(Spring 1941)

Marvel, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
quarterly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Timely Comics, Inc.
Editing:
Joe Simon
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

HUMAN TORCH published quarterly by Timely Comics, Inc. at Meriden, Conn. Entered as second class matter at the Post Office at Meriden, Conn. under the Act of March 3, 1897. Copyright 1941 by Timely Comics, Inc. 330 W. 42nd St. N. Y., N. Y. Volume 1, No. 4. Spring issue. Printed in U.S.A. Single copies 10c; Yearly subscription 40c

The statement of ownership lists Martin Goodman as Editor. It is believed that during this period (from Red Raven #1 until the successful debut of Captain America Comics) that Joe Simon was working as an editor on a freelance basis. Therefore he would not have held the official title. This is consistent with Simon's known work editing/packaging Red Raven #1, Daring Mystery #6 and other issues but also stating that he was not made the editor of the entire Timely line of comics until after Captain America proved successful (as stated in his book The Comic Book Makers).


[untitled] (Table of Contents)

Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

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

[Now! The Most Sensational Comic Book Ever Published!] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Joe Simon; Jack Kirby
Pencils:
Joe Simon; Jack Kirby
Inks:
Joe Simon; Jack Kirby; Al Gabriel
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America; Bucky; Red Skull (villain)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ad for Captain America Comics #3, showing first few pages the the first story, "The Return of the Red Skull."
Found on the inside front cover. Sequence and credits added by Craig Delich (Dec. 2005).

The Mystery of the Disappearing Criminals [Part 1] (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Burgos (signed)
Pencils:
Carl Burgos (layouts) (signed)
Inks:
Harry Sahle (finishes)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Jimmy Wilson; Gromley; Blackjack
Synopsis:
The Torch is asked help when criminals start disappearing. The Torch comes up with a plan for Toro to turn to crime in an effort to be contacted by the people behind the disappearances. However, they see through Toro's act and capture him. The Torch tracks them to a ship at sea only to be captured before he can rescue Toro but Toro rescues the Torch, instead. Just as he is about to capture Blackjack, the leader uses a smoke bomb to slip away.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Revised artistic credits by Craig Delich (Dec. 2005). Inker credit formerly given as Carl Burgos.

Watch For This Winner (Table of Contents)

Ad for All-Aces Comics #1 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (various)
Inks:
? (various)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America; The Angel; Sub-Mariner; Human Torch; Toro; Hurricane
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich (Dec. 2005).
Perhaps it's common knowledge, but it might help someone (as it did me when I went looking for All-Aces Comics #1) to note this comic doesn't exist:

The summer of 1941 was busy for the Timely staff. Goodman's books were turning a profit, and he told Joe Simon to come up with another book. It was originally going to be called All-Aces Comics, and would include characters who were proven winners for Timely - Captain America, the Sub-Mariner, the Torch, and so on; Goodman most likely was inspired by the sales figures of All-Star Comics from All-American, which featured Hawkman, the Flash, the Spectre, and other stars of the National line (Goodman was not to be inspired by the idea of All-Star Comics centerpiece, the Justice Society of America, for some years).

from http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Olympus/7160/Timely4.htm
by Jess Nevins

[The Mystery of the Disappearing Criminals, Part 2] (Table of Contents)

Human Torch / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Burgos (signed)
Pencils:
Carl Burgos [layouts] (signed)
Inks:
Harry Sahle (finishes)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Jimmy Wilson; Blackjack; Davis
Synopsis:
Having slipped away from the Torch, Blackjack radios his base to have bombers attack the ship. Before the Torch can destroy all of them, one shoots Toro in the shoulder. The Torch gets Toro to a hospital and continues his search for Blackjack and his gang, capturing all but two of them. Hearing this, Toro asks Jimmy to find information on their location. Jimmy finds out that one of them will be at a game so Toro sneaks out of the hospital to be there. Finding Davis, Toro keeps him occupied until the Torch arrives. Sending Toro back to the hospital, he gets Davis to reveal where Blackjack is.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Revised inker credit by Craig Delich (Dec. 2005). Credit formerly given to Carl Burgos.

[This is the Story of One American Who Decided to Do Something About It All!] (Table of Contents)

The Patriot / text story / 1.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Ray Gill (signed)
Pencils:
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks:
Bill Everett (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Patriot [Jeff Mace] (introduction, origin)
Synopsis:
Aboard a plane with many high ranking officials going to a munitions plant where a strike was being planned, Jeff and the rest were shocked to discover their pilots were parachuting to the ground. With the plane in a crash dive, Jeff changes to the Patriot and puts the plane back on course. In the cockpit, Jeff finds evidence that the pilots were really fifth columnists trying to kill the passengers. Landing at the munitions plant, the Patriot takes care of another fifth columnist trying to agitate the crowd into attacking the plant.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Illustration credits added by Craig Delich (Dec. 2005).

Statement of the ownership, management, circulation, etc. (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
Abraham Goodman; Maurice Coyne (notary)
Letters:
typeset
Editing:
Timely Publications (owner); Abraham Goodman (owner, publisher); Martin Goodman (editor, managing editor, business manager)

Synopsis:
Statement for "HUMAN TORCH COMICS, published quarterly at Meriden, Connecticut, for October 1st, 1940."
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

All addresses for Timely Publications and Martin and Abraham Goodman are given as 330 W. 42nd St., New York, N. Y.
Note that by the time of this issue's printing, Timely Comics, Inc. had replaced Timely Publications in the indicia.

[The Serum Must Get Through!] (Table of Contents)

Sub-Mariner / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Sub-Mariner
Synopsis:
With a remote town in Alaska suffering from an influenza epidemic and a massive snow storm, the government asks Namor for his aid in getting a supply of influenza serum to the residents.
Reprints:

[Rushed Hot Off the Press!] (Table of Contents)

Marvel Mystery Comics #20 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

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

Indexer Notes

Ad for Marvel Mystery Comics #20.

[The Yellowshirts Turn Yellow!] (Table of Contents)

Patriot / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Ray Gill
Pencils:
George Mandel
Inks:
George Mandel
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Patriot [Jeff Mace]; Mary; Casey; Yellowshirts (Fifth Column group)
Synopsis:
The chief of a subversive group, called the Yellowshirts, announces that the group is now powerful enough to take on the U.S. government and destroy it, and the order goes out to do just that. But they are met with resistance and defeated by the people led by the Patriot.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Revised art credits by Craig Delich (Dec. 2005). Pencil credit formerly given as Sid Greene and inker credit formerly given as Paul Reinman.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [untitled]
    Human Torch
  2. 1. [Now! The Most Sensational Comic Book Ever Published!]
    Captain America
  3. 2. The Mystery of the Disappearing Criminals [Part 1]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. Watch For This Winner
    Ad for All-Aces Comics #1
  5. 4. [The Mystery of the Disappearing Criminals, Part 2]
    Human Torch
  6. 5. [This is the Story of One American Who Decided to Do Something About It All!]
    The Patriot
  7. 6. Statement of the ownership, management, circulation, etc.
  8. 7. [The Serum Must Get Through!]
    Sub-Mariner
  9. 8. [Rushed Hot Off the Press!]
    Marvel Mystery Comics #20
  10. 9. [The Yellowshirts Turn Yellow!]
    Patriot
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  • Steve Dasinger
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