(October 1941)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1941-08-18
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. 4.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
As the ritual of death began...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]
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[Back comes the dreaded Red Skull] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

Meet The Parrot (Table of Contents: 2)

Human Torch and Toro / 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]; Warden Thomaz; Bob (a guard); Tom (a guard); The Parrot(villain); Culflam (villain, death); Luther (villain)
Synopsis
The Parrot escapes jail and sends a message to the Torch via, what else?, a parrot, that he's planning to attack the opera. Torch and Toro attend the opera that evening, when suddenly gas is pumped out from behind the curtain, knocking out the guests. Parrot's men move amongst them relieving the ladies of their jewelry. Torch enters the fray, but the Parrot knocks him out and places him in a guillotine. Toro saves him, and afterwards, Torch grabs the Parrot's feet while Toro binds his hands. Torch threatens him with the electric chair, but the Parrot says he isn't worried.
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[The Young Allies Comics] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

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

Battles The Undersea Blitzkrieg (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][as Amer]; Dorma; Princess Fen; Simma; Daka (villain); Lt. Geeresse (villain); Lonu-Ne (villain, Chancellor); the Seal People (villains); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
Namor decides to return to his kingdom to see how things are going, but discovers that he has been declared a traitor and ordered executed by Daka, who has overthrown Princess Fen and joined forces with the villainous Seal Men.
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Indexer Notes

Story in Tales to Astonish #70 bears marked similarities. The Masterworks edition credits an unknown artist working with Bill Everett on this story.

[Mystery In the Maine Woods] (Table of Contents: 5)

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; "Bull" Dawson (Deadline's father, lumber mill owner); Jeff Cramer (villain)
Synopsis
Terry and Deadline head north to investigate why Deadline's father isn't providing paper pulp to the newspaper on time, and discovers that a rival of Dawson is responsible.
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Who Robbed the Carter Bank?, or, How Good a Detective Are You? (Table of Contents: 6)

Terry Vance / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Bob Oksner
Inks
Bob Oksner
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Terry Vance; Dr. Watson (a monkey); Deadline Dawson; Hi Smithers (night watchman); Police Commissioner Henderson; Lieutenant Jackson; Charlie Biswell (Carter's private secretary); Jake Walters; Lemuel Carter (villain, bank President)
Synopsis
Terry Vance takes the reader step by step, clue by clue, on a case involving a bank robbery and allows the reader to become their own sleuth and figure out the guilty party.
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Indexer Notes

Art credits from the Masterworks edition.

[The German Peacemonger] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Ray Gill ?
Pencils
Sid Greene (signed)
Inks
Sid Greene (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Patriot [Jeffrey Mace]; Casey; Fritz (villain); Herr Huss (villain, Deputy to Hitler); John Garrett (villain; millionaire); Garrett's butler (villain)
Synopsis
Hitler's Deputy flies unauthorized to New Jersey to arrange a treaty of peace between the British and Germany, and convinces the Patriot to take him to the estate of a millionaire friend of his.
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Indexer Notes

Story is continued next issue. This story is based somewhat loosely on the true story of Hitler's Deputy, Rudolf Hess, who, indeed, flew unauthorized to England in 1941, wanting to arrange a peace between England and Germany, and Hitler branded him a traitor.

[The Stronghold of Ali Hamud] (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 [David Rand]; Prince Ali Hamud (villain); Capt. Ollendorff (villain); un-named giant (villain, death)
Synopsis
Ka-Zar lands at a camouflaged Nazi field and is welcomed by Prince Hamud as a Nazi agent, and he learns that the Prince is attempting to refuel Nazi planes en route to strike at Britain's southern African colonies.
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Indexer Notes

Story is continued next issue. The full title of this strip is "Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great". The Masterworks edition credits Frank Frollo with the art [the Who's Who does NOT have Frollo doing any work for Timely/Marvel]. A ? has been placed behind the writer's name as the Who's Who states that Ben Thompson wrote none of the features he did for Timely.

[Grosso of the War-Dust World] (Table of Contents: 9)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Vision [Aarkus]; Grosso (villain, death)
Synopsis
The Vision must battle the evil Grosso, who is attempting to destroy America's national defense industries.
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Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition credits Al Avison and another unknown artist as doing the inks for the story.
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr and Hames Ware believe that the inker/finished penciler here over Jack Kirby layouts is most likely Fred Bell. Whether or not he ever worked directly for Timely as a freelancer instead of through Jacquet is not known.

The previous credit for Joe Simon as the inker is untenable. These are not Simon's inks.

[The Eye Thief] (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Alan Mandel
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Angel [Tom Halloway]; Mr. Blakely; Mr. Keene (artist); Dr. Hyde (villain)
Synopsis
A great eye surgeon gets drunk one night, but has to perform delicate eye surgery. He bungles the job, and swears revenge by taking away people's eyesight, then ransoming the victims in order for sight to be restored.
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Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition credits Alan Mandel with pencils and unknown artist with inks.
Previous indexers have credited Al Avison pencils and Al Gabriele inks, but this is definitely NOT their work. Both DocV and JVJ & Hames Ware believe this to be Alan Mandel and an inker.

[The great new comic magazine you demanded!] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

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

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["As the ritual of death began..."]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. [Back comes the dreaded Red Skull]
    Captain America Comics
  3. 2. Meet The Parrot
    Human Torch and Toro
  4. 3. [The Young Allies Comics]
    Young Allies Comics
  5. 4. Battles The Undersea Blitzkrieg
    The Sub-Mariner
  6. 5. [Mystery In the Maine Woods]
    Terry Vance, the School Boy Sleuth
  7. 6. Who Robbed the Carter Bank?, or, How Good a Detective Are You?
    Terry Vance
  8. 7. [The German Peacemonger]
    The Patriot
  9. 8. [The Stronghold of Ali Hamud]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  10. 9. [Grosso of the War-Dust World]
    The Vision
  11. 10. [The Eye Thief]
    The Angel
  12. 11. [The great new comic magazine you demanded!]
    Sub-Mariner Comics
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Keith Chandler
  • Nick Caputo
  • Del Gruber
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
  • Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr
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  • Steve Dasinger
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