(April 1940)

Marvel, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-01-29
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

DARING MYSTERY COMICS published monthly by Timely Publications at 8 Lord Street, Buffalo, N. Y. Entered as second class matter at the Post Office, Buffalo, N. Y. under act of March 3, 1879. Yearly subscription, $1.00. Single copies 10 cents. Vol. 1, No. 3. Entire contents copyright 1940 by Timely Publications, 330 West 42nd Street, New York City. Printed in the U. S. A.

On sale date from the publication date found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, 1940, Number 2. Class B periodical. Copyright number B 444322.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Purple Mask / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Schomburg
Inks
Alex Schomburg
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Purple Mask [Dennis Burton]; the Nazis (villains)
Reprints

Conquer Space, Explore the Universe with this Magic Eye 60 Power Telescope (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

[The Escape of Red Corker] (Table of Contents: 2)

Dale of the FBI / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Phil Sturm (signed)
Pencils
Gus Ricca ?
Inks
Gus Ricca ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
crime
Characters
Dale of the FBI (introduction); J. Edgar Hoover; George Dean; Helen Dean; Red Corker (villain; introduction; death)
Synopsis
Red Corker escapes from prison and re-unites with his old gang, having planned dozens of jobs while housed in jail. Ace investigator, Dale, is dispatched from Washington D.C. to Dream Island in San Francisco to try and rescue Helen Dean, daughter of oil magnate George Dean, who has been kidnapped by Corker.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Only appearance.

Prior pencil credit to Joseph Cal Cagno for reasons not clear. Tentative credit to Gus Ricca from the Masterworks.
Chesler shop material.

In the Miracle City (Table of Contents: 3)

Breeze Barton / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Binder
Inks
E. C. Stoner
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; science fiction
Characters
Breeze Barton (introduction, origin); Ann Barclay (introduction); Zanoba (a scientist, introduction); Mubahn and the demon people (vilains introduction for all)
Synopsis
While on a scouting expedition in 1945 in South Africa, Breeze discovers a Japanese Army marching toward British territory, but is shot down. Making his way to Miracle City, a young girl escorts him to a scientist named Zanoba, who is later captured by the Demon People, and Breeze heads out for the rescue.
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Indexer Notes

Chesler shop material.

[Mystery of the Swabert Mansion] (Table of Contents: 4)

The Purple Mask / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Purple Mask [Dennis Burton]; Commissioner Herrick; Frederick Swabert (introduction); Renard (villain, introduction, death); his gang (villains, introduction); Mr. Bellos (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The Purple Mask investigates an attempt to force Frederick Swabert to reveal the hiding place of his father's fortune or risk being killed for refusing to do so.
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Indexer Notes

Dennis Burton appeared as the Laughing Mask in the previous issue, but is the Purple Mask in this issue and the next.

Will Harr's signature is in the splash panel, but Maurice Gutwirth's is in the 3rd-to-last panel of the story.
Chesler shop material.

[The East Side Murders ["Meet the Phantom Reporter!..."]] (Table of Contents: 5)

The Phantom Reporter / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Robert O. Erisman [as ROE] (signed)
Pencils
Sam Cooper (signed)
Inks
Sam Cooper (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Phantom Reporter [Dick Jones] (introduction); a park commissioner; various corrupt officials (villains, introduction for all); Max; other gangsters (villains, introduction, death for all)
Synopsis
Cub reporter Jones is assigned a case in which seven families on the east side of town have been wantonly beaten, resulting in three deaths. He soon discovers, as the Phantom Reporter, that the Park Commissioner, Police Chief and the publisher of several newspapers were behind it all... each having vested interest in the property on the east side, and hoping that the crime wave would get people to vacate their property so they could pick it up cheaply!
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Indexer Notes

Only golden age appearance. Next appearance in The Twelve (Marvel, 2008 series) #1.
Probably produced in-house / freelance. Erisman was a pulp editor for Goodman.

Powdersmoke Showdown (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
James P. Olsen (signed)
Pencils
? (illustration)
Inks
? (illustration)
Colors
? (illustration)
Letters
typeset

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Bick Deems; Hardwinter Smith; Widow Ames; Sam Hala (death)
Synopsis
Bick and Sam, once the best of friends, get into a shooting match over a widow woman.
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Indexer Notes

Probably produced in-house / freelance.

[The Devil Beast and the Nazis] (Table of Contents: 7)

Trojak, the Tiger Man / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Simon ?; ? (probably at least one other scripter, see notes)
Pencils
Joe Simon (signed, pages 1-9 ?); August Froehlich (pages 10-13 ?) (see notes)
Inks
Joe Simon (signed, pages 1-9 ?); August Froehlich (pages 10-13 ?) (see notes)
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Simon (see notes); ? (see notes)

Genre
jungle
Characters
Trojak; Edith Alton; Balu (the tiger); Sator (a bird); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
The native villagers tell Trojak of a strange beast that sneaks into their village every morning and takes one their tribal members away. After dealing with that menace, he then has to rescue Edith from the Nazis.
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Indexer Notes

The Masterworks reprint credits this to Joe Simon but this is not entirely correct.
Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. identifies August Froehlich as the artist of the last four pages, and sees his work in some of the earlier pages as well.
Henry Andrews is of the opinion that pages 1 and 2 are definitely Simon, but 3-9 are less clear. As for lettering, Simon used a distinctive "W" shape at this time, which is clear on all of pages 1 and 2, which have consistent lettering, but the lettering becomes less consistent for the remainder of the story. Even some of the definite Froehlich pages have what appear to be Simon lettering, although there may be an alternate explanation.

Note that this is right around the time that Simon left Funnies, Inc. to take the job of editor for Fox Publications, and most likely had to drop this assignment before its completion.

Funnies, Inc. material.

[The Origin of Marvex the Super-Robot] (Table of Contents: 8)

Marvex the Super-Robot / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (see note)
Inks
Hal Sharp
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Marvex the Super-Robot (introduction, origin); Clara Crandall (introduction); Bolo and other Fifth Dimensional people (villains, introduction, death); Von Crabb (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Weird creatures of the 5th Dimension create a super robot in order to send him to Earth to capture human beings to become slaves in that dimension. But Marvex retaliates against his masters, and, by means of an explosion, is blown out of the 5th Dimension to Earth.
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Indexer Notes

Art credit revised from Allen Simon? to Hal Sharp by Craig Delich 2009-8-6. Pencil credit revised by Craig Delich 2010-3-20 from Sharp to ?. Sharp is definite inker, but he has a penciler unknown to me at this time.

Chesler shop material.

[Ali Hassan and His Desert Pirates] (Table of Contents: 9)

Captain Strong of the Foreign Legion / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Captain Strong [Bob Strong] (introduction); Major Renald; Ali Hassan and his band of pirates (villains, introduction)
Synopsis
Bob Strong, a member of the French Foreign Legion, is ordered to stop the plundering of caravans by the evil Ali Hassan.
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Indexer Notes

Only golden age appearance. Next appearance in All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes (Marvel, 2011 series) #2.

The Masterworks tentatively credits Harry Fisk, but as of January 2012 Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr., via the Timely-Atlas list, states that this is definitely not Fisk. The heads may have been produced by a separate artist from the figures and backgrounds.

Chesler shop material.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

The Medicine Man / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Joe Beck ?
Pencils
Otto Eppers ?
Inks
Otto Eppers ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It's a sure cure for what ails you!
Genre
humor
Characters
Dr. Hokom
Synopsis
The traveling medicine man is selling his "Palsy Walsy" tonic with no success.
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Indexer Notes

Credits listed come from the Marvel Masterworks volume.
Studio source unknown.

Pick Your Prize (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Lancaster County Seed Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Peck Brothers "Little Man" Printing Press / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Purple Mask
  2. 1. Conquer Space, Explore the Universe with this Magic Eye 60 Power Telescope
    Brownscope Co. 60 Power Telescope
  3. 2. [The Escape of Red Corker]
    Dale of the FBI
  4. 3. In the Miracle City
    Breeze Barton
  5. 4. [Mystery of the Swabert Mansion]
    The Purple Mask
  6. 5. [The East Side Murders ["Meet the Phantom Reporter!..."]]
    The Phantom Reporter
  7. 6. Powdersmoke Showdown
  8. 7. [The Devil Beast and the Nazis]
    Trojak, the Tiger Man
  9. 8. [The Origin of Marvex the Super-Robot]
    Marvex the Super-Robot
  10. 9. [Ali Hassan and His Desert Pirates]
    Captain Strong of the Foreign Legion
  11. 10. ["It's a sure cure for what ails you!"]
    The Medicine Man
  12. 11. Pick Your Prize
    Lancaster County Seed Co.
  13. 12. ["Boys Print Cards - Cuts - Tickets - Labels..."]
    Peck Brothers "Little Man" Printing Press
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Claus Simonsen
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Henry Andrews
  • Craig Delich
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin