(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
Chuck Mazoujian
Inks
Chuck 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 (signed)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'm afraid of my own creation -- the Human Torch!
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 ?; Ray Gill ?
Pencils
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The mysterious enchantment of the China Sea is broken by the low moan of the fog-horn on the S.S. Oregon as she docks at Hongkong.
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Angel [Tom Halloway]; Jane Framan (introduction); Lelong [as Sumner] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The Angel saves a woman's life when a stranger attempts to steal her map that reveals the location of a treasure connected to the lost temple of Alano.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Gustavson's credits from 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 (signed)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Namor dives from a stolen plane...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Pinkerton; un-named girl; Foley (policeman, death)
Synopsis
Namor heads for New York City, and while he is securing a disguise, a young woman accidentally sets her dress ablaze with a cigarette. Deciding that she can be of value to him in his 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
Al Anders ?
Pencils
Al Anders (signed as Anders)
Inks
Al Anders (signed as Anders)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Nestling in a valley protected by rocky mountains lay the headquarters of a town of wanted men --
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
The Masked Raider [Jim Gardley]; un-named Sheriff; "Hook" Tebbs (villain, introduction) and his men [Tex, Miguel] (villains)
Synopsis
The Raider disguises himself as a fugitive in order to infiltrate a gang that has been harassing and robbing ranches in several towns.
Reprints

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

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Not so many years ago a bloody conflict was waged in Europe.
Genre
aviation
Characters
American Ace [Perry Wade] (introduction); Minister 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 World War I, plans revenge.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story continued next issue.

Lauretta is known to have lettered Superman stories at National.

Death-Bird Squadron (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
David Cooke (credited as David C. Cooke)
Pencils
Chuck Mazoujian (signed as C. J. M.)
Inks
Chuck Mazoujian (signed as C. J. M.)
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
Ben Thompson ?
Pencils
Ben Thompson (signed)
Inks
Ben Thompson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
After the death of his parents, David Rand goes to live with Zar, the lion, whose life he once saved.
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

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

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It ain't fair!
Genre
humor
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

[no title indexed] (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 (signed)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Which of you two was drivin' that crate?
Genre
humor
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Five single panel gag cartoons. Sequence 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. ["It ain't fair!"]
    All in Fun
  11. 10. ["Which of you two was drivin' that crate?"]
    Loony Laffs!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Keith Chandler
  • Craig Delich
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Darci
  • Peter Croome
  • Kauldi Gilibert
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