(January 1940)

Marvel, 1940 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.
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing

Issue Notes

Indicia information (available scan only partially legible, so not a direct transcription):
DARING MYSTERY COMICS (illegible) 8 Lord Street, Buffalo N. Y. by Timely Publications. Editorial and administrative offices at (illegible- 330 West 42nd St.?) N. Y. Application for (illegible- second class matter?) pending at the Post Office, Buffalo, N. Y. under act of March 3, 1879. (illegible, probably copyright statement) by Timely Publications. Vol. 1, No. 1., January, 1940. Yearly subscription $1.00. Single copies 10c.


["A thrilling adventure of the Fiery Mask"] (Table of Contents)

Fiery Mask / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Alex Schomburg
Inks:
Alex Schomburg
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fiery Mask [Dr. Jack Castle]
Reprints:
Keywords:
automobiles

["Hi Fellers!"] (Table of Contents)

Brownscope Co. 60 Power Telescope / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Fantastic Thriller of the Walking Corpses (Table of Contents)

The Fiery Mask / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Simon
Pencils:
Joe Simon
Inks:
Joe Simon
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Simon

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fiery Mask [Dr. Jack Castle] (introduction, origin); Captain Benson (introduction); Zombie Master (a mad doctor, villain, introduction, death); zombies (villains, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Dr. Jack Castle begins investigating the disappearance of eight men and the appearance of living corpses, bent on serving a mad scientist whose avowed aim is conquering the world.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Funnies, Inc. material.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Soldier of Fortune, John Steele / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Larry Antonette [as Dean Carr] (signed)
Inks:
Larry Antonette [as Dean Carr] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
war
Characters:
John Steele (introduction); Marie; unnamed general; Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Steele helps a nurse, whose life he has just saved, through a series of perilous encounters with the Nazis, in order to get a vital message to the General.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Allan Holtz's Stripper's Guide states that there is an entry in the Catalog of Copyright Entries for Antonette's "Dash Dixon" specifying "Dean Carr" as a pseudonym and not a writing partner.

Only golden age appearance. Next appearance in The Marvels Project (Marvel, 2009 series) #2.
Funnies, Inc. material.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Texas Kid, Robin Hood of the Range / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
The Texas Kid (introduction); Humboldt (introduction); Banker Wells (villain; introduction); Luke (villain; introduction); Comanche (villain; introduction); Trent (villain; introduction)
Synopsis:
The Kid goes after a gang of raiders that are burning the cabins and stealing the cattle of property owners whose mortgage is coming due.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Only appearance.
Funnies, Inc. material.

[The Menace of Mr. Muro] (Table of Contents)

Monako, Prince of Magic / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Larry Antonette (signed)
Inks:
Larry Antonette (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
occult
Characters:
Monako (introduction); Josette (introduction); Al (introduction); Mr. Muro (villain, introduction); Tashu (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Monako agrees to help Josette's brother Al, who has just perfected a new powerful explosive for the government, from falling into the hands of the evil Mr. Muro.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Funnies, Inc. material.

[The Thundering Terror of Gold Creek] (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Ray Gill (signed)
Pencils:
Al Anders [ as Anders] (signed; spot illustrations)
Inks:
Al Anders [ as Anders] (signed; spot illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Wade Duncan; Mr. Hastings; Hank Wells; Spud Clark; un-named blacksmith; gang of crooks from Chelsa City (villains)
Synopsis:
A radio-controlled herd of wild, mad horses destroy the town of Gold Creek, sent on that mission by a gang of criminals from Chelsa City, who had been trying to buy out that town for some time.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Title accidentally left off story- there is a blank cutout in the illustration where the title should appear.
Funnies, Inc. material.

[The Football Fixing Scheme] (Table of Contents)

Flash Foster at Midwestern / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Wood (signed)
Pencils:
Bob Wood (signed)
Inks:
Bob Wood (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; sports
Characters:
Flash Foster (introduction); Connie Hodges (introduction); Nick Bruno (villain, introduction); Bunky (villain, introduction); Pat (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Nick Bruno kidnaps the girl of the star of the Midwestern College football team in order to win big money on that game and to prevent Midwestern from being invited to the Rose Bowl.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Only golden age appearance. Next appearance in All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes (Marvel, 2011 series) #1.
Almost certainly Funnies, Inc. material. According to Who's Who, Wood was at Chesler 1937-39 but moved to Funnies, Inc. during 1939- this story would have been produced in late 1939.

Case of Perrone (Table of Contents)

Phantom of the Underworld / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Maurice Gutwirth (signed)
Inks:
Maurice Gutwirth (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Phantom of the Underworld [Doc Denton] (introduction); Nurse Andrus (introduction); Inspector Flynn (introduction); Perrone (villain; introduction)
Synopsis:
In order to get inside information on crime boss Perrone, Detective Denton takes over the offices of a local doctor so that he'll be in a position to treat Perrone.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Only appearance.
Likely a Chesler shop production, and the first such story at Timely. Per Who's Who, Gutwirth was with Chesler c1937-41, then Funnies, Inc. c1942-45. As more Chesler material is added to future issues of this series, Gutwirth's contributions are clearly aligned with that shop.

Wartime Wonders (Table of Contents)

filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Harry Francis Campbell ?
Pencils:
Harry Francis Campbell (signed)
Inks:
Harry Francis Campbell (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Interesting facts are illustrated, such as: some steel used in England's new battleships was scrapped from German ships sunk in WW1; none of the planes currently used in WW2 will be in existence after 20 days of war; the mystery of a new explosive made from wood and air; a pilot thrown from his plane actually fell back into it; and several others.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Funnies, Inc. material.

[The Rotterdam Run] (Table of Contents)

Barney Mullen, Sea Rover / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Charles Pearson [as Chas. Pearson] (signed)
Inks:
Charles Pearson [as Chas. Pearson] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
war
Characters:
Barney Mullen (introduction); Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Barney takes on the dangerous assignment of transporting a shipment of gold filigree into the war zone of Rotterdam.
Reprints:
Keywords:
naval

Indexer Notes

Only appearance at Timely. Funnies, Inc. material.
The Sea Rover feature is next seen in Funny Pages #40 from Centaur http://www.comics.org/issue/969/#15022

["This Beautiful Desk for Only $1.00"] (Table of Contents)

Remington Deluxe Noiseless Portable Typewriter / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

["30 Shot Automatic Repeater!!"] (Table of Contents)

Johnson Smith & Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Numerous small ads, all for products from Johnson Smith & Co. Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["A thrilling adventure of the Fiery Mask"]
    Fiery Mask
  2. 1. ["Hi Fellers!"]
    Brownscope Co. 60 Power Telescope
  3. 2. The Fantastic Thriller of the Walking Corpses
    The Fiery Mask
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Soldier of Fortune, John Steele
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    The Texas Kid, Robin Hood of the Range
  6. 5. [The Menace of Mr. Muro]
    Monako, Prince of Magic
  7. 6. [The Thundering Terror of Gold Creek]
  8. 7. [The Football Fixing Scheme]
    Flash Foster at Midwestern
  9. 8. Case of Perrone
    Phantom of the Underworld
  10. 9. Wartime Wonders
  11. 10. [The Rotterdam Run]
    Barney Mullen, Sea Rover
  12. 11. ["This Beautiful Desk for Only $1.00"]
    Remington Deluxe Noiseless Portable Typewriter
  13. 12. ["30 Shot Automatic Repeater!!"]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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