(January 1942)

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 montrous tank raced toward helpless Toro..."] (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]; the Nazis
Reprints:
Keywords:
bondage; heavy machine guns; rifles; tanks; torture; Wehrmacht; World War II

Yahoo! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee [as Lee] (signed)
Pencils:
Bill King [as King] (signed)
Inks:
Bill King [as King] (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Young Allies [Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Percival Aloysius O'Toole [aka Knuckles]; Jefferson Worthington Sandervilt; Whitewash Jones; Henry Tinkle [aka Tubby]]
Synopsis:
Illustrated ad (with character head views) for the latest issue of Young Allies Comics which features the Allies battling the Black Talon.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

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.

The Flaming Arrow Murders (Table of Contents)

Human Torch / 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]; Marvin Raleigh (owner of the Raleigh Tank Corporation); The Saint [John Borden] (villain, Raleigh's secretary); Nick Finelli (villain, death)
Synopsis:
Torch and Toro must stop the criminal designs of The Saint, who, along with his gang, is out to steal the plans for a new super air tank that the Raleigh Corporation is building.
Reprints:

[You are old enough to vote...---] (Table of Contents)

Marvel Mystery Comics / activity / 1 page (report information)

Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Synopsis:
Marvel Mystery Comics contest. Readers are asked to write a letter telling the editors of Marvel Mystery Comics why they like or do not like the following characters in the book: Human Torch, Sub-Mariner, Vision, Terry Vance, Angel, Patriot and Ka-Zar, and to rate each of the characters,from 1-7, as to their own preference. Cash prizes were to be awarded when the contest ends on December 30, 1941 as follows: 1st Prize = $50; 2nd Prize = $25; 3rd Prize = $10; and Prizes for 4th thru 15th = $1 each.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2012-8-5.

[The Fox's Smuggling Racket] (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]; George (dock worker); The Fox [Jasper Whifflegears] (villain); "Red" Larson (villain, 2nd in command); Mike (villain)
Synopsis:
Namor hears from a dock worker (aka "brush man"), who handles fur cargoes shipped in from Alaska, that no more shipments are being received and that the furs are somehow being smuggled in. Sub-Mariner investigates and discovers that The Fox is putting the stolen furs in torpedo-like metal tubes with motors and fires them into an underground river that leads to the United States.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Thunder Cave

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists writer and inker as unknown. The last panel mentions that Sub-Mariner Comics #3 went on sale about October 1, 1941.

[A Business Meeting In Hell] (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:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Vision [Aarkus]; Lucifer Satan [Victor Tisling] (villain); Satan's un-named sales manager (villain)
Synopsis:
Satan demands that his sales manager quit falling down on the job and see to it that the only evil-free city in the United States, Arbor City, is turned into a hotbed of evil and misery. So he decides to send a special agent to Arbor City, in the guise of a local hero, to accomplish the deed.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Arbor City

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists writer as unknown, pencils by Al Avison, and inks by George Klein.

Quick Thinking, or, How Good a Detective Are You? (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Tom Moriarity; Eddie Thompson (mailman); un-named girl (death); Henry Gordon (bank guard); un-named gang of bank robbers (villains)
Synopsis:
Ed warned Old Tom that some notorious bank robbers and killers in Kenton were headed his way and to be on the alert. They arrived and held Tom prisoner, but he quickly turned the tables on the crooks.
Reprints:

Voodini's Last Laugh From the Grave (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; Professor Voodini's un-named lawyer; six un-named relatives of Professor Voodini (two die); Professor Voodini (villain, death); Professor Voodini's un-named butler (villain)
Synopsis:
The relatives of the late Professor Voodini gather at his mansion to listen to the reading of the will, whose contents lead to several murders and the re-appearance of the evil professor.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists pencil layout artist as Oksner, but finished penciler and inker as unknown.

Death To Spies! (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]; Mary; Guinaldo (villain, murderous Filipino); Suoka (villain, Japanese secret agent, death)
Synopsis:
Suoka has appointed a Filipino bolo wielder to murder Lt. Curtis, but the Patriot interferes and prevents the crime, finally tracking down the Japanese secret agent behind the murder plot.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the writer as unknown, pencils by Sid Greene and inker as unknown.

Death Rings the Bell! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Angel [Tom Halloway]; Richard Brown (death); Abigail Brown (death, Richard Brown's sister); un-named butler to the late Jonathan Brown; un-named servant girl to the late Jonathan Brown; Sprague (carillon player for the late Jonathan Brown); the Phantom of the Bell Tower (villain, brother of Abigail Brown)
Synopsis:
The Angel investigates weird deaths associated with the ringing of the carillon belonging to the late millionaire, Jonathan Brown.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the writer and artist(s) as unknown.

[Fighting for the Free French] (Table of Contents)

Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Ka-Zar [David Rand]; the Nazis (villains, all die)
Synopsis:
Arriving in French Equatorial Africa, Ka-Zar is captured by the Nazis and used as a decoy to sucker French ships into submarine range.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Last appearance. The Masterworks edition lists the writer and inker as unknown. Writer ? added by Craig Delich 2012-8-5. The Who's Who indicates that Thompson was an artist only.

Battle of the giants! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Alex Schomburg
Inks:
Alex Schomburg
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]
Synopsis:
Illustrated ad for Human Torch Comics #5b, art taken from cover of Marvel Mystery Comics #9.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside back cover. Sequence added by Craig Delich 2012-8-5.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["As the montrous tank raced toward helpless Toro..."]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. Yahoo!
    The Young Allies
  3. 2. The Flaming Arrow Murders
    Human Torch
  4. 3. [You are old enough to vote...---]
    Marvel Mystery Comics
  5. 4. [The Fox's Smuggling Racket]
    The Sub-Mariner
  6. 5. [A Business Meeting In Hell]
    The Vision
  7. 6. Quick Thinking, or, How Good a Detective Are You?
  8. 7. Voodini's Last Laugh From the Grave
    Terry Vance, the School Boy Sleuth
  9. 8. Death To Spies!
    The Patriot
  10. 9. Death Rings the Bell!
    The Angel
  11. 10. [Fighting for the Free French]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  12. 11. Battle of the giants!
    Human Torch Comics
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Bill Borre
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich