(July 1941)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1941-05-15
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Timely Comics, Inc.
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. 3.


[As the Nazi floating fortress dragged Toro toward his doom...] (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]; Toro; the Nazis
Reprints
Keywords
British Royal Navy; submersible vehicles; swastikas; World War II

[Big, All New Smashing Comic Book] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

All Winners Quarterly / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Idol of Death (Table of Contents: 2)

The Human Torch and Toro the Flaming Kid / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Mr. Nelson (museum director); Mr. Morrison (idol owner); Prince Itor (villain, dies); Nalda (villain); Crowley (villain); Jarvis (villain)
Synopsis
Prince Itor wishes to acquire the Idol of Death as legend holds it will grant him the power to rule men as the Pharaohs did. A gangster named Crowley just wants to sell it for its value.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The splash page shows a newspaper which reads : 'THE IDOL OF DEATH BY CARL BURGOS'

[A sneak preview of one of the many exciting stories from--Captain America Comics] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

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

[The Magnetic Lake Mystery] (Table of Contents: 4)

The Sub-Mariner / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Betty Dean; Captain Fritz Wiener (villain); un-named partner of Wiener (villain)
Synopsis
When an airline company suffers five crashes, the Sub-Mariner uses Betty to get the low down from a mysterious Nazi, and he confesses to Betty that he and his boss are attempting to gain control of all of the major American airlines.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the inker as unknown.

The Case of the Transport Crashes! (Table of Contents: 5)

Terry Vance / 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; Major Dahl; Miss Dahl (the Major's daughter); un-named foreign agents (villains, all die)
Synopsis
After five mysterious airplane crashes, Terry decides to use his radio-controlled model plane to investigate what is happening in the air that may have caused them.
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The Story Behind the Cover (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Carl Burgos [as C. B.] (signed)
Inks
Carl Burgos ?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Mr. Dymopolis (Greek Minister); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
The Flaming Duo investigate the Nazi destruction of ships carrying vital war goods to Greece.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition credits Carl Burgos with the inks.

Danger Ahead (Table of Contents: 7)

The Patriot / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Ray Gill
Pencils
Art Gates
Inks
Art Gates
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Patriot [Jeffrey Mace]; Mary; Casey; Lt. Heinrich Von Betz (villain)
Synopsis
The Patriot takes on a Nazi agent who has been placed in charge of organizing a campaign of sabotage.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Patriot continues from Human Torch #3. The Masterworks edition credits Alan Mandel with the artwork.

[Fight Against the Fascists] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
Ben Thompson ?
Pencils
Ben Thompson
Inks
Ben Thompson
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
jungle
Characters
Ka-Zar; Pindar (an eagle); Chaka (an ape); Italian fascists (villains, all die?)
Synopsis
While aiding the British as they seek to drive the Italian fascists out of East Africa, Ka-Zar encounters a column of Italian tanks making their way through the jungle from Kenya.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

A ? has been added behind the name of Ben Thompson as writer. The Who's Who doesn't credit Thompson writing any of the features he did for Timely. The Masterworks edition lists the inker of the story as unknown. The strip is titled "Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great".

[The Sabotaged Schoolhouse] (Table of Contents: 9)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Vision [Aarkus]; Senator Reeves; Colgan (villain, death); Paget (villain)
Synopsis
Senator Reeves and his committee head to a seacoast city to investigate the collapse of a school, but the Vision beats them to the punch, uncovering the men responsible for the shoddy construction.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the writer as unknown, Jack Kirby doing the title page, Al Avison doing the pencils and an unknown inker assisting Joe Simon on inks. Michael J. Vassallo credits Kirby/Simon.

The Weird Ghost of Amber Swamps (Table of Contents: 10)

The Angel / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Angel [Tom Halloway]; unnamed girl reporter; Butler (Miller's butler, death); C. J. Miller (villain, millionaire, death)
Synopsis
The Angel saves a girl reporter in his quest to uncover the identity of the ghost of Amber Swamp.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

[Sincerely, Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner] (Table of Contents: 11)

Sub-Mariner / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Schomburg
Inks
Alex Schomburg
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

While the Masterworks edition features the pin-up, the credit page doesn't list it. Found on the back cover of the original comic.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [As the Nazi floating fortress dragged Toro toward his doom...]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. [Big, All New Smashing Comic Book]
    All Winners Quarterly
  3. 2. The Idol of Death
    The Human Torch and Toro the Flaming Kid
  4. 3. [A sneak preview of one of the many exciting stories from--Captain America Comics]
    Captain America Comics
  5. 4. [The Magnetic Lake Mystery]
    The Sub-Mariner
  6. 5. The Case of the Transport Crashes!
    Terry Vance
  7. 6. The Story Behind the Cover
  8. 7. Danger Ahead
    The Patriot
  9. 8. [Fight Against the Fascists]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  10. 9. [The Sabotaged Schoolhouse]
    The Vision
  11. 10. The Weird Ghost of Amber Swamps
    The Angel
  12. 11. [Sincerely, Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner]
    Sub-Mariner
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