(February 1940)

Marvel, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Timely Publications [not printed on item]
Editing:
Martin Goodman ?
Color:
Full Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing

Issue Notes

This issue does not have an indicia anywhere in the comic, as far as can be determined from microfiche and from the reprinted inside front cover in the Masterwork, which does not leave enough room beneath the contest text for an indicia. The Indicia publisher, frequency and volume are inferred to be the same as issues #1 and 3.


[none] (Table of Contents)

The Phantom Bullet / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Phantom Bullet [Allen Lewis]
Reprints:

Daring Comics' Free $25 Prize Contest! (Table of Contents)

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

Letters:
most typeset

Synopsis:
The editor of Daring Comics announces a contest offering $25 in cash prizes, asking readers to select their favorite feature in Daring and tell why. 1st place wins $5, 2nd place $2 and 3rd to 20th prize winners get $1 each. Deadline for entries is January 30, 1940.
Reprints:
Keywords:
contest

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover. Sequence added by Craig Delich 2008-8-17.

[Voyage To Sunev] (Table of Contents)

Zephyr Jones / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Cal Cagno (signed)
Pencils:
Fred Schwartz (signed)
Inks:
Fred Schwartz (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Zephyr Jones (introduction); Corky Grogan (introduction); King Bolo; Princess Tonka; Birdmen of Sunev; Gen. Roudo (villain); The Parrot-Men (villain)
Synopsis:
Scientist and inventor, Dr. Morrison Jones, died before his rocketship could be completed so that he could realize his dream of making the first trip to the planet Mars. His son Zephyr, however, vows to live out his father's dream!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Next appears in Mystic Comics (Marvel, 1940 series) #1. Jerry Bails's Who's Who and the Lambiek Comiclopedia both list Fred Schwab as the artist although "Fred Schwartz" is not listed among his pen names, nor as a separate person. This seems likely to be a confusion of similar names. The Masterworks credits Schwartz as a person and not a pen name.

Cal Cagno was eventually on staff at Timely, and may have already been on staff at this point, making this possibly an in-house / freelance job. Not enough is known about Schwartz to help place the source.

[Origin of the Phantom Bullet] (Table of Contents)

The Phantom Bullet, Scourge of the Underworld / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Simon (signed)
Pencils:
Joe Simon (signed)
Inks:
Joe Simon (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Simon

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Phantom Bullet [Allen Lewis]; Benny the Beggar; Alvarez Monez (villain); Bird-Men (villains)
Synopsis:
Reporter Allen Lewis is baffled by the death of a wealthy man who clutches a feather in his hand, but soon learns of a mysterious race of "bird-men" that seemed to be involved. Given the secret for a gun that shoots ice pellets by a soon-to-be murdered scientist, Lewis adopts a costumed identity to track down the bird-men at any cost.
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Indexer Notes

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

King of the Jungle (Table of Contents)

Trojak, the Tiger Man / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Simon [as Gregory Sykes] (signed)
Pencils:
Joe Simon [as Gregory Sykes] (signed)
Inks:
Joe Simon [as Gregory Sykes] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Simon

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Trojak (origin); Trojak's father; Edith Alton; Balu (the tiger)
Synopsis:
Trojak, raised in the jungle by a native tribe after his father was killed by hostiles, is encouraged to find his own people and leave the jungle. However, he discovers that the ways of his people are not to his liking, and returns to the jungle to fight off hostile savages attempting to kill a girl who has be-friended him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Dr. Michael Vassallo disputes the Larry Antonette art credits and suggests that Joe Simon may be the penciller and inker (Timely-Atlas-Comics@yahoogroups.com), 24 November 2007 --- CONFIRMED in Alter Ego #76, page 9. Harry Mendryk confirms Simon as writer on atlastales.com based on conversations with Simon.

Funnies, Inc. material.

Six-Gun Dynamite (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Russell A. Bankson (signed)
Pencils:
? (spot illustration)
Inks:
? (spot illustration)
Letters:
?; most typeset

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Ozias Wilkins; Mattie Wilkins
Synopsis:
Mattie insists that the silver mine Ozias is working is worthless, and insists she will leave him if he continues to work it.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Studio or freelance source unknown.

[Introducing K-4] (Table of Contents)

K-4 and his Sky Devils / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Capt. K-4 and his Sky Devils [Lt. Rene D'Auvergne, Lt. Ronald Wolverstone-Clodd] (introduction); Major Von Lutz (villain); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Captain K-4 is assigned to assume the disguise of a Gestapo agent, infiltrate and help to destroy the ammunition depot located at the Nazi seaport of Kurtzberg.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks tentatively credits Jack Alderman with the artwork, but Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. via the Timely-Altas list in January 2012 states that he sees no Alderman here. The heads and airplanes are likely drawn by a different artist than the rest of the strip. Jim believes that the same artist likely drew the majority of this strip and the strip in issue #4, or possibly a different artist drew #4 using this story as a close guide. Henry Andrews notes that the airplanes in this issue's story are much more detailed than in #4, indicating that the touch-up artist here did not work on the story in #4. The GCD previously credited Vince Alascia with inking Alderman, but no support for either artist on this feature can be found in the Who's Who, nor had Alascia developed a recognizable style at this point as far as anyone on the Timely-Atlas list knows.

The story in #4 is from the Chesler shop, so this may be as well, but the unusual panel arrangement here (with wide spaces between the panels) which may or may not be a clue to the strip's origins, has not been spotted elsewhere.

Who In Reality Is Mr. "E"? (Table of Contents)

Mr. E / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Cal Cagno (signed)
Pencils:
Al Carreno
Inks:
Al Carreno
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Mr. E [Victor Jay]; Betty; The Vampire (villain)
Synopsis:
Mr. "E", enemy of the underworld, sees the connection in the recent deaths of several "captains of industry", knowing all four were silent partners in the Snead Oil Company, but unaware at the same time that his old enemy, the Vampire, is behind it all.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Only golden age appearance. Next appearance in The Twelve (Marvel, 2008 series) #1
Al Carreno was associated with Chesler at this time according to Who's Who, but also with Funnies, Inc. at an unspecified date. Cal Cagno may have been a Goodman/Timely writer. The studio source, if any, for this story is unclear.

[Enter the Laughing Mask] (Table of Contents)

The Laughing Mask / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Harr (signed)
Pencils:
Maurice Gutwirth [as M. Gutwirth] (signed)
Inks:
Maurice Gutwirth [as M. Gutwirth] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Laughing Mask [Dennis Burton]; Lester Deeks (villain); Lester's gang (villains)
Synopsis:
Dennis Burton becomes the next member of his family to beconme involved in law enforcement as District Attorney, bent on uncovering the plot behind the recent destruction of passenger trains.
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Indexer Notes

Becomes the Purple Mask in the next two issues.
Likely Chesler shop material.

Rush Coupon for Mammoth Catalog (Table of Contents)

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

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

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside back cover.

Money and Big Prizes (Table of Contents)

The Crowell-Collier Publishing Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [none]
    The Phantom Bullet
  2. 1. Daring Comics' Free $25 Prize Contest!
  3. 2. [Voyage To Sunev]
    Zephyr Jones
  4. 3. [Origin of the Phantom Bullet]
    The Phantom Bullet, Scourge of the Underworld
  5. 4. King of the Jungle
    Trojak, the Tiger Man
  6. 5. Six-Gun Dynamite
  7. 6. [Introducing K-4]
    K-4 and his Sky Devils
  8. 7. Who In Reality Is Mr. "E"?
    Mr. E
  9. 8. [Enter the Laughing Mask]
    The Laughing Mask
  10. 9. Rush Coupon for Mammoth Catalog
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  11. 10. Money and Big Prizes
    The Crowell-Collier Publishing Co.
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
  • Steve Dasinger
  • Henry Andrews
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin