(June 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)

[Human Torch Battles the Sub-Mariner] (Table of Contents)

The Angel / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Angel [Tom Hallaway]; The Human Torch [Jim Hammond] (inset); Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor] (inset)
Reprints:
Keywords:
automatic pistols; bondage

The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner Meet (Table of Contents)

Sub-Mariner / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Everett
Pencils:
Bill Everett
Inks:
Bill Everett
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bill Everett

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; GS: Human Torch [Jim Hammond]
Synopsis:
Namor looks for new ways to avenge himself on the mankind that attempted to electrocute him, but the Torch shows up and drives him away for the time-being.
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Indexer Notes

Part 1 of the Torch/Namor battle, continued in Human Torch story in this issue.

[The Search For Sub-Mariner] (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 Hammond]; GS: Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Betty Dean; un-named Police Chief; Jeff (Policeman); Frank (Policeman)
Synopsis:
Embittered because the Police Chief believes Torch to be yellow because he failed to bring in the Sub-Mariner, the Torch races off to repair some of the damage Namor caused. He meets up with Betty and together they head for the Empire State Building where the Prince has been spotted, and once again drives Namor away.
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Indexer Notes

Part 2 of the Namor/Torch battle, which is continued next issue, as the last 1/3 of the page announces in illustrated form. Lettering credit added by Craig Delich 2008-11-15.

[The Captive in the Cabin] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Ray Gill ?
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Angel [Tom Hallaway]; un-named girl [daughter of Rogers]; un-named boss (villain); Frank (vllain)
Synopsis:
The Angel rescues a kidnapped girl in a cabin, supposedly held for ransom, and whose father owns the controlling stock in the Meltmore Steel Company.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-15.

[The Boomeranged Hold-Up] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Anders [as Anders] (signed)
Inks:
Al Anders [as Anders] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
The Masked Raider [Jim Gardley]; Mexican Pete (introduction); un-named Sheriff; un-named bank president (villain); Brady and his gang (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
The Raider runs into Mexican Pete, who has attempted to trail the thieves who just robbed a local bank and made off with the savings of the small ranchers. But the Raider smells a rat and that rat is the President of the robbed bank!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Al Anders to ?. The Who's Who lists NO writer for this strip. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-15.

Dynamite's Doom (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack D'Arcy (signed)
Pencils:
Sam Gilman [as S.G.] (signed)
Inks:
Sam Gilman [as S.G.] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Steve Burnett; Jim (villain); Sandy (villain)
Synopsis:
Steve runs across a cabin inhabited by two train robbers, but is rendered unconscious. When he awakes, he must discover why they have come to this shack in Silver Mountain and tied him to a cot when there is no silver left in that area.
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Indexer Notes

The last part of page two features the "Marvel Comics Contest Winners, February 1940 issue No. 4". The 1st prize of $5 went to Kris Dalman and the 2nd prize of $2 went to Frank Salvaldare Quarttrocchi. An additional 18 winners of $1 each were also listed (information listed added by Craig Delich 2008-11-15]; credit for Sam Gilman by Dr. Michael Vassallo through the GCD newsgroup, November 2007. Original credit said "? [as J.G.]"(R. Schenk).

[The Crook Who Controlled Electro] (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; District Attorney Rupert Haden; Villains: "Boss" Sarpo (villain); Scar-Face Joe (villain, introduction), Jago and his Dragon-Men of Ligra (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
Keeping true to his word, "Boss" Sarpo escapes from prison, and with the help of "Scar-Face" Joe and his gang, kidnaps Professor Zog, killing his guards, kidnaps the DA, and uses Electro to begin a series of thefts. Unfortunately for Sarpo and Joe, Jago and his Dragon-Men also see the value of Electro, and come to Earth to kidnap the Professor and seize the robot for their own evil intentions on their own world.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continued next issue. Writer revision from Steve Dahlman to ?. The Who's Who lists NO writer for this strip.

[Battle With Blackie Giles] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stockbridge Winslow (signed)
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen (signed); [also as I. Hasen] (signed)
Inks:
Irwin Hasen (signed); [also as I. Hasen] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Ferret; un-named Commissioner; Blackie Giles (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Ferret arrives at his bank to make a deposit just as it is being robbed, but he uses an unusual strategy, with himself as bait, to round up the crooks.
Reprints:

[Gold and Greed] (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]; Barrie Richards (introduction, death); Zar (a lion); Lester Drake (villain, introduction, death); Aswama (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Drake kills the man who has inherited a gold mine worth far more than he thought because he refuses to use the local natives as slave laborers. The local tribal chief enlists the aid of Ka-Zar to deal with the problem.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Character created by Bob Byrd. Writer revision from Ben Thompson to ?. The Who's Who lists NO writer for this feature.

Good News! (Table of Contents)

Mystic and Daring Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Blue Blaze [Spencer Keen]; the Falcon [Carl Burgess]; Blue Blaze [Spencer Keen] (inset); Hercules David (inset); Invisible Man [Dr. Gade]; Flexo (inset); Dakor the Magician (inset); Dynamic Man [Curt Cowan] (inset)
Synopsis:
House ad for Mystic Comics #3 and Daring Mystery Comics #5, both covers reproduced with art by Alex Schomburg.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside back cover. Sequence added by Craig Delich (2006-7-1).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [Human Torch Battles the Sub-Mariner]
    The Angel
  2. 1. The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner Meet
    Sub-Mariner
  3. 2. [The Search For Sub-Mariner]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. [The Captive in the Cabin]
    The Angel
  5. 4. [The Boomeranged Hold-Up]
    The Masked Raider
  6. 5. Dynamite's Doom
  7. 6. [The Crook Who Controlled Electro]
    Electro the Marvel of the Age
  8. 7. [Battle With Blackie Giles]
    Ferret, Mystery Detective
  9. 8. [Gold and Greed]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  10. 9. Good News!
    Mystic and Daring Comics
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Henry Andrews
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich