(March 1942)

Marvel, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1941-12-28
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Timely Comics, Inc.
Editing
Stan Lee ?
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 of 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.
March, 1942 issue.

The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1942, New Series, Vol. 37, No. 1. Class B periodical. Copyright registration number B 527541.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Destroyer / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
With doom on all sides the Destroyer plunged into the terror den!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Destroyer [Keen Marlowe]

Still on top! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Captain America Comics #11 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[The Largest Diamond in the World] (Table of Contents: 2)

Black Marvel / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Klein (signed)
Inks
Howard James (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Black Marvel [Dan Lyons]
Synopsis
The Black Marvel solves a case where a giant diamond in a mine in South Africa kills all who try to remove it.

[No One Is Safe] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Howard James (signed)
Inks
Howard James (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Davey Drew; Demon
Synopsis
Davey finds that the Demon has wrecked another town, and tries again to stop him. But he is captured, and the story ends in a cliffhanger with the Demon about to drop Davey in boiling water...

Indexer Notes

Continued next issue.

The Surprise Success of the Century! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Young Allies Comics #2 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Hitler Meets the Destroyer (Table of Contents: 5)

Destroyer / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Destroyer [Keen Marlowe]; Adolf Hitler; von Maus
Synopsis
The Destroyer takes a job as a waiter at a large hotel in Berlin in order to taunt the Nazis staying there. He frees a British spy being tortured there, which causes a Nazi manhunter named von Maus to be sent to find him. The Destroyer defeats von Maus and uses his coat and hat as a disguise to get to Hitler, whom he humiliates before escaping.

[The Gems of Doom] (Table of Contents: 6)

Witness / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee [as S. T. Anley] (signed)
Pencils
Mike Suchorsky ?
Inks
Mike Suchorsky ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
The Witness; the Imp
Synopsis
The Witness sees a jewelry store robbery and traces it back to the Imp, a criminal masquerading as a law-abiding pawn shop owner.

Indexer Notes

Tentative art credits from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo. Jerry Bails's Who's Who also lists Bob Powell as a possible artist for this feature and associates him with the pen name S.T. Anley (Powell's birth name was Stanislav), but Dr. Vassallo disputes both the art credit and the pen name association. Powell is not beleived to have started working for Timely until later in the decade.

[Death Drews] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
The Terror
Synopsis
The Terror discovers that ships supposedly taking refugees from Europe to America are actually abducting them to Africa to build railroads for the Nazis as slave labor.

Indexer Notes

The intro blurb on the splash page says that the Terror "[threw] off the cloak of respectability" to fight the Nazis, which is not consistent with his origin three issues ago as an amnesiac used in a science experiment.
Writer credit from Binder records.

Ghost Story (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 1.75 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Statement of Ownership, Management, Circulation, Etc. required by the Acts of Congress of August 24th, 1912 and March 3, 1933 (Table of Contents: 9)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
Abraham Goodman (signed); Bernard Arbital (notary public)
Letters
typeset
Editing
Martin Goodman (owner; managing editor); Abraham Goodman (business manager)

Synopsis
Statement of ownership for Marvel Mystery Comics published monthly at Meriden, Conn. for October 1, 1941.
Publisher: Timely Comics, Inc. 330 W. 42nd St. N Y C. Same address given for the Managing Editor and Business Manager. No bondholders.

Indexer Notes

Statement is *NOT* for Mystic Comics but for Marvel Mystery Comics, at least according to its text.

[The Thing] (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Syd Shores
Inks
Syd Shores
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Blazing Skull [Mark Todd]; Dr. Fear
Synopsis
A hideous man named Dr. Fear is literally scaring citizens to death with his appearance and then robbing them. Mark Todd (in this issue described as an "amateur criminologist") tracks him down as the Blazing Skull and exposes his ruse.

League of Crime (Table of Contents: 11)

Challenger / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee [as Neel Nats] (signed)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Challenger [Bill Waring]
Synopsis
The police ask the Challenger to defeat four master criminals who have banded together as a League of Crime. The Challenger beats the gunman, strong man and fencer at their own specialties, and punches the hypnotist out during the final fight after resisting his commands.

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

Remington Deluxe Noiseless Portable Typewriter / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Get a Daisy Air Rifle With Your Christmas Cash! (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Daisy Air Rifle / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["With doom on all sides the Destroyer plunged into the terror den!"]
    Destroyer
  2. 1. Still on top!
    Captain America Comics #11
  3. 2. [The Largest Diamond in the World]
    Black Marvel
  4. 3. [No One Is Safe]
    Davey and the Demon
  5. 4. The Surprise Success of the Century!
    Young Allies Comics #2
  6. 5. Hitler Meets the Destroyer
    Destroyer
  7. 6. [The Gems of Doom]
    Witness
  8. 7. [Death Drews]
    The Terror
  9. 8. Ghost Story
  10. 9. Statement of Ownership, Management, Circulation, Etc. required by the Acts of Congress of August 24th, 1912 and March 3, 1933
  11. 10. [The Thing]
    Blazing Skull
  12. 11. League of Crime
    Challenger
  13. 12. ["This Beautiful Desk for Only $1.00"]
    Remington Deluxe Noiseless Portable Typewriter
  14. 13. Get a Daisy Air Rifle With Your Christmas Cash!
    Daisy Air Rifle
This issue was most recently modified by:
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