(Summer 1942)

Marvel, 1941 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
quarterly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
U.S.A. Comic Magazine Corp.
Editing:
Stan Lee
Color:
Full Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing

Issue Notes

U. S. A. COMICS is published quarterly at Meriden, Conn., by U.S.A. Comic Magazine Corp. Entered as second class matter May 2, 1941 at the post office at Meriden, Conn., under the Act of March 3, 1879. Contents copyright 1942 by U.S.A. Comic Magazine Corp. 330 W. 42nd St., New York, N. Y., Martin Goodman, Pres. Vol. 1, No. 5, Summer, 1942 issue. Yearly subscriptions $.40 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 the U.S.A.

The only feature in this issue that previously or subsequently appeared in this title is Sergeant Dix (previously Corporal Dix). Victory Boys and probably the Blue Blade appeared in a slightly different forms in Comedy Comics (Marvel, 1942 series) #10. The Black Widow previously appeared three times in Mystic Comics, and subsequently in All Select Comics.


Introducing the Victory Boys (Table of Contents)

Victory Boys / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Al Gabriele ?
Inks:
Al Gabriele ?
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Victory Boys [Victor; Maxie Stein; Kurt Erzberger; Gus Webber]; Adolf Hitler; Benito Mussolini; Hirohito; Winston Churchill?
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

There was a prior inking credit to George Klein, but while Michael J. Vassallo notes that the Gabriele credit is "not set in stone", he and the other spotters for the Masterworks identified Klein in enough other places that it seems unlikely that they would have missed him here.

["A special message to the boys and girls of America............"] (Table of Contents)

U.S. Savings Bonds and Stamps / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Morgenthau, Jr. (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
?; typeset

Synopsis:
A letter from Treasury Secretary Henry Morganthau, Jr. asking readers to buy ten cent Savings Stamps every week.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

[Hitler and Hirohito's Hunting Trip] (Table of Contents)

Victory Boys / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ernie Hart; Al Avison ? (splash page); ? (additional pencilers possible)
Inks:
Ernie Hart; George Klein; ? (additional inkers possible)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Victory Boys [Victor; Maxie Stein; Kurt Erzberger; Gus Weber; Warren Zumwald] (in costume); Adolf Hitler (villain); Hirohito (villain); Benito Mussolini (villain); Hitz (villain); Fritz (villain)
Synopsis:
Hitler and Mussolini need to find a way to hide Germany's difficulties from a visiting Hirohito, so they whisk him off to a castle in the Black Forest. The Victory Boys are nearby, and Maxie is chosen to go hunting for some food for them. He gets captured, and the Victory Boys must confront the three dictators to rescue him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The feature last appeared in Comedy Comics (Marvel, 1942 series) #10, although the characters did not wear costumes.
Next appearance of the Victory Boys in All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes (Marvel, 2011 series) #1.

Murder, Unlimited (Table of Contents)

The Black Widow / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Mike Sekowsky (signed)
Inks:
George Klein (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Black Widow [Claire Voyant]; John Marriman (actor, death); Satan (villain); Karl Koodamore (villain, introduction, death); Henderson (villain); Pete (villain, death); Sparks (villain, death); Cross-Face Durok (villain, death)
Synopsis:
Satan sends the Black Widow to collect the soul of Karl Koodamore, a man who arranges murders for money. Afer one of Koodamore's henchmen kills an actor on stage the Black Widow appears, killing one henchman, driving another to suicide, and tricking Koodamore into driving off a cliff.
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Indexer Notes

last appearance in Mystic Comics (Marvel, 1940 series) #7;
next appearance in All Select Comics (Marvel, 1943 series) #1;

The prior writing credit of George Kapitan seems unlikely, and is probably the result of no other writer being listed in Who's Who for the feature. Kapitan worked through Funnies, Inc. from 1940-1945 and co-created the Black Widow, but his Who's Who credits for Timely only go as far as 1941 and this story was produced in 1942 by the in-house art team of Sekowsky/Klein. They were likely working with an in-house or freelance scripter rather than splitting the job with a shop.

Tops in Thrills! Mystery! Action! Comedy! Patriotism!! (Table of Contents)

Captain America's Sentinels of Liberty / 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)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]
Synopsis:
Illustrated house ad asking readers to join Cap's Sentinels of Liberty.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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.

Hills of Horror (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Don Rico; ?
Inks:
Al Plastino ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Jonah Lamb (introduction); Mr. Lamb (introduction, Jonah's father, death); Budd Powers (introduction); Sen Yat (Chinese coolie); un-named Chinese bandits (villains, many die)
Synopsis:
When young Jonah's father dies in an earthquake in Shanghai, Jonah leaves the city to start afresh. He runs into a drifter named Budd Powers, and the two decide to stick together. They run across a village being attacked by bandits, and jump in on the side of the villagers, eventually running the bandits off.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Caniff-esque adventure. There is a teaser at the end for another of Jonah's adventures to be published in the next issue but it never appeared.

Doc Vassallo characterizes this as "primarily by Don Rico" but with "signs of others including Al Plastino".

[The Dog-Nappers] (Table of Contents)

The Fighting Hobo / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Malcolm Kildale (signed); ? (additional penciler present, possibly Fred Kida ?)
Inks:
George Klein ?; ? (additional inker present, possibly Fred Kida ?)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; humor
Characters:
The Fighting Hobo [Butch Brogan] (introduction); Mrs. Upsnoot (dog owner)
Synopsis:
Butch Brogan, a hobo, finds a book of Shakespeare and feels inspired by it, although his fellow hobos mock him. When he sees a dog kidnapped from a woman for ransom, he volunteers to chase after them and retrieve it.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

At the end, there is a teaser for more adventures of "Butch Brogan, the Happy Hobo" in the next issue, but they never appeared.

Malcolm Kildale credit per Doc Vassalo and signature on a page on the wooden fence in the splash page. Vassallo also notes that Klein may be a "background inker" on the story. The Masterworks edition lists Kildale & unknown on the pencils, George Klein & unknown on the inks, while Who's Who lists Fred Kida as pencils/inks.

[Sandai and the Atom Smasher] (Table of Contents)

The Blue Blade / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Blue Blade; un-named scientist; Nita (scientist's daughter); Sandai (villain); un-named Japanese spy (villain)
Synopsis:
The Blue Blade heads to the Pacific coast as a result of the Japanese joining the war. Once there, he saves an inventor and his daughter from Japanese spies who were trying to steal his atomic smashing machine.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Likely a reworked version of the Fourth Musketeer from Comedy Comics (Marvel, 1942 series) #10. The different artist could explain the costume changes. As no background for the character is given at all in this story, it fits well enough (even though the Fourth Musketeer was specifically the spirit of a dead Musketeer risen to fight the Axis).

There is evidence of last-minute re-lettering of the "Blue Blade" name, and the character is referred to as "the Musketeer" twice in this story.

Next appearance in The Twelve (Marvel, 2008 series) #1, in which he was given the name "Roy Chambers", although he has no civillian name in this story.

The Masterworks edition lists the artist as unknown; in his extended online notes, Michael J. Vassallo comments that "The art is unknown but wild speculation is that this could be an early appearance of Carmine Infantino and/or even Gil Kane." Given the phrasing, this speculation is best left in the notes and not in the credits where they would appear too definitive, even with question marks.

Dead Man's Warning (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Cliff Prentiss (death); Pete Lawson (greenhorn prospector); Sheriff McKinley; Andy Cramer (villain)
Synopsis:
The death of an experienced explosives expert in a mountainous area teeming with gold leads Pete Lawson to suspect Andy Cramer, who has been wanting to buy out the claim once held by Prentiss.
Reprints:

Terror In the Sky! (Table of Contents)

Roko the Amazing / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Melville Henry (signed)
Pencils:
Jack Alderman (signed)
Inks:
Jack Alderman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Roko the Amazing [Lon Crag] (introduction, origin); Joe; Menalaos (introduction); Mike; Pete; Mr. McClure (villain, owner of McClure Realty)
Synopsis:
Lon Crag sees some other kids reading Captain America Comics at school and wishes he could be that kind of hero. In art class, his teacher compliments him on his painting of Menalaos, and Lon stays after school to complete it. When he is done, the painting comes to life and offers to grant him a wish. When he says the word "Illium", 16-year-old Lon becomes an adult superhero named Roko with "the wisdom of Ulysses, the battle-prowess of Aggamenon [sic] and the invulnerability of Achilles", and with Achilles's weakness as well.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Only appearance. At the end, Roko addresses the readers and asks them to write to him. The Masterworks edition lists Alderman as penciler and the inker unknown, while Who's Who lists Alderman as pen/ink.

Like a Comet! (Table of Contents)

Krazy Komics #2 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Toughy Tomcat
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Includes a small version of the cover to the issue, plus additional illustration.

[Encounter With a Giant] (Table of Contents)

Gypo and Bobby / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ed Winiarski
Inks:
Ed Winiarski ?; Don Rico ?; ? (additional inker possible)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Gypo (a gypsy giant, introduction); Bobby (introduction); Bobby's un-named mother (introduction); Gypo's un-named wife (introduction); Gypo's pet dragon (introduction)
Synopsis:
Bobby disobeys his mother by going into the forest where he meets Gypo, a giant who tries to scare him. Bobby is unimpressed, and Gypo feels like a failure, even more so when his normal-sized wife shows up and forces him to come home and deal with his pet dragon who is acting up again.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

At the end there is a blurb asking readers to write in if they would like to see more of Gypo and Bobby. While the Masterworks contents only credits Winiarski with pencils, Vassallo's introduction refers to him as the "artist" with some inks by Don Rico, which implies that Winiarski likely at least partially inked the feature.

[Fish Face Friday] (Table of Contents)

Sergeant Dix / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
war
Characters:
Sergeant Dix [Jeff Dix]; Fish Face Friday (a cook, introduction); Mrs. Dix (Jeff's mother); Joe Dix (Jeff's brother); the Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Corporal Jeff Dix's furlough is cut short and he is deployed to Panama. Now a Sergeant, he runs into his old friend Fish Face Friday who is the cook on the ship. While on their way to Panama they are attacked by the Japanese, one of whom runs afoul of Fish Face when he tries to poison the food in the galley.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This feature was called "Corporal Dix" in the previous issue. The Masterworks edition lists writer and artist as unknown.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Patent Pending / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Lou Paige (signed)
Pencils:
Lou Paige (signed)
Inks:
Lou Paige (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Lou Paige

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Numerous one-panel gags about silly inventions.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer verification and letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2012-4-6.

[The Origin of El Gaucho] (Table of Contents)

The American Avenger / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Vince Alascia (signed)
Inks:
George Klein; ? (additional inker possible)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
El Gaucho [Don Caldwell aka the American Avenger] (introduction, origin); Carelos Ramerez (Don's best friend); Baron Girbel (villain, introduction); The Baron (villain); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Don Caldwell, an exchange student in South America, comes to love his new home and studies the legend of their protector El Gaucho, who died many years ago. An old man hears him speak of this, and gives him El Gaucho's costume to carry on the tradition. After defeating Nazis in South America, Don feels he must return to the U.S. to fight Nazis there, becoming the American Avenger.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The cover of Atomic Comics #2 swiped from splash page of this story. Ink credit according to Doc Vassalo. The Masterworks edition also lists an unknown as an additional inker, but Vassallo's extended notes published online only mention Klein. In the published introduction, he mentions that Klein may have done background pencils.

Thrills! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro; Sub-Mariner [Namor]; Angel [Tom Hallaway]; Terry Vance; Jimmy Jupiter; Patriot [Jeff Mace]; Vision [Aarkus]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

["Yeow"] (Table of Contents)

Terry-Toons Comics / 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)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Sarge
Synopsis:
Illustrated ad for the new issue of Terry Toons Comics, on sale July 1st.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the back 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.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Introducing the Victory Boys
    Victory Boys
  2. 1. ["A special message to the boys and girls of America............"]
    U.S. Savings Bonds and Stamps
  3. 2. [Hitler and Hirohito's Hunting Trip]
    Victory Boys
  4. 3. Murder, Unlimited
    The Black Widow
  5. 4. Tops in Thrills! Mystery! Action! Comedy! Patriotism!!
    Captain America's Sentinels of Liberty
  6. 5. Hills of Horror
  7. 6. [The Dog-Nappers]
    The Fighting Hobo
  8. 7. [Sandai and the Atom Smasher]
    The Blue Blade
  9. 8. Dead Man's Warning
  10. 9. Terror In the Sky!
    Roko the Amazing
  11. 10. Like a Comet!
    Krazy Komics #2
  12. 11. [Encounter With a Giant]
    Gypo and Bobby
  13. 12. [Fish Face Friday]
    Sergeant Dix
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Patent Pending
  15. 14. [The Origin of El Gaucho]
    The American Avenger
  16. 15. Thrills!
    Marvel Mystery Comics
  17. 16. ["Yeow"]
    Terry-Toons Comics
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Henry Andrews
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
  • Peter Croome
  • Craig Delich
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Henry Andrews