(February 1941)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1940-12-10
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)

["The Nazi airdrome was in a panic as the Human Torch ran wild..."] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Alex Schomburg
Inks:
Alex Schomburg
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor] (inset); the Angel [Tom Halloway] (inset); the Vision [Aarkus] (inset); the Nazis
Reprints:
Keywords:
fuel depot; Luftwaffe; Luftwaffe airbase; swastikas; World War II

[Pinhead and His Underworld Army] (Table of Contents: 1)

The Human Torch / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Mayor Hawkins; Pinhead (villain, introduction, death); Wickedkop (villain, introduction); Mike (villain)
Synopsis:
The Mayor informs the Torch that 5th columnists under a man named Pinhead have entrenched themselves in the city, so he wants the Flaming Fury to head up a new branch to deal with undesirable elements: the Suicide Squad!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Plot crossover w/the Sub-Mariner story; continued next issue. At the end of the story, the editors inform readers that Marvel Mystery #17 will feature a Torch-Namor team-up, as well as a color, autographed cover reproduction of the Torch on the backcover. Last note added by Craig Delich 2009-8-4.

[The Nazi Invasion Tunnel] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Sub-Mariner / comic story / 12 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]; Luther Robinson; Lynne Harris; Herr Kopf (villain, introduction); Heinrich (villain); Wilhelm (villain); the Nazis (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Namor, Luther and Lynne head for the coast of France, hoping to turn the tide of the war. In doing so, they discover the Nazis are building a massive tunnel underneath the ocean through which they plan to invade Britain, and destroy it. But then they learn that the Japanese also have such a tunnel and Namor decides to call the Torch into the fray.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Plot cross-over with Human Torch story; continued in next issue.

[Slaves of Prince Omei] (Table of Contents: 3)

Electro, the Marvel of the Age / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Electro; Professor Philo Zog; Casey (policeman); Clancy (policeman); Joe (fireman); Bill (workman); Prince Omei (villain, introduction, death); Bull (villain, death)
Synopsis:
A vicious gang czar hypnotizes Professor Zog via a television broadcast and plans to use Electro to overcome the nation.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Steve Dahlman to ? by Craig Delich 2009-8-4. The Who's Who lists NO specific writer for this strip.

Death Trap (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1.67 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Larry; Nick; the Nazis (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Although the British government has ordered two R.A.F. pilots to ground their strange new aircraft, they disobey and use it to attack and defeat the enemy.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits added by Craig Delich 2009-8-4.

[Statement of Ownership] (Table of Contents: 5)

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Lists Abraham Goodman as Publisher, and Martin Goodman as Editor, Managing Editor and Business Manager.

["Dinosaurs At Large"] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Vision [Aarkus]; Barney Bailey (circus showman, death); Matt Carson (Bailey's press agent)
Synopsis:
The Vision battles prehistoric creatures that are part of a traveling circus that have escaped, frightened by a storm.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inker credit from Greg Theakston, via the GCD Error List (2008-4-5); the original indexer credited Joe Simon.

[The Rochell Murder Mystery] (Table of Contents: 7)

Terry Vance, Schoolboy 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 (cub newspaper reporter); Scoop O'Brien (newspaper reporter); Pete (deep sea diver); Fred Rochelle (death); Janice Rochell (Fred's daughter); Boss Pinelli (villain, introduction); Butch (villain); Spud (villain)
Synopsis:
After he is overdue paying off his gambling debts, Fred Rochell is discovered dead. Terry, Deadline and company decide to track down the culprits responsible.
Reprints:

[Karl Schwab's Lightning War] (Table of Contents: 8)

The Angel / comic story / 7 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]; Karl Schwab (villain, introduction, death); Hoffman (villain); Bromberg (villain)
Synopsis:
The Angel battles Karl Schwab, who uses men garbed in rubber suits to invade New York City from the sewer system.
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 as it was likely written in 1940, or by Gustavson who also wrote the feature at this time. So the script credit is revised to Gustavson ?; Ray Gill ?.

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

[Showdown With Rajah Sarput] (Table of Contents: 9)

Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ben Thompson (signed)
Inks:
Ben Thompson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Ka-Zar [David Rand]; Zar (a lion); Pindar (an eagle); Trajah (an elephant); Rajah Sarput (villain, death)
Synopsis:
Arriving back in the Belgian Congo, Ka-Zar and Zar learn of an evil man killing the animals of the jungle, and the jungle king vows to stop him at all costs.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revison from Ben Thompson to ? by Craig Delich 2009-8-4. The Who's Who does NOT list a specific writer for this strip.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["The Nazi airdrome was in a panic as the Human Torch ran wild..."]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. [Pinhead and His Underworld Army]
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. [The Nazi Invasion Tunnel]
    The Sub-Mariner
  4. 3. [Slaves of Prince Omei]
    Electro, the Marvel of the Age
  5. 4. Death Trap
  6. 5. [Statement of Ownership]
  7. 6. ["Dinosaurs At Large"]
    The Vision
  8. 7. [The Rochell Murder Mystery]
    Terry Vance, Schoolboy Sleuth
  9. 8. [Karl Schwab's Lightning War]
    The Angel
  10. 9. [Showdown With Rajah Sarput]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Mark Boyer
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich