(September 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.
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
Inks:
Al Avison
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; the Japanese
Reprints:
Keywords:
stereotyping of the Japanese; swords; World War II

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition states pencils only by Al Avison, inks by Syd Shores & George Klein.

[Contents Page] (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Al Avison
Inks:
Al Avison
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]
Synopsis:
Contents page featuring features in the issue plus an ad for Terry Toons Comics.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover. Mentions Stan Lee as Managing Editor and Al Avison as Associate Editor.

Bowling Alley of Death! (Table of Contents)

Captain America / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Sgt. Duffy; Gigo [Peter G. Higorovitch] (villain, introduction); The Holy Ring (villains, introduction)
Synopsis:
Gigo, a member of the Czar's nobility, owns a bowling alley where the kingpins of the officer's alley are hollowed out to fit .22 bullet guns and a catapult sends them sailing towards their intended victims. Gigo hates all democracies, but Cap and Bucky put a stop to his killings and hand him over to police.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists Al Avison on pencils and Syd Shores & George Klein as inkers.

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

Captain America 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:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]
Synopsis:
House ad for Captain America Comics and also asks 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.

The Tomb of Horror! (Table of Contents)

Captain America / comic story / 11.5 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
Al Avison
Inks:
Al Avison
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Sgt. Michael Duffy; Professor Wembley; Betty Ross (in dream); Black Toad (villain, appears in dream); Black Talon [as Professor Wembley (in dream sequence)] (villain)
Synopsis:
Steve and Bucky are told by Sgt. Duffy that they must assist a professor as he makes his way to the pyramids, where he is to search for a priceless hieroglyphic.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists pencils by Al Avison & George Klein, inks by Syd Shores & George Klein. Last half of page 12 is an un-illustrated ad for Terry Toons Comics.

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

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

Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
advocacy
Synopsis:
PSA for United States Savings Stamps, including a letter with plea from the Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau, Jr.
Reprints:

The Yanks Are Coming! (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Pvt. Pete Jones; the Japanese (villains, many die)
Synopsis:
Young draftee Pete Jones always wanted a chance to get at those rats [refering to the Japanese] as they attempted to overthrow the democracies of the world.....and he gets his chance and makes good!
Reprints:

The Mikado's Super Shell! (Table of Contents)

Captain America / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Betty Ross; The Paw (villain, introduction, death); the Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Cap learns that the Paw and his Japanese co-horts have captured Betty, so he heads for Japan to find her.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Percy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Mike Sekowsy [as Sekowsky] (signed)
Inks:
George Klein [as Klein] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Percy
Synopsis:
Percy decides to visit the circus that comes to town, and, for fun, decides to use his slingshot on the gorilla......with surprising results!
Reprints:

Marvel Mystery Comics Line Up of Thrills! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee [as Lee] (signed)
Pencils:
Sam Gary [as Gary] (signed)
Inks:
Sam Gary [as Gary] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro; Jimmy Jupiter; Terry Vance; Dr. Watson (Terry's monkey); The Patriot [Jeffrey Mace]; The Angel [Thomas Halloway]; The Vision [Aarkus]
Synopsis:
Illustrated house ad for Marvel Mystery Comics.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Lee and Gary signed this piece and are, most likely, two separate people. Sam Gary did such house ads in 1942 and Stan Lee wrote such ads from 1941-43. Added by Craig Delich 2013-7-5.

[Enter: The Fighting Fool] (Table of Contents)

The Fighting Fool / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
war
Characters:
The Fighting Fool [Wade Huston] (introduction); Napoleon Sack (member of the Free-French Army); Herr Mongrel (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Retired from the Anzac Army because he was shot by the enemy in both lungs, Wade Huston decides to head for America and battle against Fifth Columnists there.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The last panel of the story is an ad for Terry Toons Comics.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Dippy Diplomat / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Guy Blythe (signed)
Pencils:
Guy Blythe (signed)
Inks:
Guy Blythe (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
Humor
Characters:
Dippy Diplomat
Synopsis:
Dippy has hired some movers to help him move his belongings, but he ends up doing most of the work.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

No word balloons throughout sequence.

The Case of the "Costumed Crook" (Table of Contents)

The Secret Stamp / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Characters:
The Secret Stamp [Roddy Colt]; Miss Brooks (Roddy's teacher); Spud; Mr. Bruce; Spike (villain)
Synopsis:
A pair of criminals knock out Roddy, steal his costumne, and impersonate the Secret Stamp in order to gain entrance to a party and to steal some valuable jewels.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who verifies Lee as the writer of this strip in 1942, so ? removed. Also inker credit revised by Alvison to Rico per Who's Who, which states Avison never did art for this strip.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Dippy Diplomat / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Guy Blythe (signed)
Pencils:
Guy Blythe (signed)
Inks:
Guy Blythe (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Dippy Diplomat
Synopsis:
Dippy visits several water related shows at the local zoo, which reminds him that it's time for his bath.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

No word balloons throughout sequence.

Sentinels of Liberty Page (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
?; typeset (most)

Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Red Skull [George Maxon]
Synopsis:
Illustrated page that announces a new big contest. An illustration is shown, that has many obvious mistakes in it. Readers are asked to locate and list as many as they can find, then mail form into Timely Editorial offices by August 1st. 50 $1 prizes will be awarded. Also listed are Club code passwords.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside back cover.

Krazy Komics (Table of Contents)

Krazy Komics / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Ziggy Pig; Toughy Tomcat; Posty Pelican; Snappy Turtle
Synopsis:
Illustrated ad for Krazy Komics.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Captain America
  2. 1. [Contents Page]
  3. 2. Bowling Alley of Death!
    Captain America
  4. 3. [Tops! in Thrills! Mystery! Action! Comedy! Patriotism!]
    Captain America Comics
  5. 4. The Tomb of Horror!
    Captain America
  6. 5. ["A special message to the boys and girls of America..."]
    U.S. Savings Stamps
  7. 6. The Yanks Are Coming!
  8. 7. The Mikado's Super Shell!
    Captain America
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Percy
  10. 9. Marvel Mystery Comics Line Up of Thrills!
    Marvel Comics
  11. 10. [Enter: The Fighting Fool]
    The Fighting Fool
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Dippy Diplomat
  13. 12. The Case of the "Costumed Crook"
    The Secret Stamp
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Dippy Diplomat
  15. 14. Sentinels of Liberty Page
    Sentinels of Liberty
  16. 15. Krazy Komics
    Krazy Komics
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Bill Borre
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose