(June 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, Meriden, Conn. Application for second class matter pending at the Post Office at Meriden, Conn., under act of March 3, 1879. Entire contents copyright 1940 by Timely Publications, 330 W. 42nd St., N. Y., N. Y. Vol. 1, No. 5, June, 1940. Yearly subscription $1.00. Printed in U. S. A.

For advertising write Marvel Group, 330 W. 42nd St., N. Y. C.

Credits from or confirmed by the Masterworks reprint unless otherwise noted.


["Could the Falcon save this girl from the death machine?"] (Table of Contents)

The Falcon / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Alex Schomburg
Inks:
Alex Schomburg
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Falcon [Carl Burgess]
Reprints:

G-Man Outfit (Table of Contents)

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

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

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

The Jelly of Doom (Table of Contents)

The Fiery Mask / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
George Kapitan (signed)
Pencils:
Harry Sahle (signed)
Inks:
Harry Sahle (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fiery Mask [Jack Castle]; Dork (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
The Fiery Mask saves the world from a flesh-eating ooze unleashed by a mad scientist.
Reprints:

[The Devil-Flower] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Trojak; Balu (the tiger); Edith Alton; Jerry Alton; The Gembas (villains, introduction)
Synopsis:
Trojak, Edith and Balu seek out the life juice of the devil-flower to save Jerry's life.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Last appearance, although a different character called "Tigerman" appears in the next issue. The splash panel blurb claims this new "Tigerman" also has a tiger called Balu, but no tiger appears in the story.

[Strike Against the Nazis] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Binder ?
Inks:
? (see notes)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
K-4; Sky Devils [René D'Auvergne; Ronald Wolverstone-Clodd]
Synopsis:
When the Sky Devils get captured on a photographing mission, they soon escape and are rescued from their pursuers by K-4.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Last appearance.

The GCD had Maurice Gutwirth (pencils) and Jack Alderman? (inks) for this. Dr. Michael Vassallo tentatively credits Jack Binder (pencils) speculated that E.C. Stoner might have contributed inks on account of having inked Binder elsewhere, but Ron Goulart says that he sees no E.C. Stoner in the art at all. He does agree that Binder was involved. All of this discussion is from the Timely-Atlas list.

[The Origin of Monako] (Table of Contents)

Monako, Prince of Magic / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Monako (origin in flashback); Monako's parents (flashback, introduction, death); an Indian magician (flashback, introduction, death); Lady Anne (introduction); Lady Olga (introduction); Mike (villain, introduction); Mike's partner (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Monako tells his origin to Ladies Anne and Olga and later rescues Lady Anne from some thieves who stole her jewelry and tried to kill her.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Notes from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, Hames Ware and Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. on the Timely-Atlas list indicate that an inker other than Antonette may have worked on this story.

[Battle of the Robots] (Table of Contents)

Marvex / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Marvex; Clara Crandall; Dr. Narr (villain, introduction, death); Brad Lewis (villain, introduction); his gang (villains, introduction)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Last golden age appearance. There is a teaser panel for a Marvex story in the next issue but the story did not appear. Next appearance in All Select Comics 70th Anniversary Special (Marvel, 2009 series) #1.

[Planet of Black-Light] (Table of Contents)

Whirlwind Carter / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Fletcher Hanks [as C. C. Starr] (signed)
Pencils:
Fletcher Hanks [as C. C. Starr] (signed)
Inks:
Fletcher Hanks [as C. C. Starr] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Fletcher Hanks

Characters:
Whirlwind Carter; Brenda Hale; The Black-Light Men (villains, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Whirlwind Carter fights off an invasion from the planet of black light.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Last appearance. A teaser at the bottom of the last panel promises another episode "next month" but it never appeared.

The Death Clutch (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
T. K. Hawley (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Bob Johnson; Sergeant Elliot; Jack Mardel's uncle (death); Jack Mardel (villain)
Synopsis:
Jack Mardel has a large inheritance coming to him from his elderly uncle, but he decides not to let nature takes its natural course before he gets it!
Reprints:

Rebuilding the World (Table of Contents)

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

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

Characters:
Breeze Barton; Ann Barclay; Frenchy; Sabarr (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Breeze and Ann start rebuilding civilization with Frenchy, but a savage tribe quickly attacks them.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Last appearance. A teaser promises another installment in the next issue but there was no such story.

Introducing Little Hercules (Table of Contents)

Little Hercules / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Bud Sagendorf [as SAG] (signed)
Pencils:
Bud Sagendorf [as SAG] (signed)
Inks:
Bud Sagendorf [as SAG] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Little Hercules (introduction, origin); Two spies (villains, introduction)
Synopsis:
Hercules is made a doctor of all sciences at age 12 and decides to take his newly invented explosive to his government while evading two foreign agents who are trying to steal it from him.
Reprints:

[Meet the Falcon] (Table of Contents)

The Falcon / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Maurice Gutwirth
Inks:
Maurice Gutwirth
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Falcon [Carl Burgess] (introduction); Dr. Sunga (villain, introduction, death); Turvy (villain, introduction, death); Dr. Sunga's gang (villains, introduction)
Synopsis:
Dr. Sunga is killing people by sending them wands of death, but the Falcon must discover the true mechanism behind the murders so that charges will stand up in court.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

In his introduction to the Masterworks, Will Murray observes that close examination of the splash panel reveals that a different logo was originally in place, that used more letters. Murray goes on to assert that the Falcon is a reworked version of the Purple Mask. While he does not comment on the costuming, it is worth noting that the Falcon's outfit in this story is different than on the cover and in his other two appearances, and indeed appears to be a re-colored version of the Purple Mask's outfit, with a chest logo added along with wings over his ears. The Falcon's general setup and civilian employment are identical to that of the Purple Mask.

Here's the Kind of Men I Build! (Table of Contents)

Charles Atlas / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Charles Roman
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
? (cartoon); typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

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

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

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

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Could the Falcon save this girl from the death machine?"]
    The Falcon
  2. 1. G-Man Outfit
    The Cromwell-Collier Publishing Co.
  3. 2. The Jelly of Doom
    The Fiery Mask
  4. 3. [The Devil-Flower]
    Trojak, the Tiger Man
  5. 4. [Strike Against the Nazis]
    K-4 and his Sky Devils
  6. 5. [The Origin of Monako]
    Monako, Prince of Magic
  7. 6. [Battle of the Robots]
    Marvex
  8. 7. [Planet of Black-Light]
    Whirlwind Carter
  9. 8. The Death Clutch
  10. 9. Rebuilding the World
    Breeze Barton
  11. 10. Introducing Little Hercules
    Little Hercules
  12. 11. [Meet the Falcon]
    The Falcon
  13. 12. Here's the Kind of Men I Build!
    Charles Atlas
  14. 13. ["This Beautiful Desk for Only $1.00"]
    Remington Noiseless Deluxe Portable Typewriter
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