(November 1940)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD; 0.15 CAD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-09-17
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

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 Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Schomburg
Inks
Alex Schomburg
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; The Angel [Tom Halloway] (inset); the Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor] (inset); the Vision [Aarkus] (inset)
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Keywords
cutting torches; vaults

Cut-Throat Justice (Table of Contents: 1)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Andrew McWhiney (signed)
Pencils
Harry Ramsey [as H. R.] (signed)
Inks
Harry Ramsey [as H. R.] (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Captain McGraw; Warden Dawes; Danny the Dud (villain, death); Sam the Barber (villain)
Synopsis
As Danny the Dud is being transferred to "the big house", he thinks of his ex-partner whom he double-crossed and sent up the river. Now, as he sits in the barber's chair in prison, ready to get his first shave, the last thing he sees is that ex-partner with a razor in his hand!
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Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front and back covers.

[Terror in the Subway] (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
Carl Burgos ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; un-named mayor; Captain Rawlins (policeman); Reiss (villain, introduction); Mr. Morton (villain, introduction, subway builder)
Synopsis
A subway builder loses both of his sons to cave-ins while constructing the tunnels, causing him to lose his mind and seek revenge, wanting to wreck trains so they wouldn't disturb his sons' graves within the tunnels' walls. But he is confined by those whom he hires to help him accomplish the task and the Torch must stop them.
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[Smashing the Island Invasion] (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]; Dorma; Princess Fen; Toro (an Atlantean tailor, introduction); The Nazis (villains, some die)
Synopsis
Namor and Dorma, outfitted in new suits designed to ward off poison gasses, and on their way to Europe to aide in the war efforts, stop off at an island for rest. But they find themselves not only under arrest but under attack from the Nazis as well.
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[Enter: The Vision] (Table of Contents: 4)

The Vision / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Vision [Aarkus] (introduction, origin) (see also issue #23); Dr. Enoch Mason (introduction); Shiela Mason (his daughter, introduction); Mose (Mason's butler); Markham (scientist); "Brains Borelli" (villain); Queenie (villain); Tony (villain, introduction); Bomber (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
A professor, believing that ghosts and spirits actually inhabit worlds and universes that co-exist with our universe, is set upon by "Brains" Borelli's men during an experiment to prove his theory. The result is a being called Aarkus, Destoyer of Evil, drawn to the laboratory, who helps save the professor and his daughter from harm.
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Indexer Notes

Pencils and inks identification by Greg Theakston. Nick Caputo suspects Simon assisted on the inks.

Letters credit identified by Greg Theakston and later Harry Mendryk on the Jack Kirby Museum web page http://kirbymuseum.org/blogs/simonandkirby/archives/2369, 31 October 2008 (retrieved 15 December 2014).

Joe Simon removed from inks field.

Splash page plus selected panels reprinted in Complete Jack Kirby (Pure Imagination, 1997 series) #2.

[Case of the Counterfeit Paintings] (Table of Contents: 5)

Terry Vance / 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 (newspaperman); un-named boss (villain); Slim (villain)
Synopsis
Terry's discovery of fresh paint on a supposedly vintage oil painting sparks his interest.
The investigation nearly costs him his life.
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[Mystery of the Moon Robots] (Table of Contents: 6)

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
adventure
Characters
Electro; Professor Philo Zog; Dr. Simon Crane (introduction); Betty Crane (his daughter, introduction); Gnorr, Emperor of the Moon (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
The professor and the Cranes leave Earth for the Moon, but when they send out Electro to investigate the environment, he is attacked and captured by moon robots. Zog and the Cranes land and initiate their own attack on the moon people and save the day.
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[The Murder of Happy Norton] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Paul Gustavson ?; Ray Gill ?
Pencils
Paul Gustavson
Inks
Paul Gustavson
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Angel [Tom Halloway]; Happy Nolan (introduction, death); The Savoy Gang [Limpy Savoy (death); Rocco; Bumpy; Punchy; Harry] (villain. introduction for all)
Synopsis
The death of a former member of the Savoy mob who had chosen to go straight angers the Angel, and he swears to hunt down the men responsible for this death.
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Indexer Notes

Gustavson credits from Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

[In the New York Jungle] (Table of Contents: 8)

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); Ruth Wilson; Dr. Wilson
Synopsis
Now in America, Ka-Zar is taken in by the police. He escapes through the efforts of the Wilsons and is put into their custody. But Ka-Zar feels he must free Zar as well from behind bars in the zoo, and so he makes his way there to free him.
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Hey Fellas! Look at This! (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. Cut-Throat Justice
  3. 2. [Terror in the Subway]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. [Smashing the Island Invasion]
    The Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [Enter: The Vision]
    The Vision
  6. 5. [Case of the Counterfeit Paintings]
    Terry Vance
  7. 6. [Mystery of the Moon Robots]
    Electro, the Marvel of the Age
  8. 7. [The Murder of Happy Norton]
    The Angel
  9. 8. [In the New York Jungle]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  10. 9. Hey Fellas! Look at This!
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Nick Caputo
  • Steve Jenner
  • Del Gruber
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  • Craig Delich
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