(January 1941)

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 and the Sub-Mariner / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; the Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Nazis
Reprints:
Keywords:
bondage; motorcycles; swastikas; tanks; Wehrmacht; World War II

Once Again Marvel Comics (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Alex Schomburg
Inks:
Alex Schomburg
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; the Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Nazis
Synopsis:
Promotional ad for the new issue of Marvel Mystery Comics [#16], which talks about Namor and Torch fighting side by side (but they didn't!). The illustration, however, is the cover to Marvel Mystery Comics #15 that depicts both heroes in the artwork.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover. Sequence added by Craig Delich 2009-8-2.

[Search For the Fire-Monsters] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; un-named police chief; Mr. Bleigh (Catena Jewelry Store owner); un-named watchman for the Crafton Bank (death); Kalif (villain, death); Culflam (villain); two fire-monsters (villains, introduction for both); Red (villain)
Synopsis:
A mistake made by the Torch previously has allowed two of the fire monsters to be loosed on the city, and Torch must track down the true villain behind the fire monsters reign of terror.
Reprints:

[Return To New York] (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; Folma; Luther Robinson; Lynne Harris
Synopsis:
Before Luther Robinson can once again undertake a mission to track down Namor, his enemy arrives at the man's apartment and takes Lynne back to Aquaria to be his wife.
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Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2012-3-21. Story in Human Torch #1 probably takes place between pages 1 / 2; continued next issue; Atlantis called "Aquaria" in this issue.

[Murder By Candle] (Table of Contents)

Terry Vance, the Schoolboy Sleuth / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Terry Vance; Dr. Watson (a monkey); Deadline Dawson (newspaper cub reporter); un-named writer (death); un-named writer's son (villain)
Synopsis:
Terry and Deadline find a budding writer dead in his apartment, a victim at the hands of a person purporting to be the man's son.
Reprints:

Dreadnaught From Mars (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script:
David C. Cooke (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Beef Turner; the Martians (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Having roamed through intergalatic space for 3 weeks, on the lookout for the ships of the dreaded Martian Imperialistic Army, Beef Turner suddenly spots one, and by unusual tactics, manages to defeat it.
Reprints:

Winners! Marvel Comics Contest (Table of Contents)

Marvel Comics / text article / 0.5 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; the Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]
Synopsis:
Illustrated page which lists all the winners of the Marvel Comics contest announced in the September, 1940 issue of Marvel Mystery. The 3 1st Prize winners were: Alfred English of Erie, Pennsylvania, Chuck Skinners of Davenport, Iowa and Irwin Markowitz of Newark, New Jersey. The five 2nd Prizes and ten 3rd Prizes winners were also listed. Also, a new contest will be annouced in Marvel Mystery #16. The art featuring the Human Torch is probably by Carl Burgos and on the Sub-Mariner is probably by Bill Everett.
Reprints:
Keywords:
contest

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2009-8-2.

[The Seance of Rhamu Rondi] (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]; Hannah Stone (introduction, Harley's aunt); Linda Wayne (introduction, Hannah's ward); Rhamu Rondi (villain, introduction); Harley Stone (villain, introduction); Burns (villain); Krantz (villain)
Synopsis:
Harley Stone makes an agreement with Rhamu Rondi, an occult mystic, to take advantage of a $10 million dollar clause in his Aunt's will and her weak heart condition.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ink and lettering credits from Greg Theakston. Splash page reproduced in Complete Jack Kirby (Pure Imagination, 1997 series) #2.

[The Brain of Professor Donaire] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Angel [Tom Halloway]; Ed Grant (football All-American, death); Tom Conway (a swimmer, death); Allen Dunn (a miler, death); C. D. Ash (death); Professor Donaire (villain, introduction, a brain, death); Karlo (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Upon finding the bodies of strong young men upon the mysterious Fiery Mountain with their skulls crushed in, the Angel vows to get to the bottom of the mystery or else.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Paul Gustavson to ? by Craig Delich 2009-8-2. The Who's Who doesn't specify a writer for this strip.

[The Green Terror] (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; un-named police captain; Dr. Lorrof (villain, introduction, death); Green Terror (villain, green slime, death); Green Crabs (villains, both die)
Synopsis:
Professor Zog reacts to the appearance of a mysterious metal ball, which is being used by an evil scientist to terrorize Titan City, for inside lies the horrible Green Terror!
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[The Return To Africa] (Table of Contents)

Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ben Thompson (signed)
Inks:
Ben Thompson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Ka-Zar [David Rand]; Zar (a lion); The Nazis (villains, many die); the Italians (villains, many die)
Synopsis:
Ka-Zar and Zar are picked up by a Nazi submarine after the ship they had been on was sunk. But then a British warship sinks the sub and rescues the duo, who are then flown back to the coast of Africa.
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Indexer Notes

Continued next issue. Artist revision from Ben Thompson to ? by Craig delich 2009-8-2. The Who's Who does NOT specify a writer for this strip. Credits added by Craig Delich 8-2-09.

Rushed Hot Off the Press (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro; the Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional ad for the Winter issue of the Human Torch Comics, on sale December 10th.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside back cover. Sequence added by Craig Delich 2009-8-2.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner
  2. 1. Once Again Marvel Comics
    Marvel Mystery Comics
  3. 2. [Search For the Fire-Monsters]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. [Return To New York]
    The Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [Murder By Candle]
    Terry Vance, the Schoolboy Sleuth
  6. 5. Dreadnaught From Mars
  7. 6. Winners! Marvel Comics Contest
    Marvel Comics
  8. 7. [The Seance of Rhamu Rondi]
    The Vision
  9. 8. [The Brain of Professor Donaire]
    The Angel
  10. 9. [The Green Terror]
    Electro, the Marvel of the Age
  11. 10. [The Return To Africa]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  12. 11. Rushed Hot Off the Press
    The Human Torch
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Peter Croome
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich