(February 1940)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
[monthly]
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Timely Publications [not printed on item]
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

No indicia in this issue, nor in the other issue Timely published this month (Daring Mystery Comics #2).


["Like lightning, the Sub-Mariner attacked"] (Table of Contents)

The Sub-Mariner / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Nazis
Reprints:
Keywords:
bondage; Kriegsmarine; submarines; World War II

Marvel Comics' Free $25.00 Prize Contest (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
? (The Editor)
Letters:
Typeset

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Insiste front cover.

[New York Hit by Green Flame] (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / comic story / 12 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 [Jim Hammond]; Inspector Reiss; Clancy (Policeman); Johnson; Maizie (introduction, underecover Policewoman); Dr. Manyac (villain, introduction); the Green Flames (villains, introduction for all, some deaths)
Synopsis:
Torch has to deal with the ransom threats by a Dr. Manyac, who plans to use the Green Flames as a tool to exact revenge if his demands are not met.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Torch assumes Jim Hammond identity, and still wears blue uniform. Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2008-11-8.

[Butch the Giant] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Ray Gill ?
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson
Inks:
Paul Gustavson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Angel [Tom Halloway]; Butch (villain, introduction, death, a giant); Rickie (villain, death); Brink (villain, introduction); Weasel (villain, death)
Synopsis:
The Angel ventures into The Devil's Playground, which harbors killers, murderers, and every other imaginable menace to civilization in order to battle a giant who carries out the gruesome activities.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Paul Gustavson to ?. The Who's Who only lists Gustavson only for art on this strip, and also lists Ray Gill as the only writer in 1940, and this story may be by him. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-8.

[The Sub-Mariner Goes To War] (Table of Contents)

Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner / comic story / 10 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]; Betty Dean; Tha-Korr; Council of Three (introduction, Atlantean rulers); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Betty, concerned on what effect the Nazi submarine warfare has had on ocean-going travel and commerce, enlists the aid of the Sub-Mariner and his aerial subs to deal with the problem.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continued next issue.

[The Claim Jumpers] (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]; Zeb; Luke; Manuel; Ben; Buck and his gang (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
A couple of prospectors discover a large gold deposit on their property, but are threatened by local crooks to give them the location of that claim.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

Warning Enough (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.75 pages (report information)

Script:
David G. Cooke (signed)
Pencils:
Harry Ramsey [as H. Ramsey] (signed)
Inks:
Harry Ramsey [as H. Ramsey] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Steve; Naylor; Jim Stinson; "Slip" Rodney (villain)
Synopsis:
Steve picks up a hitchhiker along side a road, not knowing that he is a wanted killer.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The statement of ownership is printed in the last column of the story. Artist's first name and note added by Craig Delich 2008-11-8.

Statement of ownership, management, circulation, etc. (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Script:
Abraham Goodman; Maurice Coyne (notary)
Letters:
typeset
Editing:
Timely Publications (owner); Abraham Goodman (owner, publisher); Martin Goodman (editor, managing editor, business manager)

Synopsis:
Statement of ownership of "Marvel Mystery Comics, published monthly, at Buffalo, New York, for October 1, 1939."
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

All addresses for Martin and Abraham Goodman as well as for Timely Publications given as 330 W. 42nd St., N. Y. C.

["Prof. Philo Zog, Mechanical Wizard..."] (Table of Contents)

Electro, the Marvel of the Age / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Steve Dahlman [as Dahl] (signed)
Inks:
Steve Dahlman [as Dahl] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Electro (introduction, origin, a robot); Prof. Philo Zog (Electro's creator); the twelve Secret Operatives (introduction); Dick Gardner (secret operative #3); Little Joyce Lovely; Hymie "The Weasel" Pazetto (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Professor Zog creates a marvelous robot, all powerful and intelligent, as a means of helping humainity by banishing all crime and evil. Electro's first case is to rescue a kidnapped child actress.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Steve Dahlman to ?. The Who's Who lists no writer for this strip. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-8.

[Quest For a Crime Boss] (Table of Contents)

Ferret, Mystery Detective / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Stockbridge Winslow (signed)
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen [as I. Hasen] (signed)
Inks:
Irwin Hasen [as I. Hasen] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Ferret (introduction); Lynn Froehm; Doc Wagner (villain, introduction); Knuckles Johnson (villain, death)
Synopsis:
Our hero faces a challenge from the underworld, who doesn't take a liking to his "crime doesn't pay" articles and is out robbing and killing people for jewelry.
Reprints:

Fourth Episode [Return of the Oman] (Table of Contents)

Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Ka-Zar [David Rand]; Zar (a lion); Chaka (ape leader); N'Jaga (a leopard); Sinessa (a snake); Kru (a vulture); Trajah (an elephant); Paul De Kraft [aka Fat Face] (villain); Ed Kivlin (villain, introduction); Inkosi (villain)
Synopsis:
De Kraft returns to the Belgian Congo, where, years earlier, he had killed Ka-Zar's parents, and when Ka-Zar spots him, he swears revenge. Now De Kraft uses deadly tactics to deal with the natives, who want to desert him because they fear retribution from the "Jungle God".
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continued in the next issue. Bracketed story title found in the last panel of story in Marvel Mystery #3. Writer revision from Ben Thompson to ?. The Who's Who does not list a writer for this strip. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-8.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Like lightning, the Sub-Mariner attacked"]
    The Sub-Mariner
  2. 1. Marvel Comics' Free $25.00 Prize Contest
  3. 2. [New York Hit by Green Flame]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. [Butch the Giant]
    The Angel
  5. 4. [The Sub-Mariner Goes To War]
    Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner
  6. 5. [The Claim Jumpers]
    The Masked Raider
  7. 6. Warning Enough
  8. 7. Statement of ownership, management, circulation, etc.
  9. 8. ["Prof. Philo Zog, Mechanical Wizard..."]
    Electro, the Marvel of the Age
  10. 9. [Quest For a Crime Boss]
    Ferret, Mystery Detective
  11. 10. Fourth Episode [Return of the Oman]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
  • Kauldi Gilibert
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich