(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

MYSTIC COMICS published monthly by Timely Publications at 330 W. 42nd St. N. Y. Entered as second class matter December 22, 1939, at the Post Office at New York, N. Y., under the Act of March 3, 1879. Yearly subscription in U.S. $1.00. Vol. 1, No. 2, April 1940. Entire contents copyright by Timely Publications. Printed in the U.S.A.

The entire interior contents of this issue appear to have been supplied by the Chesler shop.

Art spotting as noted in the Masterworks credits unless otherwise noted. The Masterworks credits Newt Alfred as Alfred Newton based on biographical information that has since been called into question on the Timely Atlas list.


["Slide of death for the girl, but the Dynamic Man was bursting the dungeon wall!"] (Table of Contents)

Dynamic Man / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dynamic Man [Curt Cowan]
Reprints:

Know! Your Car (Table of Contents)

Theo. Audel & Co. Audel's New Auto Guide / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[The Plot against America] (Table of Contents)

The Master Mind Excello / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Arnold Hicks ?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Master Mind Excello [Earl Everett] (introduction); Kadash (villain, chief spy); Fritz (villain); Dr. Marko (villain)
Synopsis:
Excello's powers cause him to discover a plot against America while he's returning from Europe on a neutral country's ship.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chesler Shop material.

[The Stolen Weapon] (Table of Contents)

Flexo the Rubber Man / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Flexo; Joel Williams; Joshua Williams; Karl Damos (villain, foreign agent, death)
Synopsis:
Joel takes the brother's latest invention to Washington but is intercepted by spies, requiring Josh and Flexo to rescue him and retrieve the invention.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chesler Shop material.

[The Sabotage Ring] (Table of Contents)

The Dynamic Man / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Gus Ricca
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dynamic Man [Curt Cowan]; Chief Hopkins; Dr. Vee (villain, sabotage ring leader)
Synopsis:
Dynamic Man thwarts the plans of Dr. Vee, a spy leader sabotaging American infrastructure.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chesler Shop material.

[Against the Black Hawk] (Table of Contents)

Space Rangers / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Space Rangers [Bob Raleigh; Nibbs] (introduction); Alyse (introduction); Black Hawk (villain, death)
Synopsis:
The Rangers go up against the bandit known as Black Hawk and defeat and kill him with the help of his daughter Alyse.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chesler Shop material.
Dr. Michael Vassallo and other art spotters for the Masterworks tentatively placed the pencils as Arnold Hicks or possibly Maurice Gutwirth, but opted to withdraw this theory before publication.
The teaser for the next story implies that Alyse will appear again but she does not.

["A mysterious explosion occurs in mine no. 2"] (Table of Contents)

Blue Blaze / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Newt Alfred
Inks:
Newt Alfred
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Blue Blaze [Spencer Keen]; un-named mine superintendent; Barko (villain, inventor)
Synopsis:
The Blue Blaze thwarts a scientist who is bombing mines in order to get the mining company to buy his mine safety device.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chesler Shop material.
Art spotting by Hames Ware.
The Blue Blaze now has a diamond-shaped mark on the forehead of his cowl.

Murderer's Mistake (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Ed Herron [as Eddie Herron] (signed)
Pencils:
Newt Alfred ?
Inks:
Newt Alfred ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
John Timothy (death); Bill Harris (chauffeur); Doris (parlor maid); Simmons (butler); Jaro (villain, Timothy's gardener);
Synopsis:
A wealthy man's gardener hates his master with a deep passion, but makes one fatal error in his escape that seals his doom!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chesler Shop material.
Art spotting by Ron Goulart.

[The Laboratory on Wheels] (Table of Contents)

Taxi Taylor and His Wonder Cab / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Jim "Taxi" Taylor (master mechanic); the Swastikians (villains, one dies)
Synopsis:
After the government laughs off his attempt to donate his wonder car to them, Jim Taylor uses it to disrupt a plan to get America to abandon its neutrality in the war.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The foreign nationals in this story are called "Swastikians".
Chesler Shop material.
Next appearance in All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes (Marvel, 2011 series) #1.

[The Origin of Dr. Gade] (Table of Contents)

The Invisible Man Known As Dr. Gade / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Newt Alfred
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Invisible Man [Dr. Gade] (introduction, origin, scientist); Mr. Sporvan (villain, death); Wymac (villain, death); un-named thug (villain, death)
Synopsis:
A hit man shoves Dr. Gade into the furnace he's using to try to create new powers to help humankind. He is not killed, but gains the power of invisibility and seeks vengeance on the criminals who tried to kill him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chesler Shop material.
Art credits from Jerry Bails's Who's Who, as the art is very different from the art in the story in issue #4 which is credited to George Harrison. Confirmed as Newt Alfred pencils (but not inks) by Hames Ware.

["In the heart of the jungle, two savage tribes engaged in a fierce battle."] (Table of Contents)

Zara of the Jungle / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Newt Alfred
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Zara (introduction, origin); Zara's un-named father (death); Captain Jeff Graves (introduction, Territorial Commissioner); George (Grave's assistant); Bwana Gombo (villain)
Synopsis:
The colonial commissioner of the jungle territory goes into the jungle to try to stop a war between the native tribes. He encounters Zara, who rescues him gets the tribes to stop fighting and listen.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Jerry Bails's Who's Who, confirmed by Hames Ware (pencils but not inks).
Chesler Shop material.

["British consul at Singapore captured by Chinese bandits."] (Table of Contents)

Dakor the Magician / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Dakor; Williams; Murdock (British consul); Major Sutton; Mungo (villain, bandit chief)
Synopsis:
Dakor rescues a British consul from Chinese bandits on Borneo.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chesler Shop material.
Hames Ware and Michael Vassallo theorized Maurice Gutwirth as the artist for this, but dropped the idea before publication of the Masterworks.

["This beautiful desk for only $1.00"] (Table of Contents)

Remington Noiseless Deluxe Portable Typewriter / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Money and Big Prizes (Table of Contents)

Crowell-Collier Publishing Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Slide of death for the girl, but the Dynamic Man was bursting the dungeon wall!"]
    Dynamic Man
  2. 1. Know! Your Car
    Theo. Audel & Co. Audel's New Auto Guide
  3. 2. [The Plot against America]
    The Master Mind Excello
  4. 3. [The Stolen Weapon]
    Flexo the Rubber Man
  5. 4. [The Sabotage Ring]
    The Dynamic Man
  6. 5. [Against the Black Hawk]
    Space Rangers
  7. 6. ["A mysterious explosion occurs in mine no. 2"]
    Blue Blaze
  8. 7. Murderer's Mistake
  9. 8. [The Laboratory on Wheels]
    Taxi Taylor and His Wonder Cab
  10. 9. [The Origin of Dr. Gade]
    The Invisible Man Known As Dr. Gade
  11. 10. ["In the heart of the jungle, two savage tribes engaged in a fierce battle."]
    Zara of the Jungle
  12. 11. ["British consul at Singapore captured by Chinese bandits."]
    Dakor the Magician
  13. 12. ["This beautiful desk for only $1.00"]
    Remington Noiseless Deluxe Portable Typewriter
  14. 13. Money and Big Prizes
    Crowell-Collier Publishing Co.
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Henry Andrews
  • Craig Delich
  • Steve Dasinger
  • Patrick Lemaire
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Henry Andrews