(July 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)

[As the Nazi floating fortress dragged Toro toward his 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 Nazis
Reprints:
Keywords:
British Royal Navy; submersible vehicles; swastikas; World War II

[Big, All New Smashing Comic Book] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Black Marvel [Daniel Lyons]; The Angel [Tom Halloway]
Synopsis:
Illustrtaed promotional ad for All Winners Quarterly #1, on sale May 20, 1941.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

The Idol of Death (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch and Toro the Flaming Kid / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Burgos [as Burgos] (signed)
Pencils:
Carl Burgos [as Burgos] (signed)
Inks:
Carl Burgos [as Burgos] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Mr. Nelson (museum director); Mr. Morrison (idol owner); Prince Itor (villain, dies); Nalda (villain); Crowley (villain); Jarvis (villain)
Synopsis:
Prince Itor wishes to acquire the Idol of Death as legend holds it will grant him the power to rule men as the Pharaohs did. A gangster named Crowley just wants to sell it for its value.
Reprints:

[A sneak preview of one of the many exciting stories from--Captain America Comics] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?; Jack Kirby (story page); Joe Simon (story page)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby (cover illustration); Jack Kirby (story page); Joe Simon (story page)
Inks:
Syd Shores (cover illustration); Joe Simon (story page)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; typeset (some)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Ringmaster
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional ad for Captain America Comics #5, with cover shown as well as a page of the story (plus additional Cap figure), on sale May 5, 1941.
Reprints:

[The Magnetic Lake Mystery] (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:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Betty Dean; Captain Fritz Wiener (villain); un-named partner of Wiener (villain)
Synopsis:
When an airline company suffers five crashes, the Sub-Mariner uses Betty to get the low down from a mysterious Nazi, and he confesses to Betty that he and his boss are attempting to gain control of all of the major American airlines.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the inker as unknown.

The Case of the Transport Crashes! (Table of Contents)

Terry Vance / 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; Major Dahl; Miss Dahl (the Major's daughter); un-named foreign agents (villains, all die)
Synopsis:
After five mysterious airplane crashes, Terry decides to use his radio-controlled model plane to investigate what is happening in the air that may have caused them.
Reprints:

The Story Behind the Cover (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils:
Carl Burgos [as C.B.] (signed)
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Mr. Dymopolis (Greek Minister); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
The Flaming Duo investigate the Nazi destruction of ships carrying vital war goods to Greece.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition credits Carl Burgos with the inks.

Danger Ahead (Table of Contents)

The Patriot / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Ray Gill
Pencils:
Art Gates
Inks:
Art Gates
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Patriot [Jeffrey Mace]; Mary; Casey; Lt. Heinrich Von Betz (villain)
Synopsis:
The Patriot takes on a Nazi agent who has been placed in charge of organizing a campaign of sabotage.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Patriot continues from Human Torch #3. The Masterworks edition credits Alan Mandel with the artwork.

[Fight Against the Fascists] (Table of Contents)

Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Ben Thompson ?
Pencils:
Ben Thompson
Inks:
Ben Thompson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Ka-Zar; Pindar (an eagle); Chaka (an ape); Italian fascists (villains, all die?)
Synopsis:
While aiding the British as they seek to drive the Italian fascists out of East Africa, Ka-Zar encounters a column of Italian tanks making their way through the jungle from Kenya.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

A ? has been added behind the name of Ben Thompson as writer. The Who's Who doesn't credit Thompson writing any of the features he did for Timely. The Masterworks edition lists the inker of the story as unknown. The strip is titled "Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great".

[The Sabotaged Schoolhouse] (Table of Contents)

The Vision / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Vision [Aarkus]; Senator Reeves; Colgan (villain, death); Paget (villain)
Synopsis:
Senator Reeves and his committee head to a seacoast city to investigate the collapse of a school, but the Vision beats them to the punch, uncovering the men responsible for the shoddy construction.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the writer as unknown, Jack Kirby doing the title page, Al Avison doing the pencils and an unknown inker assisting Joe Simon on inks. Doc Vassallo credits Kirby/Simon.

The Weird Ghost of Amber Swamps (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 [Tom Halloway]; un-named girl reporter; Butler (Miller's butler, death); C. J. Miller (villain, millionaire, death)
Synopsis:
The Angel saves a girl reporter in his quest to uncover the identity of the ghost of Amber Swamp.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

A ? has been placed behind the name of Paul Gustavson as writer. The Who's Who states that Gustavson only wrote very, very early humor strips.

[Sincerely, Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner] (Table of Contents)

Sub-Mariner / illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

While the Masterworks edition features the pin-up, the credit page doesn't list it. Found on the back cover of the original comic.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [As the Nazi floating fortress dragged Toro toward his doom...]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. [Big, All New Smashing Comic Book]
    All Winners Quarterly
  3. 2. The Idol of Death
    The Human Torch and Toro the Flaming Kid
  4. 3. [A sneak preview of one of the many exciting stories from--Captain America Comics]
    Captain America Comics
  5. 4. [The Magnetic Lake Mystery]
    The Sub-Mariner
  6. 5. The Case of the Transport Crashes!
    Terry Vance
  7. 6. The Story Behind the Cover
  8. 7. Danger Ahead
    The Patriot
  9. 8. [Fight Against the Fascists]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  10. 9. [The Sabotaged Schoolhouse]
    The Vision
  11. 10. The Weird Ghost of Amber Swamps
    The Angel
  12. 11. [Sincerely, Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner]
    Sub-Mariner
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
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Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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