(July 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 vs. Sub-Mariner (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bill Everett
Inks:
Alex Schomburg
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; most typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]
Reprints:
Keywords:
automobiles; commuter trains; elevated trains; motorcycles; policemen

Good News! (Table of Contents)

Mystic Comics #3 & Daring Mystery Comics #5 / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Alex Schomburg
Inks:
Alex Schomburg
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Blue Blaze [Spencer Keen]; Falcon [Carl Burgess]; Blue Blaze [Spencer Keen] (inset); Hercules [David] (inset); Flexo (inset); Invisible Man [Dr. Gade] (inset); Dakor (inset); Dynamic Man [Curt Cowan]
Synopsis:
Promotional ads, with covers, for Mystic Comics #3 and Daring Mystery Comics #5.

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2008-11-15. Found on the inside front cover.

The Human Torch Versus the Sub-Mariner: The Battle of the Comic Century! (Table of Contents)

Human Torch and Sub-Mariner / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Everett (signed); Carl Burgos (signed); John Compton (signed); Ray Gill ?
Pencils:
Bill Everett (signed); Carl Burgos (signed)
Inks:
Bill Everett (signed); Carl Burgos (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bill Everett

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Betty Dean; un-named Police Chief; Police Chemist Frasier
Synopsis:
Embittered when the Police Commissioner calls Torch afraid for not bringing in the Sub-Mariner as he promised, the Torch and Betty track down Namor and a battle royal begins that ends with the Fiery Fury being captured by Namor in an airless glass tube.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Part 3 of Human Torch/Sub-Mariner battle which is concluded next issue. The last page asks readers to submit their ideas about a solution to the problem of Torch being in a translite tube while the Sub-Mariner can't leave the premises allowing someone to release him.

In an article about Joe Gill in Steve Ditko's 160 Page Package #3, it is said that his big brother Ray Gill had a hand in the epic battle between the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner.

[The Mad Doctor of Carlburg] (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:
Angel [Tom Halloway]; un-named girl; Hans; un-named inn keeper; an un-named scientist (villain); a beast man (villain, death); a gorilla (villain, death)
Synopsis:
The Angel becomes involved in a situation in which towns people believe that a vampire is at work, when all along it is a mad scientist, who desires to transplant the brain of a young woman into a gorilla.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Paul Gustavson to Ray Gill ?. The Who's Who states that only Gill was a writer on the feature in 1940 and this story may be by him. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-16.

[The Stagecoach Bandits] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Anders
Inks:
Al Anders
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
The Masked Raider [Jim Gardley]; Lightning (the Raider's horse); Mexican Pete; Pecos Bill; un-named Sheriff; Shep Mason and his gang (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
The Raider involves himself in a case wherein gold shipments from a mining camp have been waylaid, then end up being turned into the local assay office for cash payment.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Al Anders to ?. The Who's Who lists NO writer for this strip. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-16.

High Steel (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
John H. Compton (signed)
Pencils:
Robert Hughes [as R. Hughes] (signed)
Inks:
Robert Hughes [as R. Hughes] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Juan Matilla; Jim Holland; Nat McCord; O'Reilly
Synopsis:
Nat McCord finds himself victim from an unlikely source during an unexpected payroll robbery.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Artist credits added by Craig Delich 2008-11-16.

[On the Planet Ligra] (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 Philo Zog; Jago and his Dragon-Men (villains, all die); Queen Nara of Ligra [Nara Gale] (introduction); Gor; Lion People of Ligra; Jago and his Dragon Men (villains, all die)
Synopsis:
Electro and the Professor are taken to the planel Ligra, where they are forced to engage in battle against Queen Nara.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Steve Dahlman to ?. The Who's Who lists no writer for this strip. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-16.

[The Trouble At Stacey Cleaners] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Ferret; Stacey; Hook (villain, introduction); Frankie (villain, introduction); Martin (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Ferret must act quickly against a gang of crooks who are waging a vicious campaign against Stacey Cleaners.
Reprints:

[The Rescue of Rita Grey] (Table of Contents)

Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ben Thompson (signed)
Inks:
Ben Thompson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Ka-Zar [David Rand]; Zar [a lion]; N'Jaga [a leopard]; Trajah [an elephant]; Chadak [a baboon]; Rita Grey (introduction); Mr. Grey (introduction, Rita's father)
Synopsis:
Ka-Zar helps a young girl make her way back to her father, having to evade attacks by a tribe of wild Wabis.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Page count changed from 10, per Barry Sandoval, June, 2008. Writer revision from Ben Thompson to ?. The Who's Who lists NO writer for this strip. Some notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-16.

The Underworld (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Louis Glanzman [as Lew Glanz] (signed)
Inks:
Louis Glanzman [as Lew Glanz] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
This fact featurette features creatures that provide as much drama and adventures as do crooks in the real world, creatures such as the shrimp, long-legged crabs and the octopus.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Some information on this sequence from Barry Sandoval, June 2008; more info added by Craig Delich 2008-11-16.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Human Torch vs. Sub-Mariner
    The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner
  2. 1. Good News!
    Mystic Comics #3 & Daring Mystery Comics #5
  3. 2. The Human Torch Versus the Sub-Mariner: The Battle of the Comic Century!
    Human Torch and Sub-Mariner
  4. 3. [The Mad Doctor of Carlburg]
    The Angel
  5. 4. [The Stagecoach Bandits]
    The Masked Raider
  6. 5. High Steel
  7. 6. [On the Planet Ligra]
    Electro the Marvel of the Age
  8. 7. [The Trouble At Stacey Cleaners]
    Ferret, Mystery Detective
  9. 8. [The Rescue of Rita Grey]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  10. 9. The Underworld
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Henry Andrews
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
  • Peter Croome
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich