(September 1940)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Timely Publications
Editing:
Joe Simon ?
Color:
Full Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U.S. (through about early 1944, narrower thereafter)
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Monthly (through July 1944, variable thereafter)

Issue Notes

Joe Simon began editing for Timely on a freelance basis with Red Raven Comics #1, which came out the previous month. It is not clear if he immediately started editing Marvel Mystery Comics as well or not, although he was definitely the editor by issue #12 as discussed in that index.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Alex Schomburg
Inks:
Alex Schomburg
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor] (inset); The Angel [Tom Halloway] (inset); Ka-Zar [David Rand] (inset); the Nazis
Reprints:
Keywords:
fighter planes; swastikas; tanks; Wehrmacht; World War II

4 Big Favorite Magazines - Action Packed! (Table of Contents)

Mystic, Daring Mystery, Red Raven Comics / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Marvel Boy; the Fiery Mask [Jack Castle]; Red Raven; Hercules [David]
Synopsis:
Promotional illustrated ad with covers for Mystic Comics #4, Daring Mystery Comics #6, and Red Raven Comics #1, and the Fiery Mask series.

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover. Sequence added by Craig Delich 2008-12-19.

[Plague In the Slums] (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Burgos (signed)
Pencils:
Carl Burgos (signed)
Inks:
Carl Burgos (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hamond]; Dr. Stone (introduction); Reed (Stone's assistant); Casey (Policeman); un-named Police Chief; Tom (Policeman); Frank Simmons (villain, introduction, death); Roddy (villain, introduction, death); Skeets (villain, introduction); J.B. ([Jane Bradley] (villain, introduction, no appearance as she's behind the scenes)
Synopsis:
The Torch takes the law into his own hands, when, against orders, he helps a doctor burn down plague-infected slum housing.
Reprints:

[The Capture of Luther Robinson] (Table of Contents)

The Sub-Mariner / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Everett (signed)
Pencils:
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks:
Bill Everett (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bill Everett

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Mr. Martin (sailor); Tha-Korr; Dorma; Princess Fen; Luther Robinson (villain); Mickey (villain); Lynne Harris (villain)
Synopsis:
Luther Robinson follows Namor back to his Antarctic home and attempts to capture him: dead or alive, but is eventually taken prisoner. He is informed that his girlfriend is also being held to insure he will not try to escape justice.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Continued next issue.

[A Nestfull of Loot] (Table of Contents)

The Masked Raider / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Anders
Inks:
Al Anders
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
The Masked Raider [Jim Gardley]; Lightning (Raider's horse); un-named sheriff; Billy; un-named deputy (villain, posing as an egg woman)
Synopsis:
A series of robberies confounds the Raider until a dog un-intentionally helps solve the case.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Al Anders to ?. The Who's Who lists no writer for this strip. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-12-19.

[Rajah Sarput's Hunt] (Table of Contents)

Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ben Thompson
Inks:
Ben Thompson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Ka-Zar [David Rand]; Zar (a lion); Trajah (an elephant); Jim VanGelder; Rajah Sarput (villain, introduction); Bradley (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
When an evil man named Sarput takes possession of a large tract of land in the Belgian Congo jungle, Ka-Zar and Zar do battle with him to prevent the slaughter/capture of many animals, only to be taken prisoner themselves.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story contains 2-page spread (pgs. 4, 5) and is continued next issue. Writer revision from Ben Thompson to ?. The Who's Who lists no writer for this strip. Some notes added by Craig Delich 2008-12-19.

[Mayhem at the Midget Race Track] (Table of Contents)

Terry Vance, the School Boy Sleuth / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Ray Gill (signed)
Pencils:
Bob Oksner (signed)
Inks:
Bob Oksner (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Terry Vance; Dr. Watson (a monkey); "Deadline" Dawson (newspaper boy); un-named gamblers (villains)
Synopsis:
A group of gamblers injects mercury into the tires of race cars in order to cause accidents and fix races for profit.
Reprints:

Murder Is an Accident (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Ray Gill [as W. Peters] (signed)
Pencils:
Frank Thomas [as F. T.] (signed)
Inks:
Frank Thomas [as F. T.] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Dr. James; Nurse Cassidy; Francis (villain)
Synopsis:
The fact that five of the leading physicians in the area had died in fatal accidents the last two weeks didn't bother Dr. James....that is, until he suddenly is visited by a rather strange patient.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer identification added by Craig Delich 2008-12-19.

[The Devils of the Mist] (Table of Contents)

The Angel / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Ray Gill ?
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Angel [Tom Halloway]; un-named woman (introduction, death); the ghouls (villains, introduction, all die)
Synopsis:
The Angel is captured by a group of in-human monsters, who take him to their abode, where he meets a beautiful girl dressed in ancient Greek garb, and learns the creatures destroyed her civilization 4000 years ago, and now threaten to do the same in modern times.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Angel gains glider wings that once belonged to "Mercury". Writer credit revised from Paul Gustavson to Ray Gill ?. The Who's Who lists Gill as the only writer in 1940. Some notes added by Craig Delich 2008-12-19.

[The Forest Fire Fiends] (Table of Contents)

Electro, the Marvel of the Age / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Steve Dahlman (signed)
Inks:
Steve Dahlman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Electro; Professor Philo Zog; Jim Brent; John Borden; Andrews; Baldwin Drake (villain, introduction); Mike (villain); Joe (villain)
Synopsis:
The president of the Drake Lumber Mills, angry because his rival has successfully purchased the rich Burton County forest lands, hires some thugs to set fire to those forests.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer credit revised from Steve Dahlman to ?. The Who's Who lists no writer for this strip. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-12-19.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. 4 Big Favorite Magazines - Action Packed!
    Mystic, Daring Mystery, Red Raven Comics
  3. 2. [Plague In the Slums]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. [The Capture of Luther Robinson]
    The Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [A Nestfull of Loot]
    The Masked Raider
  6. 5. [Rajah Sarput's Hunt]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  7. 6. [Mayhem at the Midget Race Track]
    Terry Vance, the School Boy Sleuth
  8. 7. Murder Is an Accident
  9. 8. [The Devils of the Mist]
    The Angel
  10. 9. [The Forest Fire Fiends]
    Electro, the Marvel of the Age
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Steve Dasinger
  • Henry Andrews
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich