(October 1940)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-08-15
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

According to Greg Theakston from interviews with Joe Simon, if a Timely issue has a cover by Simon and/or Kirby, then Simon edited it. This means that Simon was editing this title as part of his freelance editing duties by no later than this issue, although he may have started as early as #10, the issue that came out during the same month as Red Raven Comics #1.

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. 4.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Angel / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Simon
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Angel [Tom Halloway]
Reprints
Keywords
bondage; idols; torture

Indexer Notes

Cover inks credit from Greg Theakston, via the GCD Error List (2008-4-5); the original indexer credited Jack Kirby.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

[The Search For J. B.] (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
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; un-named Police Captain; Ryan (Policeman); J. B. [Jane Bradley](villain, first actual appearance), Cinalli (villain, introduction, a lawyer); Slim (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Hunted by the police forces he was once a member of, due to his burning down tenements infected with the black plague, the Torch is offered re-instatement by the police commissioner IF he can bring in the mysterious "J.B.".
Reprints

[Three-Sided War] (Table of Contents: 3)

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]; Dorma; Princess Fen; Folma; Lynne Harris; Luther Robinson; Micky (death); Carter (wireless operator); The Nazis (villains, some die)
Synopsis
When Namor discovers that the airplane, carrying Luther Robinson, Micky and Lynne Harris, has been forced down by the Nazis, he goes to search for them, and saves Harris only, intending to make her his mate!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Continued next issue.

[The Enchanted Marsh] (Table of Contents: 4)

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]; Shirley Smith (introduction); a hag (villain, introduction, death); Antone (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Following Shirley Smith into an enchanted marsh, the Angel is suddenly down, falling into quicksand. He is saved, however, by a hulking creature that works for a mysterious woman who has murdered the owners of Piedmont mansion and now threatens the Angel and Smith.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who indicates that Ray Gill did write the strip sometime in 1940, and this story MAY be by him, or by Gustavson who also wrote the feature at this time. So the Gill ? script credit is revised to also include Gustavson ?.

All Gustavson credits verified and courtesy of Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

A Good Impression (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jack D'Arcy (signed)
Pencils
Harry Ramsey [as H. R.] (signed)
Inks
Harry Ramsey [as H. R.] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Amos Liggett (death); un-named detective; Sam Hale (villain)
Synopsis
Taxi driver Sam Hale was confident that this cold rainy night was ideal to rob Amos Liggett. He made one mistake, however....he kept the murder weapon!
Reprints

[The Mystery House] (Table of Contents: 6)

Terry Vance / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Terry Vance; Dr. Watson (a monkey); Deadline Dawson (newspaper reporter); un-named gardener (death); Gregory (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
When Terry and his friends arrive at a mysterious house during a rain storm and spot a prowler, little does he know that it will turn into a murder mystery.
Reprints

[The Shark] (Table of Contents: 7)

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; President Franklin D. Roosevelt; The Shark (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
When President Roosevelt hears a radio broadcast from the Shark, threatening to blast every ship off the ocean, he contacts Professor Zog for help.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Steve Dahlman to ?. The Who's Who lists NO writer for this strip. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-12-20.

[The Plot Against Texas] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

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

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
The Masked Raider [Jim Gardley]; Gidden (villain); Breed (villain); Leek (villain); Snakey (villain); Abbot (villain); un-named outlaws (introduction for all)
Synopsis
The Raider investigates rumors of gun thefts from Army posts along the Rio Grande.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Last appearance. Writer credit revised from Al Anders to ? The Who's Who lists NO writer for this strip. Some notes added by Craig Delich 2008-12-20. Art credits revised from Syd Shores? (based on Who's Who) to Ben Thompson? per Dr. Michael J. Vassallo and the Masterworks credits (Henry Andrews 2009-12-15).

[Ka-Zar In America] (Table of Contents: 9)

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

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

Genre
jungle
Characters
Ka-Zar [David Rand]; Zar (a lion); Ruth Wilson; Bradley (villain)
Synopsis
When Ka-Zar's captors inform him that they are going to put him on display in New York City when they arrive, he and Zar jump overboard and make their way to the city zoo, where Ka-Zar plans to release some of Zar's brothers.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story continued next issue. Writer rervision from Ben Thompson to ?. The Who's Who lists NO writer for this strip. Some notes added by Craig Delich 2008-12-20.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Angel
  2. 1. ["Here is Action! Thrills! - Adventure!"]
    Daring Comics
  3. 2. [The Search For J. B.]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. [Three-Sided War]
    Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [The Enchanted Marsh]
    The Angel
  6. 5. A Good Impression
  7. 6. [The Mystery House]
    Terry Vance
  8. 7. [The Shark]
    Electro, the Marvel of the Age
  9. 8. [The Plot Against Texas]
    The Masked Raider
  10. 9. [Ka-Zar In America]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Del Gruber
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Peter Croome
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich