Marvel Comics #1 [2nd printing]
(November 1939)

Marvel, 1939 Series
 
Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Timely Publications
Editing:
Martin Goodman
Color:
Full Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched

Issue Notes

This issue is a variant of Marvel Comics (Marvel, 1939 series) #1 [1st printing].

Indicia (transcription courtesy of Frank Motler):

Vol.1, No.1, MARVEL COMICS, Oct., 1939 Published monthly by Timely Publications, publication office, 81 Spring St., Newark, N. J. Executive office, 330 W. 42nd St., New York, N. Y. Art and editorial by Funnies Incorporated, 45 W. 45th St., New York, N. Y. Application for entry as Second Class Matter pending at the Post Office at Newark, N. J. Yearly subscription in U. S. and Canada, $1.50; elsewhere $2.00. No actual person is named or delineated in this magazine. Copyright, 1939 by Timely Publications. Printed in U.S.A. Vol.1, No. 1, MARVEL COMICS, Nov., 1939

[The final repetition of the volume/issue/title number with the Nov. date is present only on the 2nd printing. Some but not all issues of the second printing reportedly had the October information at least partially blacked out.]

According to Rip at the collector-society.com boards, the print runs were 80,000 on the October edition and 800,000 on the November edition.


[This Month...] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Frank R. Paul [as F. Paul] (signed)
Inks:
Frank R. Paul [as F. Paul] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; most typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch
Reprints:

Now I'll Tell One (Table of Contents)

Now I'll Tell One / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwab
Pencils:
Fred Schwab
Inks:
Fred Schwab
Letters:
Fred Schwab

Genre:
humor
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Five single panel gag cartoons. Sequence information from Joe Lovece (August 11, 2006). Also includes the indicia.

[Origin of the Human Torch] (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch (introduction and origin, an android); Prof. Phineas T. Horton (introduction); Mr. Harris (businessman); Tony Sardo (villain, introduction, death), Red (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
After the Scientist's Guild convinces inventor Horton to dispose of his new creation, a "human torch", a clever criminal figures out a way to use this creation for his own evil purposes.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First Human Torch story. The Human Torch wears a blue uniform in this story. He doesn't adopt the Jim Hammond identity until issue #4.

[The Six Big Men] (Table of Contents)

The Angel / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Angel [Tom Halloway] (introduction); The Six Big Men [Gus Ronson; Mike Malone; John Dillon; Trigger Bolo; Steve Enkel; Dutch Hanson] (villains,introduction for all, all die); the Big Boss (Dr. Lang, introduction); Lil (introduction)
Synopsis:
The Angel is called in to handle a group known as the "Six Big Men" and their mysterious leader, who have taken over an entire city.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First Angel story. Writer credit revised from Paul Gustavson to Ray Gill ?. Gustavson was an artist ONLY. Although the Who's Who lists no writer for 1939, Ray Gill wrote the series in 1940 and this story may have been by him. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-2.

[Origin of the Sub-Mariner ["Here is the Sub-Mariner!"]] (Table of Contents)

The Sub-Mariner / comic story / 12 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] (introduction and origin); Anderson; Nelson (death); Carley (death); Princess Fen (flashback, introduction); Emperor Tha-Korr (introduction, un-named in story); Dorma (introduction)
Synopsis:
Prince Namor, having learned of what the race of white men once did to his undersea kingdom, vows, and is encouraged, to make war on the surface dwellers.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First Namor story, reprinted from the eight pages of Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1 and expanded with four additional pages.

[Origin of the Masked Raider] (Table of Contents)

The Masked Raider / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Anders [as Anders] (signed)
Inks:
Al Anders [as Anders] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
The Masked Raider [Jim Gardley] (introduction and origin); Lightning (Raider's horse); Steve (sheriff); Lordin (rancher); Mr. Bleck (rancher, death); Mrs. Bleck (death); Cal Brunder (villain, introduction); Slick (villain); Rowdy (villain)
Synopsis:
When Cal Brunder, who has been forcing small ranchers in Cactusville to sell out to him at his own price, sends his men to the ranch of Jim Gardley, and he won't sell, he has a phony charge of rustling leveled against him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First Masked Raider story. Writer revision from Al Anders to ? Anders was an artist only, and the Who's Who lists no writer for this strip. Note added by Craig Delich 2008-11-2.

Jungle Terror: A Complete Adventure Story (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Art Pinajian [as Tomm Dixon] (signed)
Inks:
Art Pinajian [as Tomm Dixon] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Ken Masters; Professor John Roberts; Tim Roberts; Crafton (villain, death); Mike (villain, death); Slug (villain, death)
Synopsis:
Ken and Tim are worried about Professor Roberts, who went into the Amazon jungle three months earlier, trying to locate a certain Indian tribe that had in its possession a diamond with hypnotic powers.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art identification by Dr. Michael J. Vassallo of the Timely-Atlas list. Note that the 3rd letter in the signature's first name is a dense smudge. The Masterwork edition and Craig Delich interprets it as an "h" (Tohm), while Dr. Vassallo believes it is an "m" (Tomm).

Burning Rubber (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Ray Gill [as Raymond Gill] (signed)
Pencils:
Sam Gilman [as Gilman] (signed) (illustration)
Inks:
Sam Gilman [as Gilman] (signed) (illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
sports
Characters:
Bill Williams; Fred Turner; C. G. Clark; Ruth Clerk; Ann
Synopsis:
Bill has invented a new gas feeder for his race car and is testing it out....at the risk of his own life!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Artist name added by Craig Delich 2008-11-2.

[Origin of Ka-Zar] (Table of Contents)

Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Byrd (original story); Ben Thompson ? (adaptation)
Pencils:
Ben Thompson (signed)
Inks:
Ben Thompson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Ka-Zar [David Rand] (origin); John Rand (Ka-Zar's father, death); Constance Rand (death, Ka-Zar's mother); Zar (a lion); Chaka (a gorilla); Trajah (an elephant); N'Jaga (a leopard); Paul De Kraft (villain)
Synopsis:
A plane crashes into the jungle in the Belgian Congo, and a young boy named David, watches his mother die, and later his father at the hands of Paul De Kraft. The youngster trained in survival tactics by his father, is later re-named Ka-Zar, brother of the mighty Zar, a lion whose life he once saved.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First Ka-Zar comics story. Adapted from Bob Byrd's "King of Fang and Claw" (KA-ZAR pulp magazine #1). Writer credit revised from Ben Thompson to ?. Thompson was an artist only and the Who's Who does not list a writer for the strip. Last note added by Craig Delich 2008-11-2.
Writer credit further revised 2013-07-08, adapting a pulp story isn't beyond the skills of any penciler.

Editing
This Issue is currently being edited by Jack Kirby (since 2014-08-07, last edit 2014-08-07)

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [This Month...]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. Now I'll Tell One
    Now I'll Tell One
  3. 2. [Origin of the Human Torch]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. [The Six Big Men]
    The Angel
  5. 4. [Origin of the Sub-Mariner ["Here is the Sub-Mariner!"]]
    The Sub-Mariner
  6. 5. [Origin of the Masked Raider]
    The Masked Raider
  7. 6. Jungle Terror: A Complete Adventure Story
  8. 7. Burning Rubber
  9. 8. [Origin of Ka-Zar]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin