(February 1941)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1940-12-10
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)

["The Nazi airdrome was in a panic as the Human Torch ran wild..."] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor] (inset); the Angel [Tom Halloway] (inset); the Vision [Aarkus] (inset); the Nazis
Reprints:
Keywords:
fuel depot; Luftwaffe; Luftwaffe airbase; swastikas; World War II

[Pinhead and His Underworld Army] (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / comic story / 15 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]; Mayor Hawkins; Pinhead (villain, introduction, death); Wickedkop (villain, introduction); Mike (villain)
Synopsis:
The Mayor informs the Torch that 5th columnists under a man named Pinhead have entrenched themselves in the city, so he wants the Flaming Fury to head up a new branch to deal with undesirable elements: the Suicide Squad!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Plot crossover w/the Sub-Mariner story; continued next issue. At the end of the story, the editors inform readers that Marvel Mystery #17 will feature a Torch-Namor team-up, as well as a color, autographed cover reproduction of the Torch on the backcover. Last note added by Craig Delich 2009-8-4.

[The Nazi Invasion Tunnel] (Table of Contents)

The 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]; Luther Robinson; Lynne Harris; Herr Kopf (villain, introduction); Heinrich (villain); Wilhelm (villain); the Nazis (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Namor, Luther and Lynne head for the coast of France, hoping to turn the tide of the war. In doing so, they discover the Nazis are building a massive tunnel underneath the ocean through which they plan to invade Britain, and destroy it. But then they learn that the Japanese also have such a tunnel and Namor decides to call the Torch into the fray.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Plot cross-over with Human Torch story; continued in next issue.

[Slaves of Prince Omei] (Table of Contents)

Electro, the Marvel of the Age / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Steve Dahlman (signed)
Inks:
Steve Dahlman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Electro; Professor Philo Zog; Casey (policeman); Clancy (policeman); Joe (fireman); Bill (workman); Prince Omei (villain, introduction, death); Bull (villain, death)
Synopsis:
A vicious gang czar hypnotizes Professor Zog via a television broadcast and plans to use Electro to overcome the nation.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Steve Dahlman to ? by Craig Delich 2009-8-4. The Who's Who lists NO specific writer for this strip.

Death Trap (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.67 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Larry; Nick; the Nazis (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Although the British government has ordered two R.A.F. pilots to ground their strange new aircraft, they disobey and use it to attack and defeat the enemy.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits added by Craig Delich 2009-8-4.

[Statement of Ownership] (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Lists Abraham Goodman as Publisher, and Martin Goodman as Editor, Managing Editor and Business Manager.

["Dinosaurs At Large"] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Vision [Aarkus]; Barney Bailey (circus showman, death); Matt Carson (Bailey's press agent)
Synopsis:
The Vision battles prehistoric creatures that are part of a traveling circus that have escaped, frightened by a storm.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inker credit from Greg Theakston, via the GCD Error List (2008-4-5); the original indexer credited Joe Simon.

[The Rochell Murder Mystery] (Table of Contents)

Terry Vance, Schoolboy Sleuth / 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 (cub newspaper reporter); Scoop O'Brien (newspaper reporter); Pete (deep sea diver); Fred Rochelle (death); Janice Rochell (Fred's daughter); Boss Pinelli (villain, introduction); Butch (villain); Spud (villain)
Synopsis:
After he is overdue paying off his gambling debts, Fred Rochell is discovered dead. Terry, Deadline and company decide to track down the culprits responsible.
Reprints:

[Karl Schwab's Lightning War] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Angel [Tom Halloway]; Karl Schwab (villain, introduction, death); Hoffman (villain); Bromberg (villain)
Synopsis:
The Angel battles Karl Schwab, who uses men garbed in rubber suits to invade New York City from the sewer system.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Paul Gustavson to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who does NOT list a specific writer for the strip. Notes added by Craig Delich 2009-8-4.

[Showdown With Rajah Sarput] (Table of Contents)

Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Ka-Zar [David Rand]; Zar (a lion); Pindar (an eagle); Trajah (an elephant); Rajah Sarput (villain, death)
Synopsis:
Arriving back in the Belgian Congo, Ka-Zar and Zar learn of an evil man killing the animals of the jungle, and the jungle king vows to stop him at all costs.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revison from Ben Thompson to ? by Craig Delich 2009-8-4. The Who's Who does NOT list a specific writer for this strip.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["The Nazi airdrome was in a panic as the Human Torch ran wild..."]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. [Pinhead and His Underworld Army]
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. [The Nazi Invasion Tunnel]
    The Sub-Mariner
  4. 3. [Slaves of Prince Omei]
    Electro, the Marvel of the Age
  5. 4. Death Trap
  6. 5. [Statement of Ownership]
  7. 6. ["Dinosaurs At Large"]
    The Vision
  8. 7. [The Rochell Murder Mystery]
    Terry Vance, Schoolboy Sleuth
  9. 8. [Karl Schwab's Lightning War]
    The Angel
  10. 9. [Showdown With Rajah Sarput]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Craig Delich
  • Mark Boyer
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich