(February 1940)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
[monthly]
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Timely Publications [not printed on item]
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

No indicia in this issue, nor in the other issue Timely published this month (Daring Mystery Comics #2).


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Sub-Mariner / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Schomburg
Inks
Alex Schomburg
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Like lightning, the Sub-Mariner attacked
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Nazis
Reprints
Keywords
bondage; Kriegsmarine; submarines; World War II

Marvel Comics' Free $25.00 Prize Contest (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

[New York Hit by Green Flame] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Human Torch / comic story / 12 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 [Jim Hammond]; Inspector Reiss; Clancy (Policeman); Johnson; Maizie (introduction, underecover Policewoman); Dr. Manyac (villain, introduction); the Green Flames (villains, introduction for all, some deaths)
Synopsis
Torch has to deal with the ransom threats by a Dr. Manyac, who plans to use the Green Flames as a tool to exact revenge if his demands are not met.
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Indexer Notes

Torch assumes Jim Hammond identity, and still wears blue uniform. Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2008-11-8.

[Butch the Giant] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Paul Gustavson ?; Ray Gill ?
Pencils
Paul Gustavson
Inks
Paul Gustavson
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Angel [Tom Halloway]; Butch (villain, introduction, death, a giant); Rickie (villain, death); Brink (villain, introduction); Weasel (villain, death)
Synopsis
The Angel ventures into The Devil's Playground, which harbors killers, murderers, and every other imaginable menace to civilization in order to battle a giant who carries out the gruesome activities.
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Indexer Notes

The Who's Who indicates that Ray Gill did write the strip sometime in 1940, and there is a slim outside chance that Gill could have written it, so the Gill ? script credit is revised to also read Gustavson ?.

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

[The Sub-Mariner Goes To War] (Table of Contents: 4)

Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner / comic story / 10 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]; Betty Dean; Tha-Korr; Council of Three (introduction, Atlantean rulers); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
Betty, concerned on what effect the Nazi submarine warfare has had on ocean-going travel and commerce, enlists the aid of the Sub-Mariner and his aerial subs to deal with the problem.
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Indexer Notes

Story continued next issue.

[The Claim Jumpers] (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]; Zeb; Luke; Manuel; Ben; Buck and his gang (villains, some die)
Synopsis
A couple of prospectors discover a large gold deposit on their property, but are threatened by local crooks to give them the location of that claim.
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Indexer Notes

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

Warning Enough (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 1.75 pages (report information)

Script
David G. Cooke (signed)
Pencils
Harry Ramsey [as H. Ramsey] (signed)
Inks
Harry Ramsey [as H. Ramsey] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Steve; Naylor; Jim Stinson; "Slip" Rodney (villain)
Synopsis
Steve picks up a hitchhiker along side a road, not knowing that he is a wanted killer.
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Indexer Notes

The statement of ownership is printed in the last column of the story. Artist's first name and note added by Craig Delich 2008-11-8.

Statement of ownership, management, circulation, etc. (Table of Contents: 7)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
Abraham Goodman; Maurice Coyne (notary)
Letters
typeset
Editing
Timely Publications (owner); Abraham Goodman (owner, publisher); Martin Goodman (editor, managing editor, business manager)

Synopsis
Statement of ownership of "Marvel Mystery Comics, published monthly, at Buffalo, New York, for October 1, 1939."
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Indexer Notes

All addresses for Martin and Abraham Goodman as well as for Timely Publications given as 330 W. 42nd St., N. Y. C.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

Electro, the Marvel of the Age / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Dahlman [as Dahl] (signed)
Inks
Steve Dahlman [as Dahl] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Prof. Philo Zog, Mechanical Wizard...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Electro (introduction, origin, a robot); Prof. Philo Zog (Electro's creator); the twelve Secret Operatives (introduction); Dick Gardner (secret operative #3); Little Joyce Lovely; Hymie "The Weasel" Pazetto (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Professor Zog creates a marvelous robot, all powerful and intelligent, as a means of helping humainity by banishing all crime and evil. Electro's first case is to rescue a kidnapped child actress.
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Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Steve Dahlman to ?. The Who's Who lists no writer for this strip. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-8.

[Quest For a Crime Boss] (Table of Contents: 9)

Ferret, Mystery Detective / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Davis [as Stockbridge Winslow] (signed)
Pencils
Irwin Hasen [as I. Hasen] (signed)
Inks
Irwin Hasen [as I. Hasen] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Ferret (introduction); Lynn Froehm; Doc Wagner (villain, introduction); Knuckles Johnson (villain, death)
Synopsis
Our hero faces a challenge from the underworld, who doesn't take a liking to his "crime doesn't pay" articles and is out robbing and killing people for jewelry.
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Indexer Notes

The Davis script credit per Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Marvel Comics, Vol. 1 (manufactured by R. R. Donnelley between 11/23/2011 and 12/12/2011), added by Craig Delich.

Fourth Episode [Return of the Oman] (Table of Contents: 10)

Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre
jungle
Characters
Ka-Zar [David Rand]; Zar (a lion); Chaka (ape leader); N'Jaga (a leopard); Sinessa (a snake); Kru (a vulture); Trajah (an elephant); Paul De Kraft [aka Fat Face] (villain); Ed Kivlin (villain, introduction); Inkosi (villain)
Synopsis
De Kraft returns to the Belgian Congo, where, years earlier, he had killed Ka-Zar's parents, and when Ka-Zar spots him, he swears revenge. Now De Kraft uses deadly tactics to deal with the natives, who want to desert him because they fear retribution from the "Jungle God".
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Indexer Notes

Story continued in the next issue. Bracketed story title found in the last panel of story in Marvel Mystery #3. Writer revision from Ben Thompson to ?. The Who's Who does not list a writer for this strip. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-8.

Rush Coupon for Mammoth Catalog (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

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

Money and Big Prizes (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

The Crowell-Collier Publishing Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Like lightning, the Sub-Mariner attacked"]
    The Sub-Mariner
  2. 1. Marvel Comics' Free $25.00 Prize Contest
  3. 2. [New York Hit by Green Flame]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. [Butch the Giant]
    The Angel
  5. 4. [The Sub-Mariner Goes To War]
    Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner
  6. 5. [The Claim Jumpers]
    The Masked Raider
  7. 6. Warning Enough
  8. 7. Statement of ownership, management, circulation, etc.
  9. 8. ["Prof. Philo Zog, Mechanical Wizard..."]
    Electro, the Marvel of the Age
  10. 9. [Quest For a Crime Boss]
    Ferret, Mystery Detective
  11. 10. Fourth Episode [Return of the Oman]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  12. 11. Rush Coupon for Mammoth Catalog
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  13. 12. Money and Big Prizes
    The Crowell-Collier Publishing Co.
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jay Flash
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Kauldi Gilibert
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Craig Delich