(April 1940)

Marvel, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1940-02-13
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Timely Publications
Editing
Martin Goodman (editor)

Issue Notes

MYSTIC COMICS published monthly by Timely Publications at 330 W. 42nd St. N. Y. Entered as second class matter December 22, 1939, at the Post Office at New York, N. Y., under the Act of March 3, 1879. Yearly subscription in U.S. $1.00. Vol. 1, No. 2, April 1940. Entire contents copyright by Timely Publications. Printed in the U.S.A.

The entire interior contents of this issue appear to have been supplied by the Chesler shop.

Art spotting as noted in the Masterworks credits unless otherwise noted. The Masterworks credits Newt Alfred as Alfred Newton based on biographical information that has since been called into question on the Timely Atlas list.

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 445447.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Dynamic Man / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Schomburg
Inks
Alex Schomburg
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Slide of death for the girl, but the Dynamic Man was bursting the dungeon wall!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Dynamic Man [Curt Cowan]
Reprints

Know! Your Car (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Theo. Audel & Co. Audel's New Auto Guide / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[The Plot against America] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Master Mind Excello / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Arnold Hicks ?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Known to the world as Earl Everett, society playboy, he is known to the Naval Intelligence Department as Excello...
Genre
superhero; spy
Characters
The Master Mind Excello [Earl Everett] (introduction); Kadash (villain, chief spy); Fritz (villain); Dr. Marko (villain)
Synopsis
Excello's powers cause him to discover a plot against America while he's returning from Europe on a neutral country's ship.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Chesler Shop material.

[The Stolen Weapon] (Table of Contents: 3)

Flexo the Rubber Man / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Flexo, the Rubber Man is the creation of the eminent scientists, Joel and Joshua Williams.
Genre
superhero; science fiction
Characters
Flexo; Joel Williams; Joshua Williams; Karl Damos (villain, foreign agent, death)
Synopsis
Joel takes the brother's latest invention to Washington but is intercepted by spies, requiring Josh and Flexo to rescue him and retrieve the invention.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Chesler Shop material.

[The Sabotage Ring] (Table of Contents: 4)

Dynamic Man / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Gus Ricca
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Curt Cowan – Dynamic Man – pits his superb strength against Dr. Vee, murderous spy leader, in a death struggle, with the nations life at stake!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Dynamic Man [Curt Cowan]; Chief Hopkins; Dr. Vee (villain, sabotage ring leader)
Synopsis
Dynamic Man thwarts the plans of Dr. Vee, a spy leader sabotaging American infrastructure.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Chesler Shop material.

[Against the Black Hawk] (Table of Contents: 5)

Space Rangers [Timely Comics] / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In the year 2300 A. D. there is such an increase in passenger and merchant travel from planet to planet, that the Earth has organized...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Space Rangers [Bob Raleigh; Nibbs] (introduction); Alyse (introduction); Black Hawk (villain, death)
Synopsis
The Rangers go up against the bandit known as Black Hawk and defeat and kill him with the help of his daughter Alyse.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Chesler Shop material.
Dr. Michael Vassallo and other art spotters for the Masterworks tentatively placed the pencils as Arnold Hicks or possibly Maurice Gutwirth, but opted to withdraw this theory before publication.
The teaser for the next story implies that Alyse will appear again but she does not.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

Blue Blaze / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Newt Alfred
Inks
Newt Alfred
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A mysterious explosion occurs in mine no. 2
Genre
superhero
Characters
Blue Blaze [Spencer Keen]; un-named mine superintendent; Barko (villain, inventor)
Synopsis
The Blue Blaze thwarts a scientist who is bombing mines in order to get the mining company to buy his mine safety device.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Chesler Shop material.
Art spotting by Hames Ware.
The Blue Blaze now has a diamond-shaped mark on the forehead of his cowl.

