(April 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)

"Swinging across the shark pool, the Angel grasped the girl!" (Table of Contents)

The Angel / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Angel [Tom Hallaway]
Reprints:
Keywords:
bondage; sharks

[The Forest Fire Felons] (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Burgos ?
Pencils:
Carl Burgos (signed)
Inks:
Carl Burgos (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Carl Burgos ?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Tomson (fire fighter); Mr. Barton (bank President); Patch (villain, introduction, death); Turgo (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
The Torch must combat a forest fire in order to prevent the Midtown's Bank from being the scene of the theft of indendiary bomb plans.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2008-11-9.

[The Woman Who Knew Tom Hallaway] (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]; Mary Edwards; Gabby Harris (villain, introduction, death); Nichol (villain, introduction, jeweler and fence, death); Rocco (villain)
Synopsis:
The Angel must save a young woman, who has been kidnapped for the $500,000 necklace that she is supposed to be wearing.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Angel's true name revealed in this story. Writer revision from Paul Gustavson to Ray Gill ?. The Who's Who only lists Ray Gill as writer of this strip in 1940 and this story may be by him. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-9.

[The Execution of the Sub-Mariner] (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; Marty (Policeman); Mike (Policeman); un-named Police Commissioner
Synopsis:
After helping to clear up up the subway disaster, Namor is put on trial for his life and sentenced to death, but is saved by the actions of Betty Dean. However, Namor vows revenge for what has happened to him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continued in next issue.

[The Border Dictator] (Table of Contents)

The Masked Raider / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Anders
Inks:
Al Anders
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
The Masked Raider [Jim Gardley]; Lightning (the Rider's horse); un-named Sheriff; Pete Williams (ranch owner); Sam Marvin (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
The Raider takes a hand is trying to discover why Sam Marvin wants to cheat Pete Williams out of his spread, and discovers the land is being used to send rustled beef through.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Al Anders to ?. The Who's Who lists NO writer for this strip. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-9.

The Shrinking Spy (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Ray Gill ? [as Andrew McWhiney] (signed)
Pencils:
Frank Thomas [as Thomas] (signed)
Inks:
Frank Thomas [as Thomas] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Randy Hayes; Professor Barzak (villain); Rudolf (villain)
Synopsis:
A reporter is taken prisoner by an evil professor, who has invented a potion allowing a man to shrink in size so that he could fit under a door.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Three illustrations.

[The Voice's Dope Racket] (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; Professor Zog; Wilkens [secretary to Zog]; Dunn [Operator #7]; Detective Riley; The Voice (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Professor Zog orders his complete staff of Operators to locate cities all across the nation that are having problem with dope-running aso that Electro can be sent to them to clean them up.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Steve Dahlman to ?. The Who's Who lists NO writer for this strip. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-9.

[Murder of a Cosmetics Queen] (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:
The Ferret; Lily Saunders; Cora Waterbury (death); Dr. Jelenko; Rene Waterbury; Venario; Ryan (villain)
Synopsis:
The Ferret investigates the death of the owner of large cosmetic factory, and discovers that the brother of the deceased has been falsely accused.
Reprints:

[Revenge For a Blind Man] (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]; N'Jaga (a leopard); Zar (a lion); Trajah (an elephant); Nono (a monkey); Fenton (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Coming across a dying man, Ka-Zar learns of a new threat in the jungle, a man named Fenton who lusts to kill!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Character created by Bob Byrd. Wtriter revision from Ben Thompson to ?. The Who's Who lists NO writer for this strip. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-9.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. "Swinging across the shark pool, the Angel grasped the girl!"
    The Angel
  2. 1. [The Forest Fire Felons]
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. [The Woman Who Knew Tom Hallaway]
    The Angel
  4. 3. [The Execution of the Sub-Mariner]
    Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [The Border Dictator]
    The Masked Raider
  6. 5. The Shrinking Spy
  7. 6. [The Voice's Dope Racket]
    Electro the Marvel of the Age
  8. 7. [Murder of a Cosmetics Queen]
    Ferret, Mystery Detective
  9. 8. [Revenge For a Blind Man]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Craig Delich
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Henry Andrews
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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