(September 1941)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1941-07-14
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 / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Schomburg
Inks
Alex Schomburg
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
As Toro faced death...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; the Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Nazis
Reprints
Keywords
amphibious assault; amphibious assault boats; anti-aircraft guns; bondage; comic books; Wehrmacht; World War II

Indexer Notes

The cover also features the cover to The Human Torch Comics #5[a], illustrtated by Alex Schomburg.

[Big New Sub-Mariner No. 2] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Sub-Mariner Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Highway of Mystery (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
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond] Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Mr. Topper; The Leader [N-4]; Sigmund (villain); Rudolph (villain)
Synopsis
N-4, a Nazi saboteur, has infiltrated the Topper Tank factory as an executive secretary. She has her men build a hideout above a superhighway so that she can drop a ramp to capture experimental models of a new tank during transit. She is finally unmasked by the Torch and Toro.
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The Case of the Vanishing Convicts! (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]; Prof. Dorn; Ramon Valerez (villain, death); Black John (villain, death); Mona Lake (villain)
Synopsis
Namor has to overcome a mad scientist who is trying to create a race of evil Sub-Mariners to war against America!
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[Don't miss the next big issue of Captain America] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

[Swastika Over Europe] (Table of Contents: 5)

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; Mr. Opperman (death); Howard (villain, stage director)
Synopsis
The Patriot puts an end to the murderous activity of a self-confessed Bundsman, who wanted to end a play that was anti-Nazi.
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Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition credits Alan Mandel with the art.

The Vision Speaks (Table of Contents: 6)

The Vision / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Bill Everett ? [as WEB] (signed)
Inks
Bill Everett ? [as WEB] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Vision [Aarkus](origin); The Law-Giver (President of the World of Smoke); Markham Ericsohn (scientist)
Synopsis
At the urging of a scientist, the Law-Giver assigns a volunteer policeman to come to the Earth to fight all evil.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Takes place before Marvel Mystery #13. Craig Delich surmises that the art, signed as WEB, may well, in fact, be Bill Everett. In early tales Everett drew, he signed his name as William Blake. It's possible that the artist here is: "W" = William; "E" = Everett; "B" = Blake.

[Cult of the Shark-god] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Vision [Aarkus]; the Zambiji people; Kai-Mak, the Shark-God (villain, death)
Synopsis
The Vision comes to Earth to investigate the sacrificing of humans to the mysterious Kai-Mak, the Shark-God.
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Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition credits Jack Kirby alone for story and pencils, but also credits an unknown inker assisting Joe Simon.

[Neutralizing the Nazis] (Table of Contents: 8)

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]; Trajah (an elephant]; the Nazis (villains, all die)
Synopsis
Ka-Zar ends his battle with the Nazis, who are attempting to establish an air base in the African jungle.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The title of this strip is "Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great". A ? has been placed by the writer. The Who's Who indicates that Thompson never wrote any of the features he illustrated for Timely.

The Mystery of the Green Diamond (Table of Contents: 9)

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; Mayor Brown; Mrs. Brown (mayor's wife); un-named chief of police; mayor's butler (villain)
Synopsis
Terry and Deadline are invited to a swanky party thrown by the mayor, then must investigate the disappearance of the green diamond necklace worn by the mayor's wife.
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[Death On Inferno Isle] (Table of Contents: 10)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Angel [Tom Halloway]; Diane Mason; George Hill (Diane's fiance); Von Reiman (villain, dies); the Nazis (villains, all die)
Synopsis
The Angel is at Inferno Isle and discovers that the Temple of Fire located there is masking a secret Nazi base
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Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition credits Alan Mandel with the art.

Read the Human Torch (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Human Torch Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["As Toro faced death..."]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. [Big New Sub-Mariner No. 2]
    Sub-Mariner Comics
  3. 2. Highway of Mystery
    The Human Torch and Toro the Flaming Kid
  4. 3. The Case of the Vanishing Convicts!
    The Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [Don't miss the next big issue of Captain America]
  6. 5. [Swastika Over Europe]
    The Patriot
  7. 6. The Vision Speaks
    The Vision
  8. 7. [Cult of the Shark-god]
    The Vision
  9. 8. [Neutralizing the Nazis]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  10. 9. The Mystery of the Green Diamond
    Terry Vance, the School Boy Sleuth
  11. 10. [Death On Inferno Isle]
    The Angel
  12. 11. Read the Human Torch
    Human Torch Comics
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Keith Chandler
  • Nick Caputo
  • Steve Jenner
  • Del Gruber
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Bill Borre
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
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