(December 1939)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Timely Publications
Editing:
Martin Goodman
Color:
Full Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U.S. (through about early 1944, narrower thereafter)
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Monthly (through July 1944, variable thereafter)

Issue Notes

Indicia (scan courtesty of Greg Gatlin):
MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS published monthly by Timely Publications, 330 West 42nd St., New York, N. Y. Publication office, 8 Lord Street, Buffalo, New York. Entered as second class matter at the Post Office at Buffalo, New York under act of March 3rd, 1879. Entire contents copyright 1939 by Timely Publications. Vol. 1 No. 2. December 1939. Yearly subscription $1.00. Single copies 10 cents.


["With a tremendous leap, the Angel catches the bomber's landing gear..."] (Table of Contents)

The Angel / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Charles J. Mazoujian
Inks:
Charles J. Mazoujian
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Angel [Tom Halloway]
Reprints:
Keywords:
bomber planes; bombs

Indexer Notes

Art identification by Hames Ware and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Timely-Atlas list. Corrected from Claire S. Moe (Henry Andrews 2009-03-08).

["Look for the SILVER Cover!"] (Table of Contents)

Silver Streak Comics #1 / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Cole
Inks:
Jack Cole
Letters:
?

Characters:
The Claw
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Includes a reproduction of the cover to Silver Streak Comics #1. Also includes the indicia. According to the Timely-Atlas list, Silver Streak was also a Funnies, Inc. production early on, and Frank Motler reports that there is a complementary add for Marvel Mystery Comics #2 (this issue) on the inside back cover of Silver Streak Comics #1.

[Murder At the Racetrack] (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Burgos (signed)
Pencils:
Carl Burgos (signed)
Inks:
Carl Burgos (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Carl Burgos

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch (origin retold in flashback); Professor Horton; un-named girlfriend of Blackie Ross (introduction); Johnson (introduction, prison con and former racecar driver); Blackie Ross (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
The Torch must battle a racketeer who wants his racing car to win so badly that he uses an airplane that fires incendiary bullets into the other cars.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Human Torch still wears his blue uniform. He doeswn't adopt the Jim Hammond identity until issue #4.

[The Treasure of Alano] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Ray Gill ?
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Angel [Tom Halloway]; Jane Framan (introduction); Lelong [as Sumner] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
The Angel saves a woman's life, all over a map with a curse on it, as it reveals the location of a treasure connected to the lost temple of Alano.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer credit revised from Paul Gustavson to Ray Gill ? by Craig Delich 11-4-08. Gustavson was ONLY an artist. While the Who's Who doesn't list a writer for the strip in 1939, Ray Gill did write the strip in 1940 and MAY be this story's writer.

[Attack On New York City] (Table of Contents)

The Sub-Mariner / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Everett (signed)
Pencils:
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks:
Bill Everett (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bill Everett

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Pinkerton; un-named girl; Foley (Policeman, death)
Synopsis:
Namor heads for New York City, and while securing a disguise, a young woman accidently sets her dress ablaze with a cigarette. Deciding that she can be of value to him in his avowed war against the Americans, he kidnaps her from the hospital and takes her to his undersea kingdom.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continued in the next issue.

[The Town of Wanted Men] (Table of Contents)

The Masked Raider / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Anders [as Anders] (signed)
Inks:
Al Anders [as Anders] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
The Masked Raider [Jim Gardley]; un-named Sheriff; "Hook" Tebbs (villain, introduction) and his men [Tex, Miguel] (villains)
Synopsis:
The Raiders disguises himself as a fugitive in order to infiltrate a gang that has been harrassing and robbing ranches in several towns.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Al Anders to ?. Anders was an artist only. The Who's Who does not list a writer for the strip.

[Origin of the American Ace] (Table of Contents)

American Ace / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Paul J. Lauretta (signed)
Inks:
Paul J. Lauretta (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
American Ace [Perry Wade] (introduction); Minisater of Attainia (death); Queen Ursula (villain, introduction), Josef (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Queen Ursula of Castle D'or, whose empire was shattered when she lost her colonies during WWI, plans revenge.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continued next issue. Writer revision from Paul Lauretta to ?. Lauretta was an artist only and the Who's Who lists no writer for the strip.

Death-Bird Squadron (Table of Contents)

The Angel / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
David C. Cooke (signed)
Pencils:
Charles J. Mazoujian [as C.J.M.] (signed)
Inks:
Charles J. Mazoujian [as C.J.M.] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Angel [Tom Halloway]; the Nazis (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
The Angel takes matters into his own hands against the Nazis, who without warning attack the Polish town of Grybow.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art ID by Hames Ware and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Timely-Atlas list. Corrected from Claire S. Moe (Henry Andrews 2009-03-08).

[The Battle With Bardak] (Table of Contents)

Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ben Thompson (signed)
Inks:
Ben Thompson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Ka-Zar [David Rand]; Zar (a lion); Sha (lion mate of Zar); Trajah (an elephant); Zoro (a lion cub); Chaka (an ape); Kru (a vulture); Bardak (villain, introduction, an ape, death)
Synopsis:
After the death of his parents, Ka-Zar goes to live in the cave of his friend, Zar, but soon faces Bardak, who has found a mirror in the abandoned tent of De Kraft, and refuses to relinquish it. Ka-Zar takes it from him and Bardak swears revenge.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Ben Thompson. Thompson was an artist only and the Who's Who lists no writer for this strip.

All in Fun (Table of Contents)

All in Fun / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwad [as Ed Wood] (signed)
Pencils:
Fred Schwad [as Ed Wood] (signed)
Inks:
Fred Schwad [as Ed Wood] (signed)
Letters:
Fred Schwad [as Ed Wood]

Genre:
humor
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover. Five single page gag cartoons. Secuence added by Kauldi Gilibert (June 14, 2013).

Loony Laffs! (Table of Contents)

Loony Laffs! / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Ben Thompson (signed)
Pencils:
Ben Thompson (signed)
Inks:
Ben Thompson (signed)
Letters:
Ben Thompson

Genre:
humor
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Five single page gag cartoons. Secuence added by Kauldi Gilibert (June 14, 2013).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["With a tremendous leap, the Angel catches the bomber's landing gear..."]
    The Angel
  2. 1. ["Look for the SILVER Cover!"]
    Silver Streak Comics #1
  3. 2. [Murder At the Racetrack]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. [The Treasure of Alano]
    The Angel
  5. 4. [Attack On New York City]
    The Sub-Mariner
  6. 5. [The Town of Wanted Men]
    The Masked Raider
  7. 6. [Origin of the American Ace]
    American Ace
  8. 7. Death-Bird Squadron
    The Angel
  9. 8. [The Battle With Bardak]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  10. 9. All in Fun
    All in Fun
  11. 10. Loony Laffs!
    Loony Laffs!
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Craig Delich
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Darci
  • Kauldi Gilibert
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Craig Delich