(April 1940)

Marvel, 1940 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.
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing

Issue Notes

DARING MYSTERY COMICS published monthly by Timely Publications at 8 Lord Street, Buffalo, N. Y. Entered as second class matter at the Post Office, Buffalo, N. Y. under act of March 3, 1879. Yearly subscription, $100. Single copies 10 cents. Vol. 1, No. 3. Entire contents copyright 1940 by Timely Publications, 330 West 42nd Street, New York City. Printed in the U. S. A.


none (Table of Contents)

The Purple Mask / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Purple Mask [Dennis Burton]; the Nazis (villains)
Reprints:

Conquer Space, Explore the Universe with this Magic Eye 60 Power Telescope (Table of Contents)

Brownscope Co. 60 Power Telescope / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

[The Escape of Red Corker] (Table of Contents)

Dale of the FBI / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Phil Sturm (signed)
Pencils:
Gus Ricca ?
Inks:
Gus Ricca ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Dale of the FBI (introduction); J. Edgar Hoover; George Dean; Helen Dean; Red Corker (villain; introduction; death)
Synopsis:
Red Corker escapes from prison and re-unites with his old gang, having planned dozens of jobs while housed in jail. Ace investigator, Dale, is dispatched from Washington D.C. to Dream Island in San Francisco to try and rescue Helen Dean, daughter of oil magnate George Dean, who has been kidnapped by Corker.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Only appearance.

Prior pencil credit to Joseph Cal Cagno for reasons not clear. Tentative credit to Gus Ricca from the Masterworks.
Chesler shop material.

In the Miracle City (Table of Contents)

Breeze Barton / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Binder
Inks:
E. C. Stoner
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; science fiction
Characters:
Breeze Barton (introduction, origin); Ann Barclay (introduction); Zanoba (a scientist, introduction); Mubahn and the demon people (vilains introduction for all)
Synopsis:
While on a scouting expedition in 1945 in South Africa, Breeze discovers a Japanese Army marching toward British territory, but is shot down. Making his way to Miracle City, a young girl escorts him to a scientist named Zanoba, who is later captured by the Demon People, and Breeze heads out for the rescue.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chesler shop material.

[Mystery of the Swabert Mansion] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Will Harr (signed)
Pencils:
Maurice Gutwirth (signed)
Inks:
Maurice Gutwirth (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Purple Mask [Dennis Burton]; Commissioner Herrick; Frederick Swabert (introduction); Renard (villain, introduction, death); his gang (villains, introduction); Mr. Bellos (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
The Purple Mask investigates an attempt to force Frederick Swabert to reveal the hiding place of his father's fortune or risk being killed for refusing to do so.
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Indexer Notes

Dennis Burton appeared as the Laughing Mask in the previous issue, but is the Purple Mask in this issue and the next.

Will Harr's signature is in the splash panel, but Maurice Gutwirth's is in the 3rd-to-last panel of the story.
Chesler shop material.

[The East Side Murders ["Meet the Phantom Reporter!..."]] (Table of Contents)

The Phantom Reporter / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert O. Erisman [as ROE] (signed)
Pencils:
Sam Cooper (signed)
Inks:
Sam Cooper (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Phantom Reporter [Dick Jones] (introduction); a park commissioner; various corrupt officials (villains, introduction for all); Max; other gangsters (villains, introduction, death for all)
Synopsis:
Cub reporter Jones is assigned a case in which seven families on the east side of town have been wantonly beaten, resulting in three deaths. He soon discovers, as the Phantom Reporter, that the Park Commissioner, Police Chief and the publisher of several newspapers were behind it all... each having vested interest in the property on the east side, and hoping that the crime wave would get people to vacate their property so they could pick it up cheaply!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Only golden age appearance. Next appearance in The Twelve (Marvel, 2008 series) #1.
Probably produced in-house / freelance. Erisman was a pulp editor for Goodman.

Powdersmoke Showdown (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
James P. Olsen (signed)
Pencils:
? (illustration)
Inks:
? (illustration)
Colors:
? (illustration)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Bick Deems; Hardwinter Smith; Widow Ames; Sam Hala (death)
Synopsis:
Bick and Sam, once the best of friends, get into a shooting match over a widow woman.
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Indexer Notes

Probably produced in-house / freelance.

[The Devil Beast and the Nazis] (Table of Contents)

Trojak, the Tiger Man / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Simon ?; ? (probably at least one other scripter, see notes)
Pencils:
Joe Simon (signed, pages 1-9 ?); August Froehlich (pages 10-13 ?) (see notes)
Inks:
Joe Simon (signed, pages 1-9 ?); August Froehlich (pages 10-13 ?) (see notes)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Simon (see notes); ? (see notes)

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Trojak; Edith Alton; Balu (the tiger); Sator (a bird); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
The native villagers tell Trojak of a strange beast that sneaks into their village every morning and takes one their tribal members away. After dealing with that menace, he then has to rescue Edith from the Nazis.
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Indexer Notes

The Masterworks reprint credits this to Joe Simon but this is not entirely correct.
Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. identifies August Froehlich as the artist of the last four pages, and sees his work in some of the earlier pages as well.
Henry Andrews is of the opinion that pages 1 and 2 are definitely Simon, but 3-9 are less clear. As for lettering, Simon used a distinctive "W" shape at this time, which is clear on all of pages 1 and 2, which have consistent lettering, but the lettering becomes less consistent for the remainder of the story. Even some of the definite Froehlich pages have what appear to be Simon lettering, although there may be an alternate explanation.

Note that this is right around the time that Simon left Funnies, Inc. to take the job of editor for Fox Publications, and most likely had to drop this assignment before its completion.

Funnies, Inc. material.

[The Origin of Marvex the Super-Robot] (Table of Contents)

Marvex the Super-Robot / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (see note)
Inks:
Hal Sharp
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Marvex the Super-Robot (introduction, origin); Clara Crandall (introduction); Bolo and other Fifth Dimensional people (villains, introduction, death); Von Crabb (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Weird creatures of the 5th Dimension create a super robot in order to send him to Earth to capture human beings to become slaves in that dimension. But Marvex retaliates against his masters, and, by means of an explosion, is blown out of the 5th Dimension to Earth.
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Indexer Notes

Art credit revised from Allen Simon? to Hal Sharp by Craig Delich 2009-8-6. Pencil credit revised by Craig Delich 2010-3-20 from Sharp to ?. Sharp is definite inker, but he has a penciler unknown to me at this time.

Chesler shop material.

[Ali Hassan and His Desert Pirates] (Table of Contents)

Captain Strong of the Foreign Legion / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Captain Strong [Bob Strong] (introduction); Major Renald; Ali Hassan and his band of pirates (villains, introduction)
Synopsis:
Bob Strong, a member of the French Foreign Legion, is ordered to stop the plundering of caravans by the evil Ali Hassan.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Only golden age appearance. Next appearance in All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes (Marvel, 2011 series) #2.

The Masterworks tentatively credits Harry Fisk, but as of January 2012 Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr., via the Timely-Atlas list, states that this is definitely not Fisk. The heads may have been produced by a separate artist from the figures and backgrounds.

Chesler shop material.

["It's a sure cure for what ails you!"] (Table of Contents)

The Medicine Man / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Joe Beck ?
Pencils:
Otto Eppers ?
Inks:
Otto Eppers ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Dr. Hokom
Synopsis:
The traveling medicine man is selling his "Palsy Walsy" tonic with no success.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Credits listed come from the Marvel Masterworks volume.
Studio source unknown.

Pick Your Prize (Table of Contents)

Lancaster County Seed Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside back cover.

["Boys Print Cards - Cuts - Tickets - Labels..."] (Table of Contents)

Peck Brothers "Little Man" Printing Press / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. none
    The Purple Mask
  2. 1. Conquer Space, Explore the Universe with this Magic Eye 60 Power Telescope
    Brownscope Co. 60 Power Telescope
  3. 2. [The Escape of Red Corker]
    Dale of the FBI
  4. 3. In the Miracle City
    Breeze Barton
  5. 4. [Mystery of the Swabert Mansion]
    The Purple Mask
  6. 5. [The East Side Murders ["Meet the Phantom Reporter!..."]]
    The Phantom Reporter
  7. 6. Powdersmoke Showdown
  8. 7. [The Devil Beast and the Nazis]
    Trojak, the Tiger Man
  9. 8. [The Origin of Marvex the Super-Robot]
    Marvex the Super-Robot
  10. 9. [Ali Hassan and His Desert Pirates]
    Captain Strong of the Foreign Legion
  11. 10. ["It's a sure cure for what ails you!"]
    The Medicine Man
  12. 11. Pick Your Prize
    Lancaster County Seed Co.
  13. 12. ["Boys Print Cards - Cuts - Tickets - Labels..."]
    Peck Brothers "Little Man" Printing Press
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Henry Andrews
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin