(August 1942)

Marvel, 1941 Series
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Volume:
2
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Timely Comics, Inc.
Brand:
Timely Comics [small shield]
Editing:
Stan Lee
Color:
Full Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U.S. (through about early 1944, narrower thereafter)
Paper Stock:
Glossy Cover: Newsprint Interior
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was On-Going Series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Captain America / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Al Avison (signed)
Inks:
Al Avison (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]
Reprints:
Keywords:
bondage; cemeteries; graveyards; shovels; tombstones

[Contents Page] (Table of Contents)

Captain America / table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Al Avison
Inks:
Al Avison
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]
Synopsis:
The stories in the issue, with titles, are listed and there is an ad for Krazy Komics.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Stan Lee is listed as Managing Editor and Al Avison as Associate Editor.

The Monster from the Morgue (Table of Contents)

Captain America / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Al Avison (signed)
Inks:
Al Avison (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Dr. Thomas Austin; Judge Hudson (death); Judge Basset; Judge Johnson; Dr. Jason Weirdler (Dr. Austin's assistant, death); Killer Kole (villain, introduction, death, human brain in gorilla body)
Synopsis:
A jealous scientist named Dr. Weirdler learns one of his colleagues has developed a serum that will reanimate dead bodies and is planning on testing it on a recently deceased gorilla. Dr. Weirdler takes the brain of an executed criminal named Killer Kole and places it in the gorilla's body. The experiment doesn't seem to work and the medical students bury the gorilla's body where the grave is struck by lightning and Killer Kole is revived. His goes to the zoo and breaks out a pair of gorillas for his mob and then sets out on a path of vengeance against the three judges who sent him to the chair. Dr. Weirdler informs Cap about the beast terrorizing the city and then takes a knife thrown at Cap to atone for his crime. Cap socks Killer Kole off a highrise and he falls to his doom.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists Al Avison only on pencils with Syd Shores and George Klein on inks.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Rookie McQuirk / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Red Holmdale (signed)
Pencils:
Red Holmdale (signed)
Inks:
Red Holmdale (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Private McQuirk; Private Blackout; Sergeant Thunder
Synopsis:
No matter what duty Sergeant Thunder appoints to McQuirk and Blackout, everything goes wrong!
Reprints:

Sub-Earthmen's Revenge! (Table of Contents)

Captain America / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Al Avison (signed)
Inks:
Al Avison (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Sergeant Duffy; Clem; General Keller; General Haywood; Queen Medusa (introduction); Sub-Earth Men (temporary villains, introduction, some die); The Spook [Hans Knutte] (villain, introduction, posing as news reporter)
Synopsis:
Cap and Bucky must battle the Spook and his Sub-Earth army, who seek to stop the American Army from conducting operations against the enemy.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition states that Otto Binder wrote the story, Al Avison only did pencils, and the inks were by Syd Shores & George Klein.

Situation Wanted: I Got an Action Story (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Mortimer Breen (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Wilbur; Beefy Boy (villain); Big Stuff (villain)
Synopsis:
A magazine editor tells a writer of his that he needs a story with action and up-to-the-minute stuff, so he heads out to complete the assignment, but fails to come up with something as sensational as the editor wants. Spotting a month old issue of "Daring Deeds", a competitor's publication, the writer decides: why not use a plot from that issue?!?
Reprints:

The China Road (Table of Contents)

The Fighting Yank / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jimmy Thompson
Inks:
Jimmy Thompson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
military; adventure
Characters:
The Fighting Yank [Bill Prince] (introduction, not the Better Publications character); the Japanese (villains); un-named Japanese leader (villain); Ah Kee (villain, death)
Synopsis:
When the Japanese have nearly succeeded in shutting off the China Road to Allied convoys, the Fighting Yank discovers treason within his own ranks and ferrets out the traitor.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the artist as unknown.
Only golden age appearance. Next appearance in All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes (Marvel, 2011 series) #2.

Machine of Doom! (Table of Contents)

Captain America / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Al Avison (signed)
Inks:
Al Avison (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Sergeant Duffy; Jensen (Mott's assistant, death); Le Bull (villain, introduction, death); Prof. Mott (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Believing that men are good, but that their will to self destruction [perpetrated by the Devil] over-rides the good they can do and only places the world in danger, Professor Mott decides to destroy the world!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists Al Avison only as penciler and Syd Shores & George Klein as inkers.

[The Stolen Birth Certificates] (Table of Contents)

The Secret Stamp / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Don Rico
Inks:
Don Rico
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
The Secret Stamp [Roddy Colt]; Mrs. Colt (Roddy's mother); Jerry Dash (newspaper reporter); Mrs. Thompkins; Mr. Eckman; Mrs. Kemp (Roddy's teacher); un-named district attorney; un-named criminal gang (villains)
Synopsis:
Roddy, as the Secret Stamp, attempts to battle some criminals who are getting people's birth certificates for gang members so they could be hired into defense plants for the purpose of sabotage.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who verifies Lee as the writer in 1942, so ? removed by Craig Delich 2013-2-11.

Sentinels of Liberty Secret Club News (Table of Contents)

Sentinels of Liberty / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Avison ?
Inks:
Al Avison ?
Letters:
?; typeset (most)

Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]
Synopsis:
Captain America asks club members and readers alike to fully support the war effort, while Bucky tells readers about the next Cap adventure next month and provides the code passwords for the month.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside back cover.

Krazy Komics (Table of Contents)

Krazy Komics / advertisement / 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

Characters:
Ziggy Pig; Posty Pelican; Toughy Tomcat; Snappy Turtle
Synopsis:
Illustrated ad for the latest issue of Krazy Komics.
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. [no title indexed]
    Captain America
  2. 1. [Contents Page]
    Captain America
  3. 2. The Monster from the Morgue
    Captain America
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Rookie McQuirk
  5. 4. Sub-Earthmen's Revenge!
    Captain America
  6. 5. Situation Wanted: I Got an Action Story
  7. 6. The China Road
    The Fighting Yank
  8. 7. Machine of Doom!
    Captain America
  9. 8. [The Stolen Birth Certificates]
    The Secret Stamp
  10. 9. Sentinels of Liberty Secret Club News
    Sentinels of Liberty
  11. 10. Krazy Komics
    Krazy Komics
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Bill Borre
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose