(August 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.
Brand:
Timely Comics [small shield]
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)

["Can the Human Torch's death-defying leap save Toro from the steel-edged doom?"] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Alex Schomburg
Inks:
Alex Schomburg
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch; Toro
Keywords:
bondage; torture

[Carl Burgos Meets the Human Torch] (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:
Human Torch; Toro; Carl Burgos (introduction); Bill Everett (introduction); Martin Goodman (introduction); the Timely Comics staff (introduction); Adolf Hitler (villain); Hermann Goering (villain); Josef Goebbels (villain); assorted Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Carl Burgos is stuck for a story when suddenly Torch and Toro spring to life from his drawing board. They give him an idea for mocking Hitler and Martin Goodman approves it. Torch and Toro guard the comic books from Nazi attempts to destroy them as they are distributed from planes to German citizens. Hitler orders anyone who laughs at the comics to be shot and demands Carl Burgos be assassinated. Carl meets with Torch, Toro and Sub-Mariner at a diner where a Nazi agent has replaced the soda jerk. Carl collapses after drinking the soda. Torch and Toro apprehend the spy and Carl recovers.

[The Shark Subterfuge] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Sub-Mariner; Grizzly Pete (villain, introduction, death); Mr. Klutz (villain, introduction, death); the Nazis (villains)

The Beast of Cactus Canyon (Table of Contents)

Vision / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Vision; The Beast of Cactus Canyon (villain, introduction, death); Myron (villain, introduction, death)

Indexer Notes

Formerly credited to Stan Lee and Syd Shores. Story is not signed. New credits from Jerry Bails' Who's Who and comparison of the art with other credited work.

The Curse of Tutkenamen (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.

Exposed! The Jap Invaders (Table of Contents)

Patriot / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Patriot [Jeff Mace]; A Japanese scientist (turned into a lizard, villain); his Ape-Men (villains, introductions, deaths); Mary Morgan; Jack Casey

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Al Fagaly, but Fagaly signed his stories. Al Plastino is listed in Jerry Bails' Who's Who as working on this feature at this time.

Dr. Watson Makes Monkeys Out of the Japs (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:
Capt. Nokuru (villain, introduction, death); a Japanese admiral (villain, introduction, death)

In His Tunnel To China (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:
Satan (villain); Werjil (villain, introduction); Matilda (villain, introduction); Temptation (villain, introduction); Will Power (a hero, introduction); Jimmy (introduction)

The Curse of Professor Torture (Table of Contents)

Angel / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Alex Blum
Inks:
Alex Blum
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Angel; Prof. Torture (villain, introduction, death)

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Al Fagaly. Fagaly is not credited with this strip in Jerry Bails' Who's Who, nor does this look like his signed work on recent Patriot stories. Alex Blum is in Bails and this work compares to his other work at this time.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Can the Human Torch's death-defying leap save Toro from the steel-edged doom?"]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. [Carl Burgos Meets the Human Torch]
    Human Torch
  3. 2. [The Shark Subterfuge]
    Sub-Mariner
  4. 3. The Beast of Cactus Canyon
    Vision
  5. 4. The Curse of Tutkenamen
  6. 5. Exposed! The Jap Invaders
    Patriot
  7. 6. Dr. Watson Makes Monkeys Out of the Japs
    Terry Vance
  8. 7. In His Tunnel To China
    Jimmy Jupiter
  9. 8. The Curse of Professor Torture
    Angel
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