(September 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 Toro faced death..."] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; the Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Nazis
Reprints:
Keywords:
amphibious assault; amphibious assault boats; anti-aircraft guns; bondage; comic books; Wehrmacht; World War II

Indexer Notes

The cover also features the cover to The Human Torch Comics #5[a], illustrtated by Alex Schomburg.

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

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sub-Mariner [Prtince Namor]; the Angel [Tom Halloway]
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional house ad for Sub-Mariner Comics #2, with cover shown, and for the new issue of Mystic Comics.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

Highway of Mystery (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:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond] Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Mr. Topper; The Leader [N-4]; Sigmund (villain); Rudolph (villain)
Synopsis:
N-4, a Nazi saboteur, has infiltrated the Topper Tank factory as an executive secretary. She has her men build a hideout above a superhighway so that she can drop a ramp to capture experimental models of a new tank during transit. She is finally unmasked by the Torch and Toro.
Reprints:

The Case of the Vanishing Convicts! (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]; Prof. Dorn; Ramon Valerez (villain, death); Black John (villain, death); Mona Lake (villain)
Synopsis:
Namor has to overcome a mad scientist who is trying to create a race of evil Sub-Mariners to war against America!
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[Don't miss the next big issue of Captain America] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Joseph C. Yuhas (photo)
Synopsis:
The top half of this page has the Torch and Namor congratulating Joseph C. Yuhas of Duryea, Pennsylvania, the winner of a contest begun issues before. Includes his prize winning letter. The lower half of the page is an illustrtated promotional ad for the new issue of Captain America Comics featuring the "Red Skull and His Whistling Death" story, plus a plug for Cap's Sentinels of Liberty, asking readers to join.
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[Swastika Over Europe] (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; Mr. Opperman (death); Howard (villain, stage director)
Synopsis:
The Patriot puts an end to the murderous activity of a self-confessed Bundsman, who wanted to end a play that was anti-Nazi.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition credits Alan Mandel with the art.

The Vision Speaks (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils:
Bill Everett ? [as WEB] (signed)
Inks:
Bill Everett ? [as WEB] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Vision [Aarkus](origin); The Law-Giver (President of the World of Smoke); Markham Ericsohn (scientist)
Synopsis:
At the urging of a scientist, the Law-Giver assigns a volunteer policeman to come to the Earth to fight all evil.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Takes place before Marvel Mystery #13. Craig Delich surmises that the art, signed as WEB, may well, in fact, be Bill Everett. In early tales Everett drew, he signed his name as William Blake. It's possible that the artist here is: "W" = William; "E" = Everett; "B" = Blake.

[Cult of the Shark-god] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Vision [Aarkus]; the Zambiji people; Kai-Mak, the Shark-God (villain, death)
Synopsis:
The Vision comes to Earth to investigate the sacrificing of humans to the mysterious Kai-Mak, the Shark-God.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition credits Jack Kirby alone for story and pencils, but also credits an unknown inker assisting Joe Simon.

[Neutralizing the Nazis] (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]; Trajah (an elephant]; the Nazis (villains, all die)
Synopsis:
Ka-Zar ends his battle with the Nazis, who are attempting to establish an air base in the African jungle.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The title of this strip is "Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great". A ? has been placed by the writer. The Who's Who indicates that Thompson never wrote any of the features he illustrated for Timely.

The Mystery of the Green Diamond (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; Mayor Brown; Mrs. Brown (mayor's wife); un-named chief of police; mayor's butler (villain)
Synopsis:
Terry and Deadline are invited to a swanky party thrown by the mayor, then must investigate the disappearance of the green diamond necklace worn by the mayor's wife.
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[Death On Inferno Isle] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Avison
Inks:
Al Gabriele
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Angel [Tom Halloway]; Diane Mason; George Hill (Diane's fiance); Von Reiman (villain, dies); the Nazis (villains, all die)
Synopsis:
The Angel is at Inferno Isle and discovers that the Temple of Fire located there is masking a secret Nazi base
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition credits Alan Mandel with the art.

Read the Human Torch (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; the Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Nazis
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional house ad, with the cover, to Human Torch Clmics #5 [a], spotlighting the story "The March of Death!"
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["As Toro faced death..."]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. [Big New Sub-Mariner No. 2]
    Sub-Mariner Comics
  3. 2. Highway of Mystery
    The Human Torch and Toro the Flaming Kid
  4. 3. The Case of the Vanishing Convicts!
    The Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [Don't miss the next big issue of Captain America]
  6. 5. [Swastika Over Europe]
    The Patriot
  7. 6. The Vision Speaks
    The Vision
  8. 7. [Cult of the Shark-god]
    The Vision
  9. 8. [Neutralizing the Nazis]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  10. 9. The Mystery of the Green Diamond
    Terry Vance, the School Boy Sleuth
  11. 10. [Death On Inferno Isle]
    The Angel
  12. 11. Read the Human Torch
    Human Torch Comics
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Steve Jenner
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Bill Borre
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich