(December 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)

["With a tremendous leap, the Sub-Mariner tore the Nazi plane apart..."] (Table of Contents)

The Sub-Mariner / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Human Torch [Jim Hammond] (inset); Toro [Thomas Raymond] (inset); the Nazis
Reprints:
Keywords:
fighter planes; Kriegsmarine; Luftwaffe; torpedoes; warships; World War II

Indexer Notes

Artist revision from Bill Everett to Schomburg by Craig Delich 2012-7-22.

Smashing Through Again! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Jack Kirby ?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; The Black Talon [Pascal Horta]
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional ad, with cover, for Captain America Comics #9 (December, 1941).
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2012-7-22. Found on the inside front cover.

The Parrot Strikes Back (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. Mason (government research chemist); Jerry (policeman); The Parrot (villain, death); Herr Hesslous (villain); Laurie (villain)
Synopsis:
The Torch accompanies the Parrot on his prison train to California in order to help a chemist who wishes to examine an inactive volcano for sulfur deposits, which are used by the government to make gunpowder, which the U.S. is sorely lacking.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the inker as unknown.

The Sub-Mariner Smashes a Nazi Uprising! (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:
Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Betty Dean; Lynne Harris; Luther Robinson; un-named U.S. Navy department commander; Queen Jarna (villain); the Nazis (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
After his encounter with the Lavarites, Namor heads for home, but runs into Queen Jarna, who had promised to return to Venus with her people. Not wanting to be killed, she leads Namor to a Nazi undersea city from which the Nazis plan to invade America. When Namor discovers the Queen planted the city for Hitler, he is furious and decides to settle accounts with her, once and for all.
Reprints:

They're at it again! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; The Patriot [Jeffrey Mace]; Angel [Tom Halloway]
Synopsis:
In a short, one page illustrated promotional ad for the Fall, 1941 issue of the Human Torch, Torch kicks Namor out of the magazine, and Sub-Mariner vows to get back into the mag and get revenge on all the heroes featured therein.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2012-7-22.

[Seeds of Doom] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Vision [Aarkus]; Lem Brown (neighbor of Norsen, death); Professor Rudolph Norsen (biology professor); plant monsters (villains, all die)
Synopsis:
Professor Norsen examines a fallen meteor and finds alien seeds, which he plants. However, the seeds bring forth strange, ever-growing monstrous plants that devour human life and destroy towns. The Vision assists the professor when a way is found to combat these creatures.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists writer as unknown, the title page by Al Avison & Ernie Hart, story pencils by Al Avison with Charles Nicholas Wojtkoski, and story inks by George Klein.

The Truth (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Irving Werstein [as Werstein] (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Bill Carter (football player at Northside High School); Mr. Fredericks (History teacher); Ned Harris (football coach); Mr. Carter (Bill's father)
Synopsis:
Star Northside football half back cheats on a History exam so that he can be eligible to play against rival Eastern High the following Saturday. When game day arrives, Bill learns that his teacher KNEW he cheated, but what happens next is a surprise even to Bill.
Reprints:

[The Witch Doctor's Potion] (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]; un-named witch doctor; Kirk Hendrick (villain, ivory hunter)
Synopsis:
Ka-Zar is taken unconscious to the cave of a native in witch doctor attire and is given a potion by him, which immediately revives Ka-Zar, giving him temporary strength he never had before. He then leaves for home when he accidentally discovers the palatial mansion of a feared and hated ivory hunter, and it turns into a battle royale.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Continued next issue. ? added by Craig Delich (2012-7-22) after writers' name. The Who's Who doesn't indicate that Thompson wrote anything, merely drew his work. The Masterworks edition lists the inker as unknown.

The Mystery of the Gold Mine Skeleton (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; Deadline Dawson; Mr. Jordan (newspaper editor); Harry Hughes (death); Roy Ramsey (villain)
Synopsis:
Terry and Deadline head north to explore a haunted mine and get more than they bargained for.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists Oksner as doing the layouts for the story only, with finished penciler & inker as unknown.

The Patriot Smashes the Japanese Spy Ring (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Ray Gill ?
Pencils:
Ray Houlihan ?
Inks:
Ray Houlihan ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Patriot [Jeffrey Mace]; Mark Casey; Mary; Lieutenant Curtis (intelligence agent); Guinaldo (villain, Filipino assassin); Suoka (villain, head of the Japanese Secret Service)
Synopsis:
The Patriot is on hand when a Filipino assassin attempts to kill Lt. Curtis to prevent him from testifying before the Naval Affairs Committee on what he has learned in the Orient.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Continued next issue. The Masterworks edition lists writer as unknown, Sid Greene as penciler and the inker as unknown.

The Case of the Armless Tiger Man (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson
Inks:
Al Bellman
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Angel [Tom Halloway]; Dill (defense plant worker, death); The Tiger Man [Hertz] (villain)
Synopsis:
A former German worker, who had lost his arms in a machine in a factory he once worked at, is sent to America by the Nazis to destroy machines in America for the greater glory of the Reich.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the writer and artist[s] as unknown. To me, Craig Delich, Paul Gustavson did the pencils at least.

[The book you want!] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Syd Shores ?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Destroyer [Keen Marlow]; Adolf Hitler
Synopsis:
Promotional ad from the publisher for the 7th issue of Mystic Comics (December, 1941), which reproduces the cover.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2012-7-22. Found on the inside back cover.

Coming events --- (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (new art); Alex Schomburg; Al Gabriele
Inks:
? (new art); Harry Sahle
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]
Synopsis:
Reprinted Page 10 from Part 1 of "The Mystery of the Disappearing Island", found in Sub-Mariner Comics #3 (Fall, 1941), with new Sub-Mariner art, promoting the story and encouraging readers to look soon for the issue on newsstands.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2012-7-22. Found on the back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["With a tremendous leap, the Sub-Mariner tore the Nazi plane apart..."]
    The Sub-Mariner
  2. 1. Smashing Through Again!
    Captain America Comics
  3. 2. The Parrot Strikes Back
    The Human Torch and Toro the Flaming Kid
  4. 3. The Sub-Mariner Smashes a Nazi Uprising!
    The Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. They're at it again!
    Human Torch Comics
  6. 5. [Seeds of Doom]
    The Vision
  7. 6. The Truth
  8. 7. [The Witch Doctor's Potion]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  9. 8. The Mystery of the Gold Mine Skeleton
    Terry Vance the School Boy Sleuth
  10. 9. The Patriot Smashes the Japanese Spy Ring
    The Patriot
  11. 10. The Case of the Armless Tiger Man
    The Angel
  12. 11. [The book you want!]
    Mystic Comics
  13. 12. Coming events ---
    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