(May 1942)

Marvel, 1940 Series
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Volume
2
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1942-03-02
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 330 W. 42nd St., New York, N. Y. Vol. 2, No. 9, May, 1942 issue. Contents copyright 1942 by Timely Comics, Inc. 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.

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. 2. Class B periodical. Copyright registration number B 534765.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Destroyer / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Free that girl!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Destroyer [Keen Marlow]; Adolf Hitler; Hirohito
Reprints

Mystic Comics (Table of Contents: 1)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee ?
Pencils
? (illustration)
Inks
? (illustration)
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Table of contents for the issue. Stan Lee is credited as Editor.

[Hitler Speaks] (Table of Contents: 2)

Destroyer / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Chad Grothhkopf
Inks
Chad Grothkopf
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Destroyer [Keen Marlow]; Flora von Bangor [Florence von Banger]; Adolf Hitler
Synopsis
The Destroyer enrages Hitler by interrupting his speeches with broadcasts from Freedom Station, a clandestine radio service run by a German named Hans.

Indexer Notes

Credits per Ger Apeldoorn via atlastales.com. Splash page bears the words: "From the famous character created by STAN LEE". The first and last names of the Destroyer's lady friend have mysteriously changed slightly.

[The Gambling Ship] (Table of Contents: 3)

Witness / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Pierce Rice ?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Witness
Synopsis
The Witness brings in a gambling ship that was cheating and blackmailing the players but staying too far out to sea to be in the police's jurisdiction.

Indexer Notes

The Witness is not in costume in this issue - instead he wears a suit and a narrow black domino mask. There is a blurb for another Witness story in the next issue, but it never appeared. Next appearance in The Twelve (Marvel, 2008 series) #1. Art credit corroborated by Dr. Michael J. Vassallo.

Poison, Incorporated (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Don Rico (signed)
Inks
Don Rico (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Terror; The Old One (villain)
Synopsis
A criminal known as "The Old One" creates Poison, Inc., and commits murders for hire using poisons. The Terror hears of the these murders, and tracks down the Old One through his clients.

[Mortal Combat] (Table of Contents: 5)

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; The Prince of Good (introduction)
Synopsis
Davey is saved from being dropped into a boiling cauldron by the sudden appearance of the Prince of Good, arch enemy of the Demon. The Prince rescues Davey and leaves the Demon buried in the rock, believing him destroyed. But after the Prince leaves, the Demon emerges and attacks New York, leading to a titanic battle between the Demon and the Prince atop the Empire State Building.

Indexer Notes

Continued from the cliffhanger end of the previous issue, and the last panel, while not a cliffhanger, teases the next issue's story.

Manhunt! (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 1.85 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime

Indexer Notes

Text story (no illustrations).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

The Timely Comics Line / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.15 page (report information)

[Longnails] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Black Marvel [Dan Lyons]
Synopsis
A young ex-con tries to go straight, but a former criminal associate frames him for murder so the Black Marvel much catch the real murderer and clear the young man's name.

Indexer Notes

The last panel claims there will be another Black Marvel story in the next issue but it never appeared.

[Throwback] (Table of Contents: 9)

Gary Gaunt / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Don Rico
Inks
Don Rico
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Gary Gaunt (introduction; origin); Jean Carson (introduction)
Synopsis
Noted criminologist Gary Gaunt accidentally drinks an experimental mixture he'd made to turn rabbits into fighting animals after he receives a blow to the head. As a result, while a criminologist by day, he becomes a monstrous evil-doer at night.

Indexer Notes

Art credits suggested by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

The Mystery of Red Valley (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Blazing Skull [Mark Todd]
Synopsis
Mark Todd visits an old friend of his father's, but finds him denying they know each other and acting oddly. As the Blazing Skull, he discovers that a murdering robber has taken his friend's place in order to redirect the blame for his crimes.

Indexer Notes

Mark Todd is back to being described as a District Attorney in this issue. A teaser in the last panel promises another Blazing Skull story in the next issue, but it never appeared.

Horror Mansion (Table of Contents: 11)

Challenger / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky [as M. Sekowsky] (signed)
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Challenger [Bill Waring]
Synopsis
The Challenger stops an insurance scam where those who bought large insurance policies were lured to a castle and scared to death with ghastly apparitions in order to appear to have died of natural causes.

Indexer Notes

Inks credits originally given to Mike Sekowsky in error (per Tony Isabella, March 30, 2006)

Remember Pearl Harbor! (Table of Contents: 12)

United States Savings Bonds and Stamps / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

American Seed Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Free that girl!"]
    Destroyer
  2. 1. Mystic Comics
  3. 2. [Hitler Speaks]
    Destroyer
  4. 3. [The Gambling Ship]
    Witness
  5. 4. Poison, Incorporated
    The Terror
  6. 5. [Mortal Combat]
    Davey and the Demon
  7. 6. Manhunt!
  8. 7. ["Don't miss any of America's most thrilling comic magazines!"]
    The Timely Comics Line
  9. 8. [Longnails]
    Black Marvel
  10. 9. [Throwback]
    Gary Gaunt
  11. 10. The Mystery of Red Valley
    Blazing Skull
  12. 11. Horror Mansion
    Challenger
  13. 12. Remember Pearl Harbor!
    United States Savings Bonds and Stamps
  14. 13. ["Prizes for All!"]
    American Seed Co.
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • John P. Selegue
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Nick Caputo
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Del Gruber
  • Craig Delich
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Henry Andrews