(May 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)

Issue Notes

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; The Human Torch [Jim Hammond] (inset); Ka-Zar [David Rand] (inset); The Angel [Tom Hallaway] (inset); Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor] (inset); Electro (inset); Ferret (inset)
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Keywords:
bondage; deep sea diving suits; hypodermic syringes

[The Human Torch--Policeman] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hamond]; GS: Johnson; un-named Police Captain; Roglo (villain); Red (villain, death)
Synopsis:
The Torch joins the Police Department and is given a free hand to wage his campaign against the criminal Roglo and others like him.
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Indexer Notes

Story continued next issue (1st hint of Torch / Sub-Mariner clash). Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2008-11-11.

[Marked For Murder] (Table of Contents)

The Angel, Master of Men / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Ray Gill ?
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson
Inks:
Paul Gustavson ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Angel [Tom Hallaway]; Betty Martin; Henry Martin; Emma Martin (villain, introduction, death); Hank (villain)
Synopsis:
The Angel and Betty are nearly killed by being run off a cliff, but soon discover why: Betty's aunt is planning to kill her and her father for his money.
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Indexer Notes

The art of this issue is different than previous appearances, and Gustavson may not have inked this story [however, the Who's Who lists no other inker for the strip in 1940]. Writer revision from Paul Gustavson to Ray Gill ?. The Who's Who only lists Ray Gill as a writer in 1940 and this story may be by him. Last notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-11.

[Rampage In New York] (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]; Tha-Korr; Fiorello LaGuardia; Betty Dean
Synopsis:
Because Namor has been cheated and mis-treated by the Americans, he decides to use New York as his base while destrying the entire continent.
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Indexer Notes

Story continued next issue (2nd hint of Torch / Sub-Mariner clash).

[The Framing of the Masked Raider] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
William Allison
Inks:
William Allison
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
The Masked Raider [Jim Gardley]; Lightning (Raider's horse); Nat Parker; un-named federal marshal (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
After saving the life of Nat Parker and his son from outlaws, the Marshal accuses the Raider for the attack.
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Indexer Notes

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

Blasting Bombers (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
David C. Cooke (signed)
Pencils:
Frank Thomas [as F. T.] (signed)
Inks:
Frank Thomas [as F.T.] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure; aviation
Characters:
Lou Herbert; the Nussian airforce (villains, many die)
Synopsis:
American flier Lou Herbert takes matters into his own hands when an enemy air force attacks Sinki.
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Indexer Notes

Artist credits added by Craig Delich 2008-11-11.

[The Felons and the Flood] (Table of Contents)

Electro the Marvel of the Age / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Steve Dahlman (signed)
Inks:
Steve Dahlman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Electro; Professor Zog; Jim [one of the Operatives]; "Boss" Sarpo (villain, introduction); Sarpo's gang [Joe; Red] (villains, introduction for both)
Synopsis:
Severe flooding by the Ohio River endangers the life and property of many, so Professor Zog instructs two of his Operatives to take Electro to the scene to help out.
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Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Steve Dahlman to ?. The Who's Who lists no writer for this strip.

[Kidnapped By the Duke] (Table of Contents)

Ferret, Mystery Detective / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Stockbridge Winslow (signed)
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen (signed)
Inks:
Irwin Hasen (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Ferret; Nosey [a ferret]; Cynthia Bryant; The Duke (villain, introduction); Broderick (villain, introduction); Batty (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Ferret is taken prison, as candy heiress Cynthia Bryant had been, and is told to authorize payment of $50,000 ransom for his release.
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[The Deadly Scheme of "Red" Skelton] (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]; Professor Rice (introduction, death); Mara Rice (Professor's daughter); Zar (a lion); Trajah (an elephant); "Red" Skelton (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Ka-Zar notes the arrival of a Professor Rice, a botanist who has come to the Belgian Congo to search for certain rare species of plant life. Unfortunately for the good Professor, his pilot is a thief and murderer, who not only intends to blackmail the Professor for $100,000, but also to marry his daughter.
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Indexer Notes

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

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. [The Human Torch--Policeman]
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. [Marked For Murder]
    The Angel, Master of Men
  4. 3. [Rampage In New York]
    Prince Namor, The Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [The Framing of the Masked Raider]
    The Masked Raider
  6. 5. Blasting Bombers
  7. 6. [The Felons and the Flood]
    Electro the Marvel of the Age
  8. 7. [Kidnapped By the Duke]
    Ferret, Mystery Detective
  9. 8. [The Deadly Scheme of "Red" Skelton]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Craig Delich
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Henry Andrews
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich