(November 1941)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1941-09-18
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 and the Sub-Mariner / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Only the Torch and Toro stood between the Sub-Mariner and the Nazi firing squad
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Nazis
Reprints
Keywords
bondage; firing squads; swastikas; Wehrmacht

All Winners Makes History (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

The King Crime Syndicate (Table of Contents: 2)

The 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]; Tom (Policeman); Steve (reporter for "The Voice"); un-mnamed managing editor of "The Voice"; The King [Steve] (villain, death); Rocky (villain, death)
Synopsis
A numbers gangster decides to move into healthcare by kidnapping pharmacists and forcing them to create black market drugs. He shoots one of them at the hospital when he protests and he throws another into a vat of acid in his hideout chemical lab when the man refuses to produce drugs that are dangerous to people. Torch and Toro set off an explosion which kills the gangster.
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Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the inker as unknown.

[The Little People] (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]; Dorma; Betty Dean; Luther Robinson; Lynne Harris; Carma (Imperial guard); Queen Jarna (villain, Queen of the Lavorites); the Lavorites ("the Little People"); Joseph (villain, butler); un-named German spies (villains)
Synopsis
Namor is called in to investigate strange happenings at the seashore, and he discovers a race of little people and a Queen Jarna from the planet Venus, who came to Earth in a rocket ship as a springboard to an invasion.
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Indexer Notes

Continued next issue. The Masterworks edition lists the inker as unknown.

A new better-than-ever excitement packed issue! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Patriot Downs Nazi!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Patriot [Jeffrey Mace]; Mark Casey (newspaper reporter); Herr Huss (villain, Hitler's right hand man, death); John Garrett (villain, a pro-Nazi American, death); Garrett's butler (villain)
Synopsis
Casey gets a hot tip that the Patriot has been shot by Huss and heads toward the Garrett home, when he is captured and walled-in alive to die.
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Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the writer as unknown.

Marvel Get-Together (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
? (spot illustration)
Inks
? (spot illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro [Thomas Raymond]; Terry Vance; the Angel [Tom Hallaway]; the Patriot [Jeffrey Mace]; Ka-Zar; Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Vision [Aarkus]
Synopsis
The heroes get together for their monthly meeting to compare notes and to adopt a resolution that the heroes would do all in their power to preserve the sacred principles and ideals of American democracy, and to crush the fiendish efforts of the underworld for all time.
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Indexer Notes

Supposedly continued next issue, but it did not appear.

[The Forest Fire Saboteur] (Table of Contents: 7)

Terry Vance, the School Boy Sleuth / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Ray Gill (signed)
Pencils
Bob Oksner [as Robert Oksner] (signed)
Inks
Bob Oksner [as Robert Oksner] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Terry Vance; Deadline Dawson; Bull Dawson; un-named Nazi arsonist (villain)
Synopsis
Terry meets and defeats a Nazi arsonist, who has been destroying forested areas owned by Bull Dawson.
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Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition states that Oksner only did layouts for this story, and the finished penciler and inker are unknown.

[The Vengeance of Saba] (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]; Saba (brother of Ali Hamud, death); Ali Hamud (villain, renegade Arab prince, death); Captain Olendorff (villain, death)
Synopsis
Ka-Zar and Saba escape the evil clutches of Ali Hamud and Captain Olendorff, who are attempting to use their jungle fortress as a secret air and supply base for the Nazis attacking the British in South Africa. Saba lights the fuse that destroys the base and everyone inside, but Ka-Zar is caught in the explosiion and seriously hurt or killed.
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Indexer Notes

Continued next issue. ? added to the writer by Craig Delich 2012-7-22, as the Who's Who does not list a writer for the strip, nor lists that Thompson was a writer at all.

[The Book of Sorcery] (Table of Contents: 9)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Vision [Aarkus]; un-named Lecture Guild chairman; Professor Enric Zagnar (villain, metaphysics instructor, death)
Synopsis
The Vision must face a mad professor who believes that the laws of nature are meant to be broken and that man must take the power into his own hands to control all the elements. Zagnar does, with horrific results!
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Indexer Notes

The Masterworks edition lists the writer[s] as unknown. Per Michael J, Vassallo via Atlas Tales (and his art id for the Masterworks): "Kirby splash and some Kirby layouts or breakdowns. Al Avison pencils attributed
A mish-mash of Avison(?), Hart (?) and a guess at Sekowsky (?)" Previous indexer credited Kirby on pencils and Simon on inks.

[The Python and the Prison Riot] (Table of Contents: 10)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Angel [Tom Halloway]; un-named prison warden; The Python (villain, death)
Synopsis
The Angel comes to see the Python pay for his crimes in the electric chair, but the wiley villain seizes the warden, and, with the help of the other inmates, attempts to break through lines of U.S. servicemen sent to quell the riot.
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Hold your breath! (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

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

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Only the Torch and Toro stood between the Sub-Mariner and the Nazi firing squad"]
    The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner
  2. 1. All Winners Makes History
    All Winners Comics
  3. 2. The King Crime Syndicate
    The Human Torch and Toro
  4. 3. [The Little People]
    The Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. A new better-than-ever excitement packed issue!
    Captain America Comics
  6. 5. ["Patriot Downs Nazi!"]
    The Patriot
  7. 6. Marvel Get-Together
  8. 7. [The Forest Fire Saboteur]
    Terry Vance, the School Boy Sleuth
  9. 8. [The Vengeance of Saba]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  10. 9. [The Book of Sorcery]
    The Vision
  11. 10. [The Python and the Prison Riot]
    The Angel
  12. 11. Hold your breath!
    USA Comics
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Nick Caputo
  • Darrel McCann
  • Del Gruber
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Henry Andrews
  • Bill Borre
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich