(August 1940)

Marvel, 1940 Series
 
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.
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched

Issue Notes

RED RAVEN COMICS published monthly by Timely Publications at Meriden, Conn. Application for second class entry pending at Post Office at Meriden, Conn. Entire contents copyright 1940 by Timely Publications, 330 W. 42nd Street, New York, N. Y. Vol. 1, No. 1, August 1940. Subscription price $1.00 for one year, single copy 10c. For advertising write Marvel Group. Printed in U. S. A.

Red Raven Comics was Joe Simon's first assignment as a freelance editor for Timely after he left Fox. No blurbs at the end of the stories in this issue indicate that there will be a Red Raven Comics #2. Instead they all advertise either Marvel Mystery Comics or in one case Mystic Comics, suggesting that perhaps Red Raven Comics was cancelled even before it went to press.


["Out of the skies swooped a powerful figure..."] (Table of Contents)

Red Raven / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby; Joe Simon (layouts)
Inks:
Joe Simon
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Red Raven
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Greg Theakston. The central figure with the sword was swiped from a Hal Foster Prince Valiant strip.

Become a Stamp Collector (Table of Contents)

Frasek Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[The Origin of the Red Raven] (Table of Contents)

Red Raven / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Simon
Pencils:
Louis Cazeneuve
Inks:
Louis Cazeneuve
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Red Raven (introduction, origin); Andreva (introduction); Zeelmo (villain, introduction, death); Ratoga (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
A small child is the only survivor of a crash on the floating island of the Bird-Men. Their King raises him and sends him back into his world with a gift of artificial wings on his 20th birthday as the Red Raven. Once in the human world, he fights the demons Zeelmo and Ratoga who are draining the world of its gold.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Red Raven next appears in a story in X-Men (1963 series) #44.

In the spot where the "next issue" blurb usually appears there is instead a blurb for the Human Torch vs Sub-Mariner battle in the upcoming Marvel Mystery Comics #9.

[The Origin of the Human Top] (Table of Contents)

Human Top / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick Briefer ? [as Dun Barr] (signed)
Pencils:
Dick Briefer [as RHB] (signed in the last panel)
Inks:
Dick Briefer [as RHB] (signed in the last panel)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Top [Bruce Bravelle] (introduction, origin); Martha Davis (introduction); Horace Vanderveer (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
A scientist is experimenting on Bruce Bravelle with electricity when lightning strikes, giving Bruce the ability to become a Human Top. He dons a costume and thwarts a bank robbery, but is then accused of being a thief when the head of the bank fails to re-deposit the money that the Top returned to him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

next appearance in Tough Kid Squad (Marvel, 1942 series) #1
The "next issue" blurb instead tells the reader to follow their favorite characters every month in Marvel Comics.

Mercury in the 20th Century (Table of Contents)

Mercury / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Martin A. Burstein [as Martin A. Bursten] (signed)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Jack Kirby
Colors:
?
Letters:
Jack Kirby

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Mercury (introduction, origin); Pluto (villain, introduction); Jupiter (introduction); Minerva (introduction); Vulcan (introduction); Aeolus (introduction); Diana (introduction); Apollo (introduction); Heinrich Goertz (villain, introduction); L-5 [Thea Shilhausen] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Jupiter considers who he can send to save the world from Pluto's machinations, and settles on his son Mercury. After declaring his intentions to Pluto (who is masquerading as Rudolph Hendler, leader of Prussialand), Mercury blocks torpedos, intercepts marching orders and evades the traps of Hendler's lackeys as he brings the course of war to a halt.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Mercury possibly next appears as Hurricane in Captain America Comics (Marvel, 1941 series) #1.
Kirby letters ID by Greg Theakston.
A small "next issue" blurb promotes the Human Torch vs Sub-Mariner battle in Marvel Comics.

The Death Switch (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Herbert J. Martin (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

[Race To Jupiter] (Table of Contents)

Comet Pierce / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Jack Kirby
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Comet Pierce (introduction); Avis Jort (villain, introduction); Queen Larania (introduction); Murfi (introduction)
Synopsis:
When Comet Pierce crash-lands on an asteroid during a race he is rescued by a mysterious woman who gifts him with a powerful new engine and declares her love. After winning the race, Comet sets out to search the solar system for his beautiful benefactor.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The space for the "next issue" exhorts the reader to buy Mystic Comics #4 instead.

["Here that! Drive slowly around town."] (Table of Contents)

Officer O'Krime / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Officer O'Krime (introduction); Officer Moiphy (introduction)
Synopsis:
Officer O'Krime is easily tricked into helping some thieves rob a bank and make their getaway.

Indexer Notes

next appears in Daring Mystery Comics (Marvel, 1940 series) #7

Re-Creator of Souls (Table of Contents)

Magar the Mystic / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
occult
Characters:
Magar (introduction, origin); Solomon (ghost); Mata Hari (ghost); Houdini (ghost, spelled Houdine); Napoleon (ghost); Wellington (ghost); Thomas Edison (ghost, spelled Edisan)
Synopsis:
Having gained the power to summon the ghosts of the dead to aid him, Magar sets out to end the wars he sees raging around him. Solomon advises him to aid the cause of Democracy, Mata Hari spies out the enemy plans, Houdine helps Magar escape, and Napolean, Wellington and Edisan help the Allies defeat their enemies.

Indexer Notes

A panel-sized "next issue" blurb instead advertises "The Battle of the Comic Century! FIRE vs WATER" in Marvel Comics, with head shots of the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner.

[Origin of the Eternal Brain] (Table of Contents)

Eternal Brain / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Robert Louis Golden
Inks:
Robert Louis Golden
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
The Eternal Brain [Professor Carmody] (introduction, origin); Mary Carmody (his daughter, introduction; Jim (his assistant, introduction); Peg-Leg Martin (villain, introduction, death), The Mongolian Emperor (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Professor Carmody is fatally wounded when Peg-Leg Martin's men abduct his daughter Mary to be a slave of the Emperor of Mongolia. He instructs a reluctant Jim to operate on him and becomes the Eternal Brain. Using his new abilities to see around the globe, the Brain locates Mary and sends Jim to rescue her, but Mary is furious with Jim for turning her father into the Eternal Brain.

Indexer Notes

Who's Who lists either Golden or Mike Roy as doing both pencils and inks for this feature. However, the art does not look at all like Mike Roy's Tigerman story in Daring Mystery #6 that appeared the following month. atlastales.com also credits Golden.

Make Your Own Records at Home (Table of Contents)

Home Recording Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

["Boys, if you act fast"] (Table of Contents)

Peck Brothers Indoor Archery Set / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Out of the skies swooped a powerful figure..."]
    Red Raven
  2. 1. Become a Stamp Collector
    Frasek Company
  3. 2. [The Origin of the Red Raven]
    Red Raven
  4. 3. [The Origin of the Human Top]
    Human Top
  5. 4. Mercury in the 20th Century
    Mercury
  6. 5. The Death Switch
  7. 6. [Race To Jupiter]
    Comet Pierce
  8. 7. ["Here that! Drive slowly around town."]
    Officer O'Krime
  9. 8. Re-Creator of Souls
    Magar the Mystic
  10. 9. [Origin of the Eternal Brain]
    Eternal Brain
  11. 10. Make Your Own Records at Home
    Home Recording Co.
  12. 11. ["Boys, if you act fast"]
    Peck Brothers Indoor Archery Set
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