(July 1940)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-05-17
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

The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1940, New Series, Vol. 35, No. 3.


Human Torch vs. Sub-Mariner (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]
Reprints
Keywords
automobiles; commuter trains; elevated trains; motorcycles; policemen

Indexer Notes

Schomburg pencils per atlastales.com. Previous indexer credited Bill Everett.

Good News! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Mystic Comics #3 & Daring Mystery Comics #5 / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Human Torch versus the Sub-Mariner: The Battle of the Comic Century! (Table of Contents: 2)

Human Torch and Sub-Mariner / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Everett (signed); Carl Burgos (signed); John Compton (signed)
Pencils
Bill Everett (signed); Carl Burgos (signed)
Inks
Bill Everett (signed); Carl Burgos (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Bill Everett

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Betty Dean; un-named Police Chief; Police Chemist Frasier
Synopsis
Embittered when the police commissioner calls him afraid for not bringing in the Sub-Mariner as he promised, the Torch, with Betty, tracks down Namor and a battle royal begins that ends with the Fiery Fury being captured by Namor in an airless glass tube.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Part 3 of Human Torch/Sub-Mariner battle which is concluded next issue. The last page asks readers to submit their ideas about a solution to the problem of Torch being in a translite tube while the Sub-Mariner can't leave the premises allowing someone to release him.

[The Mad Doctor of Carlburg] (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; Hans; unnamed inn keeper; an unnamed scientist (villain); a beast man (villain, death); a gorilla (villain, death)
Synopsis
The Angel becomes involved in a situation in which townspeople believe that a vampire is at work, when all along it is a mad scientist who desires to transplant the brain of a young woman into a gorilla.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Gustavson credits from Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

[The Stagecoach Bandits] (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 Raider's horse); Mexican Pete; Pecos Bill; un-named Sheriff; Shep Mason and his gang (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
The Raider involves himself in a case wherein gold shipments from a mining camp have been waylaid and then end up being turned into the local assay office for cash payment.
Reprints

High Steel (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
John H. Compton (signed)
Pencils
Robert Hughes [as R. Hughes] (signed)
Inks
Robert Hughes [as R. Hughes] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Juan Matilla; Jim Holland; Nat McCord; O'Reilly
Synopsis
Nat McCord finds himself victim from an unlikely source during an unexpected payroll robbery.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Artist credits added by Craig Delich 2008-11-16.

[On the Planet Ligra] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Electro; Professor Philo Zog; Jago and his Dragon-Men (villains, all die); Queen Nara of Ligra [Nara Gale] (introduction); Gor; Lion People of Ligra; Jago and his Dragon Men (villains, all die)
Synopsis
Electro and the professor are taken to the planet Ligra, where they are forced to engage in battle against Queen Nara.
Reprints

[The Trouble at Stacey Cleaners] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Bob Davis [as Winslow] (signed)
Pencils
Irwin Hasen [as Hasen] (signed)
Inks
Irwin Hasen [as Hasen)] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Ferret; Stacey; Hook (villain, introduction); Frankie (villain, introduction); Martin (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Ferret must act quickly against a gang of crooks who are waging a vicious campaign against Stacey Cleaners.
Reprints

[The Rescue of Rita Grey] (Table of Contents: 8)

Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre
jungle
Characters
Ka-Zar [David Rand]; Zar [a lion]; N'Jaga [a leopard]; Trajah [an elephant]; Chadak [a baboon]; Rita Grey (introduction); Mr. Grey (introduction, Rita's father)
Synopsis
Ka-Zar helps a young girl make her way back to her father, having to evade attacks by a tribe of wild Wabis on the way.
Reprints

The Underworld (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Louis Glanzman [as Lew Glanz] (signed)
Inks
Louis Glanzman [as Lew Glanz] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
This fact featurette features creatures that provide as much drama and adventures as do crooks in the real world, creatures such as the shrimp, long-legged crabs and the octopus.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Some information on this sequence from Barry Sandoval, June 2008; more info added by Craig Delich 2008-11-16.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Human Torch vs. Sub-Mariner
    The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner
  2. 1. Good News!
    Mystic Comics #3 & Daring Mystery Comics #5
  3. 2. The Human Torch versus the Sub-Mariner: The Battle of the Comic Century!
    Human Torch and Sub-Mariner
  4. 3. [The Mad Doctor of Carlburg]
    The Angel
  5. 4. [The Stagecoach Bandits]
    The Masked Raider
  6. 5. High Steel
  7. 6. [On the Planet Ligra]
    Electro the Marvel of the Age
  8. 7. [The Trouble at Stacey Cleaners]
    Ferret, Mystery Detective
  9. 8. [The Rescue of Rita Grey]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  10. 9. The Underworld
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Nick Caputo
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Merlin Haas
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
  • Henry Andrews
  • Del Gruber
  • Peter Croome
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Craig Delich