DARING MYSTERY COMICS published monthly by Timely Publications, 8 Lord Street, Buffalo, N. Y. Entered as second class matter at the Post Office at Buffalo, N. Y. under act of March 3, 1879. Entire contents copyright by Timely Publications, 330 W. 42nd St., N. Y., N. Y. Vol 1, No. 4, May 1940. Yearly subscription $1.00. Printed in U. S. A.
On sale date from the publication date found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, 1940, Number 2. Second class permit. Copyright number 448093.
Last Golden Age appearance under this name, but as Will Murray notes in the introduction to the second volume of Daring Mystery Masterworks, the Falcon in the next issue is just a slightly modified continuation of this character.
Dennis Burton as The Laughing Mask appears next in The Twelve (Marvel, 2008 series) #1.
Chesler shop material.
Previously credited to Maurice Gutwirth (pencils) / Jack Alderman ? (inks), but the Masterworks lists this as by unknown artists despite tentatively identifying Alderman as the artist of the K-4 story in issue #2 and Gutwirth as the artist on several other features.
As of January 2012, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. (via the Timely-Atlas list) does not think either story is by Alderman, but that both are primarily by the same artist, possibly with a different artist providing face and other details in #2. This story may alternately be by a different artist who used the story in #2 as a close guide.
Chesler shop material (based on panel borders and general look and feel compared to other stories in this issue).
Funnies, Inc. material.
Creator credits confirmed by Shaun Clancy and the Comics History Exchange list on Facebook from the personal records of Larry Antonette which included pages of stories he worked on torn from the original comic books (21 February 2015).
First line of text reads: "Whirlwind" lives on the highly civilized planet of Venus..."
Likely produced through the Iger shop along with all of Hanks' other known output.
Chesler shop material.
This character subsequently appears as Captain Daring and his Sky Sharks in USA Comics (Marvel, 1941 series) #7 (March 1943) illustrated by Alex Schomburg (signed) with an unknown writer.
Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. believes that this looks more like Schomburg (whose interior illustration style was simpler than his cover illustration style) than Gus Ricca.
Dr. Michael J. Vassallo agrees that this is possible in his blog entry on the USA Comics Masterworks, Vol. 2, but also observes that the panel layouts in each story are typical of their year of publication, so the later story was not an inventory piece held for several years before publication. No known interior art by Schomburg from 1940 exists for comparison.
Henry Andrews observes that Schomburg illustrating this story may explain why it was chosen for the cover feature, but the depiction of a suit-wearing tommy gun-wielding Don Gorman on the cover is completely unlike the aviator character in this story, which seems odd if both were produced by Schomburg.
If this is by Schomburg, it was almost certainly produced as a freelance job, as Schomburg produced Timely's covers as a freelancer. Gus Ricca would imply a Chesler shop job, although the thicker borders that appear on other Chesler stories in this issue are absent, making the Ricca credit less likely. Given the mixture of source in this issue, it is difficult to come up with a more likely theory.
Chesler shop material.
Studio source unknown, although possibly produced in-house.
There is some confusion over who drew this story. Harry Mendryk reports on atlastales.com that he showed the story to Joe Simon and Simon was "very insistent" that he did it. Dr. Michael Vassallo, after examining that art along with that in Daring Mystery Comics #5 does not think that Simon did it, although he may have had some involvement, and does not know who it might have been. Henry Andrews speculates that most of the art looks more like Arnold Hicks (who drew the feature in Daring Mystery Comics #5) but some of the close-ups on Trojak's face look very different, and more like Joe Simon's work.
Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. stated on the Timely-Atlas list (2010-09-08): "The Trojak story in Daring Mystery #4 is primarily the work of Arnold Hicks. Definitely his pencils, most likely also the majority of the inking."
Note also that Simon was editor at Fox at this time, although he did moonlight elsewhere.
Based on panel border thickness, this is likely Chesler shop material even though Hicks is not known to have worked through that shop according to the Who's Who.