(February 1943)

Marvel, 1941 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
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

March cover month, but February in the indicia:

U. S. A. COMICS is published monthly 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. 7, February, 1943 issue. Yearly subscription $1.00 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.

The contents page lists Martin Goodman as publisher and Stan Lee as editor and art director.


[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:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; the Japanese
Reprints:
Keywords:
aircraft carriers; fighter aircraft; Imperial Japanese Navy; machine guns; parachuting; United States Navy; World War II

Indexer Notes

Art previously credited to Al Avison ? The aircraft carrier depicted is named "Haruna Maru" which was the name of an Imperial Japanese Navy battleship.

U.S.A. Comics Contents (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]
Synopsis:
Illustrated table of contents listing seven major features.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2012-4-22. Found on the inside front cover. Lists Martin Goodman as Publisher and Stan Lee as Editorial and Art Director.

The Case of the Flying Submarine! (Table of Contents)

Captain America / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Syd Shores; Mike Sekowsky; Ernie Hart
Inks:
George Klein; ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Bucky [Bucky Barnes]; Sgt. Michael Duffy; Lt. Roland; Mark Manners (inventor, death); Jane Manners (Mark's daughter); The Eraser (villain); Sparks (villain, radio operator); Fritz (circus fire-eater); Hans (villain, pilot)
Synopsis:
Cap and Bucky must go up against the Eraser, a dreaded rubberman circus freak turned spy, who has set his sights on stealing the prototype model of a new flying submarine.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits per Doc Vassalo and the Masterworks edition.

[Trouble Wholesale] (Table of Contents)

Captain Daring / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Alex Schomburg (signed)
Inks:
Alex Schomburg (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
war
Characters:
Captain Daring [Lee Bradford]; Sky Sharks; Zeke Mallon; Colonel Welling; Valerie Welling (Colonel's daughter); Lieutenant Raeger (British spy, death); Marshal von Hapz (villain); the Nazis (villains)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This feature is a name change for "G-Man Don Gorman" from Daring Mystery Comics #4 (May 1940). Its full title is Captain Daring and His Sky-Sharks.

[Origin of Marvel Boy] (Table of Contents)

Marvel Boy / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Marvel Boy [Martin Burns]; Miss Prim (school teacher); Hercules; von Blubber (villain); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Martin is visiting a museum with members of his class, when he is involved in an accident, in which Martin suffers a deep cut which is mixed with an extract of the bllod of Hercules, giving him super powers.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Last seen in Daring Mystery Comics #6, and this is his last appearance even though the blurb at the end of the story says he has another adventure in the next issue. The Masterworks edition lists writer as unknown, Oksner as penciler, and inker as unknown.

I Hate Women (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Lester Looseleaf (Morning Herald newspaper reporter); Cuthbert Cutter (managing editor of Morning Herald); Willie (elevator operator)
Synopsis:
After being fired from his job as a reporter, Lester decides to write a book, which pans women. Unfortunately for him, women hate women, and all the gals loved his book, and his former editor on the paper bought the rights to the book and serialized it in the newspaper.
Reprints:

[Meet Disk-Eyes the Detective] (Table of Contents)

Disk-Eyes / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Pencils:
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Inks:
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; detective-mystery
Characters:
Disk-Eyes the Detective; T. Adenoid Cashkisser (Slippery River Bank President); Spider McStrangle (villain)
Synopsis:
Disk-Eyes must halt the attempts by Spider McStrangle and his boys to commit more robberies to help finance bombs that will be used to blow up machinery.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The blurb at the end of the story indicates Disk-Eyes returns in the next issue, but he doesn't.

The Case of the Up-To-the-Minute Men! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Secret Stamp [Roddy Colt]; Freddy Franklin; un-named boss (villain); Griffin (villain, bond cashier)
Synopsis:
Roddy has to pull off a modern Paul Revere scenario in order to track down a hijacked armored car containing more than $1 million in war bond sales.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Pencil credit from the Masterworks edition.

Writer credits added by Craig Delich 2013-2-11. The Who's Who states that Stan Lee and Bob Oksner both wrote this strip in 1943, so it could be either one.

["We find our hero at work drawing up plans..."] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Chic Stone (signed)
Inks:
Chic Stone (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; military
Characters:
Private Jeep Jones; un-named U.S. Army General; Otto (villain, Nazi spy); Spike (villain, Nazi spy)
Synopsis:
Jeep draws up plans for a new invention that he calls the "Super-Duper Tank", which the General says looks like a meat grinder on wheels.
Reprints:

The Laughing Death Patrol! (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. Jap Buster Johnson; Lt. David Nichols (image); the Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Lt. Johnson must track down the source of a mysterious green gas that drives American pilots crazy.
Reprints:

[Wake Up Americans!] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
advocacy; superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]
Synopsis:
Illustrated PSA for United States Savings Bond War Stamps.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence and writer credit added by Craig Delich 2012-4-22.

[The Big 3] (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:
?

Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Super Rabbit
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional ad for Terry-Toons Comics, Krazy Komics and Comedy Comics, with images of six characters from those comics.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

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.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Captain America
  2. 1. U.S.A. Comics Contents
  3. 2. The Case of the Flying Submarine!
    Captain America
  4. 3. [Trouble Wholesale]
    Captain Daring
  5. 4. [Origin of Marvel Boy]
    Marvel Boy
  6. 5. I Hate Women
  7. 6. [Meet Disk-Eyes the Detective]
    Disk-Eyes
  8. 7. The Case of the Up-To-the-Minute Men!
    The Secret Stamp
  9. 8. ["We find our hero at work drawing up plans..."]
    Jeep Jones
  10. 9. The Laughing Death Patrol!
    Jap Buster Johnson
  11. 10. [Wake Up Americans!]
    U.S. Savings Bond War Stamps
  12. 11. [The Big 3]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Peter Croome
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Henry Andrews