(October 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 ritual of death began..."] (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 [Thomas Raymond]
Reprints:

[Back comes the dreaded Red Skull] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; the Red Skull [Johann Schmidt]
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional ad for the new issue of Captain America Comics featuring the Red Skull, plus illustrated ad for Cap's Sentinels of Liberty.
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Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

Meet the Parrot (Table of Contents)

Human Torch and Toro / 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]; Warden Thomaz; Bob (a guard); Tom (a guard); The Parrot(villain); Culflam (villain, death); Luther (villain)
Synopsis:
The Parrot escapes jail and sends a message to the Torch via, what else?, a parrot, that he's planning to attack the opera. Torch and Toro attend the opera that evening, when suddenly gas is pumped out from behind the curtain, knocking out the guests. Parrot's men move amongst them relieving the ladies of their jewelry. Torch enters the fray, but the Parrot knocks him out and places him in a guillotine. Toro saves him, and afterwards, Torch grabs the Parrot's feet while Toro binds his hands. Torch threatens him with the electric chair, but the Parrot says he isn't worried.
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[The Young Allies Comics] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee [as Lee] (signed)
Pencils:
Bill King [as King] (signed); Jack Kirby (cover)
Inks:
Bill King [as King] (signed); Syd Shores (cover)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Whitewash Jones; Washington Vanderbilt Jefferson; "Knuckles" Percy Bartwell; Henry "Tubby" Tinkle; Red Skull [Johann Schmidt]; Adolf Hitler
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional ad [with cover] to the 1st issue of Young Allies Comics.
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Indexer Notes

Lee and King signed this piece and are, most likely, two separate people. Bill King did such house ads from 1941-43 and Stan Lee wrote such ads during the same years. Added by Craig Delich 2013-7-5.

Battles The Undersea Blitzkrieg (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][as Amer]; Dorma; Princess Fen; Simma; Daka (villain); Lt. Geeresse (villain); Lonu-Ne (villain, Chancellor); the Seal People (villains); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Namor decides to return to his kingdom to see how things are going, but discovers that he has been declared a traitor and ordered executed by Daka, who has overthrown Princess Fen and joined forces with the villainous Seal Men.
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Indexer Notes

Story in Tales to Astonish #70 bears marked similarities. The Masterworks edition credits an unknown artist working with Bill Everett on this story.

[Mystery In the Maine Woods] (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; "Bull" Dawson (Deadline's father, lumber mill owner); Jeff Cramer (villain)
Synopsis:
Terry and Deadline head north to investigate why Deadline's father isn't providing paper pulp to the newspaper on time, and discovers that a rival of Dawson is responsible.
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Who Robbed the Carter Bank?, or, How Good a Detective Are You? (Table of Contents)

Terry Vance / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils:
Bob Oksner
Inks:
Bob Oksner
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Terry Vance; Dr. Watson (a monkey); Deadline Dawson; Hi Smithers (night watchman); Police Commissioner Henderson; Lieutenant Jackson; Charlie Biswell (Carter's private secretary); Jake Walters; Lemuel Carter (villain, bank President)
Synopsis:
Terry Vance takes the reader step by step, clue by clue, on a case involving a bank robbery and allows the reader to become their own sleuth and figure out the guilty party.
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Indexer Notes

Art credits from the Masterworks edition.

[The German Peacemonger] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Ray Gill ?
Pencils:
Sid Greene
Inks:
Sid Greene
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Patriot [Jeffrey Mace]; Casey; Fritz (villain); Herr Huss (villain, Deputy to Hitler); John Garrett (villain; millionaire); Garrett's butler (villain)
Synopsis:
Hitler's Deputy flies unauthorized to New Jersey to arrange a treaty of peace between the British and Germany, and convinces the Patriot to take him to the estate of a millionaire friend of his.
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Indexer Notes

Story is continued next issue. This story is based somewhat loosely on the true story of Hitler's Deputy, Rudolf Hess, who, indeed, flew unauthorized to England in 1941, wanting to arrange a peace between England and Germany, and Hitler branded him a traitor.

[The Stronghold of Ali Hamud] (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]; Prince Ali Hamud (villain); Capt. Ollendorff (villain); un-named giant (villain, death)
Synopsis:
Ka-Zar lands at a camouflaged Nazi field and is welcomed by Prince Hamud as a Nazi agent, and he learns that the Prince is attempting to refuel Nazi planes en route to strike at Britain's southern African colonies.
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Indexer Notes

Story is continued next issue. The full title of this strip is "Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great". The Masterworks edition credits Frank Frollo with the art [the Who's Who does NOT have Frollo doing any work for Timely/Marvel]. A ? has been placed behind the writer's name as the Who's Who states that Ben Thompson wrote none of the features he did for Timely.

[Grosso of the War-Dust World] (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]; Grosso (villain, death)
Synopsis:
The Vision must battle the evil Grosso, who is attempting to destroy America's national defense industries.
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Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition credits Al Avison and another unknown artist as doing the inks for the story.

[The Eye Thief] (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]; Mr. Blakely; Mr. Keene (artist); Dr. Hyde (villain)
Synopsis:
A great eye surgeon gets drunk one night, but has to perform delicate eye surgery. He bungles the job, and swears revenge by taking away people's eyesight, then ransoming the victims in order for sight to be restored.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition credits Alan Mandel with pencils and unknown artist with inks.

[The great new comic magazine you demanded!] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Angel [Tom Halloway]
Synopsis:
Promotional house ad for Sub-Mariner Comics #2, including reproduction of the cover.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["As the ritual of death began..."]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. [Back comes the dreaded Red Skull]
    Captain America Comics
  3. 2. Meet the Parrot
    Human Torch and Toro
  4. 3. [The Young Allies Comics]
    Young Allies Comics
  5. 4. Battles The Undersea Blitzkrieg
    The Sub-Mariner
  6. 5. [Mystery In the Maine Woods]
    Terry Vance, the School Boy Sleuth
  7. 6. Who Robbed the Carter Bank?, or, How Good a Detective Are You?
    Terry Vance
  8. 7. [The German Peacemonger]
    The Patriot
  9. 8. [The Stronghold of Ali Hamud]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  10. 9. [Grosso of the War-Dust World]
    The Vision
  11. 10. [The Eye Thief]
    The Angel
  12. 11. [The great new comic magazine you demanded!]
    Sub-Mariner Comics
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
  • Bill Borre
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich