(January 1940)

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)

["Unaware of death behind him, the Angel went into action"] (Table of Contents)

The Angel / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Angel [Tom Halloway]
Reprints:
Keywords:
automatic pistols; hatchets; skeletons

[The Menace From Mars] (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; Mr. Carson (introduction, owner of the Carson Explosive Company, death); Diane Carson (daughter of Mr. Carson); the Martians (villains, introduction); Captain Ott (villain, introduction, a Martian); Mr. Ritton (villain, introduction, agent of the planet Mars on Earth, death)
Synopsis:
After an attack on New York by Martians, the Torch decides that a new explosive called Trinitrotoluol is probably better off in the hands of the Martians to take back to Mars rather than allowing it to remain on Earth.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Torch wears a blue costume. He doesn't adopt the Jim Hammond identity until issue #4.

[The Voodoo Sacrifice] (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]; The Sacred One (villain, introduction, death); a voodoo cult (villains, introduction)
Synopsis:
The Angel must battle a voodoo cult that has kidnapped young women to sacrifice to their fire god.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Paul Gustavson to ?. Gustavson was the artist for this story, but not the writer. The Who's Who identifies Ray Gill as writer of the strip in 1940 and MAY be the writer here. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-7.

[Enter: Betty Dean] (Table of Contents)

Prince Namor, 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]; Inspector Peterson; Betty Dean (introduction); Esther; a Nazi U-boat crew (villains, introduction for all, all die)
Synopsis:
The police concoct a plan to use police officer Betty Dean to lay a trap to capture the Sub-Mariner, but instead she convinces Namor to fight for the Allies in the war.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continued next issue.

[The Land Grabbers] (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:
Masked Raider [Jim Gardley]; Barney (the sheriff); Jeb Barnes; Dan Barnes; Jed Sirrah (villain, introduction, death?); Brace (villain); Dan (villain)
Synopsis:
The Raider has to deal with a group of outlaws, who in trying to run a man off his run-down ranch in order to get to gold buried in the hills and oil deposits as well, decide to frame the owner and have the sheriff run him off.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Al Anders to ?. Anders was an artist only and the Who's Who lists no writer for the strip. Note added by Craig Delich 2008-11-8.

[Origin of the American Ace, Part 2] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
American Ace [Perry Wade] (Origin, Part 2); Jeanie; Queen Ursula (villain)
Synopsis:
Perry takes the girl he saved last month back to her father and sister, then heads back to his fight against Queen Ursula. However, he is seriously wounded, but returns and is tended to by Jeanie.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Last golden age American Ace story. A similar or reworked feature titled Lieutenant Lank appears at Centaur in Amazing Mystery Funnies #24 http://www.comics.org/issue/1026/#1153116 and The Arrow #2 http://www.comics.org/issue/1083/#16332.
Next appearance in All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes (Marvel, 2011 series) #4.
Writer revision from Paul Lauretta to ? by Craig Delich 2008-11-8. Lauretta was an artist and the Who's Who lists no writer for the strip.

Siegfried Suicide (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
David C. Cooke (signed)
Pencils:
Bill Everett [as Everett] (signed)
Inks:
Bill Everett [as Everett] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
war
Characters:
Sgt. Bill Stern; the Germans (villains)
Synopsis:
Sgt. Stern and his company of men attempt to smash a hole through the German fortifications along the Siegfried Line.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story set in World War I.

Third Episode (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]; Steve Hardy (introduction); Inkosi; Tuta (an elephant); Trajah (an elephant); Quog (a wild hog); N'Jaga (a leopard); Paul DeKraft (villain)
Synopsis:
A hunter searching for wild game, who has enlisted the aid of local natives, has a hard time convincing those natives that it was a man [Ka-Zar] who was interferring with their hunt, and not a jungle god as they thought.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continued next issue. Writer revision from Ben Thompson to ?. Thompson was an artist and the Who's Who lists no writer for this strip. Notes added by Craivg Delich 2008-11-8.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Unaware of death behind him, the Angel went into action"]
    The Angel
  2. 1. [The Menace From Mars]
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. [The Voodoo Sacrifice]
    The Angel
  4. 3. [Enter: Betty Dean]
    Prince Namor, Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [The Land Grabbers]
    The Masked Raider
  6. 5. [Origin of the American Ace, Part 2]
    American Ace
  7. 6. Siegfried Suicide
  8. 7. Third Episode
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
  • Peter Croome
  • Kauldi Gilibert
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich