(March 1941)

Marvel, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-12-15
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Timely Publications
Editing
Joe Simon
Color
Full Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Newsprint
Binding
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing

Issue Notes

MYSTIC COMICS published monthly by Timely Publications at Meriden, Conn. Entered as second class matter at Post Office at Meriden, Conn, under the Act of March 3, 1879. Yearly subscription in U. S. $1.00. Vol. 1, No. 5, March, 1941. Entire contents copyright 1940 by Timely Publications, 330 W. 42nd St., N. Y., N. Y. Printed in U. S. A.

Joe Simon was serving as an editor on a freelance basis at this time. This issue contains work from Al Gabriele, who was a member of Simon and Kirby's studio and not yet on staff at Timely, indicating that Simon edited this issue.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Black Marvel / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
New sensational feature... The Black Marvel
Genre
superhero
Characters
Black Marvel [Dan Lyons]
Reprints

Captain America (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

[The Origin of the Black Marvel] (Table of Contents: 2)

Black Marvel / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al Gabriele
Inks
Al Gabriele
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Black Marvel [Dan Lyons] (introduction; origin); Chief Man-To (introduction; death); Running Elk; Dan Lyons; Al; Steve; Mickey; Vannie; Jund
Synopsis
The Black Marvel stops a group of criminals who have sabotaged the power plant to provide cover to steal weapons to set themselves up as the local criminal power. In the middle of this story, we see the Black Marvel's origin as a white man who successfully completes the physical trials to take over the position of the dying chief of the Blackfeet tribe after all of the tribe's braves had failed.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Note that some sources claim that Stan Lee co-created the Black Marvel, but Lee's first writing credit for a text filler, has been established as being in Captain America Comics #3, with his first comic scripting credit a few issues after that.

[The Tempest] (Table of Contents: 3)

Adventures of Super-Slave / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Pencils
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

Genre
superhero
Characters
Super-Slave (introduction); Cappy (introduction); Jane (introduction)
Synopsis
Cappy (an elderly fisherman) and his daughter Jane are shipwrecked on an island. Cappy scratches an old bracelet he finds on the beach, releasing the Super-Slave who must now do his bidding. Cappy has him rescue Jane, and later needs Super-Slave's services again after they stumble onto a criminal organization.

Indexer Notes

There is a teaser for another Super-Slave story next issue, but it never appeared.

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

[The Discovery in the Volcano] (Table of Contents: 4)

Sub-Earth Man / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Harold De Lay
Inks
Harold De Lay
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Bob Roland (introduction); Carol (introduction); Sub-Earth Man (villain; introduction; origin); Flame Men (villains)
Synopsis
Geologist Bob Roland and his fiancée Carol encounter the giant Sub-Earth Man and his Flame Men beneath a volcano. The Sub-Earth Man ruled the Earth before its crust cooled, and he seeks to cause such massive eruptions that the Earth's surface will be suitable for his rule again. Bob offers to tell him where a city is for him to attack, but tricks him into causing an eruption under the ocean. Bob and Carol escape, but the Sub-Earth Man is still a threat.

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Jerry Bails' Who's Who (Henry Andrews 9/24/08). There is a teaser for another Sub-Earth Man story in the next issue, but it never appeared.

Introducing the Terror (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Phil Sturm (signed)
Pencils
Syd Shores (signed); George Klein (backgrounds ?)
Inks
George Klein ? (see notes)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Terror (introduction; origin); Dr. John Storm (introduction; death)
Synopsis
After witnessing an amazing transformation in his dog, brought on by chemicals, Dr. Storm extracts a serum to grant those powers of fearlessness and a skull-like appearance to a human being. When a man loses control of his car and winds up amnesiac on the doctor's doorstep, Dr. Storm subjects hi to the serum. When gangsters arrive to force Dr. Storm to help them, the stranger wakes up and assumes the ghastly visage of the Terror, killing the thugs. Dr. Storm dies from his wounds, but the Terror vows to continue his fight against crime.

Indexer Notes

Klein attribution on inks and/or backgrounds by Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, who notes these details as characteristic of Klein at this time:
Page 2, panel 1. Wafting clouds against the moon.
Page 3, panel 3. The black ink streaks at the top left.
Page 6, panel 4. Same wafting clouds against the moon.
Page 7, panel 3. Ditto.

The Legend of the Blackfeet (Table of Contents: 6)

Black Marvel / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Ray Gill (signed)
Pencils
Peter Alvarado [as PA] (signed)
Inks
Peter Alvarado [as PA] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Black Marvel [Blackfeet Indian] (introduction); Malcolm Lyons (introduction)
Synopsis
An Indian brave of the Blackfeet tribe with black paint on his face drives off a Comanche raiding party, saving a wagon train including Malcolm Lyons and his family. Malcolm dubs him a Black Marvel.

Indexer Notes

Text with illustrations. Statement of ownership appears at the bottom of the 2nd page.

[Garvey Lang] (Table of Contents: 7)

Black Widow / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
George Kapitan (signed)
Pencils
Harry Sahle (signed)
Inks
Harry Sahle (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Black Widow [Claire Voyant]; Satan
Synopsis
Satan asks the Black Widow to collect the soul of train robber Garvey Lang. She stirs up discontent within his gang, causing the deaths of several of them. Finally, the Black Widow delivers her kiss of death to Lang at a costume ball he threw to celebrate his ill-gotten gains.

[The Poisoned Children] (Table of Contents: 8)

Moon-Man / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Guardineer
Inks
Fred Guardineer
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Moon-Man
Synopsis
The Moon-Man goes after a racketeer who bought tainted meat for an orphanage so he could pocket most of the money.

Indexer Notes

Only golden age appearance. Next appearance in All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes (Marvel, 2011 series) #2.
Plot and some dialogue/layouts lifted from the Face story in Big Shot Comics (Columbia, 1940 series) #1 (May 1940).

[The Story of Mark Todd] (Table of Contents: 9)

Blazing Skull / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Davis [as Mister X] (signed)
Pencils
Bob Davis [as Mister X] (signed)
Inks
Bob Davis [as Mister X] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Blazing Skull [Mark Todd] (introduction); The Leader (clearly intended to be Adolf Hitler)
Synopsis
Mark Todd is on a passenger liner in the Atlantic Ocean when it is attacked by a sub firing torpedoes. To the astonishment of his fellow passengers, he leaps into the water and deflects the torpedo, changing into the Blazing Skull once he is out of the ship's sight. Returning to the ship he finds a cable summoning him to Berlin. His contact in Berlin has located the enemy's secret weapon, which the Blazing Skull must destroy. He succeeds, but is captured. As the enemy's leader taunts him, Todd swears that the leader will be crushed by the ghosts of the millions of innocents he has killed. The leader orders him executed, but the Blazing Skull escapes.

Indexer Notes

Credits from Who's Who (which lists Davis as writer as well as artist) and comparison with signed work by Davis elsewhere.

Pick Your Prize (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Lancaster County Seed Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Remington Noiseless Deluxe Portable Typewriter / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["New sensational feature... The Black Marvel"]
    Black Marvel
  2. 1. Captain America
    Captain America Comics #1
  3. 2. [The Origin of the Black Marvel]
    Black Marvel
  4. 3. [The Tempest]
    Adventures of Super-Slave
  5. 4. [The Discovery in the Volcano]
    Sub-Earth Man
  6. 5. Introducing the Terror
    The Terror
  7. 6. The Legend of the Blackfeet
    Black Marvel
  8. 7. [Garvey Lang]
    Black Widow
  9. 8. [The Poisoned Children]
    Moon-Man
  10. 9. [The Story of Mark Todd]
    Blazing Skull
  11. 10. Pick Your Prize
    Lancaster County Seed Co.
  12. 11. ["This Beautiful Desk for Only $1.00"]
    Remington Noiseless Deluxe Portable Typewriter
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • John P. Selegue
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Darrel McCann
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
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