(January 1943)

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

The Reaper (Table of Contents)

Captain America / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Syd Shores (signed)
Inks:
Syd Shores (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; The Human Torch [Jim Hammond] (inset); the Japanese
Reprints:

[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:
Illustrattion contents page which lists features inside w/story titles. Stan Lee is listed as Editorial and Art Director, and Syd Shores as Associate. Page also has promo box for Krazy, Terrytoons and Comedy Comics.
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The Vault of the Doomed! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Al Avison ?
Inks:
Syd Shores ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Congressman Barlow (head of Anti-Nazi Committee, death); Sam (Barlow's chauffeur); John Barlow (image only); un-named woman; Judge Cohn (death); Dr. Eternity [un-identified Nazi agent] (villain, introduction); Schultz (villain); un-named hunchback assistant to Dr. Eternity (villain); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
A Nazi agent poses as a medium, Dr. Eternity, in order to assassinate marked men. He successfully tends to Congressman Barlow, but a woman, wanting to see her dead son, poses a problem as Captain American and Bucky investigate the claims of Dr. Eternity, who rescue her and round up Eternity and his boys.
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Keywords:
Camp Lehigh

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the writer as unknown, pencilers as Ed Winiarski & unknown, and inkers as unknown, Ernie Hart and George Klein.

America's Funniest Three! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Bill King [as King] (signed); Stan Lee [as Lee] ? (signed) ; ? (covers)
Inks:
Bill King [as King] (signed); Stan Lee [as Lee] ? (signed); ? (covers)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Oscar Pig; Gandy Goose; Andy Wolf; Frenchy Rabbit
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Indexer Notes

Illustrated promotional ad for Krazy Komics #4, Terry-Toons #3 and Comedy Comics #13, with covers shown.

Lee and King, who signed this page, most likely are two separate people. According to the Who's Who, Bill King did house ads such as this from 1941-43. Stan Lee is probably the Lee who also signed the page as he did fillers at this time as well.

The Sabotage of the Supply Trains (Table of Contents)

Human Torch / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Harry Sahle
Inks:
Carl Pfeufer ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Herr Beak (villain, introduction); Nazi spies (villains)
Synopsis:
To mend damaged U.S.-Russian relations, the Torch and Toro investigate the disappearance of ammunition from crates shipped to Russia, either before being shipped or switched while in transit.
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Keywords:
National City

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the writer as unknown, penciler as Harry Fisk and inker as Edd Asch.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

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

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Indexer Notes

Illustrated advertisement for Marvel Mystery Comics and its 7 big features.

The Reaper (The Man the Law Couldn't Touch)! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Syd Shores (layouts); Al Avison
Inks:
Al Gabriele
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Sergeant Michael Duffy; un-named Police Chief; The Reaper (villain, introduction, death); Adolf Hitler (villain); Joseph Goebbels (villain)
Synopsis:
Hitler sends the Reaper to America to drench the nation in the big lies that the Germans are the superior race and that there is no wrong......and that Captain America is the true enemy.
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Keywords:
Camp Lehigh

Indexer Notes

Layout credit and title revision added by Craig Delich 2013-2-10 per Masterworks edition.

The Missing Ear (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.67 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Jackie Colony; Mr. Colony (Jackie's Dad); Slppery (villain); Jake (villain); Bull Darwin (villain); Red Clyde (villain)
Synopsis:
Jackie notices that a $10 bill spent by a customer is counterfeit and attempts to stop the man and his friend from escaping the area. He is captured and taken to the den of the counterfeiters.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
Martin Goodman
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Published monthly at Meriden Conn.
Publisher Complete Photo Story 330 W 42nd St
Editor: Stan Lee
Managing Editor: Martin Goodman
Business Manager: Abraham Goodman
Owners: Complete Photo Story Corp, Martin Goodman 330 W 42nd St

Captain America Wears The Cobra Ring of Death! (Table of Contents)

Captain America / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Al Avison
Inks:
Al Gabriele ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Sergeant Michael Duffy; Hanes (soldier); Callahan (soldier); Campbell (soldier); Senator Ralph (death); General Lang (death); The Ring (villain, introduction, death); Toto (villain, introduction); Hugo (reluctant villain, death); Herr Kumpf (villain); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Steve's unit is transferred to Washington D.C., and almost immediately there are two mysterious deaths that puts Steve on the spot as the killer of the General. But he sees a relationship between the two murders and sets out to find the culprits.....as Captain America!
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Keywords:
Cobra Ring

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists writer as unknown, pencils by Syd Shores, inks by unknown & George Klein.

Next Month! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Bill King [as King] (signed); Stan Lee [as Lee] ? (signed)
Inks:
Bill King [as King] (signed); Stan Lee [as Lee] ? (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; The Snapper [Killer Bane]
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Indexer Notes

Illustrated advertisement for Captain America Comics #23, picturing their newest of enemies: The Turtle-Man Terror, The Snapper.

According to the Who's Who, artist Bill King did many of the Timely house ads at this time, and I believe this is the "King" who signed this. In addition, the "Lee" is probably Stan Lee as he also did the fillers at this ime. Added by Craig Delich 2013-2-10.

War Bond Vengeance (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]; Red; Carson Bells (an actor, Orson Welles-type, introduction); Hans (villain); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
As Carson Wells, actor, gives a speech promoting war bonds, he is attacked and kidnapped by some Nazis. Everyone believes, however, it was staged....every one but Roddy Colt.
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Indexer Notes

Writer credit verified accorded to the Who's Who and the following notes added by Craig Delich 2013-2-10. According to the Who's Who, the only writer of the Secret Stamp in 1942 was Stan Lee, so question mark removed.

The Masterworks edition lists the writer as Stan Lee ?, penciler as Bob Oksner & unknown, and inker as unknown.

Don Rico did illustrate the Secret Stamp in 1942 (pencil and ink), but this story was done in 1941 to appear in the January, 1942 issue of Captain America (#22). I agree that Oksner did this story, but inks as well as pencils. Vince Alascia did not work on this strip according to the Who's Who. Credits changed accordingly from Rico pencils and Alascia ? inks to Oksner.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Reaper
    Captain America
  2. 1. [Contents Page]
    Captain America
  3. 2. The Vault of the Doomed!
    Captain America
  4. 3. America's Funniest Three!
  5. 4. The Sabotage of the Supply Trains
    Human Torch
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Marvel Mystery Comics
  7. 6. The Reaper (The Man the Law Couldn't Touch)!
    Captain America
  8. 7. The Missing Ear
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    statement of ownership
  10. 9. Captain America Wears The Cobra Ring of Death!
    Captain America
  11. 10. Next Month!
    Captain America Comics
  12. 11. War Bond Vengeance
    The Secret Stamp
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Bob Hughes
  • Katie
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Bill Borre
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Tony R. Rose