(June 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)

["Sub-Mariner comes to grips with the Nazi torpedo boat!"] (Table of Contents)

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] (inset); Toro (inset)
Reprints:
Keywords:
British Royal Navy; comic books; fighter planes; Kreigsmarine; torpedoes; World War II

Indexer Notes

The cover also features a small reproduction of The Human Torch Comics #3.

["They know what they want!"] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Toro; Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Thunderer [Jerry Carstairs]; Black Marvel [Dan Lyons] (all head views)
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional ad for the eight comics titled published by Timely.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

[The Hunt For Hawk Rivers] (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; un-named New York City mayor; Willie (child in hospital children's ward); Hawk Rivers (villain)
Synopsis:
The Torch and Toro must deal with a group of arsonists, led by escaped con Hawk Rivers, who demand $10 million in cash or they will burn down New York City with arson bombs.
Reprints:

[I lead! While others try to imitate me!] (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]
Synopsis:
A rather pointed illustrated promotional ad for the Human Torch feature appearing in Marvel Comics.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2011-1-10.

[To Crush Killer Casey] (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; Danny Dougherty; Mrs. Dougherty (Danny's mother); Slim; Little Joe; Killer Casey (villain)
Synopsis:
Prince Namor is enlisted by Betty to investigate dirty work in the fight game after a young fighter is paralyzed after a bout with Killer Casey.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continued from Sub-Mariner Comics #1.

[Free to the thousands of readers of Marvel Comics.] (Table of Contents)

The 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]
Synopsis:
Illustrated house ad announcing to readers that a framed color autographed picture of the Sub-Mariner would appear on the back cover of Marvel Comics #21, similar to the one of the Torch that appeared in issue #17, and that readers should expect to see one of the Angel in a forthcoming issue.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2011-1-10.

[The Vampire Killer of Star 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]; Dave Steel (Star City Eagle reporter); Dr. Rhonik (creator of the Plant Man, never seen in story); The Plant Man (villain)
Synopsis:
Reports of a 10th murder by a vampire killer sparks the interest of the Vision, who discovers this mad creation in time to save the life of a reporter.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the feature by Jack Kirby with inks by Joe Simon.

High Tension: The Origin of the "Angel" (Table of Contents)

The Angel / text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Angel [Thomas Halloway] (origin); Bob Soler (friend of Thomas Halloway)
Synopsis:
The origin of the Angel is told in the words of the Angel's boyhood friend, Bob Soler. The Masterworks edition lists Andrew McWhiney as the writer of this story.
Reprints:

The Mystery of the Radio Robberies (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); Deadline Dawson (cub reporter); Inspector Crane (death); un-named maid of Inspector Crane's
Synopsis:
Terry discovers how the death of Inspector Crane occured and how it tied in with a series of bank robberies.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the inker as unknown.

The Cat's Paw, Chapter 3: Tombs of Torture! (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]; The Cat's Paw (villain); un-named Nazi boss (introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Following the murder of J. P. Thomas, the Angel follows the fleeing Cat's Paw to her hideout castle, where he has a showdown with her and her higher-up Nazi boss.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

A ? was placed after the writer's name. Jerry Bails and the Who's Who are specific that Gustavson only wrote his earlier humor strips and nothing else.

["Now! America's Greatest Heroes"] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Charles Nicholas (Rockman splash); Basil Wolverton (Rockman); various (Defender)
Inks:
Charles Nicolas (Rockman splash); Basil Wolverton (Rockman); various (Defender)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Defender [Don Stevens]; Rockman [Daniel Rose]
Synopsis:
Illsutrated promotional ad for USA Comics #1, on sale April 20, 1942.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2011-1-10.

[Action In Ethiopia] (Table of Contents)

Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Ka-Zar [David Rand]; Trajah (an elephant); Chaka (a gorilla); the Nazis (villains); Italian fascists (villains)
Synopsis:
When Ka-Zar learns of a Nazi plan to bomb the Suez Canal, he and his animal friends set out to destroy the enemy's capability of accomplishing the deed.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

A ? was placed behind the writer's name. Jerry Bails and the Who's Who do not list Thompson as the writer on this feature.

[Get the current issue of Captain America] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Betty Ross; The Red Skull [Johann Schmidt]
Synopsis:
Illustrated [with the cover] promotional ad for Captain America Comics #3, as well as a plea for readers to join Cap's Sentinels of Liberty.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2011-1-10.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Sub-Mariner comes to grips with the Nazi torpedo boat!"]
    The Sub-Mariner
  2. 1. ["They know what they want!"]
  3. 2. [The Hunt For Hawk Rivers]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. [I lead! While others try to imitate me!]
    The Human Torch
  5. 4. [To Crush Killer Casey]
    The Sub-Mariner
  6. 5. [Free to the thousands of readers of Marvel Comics.]
    The Sub-Mariner
  7. 6. [The Vampire Killer of Star City]
    The Vision
  8. 7. High Tension: The Origin of the "Angel"
    The Angel
  9. 8. The Mystery of the Radio Robberies
    Terry Vance, the Schoolboy Sleuth
  10. 9. The Cat's Paw, Chapter 3: Tombs of Torture!
    The Angel
  11. 10. ["Now! America's Greatest Heroes"]
    USA Comics
  12. 11. [Action In Ethiopia]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  13. 12. [Get the current issue of Captain America]
    Captain America
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
  • Bill Borre
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich