(Summer 1942)

Marvel, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
quarterly
On-sale date
1942-06-26
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Timely Comics, Inc.
Editing
Stan Lee?
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US (#2-35); then standard Silver Age US (#36-38)
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing

Issue Notes

Proper sequencing of all of the strips herein by Craig Delich 1-26-08.

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.


[Battling the Sub-Mariner] (Table of Contents)

Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Schomburg
Inks
Alex Schomburg
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; the Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]
Reprints

[Marvel Mystery Comics Thrills] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

Human Torch vs. Sub-Mariner [Chapter 1] (Table of Contents: 2)

Human Torch; Sub-Mariner / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Mickey Spillane ?
Pencils
Allen Simon; Harry Sahle
Inks
Al Gabriele
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro; Sub-Mariner [Namor]; Python
Synopsis
With the help of the Nazis, the Python breaks out of Alcatraz, but every time the Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch & Toro make a move against the villain, the super-heroes get into an egoistic fight with each other, allowing the Python (for the moment) to conduct his reign of terror.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Synopsis added by Craig Delich 1-26-08.
Writer credit from textual analysis by Lou Mougin.

Human Torch vs. Sub-Mariner, Chapter 2: Python's Power (Table of Contents: 3)

Human Torch; Sub-Mariner / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Mickey Spillane ?
Pencils
Allen Simon; Harry Sahle
Inks
Al Gabriele
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro; Sub-Mariner [Namor]; Python; Adolf Hitler; Hermann Goring; Joseph Goebbels
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from textual analysis by Lou Mougin.

The Men Hitler Fears (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Mickey Spillane ?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure; superhero
Characters
Human Torch [illustrated]; Sub-Mariner [in the text only]; Professor Horton [illustrated]; V: Adolf Hitler [illustrated], and mentioned in the text only: Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Goring and Joachim von Ribbentrop
Synopsis
Adolf Hitler is lamenting the loss of another 25 of his best spies, due to the efforts of the Torch and Sub-Mariner, and wonders what can be done about them. Goring suggests that agent seize the Torch's creator, Professor Horton, and have HIM destroy the Torch. In the meantime, Goring was to engineer the escape of the Python from prison and have him attempt to deal with the superheroes.
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Indexer Notes

Synopsis added by Craig Delich 1-26-08.

Human Torch vs. Sub-Mariner, Chapter 3: The Fiery Monster (Table of Contents: 5)

Human Torch; Sub-Mariner / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Mickey Spillane ?
Pencils
Allen Simon; Harry Sahle
Inks
Al Gabriele
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro; Sub-Mariner [Namor]; Doctor Horton; Python
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from textual analysis by Lou Mougin.

Human Torch vs. Sub-Mariner, Chapter 4: The Python Strikes! (Table of Contents: 6)

Human Torch; Sub-Mariner / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Mickey Spillane ?
Pencils
Allen Simon; Harry Sahle
Inks
Al Gabriele
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro; Sub-Mariner [Namor]; Doctor Horton; Python
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from textual analysis by Lou Mougin.

none (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Krazy Komics / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Human Torch vs. Sub-Mariner, Chapter 5: Underground Terror! (Table of Contents: 8)

Human Torch; Sub-Mariner / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Mickey Spillane ?
Pencils
Allen Simon; Harry Sahle
Inks
Al Gabriele
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro; Sub-Mariner [Namor]; Doctor Horton; Python
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from textual analysis by Lou Mougin.

Human Torch vs. Sub-Mariner, Chapter 6: The Amazing Awakening (Table of Contents: 9)

Human Torch; Sub-Mariner / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Mickey Spillane ?
Pencils
Allen Simon; Harry Sahle
Inks
Al Gabriele
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro; Sub-Mariner [Namor]; Doctor Horton; Python
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from textual analysis by Lou Mougin.

"A special message to the boys and girls of America from Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Secretary of the Treasury" (Table of Contents: 10)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Henry Morgenthal, Jr. (credited)
Pencils
? (illustration)
Inks
? (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
?; typeset

Genre
advocacy
Synopsis
The publishers donated this space, on behalf of the U.S. Savings Bonds and War Stamps campaign, to published a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., encouraging the boys and girls of America to buy at least one 10 cent Savings Stamp each week to help the war effort.
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Flight Over Tokyo (Table of Contents: 11)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Mickey Spillane (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
war
Characters
Warren Gates; Major Briggs; Greg Holmes; Bill Halsey
Synopsis
Warren had been stationed in Australia for three months and had not seen any action. When the Major stepped from his office and informed the men that they were going to conduct a raid on Tokyo, he was overjoyed that at last he'd get a crack at the enemy.
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Indexer Notes

Synopsis added by Craig Delich 1-28-08. Reprint note for Primal Spillane from Arthur Lortie, August 2008.

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

Tubby and Tack / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Ray Houlihan (signed)
Pencils
Ray Houlihan (signed)
Inks
Ray Houlihan (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Ray Houlihan ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Do they allow fishing here Pop!?
Genre
humor
Characters
Tubby; Tack; Pop
Synopsis
Pop takes his sons to his favorite fishing hole, only to be surprised that someone else has beat them to the spot!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Synopsis added by Craig Delich 1-26-08.

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

Tubby and Tack / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Ray Houlihan (signed)
Pencils
Ray Houlihan (signed)
Inks
Ray Houlihan (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Ray Houlihan?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oboy Tub! Let's get our fortunes told!
Genre
humor
Characters
Tubby; Tack
Synopsis
Tubby and Tack decide to visit a fortune teller, but Tubby is convinced that he is a fake.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Synopsis added by Craig Delich 1-26-08.

Nabbing Japanese Spies (Table of Contents: 14)

Casey McKann / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Lou Ferstadt [as Looey] (signed)
Pencils
Lou Ferstadt [as Looey] (signed)
Inks
Lou Ferstadt [as Looey] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Lou Ferstadt [as Looey] (signed)

Genre
humor
Characters
Casey McKann
Synopsis
Casey is suspicious of Japanese men who work in a bakery.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Sequence and all info added by Craig Delich 1-26-08.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15)

Swoopy the Fearless / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Art Gates (signed)
Pencils
Art Gates (signed)
Inks
Art Gates (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Art Gates ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In the Kingdom of Moronia where anything goes...
Genre
humor
Characters
Swoopy; Wendy
Synopsis
Needing a $100 to get their plane out of hock, Swoopy and Wendy aid a man on the street getting accosted and get the $100...momentarily!
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Indexer Notes

Synopsis added by Craig Delich 1-26-08.

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

Swoopy the Fearless / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Art Gates (signed)
Pencils
Art Gates (signed)
Inks
Art Gates (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Art Gates ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
With their plane in a hockshop...
Genre
humor
Characters
Swoopy; Wendy
Synopsis
Swoopy and Wendy think they spot a counterfeiter and close in, but are told by him that he's only making $3 dollar bills and that is no crime!
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Indexer Notes

Synopsis added by Craig Delich 1-26-08.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17)

Swoopy the Fearless / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Art Gates (signed)
Pencils
Art Gates (signed)
Inks
Art Gates (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Art Gates ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
After trailing a crook...
Genre
humor
Characters
Swoopy; Wendy
Synopsis
Captured by the counterfeiter, our pair lose out when he is captured by a confederate.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Synopsis added by Craig Delich 1-26-08.

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

Swoopy the Fearless / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Art Gates (signed)
Pencils
Art Gates (signed)
Inks
Art Gates (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Art Gates ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Captured by the counterfeiters...
Genre
humor
Characters
Swoopy; Wendy
Synopsis
The two counterfeiters force Swoopy & Wendy to the airfield, where their plane is now out of hock, and force them to fly away from the Police...but an accident lands the plane, with the crooks and our heroes, in a prison!
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Indexer Notes

Synopsis added by Craig Delich 1-26-08.

[Private Peeps at Preposterous Punks Who Prowl This Planet] (Table of Contents: 19)

Peculiar People / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Pencils
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Inks
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Private Peeps; Elmer Eep; Freddie Flump; Adolf Hitler; Percy Pish; Sidney Sapperz; Mushmouth Myers
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Consists of 6 humorous one-panel bits.
Most info provided by Craig Delich 1-26-08.

[Tops in Thrills, Mystery, Action, Comedy, Patriotism] (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

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

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

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Battling the Sub-Mariner]
    Human Torch
  2. 1. [Marvel Mystery Comics Thrills]
    Marvel Mystery Comics
  3. 2. Human Torch vs. Sub-Mariner [Chapter 1]
    Human Torch; Sub-Mariner
  4. 3. Human Torch vs. Sub-Mariner, Chapter 2: Python's Power
    Human Torch; Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. The Men Hitler Fears
  6. 5. Human Torch vs. Sub-Mariner, Chapter 3: The Fiery Monster
    Human Torch; Sub-Mariner
  7. 6. Human Torch vs. Sub-Mariner, Chapter 4: The Python Strikes!
    Human Torch; Sub-Mariner
  8. 7. none
    Krazy Komics
  9. 8. Human Torch vs. Sub-Mariner, Chapter 5: Underground Terror!
    Human Torch; Sub-Mariner
  10. 9. Human Torch vs. Sub-Mariner, Chapter 6: The Amazing Awakening
    Human Torch; Sub-Mariner
  11. 10. "A special message to the boys and girls of America from Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Secretary of the Treasury"
  12. 11. Flight Over Tokyo
  13. 12. ["Do they allow fishing here Pop!?"]
    Tubby and Tack
  14. 13. ["Oboy Tub! Let's get our fortunes told!"]
    Tubby and Tack
  15. 14. Nabbing Japanese Spies
    Casey McKann
  16. 15. ["In the Kingdom of Moronia where anything goes..."]
    Swoopy the Fearless
  17. 16. ["With their plane in a hockshop..."]
    Swoopy the Fearless
  18. 17. ["After trailing a crook..."]
    Swoopy the Fearless
  19. 18. ["Captured by the counterfeiters..."]
    Swoopy the Fearless
  20. 19. [Private Peeps at Preposterous Punks Who Prowl This Planet]
    Peculiar People
  21. 20. [Tops in Thrills, Mystery, Action, Comedy, Patriotism]
    Captain America
  22. 21. ["Aw, Sarge, don't let a little thing like this bomb worry you!"]
    Terry Toons Comics
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Lionel English
  • Lou Mougin
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Del Gruber
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose