(May 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)

["It meant violent death for Toro unless the Torch..."] (Table of Contents)

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

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]
Reprints:
Keywords:
bondage; comic books; mechanical moles; torture; tunneling machines

Indexer Notes

Cover also includes a miniature reproduction of the cover of Sub-Mariner Comics #1.

[Now! The Most Sensational Comic Book Ever Published!] (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]; Red Skull [Johann Schmidt]; Hunchback [Goris Barloff]
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional house ad for Captain America Comics #3.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover. Sequence added by Craig Delich 2011-1-10.

[The Hag] (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 Hag (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
The Hag's gang uses a blackout to enter the stock exchange to fake a second market crash so that she can buy up stock cheap. They use clothes treated with chemicals to deal with the Torch and gas that makes Torch's and Toro's flames go out. Toro breaks his arm in the fall so Torch takes him to the hospital and the doctor tells him that Toro needs a 'flame transfusion'. After Toro's flame has been strengthened, the doctor tells Torch that Toro's flame will never be as strong as his. Torch and Toro corner the Hag, and when she tries to escape them with detonating gas, the explosion kills her.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Toro's flame power reduced somewhat by an injury.

["Gangway Mates!"] (Table of Contents)

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

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

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

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2011-1-10.

[The Trojan Albatrosses] (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; Lt. Betty Dean; Tha-Korr; Bob James; The Legion of Loyalists; The Nazis [Josef; others] (villains)
Synopsis:
At the urging of Betty, Namor decides for all concerned -- Betty, Bob, Lynne, and Luther -- to join together as a group and fight side-by-side against the Nazis.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story line continued in Sub-Mariner #1.

[Watch for the big new 2nd issue of Captain America Comics.] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Adolf Hitler
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional house ad, complete with cover, for Captain America Comics #2.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2011-1-10.

Toro Tells All (Table of Contents)

Toro / text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Toro; Pops (owner of the circus Toro was once a part of)
Synopsis:
Toro relates a time soon after he met the Torch that two men came to Pop's Circus loking for a fire-eater, but soon discovered the men intended on using him to knock over a bank.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

GA: Pops (from Human Torch #1); story takes place just after Human Torch #1

[War Against the Limbos] (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; The Limbos (villains, introduction, lizard-men, some die)
Synopsis:
Ka-Zar and Bogat help fight off the Limbos while also saving a man and woman who have landed their aircraft due to an over-heated engine.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

continued next issue; A ? placed after writer's name. Jerry Bails and the Who's Who never indicated that Thompson did anything but illustrate this feature.

[Mr. Grabbit and the Ghosts] (Table of Contents)

Terry Vance, the 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); Phil; Bob; Mr. Grabbit (introduction); The Chief (villain, introduction); Slug (villain)
Synopsis:
Mr. Grabbit, mixed up with a gang of racketeers, is convinced by a "gang of ghosts" to break off his relationship with the gang and see to it that a lot next to Terry's school is sold to the city for use as a park.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the inker as unknown.

[The Hands of Doom] (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:
superhero
Characters:
Electro; Professor Zog; Sir John Chadwick (introduction); Ellen Chadwick (introduction, his daughter); Basil Drake (villain, introduction, death); Chandi (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Professor Zog responds to the request of an old Oxford school mate to use Electro to help save his life and the life of his daughter from a man who was once forbidden to marry his daughter.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Last golden age appearance. Next appearance in The Twelve #1. A ? was placed after writer's name. Jerry Bails and the Who's Who does not indicate Dahlman was anything but the artist on this feature.

[The Rescue of Professor Bauer] (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]; Professor Bauer (introduction); un-named commander of a concentration camp (villain, introduction); un-named executioner (villain, introduction); Schultz (villain); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
The Vision rescues a professor from a Nazi executioner's blade.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition also lists Al Avison and Al Gabriele as contributing art to this story.

The Cat's Paw, Chapter 2 (Table of Contents)

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]; J. P. Thomas (steel magnate, death); The Cat's Paw (villain); Pug Malone (villain, death)
Synopsis:
The Angel is trapped in the lair of the Cat's Paw, but one of the gang, whom the Angel once saved, helps him escape so that he can discover why the Cat's Paw is attempting to kill off our nation's leading industrialists.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

continued next issue; A ? was placed before the writer's name. Jerry Bails and the Who specifically state that Gustavson only wrote very early humorous features and not his later work.

"Special offer to readers of Marvel Comics" (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; the Human Torch [Jim Hammond]
Synopsis:
Illustrated house ad encouraging readers, including those of the Human Torch, to join Captain America's Sentinels of Liberty.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside back cover. Sequence added by Craig Delich 2011-1-10.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["It meant violent death for Toro unless the Torch..."]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. [Now! The Most Sensational Comic Book Ever Published!]
    Captain America
  3. 2. [The Hag]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. ["Gangway Mates!"]
    The Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [The Trojan Albatrosses]
    The Sub-Mariner
  6. 5. [Watch for the big new 2nd issue of Captain America Comics.]
    Captain America
  7. 6. Toro Tells All
    Toro
  8. 7. [War Against the Limbos]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  9. 8. [Mr. Grabbit and the Ghosts]
    Terry Vance, the Schoolboy Sleuth
  10. 9. [The Hands of Doom]
    Electro, the Marvel of the Age
  11. 10. [The Rescue of Professor Bauer]
    The Vision
  12. 11. The Cat's Paw, Chapter 2
    Angel
  13. 12. "Special offer to readers of Marvel Comics"
    Captain America; the Human Torch
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Bill Borre
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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