(October 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

According to Greg Theakston from interviews with Joe Simon, if a Timely issue has a cover by Simon and/or Kirby, then Simon edited it. This means that Simon was editing this title as part of his freelance editing duties by no later than this issue, although he may have started as early as #10, the issue that came out during the same month as Red Raven Comics #1.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Angel / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Angel [Tom Halloway]
Reprints:
Keywords:
bondage; idols; torture

Indexer Notes

Cover inks credit from Greg Theakston, via the GCD Error List (2008-4-5); the original indexer credited Jack Kirby.

["Here is Action! Thrills! - Adventure!"] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Marvel Boy [Martin Burns]; Tigerman; Monako; the Falcon [Carl Burgess]; the Flying Flame; Stuporman [Marmaduke Snood, Jr.]; Dynaman [Lagaro]
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional ad, with cover, to Daring Mystery Comics #6.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2008-12-20.

[The Search For J. B.] (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:
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; un-named Police Captain; Ryan (Policeman); J. B. [Jane Bradley](villain, first actual appearance), Cinalli (villain, introduction, a lawyer); Slim (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Hunted by the police forces he was once a member of, due to his burning down tenements infected with the black plague, the Torch is offered re-instatement by the police commissioner IF he can bring in the mysterious "J.B.".
Reprints:

[Three-Sided War] (Table of Contents)

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]; Dorma; Princess Fen; Folma; Lynne Harris; Luther Robinson; Micky (death); Carter (wireless operator); The Nazis (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
When Namor discovers that the airplane, carrying Luther Robinson, Micky and Lynne Harris, has been forced down by the Nazis, he goes to search for them, and saves Harris only, intending to make her his mate!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Continued next issue.

[The Enchanted Marsh] (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]; Shirley Smith (introduction); a hag (villain, introduction, death); Antone (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Following Shirley Smith into an enchanted marsh, the Angel is suddenly down, falling into quicksand. He is saved, however, by a hulking creature that works for a mysterious woman who has murdered the owners of Piedmont mansion and now threatens the Angel and Smith.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Paul Gustavson to Ray Gill ?. The Who's Who only lists Ray Gill as writer in 1940 and this story may be by him. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-12-20.

A Good Impression (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack D'Arcy (signed)
Pencils:
Harry Ramsey [as H.R.] (signed)
Inks:
Harry Ramsey [as H.R.] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Amos Liggett (death); un-named detective; Sam Hale (villain)
Synopsis:
Taxi driver Sam Hale was confident that this cold rainy night was ideal to rob Amos Liggett. He made one mistake, however....he kept the murder weapon!
Reprints:

[The Mystery House] (Table of Contents)

Terry Vance / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Ray Gill
Pencils:
Bob Oksner
Inks:
Bob Oksner
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Terry Vance; Dr. Watson (a monkey); Deadline Dawson (newspaper reporter); un-named gardener (death); Gregory (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
When Terry and his friends arrive at a mysterious house during a rain storm and spot a prowler, little does he know that it will turn into a murder mystery.
Reprints:

[The Shark] (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; President Franklin D. Roosevelt; The Shark (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
When President Roosevelt hears a radio broadcast from the Shark, threatening to blast every ship off the ocean, he contacts Professor Zog for help.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Steve Dahlman to ?. The Who's Who lists NO writer for this strip. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-12-20.

[The Plot Against Texas] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
The Masked Raider [Jim Gardley]; Gidden (villain); Breed (villain); Leek (villain); Snakey (villain); Abbot (villain); un-named outlaws (introduction for all)
Synopsis:
The Raider investigates rumors of gun thefts from Army posts along the Rio Grande.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Last appearance. Writer credit revised from Al Anders to ? The Who's Who lists NO writer for this strip. Some notes added by Craig Delich 2008-12-20. Art credits revised from Syd Shores? (based on Who's Who) to Ben Thompson? per Dr. Michael J. Vassallo and the Masterworks credits (Henry Andrews 2009-12-15).

[Ka-Zar In America] (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); Ruth Wilson; Bradley (villain)
Synopsis:
When Ka-Zar's captors inform him that they are going to put him on display in New York City when they arrive, he and Zar jump overboard and make their way to the city zoo, where Ka-Zar plans to release some of Zar's brothers.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continued next issue. Writer rervision from Ben Thompson to ?. The Who's Who lists NO writer for this strip. Some notes added by Craig Delich 2008-12-20.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Angel
  2. 1. ["Here is Action! Thrills! - Adventure!"]
    Daring Comics
  3. 2. [The Search For J. B.]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. [Three-Sided War]
    Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [The Enchanted Marsh]
    The Angel
  6. 5. A Good Impression
  7. 6. [The Mystery House]
    Terry Vance
  8. 7. [The Shark]
    Electro, the Marvel of the Age
  9. 8. [The Plot Against Texas]
    The Masked Raider
  10. 9. [Ka-Zar In America]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
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