(April 1940)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1940-02-20
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Timely Publications
Editing
Martin Goodman (editor)

Issue Notes

On sale date from the publication date found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, 1940, Number 2. Second class permit. Copyright number 448108.

"Swinging across the shark pool, the Angel grasped the girl!" (Table of Contents)

The Angel / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Alex Schomburg
Inks
Alex Schomburg
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Angel [Tom Hallaway]
Reprints
Keywords
bondage; sharks

[The Forest Fire Felons] (Table of Contents: 1)

Human Torch / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Burgos ?
Pencils
Carl Burgos (signed)
Inks
Carl Burgos (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Carl Burgos ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Tomson (fire fighter); Mr. Barton (bank President); Patch (villain, introduction, death); Turgo (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
The Torch must combat a forest fire in order to prevent the Midtown Bank from being the scene of the theft of incendiary bomb plans.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2008-11-9.

[The Woman Who Knew Tom Hallaway] (Table of Contents: 2)

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 Hallaway]; Mary Edwards; Gabby Harris (villain, introduction, death); Nichol (villain, introduction, jeweler and fence, death); Rocco (villain)
Synopsis
The Angel must save a young woman who has been kidnapped for the $500,000 necklace that she is supposed to be wearing.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Angel's true name revealed in this story. Other stories lists The Angel as Tom Halloway.

Gustavson credits from Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

[The Execution of the Sub-Mariner] (Table of Contents: 3)

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 (signed)

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Betty Dean; Marty (Policeman); Mike (Policeman); un-named Police Commissioner
Synopsis
After helping clear up the subway disaster, Namor is put on trial for his life and sentenced to death but is saved by the actions of Betty Dean. However, Namor vows revenge for what has happened to him.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story continued in next issue.

[The Border Dictator] (Table of Contents: 4)

The Masked Raider / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Al Anders ?
Pencils
Al Anders
Inks
Al Anders
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
The Masked Raider [Jim Gardley]; Lightning (the Rider's horse); un-named Sheriff; Pete Williams (ranch owner); Sam Marvin (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The Raider takes a hand in trying to discover why Sam Marvin wants to cheat Pete Williams out of his spread and discovers the land is being used to send rustled cattle through.
Reprints

The Shrinking Spy (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Andrew McWhiney (signed)
Pencils
Frank Thomas (signed as Thomas)
Inks
Frank Thomas (signed as Thomas)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Randy Hayes; Professor Barzak (villain); Rudolf (villain)
Synopsis
A reporter is taken prisoner by an evil professor, who has invented a potion allowing a man to shrink in size so that he could fit under a door.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Three illustrations.

[The Voice's Dope Racket] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Electro; Professor Zog; Wilkens [secretary to Zog]; Dunn [Operator #7]; Detective Riley; The Voice (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Professor Zog orders his staff of operators to locate cities all across the nation that are having problem with dope-running so that Electro can be sent to clean them up.
Reprints

[Murder of a Cosmetics Queen] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
The Ferret; Lily Saunders; Cora Waterbury (death); Dr. Jelenko; Rene Waterbury; Venario; Ryan (villain)
Synopsis
The Ferret investigates the death of the owner of large cosmetic factory and discovers that the brother of the deceased has been falsely accused.
Reprints

[Revenge For a Blind Man] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

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

Genre
jungle
Characters
Ka-Zar [David Rand]; N'Jaga (a leopard); Zar (a lion); Trajah (an elephant); Nono (a monkey); Fenton (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Coming across a dying man, Ka-Zar learns of a new threat in the jungle, a man named Fenton who lusts to kill.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Character created by Bob Byrd.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. "Swinging across the shark pool, the Angel grasped the girl!"
    The Angel
  2. 1. [The Forest Fire Felons]
    Human Torch
  3. 2. [The Woman Who Knew Tom Hallaway]
    The Angel
  4. 3. [The Execution of the Sub-Mariner]
    Namor the Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [The Border Dictator]
    The Masked Raider
  6. 5. The Shrinking Spy
  7. 6. [The Voice's Dope Racket]
    Electro the Marvel of the Age
  8. 7. [Murder of a Cosmetics Queen]
    Ferret, Mystery Detective
  9. 8. [Revenge For a Blind Man]
    Ka-Zar the Great
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