(Summer 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 Act of March 3, 1879. Copyright 1941 by Timely Comics, Inc. 330 W. 42nd St. N. Y., N. Y. Volume 1, No. 5. Summer 1941 issue. Single copies 10c; Yearly subscription 40c Printed in U.S.A.

Note that the "5" in "Volume 1, No. 5" is oddly vertically stretched.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

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

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

[Next Issue of Captain America Comics] (Table of Contents)

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

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

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

Indexer Notes

This house ad is 1) a promo for Captain America Comics #5, which features an appearance by the Red Skull; and 2) provides a coupon for readers to mail in, along with ten cents, to join Captain America's Sentinels of Liberty.
Found on the inside front cover. Sequence added by Craig Delich (Jan. 2006).

The March of Death [Part 1] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Carl Burgos
Pencils:
Carl Burgos (layouts) (signed)
Inks:
Harry Sahle; ? [Funnies, Inc. shop artists]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Jake; Doctor Smart (introduction)
Synopsis:
Doctor Smart plans a million dollar robbery and is so confident of success, he sends the police a note informing them. The Torch, Toro and the Police are waiting for him but he is ready for everything they try and races away with the money in a hearse. He is eventually forced off a bridge and into the river where he escapes. Not giving up on getting the money, he sends a diver down to recover it. The Torch and Toro start to chase the boat but run into a trap and get caught in the blast from a floating mine.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Artistic revisions by Craig Delich (Dec. 2005). Inker credit formerly given to Carl Burgos.

[Big New Sub-Mariner No.2] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Sub-Mariner; the Angel
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

House ad for Sub-Mariner Comics #2, plus a blurb for the brand new Mystic Comics.
Sequence and all info added by Craig Delich (Jan. 2006).

[The March of Death, 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; ? [Funnies, Inc. shop artists]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Doctor Smart; Rocky
Synopsis:
Recovering from the mine blast, the Torch and Toro continue the pursuit of Doctor Smart and the stolen million dollars. Smart continues to elude using various gimmicks.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inker revision by Craig Delich (Jan. 2006). Inker credit formerly given to Carl Burgos.

Marvel's Pinwheel of Stars! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
jungle; superhero
Characters:
Human Torch; Vision; Sub-Mariner; Ka-Zar; Terry Vance; the Angel
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Promotional house ad for all the comic magazines published by Timely and some of the characters appearing in them.
Sequence and all info added by Craig Delich (Jan. 2006).

The Human Torch and Sub Mariner [sic] Battle the Nazi Super Shell of Death! (Table of Contents)

Human Torch; Sub-Mariner / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils:
Carl Burgos (signed)
Inks:
Carl Burgos (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Sub-Mariner [Namor]
Synopsis:
Torch, Toro and Sub-Mariner find the Nazi have built a huge gun, as high as a 50-story building. They proceed to destroy it and Nazi barges intent on invading Dover.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Spot illo credits by Craig Delich (Dec. 2005).

Blitzkrieg of the Living Dead! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Sub-Mariner [Namor]; Angel [Thomas Halloway]; Carlos
Synopsis:
A group of Nazombies attack the Caribbean Islands and the Sub-Mariner and Angel fight them off.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

There is a very good chance that this story was NOT written and illustrated by Everett. Other sources say Harry Sahle or Sam Burlockoff or another Funnies Inc. Shop person. Info by Craig Delich (Dec. 2005).

[Death Dirge of the Veiled Violinist] (Table of Contents)

Patriot / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Patriot [Jeff Mace]; Mary; Casey; Veiled Violinist
Synopsis:
A man discovers a note that causes bones to disintegrate and he is sent to America by the Nazi to sabotage everything.
Reprints:

[The Young Allies Comics] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill King [as King] (signed)
Inks:
Bill King [as King] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Young Allies [Toro; Percy Bartwell; Tubby Tinkle; Vanderbilt Jefferson; Bucky Jones; Whitewash Jones]; the Red Skull [villain]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

House ad for The Young Allies Comics #1.
Sequence added by Craig Delich (Jan. 2006).

The cover shown in this promo is not the cover that appeared in Young Allies #1. The figure of Stalin was removed, as Russia became the United States' ally between the time the promo appeared and the release of Young Allies #1. (Note from Fred Snyder via the GCD Errors List, 2013-02-03.)

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. [Next Issue of Captain America Comics]
    Captain America
  3. 2. The March of Death [Part 1]
    Human Torch
  4. 3. [Big New Sub-Mariner No.2]
    Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [The March of Death, Part 2]
    Human Torch
  6. 5. Marvel's Pinwheel of Stars!
  7. 6. The Human Torch and Sub Mariner [sic] Battle the Nazi Super Shell of Death!
    Human Torch; Sub-Mariner
  8. 7. Blitzkrieg of the Living Dead!
    Sub-Mariner
  9. 8. [Death Dirge of the Veiled Violinist]
    Patriot
  10. 9. [The Young Allies Comics]
    The Young Allies
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Henry Andrews
  • Merlin Haas
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose