(March 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)

["Like a flaming comet, the Human Torch streaked to the rescue!"] (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]
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[The Orton Medical Mission] (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]; Johnson; Tom; Blake (villain introduction, death); Hank (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
A medical emergency and crisis in the city of Orton during a blizzard forces the Torch to make a trip to that town with a plane full of medical supplies. Unfortunately, the plane crash lands and the supplies stolen by a couple of escaped convicts.
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Indexer Notes

Torch finally in red uniform. Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2008-11-8.

[Adventure of the Overturned Cars] (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 Hallaway]; Miss Mary; Mulligan (Policeman); Slugger (villain, introduction); Nick (villain, introduction); their gang (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
The Angel rescues a girl and prevents a gang of bank robbers from successfully making a getaway with their loot.
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Indexer Notes

Oddity: the Angel appears bare-legged in this story. Writer revision from Paul Gustavson to Ray Gill ? by Craig Delich 2008-11-8. The Who's Who only lists Ray Gill as writer in 1940, and this story may be by him. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-8.

[On the Side of the Surface Men] (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; Lt. Mogar; Mills Gilligan (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Namor, after successfully ending the mine and sub menace in the Atlantic, briefly visits home, then heads back to America to help out with ending non-war related crime. But upon his arrival, he is immediately taken prisoner until Betty Dean convinces the authorities to release him to deal with criminals that have flooded the city's subway system.
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Indexer Notes

Story continued next issue.

[Mystery of the Poisoned Arrows] (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]; Ben Wallis; Sam (deputy, death); Grimsey (villain, introduction); Manuel (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
The Raider must deduce the reason behind a series of murders by poisoned arrow that occur close to election day.
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Indexer Notes

Story title taken from last panel in strip found in Marvel Mystery #4. Writer revision from Al Anders to ?. Who's Who lists no writers for the strip and Anders was an artist only. Notes added by Craig Delich.

It's In the Cards (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Ray Gill (signed)
Pencils:
Harry Ramsey [as H. Ramsey] (signed)
Inks:
Harry Ramsey [as H. Ramsey] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Ace Carver; Alice Carver; Billy Creele; "Slit" Kincaid (villain)
Synopsis:
Ace Carver, a member of the "Clever Carvers," a performing troupe involved in card tricks and memory stunts, trys to woo a young kid away from the clutches of the evil "Slit" Kincaid by agreeing to teach him their tricks of the trade.
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Indexer Notes

Illustration at top of text piece.

[The Tyrant of Torpis] (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; Dr. Phil Zog; King Sangor; Bill (Operative #4); Kalph Belgri (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Professor Zog informs Operatives #1 and #4 that he is going to displatch Electro and them to the Republic of Molivia, which has been attacked and invaded by the dictator armies of Kalph Belgri, who seeks to control that nation.
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Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Steve Dahlman to ? by Craig Delich 2008-11-8. The Who's Who does NOT list a writer for this strip. Notes added by Craig Delich.

[King of the Counterfeiters] (Table of Contents)

Ferret, Mystery Detective / comic story / 6 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; Nosey (a ferret); Little Frankie (death); Rickey (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
The death of an underground stoolie and a piece of blank paper leads Ferret to uncover a major counterfeiting ring.
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Fifth 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]; John Rand (cameo); Zar (a lion); N'Jaga (a leopard); Nono (a monkey); Paul De Kraft [aka Fat Face] (villain, death); Ed Kivlin (villain, death); Aroangi (villain); Bawala (villain)
Synopsis:
When De Kraft learns that David Rand [aka Ka-Zar] still lives, he tracks down the "Jungle God" and takes him captive, arranging a rather protracted and cruel death for him.
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Indexer Notes

Character created by Bob Byrd. Writer revision from Ben Thompson to ?. Thompson was an artist and the Who's Who lists no writer for the strip. The bracketed story title was given in the last panel of the Ka-Zar story in Marvel Mystery #3. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-8.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Like a flaming comet, the Human Torch streaked to the rescue!"]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. [The Orton Medical Mission]
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. [Adventure of the Overturned Cars]
    The Angel
  4. 3. [On the Side of the Surface Men]
    Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [Mystery of the Poisoned Arrows]
    The Masked Raider
  6. 5. It's In the Cards
  7. 6. [The Tyrant of Torpis]
    Electro The Marvel of the Age
  8. 7. [King of the Counterfeiters]
    Ferret, Mystery Detective
  9. 8. Fifth Episode [Return of the Oman]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar The Great
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Henry Andrews
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich