(December 1948)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
Bi-Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Marvel Comics, Inc.
Editing:
Stan Lee
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)

["Well, Torch, what're you gonna do now? Ha ha!"] (Table of Contents)

Human Torch; Blonde Phantom / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Vince Alascia ?
Inks:
Vince Alascia ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Blonde Phantom
Reprints:
Keywords:
asbestos; bondage

Indexer Notes

The cover does not reflect any story inside, as the Human Torch and Blonde Phanton never team up nor does any villain use "liquid asbestos."

The Case of the Granite Bandit! (Table of Contents)

Human Torch / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Mike Sekowsky
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
3594

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Sun Girl (guest-star); Corelli (villain, introduction); Mike (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Two ex-cons get an idea for revenge on B.P. by having a little orphan girl interrupt B.P.'s benefit show at the orphanage and tell how B.P. wants kids to grow up criminals so that she can get credit for arresting them. B.P. interrogates the child and learns the two thugs have kidnapped her brother to make her go along with their plan. B.P. posses as a cab driver to learn the men's hideout address and goes to free the girl's brother and apprehend the hoods. The girl goes on stage and admits the whole thing she said earlier was a fabrication.

Indexer Notes

Inks credits originally given to Mike Sekowsky in error (per Tony Isabella, March 30, 2006)

Decision... No Contest! (Table of Contents)

Sub-Mariner / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Mike Sekowsky
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
4155

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Betty Dean (guest-star)
Synopsis:
The Sub-Mariner incongruously judges a baby beauty contest.

Indexer Notes

Inks credits originally given to Mike Sekowsky in error (per Tony Isabella, March 30, 2006)

The Terrifying Ghosts from the Unknown! (Table of Contents)

Sun Girl / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Mike Sekowsky
Inks:
Carl Burgos
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
3646

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Prof. Blair (introduction); Kain (villain, introduction, death); Cara (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Sun Girl fights the legions of Kain of the other-dimensional land of Uncara.

["Hi, Friends:"] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Editorial against "bad" comics; list of "Red Unit" and "Blue-Yellow Unit" Timely titles.

The Landing (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
SL-3510

Genre:
adventure

"My Friend Gilly"! (Table of Contents)

Sub-Mariner / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Carl Burgos ?
Inks:
Carl Burgos ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
3647

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Henry Entwhistle (introduction); John Jacob Gillgan (a ghost, introduction); Black Mike (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Namor meets Henry Entwhistle and his imaginary friend Gilly, who rides on his shoulder and hates water. After encountering Black Mike and his crew, Gilly changes his mind about water (and speaks in the last panel, so maybe he's not so imaginary after all).

Benefit Show for Horror! (Table of Contents)

Blonde Phantom / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Syd Shores
Inks:
Carl Burgos
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
3830

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Nails (villain, introduction)

Indexer Notes

Nails and his pal set up the Blonde Phantom during a charity benefit by making a little girl tell the audience that the Blonde Phantom wants to make kids into crooks so she can catch them when they grow up. The (incredibly gullible and shallow) audience demands the Blonde Phantom be punished. Instead, she rescues the little girl's brother from the crooks (which is how they coerced her into cooperating) and clears her name.

The Imp of the Violin! (Table of Contents)

Captain America / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Avison
Inks:
Al Gabriele
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
3773

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Vincent Varl (introduction); Mrs. Varl (introduction); an imp (introduction); Nicola Amati (introduction, flashback)
Synopsis:
The imp of the violin makes life difficult for Vincent Varl when he has to start playing Jazz instead of classical in order to make a living. But exposure to the club scene and pretty girls changes the imp's mind and he becomes a jazz fan.

Indexer Notes

Captain America is an omniscient narrator of the story, only appearing (bizarrely) with the violinist during a visit to a "famous psychiatrist." Cap's presence is irrelevant to the storyline.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Well, Torch, what're you gonna do now? Ha ha!"]
    Human Torch; Blonde Phantom
  2. 1. The Case of the Granite Bandit!
    Human Torch
  3. 2. Decision... No Contest!
    Sub-Mariner
  4. 3. The Terrifying Ghosts from the Unknown!
    Sun Girl
  5. 4. ["Hi, Friends:"]
  6. 5. The Landing
  7. 6. "My Friend Gilly"!
    Sub-Mariner
  8. 7. Benefit Show for Horror!
    Blonde Phantom
  9. 8. The Imp of the Violin!
    Captain America
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