(August 1941)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1941-06-12
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.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Alex Schomburg
Inks
Alex Schomburg
Colors
?
Letters
?; typeset (some)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Death for Toro and the Allies...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Nazis
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Keywords
bombs; swastikas; tanks; World War II

[Now on sale. The two New smashing comic magazine sensations] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

USA Comics and All Winners Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[The Invasion of Alslavia] (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Kapula (Alslavian Embassy personnel]; Sahlous [Alslavian Embassy personnel]; the Nazis [Eric, others un-named](villains, many die)
Synopsis
The small European nation of Alslavia appeals to Torch and Toro for aid against the Nazis. On arrival, they encounter the Nazi invasion wall, a large armored wall mounted on tank treads. After destroying the wall the Torches head out to sea and they spot a Nazi sub, but when they investigate, they determine that there is no one aboard. Diving down below, they discover a terrifying Nazi undersea fortress lying in wait for the British and Alslavian cruisers sent out to sink the sub. Torch destroys the fortress and all aboard her perish.
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Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists inker credit as unknown.

[Namor's Flying Bantam Car] (Table of Contents: 3)

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]; Tony (junk yard owner); Herr Krauss (villain); Wilhelm (villain); Paul (villain)
Synopsis
While passing through a small mid-western town, Namor muses over how to stop the subversive activities of the Nazis, and develops a special miniature field car, somewhat along the lines of one developed by the Army -- but with some novel twists -- that he uses to battle the Nazis.
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[The Nazis' Death Gas] (Table of Contents: 4)

Adventures of 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]; the Nazis (villains, some die); the Italians (villains)
Synopsis
Ka-Zar battles the Nazis who are using a chemical spray to kill off the vegetation in the jungle, and who hope, along with the Italians, to establish a post in, and eventually control, Central Africa.
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Indexer Notes

Story continued next issue. A ? has been placed after the writer credit. The Who's Who does not lists any writer credits for Thompson on features he did for Timely. The feature is titled "Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great".

The Strange Case of Captain America and the Hangman: Who Killed Doctor Vardoff (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Captain America Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

The Mystery of the Phantom Killer (Table of Contents: 6)

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 (a monkey); Deadline Dawson; Clancy (a policeman); un-named circus employee (villain)
Synopsis
Terry tackles the case of jewel robberies by a person known as the Phantom Robber, and discovers that the thefts occur in towns being visited by the circus.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Tank Production Menaced!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Patriot [Jeffrey Mace]; Casey; Smitty (villain)
Synopsis
The Patriot battles a Nazi saboteur who has the intention of stalling production of a new, streamlined tank.
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Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition identifies the artist as Alan Mandel.

Dunkirk Incident (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Harry Ramsey ? [as R.] (signed)
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero; war
Characters
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Nazis (villains, some die)
Synopsis
Torch relates the story of how British soldiers at Dunkirk received help against the Nazis from "some unknown source!"
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Indexer Notes

Story Behind the Cover. The Masterworks edition identifies Harry Ramsey as penciler and inker.

[Khor, the Black Sorceror] (Table of Contents: 9)

The Vision / comic story / 5.5 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby ?; Joe Simon ?
Pencils
Jack Kirby; Al Avison; ? (see notes)
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
Howard Ferguson

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Vision [Aarkus]; Khor, the Black Sorcerer (villain)
Synopsis
The Vision embarks on the task of saving the lives of the crew of the U.S.S. Olympus which vanished in Antarctica.
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Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition identifies unknown writer, Jack Kirby doing the title page, Al Avison on pencils and an unknown inker. Art credits per Michael J. Vassallo. Previous indexer credited Kirby as sole penciller and Joe Simon on inks.

[Special Offer for readers of Marvel Comics] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

[The Revenge of Sphinx Henchel] (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Al Gabriele (signed)
Inks
Al Avison (signed); Chu Hing; ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Angel [Tom Halloway]; Judge Lind (death); Dr. Van Horn; unnamed district attorney; "Sphinx" Henchel (villain, death); Henchel's gang [Nick; Trigger] (villains)
Synopsis
The Angel investigates a bizarre case in which a grotesque, wild-eyed man crashes into an operating room and prevents the surgeons from saving the life of a judge.
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Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition identifies Chu Hing and an unknown as additional inkers.

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Death for Toro and the Allies..."]
    The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner
  2. 1. [Now on sale. The two New smashing comic magazine sensations]
    USA Comics and All Winners Comics
  3. 2. [The Invasion of Alslavia]
    The Human Torch and Toro the Flaming Kid
  4. 3. [Namor's Flying Bantam Car]
    The Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [The Nazis' Death Gas]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  6. 5. The Strange Case of Captain America and the Hangman: Who Killed Doctor Vardoff
    Captain America Comics
  7. 6. The Mystery of the Phantom Killer
    Terry Vance, the School Boy Sleuth
  8. 7. ["Tank Production Menaced!"]
    The Patriot
  9. 8. Dunkirk Incident
  10. 9. [Khor, the Black Sorceror]
    The Vision
  11. 10. [Special Offer for readers of Marvel Comics]
  12. 11. [The Revenge of Sphinx Henchel]
    The Angel
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