(January 1942)

Marvel, 1940 Series
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Volume:
2
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Timely Comics, Inc.
Editing:
Joe Simon
Color:
Full Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing

Issue Notes

DARING MYSTERY COMICS published bi-monthly by Timely Comics, Inc., Meriden, Conn. Entry as second-class matter pending at the post office, Meriden, Conn. Entire contents copyright 1941 by Timely Comics, Inc., 330 W. 24nd St., N. Y., N. Y. Vol 2, No. 8. January 1942. Yearly subscription 60c in the U. S. A. No similarity between any of the names, characters, persons and or institutions appearing in this magazine with those of any living or dead person or institution is intended, and that any such similarity which may exist is purely coincidental. Printed in U. S. A.

Credits from or confirmed by the Masterworks reprint unless otherwise noted.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Captain Daring; The Fin; The Thunderer; Citizen V; Blue Diamond; Silver Scorpion / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Daring; The Fin [Peter Noble]; The Thunderer [Jerry Carstairs]; Citizen V [John Watkins]; Blue Diamond [Elton Morrow]; Silver Scorpion [Betty Barstow]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition credits the cover purely to Kirby, but we had Simon down for inks, and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo's notes to the Timely-Atlas agreed, as did others replying there.

Once again the reds and blues in the Thunderer's costume are reversed on this cover compared to what is inside.

[Daring Table of Contents] (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Letters:
typeset; ? (captions)

Characters:
Silver Scorpion [Betty Barstow]; The Fin [Peter Noble]; The Thunderer [Jerry Carstairs]; Captain Daring; Blue Diamond [Elton Morrow]; Citizen V [John Watkins]; The Li'l Professor; Rudy the Robot
Synopsis:
Illustrated Table of Contents, relating small capsule synopses plus artist on each strip.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

inside front cover

V For Victory! (Table of Contents)

Citizen V / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ben Thompson [as Tom Benson] (from credits page)
Inks:
Ben Thompson ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Citizen V [Lt. John Watkins] (introduction, origin); Adolf Hitler (villain); Nazis (villains); Col. Franz Von Wehrheit (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
British soldier Lt. John Watkins is injured and left behind at the retreat to Dunkirk. When he recovers he is mysteriously stronger, and returns to the battlefield in France as Citizen V to rally the conquered peoples to strike back at the Nazis. The "V" symbols he leaves everywhere soon begin to drive the enemy crazy.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Next appearance in Comedy Comics (Marvel, 1942 series) #9.

Dr. Michael J. Vassallo believes there may be a separate inker involved, which might explain the "Tom Benson" byline instead of Ben Thompson. Alternatively, they may have just wanted to avoid having the same name credited twice in one issue.

Terror Reigns On the High Seas! (Table of Contents)

The Fin / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Everett (signed)
Pencils:
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks:
Bill Everett (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fin [Peter Noble]; The Barracuda [Capt. Von Wolff] (villain, introduction); Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
The Fin discovers a Nazi U-boat captained by the Barracuda finishing off the destruction of a freighter. He boards the sub, fights the Barracuda, and radios the allied military to pick up the defeated Nazis.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Next appearance in Comedy Comics (Marvel, 1942 series) #9. The full title of this strip is The Fin: Robin Hood of the Sea.

["Marvel Comics Bowls 'em Over!"] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Characters:
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro; Sub-Mariner; Angel [Tom Halloway]; Patriot [Jeffrey Mace]; Vision [Aarkus]; Ka-Zar; Terry Vance
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The ad is clearly for Marvel Mystery Comics, yet it's referred to as just "Marvel Comics" in all three places that the title is given.

Death Rides the Air Waves! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Irving Werstein [as I. Werstien (sic)] (signed)
Pencils:
Ed Robbins [as E. Robbins] (signed)
Inks:
Ed Robbins [as E. Robbins] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Thunderer [Jerry Carstairs]; Edward Wade (introduction, death); Mary Graham (introduction, death); Gore (villain, introduction, death); Harry (villain, introduction, death); Slim (villain, introduction, death); Mark (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
A former radio engineer, who hates all of mankind, turns killer and devises a clever trap using Morse Code to kill people at random for revenge.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Next appearance as the Black Avenger in All-Winners Comics (Marvel, 1942 series) #6. The Thunderer's namesake gimmick of amplifying his voice is absent from this story.

Danny Makes Good (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure; non-fiction
Characters:
Dan Carmody; Lucy; Big Ed Clayton; Peggy Moran (newspaper receptionist); Mr. Gilbert (newspaper publisher)
Synopsis:
Dan Carmody, who had spent his early life getting to know and use cameras well, wanted to go to New York City and get a job on a big city newspaper, such as the New York Globe. He applied for a position and was turned down.....that is, until he came upon the robbing of Pace National Bank, getting exclusive pictures and thus landing a job. He went to Spain in 1936 and then to China, taking some of the greatest photos in journalistic history, including dramatic pics of the evacuation of Dunkirk!
Reprints:

[The Groom Strikes] (Table of Contents)

Li'l Professor and Rudy the Robot / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Pretsch (signed)
Pencils:
Frank Pretsch (signed)
Inks:
Frank Pretsch (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; science fiction
Characters:
The Li'l Professor (introdution); Rudy the Robot (introduction); The Professor's Wife (introduction); Oswald (introduction); The Groom (villain, introduction); the Groom's gang (villains, introduction)
Synopsis:
The Groom, who commits all his crimes in a wedding suit, breaks into the Professor's home to steal Rudy for use in bank robberies.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

next appearance in Comedy Comics (Marvel, 1942 series) #9

["Smashing thru again!"] (Table of Contents)

Captain America Comics #9 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Jack Kirby ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]
Synopsis:
Promotional ad for Captain America Comics #9, including the cover.
Reprints:

[Mahomad, the Sinister Spiritualist] (Table of Contents)

Silver Scorpion / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Harry Sahle (signed)
Inks:
Harry Sahle (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Silver Scorpion [Betty Barstow]; Mrs. Miles Danting (introduction); Dennis Danting (introduction); Effendi Mahomad [Eddie Lorey] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
The Silver Scorpion investigates a fake medium who is tricking rich clients into giving him their valuables for "safekeeping".
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Next appearance in Comedy Comics (Marvel, 1942 series) #9.

The Thirty-First Century Blitzkrieg! (Table of Contents)

Captain Daring / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Frank Borth (from credits page)
Inks:
Frank Borth
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Daring; Adolf Hitler (villain); Joseph Goebbels (villain); Hermann Göring (villain); Von Schalz (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Hitler, Goebbels, Göring and Von Schalz escaped death in 1942 by freezing themselves in a cave. Now, in 2050 they have revived. The capture and brainwash Captain Daring into leading their armies against the United States!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continues next issue. Next appearance as Captain Dash in Comedy Comics (Marvel, 1942 series) #9.
Note that the Captain Daring in USA Comics #7 is an entirely separate character.

Story title revision by Craig Delich from "The Return of "Mad-Dog" Hitler!" to what is listed above (2010-4-26). The title "The Thirty-First Century Blitzkrieg" is clearly listed in quotation marks at the top as a new gripping adventure.

"Didja see any suspicious lookin' characters around, Fuzzy?" (Table of Contents)

Tubby an' Tack / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Ray Houlihan (signed)
Pencils:
Ray Houlihan (signed)
Inks:
Ray Houlihan (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ray Houlihan

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Tubby (introduction); Tack (introduction); Fuzzy (introduction); their mother (introduction)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2010-4-26.

The Hypnotized Ghosts (Table of Contents)

Blue Diamond / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ben Thompson (signed)
Inks:
Ben Thompson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Blue Diamond [Elton Morrow] (origin retold in flashback); Dr. Eric Karlin (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
A hypnotist sneaks his hypnotized "ghosts" into the museum as corpses to drill through the wall to the Federal Reserve Bank. But Dr. Karlin did not realize that the Blue Diamond works out of that very museum!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Next appearance in the Liberty Legion story in Marvel Premiere (Marvel, 1972 series) #29. The full title of this strip as listed is Blue Diamond: The Bullet-Proof Man!

Battle of the Giants! (Table of Contents)

Human Torch #5 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Human Torch; Sub-Mariner
Synopsis:
Promotional illustrated ad for Human Torch Comics #5, featuring part of the art for the cover to Marvel Mystery Comics #9.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside back cover. Since the art featured here was taken from MMC #9, the art above is by Schomberg (art credits revised from Alex Schomberg? by Craig Delich 2010-4-26).

Prizes! They're Yours! (Table of Contents)

American Specialty Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Captain Daring; The Fin; The Thunderer; Citizen V; Blue Diamond; Silver Scorpion
  2. 1. [Daring Table of Contents]
  3. 2. V For Victory!
    Citizen V
  4. 3. Terror Reigns On the High Seas!
    The Fin
  5. 4. ["Marvel Comics Bowls 'em Over!"]
    Marvel Comics
  6. 5. Death Rides the Air Waves!
    The Thunderer
  7. 6. Danny Makes Good
  8. 7. [The Groom Strikes]
    Li'l Professor and Rudy the Robot
  9. 8. ["Smashing thru again!"]
    Captain America Comics #9
  10. 9. [Mahomad, the Sinister Spiritualist]
    Silver Scorpion
  11. 10. The Thirty-First Century Blitzkrieg!
    Captain Daring
  12. 11. "Didja see any suspicious lookin' characters around, Fuzzy?"
    Tubby an' Tack
  13. 12. The Hypnotized Ghosts
    Blue Diamond
  14. 13. Battle of the Giants!
    Human Torch #5
  15. 14. Prizes! They're Yours!
    American Specialty Co.
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Lou Mougin
  • Katie
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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