(March 1941)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1941-01-13
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, 1941, New Series, Vol. 36, No. 1.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fighting Side-By-Side
Genre
superhero
Characters
Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; the Nazis
Reprints
Keywords
British flag; British Royal Navy; comic books; Kreigsmarine; swastikas; World War II

Indexer Notes

The cover features an illustration of The Human Torch Comics #3 [#2].

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

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

Fighting Side-By-Side (Table of Contents: 2)

The Human Torch and Sub-Mariner / comic story / 26 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Burgos (signed); Bill Everett (signed)
Pencils
Carl Burgos (signed); Bill Everett (signed)
Inks
Carl Burgos (signed); Bill Everett (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Nazis (villains); the Japanese (villains)
Synopsis
Japanese and Nazi soldiers are building a tunnel from Siberia to Alaska, so Torch and Subby team-up to put them out of action.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This story continued from the last issue and continued, in part, in the next issue.

[What's Your Story?] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

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

[Mor the Mighty] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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

Characters
Electro; Professor Zog; Mor the Mighty (villain, death); Zabu (villain, death?)
Synopsis
In order to make himself the Emperor of the Universe, the evil Mor increases the size of his pet cat and sparrows to gigantic proportions to inflict death and destruction upon the world.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

I have placed a ? after writer name. There is no clear indication by the Who's Who that Dahlman ever wrote the material he drew.

Thin Ice (Table of Contents: 5)

Terry Vance / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Ray Gill (signed)
Pencils
Bob Oksner (illustration)
Inks
Bob Oksner (illustration)
Letters
?; typeset (most)

Genre
adventure
Characters
Terry Vance; Dr. Watson (monkey); Deadline Dawson (cub reporter)
Synopsis
Terry uses his new gas powered model plane with skiis to save two children who have plunged through thin ice and are about to drown.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the artist as unknown.

[War Against a Werewolf] (Table of Contents: 6)

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 [Thomas Halloway]; Bob Harrison; Dr. Roberts; Jean Roberts; Dr. Lin; Singa (villain, death)
Synopsis
The Angel is mystified when a good friend of his, Dr. Roberts, seems overly secretive, and soon discovers why: the doctor's assistant has become a werewolf!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who indicates that Ray Gill did write the strip sometime in 1940, and there is a slim chance that this story MAY be by him, as it could have been written in 1940, or by Gustavson who also wrote the feature at this time. So the script credit is revised from Gustavson ? to also include Ray Gill ?.

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

[Burk and the Bomber] (Table of Contents: 7)

Terry Vance, The School Boy 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 (monkey); Deadline Dawson; Burk (prisoner); Claude Kane (villain, factory guard, death); Killer D'Arcy (villain)
Synopsis
Terry and Dr. Watson track down the true person responsible for the death of a policeman.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the inker as unknown.

[Hoodlums, Inc.] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Vision [Aarkus]; Hank Steel; Vince Garone (villain, death)
Synopsis
So-called "legitimate" trucking company owner Vince Carone uses every dirty trick in the book to eliminate his competitors in the business.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the strip only by Jack Kirby with unknown inker.

[The Legacy of John Rand] (Table of Contents: 9)

Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
jungle
Characters
Ka-Zar [David Rand]; Trajah (elephant); Ali (native guide); Winston (explorer and friend of John Rand); Alec Wright (villain, John Rands's attorney, death)
Synopsis
Ka-Zar has to battle the nefarious aims of the attorney of his father, Alec Wright, who forged his name as part owner of Rand's diamond mine.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Ka-Zar figure in splash swiped from cover of FLASH COMICS #8. I have placed a ? behind the writer name. According to all the research Jerry Bails did for the Who's Who, there is no clear evidence that Thompson wrote this strip.

Human Torch pin-up (Table of Contents: 10)

Human Torch / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Schomburg
Inks
Alex Schomburg
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Fighting Side-By-Side"]
    The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Captain America
  3. 2. Fighting Side-By-Side
    The Human Torch and Sub-Mariner
  4. 3. [What's Your Story?]
    contest
  5. 4. [Mor the Mighty]
    Electro, the Marvel of the Age
  6. 5. Thin Ice
    Terry Vance
  7. 6. [War Against a Werewolf]
    The Angel
  8. 7. [Burk and the Bomber]
    Terry Vance, The School Boy Sleuth
  9. 8. [Hoodlums, Inc.]
    The Vision
  10. 9. [The Legacy of John Rand]
    Ka-Zar the Great
  11. 10. Human Torch pin-up
    Human Torch
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Nick Caputo
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Del Gruber
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Henry Andrews
  • Bill Borre
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Steve Dasinger
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