(December 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)

["Could the Sub-Mariner hold off the Nazi hordes till help arrived?" [sic]] (Table of Contents)

The Sub-Mariner / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Human Torch [Jim Hammond] (inset); The Angel [Tom Halloway] (inset); The Nazis
Reprints:
Keywords:
anti-aircraft guns; bondage; comic books; Luftwaffe; parachutes; paratroops; World War II

Indexer Notes

The cover also depicts the cover to The Human Torch #2 (#1).

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

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

Pencils:
Alex Schomburg; ? (small illustrations)
Inks:
Alex Schomburg; ? (small illustrations)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro; The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]
Synopsis:
Promotional, illustrated ad for The Human Torch #2 (#1), cover reproduced with art by Schomburg. There are illustations of Torch and Namor, art unknown (probably Burgos and Everett).

Indexer Notes

According to the small ad following the Torch story, Human Torch #2 (#1) was to go on sale September 25th. Sequence added by Craig Delich 2009-8-1.

[The Cult of Fire-Men] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Pete (policeman); Ronald (introduction, death); Kalif (villain, introduction); Cult of Fire-Men (villains, introduction, one dies); Culfra (villain, introduction); a fire-monster (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
The Torch has a real dilemma: he has to track down members of the Fire Cult who have committed a murder, but the man murdered was intending to destroy the world!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Continued next issue.

[Blitzing the U-Boat Base] (Table of Contents)

Prince Namor, 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; un-named Nazi lieutenant (villain); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
After Namor successfully routs invading Nazi paratroopers on an island Dorma and he arrived on for a rest, questioning of the Nazi Lieutenant reveals that the Axis Powers have built a secret submarine base on a little known island 20 miles from the coast of Florida. So Dorma and he head for that base to tackle the Nazi horde.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Continued next issue.

[The Synthetic Diamonds] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Angel [Tom Halloway]; Professor Hanley (villain, introduction); Hanson (villain)
Synopsis:
The Angel investigates a mine operator that has a lot of equipment for handling radium on his hands, equipment that is being used to create synthetic diamonds.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Paul Gustavson to ? by Craig Delich 2009-8-1. The Who's Who does NOT list a writer for this strip.

Redskins Bite Cinders (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)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure; western-frontier
Characters:
Tommy Bryan; Steve Hanson; Barnes; Red; the Indians (villains)
Synopsis:
A group of railroad men use old engine 751 to protect a town from invading Indians.
Reprints:

[The Werewolf Strikes] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Vision [Aarkus]; Dr. Martin Keller (introduction, death); un-named butler of Sanders; Llhupa (villain, introduction, a werewolf, death); Gordon Sanders [aka George Brown] (villain, introduction, a werewolf, death)
Synopsis:
The Vision must battle two werewolves, one in reality Gordon Sanders, a member of the ill-fated Medwick Expedition that discovered a lost Tibetan city called the City of Demons, where he was bitten by such a creature.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Pencils and inks identification by Greg Theakston.

Joe Simon removed from inks field.

Letters credit identified by Greg Theakston and later Harry Mendryk on the Jack Kirby Museum web page http://kirbymuseum.org/blogs/simonandkirby/archives/2369, 31 October 2008 (retrieved 15 December 2014).

[The Kidnapping of Diana Dunn] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Ray Gill (signed)
Pencils:
Bob Oksner [as Robert Oksner] (signed)
Inks:
Bob Oksner [as Robert Oksner] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Terry Vance; Dr. Watson (a monkey); Deadline Dawson (newspaperman); Diana Dunn (introduction); Chuck (villain, introduction); un-named members of Chuck's gang (villains, introduction)
Synopsis:
Deadline takes Terry along when he is scheduled to interview actress Diana Dunn, but a staged "movie scene" turns out to be a real kidnapping of the actress.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The first line of the story reads: "Terry... my boy... we've got a peach of an assignment!"

[Attack of the Subterraneans] (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; The Onees (villains, introduction for all, all die); King of the Onees (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
The destruction of the Fairbanks Iron Works leads Electro into the bowels of the earth to confront the Onees, who take control of the robot and force Professor Zog to come to his rescue.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Continued next issue. Writer revision from Steve Dahlman to ? by Craig Delich 2009-8-1. The Who's Who identifies no writer for this strip.

[Escape From New York] (Table of Contents)

Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 9 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; the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Ka-Zar succeeds in getting Zar out of the zoo he is imprisoned in, and hides out on a British boat heading toward Africa. Unfortunately, the boat is torpedoed by an enemy submarine.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Continued next issue. Writer revision from Ben Thompson to ? by Craig Delich 2009-8-1. The Who's Who does NOT specify a writer for this strip.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Could the Sub-Mariner hold off the Nazi hordes till help arrived?" [sic]]
    The Sub-Mariner
  2. 1. Hey Fellas! Look at This!
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. [The Cult of Fire-Men]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. [Blitzing the U-Boat Base]
    Prince Namor, The Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [The Synthetic Diamonds]
    The Angel
  6. 5. Redskins Bite Cinders
  7. 6. [The Werewolf Strikes]
    The Vision
  8. 7. [The Kidnapping of Diana Dunn]
    The School Boy Sleuth Terry Vance
  9. 8. [Attack of the Subterraneans]
    Electro, the Marvel of the Age
  10. 9. [Escape From New York]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Dan Kocher
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Peter Croome
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich