(January 1940)

Marvel, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1939-10-30
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Timely Publications
Editing
Martin Goodman ?
Color
Full Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Newsprint
Binding
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing

Issue Notes

Indicia information (available scan only partially legible, so not a direct transcription):
DARING MYSTERY COMICS (illegible) 8 Lord Street, Buffalo N. Y. by Timely Publications. Editorial and administrative offices at (illegible- 330 West 42nd St.?) N. Y. Application for (illegible- second class matter?) pending at the Post Office, Buffalo, N. Y. under act of March 3, 1879. (illegible, probably copyright statement) by Timely Publications. Vol. 1, No. 1., January, 1940. Yearly subscription $1.00. Single copies 10ยข.

On sale date from the publication date found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, January-December 1940, Numbers 1-4. Second class permit. Copyright number 431924.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Fiery Mask / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Schomburg
Inks
Alex Schomburg
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A thrilling adventure of the Fiery Mask
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fiery Mask [Dr. Jack Castle]
Reprints
Keywords
automobiles

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

Brownscope Co. 60 Power Telescope / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Fantastic Thriller of the Walking Corpses (Table of Contents: 2)

The Fiery Mask / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Simon
Pencils
Joe Simon
Inks
Joe Simon
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Simon

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fiery Mask [Dr. Jack Castle] (introduction, origin); Captain Benson (introduction); Zombie Master (a mad doctor, villain, introduction, death); zombies (villains, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Dr. Jack Castle begins investigating the disappearance of eight men and the appearance of living corpses, bent on serving a mad scientist whose avowed aim is conquering the world.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Funnies, Inc. material.

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

Soldier of Fortune John Steele / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Antonette
Pencils
Larry Antonette [as Dean Carr] (signed)
Inks
Larry Antonette [as Dean Carr] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
While the Allies are throwing back the enemy in a terrific battle -
Genre
war
Characters
John Steele (introduction); Marie; unnamed general; Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
Steele helps a nurse, whose life he has just saved, through a series of perilous encounters with the Nazis in order to get a vital message to the general.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Allan Holtz's Stripper's Guide states that there is an entry in the Catalog of Copyright Entries for Antonette's "Dash Dixon" specifying "Dean Carr" as a pseudonym and not a writing partner. Confirmed on the Comics History Exchange list by Shaun Clancy from copies of the comic story maintained by Larry Antonette in his personal records (21 February 2015).

Only golden age appearance. Next appearance in The Marvels Project (Marvel, 2009 series) #2.
Funnies, Inc. material.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

The Texas Kid, Robin Hood of the Range / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Riding the range trail above Red Ridge Canyon...
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
The Texas Kid (introduction); Humboldt (introduction); Banker Wells (villain; introduction); Luke (villain; introduction); Comanche (villain; introduction); Trent (villain; introduction)
Synopsis
The Kid goes after a gang of raiders that are burning the cabins and stealing the cattle of property owners whose mortgage is coming due.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Only appearance.
Funnies, Inc. material.

[The Menace of Mr. Muro] (Table of Contents: 5)

Monako, Prince of Magic / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Larry Antonette (signed)
Inks
Larry Antonette (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Monako (introduction); Josette (introduction); Al (introduction); Mr. Muro (villain, introduction); Tashu (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Monako agrees to help Josette's brother Al, who has just perfected a new powerful explosive for the government, from falling into the hands of the evil Mr. Muro.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Funnies, Inc. material.

[The Thundering Terror of Gold Creek] (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Ray Gill (signed)
Pencils
Al Anders [ as Anders] (signed; spot illustrations)
Inks
Al Anders [ as Anders] (signed; spot illustrations)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Wade Duncan; Mr. Hastings; Hank Wells; Spud Clark; un-named blacksmith; gang of crooks from Chelsa City (villains)
Synopsis
A radio-controlled herd of wild, mad horses destroy the town of Gold Creek, sent on that mission by a gang of criminals from Chelsa City, who had been trying to buy out that town for some time.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Title accidentally left off story- there is a blank cutout in the illustration where the title should appear.
Funnies, Inc. material.

[The Football Fixing Scheme] (Table of Contents: 7)

Flash Foster at Midwestern / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Wood (signed)
Pencils
Bob Wood (signed)
Inks
Bob Wood (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; sports
Characters
Flash Foster (introduction); Connie Hodges (introduction); Nick Bruno (villain, introduction); Bunky (villain, introduction); Pat (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Nick Bruno kidnaps the girlfriend of the star of the Midwestern College football team in order to win big money on that game and to prevent Midwestern from being invited to the Rose Bowl.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

Almost certainly Funnies, Inc. material.

Case of Perrone (Table of Contents: 8)

Phantom of the Underworld / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Maurice Gutwirth (signed)
Inks
Maurice Gutwirth (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Phantom of the Underworld [Doc Denton] (introduction); Nurse Andrus (introduction); Inspector Flynn (introduction); Perrone (villain; introduction)
Synopsis
In order to get inside information on crime boss Perrone, Detective Denton takes over the offices of a local doctor so that he'll be in a position to treat Perrone.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Only appearance.

Likely a Chesler shop production, and the first such story at Timely. Per Who's Who, Gutwirth was with Chesler c1937-41, then Funnies, Inc. c1942-45.

Wartime Wonders (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harry Francis Campbell ?
Pencils
Harry Francis Campbell (signed)
Inks
Harry Francis Campbell (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Interesting facts are illustrated, such as: some steel used in England's new battleships was scrapped from German ships sunk in WW1; none of the planes currently used in WW2 will be in existence after 20 days of war; the mystery of a new explosive made from wood and air; a pilot thrown from his plane actually fell back into it; and several others.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Funnies, Inc. material.

[The Rotterdam Run] (Table of Contents: 10)

Barney Mullen, Sea Rover / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Charles Pearson [as Chas. Pearson] (signed)
Inks
Charles Pearson [as Chas. Pearson] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
war
Characters
Barney Mullen (introduction); Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
Barney takes on the dangerous assignment of transporting a shipment of gold filigree into the war zone of Rotterdam.
Reprints
Keywords
naval

Indexer Notes

Only appearance at Timely. Funnies, Inc. material.
The Sea Rover feature is next seen in Funny Pages #40 from Centaur http://www.comics.org/issue/969/#15022

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

Remington Deluxe Noiseless Portable Typewriter / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Johnson Smith & Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["A thrilling adventure of the Fiery Mask"]
    Fiery Mask
  2. 1. ["Hi Fellers!"]
    Brownscope Co. 60 Power Telescope
  3. 2. The Fantastic Thriller of the Walking Corpses
    The Fiery Mask
  4. 3. ["While the Allies are throwing back the enemy in a terrific battle -"]
    Soldier of Fortune John Steele
  5. 4. ["Riding the range trail above Red Ridge Canyon..."]
    The Texas Kid, Robin Hood of the Range
  6. 5. [The Menace of Mr. Muro]
    Monako, Prince of Magic
  7. 6. [The Thundering Terror of Gold Creek]
  8. 7. [The Football Fixing Scheme]
    Flash Foster at Midwestern
  9. 8. Case of Perrone
    Phantom of the Underworld
  10. 9. Wartime Wonders
  11. 10. [The Rotterdam Run]
    Barney Mullen, Sea Rover
  12. 11. ["This Beautiful Desk for Only $1.00"]
    Remington Deluxe Noiseless Portable Typewriter
  13. 12. ["30 Shot Automatic Repeater!!"]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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