(August 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:
Joe Simon ?
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

Joe Simon began editing for Timely on a freelance basis with Red Raven Comics #1, which came out the same month as this issue. It is not clear if he immediately started editing Marvel Mystery Comics as well or not, although he was definitely the editor by issue #12 as discussed in that index.


"It was a terrible battle -- the Sub-Mariner against the vicious Nazi raider!" (Table of Contents)

The Sub-Mariner / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Ka-Zar (inset); The Angel [Tom Halloway] (inset); Electro (inset); Human Torch [Jim Hammond] (inset); Terry Vance and Dr. Watson (in same inset); the Nazis
Reprints:
Keywords:
dive bombers; Kriegsmarine; submarines; u-boats; World War II

The Result of the Most Famous Battle In Comic Magazines (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch; the Sub-Mariner / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Bill Everett; Carl Burgos; John Hampton
Pencils:
Bill Everett; Carl Burgos
Inks:
Bill Everett; Carl Burgos
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Betty Dean
Synopsis:
Trapped in a translite tube, only the intervention of Betty Dean saves the Torch and ends the battle between him and Namor.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Conclusion of the Human Torch/Sub-Mariner battle.

[The Gasoline Profiteering Racket] (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Tom; Mr. Atwell (gas station owner); un-named Police Captain; Palmer (villain, introduction); Limpy (villain, introduction); Riley (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Torch must battle a gas syndicate who tries to raise the price of gasoline, and bombs any gas station refusing to go along.
Reprints:

[Hostilities Renewed] (Table of Contents)

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]; Cap'n Bob (skipper of "The Colleen"); Luther Robinson (introduction); Lynne Harris (introduction); Tha-Korr; Dorma; Stevens (USN sailor)
Synopsis:
Because of Namor's seemingly inability to handle the Torch, he is suspended from all active service. Meanwhile, a group of hardened ice field seamen, led by Luther Robinson, seek out the Sub-Mariner to destroy him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2012-2-28.

[The Ghouls of the Blue Ridge Mountains] (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; a band of ghouls (villains, introduction for all, all die); The Devils of the Mist (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
The Angel must cope with weird "devils of the mist", who have been released from the bowels of the earth by a volcano, and who are kidnapping young women top side to sacrifice to that volcano.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Paul Gustavson to Ray Gill ?. The Who's Who only lists Ray Gill as writer in 1940 and this story may be by him. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-23.

[Master of the Living Dead] (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:
adventure
Characters:
Electro; Professor Philo Zog; Dr. Bruno Varoz (villain, introduction, death); Varoz's army of living corpses (villains, introduction for all, all die); a two-headed monster (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Electro is called into service to battle an evil, now insane, ex-genius of brain surgery, stationed in an old castle somewhere off the coast of Cuba, who has successfully created artifical blood.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Steve Dahlman to ?. The Who's Who lists NO writer for this strip. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-23.

Tiger Trail (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Hedwig C. Langer [as Beach Allen] (signed)
Pencils:
Ed Robins [as E.R.] (signed)
Inks:
Ed Robins [as E.R.] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Tiger Travis; Jimmy Travis (death); Miles Gudgeon (villain)
Synopsis:
Miles Gudgeon is on the run after murdering a young boy over a handful of petals.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits added by Craig Delich 2008-11-23. As noted in the blog SangorShop, "Beach Allen" is probably a misprint for "Beech Allen", who had written various credits for Robert Erisman at Goodman' pulp division during the late 1930s. "Beach Allen" was the pen name of Hedwig C. Langer 2013-03-29

[Treachery In Two Forks] (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); Jonathan Gregg (tax collector, death); Sally; un-named Sheriff; un-named crook (villain)
Synopsis:
A criminal who has fatally wounded a tax collector sees the Raider, and works out a scheme to convince the Sheriff that the Raider is the murderer...all as a blind to steal the tax money himself.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Al Anders to ?. The Who's Who lists NO writer for this strip. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-23.

The Murder of a Man Without a Will (Table of Contents)

Terry Vance, the School Boy Sleuth / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Ray Gill
Pencils:
Bob Oksner
Inks:
Bob Oksner
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Terry Vance (introduction); Dr. Watson (introduction, a monkey); Dr. Caldwell (death); un-named assistant of Dr. Caldwell; un-named fiancee of Caldwell's assistant; Gregory (villain, introduction, Caldwell's stepson)
Synopsis:
While Terry Vance, the Boy of a Hundred Hobbies" works on an experiment, he hears a police call of someone murdered in a penthouse. Investigating, he discovers the man has been murdered by "remote control"!
Reprints:

[A Visit From Scotland Yard] (Table of Contents)

Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Ka-Zar [David Rand]; Zar (a lion); Nono (a monkey); un-named airplane pilot; un-named detectives; "London" Jack (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
A wanted criminal captures two Scotland Yard detectives and leaves them for dead, while he attempts to fly out of the jungle to freedom.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Ben Thompson to ?. The Who's Who lists NO writer for this strip. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-23.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Our Hall of Shame / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Gene Marrin ?
Pencils:
Gene Marrin (signed)
Inks:
Gene Marrin (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Gene Marrin?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Dan Druff; "Jolly Joe" Josh; Clem Chowder; Professor O. U. Chiseler; Oscar Tittle
Synopsis:
Features a series of humorous inventors and the problems their inventions have caused.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2008-11-23.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. "It was a terrible battle -- the Sub-Mariner against the vicious Nazi raider!"
    The Sub-Mariner
  2. 1. The Result of the Most Famous Battle In Comic Magazines
    The Human Torch; the Sub-Mariner
  3. 2. [The Gasoline Profiteering Racket]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. [Hostilities Renewed]
    The Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [The Ghouls of the Blue Ridge Mountains]
    The Angel
  6. 5. [Master of the Living Dead]
    Electro, the Marvel of the Age
  7. 6. Tiger Trail
  8. 7. [Treachery In Two Forks]
    The Masked Raider
  9. 8. The Murder of a Man Without a Will
    Terry Vance, the School Boy Sleuth
  10. 9. [A Visit From Scotland Yard]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Our Hall of Shame
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
  • Edgar Loftin
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich