(May 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:
Funnies, Inc. [Lloyd Jacquett]
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)

"Blazing fury met the murderous Japs as the Human Torch zoomed into the fray!" (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Gabriele
Inks:
Al Gabriele
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch; Toro
Keywords:
bondage; Japanese Imperial Army; mobile artillery; stereotyping of Japanese; torture; World War II

Scuttle the Japs (Table of Contents)

Human Torch / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Burgos
Pencils:
Carl Burgos
Inks:
Carl Burgos
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Admiral Nodope (villain, introduction, death); Fooey (villain, introduction); Japanese (villains, many deaths)
Synopsis:
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese send a carrier with planes to bomb San Francisco. Torch and Toro destroy all the planes but one and trail it back to the carrier. Toro wants to sink the carrier, but Torch has them stowaway aboard Admiral Nodope's ship so that they can free the marines who have been taken prisoner back at port. When they arrive, Torch and Toro scuttle the carrier and Nodope reports to Fooey, his superior. Fooey demands that Nodope stop the escaping marines and Torch melts the American steel over the Japanese that they bought before the war. Torch burns the snipers alive in their perches and the marines board a boat for home. As they go, Torch leaves a flaming 'V' in the sky above Japan.

The Case of the Jilted Japs, or, They Had a Date At San Diego (Table of Contents)

Sub-Mariner / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Everett
Pencils:
Bill Everett
Inks:
Bill Everett
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Japanese (villains, many deaths)
Synopsis:
takes place Dec. 11-14, 1941

The Plague of the Jelly Men (Table of Contents)

Vision / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ramona Patenaude
Inks:
Ramona Patenaude
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The "Jelly Men" (villain, introduction, death, a mass of living protoplasm); the Japanese (villains, many deaths)

Indexer Notes

Formerly credited to Stan Lee. Story is not signed. Art formerly credited to Vince Alascia and David Walters. Vince Alascia is not listed in Jerry Bails' Who's Who as ever working on the Vision and David Walters doesn't exist. Ramona Patenaude is credited with drawing the Vision during this time period by Bails. Compare her signed covers on Fox's Blue Beetle #10 and Mystery Men #29

Killer's Return (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Mickey Spillane
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:
  • in Primal Spillane: Early Stories 1941-1942 (Gryphon Books, 2004 series)

Indexer Notes

Reprint note from Arthur Lortie, August 2008.

The Insects of Sudden Death (Table of Contents)

Patriot / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Patriot [Jeff Mace]; Otto (villain, introduction, death); the Nazis (villains); Jack Casey; Mary Morgan

The Mystery of the Murdered Ghost (Table of Contents)

Terry Vance / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Ray Gill
Pencils:
Bob Oksner
Inks:
Bob Oksner
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
The Ghost Rider (introduction, death); Roney (villain, introduction, death); Deadline Dawson (guest-star)

In The Land of the Fun People (Table of Contents)

Jimmy Jupiter / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Ed Robbins
Pencils:
Ed Robbins
Inks:
Ed Robbins
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
children; fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
The Candy Men (introduction); The Gloomy Gusses (villain)

Cargo of Death (Table of Contents)

Angel / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Gus Schrotter
Inks:
Gus Schrotter
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Angel; Gondor (villain, introduction)

Indexer Notes

Art previously credited to Al Fagaly, who drew the Patriot story in this issue and clearly is not the same person who drew this. Compare the art to the signed stories by Schrotter in issues 40 and 42-45.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. "Blazing fury met the murderous Japs as the Human Torch zoomed into the fray!"
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. Scuttle the Japs
    Human Torch
  3. 2. The Case of the Jilted Japs, or, They Had a Date At San Diego
    Sub-Mariner
  4. 3. The Plague of the Jelly Men
    Vision
  5. 4. Killer's Return
  6. 5. The Insects of Sudden Death
    Patriot
  7. 6. The Mystery of the Murdered Ghost
    Terry Vance
  8. 7. In The Land of the Fun People
    Jimmy Jupiter
  9. 8. Cargo of Death
    Angel
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  • Tony R. Rose
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