(September 1940)

Marvel, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-07-05
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Timely Publications
Editing
Joe Simon
Color
Full Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Newsprint
Binding
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing

Issue Notes

Daring Mystery Comics published monthly by Timely Publications, Meriden, Conn. Entered as second class matter at the post office, Meriden, Conn. Entire contents copyright 1940 by Timely Publications, 330 W. 42nd St., N. Y., N. Y. Vol. 1, No. 6, September, 1940. Yearly subscription $1.00. Printed in U. S. A. For advertising write Marvel Group.

Credits from or confirmed by the Masterworks reprint unless otherwise noted.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Marvel Boy / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Simon
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Like plunging fury, Marvel Boy crashed into their midst!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Marvel Boy [Martin Burns]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

While the Masterwork lists only Kirby as the artist, Craig Delich says that Simon inked it (based on data given to Jerry Bails), and Dr. Michael Vassallo also leaned towards a Kirby/Simon credit in his notes to the Timely-Atlas list.

Red Raven Comics #1 (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Introducing Marvel Boy (Table of Contents: 2)

Marvel Boy / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Simon
Pencils
Jack Kirby (pages 1-3); Joe Simon (pages 4-10)
Inks
Joe Simon
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Marvel Boy [Martin Burns] (introduction, origin); Andrew Burns (Martin's father, introduction); Mrs. Burns (introduction); Jupiter; Hercules; Mars (villain); Bruen (villain, introduction); Schulz (villain, introduction); Stohl (villain, introduction); Richter (villain, introduction); Adolf Hitler (villain); Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
The soul of Hercules is reincarnated as Martin Burns, who displays unusual strength from infancy but hides his abilities from his peers. On his fourteenth birthday, Jupiter tells Martin the source of his powers, names him the Marvel Boy, gives him his costume and sends him out against fifth columnists.
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Indexer Notes

Next appearance in USA Comics (Marvel, 1941 series) #7, although Young Avenger in USA Comics #1 is arguably a reworked version of this character as Will Murray notes in the Daring Mystery Masterworks introduction.

Pencils identified by Greg Theakston as Simon and Kirby on "alternating pages". Specific page identifications by Harry Mendryk at http://kirbymuseum.org/blogs/simonandkirby/archives/category/periods/tim...

Craig Delich confirms Simon as sole writer and inker from information given to Jerry Bails, although Mendryk believes the inker is different for each artist, possibly with several inkers.

The Legion of the Doomed (Table of Contents: 3)

The Fiery Mask / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Simon
Pencils
Jack Kirby (pages 1-4); Joe Simon (pages 5-10)
Inks
Joe Simon
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fiery Mask [Jack Castle]; Ab Waltin (introduction, death); Ella Waltin (introduction); The Legion of the Doomed [Legion of the Damned] (villains, name not consistent throughout story)
Synopsis
When the demonic Legion of the Doomed force a rural couple to claim a sinister child as their own, the Fiery Mask must solve the crimes it commits in a chase that will lead him into Hell!
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Indexer Notes

Next appearance in Human Torch (Marvel, 1940 series) #2.

Pencils identified by Greg Theakston as Simon and Kirby on "alternating pages". Specific page identifications by Harry Mendryk at http://kirbymuseum.org/blogs/simonandkirby/archives/category/periods/tim...

Craig Delich confirms Simon as sole writer and inker from information given to Jerry Bails, although Mendryk believes the inker is different for each artist, possibly with several inkers.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Stuporman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Douglas [as Harry / Douglas] (signed)
Pencils
Harry Douglas [as Harry / Douglas] (signed)
Inks
Harry Douglas [as Harry / Douglas] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Man of the Day after To-morrow
Genre
humor; satire-parody; superhero
Characters
Stuporman [Marmaduke Snood, Jr.] (introduction); Mike Muskrat (villain, introduction); Professor Plotz
Synopsis
Stuporman is awakened from his nap to fight a criminal who has brainwashed a genial college professor into creating diabolical inventions to support his crimes.
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Indexer Notes

Next appearance in Joker Comics (Marvel, 1942 series) #1, also later in Comedy Comics (Marvel, 1942 series) #11.

A black and white Stuporman story, built mostly out of panels from this story (rearranged, with some new panels added), appears in the October 1940 issue of Snap, one of Martin Goodman's pulp magazines. Thanks to Frank Motler for this information.

Contrary to various other published theories including Who's Who and the Masterworks, "Harry / Douglas" was an editor/artist named Harry Douglas, as confirmed by Michael J. Vassallo upon interviewing Harry Douglas, Jr. after the younger Douglas contacted the author of this blog post: http://monomythic.wordpress.com/2009/08/17/marvel-mystery-monday-stuporm...

[The Black Ace] (Table of Contents: 5)

The Flying Flame / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Bill O'Connor [as Okie] (signed)
Pencils
Ben Flinton [as Ben] (signed)
Inks
Ben Flinton [as Ben] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Captain Red Ruff (introduction); The Black Ace (villain, introduction, death); Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
Captain Red Ruff flies his plane, the Flying Flame, on a mission against the Black Ace who is defending a Nazi castle where all attacking planes mysterious explode upon approach.
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Indexer Notes

Next appearance in Tough Kid Squad (Marvel, 1942 series) #1.

The article on Leonard Sansone indicates that Sansone did inks or some of them on this story (Alter Ego #121, November 2013).

Scales of Justice (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
John H. Compton (signed)
Pencils
Harry Ramsey [as H. R.] (signed)
Inks
Harry Ramsey [as H. R.] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime
Characters
Sheriff Sam Reynolds; Texas Pete (death); Baldy; Dan Hobart; Giles Norton (villain)
Synopsis
Texas Pete has been found murdered and the claim map he carried is missing.
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Indexer Notes

The winners from the Daring Comics Contest on the inside front cover of issue #2 are announced in a box at the bottom of the 2nd page. However, no indication of which characters they picked is given. Murray Forman won the 1st Prize of $5, Jackie Gorman won 2nd Prize of $2, and there were 18 other winners of $1 each.

[The Schustak Case] (Table of Contents: 7)

The Falcon / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
L. Bing (see notes)
Inks
L. Bing
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Falcon [Carl Burgess]; Tony Wells; James Buttersworth (villain, introduction); Bo Schustak (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Carl Burgess interrupts the getaway from a bank robbery, and, as the Falcon, goes after the gang that committed the crime.
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Indexer Notes

next appearance in Human Torch (Marvel, 1940 series) #2

There is some confusion as to whether this story was drawn by L. Bing or Munson Paddock, as they had similar styles. Who's Who first recorded Bing, then revised to Paddock. Hames Ware and Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr., while compiling the Masterworks credits with Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, discussed the possibilities and decided that the artist was indeed L. Bing as was originally thought.

[The Kidnappers and the Magician] (Table of Contents: 8)

Monako, Prince of Magic / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Larry Antonette (signed)
Inks
Larry Antonette ? [as Larry Antonette] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Monako; Pere (introduction); an old Hag (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Monako spots a drugged man being held by thugs at one of his shows. Monako and his friend Pere must rescue the man's sister from a mysterious old hag.
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Indexer Notes

Last golden age appearance. There is a teaser for a Monako story in the next issue, but it never appeared. However, a "Mantor the Magician" story appeared in Human Torch (Marvel, 1940 series) #2 alongside other Daring Mystery orphans, which looks suspiciously like a reworked Monako, although by Al Gabriele instead of regular Monako artist Larry Antonette. Next appearance in The Marvels Project (Marvel, 2009 series) #2.

Notes from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, Hames Ware and Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. on the Timely-Atlas list indicate that an inker other than Antonette may have worked on this story.

[The Origin of Dynaman] (Table of Contents: 9)

Dynaman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Steve Dahlman ?
Pencils
Steve Dahlman
Inks
Steve Dahlman
Colors
?
Letters
Steve Dahlman ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Dynaman [Lagaro] (introduction, origin); Korugians (introduction, death); Pharoah Khufor; Chief Ribur [Tibur] (introduction, villain, death, name not consistent through story); Gurbans (villains)
Synopsis
Larago, whose name means "Dynaman", grows up in the ancient advanced land of Korug displaying amazing strength of body and mind. When Korug abruptly sinks beneath the waves, only the flying Dynaman escapes. Finding the civilization of Egypt, helps the Pharaoh Khufor defend it against the barbarian Gurbans.
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[The Coming of Tigerman] (Table of Contents: 10)

Tigerman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Mike Roy [as Roy] (signed)
Inks
Mike Roy [as Roy] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
jungle; superhero
Characters
Tigerman (introduction); Professor Carson (introduction, death); Louise Carson (introduction); Rangoo (introduction, an ape, Tigerman's friend); King Kuu (villain, introduction); Monolink Men (villains, introduction)
Synopsis
Tigerman tries to rescue Professor Carson and his daughter Louise from an attack by the Monolink men, but all three are overwhelmed and taken to the underground kingdom of the Monolinks. After one failed attempt, Tigerman and the Carsons must brave an underground river to escape.
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Indexer Notes

The introductory blurb talks about Tigerman's "tamed Bengal tiger, Balu", further indicating a connection to the Trojak, the Tiger-Man feature that appeared in issues #2-5. However, Balu does not actually appear in the story, and the supporting cast and plot are different than the continuing story and cast of Trojak.

Mystic Comics #4 (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Johnson Smith & Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Like plunging fury, Marvel Boy crashed into their midst!"]
    Marvel Boy
  2. 1. Red Raven Comics #1
  3. 2. Introducing Marvel Boy
    Marvel Boy
  4. 3. The Legion of the Doomed
    The Fiery Mask
  5. 4. ["The Man of the Day after To-morrow"]
    Stuporman
  6. 5. [The Black Ace]
    The Flying Flame
  7. 6. Scales of Justice
  8. 7. [The Schustak Case]
    The Falcon
  9. 8. [The Kidnappers and the Magician]
    Monako, Prince of Magic
  10. 9. [The Origin of Dynaman]
    Dynaman
  11. 10. [The Coming of Tigerman]
    Tigerman
  12. 11. Mystic Comics #4
  13. 12. ["Under Water Swimming Goggles"]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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