(June 1942)

Marvel, 1942 Series
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Volume
2
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1942-03-25
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Timely Comics, Inc.
Brand
A Timely Comics Riot of Fun
Editing
Stan Lee
Color
Full Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Newsprint; Glossy Cover
Binding
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Was ongoing series

Issue Notes

The second transitional issue of Comedy Comics as it further diverged from prior title Daring Mystery Comics. This issue still has numerous hero/adventure features, but none continue directly from Daring Mystery and there is more emphasis on humor.

Art attributions noted as coming from Michael J. Vassallo are from the updated version of his Alter Ego article on Vince Fago published at ComicArtVille: http://www.comicartville.com/vincefago.htm

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.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Archie the Gruesome / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Mike Sekowsky ?
Inks
?
Colors
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Aha! At last I've got you when your tough pal ain't around!
Genre
humor
Characters
Archie the Gruesome

Indexer Notes

Tentative art ID from Michael J. Vassallo.

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

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

Educatin' Otto / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Art Helfant
Pencils
Art Helfant
Inks
Art Helfant
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Drop that pin-ball machine...
Genre
humor
Characters
Otto (first appearance); Pop; Ma
Synopsis
Pop goes to purchase a cigar and comes home with a pinball machine.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

Educatin' Otto / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Art Helfant
Pencils
Art Helfant
Inks
Art Helfant
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Otto, your music teacher is here to give you your first violin lesson..
Genre
humor
Characters
Otto; Ma
Synopsis
Otto ends up at a baseball game in lieu of music lessons.

"Notes" to you! (Table of Contents: 4)

Educatin' Otto / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Art Helfant
Pencils
Art Helfant
Inks
Art Helfant
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I want you to practice that piece until you know it backwards!
Genre
humor
Characters
Otto; Pop; Professor
Synopsis
A neighbor complains about Otto practicing the fiddle.

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

Educatin' Otto / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Art Helfant
Pencils
Art Helfant
Inks
Art Helfant
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Help! I've been robbed!
Genre
humor
Characters
Otto; Pop
Synopsis
Otto goes to the gym; after he is done exercising, Otto finds that his clothes are missing.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

Educatin' Otto / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Art Helfant
Pencils
Art Helfant
Inks
Art Helfant
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Lips that touch cigars shall never touch mine!
Genre
humor
Characters
Otto; Pop
Synopsis
Pop learns that Otto is smoking his cigars.

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

A Bit of Hocus Pocus / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Red Holmdale (signed)
Inks
Red Holmdale (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Silks from Nowhere
Characters
Keith Clark

Indexer Notes

Keith Clark demonstrates how to perform various magical feats including the "Vanishing Coin," "Silks from Nowhere," and "Sawing a Woman in Half."

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

Daffy and Duffy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Lou Paige ?
Inks
Lou Paige ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Come in!
Genre
humor
Characters
Daffy (first appearance); Duffy (first appearance); Dr. Slognotti; Prof. Pilfer
Synopsis
Daffy and Duffy agree to help a man convicted of being a kleptomaniac.
Keywords
Looneyville Asylum

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

Daffy and Duffy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Sh-h! No noise, Duffy!
Genre
humor
Characters
Daffy; Duffy; Slippery Sam
Synopsis
Daffy and Duffy catch Slippery Sam. Sam, after being caught, tells Daffy and Duffy why he leads a life of crime.

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

Daffy and Duffy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What's that?? A robbery??
Genre
humor
Characters
Daffy; Duffy; Mrs. Hugo Snatchem; Hugo Snatchem
Synopsis
Daffy and Duffy are summoned to the Snatchem residence to investigate Mrs. Snatchem's missing black pearls.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

Daffy and Duffy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Look at this, Duffy!
Genre
humor
Characters
Daffy; Duffy
Synopsis
Daffy and Duffy search for foreign spies in the city.

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

Daffy and Duffy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Help!
Genre
humor
Characters
Daffy; Duffy
Synopsis
Daffy and Duffy take on a case involving a monster of Scraggly Moors.

[Introducing Archie the Gruesome] (Table of Contents: 13)

Archie the Gruesome / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Maurice Gutwirth ?
Inks
Maurice Gutwirth ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
He's only a humble street-cleaner...
Genre
humor
Characters
Archie the Gruesome (introduction); Big Joe; the mayor
Synopsis
Archie fends off attempts by Big Joe to take over his street-cleaning territory.

Indexer Notes

Only golden age appearance. Next appearance in All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes (Marvel, 2011 series) #1.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

A Bit of Hocus Pocus / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Red Holmdale (signed)
Inks
Red Holmdale (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You now see that I have cut the turban in two!
Characters
Keith Clark

Indexer Notes

Keith Clark demonstrates how to perform various magical feats including the "Cut and Restored Turban," "Coin in the Handkerchief," and the "Magic Balloon."

[The Coming of the Fourth Musketeer] (Table of Contents: 15)

Fourth Musketeer / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Amid the smoke and fire of conquered France...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fourth Musketeer (introduction, origin); Paul Krantz
Synopsis
The Fourth Musketeer arises in France and travels to America to fight the Nazi menace.

Indexer Notes

Art credit from Michael J. Vassallo.

Probably reworked into the Blue Blade in USA Comics (Marvel, 1941 series) #5

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

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

[Banished to Earth] (Table of Contents: 17)

Monstro the Mighty / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Roland Patenaude
Inks
Roland Patenaude
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Monstro the Mighty (introduction, origin); Mars (villain); Major Crash (introduction); Hook; Little Poison

Indexer Notes

art formerly credited to "Al Gabriele ?".

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18)

A Bit of Hocus Pocus / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Red Holmdale (signed)
Inks
Red Holmdale (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Mysterious Coins
Characters
Keith Clark

Indexer Notes

Keith Clark demonstrates how to perform various magical feats including the "Mysterious Coins" and the "Famous Fakir's Tree Trick."

Believe It or Else...! (Table of Contents: 19)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Sandy Skinose was not exactly the smartest...
Genre
humor; detective-mystery
Characters
Sandy Skinose; Tubby Watts; Egbert Thimble
Synopsis
Egbert hires Sandy and Tubby to determine the cause of mysterious noises in his mansion.

[Crashing the Concentration Camp] (Table of Contents: 20)

Victory Boys / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ernie Hart
Inks
Ernie Hart
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hungry eyes watch as the Nazi soldiers transfer food supplies into the barracks.
Genre
superhero
Characters
Victor (first appearance); Victor's father (first appearance); The Nazis (villains); Maxie; Gus; Warren; Hans; Kurt; Cpl. Braemer
Synopsis
Victor meets a group of young boys and together they sneak into a concentration camp and rescue Victor's father.
Keywords
Black Forest

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Michael J. Vassallo, who confirms Hart as the sole penciler/inker in his online extended notes to the USA Comics Masterworks, Vol. 2.

next appearance (slightly reworked with costumes) in USA Comics (Marvel, 1941 series) #5

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 21)

A Bit of Hocus Pocus / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Red Holmdale (signed)
Inks
Red Holmdale (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The great appearing and disappearing ball trick---
Characters
Keith Clark

Indexer Notes

Keith Clark demonstrates how various magical feats are performed including the "Cut and Restored String" and fire-walking.

[Back to 1492] (Table of Contents: 22)

Kid Columbus / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Our story opens in the N.Y. Public Library where a young man takes a look around the impressive edifice...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Kid Columbus (introduction, origin, only app.?); Alfonso Amigez (villain, introduction); Ferdinand; Isabella
Keywords
Spain; time travel; Venturo

Indexer Notes

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 23)

Wheezy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Reney (signed)
Inks
Reney (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Chow!
Genre
humor
Characters
Wheezy (a dog, introduction); Private Breezy (introduction); Sarge
Synopsis
Wheezy gets kicked out of the mess hall so Private Breezy tries sneaking Wheezy some food.

Indexer Notes

It is highly unlikely that this is Lily Renée as she was first hired by Fiction House in 1943, per Renée in Alter Ego v3#85.
Who's Who lists "Reney" as a pen name for Renée and mentions this feature, and Michael J. Vassallo also references this, but it is not clear if that is based on viewing the art or the Who's Who credit. Renée made no mention of working for Timely in her interview, nor of signing any name other than "L. Renée".

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 24)

Wheezy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Reney (signed)
Inks
Reney (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Ho! Hum!
Genre
humor
Characters
Wheezy (dog); Captain; the Captain's dog
Synopsis
Wheezy confronts the Captain's dog and chaos ensues.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 25)

Wheezy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Reney (signed)
Inks
Reney (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bring back a truckload of sand.. an' try to stay out of trouble!
Genre
humor
Characters
Wheezy (dog); Pvt. Breezy; Sarge
Synopsis
Sarge tasks Pvt. Breezy with bringing a truckload of sand back to base.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 26)

Wheezy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Reney (signed)
Inks
Reney (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It's target practice today!
Genre
humor
Characters
Wheezy (dog); Pvt. Breezy; Sarge
Synopsis
Wheezy wanders onto a shooting range where soldiers are taking target practice.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 27)

Wheezy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Reney (signed)
Inks
Reney (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Look! Fellers! The thumbs-up handshake!
Genre
humor
Characters
Wheezy (dog); Pvt. Breezy; Sarge; Captain
Synopsis
Pvt. Breezy shows Sarge, who then shows the Captain, a thumbs-up handshake which is also called the V for Victory handshake.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 28)

A Bit of Hocus Pocus / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Red Holmdale (signed)
Inks
Red Holmdale (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hold a coin between the finger and thumb...
Characters
Keith Clark

Indexer Notes

Keith Clark demonstrates how various magical feats are performed including the "Milk Can Escape" and the "Coin in the Orange."

[The Cannonball Pitcher] (Table of Contents: 29)

Cannon Ball Brown / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Art Gates
Pencils
Art Gates
Inks
Art Gates
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Kamerad! Kamerad!
Genre
sports
Characters
Cannon Ball Brown; Buggsy Boodle; Freddie; Boris Bombovitch
Keywords
Squirrel Stadium

Indexer Notes

Credits from Michael J. Vassallo

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 30) (Expand) /

Young Allies #3 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 31) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Aha! At last I've got you when your tough pal ain't around!"]
    Archie the Gruesome
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. ["Drop that pin-ball machine..."]
    Educatin' Otto
  4. 3. ["Otto, your music teacher is here to give you your first violin lesson.."]
    Educatin' Otto
  5. 4. "Notes" to you!
    Educatin' Otto
  6. 5. ["Help! I've been robbed!"]
    Educatin' Otto
  7. 6. ["Lips that touch cigars shall never touch mine!"]
    Educatin' Otto
  8. 7. ["Silks from Nowhere"]
    A Bit of Hocus Pocus
  9. 8. ["Come in!"]
    Daffy and Duffy
  10. 9. ["Sh-h! No noise, Duffy!"]
    Daffy and Duffy
  11. 10. ["What's that?? A robbery??"]
    Daffy and Duffy
  12. 11. ["Look at this, Duffy!"]
    Daffy and Duffy
  13. 12. ["Help!"]
    Daffy and Duffy
  14. 13. [Introducing Archie the Gruesome]
    Archie the Gruesome
  15. 14. ["You now see that I have cut the turban in two!"]
    A Bit of Hocus Pocus
  16. 15. [The Coming of the Fourth Musketeer]
    Fourth Musketeer
  17. 16. ["We'll win!"]
    Captain America's Sentinels of Liberty
  18. 17. [Banished to Earth]
    Monstro the Mighty
  19. 18. ["The Mysterious Coins"]
    A Bit of Hocus Pocus
  20. 19. Believe It or Else...!
  21. 20. [Crashing the Concentration Camp]
    Victory Boys
  22. 21. ["The great appearing and disappearing ball trick---"]
    A Bit of Hocus Pocus
  23. 22. [Back to 1492]
    Kid Columbus
  24. 23. ["Chow!"]
    Wheezy
  25. 24. ["Ho! Hum!"]
    Wheezy
  26. 25. ["Bring back a truckload of sand.. an' try to stay out of trouble!"]
    Wheezy
  27. 26. ["It's target practice today!"]
    Wheezy
  28. 27. ["Look! Fellers! The thumbs-up handshake!"]
    Wheezy
  29. 28. ["Hold a coin between the finger and thumb..."]
    A Bit of Hocus Pocus
  30. 29. [The Cannonball Pitcher]
    Cannon Ball Brown
  31. 30. ["Back again!"]
    Young Allies #3
  32. 31. ["We don't wish you any harm but you'll die laughing!"]
    Joker Comics
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Jan Roar Hansen
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Lou Mougin
  • Katie
  • Del Gruber
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
  • Gregory Fischer
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