(April 1941)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Timely Comics, Inc.
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)

["Only the Torch could save Toro from his certain doom!"] (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]; Toro; The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor] (inset); The Angel [Thomas Halloway] (inset); The Vision [Aarkus] (inset)
Reprints:

[The Man Who Framed the Torch] (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]; Toro; Police Chief Ryan; The Brain (villain); Shorty (villain); Buddy (villain); Cliff (villain); Tom (villain)
Synopsis:
A criminal called the Brain uses a costume to impersonate the Torch when he robs the Army payroll. He captures the Torch in a water tank, but Toro forces the Brain to tell him how to release Torch after Toro realizes the Brain can't be the Torch because he can't fly.
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["Special offer for readers of Marvel Comics"] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional ad from Captain America and Bucky thanking readers for voting them the most popular hero in comic books, and asking them to join his Sentinels of Liberty if they haven't.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2011-1-10.

[The Legion of Loyalists] (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]; Betty Dean; Luther Robinson; Lynne Harris; Tha-Korr; Princess Fen; Adra; Sina; Lobro; Police Radioman Regan; The Legion of Loyalists (Betty Dean's "Home Guard" regiment); Bob James (Legion member); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
After meeting up again with Luther and Lynne, and dispensing some justice to the Nazis, Namor returns his prisoners to his undersea kingdom in the Antarctic. However, the two escape, enlisting the aid of Lt. Betty Dean, and the undersea peoples must brace themselves for invasion!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

continued next issue

["Ahoy Mates----"] (Table of Contents)

Sub-Mariner / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bill Everett; ?
Inks:
Bill Everett; ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; The Angel [Thomas Halloway] (inset)
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional ad for Sub-Mariner Comics #1, on sale March 1, 1942.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2011-1-10.

Young Ka-Zar (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

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

Characters:
Ka-Zar [David Rand]; Trajah (the elephant); Zar (the lion); Sha (Zar's mate); Nono (the monkey); N'Jaga (the leopard); Paul De Kraft (villain)
Synopsis:
Paul De Kraft, who murdered Ka-Zar's father, returns and captures N'Jaga, whom he paints with luminous paint to scare off those who befriend him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This sequence takes place within story in issue #1. The Masterworks edition lists the inker as Ben Thompson.

A Challenge to You (Table of Contents)

Challenger / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Challenger [Bill Waring]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Illustrated promotional ad, featuring the Challenger, asking readers to pick up the new and better Daring Comics.

[Beasts of the Black River] (Table of Contents)

Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Ka-Zar [David Rand]; Bogat (un-named in this story)
Synopsis:
Ka-Zar hears of a strange land known as the "Black River" and decides to investigate, and has his life saved from a terrible monster by a giant.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

continued next issue; A question mark has been placed behind the writer's name. The Who's Who and Jerry Bails never indicated that Thompson was anything but an artist on this strip.

[The Stolen Bicycles] (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; Jane; Deadline Dawson; Principal Dikes; Dr. Watson (a monkey); Ike (villain); un-named school janitor (villain)
Synopsis:
Terry must investigate the theft of bicycles, which are then repainted and sold to unsuspecting kids.
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[Menace from the Planet Torsa] (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:
?

Genre:
science fiction; superhero
Characters:
Electro; Professor Zog; Dr. Horace Forde; The Antons and their King (villains)
Synopsis:
Professor Zog offers the services of Electro to combat the evil winged inhabitants of the planet Torsa, the Antons.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

A ? has been placed behind the writer's name. The Who Who and Jerry Bails never indicated that Dahlman was anything but the artist for this strip. The last panel of this story is a promotional ad for the new issue of Captain America.

[The Boss of Newton City] (Table of Contents)

The Vision / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Vision [Aarkus]; D.A. Tom Douglas; Big Tim Skelly (villain, political boss); Heinie Myers (villain)
Synopsis:
Political boss Skelly frames the current district attorney for the murder of Daniel Reardon, a political rival.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Skelly is a dead ringer for Richard Nixon! The Masterworks edition only credits Jack Kirby on this story.

The Cat's Paw, Chapter 1: Claws of Death (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]; Dr. Lin (Halloway's friend and teacher, death); The Cat's Paw (villain); Cartier (villain); Hanson (villain); Frank (villain)
Synopsis:
Seeing his friend and teacher killed before his eyes, The Angel attempts to track down the killer and discovers a new and sinister villain behind the killing: The Cat's Paw.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

continued next issue; A ? has been placed behind the writer's name as the Who's Who and Jerry Bails state that Gustavson only wrote very early humorous features and nothing else.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Only the Torch could save Toro from his certain doom!"]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. [The Man Who Framed the Torch]
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. ["Special offer for readers of Marvel Comics"]
    Captain America
  4. 3. [The Legion of Loyalists]
    The Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. ["Ahoy Mates----"]
    Sub-Mariner
  6. 5. Young Ka-Zar
  7. 6. A Challenge to You
    Challenger
  8. 7. [Beasts of the Black River]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  9. 8. [The Stolen Bicycles]
    Terry Vance, Schoolboy Sleuth
  10. 9. [Menace from the Planet Torsa]
    Electro, the Marvel of the Age
  11. 10. [The Boss of Newton City]
    The Vision
  12. 11. The Cat's Paw, Chapter 1: Claws of Death
    The Angel
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  • Tony R. Rose
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  • Craig Delich
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