
  6. 5. [The Black Ace]
    The Flying Flame
  7. 6. Scales of Justice
  8. 7. [The Schustak Case]
    The Falcon
  9. 8. [The Kidnappers and the Magician]
    Monako, Prince of Magic
  10. 9. [The Origin of Dynaman]
    Dynaman
  11. 10. [The Coming of Tigerman]
    Tigerman
  12. 11. Mystic Comics #4
  13. 12. ["Under Water Swimming Goggles"]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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