(August 1940)

Marvel, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1940-06-15
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Timely Publications
Editing
Joe Simon ?
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

Joe Simon began editing for Timely on a freelance basis with Red Raven Comics #1, which came out the same month as this issue. It is not clear if he immediately started editing Marvel Mystery Comics as well or not, although he was definitely the editor by issue #12 as discussed in that index.

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.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Sub-Mariner / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Schomburg
Inks
Alex Schomburg
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It was a terrible battle -- the Sub-Mariner against the vicious Nazi raider!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Ka-Zar (inset); The Angel [Tom Halloway] (inset); Electro (inset); Human Torch [Jim Hammond] (inset); Terry Vance and Dr. Watson (in same inset); the Nazis
Reprints
Keywords
dive bombers; Kriegsmarine; submarines; u-boats; World War II

The Result of the Most Famous Battle in Comic Magazines (Table of Contents: 1)

The Human Torch; the Sub-Mariner / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Betty Dean
Synopsis
Trapped in a translite tube, only the intervention of Betty Dean saves the Torch and ends the battle between him and Namor.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Conclusion of the Human Torch/Sub-Mariner battle.

[The Gasoline Profiteering Racket] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Human Torch / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Tom; Mr. Atwell (gas station owner); un-named Police Captain; Palmer (villain, introduction); Limpy (villain, introduction); Riley (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Torch must battle a gas syndicate who tries to raise the price of gasoline and bombs any gas station refusing to go along.
Reprints

[Hostilities Renewed] (Table of Contents: 3)

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 ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Cap'n Bob (skipper of "The Colleen"); Luther Robinson (introduction); Lynne Harris (introduction); Tha-Korr; Dorma; Stevens (USN sailor)
Synopsis
Because of Namor's seeming inability to handle the Torch, he is suspended from all active service. Meanwhile, a group of hardened ice field seamen, led by Luther Robinson, seek out the Sub-Mariner to destroy him.
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Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2012-2-28.

[The Ghouls of the Blue Ridge Mountains] (Table of Contents: 4)

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; a band of ghouls (villains, introduction for all, all die); The Devils of the Mist (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
The Angel must cope with weird "devils of the mist," who have been released from the bowels of the earth by a volcano and who are kidnapping young women topside to sacrifice to the volcano.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Gustavson credits from Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

[Master of the Living Dead] (Table of Contents: 5)

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
adventure
Characters
Electro; Professor Philo Zog; Dr. Bruno Varoz (villain, introduction, death); Varoz's army of living corpses (villains, introduction for all, all die); a two-headed monster (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Electro is called into service to battle an evil, now insane, ex-genius of brain surgery, stationed in an old castle somewhere off the coast of Cuba, who has successfully created artifical blood.
Reprints

Tiger Trail (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Hedwig C. Langer [as Beach Allen] (signed)
Pencils
Ed Robins [as E. R.] (signed)
Inks
Ed Robins [as E. R.] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Tiger Travis; Jimmy Travis (death); Miles Gudgeon (villain)
Synopsis
Miles Gudgeon is on the run after murdering a young boy over a handful of petals.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art credits added by Craig Delich 2008-11-23. As noted in the blog SangorShop, "Beach Allen" is probably a misprint for "Beech Allen", who had written various credits for Robert Erisman at Goodman' pulp division during the late 1930s. "Beach Allen" was the pen name of Hedwig C. Langer 2013-03-29

[Treachery in Two Forks] (Table of Contents: 7)

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); Jonathan Gregg (tax collector, death); Sally; un-named Sheriff; un-named crook (villain)
Synopsis
A criminal who has fatally wounded a tax collector sees the Raider and works out a scheme to convince the sheriff that the Raider is the murderer, all as a blind to steal the tax money himself.
Reprints

The Murder of a Man without a Will (Table of Contents: 8)

Terry Vance, the School Boy Sleuth / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Ray Gill
Pencils
Bob Oksner
Inks
Bob Oksner
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Terry Vance (introduction); Dr. Watson (introduction, a monkey); Dr. Caldwell (death); un-named assistant of Dr. Caldwell; un-named fiancee of Caldwell's assistant; Gregory (villain, introduction, Caldwell's stepson)
Synopsis
While Terry Vance, the Boy of a Hundred Hobbies" works on an experiment, he hears a police call of someone murdered in a penthouse. Investigating, he discovers the man has been murdered by "remote control."
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[A Visit from Scotland Yard] (Table of Contents: 9)

Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great / comic story / 8 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); Nono (a monkey); un-named airplane pilot; un-named detectives; "London" Jack (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
A wanted criminal captures two Scotland Yard detectives and then leaves them for dead while he attempts to fly out of the jungle to freedom.
Reprints

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

Our Hall of Shame / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Gene Marrin ?
Pencils
Gene Marrin (signed)
Inks
Gene Marrin (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Gene Marrin?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Clem Chowder, the all-American screwball...
Genre
humor
Characters
Dan Druff; "Jolly Joe" Josh; Clem Chowder; Professor O. U. Chiseler; Oscar Tittle
Synopsis
Features a series of humorous inventors and the problems their inventions have caused.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2008-11-23.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["It was a terrible battle -- the Sub-Mariner against the vicious Nazi raider!"]
    The Sub-Mariner
  2. 1. The Result of the Most Famous Battle in Comic Magazines
    The Human Torch; the Sub-Mariner
  3. 2. [The Gasoline Profiteering Racket]
    The Human Torch
  4. 3. [Hostilities Renewed]
    The Sub-Mariner
  5. 4. [The Ghouls of the Blue Ridge Mountains]
    The Angel
  6. 5. [Master of the Living Dead]
    Electro, the Marvel of the Age
  7. 6. Tiger Trail
  8. 7. [Treachery in Two Forks]
    The Masked Raider
  9. 8. The Murder of a Man without a Will
    Terry Vance, the School Boy Sleuth
  10. 9. [A Visit from Scotland Yard]
    Adventures of Ka-Zar the Great
  11. 10. ["Clem Chowder, the all-American screwball..."]
    Our Hall of Shame
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