(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

MYSTIC COMICS published monthly by Timely Publications at 330 W. 42nd Street, N.Y. Application for second class matter pending at Post Office at Meriden, Conn., under the Act of March 3, 1879. Yearly subscription in U.S. $1.00. Vol. 1 No. 3, June, 1940.
Entire contents copyright by Timely Publications, 330 W. 42nd St., N. Y., N. Y. Printed in U. S. A.
For advertising write Marvel Group, 330 W. 42nd St., N. Y. C.

The interior contents of this issue are almost entirely from the Chesler shop, with the possible exception of the text story.

Art spotting as noted in the Masterworks credits unless otherwise noted. The Masterworks credits Newt Alfred as Alfred Newton based on biographical information that has since been called into question on the Timely Atlas list.


["Suddenly the monster of all evil was behind the Blue Blaze!"] (Table of Contents)

The Blue Blaze / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Blue Blaze [Spencer Keen]; Hercules (inset); Invisible Man [Dr. Gade] (inset); Flexo (inset); Dakor the Magician (inset); Dynamic Man [Curt Cowan] (inset)
Reprints:

G-Man Outfit with Lie Detector (Table of Contents)

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

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

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[Menace of the Star Gazer] (Table of Contents)

The Blue Blaze / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Blue Blaze [Spencer Keen]; Dr. Gair (villain, head of Crime Syndicate, death); un-named star gazer (villain, death); the Star Monster (villain, death)
Synopsis:
A criminal syndicate hires an astronomer to kill the Blue Blaze with a monster created by star rays.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Unlike the stories in issues #1 and #4, this story is not signed. The Blue Blaze's cowl leaves his face bare starting with this issue.
Chesler Shop material.

[The Origin of Hercules] (Table of Contents)

Hercules / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hercules [David] (introduction, origin); Dr. David (introduction, death); Bobbie Drew (Daily Globe reporter); Millok (villain, circus co-owner); Garton (villain, circus co-owner)
Synopsis:
Dr. David raises his son apart from the civilized world to be a perfect physical and mental specimen. After his death, the young man rejoins civilization and is called Hercules because of his impressive physique. While initially convinced to be a side show attraction, he soon decides to use his strength to fight crime.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks implies that Hicks was also the writer of this story, but Who's Who does not list him as a scripter. This is likely an accidental omission of the word "art" from that particular credit.
Chesler Shop material.

[The Cold-Blooded Iron Duke] (Table of Contents)

Flexo the Rubber Man / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
E. C. Stoner
Inks:
? (Binder Shop)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Flexo; Joel Williams; Joshua Williams; Iron Duke (villain)
Synopsis:
The brothers use Flexo to put a stop to a group of arsonists collecting fire insurance money.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chesler Shop material.

Binder Shop entry on inker added by Craig Delich, per Ken Quattro in Alter Ego #118 (July 2013).

[Land of the Missing Rockets] (Table of Contents)

Space Rangers / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Space Rangers [Bob Raleigh; Nibbs]; Carl Formes (villain, scientist, death)
Synopsis:
The Space Rangers defeat spaceship thieves from the planet Glakor.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Jerry Bails' Who's Who, tentatively confirmed by Michael Vassallo, Hames Ware and Jim Vadeboncouer, Jr. There's a teaser for another Space Rangers story next issue, but it never appeared.
Chesler Shop material.

[The Ring of Saboteurs] (Table of Contents)

Master Mind Excello / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Master Mind Excello [Earl Everett]; Borovich (villain, death?); two un-named thugs (villains, both die); un-named Russian spy (villain, death)
Synopsis:
Excello stops the Russians from blowing up American train tracks and subways.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Dr. Michael Vassallo and other art spotters for the Masterworks tentatively placed the pencils as Arnold Hicks or possibly Maurice Gutwirth, but opted to withdraw this theory before publication.
There's a teaser for another Master Mind Excello story next issue, but it never appeared. Next appearance in The Twelve (Marvel, 2008 series) #1.
Chesler Shop material.

Thieves Retribution (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
S. S. Bedford (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Chief of Police March; Al Samuels (detective); Mrs. Riordan Gale; un-named Game Warden; Creed Crookham (villain, jewel thief); Tommy (villain)
Synopsis:
Having stolen the famed Gale Diamond, Creed Crookham believes that he has successfully hidden the loot when Detective Samuels cannot find it. But the Game Warden throws a major hitch into his scheme.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

S. S. Bedford is not known to be connected to the Chesler Shop, and may have contributed the script on a freelance basis according to Edgar Loftin. Possibly through Goodman's pulp organization. The art is quite possibly from the Chesler Shop.

[The Pool of Nordu] (Table of Contents)

Dakor the Detective Magician / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Dakor; Lord Twisdon; Anna Twisdon (daughter); Balus (villain, ruler of Nordu); the Nordus (villains); un-named Nordu witch doctor (death)
Synopsis:
Dakor rescues a white woman from a native tribe that has captured her and drugged her to serve as their goddess.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

There's a teaser for another Dakor story next issue, but it never appeared.
Hames Ware and Michael Vassallo theorized Maurice Gutwirth as the artist for this, but dropped the idea before publication of the Masterworks.
Chesler Shop material.

[The Haunted Forest] (Table of Contents)

Zara of the Jungle / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Newt Alfred
Inks:
Newt Alfred
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Zara; Commissioner Jeff Graves; un-named slave raiders (villains)
Synopsis:
Zara rescues Commissioner Graves from a python and then helps him shut down a slave trade organization in the jungle, over his objections.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Jerry Bails' Who's Who confirmed by Hames Ware. There's a teaser for another Zara story in the next issue, but it never appeared.
Chesler Shop material.

[The Dreaded Hood] (Table of Contents)

The Dynamic Man / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Gus Ricca
Inks:
Gus Ricca ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Dynamic Man [Curt Cowan]; Chief Hopkins; Harold Wallace (banker, death); Lamont Lewis (banker); The Hood [Willard Thomas] (villain, banker)
Synopsis:
Dynamic Man protects a banker from The Hood, who has killed three bankers already.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

According to Dr. Michael Vassallo, this is definitely Ricca on pencils, but not necessarily on inks.
Chesler Shop material.

[The Grave Robber] (Table of Contents)

The Invisible Man Known As Dr. Gade / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Newt Alfred
Inks:
Newt Alfred
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Invisible Man [Dr. Gade]; Deadpan Louie (villain)
Synopsis:
Dr. Gade busts a group of grave robbers, passing himself off as a ghost several times in the process.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Jerry Bails' Who's Who, confirmed by Hame Ware.
Chesler Shop material.

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

Charles Atlas / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Charles Roman
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
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. ["Suddenly the monster of all evil was behind the Blue Blaze!"]
    The Blue Blaze
  2. 1. G-Man Outfit with Lie Detector
    Crowel-Collier Publishing Co.
  3. 2. [Menace of the Star Gazer]
    The Blue Blaze
  4. 3. [The Origin of Hercules]
    Hercules
  5. 4. [The Cold-Blooded Iron Duke]
    Flexo the Rubber Man
  6. 5. [Land of the Missing Rockets]
    Space Rangers
  7. 6. [The Ring of Saboteurs]
    Master Mind Excello
  8. 7. Thieves Retribution
  9. 8. [The Pool of Nordu]
    Dakor the Detective Magician
  10. 9. [The Haunted Forest]
    Zara of the Jungle
  11. 10. [The Dreaded Hood]
    The Dynamic Man
  12. 11. [The Grave Robber]
    The Invisible Man Known As Dr. Gade
  13. 12. Here's the Kind of Man I Build!
    Charles Atlas
  14. 13. ["This Beautiful Desk for Only $1.00"]
    Remington Noiseless Deluxe Portable Typewriter
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Henry Andrews
  • Craig Delich
  • Steve Dasinger
  • Patrick Lemaire
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Henry Andrews