Murderer's Mistake (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Ed Herron (signed as Eddie Herron)
Pencils
Newt Alfred ?
Inks
Newt Alfred ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It was a swell night to murder the boss.
Genre
crime
Characters
John Timothy (death); Bill Harris (chauffeur); Doris (parlor maid); Simmons (butler); Jaro (villain, Timothy's gardener)
Synopsis
A wealthy man's gardener hates his master with a deep passion, but makes one fatal error in his escape that seals his doom!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Chesler Shop material.
Art spotting by Ron Goulart.

[The Laboratory on Wheels] (Table of Contents: 8)

Taxi Taylor and His Wonder Cab / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Jim "Taxi" Taylor (master mechanic); the Swastikians (villains, one dies)
Synopsis
After the government laughs off his attempt to donate his wonder car to them, Jim Taylor uses it to disrupt a plan to get America to abandon its neutrality in the war.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The foreign nationals in this story are called "Swastikians".
Chesler Shop material.
Next appearance in All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes (Marvel, 2011 series) #1.

[The Origin of Dr. Gade] (Table of Contents: 9)

The Invisible Man Known as Dr. Gade / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Newt Alfred
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Invisible Man [Dr. Gade] (introduction, origin, scientist); Mr. Sporvan (villain, death); Wymac (villain, death); un-named thug (villain, death)
Synopsis
A hit man shoves Dr. Gade into the furnace he's using to try to create new powers to help humankind. He is not killed but gains the power of invisibility and seeks vengeance on the criminals who tried to kill him.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Chesler Shop material.

Pencils credit from Hames Ware.

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

Zara of the Jungle / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Newt Alfred
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In the heart of the jungle, two savage tribes engaged in a fierce battle.
Genre
jungle
Characters
Zara (introduction, origin); Zara's un-named father (death); Captain Jeff Graves (introduction, Territorial Commissioner); George (Grave's assistant); Bwana Gombo (villain)
Synopsis
The colonial commissioner of the jungle territory tries to stop a war between two native tribes. He encounters Zara, who rescues him and gets the tribes to stop fighting and listen.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Pencils credits from Hames Ware.

Chesler Shop material.

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

Dakor the Magician / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
British consul at Singapore captured by Chinese bandits.
Genre
adventure
Characters
Dakor; Williams; Murdock (British consul); Major Sutton; Mungo (villain, bandit chief)
Synopsis
Dakor rescues a British consul from Chinese bandits on Borneo.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Chesler Shop material.
Hames Ware and Michael Vassallo theorized Maurice Gutwirth as the artist for this, but dropped the idea before publication of the Masterworks.

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

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

Money and Big Prizes (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

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

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Slide of death for the girl, but the Dynamic Man was bursting the dungeon wall!"]
    Dynamic Man
  2. 1. Know! Your Car
    Theo. Audel & Co. Audel's New Auto Guide
  3. 2. [The Plot against America]
    The Master Mind Excello
  4. 3. [The Stolen Weapon]
    Flexo the Rubber Man
  5. 4. [The Sabotage Ring]
    Dynamic Man
  6. 5. [Against the Black Hawk]
    Space Rangers [Timely Comics]
  7. 6. ["A mysterious explosion occurs in mine no. 2"]
    Blue Blaze
  8. 7. Murderer's Mistake
  9. 8. [The Laboratory on Wheels]
    Taxi Taylor and His Wonder Cab
  10. 9. [The Origin of Dr. Gade]
    The Invisible Man Known as Dr. Gade
  11. 10. ["In the heart of the jungle, two savage tribes engaged in a fierce battle."]
    Zara of the Jungle
  12. 11. ["British consul at Singapore captured by Chinese bandits."]
    Dakor the Magician
  13. 12. ["This beautiful desk for only $1.00"]
    Remington Noiseless Deluxe Portable Typewriter
  14. 13. Money and Big Prizes
    Crowell-Collier Publishing Co.
This issue was modified by, among others
  • Henry Andrews
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Steve Dasinger
  • Craig Delich
  • Stanley Krute
  • Antonio Pontes Junior
  • Mark Q
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jim Van Dore