(March 1941)

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)

["Fighting Side-By-Side"] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; the Nazis
Reprints:
Keywords:
British flag; British Royal Navy; comic books; Kreigsmarine; swastikas; World War II

Indexer Notes

The cover features an illustration of The Human Torch Comics #3 [#2].

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Tuk; The Red Skull
Synopsis:
Illustrated house ad for Captain America Comics #1.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

Fighting Side-By-Side (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch and Sub-Mariner / comic story / 26 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Nazis (villains); the Japanese (villains)
Synopsis:
Japanese and Nazi soldiers are building a tunnel from Siberia to Alaska, so Torch and Subby team-up to put them out of action.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This story continued from the last issue and continued, in part, in the next issue.

[What's Your Story?] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Carl Burgos (Torch); Bill Everett (Sub-Mariner)
Inks:
Carl Burgos (Torch); Bill Everett (Sub-Mariner)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This page introduces a new contest in which readers are shown a picture of Torch and Namor with blank thought balloons, and they are to fill them in [in less than 50 words] with what they think each character is thinking, and then mail the entry back to the editors at Timely Comics before March 1, 1941. The winner will receive a free trip to New York, accompanied by parent or guardian, to sight see, see their favorite cartoonists at work and learn how comic magazines are made.

[Mor the Mighty] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Characters:
Electro; Professor Zog; Mor the Mighty (villain, death); Zabu (villain, death?)
Synopsis:
In order to make himself the Emperor of the Universe, the evil Mor increases the size of his pet cat and sparrows to gigantic proportions to inflict death and destruction upon the world.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

I have placed a ? after writer name. There is no clear indication by the Who's Who that Dahlman ever wrote the material he drew.

Thin Ice (Table of Contents)

Terry Vance / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Ray Gill (signed)
Pencils:
Bob Oksner (illustration)
Inks:
Bob Oksner (illustration)
Letters:
?; typeset (most)

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Terry Vance; Dr. Watson (monkey); Deadline Dawson (cub reporter)
Synopsis:
Terry uses his new gas powered model plane with skiis to save two children who have plunged through thin ice and are about to drown.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the artist as unknown.

[War Against a Werewolf] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Angel [Thomas Halloway]; Bob Harrison; Dr. Roberts; Jean Roberts; Dr. Lin; Singa (villain, death)
Synopsis:
The Angel is mystified when a good friend of his, Dr. Roberts, seems overly secretive, and soon discovers why: the doctor's assistant has become a werewolf!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

I have placed a ? behind the writer name. Gustavson is known to have written only his very early filler strips and not the features he drew [based on research information by Jerry Bails in the Who's Who].

[Burk and the Bomber] (Table of Contents)

Terry Vance, The School Boy 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 (monkey); Deadline Dawson; Burk (prisoner); Claude Kane (villain, factory guard, death); Killer D'Arcy (villain)
Synopsis:
Terry and Dr. Watson track down the true person responsible for the death of a policeman.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the inker as unknown.

[Hoodlums, Inc.] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Vision [Aarkus]; Hank Steel; Vince Garone (villain, death)
Synopsis:
So-called "legitimate" trucking company owner Vince Carone uses every dirty trick in the book to eliminate his competitors in the business.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the strip only by Jack Kirby with unknown inker.

[The Legacy of John Rand] (Table of Contents)

Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Ka-Zar [David Rand]; Trajah (elephant); Ali (native guide); Winston (explorer and friend of John Rand); Alec Wright (villain, John Rands's attorney, death)
Synopsis:
Ka-Zar has to battle the nefarious aims of the attorney of his father, Alec Wright, who forged his name as part owner of Rand's diamond mine.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ka-Zar figure in splash swiped from cover of FLASH COMICS #8. I have placed a ? behind the writer name. According to all the research Jerry Bails did for the Who's Who, there is no clear evidence that Thompson wrote this strip.

Human Torch pin-up (Table of Contents)

Human Torch / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Alex Schomburg
Inks:
Alex Schomburg
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Fighting Side-By-Side"]
    The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Captain America
  3. 2. Fighting Side-By-Side
    The Human Torch and Sub-Mariner
  4. 3. [What's Your Story?]
    contest
  5. 4. [Mor the Mighty]
    Electro, the Marvel of the Age
  6. 5. Thin Ice
    Terry Vance
  7. 6. [War Against a Werewolf]
    The Angel
  8. 7. [Burk and the Bomber]
    Terry Vance, The School Boy Sleuth
  9. 8. [Hoodlums, Inc.]
    The Vision
  10. 9. [The Legacy of John Rand]
    Ka-Zar the Great
  11. 10. Human Torch pin-up
    Human Torch
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Henry Andrews
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Bill Borre
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich