(December 1941)

Marvel, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1941-09-30
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. No similarity between any of the names, characters, persons and/or institutions appearing in this magazine with those of any living or dead person or institution is intended, and that any such similarity which may exist is purely coincidental. Printed in the U. S. A.
December, 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)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Simon ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
As the deadly monsters from Hitler's trunk of terror were freed, the Destroyer plunged down!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Destroyer [Keen Marlow]; Adolf Hitler
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Possible Simon inks per atlastales.com. Previous indexer credited Syd Shores.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Marvel Mystery Comics #26 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Machine of Death (Table of Contents: 2)

Destroyer / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Al Avison (signed)
Inks
Al Avison ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Destroyer [Keen Marlowe]; Florence von Banger; Adolf Hitler
Synopsis
After finding food for a starving German couple, Keen and Florence stumble across a scientist trying out his new death machine. Keen sabotages it, but that gets Florence and him sent to a concentration camp. He escapes, becomes the Destroyer, and shuts down the machine and its creator once and for all.

Indexer Notes

The Destroyer's last name is Marlowe in this issue, but was Marlow when he was introduced in #6.

The League of Blood (Table of Contents: 3)

The Witness, Judge, Juror and Avenger of Evil / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Mike Suchorsky
Inks
Mike Suchorsky
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Witness (introduction); Sid Stern (football player, introduction, cameo, death); Mr. Rollins (trucking company owner, introduction); Natas (villain, introduction); The League of Blood (villains, introduction for all, some die); Nick, the Gambler (villain, introduction, cameo, death)
Synopsis
The evil Natas directs his League of Blood to commit murders for hire, but a mysterious man known as the Witness sees them and hunts them down, killing them in retaliation and tracing the orders back to Natas.
Keywords
Rollins Trucking Company

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo.

Script and art credits confirmed in the Who's Who.

[Lewis & Sykes] (Table of Contents: 4)

Black Widow / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee ?
Pencils
Stan Drake (signed)
Inks
Stan Drake (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Black Widow [Claire Voyant]; Satan
Synopsis
Satan sends the Black Widow to claim the souls of Lewis and Sykes, America weapons manufacturers who are selling their weapons to the Axis as well as the Allies.

Heritage of Destruction (Table of Contents: 5)

Destroyer / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Destroyer [Keen Marlowe]
Synopsis
While the Destroyer hides out with a man he has rescued from Nazis, he tells the man of when he had to knowingly walk into a trap to prevent innocent German civilians from being executed.

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustrations.

[A Fight to the Death] (Table of Contents: 6)

The Challenger / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Klein (signed)
Inks
Mike Sekowsky [as Michael Sekowsky] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Challenger [Bill Waring]
Synopsis
The Challenger faces a large ape-like man who has changed his career from boxing to crime in hand-to-hand combat.

Indexer Notes

Ger Apeldoorn notes at atlastales.com that Sekowsky usually penciled but the art does not look like his. Klein's signature comes first.

[Looters] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Terror
Synopsis
The Terror hunts down a gang of looters who have decided to hit only small businesses that are less likely to have the sort of security and defenses that banks have.

Ghost-Brought Justice (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

[The Dweller in the Haunted Cave] (Table of Contents: 9)

Davey and the Demon / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Davey Drew (introduction; origin); Demon (introduction)
Synopsis
Young orphan Davey Drew inadvertently frees the Demon, embodiment of mankind's evil, from his prison in a cave. The Demon swears to destroy humanity, but in return for freeing him he swears not to harm Davey and gives him a cloak that will protect him. Horrified, Davey brings the military to stop the Demon, but succeeds only in driving him off temporarily.

[The Grinner] (Table of Contents: 10)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Black Marvel [Dan Lyons]
Synopsis
Dr. Weems drinks a concoction that he thinks might be a cure for pneumonia, but it instead transforms him into a Mr. Hyde-like monster who becomes known as The Grinner by the local criminals. The Black Marvel must stop him as he tries by intimidation and murder to gain control of prize oil-producing land.

[Museum Robberies] (Table of Contents: 11)

Blazing Skull / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Blazing Skull [Mark Todd]
Synopsis
Mark Todd (in this story said to be a district attorney) hears of mysterious thefts at an art museum that happen without anyone breaking in to the building. He decides to tackle the case as the Blazing Skull, and realizes that the thief has been hiding out in the museum disguised as a statue during the day.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Captain America Comics #9 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Coming Events (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Sub-Mariner Comics #3 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["As the deadly monsters from Hitler's trunk of terror were freed, the Destroyer plunged down!"]
    Destroyer
  2. 1. ["As New and Exciting as Today's News!"]
    Marvel Mystery Comics #26
  3. 2. The Machine of Death
    Destroyer
  4. 3. The League of Blood
    The Witness, Judge, Juror and Avenger of Evil
  5. 4. [Lewis & Sykes]
    Black Widow
  6. 5. Heritage of Destruction
    Destroyer
  7. 6. [A Fight to the Death]
    The Challenger
  8. 7. [Looters]
    The Terror
  9. 8. Ghost-Brought Justice
  10. 9. [The Dweller in the Haunted Cave]
    Davey and the Demon
  11. 10. [The Grinner]
    The Black Marvel
  12. 11. [Museum Robberies]
    Blazing Skull
  13. 12. ["Smashing Through Again!"]
    Captain America Comics #9
  14. 13. Coming Events
    Sub-Mariner Comics #3
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Keith Chandler
  • Nick Caputo
  • Dan Kocher
  • Del Gruber
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
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