(December 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
1940-10-18
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.


["Could the Sub-Mariner hold off the Nazi hordes till help arrived?" [sic]] (Table of Contents)

The Sub-Mariner / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Schomburg
Inks
Alex Schomburg
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Human Torch [Jim Hammond] (inset); The Angel [Tom Halloway] (inset); The Nazis
Reprints
Keywords
anti-aircraft guns; bondage; comic books; Luftwaffe; parachutes; paratroops; World War II

Indexer Notes

The cover also depicts the cover to The Human Torch #2 (#1).

Hey Fellas! Look at This! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

[The Cult of Fire-Men] (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Carl Burgos ?
Pencils
Carl Burgos [as Burgos] (signed)
Inks
Carl Burgos [as Burgos] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Pete (policeman); Ronald (introduction, death); Kalif (villain, introduction); Cult of Fire-Men (villains, introduction, one dies); Culfra (villain, introduction); a fire-monster (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
The Torch has a real dilemma: he has to track down members of the Fire Cult who have committed a murder, but the man murdered was intending to destroy the world.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Continued next issue.

[Blitzing the U-Boat Base] (Table of Contents: 3)

Prince Namor, 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; un-named Nazi lieutenant (villain); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
After Namor successfully routs invading Nazi paratroopers on an island Dorma and he arrived on for a rest, his questioning of the Nazi lieutenant reveals that the Axis Powers have built a secret submarine base on a little-known island 20 miles from the coast of Florida. He and Dorma for that base to tackle the Nazi horde.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Continued next issue.

[The Synthetic Diamonds] (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]; Professor Hanley (villain, introduction); Hanson (villain)
Synopsis
The Angel investigates a mine operator that has a lot of equipment for handling radium on his hands, equipment that is being used to create synthetic diamonds.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Gustavson credits from Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

Redskins Bite Cinders (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure; western-frontier
Characters
Tommy Bryan; Steve Hanson; Barnes; Red; the Indians (villains)
Synopsis
A group of railroad men use old engine 751 to protect a town from invading Indians.
Reprints

[The Werewolf Strikes] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Vision [Aarkus]; Dr. Martin Keller (introduction, death); un-named butler of Sanders; Llhupa (villain, introduction, a werewolf, death); Gordon Sanders [aka George Brown] (villain, introduction, a werewolf, death)
Synopsis
The Vision must battle two werewolves, one, in reality Gordon Sanders, a member of the ill-fated Medwick Expedition that discovered the lost Tibetan City of Demons, where he was bitten by such a werewolf.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Pencils and inks identification by Greg Theakston.

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).

[The Kidnapping of Diana Dunn] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Ray Gill (signed)
Pencils
Bob Oksner [as Robert Oksner] (signed)
Inks
Bob Oksner [as Robert Oksner] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Terry... my boy... we've got a peach of an assignment!
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Terry Vance; Dr. Watson (a monkey); Deadline Dawson (newspaperman); Diana Dunn (introduction); Chuck (villain, introduction); un-named members of Chuck's gang (villains, introduction)
Synopsis
Deadline takes Terry along when he interviews actress Diana Dunn, but a staged "movie scene" turns out to be a real kidnapping.
Reprints

[Attack of the Subterraneans] (Table of Contents: 8)

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; The Onees (villains, introduction for all, all die); King of the Onees (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
The destruction of the Fairbanks Iron Works leads Electro into the bowels of the earth to confront the Onees, who take control of the robot and force Professor Zog to come to his rescue.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Continued next issue.

[Escape from New York] (Table of Contents: 9)

Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 9 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; the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
Ka-Zar succeeds in getting Zar out of the zoo he is imprisoned in and hides out on a British boat heading toward Africa. Unfortunately, the boat is torpedoed by an enemy submarine.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Continued next issue.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Could the Sub-Mariner hold off the Nazi hordes till help arrived?" [sic]]
    The Sub-Mariner
  2. 1. Hey Fellas! Look at This!
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. [The Cult of Fire-Men]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. [Blitzing the U-Boat Base]
    Prince Namor, The Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [The Synthetic Diamonds]
    The Angel
  6. 5. Redskins Bite Cinders
  7. 6. [The Werewolf Strikes]
    The Vision
  8. 7. [The Kidnapping of Diana Dunn]
    The School Boy Sleuth Terry Vance
  9. 8. [Attack of the Subterraneans]
    Electro, the Marvel of the Age
  10. 9. [Escape from New York]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
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