(December 1942)

Marvel, 1941 Series
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Volume:
2
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Complete Photo Story Corp.
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:
Syd Shores
Inks:
Syd Shores
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; the Creeper [Ambassador John Lissom]
Reprints:
Keywords:
bondage; torture

[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:
Illustrated contents page that lists Stan Lee as Managing Editor and Syd Shores as Associate Editor (indicia lists Martin Goodman as President). There is also a typeset promotional ad for Krazy Comics, Terrytoons Comics and Comedy Comics.
Reprints:

The Creeper and the 3 Rubies of Doom! (Table of Contents)

Captain America / comic story / 19 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Al Avison [as Syd Shores] (signed)
Inks:
Syd Shores [as Vince Alascia] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Sergeant Michael Duffy; President Franklin D. Roosevelt; Serge; un-named Highness of Alslavia; The Creeper [Ambassador John Lissom, aka Lisson] (villain, introduction); Eric (villain); Adolf Hitler (villain, cameo)
Synopsis:
One of Hitler's agents, the Creeper, steals a tri-rubied treaty ring in hopes of disrupting the signing of a treaty that pledges the last neutral European country to fight alongside the Allies, because he thinks that, when the U.S. ambassador Lissom signs the treaty without wearing the ring he was gifted by the ruler, the country will perceive a slight and choose to throw in with the Axis instead.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Elby Haunted House

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists writer as unknown, penciler as Syd Shores, and inks by Vince Alascia & unknown and George Klein.

America's Funniest Three! (Table of Contents)

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:
Toughy Tomcat; Ziggy the Pig; Baldy; Pookey; Gandy Goose; Andy Wolf (inset); Frenchy Rabbit (inset); Oscar Pig (inset); Bertie Mouse (inset)
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional advertisement for Krazy Komics #2, Terry Toons Comics #2, and Comedy Comics #12 covers pictured.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Lee and King, who signed this page as Lee King, most likely are two separate people. According to the Who's Who, Bill King did house ads such as this from 1941-43 and Stan Lee did the same from 1941-43.

The Cobra Strikes (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro; un-named South American Ambassador; The Cobra (villain, introduction); chauffeur of South American ambassador (villain)
Synopsis:
The Torch and Toro spot the kidnapping of the South American Ambassador, but they are gassed by the perpetrators. With Toro still out and maybe dead, the Torch chases the criminals into the lair of the Cobra to rescue the Ambassador from the clutches of the madman and his gang.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists writer as unknown, pencils by Mike Sekowsky & unknown, inker unknown.

Satan and the Sorcerer's Secret! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Johnny; Balthar (villain, introduction, sorcerer, death); Satan (villain, introduction, possibly the father of Daimon Hellstrom)
Synopsis:
Balthar comes to Bald Mountain in order to study Egyptian writings on how the souls of the dead can be brought back to life, when Satan appears and claims the sorcerer's soul until he can redeem it. How? Bring back the world's greatest champion so that the Prince of Evil can defeat him.....and that man is Captain America!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Bald Mountain

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the writer as unknown, pencilers as Pierce Rice & unknown, and the inkers as unknown & George Klein.

Catch That Firebug! (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Mickey Forrest; Lieutenant Malone (Policeman); unnamed Police Inspector; "Matches" Birken (villain)
Synopsis:
Young Mickey Forrest believes that he can decipher a typewritten code that even top police can't decipher, and when he does, he uncovers the plans of a known arsonist out to set fire to a warehouse.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Nelson's Warehouse

Wake Up Americans! (Table of Contents)

war stamps / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Martin Goodman ? (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]
Synopsis:
Illustrated PSA with Captain America, urging readers to buy war stamps every day.
Reprints:

The Sinister Spies (Table of Contents)

Dippy Diplomat / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Dippy; Swizzelstick (Dippy's military aide); Mergetroide (Dippy's chauffeur); two un-named spies (villains)
Synopsis:
Dippy is going to sign a treaty with the United States, but first decides to play a game of golf, not knowing two spies are out to kill him before the treaty can be signed.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story title taken from the contents page. Letterer credit by Craig Delich 2013-1-27. The Masterworks edition states that Blythe is a pen-name, but the Who's Who disagrees. The Who's Who states that there was an artist named Fred M. who drew several strips for Marvel (Norman the Doorman and Pedro the Peril), who obviously used the Blythe by-line as a pen-name on these two features only.

Two Smashing Successes! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee [as Lee] (signed)
Pencils:
Bill King [as King] (signed); Alex Schomburg ? (Young Allies cover); Alex Schomburg (All Winners cover)
Inks:
Bill King [as King] (signed); Alex Schomburg ? (Young Allies cover); Alex Schomburg (All Winners cover)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Adolf Hitler (head view); Benito Mussolini (head view); Hideki Tojo (head view); The Young Allies [Toro; Bucky; Percival Aloysius O'Toole [aka Knuckles]; Jefferson Worthington Sandervilt; Whitewash Jones; Henry Tinkle [aka Tubby]]; The Owl
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional advertisement for Young Allies Comics #5 and All Winners Comics #6, with covers pictured.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Lee and King, who signed this page as Lee King, most likely are two separate people. According to the Who's Who, Bill King did house ads such as this from 1941-43 and Stan Lee did the same from 1941-43.

The Case of the Silent Hermit (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Bob Oksner
Inks:
Bob Oksner
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
The Secret Stamp [Roddy Colt]; Mr. Colt; Mrs. Colt; The Hermit [Mr. Schores] (villain, introduction, a spy)
Synopsis:
Roddy attempts to sell some war stamps to an old hermit, but is led to believe that the old man has little money to keep body and soul together. Roddy's Dad, after hearing the story, tells Roddy to tell the man that he is now hired for his father's defense plant. When the hermit refuses the work, Roddy becomes suspicious and tries to snoop around, but Mr. Schores susprises him, telling Roddy that he intends to blow up the plant!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists writer as unknown, pencil by unknown & Don Rico, and inks by unknown & George Klein. The last panel states that The Secret Stamp will also be appearing in a new magazine called Kid Komics, which would go on sale September 20, 1942.

Writer credit, Stan Lee, verified by the Who's Who........Lee was the only writer of this strip in 1941. Thus ? removed by Craig Delich 2013-2-11.

In addition, Don Rico only drew the Secret Stamp in 1942 according to the Who's Who, while Bob Oksner did draw the strip in 1941, thus credits revised from Rico to Oksner.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Sentinels of Liberty Secret Club News / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]
Synopsis:
Illustrated edition of Captain America's Sentinels of Liberty Secret Club News page in which Cap announces the results of the picture contest from Captain America Comics #18. Listed are the 50 winners of the contest, each of whom received a crisp new $1 bill in the mail.
Reprints:
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Captain America
  2. 1. [Contents Page]
  3. 2. The Creeper and the 3 Rubies of Doom!
    Captain America
  4. 3. America's Funniest Three!
  5. 4. The Cobra Strikes
    The Human Torch
  6. 5. Satan and the Sorcerer's Secret!
    Captain America
  7. 6. Catch That Firebug!
  8. 7. Wake Up Americans!
    war stamps
  9. 8. The Sinister Spies
    Dippy Diplomat
  10. 9. Two Smashing Successes!
  11. 10. The Case of the Silent Hermit
    The Secret Stamp
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Sentinels of Liberty Secret Club News
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