(January 1940)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1939-11-17
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

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 437425.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Angel / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Schomburg
Inks
Alex Schomburg
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Unaware of death behind him, the Angel went into action
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Angel [Tom Halloway]
Reprints
Keywords
automatic pistols; hatchets; skeletons

[The Menace From Mars] (Table of Contents: 1)

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; Mr. Carson (introduction, owner of the Carson Explosive Company, death); Diane Carson (daughter of Mr. Carson); the Martians (villains, introduction); Captain Ott (villain, introduction, a Martian); Mr. Ritton (villain, introduction, agent of the planet Mars on Earth, death)
Synopsis
After an attack on New York by Martians, the Torch decides that a new explosive called Trinitrotoluol is probably better off in the hands of the Martians to take back to Mars rather than allowing it to remain on Earth.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Torch wears a blue costume. He doesn't adopt the Jim Hammond identity until issue #4.

[The Voodoo Sacrifice] (Table of Contents: 2)

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]; The Sacred One (villain, introduction, death); a voodoo cult (villains, introduction)
Synopsis
The Angel must battle a voodoo cult that has kidnapped young women to sacrifice to their fire god.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who indicates that Ray Gill did write the strip sometime in 1940, but this story was written in 1939, so the Gill ? script credit is revised to Gustavson.

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

[Enter: Betty Dean] (Table of Contents: 3)

Prince Namor, 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]; Inspector Peterson; Betty Dean (introduction); Esther; a Nazi U-boat crew (villains, introduction for all, all die)
Synopsis
The police concoct a plan to use police officer Betty Dean to lay a trap to capture the Sub-Mariner, but instead she convinces Namor to fight for the Allies in the war.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story continued next issue.

[The Land Grabbers] (Table of Contents: 4)

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
Masked Raider [Jim Gardley]; Barney (the sheriff); Jeb Barnes; Dan Barnes; Jed Sirrah (villain, introduction, death?); Brace (villain); Dan (villain)
Synopsis
The Raider has to deal with a group of outlaws, who in trying to run a man off his run-down ranch in order to get to gold buried in the hills and oil deposits as well, decide to frame the owner and have the sheriff run him off.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Al Anders to ?. Anders was an artist only and the Who's Who lists no writer for the strip. Note added by Craig Delich 2008-11-8.

[Origin of the American Ace, Part 2] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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

Genre
aviation
Characters
American Ace [Perry Wade] (Origin, Part 2); Jeanie; Queen Ursula (villain)
Synopsis
Perry takes the girl he saved last month back to her father and sister, then heads back to his fight against Queen Ursula. However, he is seriously wounded, but returns and is tended to by Jeanie.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Last golden age American Ace story. A similar or reworked feature titled Lieutenant Lank appears at Centaur in Amazing Mystery Funnies #24 http://www.comics.org/issue/1026/#1153116 and The Arrow #2 http://www.comics.org/issue/1083/#16332.
Next appearance in All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes (Marvel, 2011 series) #4.
Writer revision from Paul Lauretta to ? by Craig Delich 2008-11-8. Lauretta was an artist and the Who's Who lists no writer for the strip.

Siegfried Suicide (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
David C. Cooke (signed)
Pencils
Bill Everett [as Everett] (signed)
Inks
Bill Everett [as Everett] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
war
Characters
Sgt. Bill Stern; the Germans (villains)
Synopsis
Sgt. Stern and his company of men attempt to smash a hole through the German fortifications along the Siegfried Line.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story set in World War I.

Third Episode (Table of Contents: 7)

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]; Steve Hardy (introduction); Inkosi; Tuta (an elephant); Trajah (an elephant); Quog (a wild hog); N'Jaga (a leopard); Paul DeKraft (villain)
Synopsis
A hunter searching for wild game, who has enlisted the aid of local natives, has a hard time convincing those natives that it was a man [Ka-Zar] who was interferring with their hunt, and not a jungle god as they thought.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story continued next issue. Writer revision from Ben Thompson to ?. Thompson was an artist and the Who's Who lists no writer for this strip. Notes added by Craivg Delich 2008-11-8.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Unaware of death behind him, the Angel went into action"]
    The Angel
  2. 1. [The Menace From Mars]
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. [The Voodoo Sacrifice]
    The Angel
  4. 3. [Enter: Betty Dean]
    Prince Namor, Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [The Land Grabbers]
    The Masked Raider
  6. 5. [Origin of the American Ace, Part 2]
    American Ace
  7. 6. Siegfried Suicide
  8. 7. Third Episode
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Peter Croome
  • Kauldi Gilibert
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich