(September 1940)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1940-07-19
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 previous month. 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.

The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1940, New Series, Vol. 35, No. 3.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Schomburg
Inks
Alex Schomburg
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor] (inset); The Angel [Tom Halloway] (inset); Ka-Zar [David Rand] (inset); the Nazis
Reprints
Keywords
fighter planes; swastikas; tanks; Wehrmacht; World War II

4 Big Favorite Magazines - Action Packed! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Mystic, Daring Mystery, Red Raven Comics / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[Plague in the Slums] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Human Torch / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Human Torch [Jim Hamond]; Dr. Stone (introduction); Reed (Stone's assistant); Casey (policeman); un-named police chief; Tom (policeman); Frank Simmons (villain, introduction, death); Roddy (villain, introduction, death); Skeets (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The Torch takes the law into his own hands, when, against orders, he helps a doctor burn down plague-infected slum housing.
Reprints

[The Capture of Luther Robinson] (Table of Contents: 3)

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]; Mr. Martin (sailor); Tha-Korr; Dorma; Princess Fen; Luther Robinson (villain); Mickey (villain); Lynne Harris (villain)
Synopsis
Luther Robinson follows Namor back to his Antarctic home and attempts to capture him -- dead or alive -- but is eventually taken prisoner himself. He is informed that his girlfriend is also being held to insure he will not try to escape justice.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Continued next issue.

[A Nestfull of Loot] (Table of Contents: 4)

The Masked Raider / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
The Masked Raider [Jim Gardley]; Lightning (Raider's horse); un-named sheriff; Billy; un-named deputy (villain, posing as an egg woman)
Synopsis
A series of robberies confounds the Raider until a dog un-intentionally helps solve the case.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Al Anders to ?. The Who's Who lists no writer for this strip. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-12-19.

[Rajah Sarput's Hunt] (Table of Contents: 5)

Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Ben Thompson ?
Pencils
Ben Thompson
Inks
Ben Thompson
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
jungle
Characters
Ka-Zar [David Rand]; Zar (a lion); Trajah (an elephant); Jim VanGelder; Rajah Sarput (villain, introduction); Bradley (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
When an evil man named Sarput takes possession of a large tract of land in the Belgian Congo jungle, Ka-Zar and Zar do battle with him to prevent the slaughter or capture of many animals, only to be taken prisoner themselves.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story contains 2-page spread (pgs. 4, 5) and is continued next issue.

[Mayhem at the Midget Race Track] (Table of Contents: 6)

Terry Vance, the School Boy Sleuth / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Ray Gill (signed)
Pencils
Bob Oksner (signed)
Inks
Bob Oksner (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Terry Vance; Dr. Watson (a monkey); "Deadline" Dawson (newspaper boy); un-named gamblers (villains)
Synopsis
A group of gamblers inject mercury into the tires of race cars in order to cause accidents and fix races for profit.
Reprints

Murder Is an Accident (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Ray Gill [as W. Peters] (signed)
Pencils
Frank Thomas [as F. T.] (signed)
Inks
Frank Thomas [as F. T.] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Dr. James; Nurse Cassidy; Francis (villain)
Synopsis
The fact that five of the leading physicians in the area had died in fatal accidents the last two weeks didn't bother Dr. James, that is until he suddenly is visited by a rather strange patient.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer identification added by Craig Delich 2008-12-19.

[The Devils of the Mist] (Table of Contents: 8)

The Angel / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Gustavson ?; Ray Gill ?
Pencils
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Angel [Tom Halloway]; unnamed woman (introduction, death); the ghouls (villains, introduction, all die)
Synopsis
The Angel is captured by a group of in-human monsters who take him to their abode where he meets a beautiful girl dressed in ancient Greek garb and learns the creatures destroyed her civilization 4000 years ago and now threaten to do the same in modern times.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Angel gains glider wings that once belonged to "Mercury".

Gustavson credits from Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

[The Forest Fire Fiends] (Table of Contents: 9)

Electro, the Marvel of the Age / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Steve Dahlman ?
Pencils
Steve Dahlman (signed)
Inks
Steve Dahlman (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Electro; Professor Philo Zog; Jim Brent; John Borden; Andrews; Baldwin Drake (villain, introduction); Mike (villain); Joe (villain)
Synopsis
The president of the Drake Lumber Mills, angry because his rival has successfully purchased the rich Burton County forest lands, hires some thugs to set fire to those forests.
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Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. 4 Big Favorite Magazines - Action Packed!
    Mystic, Daring Mystery, Red Raven Comics
  3. 2. [Plague in the Slums]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. [The Capture of Luther Robinson]
    The Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [A Nestfull of Loot]
    The Masked Raider
  6. 5. [Rajah Sarput's Hunt]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  7. 6. [Mayhem at the Midget Race Track]
    Terry Vance, the School Boy Sleuth
  8. 7. Murder Is an Accident
  9. 8. [The Devils of the Mist]
    The Angel
  10. 9. [The Forest Fire Fiends]
    Electro, the Marvel of the Age
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Del Gruber
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich