(October 1941)

Marvel, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1941-07-31
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Timely Comics, Inc.
Editing
Joe Simon
Color
Full Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Newsprint
Binding
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing

Issue Notes

MYSTIC COMICS is published bi-monthly by Timely Comics, Inc. at Meriden, Conn. Application for second class entry is pending at the post office at Meriden, Conn., under Act of March 3, 1879. Contents copyright 1941 by Timely Comics, Inc., 330 W. 42nd St., New York, N. Y. Single copies 10¢; yearly subscription 60¢ in the U. S. A. Printed in the U. S. A.
October, 1941 issue.

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)

Destroyer / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Never again would the Nazi whip crack, so long as the mighty Destroyer lived!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Destroyer [Keen Marlow]
Reprints

[A Special Offer for the Readers of Human Torch Comics] (sic) (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

Meet the Destroyer (Table of Contents: 2)

Destroyer / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Binder (signed)
Inks
Jack Binder (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Destroyer [Keen Marlow] (introduction; origin); Professor Eric Schmitt (introduction; death)
Synopsis
American reporter Keen Marlow is sent to Nazi Germany to report news other than what the government propaganda department releases. While investigating a prison, he is captured and tortured as a spy. Professor Eric Schmitt is thrown into the same cell with him for refusing to divulge his secret invention, a serum which he gives to Marlow before dying. With his strength enhanced by the serum, Marlow breaks out and creates the identity of the Destroyer, sabotaging Nazi activities and helping innocent Germans.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Signed with "by Jack Binder" and "story by Stan Lee". In most later issues, the Destroyer's last name is spelled "Marlowe", but it is "Marlow" here.

[Special Offer to the Readers of Mystic Comics] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

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

[The Scar] (Table of Contents: 4)

Destroyer / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Binder ?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Destroyer [Keen Marlow]; Florence von Banger (introduction; origin)
Synopsis
The Scar, a Nazi scientist, uses his death ray on Germans protesting food rations. A young woman named Florence von Banger runs up afterward to find her father among the dying, and swears that she will fight the Nazis to avenge him. The Destroyer hears her as he arrives on the scene, and offers to help her, revealing his identity to her. When they hear the Scar is about to use the ray again, the Destroyer goes to stop him even though they suspect it is a trap.

Identity Unknown (Table of Contents: 5)

Black Marvel / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Mort Leav ?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Black Marvel [Dan Lyons]
Synopsis
The Black Marvel's efforts to discover who killed a German scientist who had fled to the U.S. are complicated when one of his main suspects develops amnesia.

The Mystic Line-Up (Table of Contents: 6)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Destroyer [Keen Marlow]; Black Marvel [Dan Lyons] (origin retold); The Terror (origin retold); Challenger [Bill Waring] (origin retold); Blazing Skull [Mark Todd]

Indexer Notes

Stan Lee explains why certain features were chosen for the comic; first 'Bullpen Bulletin' ?

Dolls of Death (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
The Terror
Synopsis
When the miniaturized dead body of a general is delivered to the President as a doll, the Terror investigates the "Life-Like Doll Company" to prevent any more such bizarre murders.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

Challenger / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al Bare (signed)
Inks
Al Bare (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Choose Your Weapons!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Challenger [Bill Waring]
Synopsis
The Challenger issues a challenge to a serial strangler to strangle him while he walks unprotected through the city on the night of the next full moon.

[Dark Streets of London] (Table of Contents: 9)

Blazing Skull / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Davis
Pencils
Bob Davis
Inks
Bob Davis
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Blazing Skull [Mark Todd]; Winston Churchill
Synopsis
The Blazing Skull is too late to stop German spies from informing their superiors of the prime minister's secret flight over their country, so he must go to Germany himself to stage a rescue.

Indexer Notes

Credits suggested by the Who's Who and comparison with signed work by Davis elsewhere.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

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

[Young Allies Comics] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Never again would the Nazi whip crack, so long as the mighty Destroyer lived!"]
    Destroyer
  2. 1. [A Special Offer for the Readers of Human Torch Comics] (sic)
    Captain America Comics; Captain America's Sentinels of Liberty
  3. 2. Meet the Destroyer
    Destroyer
  4. 3. [Special Offer to the Readers of Mystic Comics]
    Captain America Comics; Captain America's Sentinels of Liberty
  5. 4. [The Scar]
    Destroyer
  6. 5. Identity Unknown
    Black Marvel
  7. 6. The Mystic Line-Up
  8. 7. Dolls of Death
    The Terror
  9. 8. ["Choose Your Weapons!"]
    Challenger
  10. 9. [Dark Streets of London]
    Blazing Skull
  11. 10. ["9000 Novelties!"]
    Johnson Smith & Company
  12. 11. [Young Allies Comics]
    Young Allies Comics #1
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