(Fall 1940)

Marvel, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD; 0.15 CAD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
quarterly
On-sale date:
1940-09-25
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Timely Publications
Editing:
Joe Simon
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

HUMAN TORCH published quarterly by Timely Publications at Meriden, Conn. Entered as Second class matter at the Post Office at Meriden, Conn. under Act of March 3, 1879. Copyright 1940 by Timely Publications, 330W 42nd St., N. Y., N. Y. Art narratives by Funnies Incorporated, N.Y., N.Y., Volume 1, No. 2, Fall issue. Printed in U.S.A. Single copies 10c; in Canada 15c. Yearly subscription $.40.
(indica transcription courtesy of Frank Motler)

Cover date is from house ad in Marvel Mystery Comics #13


[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]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor] (inset)
Reprints:

Introducing Toro, the Flaming Torch Kid (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / comic story / 19 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond] (introduction); Mr. Raymond (introduction, Toro's father, death); Mrs. Raymond (Toro's mother, death); Pops (a circus owner, introduction)); Samson (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Passing by a traveling circus, Torch spots a young kid on the ground with his body aflame. Landing, and a bit puzzled, he helps the young boy named Toro to be able to flame on at will and fly. Toro relates how he was involved in a train accident and lost both his parents after trying to save them in the fire. He fell unconscious, holding a piece of molten metal in his hand. He was adopted by two circus performers and has been with the circus since. Meanwhile, Samson, who lost a fight earlier to the Torch, is planning his revenge against the circus and especially the Torch.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Pop's Traveling Circus

Indexer Notes

Toro is also in Invaders #22.

Toro appears in all Human Torch stories thru #31.

[Sub-Mariner Crashes New York Again!!!] (Table of Contents)

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]; un-named Naval Lieutenant; un-named naval Captain; Fritz (villain); un-named Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
The Navy has lost four battleships to fifth columnists, so the Sub-Mariner decides to head that way and look over the situation. He discovers a submerged Nazi U-Boat and some suspicious men diving down to it. Fearing sabotage, Namor decides to be on hand for the christening of a new ship the next day. As the ship slides into the water and starts to sink, aerial subs show up, anchor discs to the ship, raise it out of the water and put in back in dry dock. In a letter to officials, Namor tells them the ship was sabotaged, that he knows where the saboteurs are and will take care of them himself.
Reprints:
Keywords:
aerial sub; Armonk (a battleship); Baltimore; Manhattan Daily Express; New York

Carl Burgos's Hot Idea [The Story of the Human Torch!] (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Carl Burgos; The Human Torch (Jim Hammond]
Synopsis:
Fictional story of the Torch's creation w/spot illos.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Credits by Craig Delich.

Bill Everett's Hurricane [The Story of the Sub-Mariner!] (Table of Contents)

The Sub-Mariner / text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Bill Everett; The Sub-Mainer [Prince Namor]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Credits by Craig Delich.

Fictional story of the Sun-Mariner's creation. Sub-Mariner is shown in uniform with cape.

[Extortion for a Bail-Out] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Paul Reinman
Inks:
Paul Reinman
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Falcon [Carl Burgess] (Assistant District Attorney); un-named District Attorney; Mrs. Bankhead (introduction); Mr. Bankhead (introduction); Louise (Bankhead's maid, introduction); Big Jim Peterson (villain, political boss, introduction); Peterson's gang (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
Carl Burgess runs into a Mrs. Bankhead on his way out of court and learns that her husband has been kidnapped by men demanding $50,000. Changing to the Falcon, he tracks down the kidnappers and learns that they were trying to get the extortion money to bail out their boss, Big Jim Peterson, whom Burgess (as Assistant D.A.) was attempting to prosecute.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Falcon's last appearance.

[A Wish Come True] (Table of Contents)

Microman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul Quinn (signed)
Pencils:
Harold DeLay (signed)
Inks:
Harold DeLay (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Microman [Jimmy Everett] (introduction); Doctor Schmidt (chemist, introduction)
Synopsis:
Bored little Jimmy Everett visits Mr. Schmidt in his lab while he is experimenting. After finding out the old chemist has invented a potion that can shrink someone, he runs an errand for him, and comes back to find him asleep. Jimmy decides to take the potion and shrinks down to the size of a nickel laying on the floor. When the chemist awakes, he spots the coin and picks it up, not noticing Jimmy on the coin, and puts it in his pocket. The old man happens to pick up a magnifying glass and sees the tiny boy, gives him the antidote and restores him to regular size.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First and only appearance.

[Hidden Treasure Means Death] (Table of Contents)

Mantor the Magician / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Mantor the Magician (introduction); Joan Winters (introduction); Saunders (villain, Winter's butler); Saunder's un-named brother (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Mantor sees a young lady drowning and acts quickly to save her. She tells him that her father recently died and left her a castle and a queer map that supposedly leads to a treasure. Together they go to the castle and he examines the map, which speaks of a secret button and hidden passage leading to the treasure. Mantor tells the girl to lock herself in her room while he investigates. An attempt is first made on Mantor by a deformed creature, before he finds the passage and is able to save the young lady from a phony ghost, namely Saunders the Butler.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Only appearance.

The Strange Case of the Bloodless Corpses (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Joe Simon
Pencils:
Joe Simon ?
Inks:
Joe Simon
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fiery Mask [Jack Castle] (physician); Julie (a nurse); Captain Benson; un-named Editor of the Daily Herald; Dr. Sendach (villain, introduction, death); Sendach's corpse-like creatures (villains, introduction for all, all die)
Synopsis:
Dr. Jack Castle is called to Police HQ to look at a recent murder victim who doesn't have one drop of blood left in its body. He agrees to help the suffering people involved, but the Police will have to solve the mystery. More victims are reported and Castle cannot allow any more victims to die, so he changes to the Fiery Mask and prepares a trap at his lab. Swarms of ghoulish men come in and overpower the Mask, who is found injured the next morning by his nurse, who also discovers his secret identity. Later, he tracks down the man behind the terror, Dr. Sendach, an eminent stomach specialist.
Reprints:
Keywords:
The Daily Herald

Indexer Notes

Julie discovers the Mask's true identity.

Fiery Mask's last golden age appearance.

Next appearance in The Twelve (Marvel, 2008 series) #1.


Simon says that this strip was created by him to appear in Daring Mystery Comics #1 (January, 1940) in response to reader requests for a strip in the vein of the Human Torch.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. Introducing Toro, the Flaming Torch Kid
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. [Sub-Mariner Crashes New York Again!!!]
    Sub-Mariner
  4. 3. Carl Burgos's Hot Idea [The Story of the Human Torch!]
    The Human Torch
  5. 4. Bill Everett's Hurricane [The Story of the Sub-Mariner!]
    The Sub-Mariner
  6. 5. [Extortion for a Bail-Out]
    The Falcon
  7. 6. [A Wish Come True]
    Microman
  8. 7. [Hidden Treasure Means Death]
    Mantor the Magician
  9. 8. The Strange Case of the Bloodless Corpses
    The Fiery Mask
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Mark Boyer
  • Henry Andrews
  • Katie
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose