(Winter 1940-1941)

Marvel, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
quarterly
On-sale date
1940-12-10
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Timely Publications
Editing
Joe Simon (Editor)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US (#2-35); then standard Silver Age US (#36-38)
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing

Issue Notes

HUMAN TORCH published quarterly by Timely Publications at Meriden, Conn. Entered as second class matter at the Post Office at Meriden, Conn. under Act of March 3, 1879. Copyright 1940 by Timely Publications, 330 W. 42nd St. N. Y., N. Y. Art narratives by Funnies, Incorporated, N. Y., N. Y. Volume 1, No. 3, Winter issue. Printed in U.S.A. Single copies 10c; Yearly subscription 40c.

A flyer from Kable News Co. lists the date to place the issue on sale.

Release date is Dec. 10th, 1940 according to Marvel Mystery Comics #15


[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
Human Torch; Toro; Sub-Mariner
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Beware! Captain America Is Coming! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

[Toro's Parents--Alive?, Part 1] (Table of Contents: 2)

Human Torch / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Burgos
Pencils
Carl Burgos (layouts probably) [as Burgos] (signed)
Inks
Harry Sahle (finished art probably)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Ludwig; K-9
Synopsis
The head of a spy ring decides on a plan to eliminate the Torch by using imposters to convince Toro his parents are still alive.
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Indexer Notes

Revised artistic credits by Craig Delich (Dec. 2005). Inker credit previously given to Carl Burgos.

[Marvel Mystery Comics #16] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

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

[Toro's Parents--Alive?, Part 2] (Table of Contents: 4)

Human Torch / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Burgos (signed)
Pencils
Carl Burgos (layouts probably) (signed)
Inks
Harry Sahle [finishes probably]
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Herr Medals; Adolphe Hiccup; Benny Musclein
Synopsis
Toro leaves with the spy ring aboard a ship (which is smuggling gold) still thinking they are helping his parents. While in a foreign country, he is further duped into helping at a munitions plant. The Torch, following after them, does what he can to help undo the damage (along the way getting rid of the gold and sending a message to Namor on one of the bars). When Toro starts to suspect something is wrong, he he put into a rocket and fired at America as the start of an invasion. The Torch follows and slows it down allowing Toro to escape. Together, they defeat the rest of the rocket attack.
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Indexer Notes

Revised artistic credits by Craig Delich (Dec. 2005). Inker credit formerly given to Carl Burgos.
Herr Medals, Chancellor Hiccup, and Benny Musclein are caricatures of Hermann Goering, Adolf Hitler, and Benito Mussolini.

Hot and Wet (Table of Contents: 5)

Human Torch; Sub-Mariner / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Carl Burgos ?
Inks
Carl Burgos ?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch; Sub-Mariner; Toro
Synopsis
The Human Torch and Sub-Mariner once again meet...but this time it is to argue which of their artists is the best: Burgos or Everett?
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Indexer Notes

Spot illo credits by Craig Delich (Dec. 2005).

[Call for Volunteers] (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

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

[Namor to the Rescue] (Table of Contents: 7)

Sub-Mariner / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Everett (signed)
Pencils
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks
Bill Everett (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Sub-Mariner [Namor]; Betty Dean; Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]
Synopsis
Namor finds the message the Torch wrote in the previous story and goes looking for him. He meets up with Betty who informs him the Torch is off fighting a spy ring. Trying to board a suspicious German boat, Namor is captured, tied to a bomb and dropped from an plane. The Torch rescues Namor and informs him of the invasion. Namor gathers his planes and destroys the enemy navy. He is called back by the War Dept. who want to thank him only to discover there is another attacking fleet. Once again, Namor rallies his few remaining planes and stops the second fleet.
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[Introducing the Most Sensational New Character in Comic Magazine-- the Black Marvel] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

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

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. Beware! Captain America Is Coming!
    Captain America
  3. 2. [Toro's Parents--Alive?, Part 1]
    Human Torch
  4. 3. [Marvel Mystery Comics #16]
    Human Torch
  5. 4. [Toro's Parents--Alive?, Part 2]
    Human Torch
  6. 5. Hot and Wet
    Human Torch; Sub-Mariner
  7. 6. [Call for Volunteers]
    Sentinels of Liberty
  8. 7. [Namor to the Rescue]
    Sub-Mariner
  9. 8. [Introducing the Most Sensational New Character in Comic Magazine-- the Black Marvel]
    Black Marvel
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