(December 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 (editor, art director)
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. 6, December, 1942 issue. Yearly subscription $.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.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Captain America / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Alex Schomburg [as Schomburg] (signed)
Inks:
Alex Schomburg [as Schomburg] (signed)
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; the Nazis
Reprints:

Contents page (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]
Synopsis:
Illustrated Table of Contents page.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover, includes drawings of Captain America and Bucky and an ad for the other Timely series. Lists Martin Goodman as Publisher and Stan Lee as Editor and Art Director.

The Ghost's Gaze of Death! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Avison ?
Inks:
Syd Shores ?; George Klein ?; Ernie Hart ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Perseus (introduction, flashback); Medusa (introduction, flashback); Medusa [Dr. Anton Harvey] (villain, introduction, death); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
A noted scientist explains the mysterious deaths of some workers as the re-appearance of the dreaded snake monster, Medusa, a monster from legend. When Cap and Bucky look into the matter, they discover the Medusa is all too real, but this one uses a compressed air gun loaded with poison-tipped needles to kill!
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Indexer Notes

Credits per Doc Vassalo. The Masterworks edition lists Avison and Shores on pencils, George Klein & unknown on inks. The tombstone pictured in panel 5 on page 5 has Stan Lee's name on it.

[Origin of the Terror Squad] (Table of Contents)

Terror Squad / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Mike Sekowsky ?
Inks:
Charles Nicholas ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
war
Characters:
Terror Squad [Chuck Wilson; Stanisofski; Twimbly] (introduction, origin); Nikoli (Russian POW, 8th cousin of Stanisofski); the Nazis (villains, many die)
Synopsis:
Three ace pilots from America, Russia and England escape from a Nazi concentration camp, steal three British Spitfires on display in a local village, and use them to attack Nazi convoys and tanks.
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Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists artist(s) as unknown.

The Den of Horror! (Table of Contents)

The Destroyer / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Destroyer [Keen Marlow, also in disguise as Captain von Nieusance]; Flora; Mueller; Capt. Von Nieusance (villain, introduction, Gestapo Chief); Brander (villain, introduction, torturer)
Synopsis:
The Destroyer goes undercover to try and disrupt the Nazis plan to discover the location of the underground's "Freedom Press" so they can destroy it.
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Indexer Notes

Oksner credit per Doc Vassalo. Previously credited to Sekowsky ? and Winiarski ? The Masterworks edition lists inker as unknown.

Death In the Coral Sea (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Charles Nicholas ?; Louis Ferstadt ?
Inks:
Charles Nicholas ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; war
Characters:
Edward A. Flaherty (USN Electrician's Mate 1st Class); The Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
The true story of a USN seaman on board the USS Neosho.
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Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the penciler as Ferstadt and the inker as unknown.

[Jeep Joins the Army] (Table of Contents)

Jeep Jones / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Chic Stone
Inks:
Chic Stone
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; military
Characters:
Jeep Jones (introduction, origin)
Synopsis:
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, garage mechanic "Jeep" Jones decides to join the Army, and ends up as the General's driver.
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Look Out For Spies! (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.75 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
war
Characters:
Tommy Colt; Bill Gibbs; Foxx (FBI agent); Big Jake Groman (villain); un-named Nazi (villain)
Synopsis:
Tommy is knocked senseless and beat up while on guard duty, but is puzzled when a doctor pulls out a thin sliver of metal from his chin after the attack. His pal, Bill, believes Big Jake is responsible, wanting to steal vital plans from the plant being guarded by Tommy.
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Indexer Notes

The second page of this text story is printed on the inside back cover.

[Slow Motion Jones and the Last Chance Lightship] (Table of Contents)

The Whizzer / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Louis Ferstadt [as Ferstadt] (signed)
Inks:
Louis Ferstadt [as Ferstadt] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Whizzer [Robert Frank]; Slow-Motion Jones (introduction); Cob; Bruce Keller (FBI agent); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
The Whizzer goes after a Nazi spy who has shot an FBI agent and is out to work with a Nazi sub to destroy a U.S. convoy at sea.
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Sergeant Dix Calls the Plays! (Table of Contents)

Sergeant Dix / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Roy Garn (signed)
Pencils:
Frank Borth (signed)
Inks:
Frank Borth (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
war
Characters:
Sergeant Dix; Roden (villain, introduction); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
The Nazis use some unwitting kids to attack a military fort by giving them slingshots and incendiary pebbles!
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[Johnson Invades Japan] (Table of Contents)

Jap Buster Johnson / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Dennis Neville
Inks:
Dennis Neville
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
war
Characters:
Lt. Doug "Jap Buster" Johnson (introduction, origin); Dave (death); Japanese army (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
After seeing a fellow pilot gunned down by the Japanese air force, Lt. Johnson takes to the air after the perpetrator, shoots him down, then takes a Japanese plane up to see if he can locate and help destroy a secret Japanese base.
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Indexer Notes

Credits per Doc Vassalo. Previously credited to Syd Shores ?

Statement of the Ownership, Management, Circulation, Etc. (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Script:
Martin Goodman; Regina N. Gierber (notary)
Letters:
typeset
Editing:
U.S.A. Comic Magazine Corp. (owner, publisher); Martin Goodman (owner, editor, managing editor); Abraham Goodman (business manager)

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Statement for October 1, 1942, listing Martin Goodman as Editor and Managing Editor, and Abraham Goodman as Business Manager. All addresses given as 30 W. 42nd St., N.Y., N.Y.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Captain America
  2. 1. Contents page
  3. 2. The Ghost's Gaze of Death!
    Captain America
  4. 3. [Origin of the Terror Squad]
    Terror Squad
  5. 4. The Den of Horror!
    The Destroyer
  6. 5. Death In the Coral Sea
  7. 6. [Jeep Joins the Army]
    Jeep Jones
  8. 7. Look Out For Spies!
  9. 8. [Slow Motion Jones and the Last Chance Lightship]
    The Whizzer
  10. 9. Sergeant Dix Calls the Plays!
    Sergeant Dix
  11. 10. [Johnson Invades Japan]
    Jap Buster Johnson
  12. 11. Statement of the Ownership, Management, Circulation, Etc.
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Craig Delich
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Steve Dasinger
  • Henry Andrews
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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