(February 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)

["Stark terror was unleashed in the underground den of evil..."] (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]
Reprints:
Keywords:
bondage; skeletons; torture

Still on Top! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Al Avision
Inks:
Al Avison
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]
Synopsis:
Illustrated house ad, with cover, promoting Captain America Comics #13 (February, 1942).
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2-12-8-20. Found on the inside front cover.

The Poison Pill Suicides (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. Martin (death); un-named Police Commissioner; Izan (villain, introduction); five un-named henchmen of Izan (villains, all die)
Synopsis:
Torch and Toro are invited to lead the Coney Island Mardi Gras pageant, but a henchman of a gunrunner named Izan succeeds in interrupting the event with a bomb before committing suicide with a poison pill rather than facing his boss's judgment to be drowned for failure. Izan captures Torch and Toro with gas and places them into glass coffin tubes which he plans to dump into the sea. Discovering a leak in the tube, the Torch flames on and superheats the glass so that it shatters when it hits the water. He frees Toro and they capture Izan.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the credits as Carl Burgos with Harry Sahle.

The Flying Dutchman (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]; Mr. Larson (sailor); Rogers (naval diver); Baby Dean McCarthy (introduction, Betty Dean's sister and Slug's wife); The Falcon (villain, introduction, death); Chuck "Slug" McCarthy (villain, introduction, reforms); Oliver (villain)
Synopsis:
Intrigued by four ship sinkings by a mysterious 18th-century ghost ship, Namor figures that the tremendous loss of gold shipments carried aboard those ships must be the work of a 20th-century pirate who has bolted the ghost ship to a submarine. Walking into a trap, Namor is rescued by the sister of Policewoman Betty Dean, who, along with her husband, are being coerced into helping the Falcon.
Reprints:

The Surprise Success of the Century! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Syd Shores
Inks:
Syd Shores
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Young Allies [[Bucky Barnes; Toro; Tubby Tinkle; "Knuckles" Percy Bartwell; Washington Vanderbilt Jefferson; Whitewash Jones]; the Nazis
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional ad, with cover, to The Young Allies Comics #2 (Winter, 1941), with on sale date listed as November 25, 1941.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2012-8-20.

[The Soul Stealer] (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]; Guardian of the Spirit World (introduction); Dr. Zadig; Dr. Parker; Dr. Schlissel; un-named police chief; Dr. Igor Korbeau (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
The Vision comes to Earth to battle the "Mad Man of Science", Dr. Korbeau, who has discovered the secret of man's soul and how to remove it. Korbeau removes the souls of seven of his scientific competitors, but the Vision takes the scientists to the spirit world to reclaim their souls before a showdown with the evil doctor.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists writer(s) as unknown, pencils by Al Avison with Ernie Hart, and inks by Syd Shores with George Klein.

The Sea of Grassy Death (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Mickey Spillane (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Jack; Slim; the Germans (villains)
Synopsis:
Two sailors run into a storm and find themselves marooned in the Sargasso Sea, facing yet a greater terror that would prove dangerous to Allied shipping.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First reprint note from Arthur Lortie, August 2008. The second page has the Statement of Ownership, which lists Martin Goodman as Managing Editor and Abraham Goodman as Business Manager.

[Statement of Ownership] (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)


Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Statement of Ownership, which lists Martin Goodman as Managing Editor and Abraham Goodman as Business Manager.

The Green-Faced Man (Table of Contents)

The Patriot / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Fagaly (signed)
Inks:
Al Fagaly (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Patriot [Jeffrey Mace]; Casey (Daily Bugle reporter); Mary Morgan (Daily Bugle reporter); Green Face [Reibel] (villain, introduction); Fritz (villain)
Synopsis:
The celebrated trial of the Green-Faced Man is interrupted when the prisoner's gang frees him with an attack of gas. However, the Patriot tracks him down to dispense well-earned justice.
Reprints:
Keywords:
"Daily Bugle"

The Case of the Deadly Letters (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; Drt. Watson (a monkey); Deadline Dawson; Detective Jenks; Aubrey De Woode (Hollywood director; death); un-named butler of Aubrey de Woode; Gordon De Wolfe (villain, introduction, nephew of Aubrey de Woode)
Synopsis:
Terry and Deadline suspect that Hollywood director Aubrey de Woode did not commit suicide, but was murdered, and they suspect the dead man's nephew, even though the police have ruled the young man out as a suspect.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists Oksner as providing layouts while the finished penciler and inker are unknown.

Strange Adventures in the Land of Nowhere (Table of Contents)

Jimmy Jupiter / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Ed Robbins ? [as E. Robbins] (signed)
Pencils:
Ed Robbins [as E. Robbins] (signed)
Inks:
Ed Robbins ? [as E. Robbins] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
children; fantasy
Characters:
Jimmy Jupiter (introduction); inhabitants of the Land of Nowhere [Elmer Tree; un-named woman; un-named talking trees] (introduction for all); The Wump-Jump (villain, introduction, a dragon)
Synopsis:
Jimmy is taken up in an airplane but forgets to fasten his safety belt, and falls out of the plane, landing on a soft cloud. He discovers he is in the Land of Nowhere and the only way back to Earth is to locate the Mountain of Wunt
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who lists Robbins as penciler only on this strip.

The Horror of the Haunted Cathedral (Table of Contents)

The Angel / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Angel [Thomas Halloway]; the Russians; zombie Monk; General Henchel (villain, introduction, dies twice); his army of zombies (villains, introduction for all, all die twice); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
General Henchel faces the prospect of suicide because of his blunder along the German-Russian Front, but instead he makes a hasty departure by submarine to America. Arriving in the swamps of Louisiana, he decides to hide out in a mysterious cathedral, supposedly haunted, and is killed when he plays an organ, but is brought back as a zombie (like other former inhabitants of the edifice), leading his Army of the Dead out to kill Americans. The Angel discovers a zombie Monk at the cathedral and learns from him how to deal with the dreadful Army.
Reprints:
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Stark terror was unleashed in the underground den of evil..."]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. Still on Top!
    Captain America Comics
  3. 2. The Poison Pill Suicides
    The Human Torch and Toro the Flaming Kid
  4. 3. The Flying Dutchman
    The Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. The Surprise Success of the Century!
    Young Allies Comics
  6. 5. [The Soul Stealer]
    The Vision
  7. 6. The Sea of Grassy Death
  8. 7. [Statement of Ownership]
  9. 8. The Green-Faced Man
    The Patriot
  10. 9. The Case of the Deadly Letters
    Terry Vance the School Boy Sleuth
  11. 10. Strange Adventures in the Land of Nowhere
    Jimmy Jupiter
  12. 11. The Horror of the Haunted Cathedral
    The Angel
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Bill Borre
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  • Henry Andrews
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich