(May 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, 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.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Don Gorman / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Don Gorman
Reprints:

Mechanics You Need This Book- Know! Your Car (Table of Contents)

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

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

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

[Busting a Banker] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Will Harr ?
Pencils:
Maurice Gutwirth [as M. Gutwirth] (signed)
Inks:
Maurice Gutwirth [as M. Gutwirth] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Purple Mask [Dennis Burton]; Whalen (villain, introduction); Whalen's gang (villains, introduction)
Synopsis:
A daring bank robbery leads the Purple Mask after the gang responsible and he discovers that the bank's President is involved with the crime.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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.

[The Zeppelin Attack] (Table of Contents)

K-4 and His Sky Devils / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Sky Devils [K-4; Lt. Ronald Wolverstone; Lt. Rene D'Auvergne]; the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
K-4 and his assistants are assigned the job of tracking down an enemy zeppelin that is being used to drop mines by parachute over vital installations.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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).

[On the Trail of Muro] (Table of Contents)

Monako Prince of Magic / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Larry Antonette (signed)
Inks:
Larry Antonette (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Monako; Josie; Mr. Muro (villain); Tashu (villain; introduction)
Synopsis:
Monako must go up against his old enemy, Muro, who is attempting to gain control of the Pacific and west coastal areas of the Americas, specifically the Panama Canal.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Funnies, Inc. material.

[Mars Attacks] (Table of Contents)

Whirlwind Carter of the Interplanetary Secret Service / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Fletcher Hanks
Pencils:
Fletcher Hanks
Inks:
Fletcher Hanks
Colors:
?
Letters:
Fletcher Hanks

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Whirlwind Carter (introduction); Brenda Hale (introduction); the Martians (villains, introduction)
Synopsis:
Carter rescues an Earth girl, Brenda Hale, who is agent of the Space Army, Women's Division, 4th Regiment and whose ship has been grounded by the Martians, and he learns that Mars intends on invading the Earth to make it one of her colonies.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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.

[The Spike Green Case] (Table of Contents)

Marvex the Super Robot / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Hal Sharp
Inks:
Hal Sharp
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Marvex; Jim Hansen (introduction); Clara Grandall; Spike Green (villain, introduction) Spike's gang (villains, introduction)
Synopsis:
Marvex looks into the troubling case of a man sitting on death row awaiting execution for a crime in which witnesses in his favor disappeared mysteriously before the trial.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chesler shop material.

[The Missing Airliner Fleet] (Table of Contents)

G-Man Don Gorman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Alex Schomburg ?; Gus Ricca ? (see notes)
Inks:
Alex Schomburg ?; Gus Ricca ? (see notes)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Don Gorman (introduction); Betty Nestor (introduction); Anson Dictor (villain, introduction); Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Foreign agents attempt to steal the secret super-charged engine invented by test pilot Don Gorman, an invention allowing airplanes to achieve speeds over 1000 mph!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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.

The World of Savages (Table of Contents)

Breeze Barton / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Binder [as Binder] (signed)
Inks:
Jack Binder [as Binder] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; aviation
Characters:
Breeze Barton; Ann Barclay; Frenchy (introduction); a band of savages (villains, introduction), their chief (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Breeze has made good his escape from Miracle City with Ann and enter into the civilized world, where they are informed by Frenchy that civilization as they knew it had been destroyed by the War of 1945.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chesler shop material.

Outlaw-Buster (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Rex Evans (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Sheriff Holcolm; Cougar Karns (villain); "Mile Away" Morgan (villain)
Synopsis:
Sheriff Holcolm intends on cleaning out the criminal activities in Ambush Canyon.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Studio source unknown, although possibly produced in-house.

[The Secret Soldier] (Table of Contents)

Trojak the Tiger Man / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Arnold Hicks (see notes)
Inks:
Arnold Hicks; ? (see notes)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Trojak; Balu (the tiger); Edith Alton; Jerry Alton (introduction, Edith's brother); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Edith's brother, a member of the Nazi forces, convinces Edith to keep Trojak out of their invasion attempts, not knowing it's all a plan to capture Trojak.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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.

["This Beautiful Desk for Only $1.00"] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside back cover.

Money and Big Prizes (Table of Contents)

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

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

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Don Gorman
  2. 1. Mechanics You Need This Book- Know! Your Car
    Theo. Audel & Co.: Audels New Auto Guide
  3. 2. [Busting a Banker]
    The Purple Mask
  4. 3. [The Zeppelin Attack]
    K-4 and His Sky Devils
  5. 4. [On the Trail of Muro]
    Monako Prince of Magic
  6. 5. [Mars Attacks]
    Whirlwind Carter of the Interplanetary Secret Service
  7. 6. [The Spike Green Case]
    Marvex the Super Robot
  8. 7. [The Missing Airliner Fleet]
    G-Man Don Gorman
  9. 8. The World of Savages
    Breeze Barton
  10. 9. Outlaw-Buster
  11. 10. [The Secret Soldier]
    Trojak the Tiger Man
  12. 11. ["This Beautiful Desk for Only $1.00"]
    Remington Deluxe Noiseless Portable Typewriter
  13. 12. Money and Big Prizes
    The Crowell-Collier Publishing Co.
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