(August 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)

["Death for Toro and the Allies..."] (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Alex Schomburg
Inks:
Alex Schomburg
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; typeset (some)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Nazis
Reprints:
Keywords:
bombs; swastikas; tanks; World War II

[Now on sale. The two New smashing comic magazine sensations] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Alex Schomburg (All Winners Comics); Jack Kirby (USA Comics)
Inks:
Alex Schomburg (All Winners Comics); Joe Simon (USA Comics)
Letters:
?; typeset (some)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Defender [Don Stevens]; Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; The Angel [Tom Halloway]; Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; The Black Marvel [Daniel Lyons]
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional ad for All Winners Comics #1 and USA Comics #1, both with covers.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

[The Invasion of Alslavia] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Kapula (Alslavian Embassy personnel]; Sahlous [Alslavian Embassy personnel]; the Nazis [Eric, others un-named](villains, many die)
Synopsis:
The small European nation of Alslavia appeals to Torch and Toro for aid against the Nazis. On arrival, they encounter the Nazi invasion wall, a large armored wall mounted on tank treads. After destroying the wall the Torches head out to sea and they spot a Nazi sub, but when they investigate, they determine that there is no one aboard. Diving down below, they discover a terrifying Nazi undersea fortress lying in wait for the British and Alslavian cruisers sent out to sink the sub. Torch destroys the fortress and all aboard her perish.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists inker credit as unknown.

[Namor's Flying Bantam Car] (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]; Tony (junk yard owner); Herr Krauss (villain); Wilhelm (villain); Paul (villain)
Synopsis:
While passing through a small mid-western town, Namor muses over how to stop the subversive activities of the Nazis, and develops a special miniature field car, somewhat along the lines of one developed by the Army -- but with some novel twists -- that he uses to battle the Nazis.
Reprints:

[The Nazis' Death Gas] (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 [David Rand]; the Nazis (villains, some die); the Italians (villains)
Synopsis:
Ka-Zar battles the Nazis who are using a chemical spray to kill off the vegetation in the jungle, and who hope, along with the Italians, to establish a post in, and eventually control, Central Africa.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continued next issue. A ? has been placed after the writer credit. The Who's Who does not lists any writer credits for Thompson on features he did for Timely. The feature is titled "Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great".

The Strange Case of Captain America and the Hangman: Who Killed Doctor Vardoff (Table of Contents)

Captain America Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Kirby; Joe Simon
Pencils:
Jack Kirby (cover); Jack Kirby; Joe Simon
Inks:
Jack Kirby ? (cover); Joe Simon
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; typeset (some)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes; The Monocle; the Hangman [Dr. Nicolai Vardoff]
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional ad for Captain America Comics #6, with two splash pages from stories in the issue, the cover and other art.
Reprints:

The Mystery of the Phantom Killer (Table of Contents)

Terry Vance, the School Boy 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; Clancy (a policeman); un-named circus employee (villain)
Synopsis:
Terry tackles the case of jewel robberies by a person known as the Phantom Robber, and discovers that the thefts occur in towns being visited by the circus.
Reprints:

["Tank Production Menaced!"] (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]; Casey; Smitty (villain)
Synopsis:
The Patriot battles a Nazi saboteur who has the intention of stalling production of a new, streamlined tank.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition identifies the artist as Alan Mandel.

Dunkirk Incident (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils:
Harry Ramsey ? [as R.] (signed)
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero; war
Characters:
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Nazis (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Torch relates the story of how British soldiers at Dunkirk received help against the Nazis from "some unknown source!"
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story Behind the Cover. The Masterworks edition identifies Harry Ramsey as penciler and inker.

[Khor, the Black Sorceror] (Table of Contents)

The Vision / comic story / 5.5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Vision [Aarkus]; Khor, the Black Sorcerer (villain)
Synopsis:
The Vision embarks on the task of saving the lives of the crew of the U.S.S. Olympus which vanished in Antarctica.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition identifies unknown writer for the story, Jack Kirby doing the title page, Al Avison doing the pencils and an unknown inker.

[Special Offer for readers of Marvel Comics] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America; Bucky
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

An illustrated promotional ad for Captain America's Sentinels of Liberty.

[The Revenge of Sphinx Henchel] (Table of Contents)

The Angel / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Gabriele (signed)
Inks:
Al Avison (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Angel [Tom Halloway]; Judge Lind (death); Dr. Van Horn; un-named district attorney; "Sphinx" Henchel (villain, death); Nick (villain); Trigger (villain)
Synopsis:
The Angel investigates a bizarre case in which a grotesque, wild-eyed man crashes into an operating room and prevents the surgeons from saving the life of a judge.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition identifies Chu Hing and an unknown as additional inkers.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Death for Toro and the Allies..."]
    The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner
  2. 1. [Now on sale. The two New smashing comic magazine sensations]
    USA Comics and All Winners Comics
  3. 2. [The Invasion of Alslavia]
    The Human Torch and Toro the Flaming Kid
  4. 3. [Namor's Flying Bantam Car]
    The Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [The Nazis' Death Gas]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  6. 5. The Strange Case of Captain America and the Hangman: Who Killed Doctor Vardoff
    Captain America Comics
  7. 6. The Mystery of the Phantom Killer
    Terry Vance, the School Boy Sleuth
  8. 7. ["Tank Production Menaced!"]
    The Patriot
  9. 8. Dunkirk Incident
  10. 9. [Khor, the Black Sorceror]
    The Vision
  11. 10. [Special Offer for readers of Marvel Comics]
  12. 11. [The Revenge of Sphinx Henchel]
    The Angel
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