(November 1940)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD; 0.15 CAD
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)

[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]; The Angel [Tom Halloway] (inset); the Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor] (inset); the Vision [Aarkus] (inset)
Reprints:
Keywords:
cutting torches; vaults

Cut-Throat Justice (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Andrew McWhiney (signed)
Pencils:
Harry Ramsey [as H.R.] (signed)
Inks:
Harry Ramsey [as H.R.] (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Captain McGraw; Warden Dawes; Danny the Dud (villain, death); Sam the Barber (villain)
Synopsis:
As Danny the Dud is being transferred to "the big house", he thinks of his ex-partner whom he double-crossed and sent up the river. Now, as he sits in the barber's chair in prison, ready to get his first shave, the last thing he sees is that ex-partner with a razor in his hand!
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Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front and back covers.

[Terror In the Subway] (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 Hammond]; un-named mayor; Captain Rawlins (policeman); Reiss (villain, introduction); Mr. Morton (villain, introduction, subway builder)
Synopsis:
A subway builder loses both of his sons to cave-ins while constructing the tunnels, causing him to lose his mind and seek revenge, wanting to wreck trains so they wouldn't disturb his sons' graves within the tunnels' walls. But he is confined by those whom he hires to help him accomplish the task and the Torch must stop them or else!
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[Smashing the Island Invasion] (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]; Dorma; Princess Fen; Toro (an Atlantean tailor, introduction); The Nazis (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Namor and Dorma, outfitted in new suits designed to ward off poison gasses, and on their way to Europe to aide in the war efforts, stop off at an island for rest. But they find themselves not only under arrest, but under attack from the Nazis as well.
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[Enter: The Vision] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Vision [Aarkus] (introduction, origin) (see also issue #23); Dr. Enoch Mason (introduction); Shiela Mason (his daughter, introduction); Mose (Mason's butler); Markham (scientist); "Brains Borelli" (villain); Queenie (villain); Tony (villain, introduction); Bomber (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
A professor, believing that ghosts and spirits actually inhabit worlds and universes that co-exist with our universe, is set upon by "Brains" Borelli's men during an experiment to prove his theory. The result is a being called Aarkus, Destoyer of Evil, drawn to the laboratory, which helps to save the professor and his daughter from harm.
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Indexer Notes

Pencils, inks, and letterer identification by Greg Theakston (Joe Simon removed from inks field). Splash page plus selected panels reprinted in Complete Jack Kirby (Pure Imagination, 1997 series) #2.

[Case of the Counterfeit Paintings] (Table of Contents)

Terry Vance / 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 (newspaperman); un-named boss (villain); Slim (villain)
Synopsis:
Terry's discovery of fresh paint on a supposedly vintage oil painting sparks the interest of Terry and his investigation nearly costs him his life.
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[Mystery of the Moon Robots] (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:
adventure
Characters:
Electro; Professor Philo Zog; Dr. Simon Crane (introduction); Betty Crane (his daughter, introduction); Gnorr, Emperor of the Moon (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
The Professor and the Cranes leave Earth for the Moon, but when they send out Electro to investigate the enviornment, he is attacked and captured by moon robots. Zog and the Cranes land and initiate their own attack on the moon people and save the day.
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Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Steve Dahlman to ? made by Craig Delich 2009-7-30. The Who's Who does NOT credit a writer for this strip.

[The Murder of Happy Norton] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Angel [Tom Halloway]; Happy Nolan (introduction, death); Limpy Savoy (villain, death); Rocco (villain); Bumpy (villain); Punchy (villain); Harry (villain)
Synopsis:
The death of a former gang member of the Savoy mob who had chosen to go straight angers the Angel, and he swears to hunt down the men responsible for this death.
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Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Paul Gustavson to ? by Craig Delich 2009-7-30. The Who's Who does NOT indicate a writer for this strip.

[In the New York Jungle] (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; Dr. Wilson
Synopsis:
Now in America, Ka-Zar is taken in by the police and escapes, but through the efforts of the Wilson's, is put into their custody. But Ka-Zar feels he must free Zar as well from behind bars in the zoo, and so he makes his way there to free him.
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Indexer Notes

Continued next issue. Writer revision from Ben Thompson to ? by Craig Delich 2009-7-30. The Who's Who does NOT list a writer for this strip.

Hey Fellas! Look at This! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Alex Schomburg
Inks:
Alex Schomburg
Letters:
?

Characters:
Human Torch; Toro; Sub-Mariner
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Promotional, illustrated ad for The Human Torch (Marvel, 1939 Series) #2, cover reproduced with art by Schomburg from back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. Cut-Throat Justice
  3. 2. [Terror In the Subway]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. [Smashing the Island Invasion]
    The Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [Enter: The Vision]
    The Vision
  6. 5. [Case of the Counterfeit Paintings]
    Terry Vance
  7. 6. [Mystery of the Moon Robots]
    Electro, the Marvel of the Age
  8. 7. [The Murder of Happy Norton]
    The Angel
  9. 8. [In the New York Jungle]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  10. 9. Hey Fellas! Look at This!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Steve Jenner
  • Craig Delich
  • Peter Croome
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich