(December 1939)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1939-10-13
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Timely Publications
Editing
Martin Goodman
Color
Full Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S. (through about early 1944, narrower thereafter)
Paper Stock
Newsprint
Binding
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Monthly (through July 1944, variable thereafter)

Issue Notes

Indicia (scan courtesy of Greg Gatlin):
MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS published monthly by Timely Publications, 330 West 42nd St., New York, N. Y. Publication office, 8 Lord Street, Buffalo, New York. Entered as second class matter at the Post Office at Buffalo, New York under act of March 3rd, 1879. Entire contents copyright 1939 by Timely Publications. Vol. 1 No. 2. December 1939. Yearly subscription $1.00. Single copies 10 cents.

On sale date from the publication date found in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 4. Second class periodical. Copyright number 432327.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Angel / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Charles J. Mazoujian
Inks
Charles J. Mazoujian
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
With a tremendous leap, the Angel catches the bomber's landing gear...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Angel [Tom Halloway]
Reprints
Keywords
bomber planes; bombs

Indexer Notes

Art identification by Hames Ware and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Timely-Atlas list. Corrected from Claire S. Moe (Henry Andrews 2009-03-08).

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

Silver Streak Comics #1 / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[Murder At the Racetrack] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Human Torch / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Burgos (signed)
Pencils
Carl Burgos (signed)
Inks
Carl Burgos (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Carl Burgos

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Human Torch (origin retold in flashback); Professor Horton; un-named girlfriend of Blackie Ross (introduction); Johnson (introduction, prison con and former racecar driver); Blackie Ross (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The Torch must battle a racketeer who wants his racing car to win so badly that he uses an airplane that fires incendiary bullets into the other cars.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Human Torch still wears his blue uniform. He doeswn't adopt the Jim Hammond identity until issue #4.

[The Treasure of Alano] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Pencils
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Angel [Tom Halloway]; Jane Framan (introduction); Lelong [as Sumner] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The Angel saves a woman's life, all over a map with a curse on it, as it reveals the location of a treasure connected to the lost temple of Alano.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who indicates that Ray Gill did write the strip sometime in 1940, but this story precedes that, so the Gill ? script credit is revised to Gustavson.

All Gustavson credits verified and courtesy of Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

[Attack On New York City] (Table of Contents: 4)

The Sub-Mariner / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Everett (signed)
Pencils
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks
Bill Everett (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Bill Everett

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Pinkerton; un-named girl; Foley (Policeman, death)
Synopsis
Namor heads for New York City, and while securing a disguise, a young woman accidently sets her dress ablaze with a cigarette. Deciding that she can be of value to him in his avowed war against the Americans, he kidnaps her from the hospital and takes her to his undersea kingdom.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story continued in the next issue.

[The Town of Wanted Men] (Table of Contents: 5)

The Masked Raider / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al Anders [as Anders] (signed)
Inks
Al Anders [as Anders] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
The Masked Raider [Jim Gardley]; un-named Sheriff; "Hook" Tebbs (villain, introduction) and his men [Tex, Miguel] (villains)
Synopsis
The Raiders disguises himself as a fugitive in order to infiltrate a gang that has been harrassing and robbing ranches in several towns.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Al Anders to ?. Anders was an artist only. The Who's Who does not list a writer for the strip.

[Origin of the American Ace] (Table of Contents: 6)

American Ace / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Paul J. Lauretta (signed)
Inks
Paul J. Lauretta (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
aviation
Characters
American Ace [Perry Wade] (introduction); Minisater of Attainia (death); Queen Ursula (villain, introduction), Josef (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Queen Ursula of Castle D'or, whose empire was shattered when she lost her colonies during WWI, plans revenge.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story continued next issue. Writer revision from Paul Lauretta to ?. Lauretta was an artist only and the Who's Who lists no writer for the strip.

Death-Bird Squadron (Table of Contents: 7)

The Angel / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
David C. Cooke (signed)
Pencils
Charles J. Mazoujian [as C. J. M.] (signed)
Inks
Charles J. Mazoujian [as C. J. M.] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Angel [Tom Halloway]; the Nazis (villains, some die)
Synopsis
The Angel takes matters into his own hands against the Nazis, who without warning attack the Polish town of Grybow.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art ID by Hames Ware and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Timely-Atlas list. Corrected from Claire S. Moe (Henry Andrews 2009-03-08).

[The Battle With Bardak] (Table of Contents: 8)

Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ben Thompson (signed)
Inks
Ben Thompson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
jungle
Characters
Ka-Zar [David Rand]; Zar (a lion); Sha (lion mate of Zar); Trajah (an elephant); Zoro (a lion cub); Chaka (an ape); Kru (a vulture); Bardak (villain, introduction, an ape, death)
Synopsis
After the death of his parents, Ka-Zar goes to live in the cave of his friend, Zar, but soon faces Bardak, who has found a mirror in the abandoned tent of De Kraft, and refuses to relinquish it. Ka-Zar takes it from him and Bardak swears revenge.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Ben Thompson. Thompson was an artist only and the Who's Who lists no writer for this strip.

All in Fun (Table of Contents: 9)

All in Fun / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Fred Schwab [as Ed Wood] (signed)
Pencils
Fred Schwab [as Ed Wood] (signed)
Inks
Fred Schwab [as Ed Wood] (signed)
Letters
Fred Schwab [as Ed Wood]

Genre
humor
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover. Five single page gag cartoons. Secquence added by Kauldi Gilibert (June 14, 2013).

Loony Laffs! (Table of Contents: 10)

Loony Laffs! / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Ben Thompson (signed)
Pencils
Ben Thompson (signed)
Inks
Ben Thompson (signed)
Letters
Ben Thompson

Genre
humor
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Five single page gag cartoons. Secuence added by Kauldi Gilibert (June 14, 2013).

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["With a tremendous leap, the Angel catches the bomber's landing gear..."]
    The Angel
  2. 1. ["Look for the SILVER Cover!"]
    Silver Streak Comics #1
  3. 2. [Murder At the Racetrack]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. [The Treasure of Alano]
    The Angel
  5. 4. [Attack On New York City]
    The Sub-Mariner
  6. 5. [The Town of Wanted Men]
    The Masked Raider
  7. 6. [Origin of the American Ace]
    American Ace
  8. 7. Death-Bird Squadron
    The Angel
  9. 8. [The Battle With Bardak]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  10. 9. All in Fun
    All in Fun
  11. 10. Loony Laffs!
    Loony Laffs!
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Darci
  • Peter Croome
  • Kauldi Gilibert
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