(August 1941)

Marvel, 1941 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1941-04-20
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
U.S.A. Comic Magazine Corp.
Editing:
Joe Simon
Color:
Full Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing

Issue Notes

U. S. A. COMICS is published monthly by U. S. A. Comic Magazine Corp. at Meriden, Conn. Application for second class data entry pending at the post office at Meriden, Conn., under Act of March 3, 1879. Single copies 10c; yearly subscription $1.00. Entire contents copyrighted 1941 by U. S. A. Comic Magazine Corp., 330 W. 42nd St., New York, N. Y.


none (Table of Contents)

The Defender / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Defender [Don Stevens]
Reprints:

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:
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro; Sub-Mariner [Namor]; Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky Barnes; Black Marvel [Dan Lyons]; Angel [Tom Hallaway]
Synopsis:
Illustrated ad for the new All Winners Quarterly #1, spotlighting the main characters, on sale May 20th.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover; sequence and all info added by Craig Delich 8-18-08.

none (Table of Contents)

The Defender / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Joe Simon; Jack Kirby
Pencils:
Joe Simon (looming image); Al Avison ?; Al Gabriele ?
Inks:
Joe Simon
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Defender [Don Stevens] (introduction)
Synopsis:
Brief illustrated introduction for the Defender: as long as there is injustice, there is a need for a defender to battle it.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Pencils previously credited to Jack Kirby; Joe Simon. Revised art credits from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, 4/4/2007. Synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-18-08.

[The Hideous Dame Kackle] (Table of Contents)

The Defender / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Avison ?; Charles Nicholas ?
Inks:
Charles Nicholas
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Defender [Don Stevens]; Rusty (introduction, Defender's sidekick); Sally Kean (introduction); Dame Kackle (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
When U.S. Marine Don Stevens investigates the death of a man who was pushed from an old schooner, it is the Defender who is called to the fore to battle the evil Dame Kackle.
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Indexer Notes

Pencils previously credited to Charles Nicholas. Revised art credits from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, 4/4/2007. Some info and synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-18-08.

[Origin of the Whizzer] (Table of Contents)

Whizzer / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Whizzer [Bob Frank] (introduction, origin); Dr. Emil Frank [Bob's father] (introduction, death); Granno (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Crook Granno "makes" Dr. Frank kill a patient he is operating on and tells the good doctor to get out of the country---or else! But Frank's son, now known as the Whizzer, sees things differently and vows revenge on the man who led Dr. Frank to die in the jungles of Africa.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-18-08.

The Spirits of Freedom (Table of Contents)

Mr. Liberty / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Phil Sturm [as Sturm] (signed)
Pencils:
Syd Shores [as Shores] (signed)
Inks:
George Klein
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Mr. Liberty [John Liberty] (introduction, origin); Herr Leader (villain, introduction); Adolf Hitler (villain, cameo); Paul Revere (as ghost); Ethan Allan (as ghost)
Synopsis:
Hitler threatens America through the use of fifth columnists to destroy America's arsenals and powerhouses. But the U.S. has an ace in the hole: Mr. Liberty!
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Indexer Notes

Inks previously credited to Syd Shores. Revised art credits from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, 4/4/2007. Synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-18-08.

The Haunted Fireplace (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Arthur Cazeneuve (signed)
Pencils:
Arthur Cazeneuve ?
Inks:
Arthur Cazeneuve ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Captain Hennigan; Gregory Stanton; Jamieson (villain)
Synopsis:
After the death of John Hardy, the "ghost" of Hardy begins appearing to Gregory Stanton, trying to convince him to turn over the lands he owned to Hardy's sons.
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Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration. Art credits from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, 4/4/2007. Characters and synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-18-08.

The Tunnel That Led To Death (Table of Contents)

Rockman, Underground Secret Agent / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Basil Wolverton
Pencils:
Basil Wolverton; Charles Nicholas ? (splash)
Inks:
Basil Wolverton; Charles Nicholas ? (splash)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Rockman (introduction, origin); J. J. Gollings (introduction, death); Roffler (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Gollings, construction enginner, agrees to build a tunnel from Roffler's basement for the sum of $5000, not realizing over the top of it will be built a giant airfield, whose airplanes will be used to destroy a factory.
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Indexer Notes

Charles Nicholas credit for splash panel from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, 4/4/2007; the original indexer credited the pencils to Jack Kirby and the inks to Joe Simon. Synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-18-08.

Captain America Wants You! (Table of Contents)

Captain America's Sentinels of Liberty / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky Barnes
Synopsis:
Illustrated ad, urging readers to join Cap's Sentinels of Liberty.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence and all info added by Craig Delich 8-18-08.

[The Coming of the Young Avenger] (Table of Contents)

Young Avenger / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Howard Purcell [as Michael Robard] (signed)
Inks:
Howard Purcell [as Michael Robard] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Young Avenger [Bill Bryan; Bill Bryon] (introduction); Eric von Himmel (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
The Young Avenger faces the dire threat of Nazi agents who are successfully destroying aviation works throughout the nation.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Previous art credited to "Michael Robard" as pseudonym for Mike Roy. Revision of pseudonym "Michael Robard" to Howard Purcell by Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, 4/4/2007. Synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-18-08. The Young Avenger's last name is spelled differently each time it appears. Only golden age appearance. Next appearance in All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes (Marvel, 2011 series) #1.

They Know What They Want! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Characters:
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro; Sub-Mariner [Namor]; Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Thunderer [Jerry Carstairs]
Synopsis:
Illustrated ad promoting Timely Comics magazines on sale at newsstands: Marvel Comics, Captain America Comics, Sub-Mariner Quarterly, Mystic Comics, Human Torch Quarterly, Daring Comics and the Angel Quarterly.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence and all info added by Craig Delich 8-18-08. The identity of the figure on the fake "Mystic" cover is unclear- he was previously identified as Marvel Boy, who never appeared in that title. He does not clearly resemble any then-current Mystic character (Henry Andrews 2008-10-10).

[The Origin of Jack Frost] (Table of Contents)

Jack Frost / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils:
Charles Nicholas
Inks:
Charles Nicholas
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Jack Frost (introduction); Dr. Forbes (introduction, death); Police Commissioner Brian (introduction); Hal Jenkins (introduction); Alice Forbes (introduction); Mike Zelby (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
With his dying breathe, a man tells Jack Frost to save his daughter from a man out to steal the gold mine in Alaska that he had discovered.
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Indexer Notes

Pencils and inks credit from Michael Vassallo via Timely-Atlas-Comics Yahoo Group (6 April 2007), from his confirming review of the art with Carmine Infantino. Previous indexers had credited pencils to Carmine Infantino and inks to Frank Giacoia (based on an interview with Carmine Infantino in The Comics Journal #191. That interview was referring to the story in USA Comics #3). Some info and synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-18-08.

Wings of America (Table of Contents)

Comicscope Camera Projector / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

["9000 Novelties"] (Table of Contents)

Johnson Smith & Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. none
    The Defender
  2. 1. Big, All New Smashing Comic Book
    All Winners Quarterly
  3. 2. none
    The Defender
  4. 3. [The Hideous Dame Kackle]
    The Defender
  5. 4. [Origin of the Whizzer]
    Whizzer
  6. 5. The Spirits of Freedom
    Mr. Liberty
  7. 6. The Haunted Fireplace
  8. 7. The Tunnel That Led To Death
    Rockman, Underground Secret Agent
  9. 8. Captain America Wants You!
    Captain America's Sentinels of Liberty
  10. 9. [The Coming of the Young Avenger]
    Young Avenger
  11. 10. They Know What They Want!
    Marvel Comics magazines
  12. 11. [The Origin of Jack Frost]
    Jack Frost
  13. 12. Wings of America
    Comicscope Camera Projector
  14. 13. ["9000 Novelties"]
    Johnson Smith & Company
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Henry Andrews
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  • Mark Boyer
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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