(June 1940)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-04-23
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Timely Publications
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

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 451874.


[Human Torch Battles the Sub-Mariner] (Table of Contents)

The Angel / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Schomburg
Inks
Alex Schomburg
Colors
?
Letters
?; some typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Angel [Tom Hallaway]; The Human Torch [Jim Hammond] (inset); Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor] (inset)
Reprints
Keywords
automatic pistols; bondage

The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner Meet (Table of Contents: 1)

Sub-Mariner / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Everett
Pencils
Bill Everett
Inks
Bill Everett
Colors
?
Letters
Bill Everett

Genre
superhero
Characters
Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; GS: Human Torch [Jim Hammond]
Synopsis
Namor looks for new ways to avenge himself on the mankind that attempted to electrocute him, but the Torch shows up and drives him away for the time-being.
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Indexer Notes

Part 1 of the Torch/Namor battle, continued in Human Torch story in this issue.

[The Search For Sub-Mariner] (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]; GS: Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Betty Dean; un-named Police Chief; Jeff (Policeman); Frank (Policeman)
Synopsis
Embittered because the Police Chief believes Torch to be yellow because he failed to bring in the Sub-Mariner, the Torch races off to repair some of the damage Namor caused. He meets up with Betty and together they head for the Empire State Building where the Prince has been spotted, and once again drives Namor away.
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Indexer Notes

Part 2 of the Namor/Torch battle, which is continued next issue, as the last 1/3 of the page announces in illustrated form. Lettering credit added by Craig Delich 2008-11-15.

[The Captive in the Cabin] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Paul Gustavson ?; Ray Gill ?
Pencils
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Angel [Tom Halloway]; unnamed girl (daughter of Rogers); unnamed boss (villain); Frank (villain)
Synopsis
The Angel rescues a kidnapped girl in a cabin, supposedly held for ransom, and whose father owns the controlling stock in the Meltmore Steel Company.
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Indexer Notes

The Who's Who indicates that Ray Gill did write the strip sometime in 1940, and this story MAY be by him, or by Gustavson who also wrote the feature at this time. So the Gill ? script credit is revised to also include Gustavson ?.

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

[The Boomeranged Hold-Up] (Table of Contents: 4)

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]; Mexican Pete (introduction); un-named Sheriff; un-named bank president (villain); Brady and his gang (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
The Raider runs into Mexican Pete, who has attempted to trail the thieves who just robbed a local bank and made off with the savings of the small ranchers. But the Raider smells a rat and that rat is the President of the robbed bank!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Al Anders to ?. The Who's Who lists NO writer for this strip. Notes added by Craig Delich 2008-11-15.

Dynamite's Doom (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jack D'Arcy (signed)
Pencils
Sam Gilman [as S. G.] (signed)
Inks
Sam Gilman [as S. G.] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Steve Burnett; Jim (villain); Sandy (villain)
Synopsis
Steve runs across a cabin inhabited by two train robbers, but is rendered unconscious. When he awakes, he must discover why they have come to this shack in Silver Mountain and tied him to a cot when there is no silver left in that area.
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Indexer Notes

The last part of page two features the "Marvel Comics Contest Winners, February 1940 issue No. 4". The 1st prize of $5 went to Kris Dalman and the 2nd prize of $2 went to Frank Salvaldare Quarttrocchi. An additional 18 winners of $1 each were also listed (information listed added by Craig Delich 2008-11-15]; credit for Sam Gilman by Dr. Michael Vassallo through the GCD newsgroup, November 2007. Original credit said "? [as J.G.]"(R. Schenk).

[The Crook Who Controlled Electro] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Electro; Professor Zog; District Attorney Rupert Haden; Villains: "Boss" Sarpo (villain); Scar-Face Joe (villain, introduction), Jago and his Dragon-Men of Ligra (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
Keeping true to his word, "Boss" Sarpo escapes from prison, and with the help of "Scar-Face" Joe and his gang, kidnaps Professor Zog, killing his guards, kidnaps the DA, and uses Electro to begin a series of thefts. Unfortunately for Sarpo and Joe, Jago and his Dragon-Men also see the value of Electro, and come to Earth to kidnap the Professor and seize the robot for their own evil intentions on their own world.
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Indexer Notes

Story continued next issue. Writer revision from Steve Dahlman to ?. The Who's Who lists NO writer for this strip.

[Battle With Blackie Giles] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Ferret; un-named Commissioner; Blackie Giles (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Ferret arrives at his bank to make a deposit just as it is being robbed, but he uses an unusual strategy, with himself as bait, to round up the crooks.
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[Gold and Greed] (Table of Contents: 8)

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]; Barrie Richards (introduction, death); Zar (a lion); Lester Drake (villain, introduction, death); Aswama (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Drake kills the man who has inherited a gold mine worth far more than he thought because he refuses to use the local natives as slave laborers. The local tribal chief enlists the aid of Ka-Zar to deal with the problem.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Character created by Bob Byrd. Writer revision from Ben Thompson to ?. The Who's Who lists NO writer for this feature.

Good News! (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Mystic and Daring Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Human Torch Battles the Sub-Mariner]
    The Angel
  2. 1. The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner Meet
    Sub-Mariner
  3. 2. [The Search For Sub-Mariner]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. [The Captive in the Cabin]
    The Angel
  5. 4. [The Boomeranged Hold-Up]
    The Masked Raider
  6. 5. Dynamite's Doom
  7. 6. [The Crook Who Controlled Electro]
    Electro the Marvel of the Age
  8. 7. [Battle With Blackie Giles]
    Ferret, Mystery Detective
  9. 8. [Gold and Greed]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  10. 9. Good News!
    Mystic and Daring Comics
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Peter Croome
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich