(June 1940)

Marvel, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1940-04-11
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, Meriden, Conn. Application for second class matter pending at the Post Office at Meriden, Conn., under act of March 3, 1879. Entire contents copyright 1940 by Timely Publications, 330 W. 42nd St., N. Y., N. Y. Vol. 1, No. 5, June, 1940. Yearly subscription $1.00. Printed in U. S. A.

For advertising write Marvel Group, 330 W. 42nd St., N. Y. C.

Credits from or confirmed by the Masterworks reprint unless otherwise noted.

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 452158.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Falcon / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Schomburg
Inks
Alex Schomburg
Colors
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Could the Falcon save this girl from the death machine?
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Falcon [Carl Burgess]
Reprints

G-Man Outfit (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

The Jelly of Doom (Table of Contents: 2)

The Fiery Mask / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
George Kapitan (signed)
Pencils
Harry Sahle (signed)
Inks
Harry Sahle (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fiery Mask [Jack Castle]; Dork (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
The Fiery Mask saves the world from a flesh-eating ooze unleashed by a mad scientist.
Reprints

[The Devil-Flower] (Table of Contents: 3)

Trojak, the Tiger Man / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
jungle
Characters
Trojak; Balu (the tiger); Edith Alton; Jerry Alton; The Gembas (villains, introduction)
Synopsis
Trojak, Edith and Balu seek out the life juice of the devil-flower to save Jerry's life.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Last appearance, although a different character called "Tigerman" appears in the next issue. The splash panel blurb claims this new "Tigerman" also has a tiger called Balu, but no tiger appears in the story.

[Strike Against the Nazis] (Table of Contents: 4)

K-4 and his Sky Devils / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Binder ?
Inks
? (see notes)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
aviation
Characters
K-4; Sky Devils [René D'Auvergne; Ronald Wolverstone-Clodd]
Synopsis
When the Sky Devils get captured on a photographing mission, they soon escape and are rescued from their pursuers by K-4.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Last appearance.

The GCD had Maurice Gutwirth (pencils) and Jack Alderman? (inks) for this. Dr. Michael Vassallo tentatively credits Jack Binder (pencils) speculated that E.C. Stoner might have contributed inks on account of having inked Binder elsewhere, but Ron Goulart says that he sees no E.C. Stoner in the art at all. He does agree that Binder was involved. All of this discussion is from the Timely-Atlas list.

[The Origin of Monako] (Table of Contents: 5)

Monako, Prince of Magic / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Larry Antonette (signed)
Inks
Larry Antonette ? [as Larry Antonette] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Monako (origin in flashback); Monako's parents (flashback, introduction, death); an Indian magician (flashback, introduction, death); Lady Anne (introduction); Lady Olga (introduction); Mike (villain, introduction); Mike's partner (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Monako tells his origin to Ladies Anne and Olga and later rescues Lady Anne from some thieves who stole her jewelry and tried to kill her.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Notes from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, Hames Ware and Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. on the Timely-Atlas list indicate that an inker other than Antonette may have worked on this story.

[Battle of the Robots] (Table of Contents: 6)

Marvex / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Hal Sharp
Inks
Hal Sharp
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Marvex; Clara Crandall; Dr. Narr (villain, introduction, death); Brad Lewis (villain, introduction); his gang (villains, introduction)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Last golden age appearance. There is a teaser panel for a Marvex story in the next issue but the story did not appear. Next appearance in All Select Comics 70th Anniversary Special (Marvel, 2009 series) #1.

[Planet of Black-Light] (Table of Contents: 7)

Whirlwind Carter / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Fletcher Hanks [as C. C. Starr] (signed)
Pencils
Fletcher Hanks [as C. C. Starr] (signed)
Inks
Fletcher Hanks [as C. C. Starr] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Fletcher Hanks

Characters
Whirlwind Carter; Brenda Hale; The Black-Light Men (villains, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Whirlwind Carter fights off an invasion from the planet of black light.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Last appearance. A teaser at the bottom of the last panel promises another episode "next month" but it never appeared.

The Death Clutch (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
T. K. Hawley (signed)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Bob Johnson; Sergeant Elliot; Jack Mardel's uncle (death); Jack Mardel (villain)
Synopsis
Jack Mardel has a large inheritance coming to him from his elderly uncle, but he decides not to let nature takes its natural course before he gets it!
Reprints

Rebuilding the World (Table of Contents: 9)

Breeze Barton / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Characters
Breeze Barton; Ann Barclay; Frenchy; Sabarr (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Breeze and Ann start rebuilding civilization with Frenchy, but a savage tribe quickly attacks them.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Last appearance. A teaser promises another installment in the next issue but there was no such story.

Introducing Little Hercules (Table of Contents: 10)

Little Hercules / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Bud Sagendorf [as SAG] (signed)
Pencils
Bud Sagendorf [as SAG] (signed)
Inks
Bud Sagendorf [as SAG] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Little Hercules (introduction, origin); Two spies (villains, introduction)
Synopsis
Hercules is made a doctor of all sciences at age 12 and decides to take his newly invented explosive to his government while evading two foreign agents who are trying to steal it from him.
Reprints

[Meet the Falcon] (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Maurice Gutwirth
Inks
Maurice Gutwirth
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Falcon [Carl Burgess] (introduction); Dr. Sunga (villain, introduction, death); Turvy (villain, introduction, death); Dr. Sunga's gang (villains, introduction)
Synopsis
Dr. Sunga is killing people by sending them wands of death, but the Falcon must discover the true mechanism behind the murders so that charges will stand up in court.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

In his introduction to the Masterworks, Will Murray observes that close examination of the splash panel reveals that a different logo was originally in place, that used more letters. Murray goes on to assert that the Falcon is a reworked version of the Purple Mask. While he does not comment on the costuming, it is worth noting that the Falcon's outfit in this story is different than on the cover and in his other two appearances, and indeed appears to be a re-colored version of the Purple Mask's outfit, with a chest logo added along with wings over his ears. The Falcon's general setup and civilian employment are identical to that of the Purple Mask.

Here's the Kind of Men I Build! (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Charles Atlas / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Could the Falcon save this girl from the death machine?"]
    The Falcon
  2. 1. G-Man Outfit
    The Cromwell-Collier Publishing Co.
  3. 2. The Jelly of Doom
    The Fiery Mask
  4. 3. [The Devil-Flower]
    Trojak, the Tiger Man
  5. 4. [Strike Against the Nazis]
    K-4 and his Sky Devils
  6. 5. [The Origin of Monako]
    Monako, Prince of Magic
  7. 6. [Battle of the Robots]
    Marvex
  8. 7. [Planet of Black-Light]
    Whirlwind Carter
  9. 8. The Death Clutch
  10. 9. Rebuilding the World
    Breeze Barton
  11. 10. Introducing Little Hercules
    Little Hercules
  12. 11. [Meet the Falcon]
    The Falcon
  13. 12. Here's the Kind of Men I Build!
    Charles Atlas
  14. 13. ["This Beautiful Desk for Only $1.00"]
    Remington Noiseless Deluxe Portable Typewriter
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Lou Mougin
  • Craig Delich
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Henry Andrews
  • Peter Croome
  • Steve Dasinger
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