(August 1941)

Marvel, 1941 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1941-04-20
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
U.S.A. Comic Magazine Corp.
Editing
Joe Simon
Color
Full Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Newsprint
Binding
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing

Issue Notes

U. S. A. COMICS is published monthly by U. S. A. Comic Magazine Corp. at Meriden, Conn. Application for second class data entry pending at the post office at Meriden, Conn., under Act of March 3, 1879. Single copies 10c; yearly subscription $1.00. Entire contents copyrighted 1941 by U. S. A. Comic Magazine Corp., 330 W. 42nd St., New York, N. Y.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Defender / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Simon
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Defender [Don Stevens]
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Big, All New Smashing Comic Book (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

none (Table of Contents: 2)

The Defender / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
Joe Simon; Jack Kirby
Pencils
Joe Simon (looming image); Al Avison ?; Al Gabriele ?
Inks
Joe Simon
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Defender [Don Stevens] (introduction)
Synopsis
Brief illustrated introduction for the Defender: as long as there is injustice, there is a need for a defender to battle it.
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Indexer Notes

Pencils previously credited to Jack Kirby; Joe Simon. Revised art credits from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, 4/4/2007. Synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-18-08.

[The Hideous Dame Kackle] (Table of Contents: 3)

The Defender / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al Avison ?; Charles Nicholas ?
Inks
Charles Nicholas
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Defender [Don Stevens]; Rusty (introduction, Defender's sidekick); Sally Kean (introduction); Dame Kackle (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
When U.S. Marine Don Stevens investigates the death of a man who was pushed from an old schooner, it is the Defender who is called to the fore to battle the evil Dame Kackle.
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Indexer Notes

Pencils previously credited to Charles Nicholas. Revised art credits from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, 4/4/2007. Some info and synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-18-08.

[Origin of the Whizzer] (Table of Contents: 4)

Whizzer / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Whizzer [Bob Frank] (introduction, origin); Dr. Emil Frank [Bob's father] (introduction, death); Granno (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Crook Granno "makes" Dr. Frank kill a patient he is operating on and tells the good doctor to get out of the country---or else! But Frank's son, now known as the Whizzer, sees things differently and vows revenge on the man who led Dr. Frank to die in the jungles of Africa.
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Indexer Notes

Synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-18-08.

The Spirits of Freedom (Table of Contents: 5)

Mr. Liberty / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Phil Sturm [as Sturm] (signed)
Pencils
Syd Shores [as Shores] (signed)
Inks
George Klein
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Mr. Liberty [John Liberty] (introduction, origin); Herr Leader (villain, introduction); Adolf Hitler (villain, cameo); Paul Revere (as ghost); Ethan Allan (as ghost)
Synopsis
Hitler threatens America through the use of fifth columnists to destroy America's arsenals and powerhouses. But the U.S. has an ace in the hole: Mr. Liberty!
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Indexer Notes

Inks previously credited to Syd Shores. Revised art credits from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, 4/4/2007. Synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-18-08.

The Haunted Fireplace (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Arthur Cazeneuve (signed)
Pencils
Arthur Cazeneuve ?
Inks
Arthur Cazeneuve ?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Captain Hennigan; Gregory Stanton; Jamieson (villain)
Synopsis
After the death of John Hardy, the "ghost" of Hardy begins appearing to Gregory Stanton, trying to convince him to turn over the lands he owned to Hardy's sons.
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Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration. Art credits from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, 4/4/2007. Characters and synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-18-08.

The Tunnel That Led To Death (Table of Contents: 7)

Rockman, Underground Secret Agent / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Basil Wolverton
Pencils
Basil Wolverton; Charles Nicholas ? (splash)
Inks
Basil Wolverton; Charles Nicholas ? (splash)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Rockman (introduction, origin); J. J. Gollings (introduction, death); Roffler (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Gollings, construction enginner, agrees to build a tunnel from Roffler's basement for the sum of $5000, not realizing over the top of it will be built a giant airfield, whose airplanes will be used to destroy a factory.
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Indexer Notes

Charles Nicholas credit for splash panel from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, 4/4/2007; the original indexer credited the pencils to Jack Kirby and the inks to Joe Simon. Synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-18-08.

Captain America Wants You! (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Captain America's Sentinels of Liberty / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[The Coming of the Young Avenger] (Table of Contents: 9)

Young Avenger / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Howard Purcell [as Michael Robard] (signed)
Inks
Howard Purcell [as Michael Robard] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Young Avenger [Bill Bryan; Bill Bryon] (introduction); Eric von Himmel (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The Young Avenger faces the dire threat of Nazi agents who are successfully destroying aviation works throughout the nation.
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Indexer Notes

Previous art credited to "Michael Robard" as pseudonym for Mike Roy. Revision of pseudonym "Michael Robard" to Howard Purcell by Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, 4/4/2007. Synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-18-08. The Young Avenger's last name is spelled differently each time it appears. Only golden age appearance. Next appearance in All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes (Marvel, 2011 series) #1.

They Know What They Want! (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Marvel Comics magazines / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[The Origin of Jack Frost] (Table of Contents: 11)

Jack Frost / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Charles Nicholas
Inks
Charles Nicholas
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Jack Frost (introduction); Dr. Forbes (introduction, death); Police Commissioner Brian (introduction); Hal Jenkins (introduction); Alice Forbes (introduction); Mike Zelby (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
With his dying breathe, a man tells Jack Frost to save his daughter from a man out to steal the gold mine in Alaska that he had discovered.
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Indexer Notes

Pencils and inks credit from Michael Vassallo via Timely-Atlas-Comics Yahoo Group (6 April 2007), from his confirming review of the art with Carmine Infantino. Previous indexers had credited pencils to Carmine Infantino and inks to Frank Giacoia (based on an interview with Carmine Infantino in The Comics Journal #191. That interview was referring to the story in USA Comics #3). Some info and synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-18-08.

Wings of America (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Comicscope Camera Projector / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Johnson Smith & Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Defender
  2. 1. Big, All New Smashing Comic Book
    All Winners Quarterly
  3. 2. none
    The Defender
  4. 3. [The Hideous Dame Kackle]
    The Defender
  5. 4. [Origin of the Whizzer]
    Whizzer
  6. 5. The Spirits of Freedom
    Mr. Liberty
  7. 6. The Haunted Fireplace
  8. 7. The Tunnel That Led To Death
    Rockman, Underground Secret Agent
  9. 8. Captain America Wants You!
    Captain America's Sentinels of Liberty
  10. 9. [The Coming of the Young Avenger]
    Young Avenger
  11. 10. They Know What They Want!
    Marvel Comics magazines
  12. 11. [The Origin of Jack Frost]
    Jack Frost
  13. 12. Wings of America
    Comicscope Camera Projector
  14. 13. ["9000 Novelties"]
    Johnson Smith & Company
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Claus Simonsen
  • Mark Boyer
  • Henry Andrews
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Dan Kocher
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Henry Andrews