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Marvel Mystery Comics (1939) #2

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"The Battle with Bardak"

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After the death of his parents, Ka-Zar goes to live in the cave of his friend, Zar, but soon faces Bardak, who has found a mirror in the abandoned tent of De Kraft and refuses to relinquish it. Ka-Zar takes it from him and Bardak swears revenge.
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CharactersThe Angel [Tom Halloway]
Genresuperhero
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NotesArt identification by Hames Ware and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Timely-Atlas list. Corrected from Claire S. Moe (Henry Andrews 2009-03-08).
16 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "Murder at the Racetrack"
CharactersThe Human Torch (origin retold in flashback); Professor Horton; un-named girlfriend of Blackie Ross (introduction); Johnson (introduction, prison con and former racecar driver); Blackie Ross (villain, introduction)
SynopsisThe Torch must battle a racketeer who wants his racing car to win so badly that he uses an airplane that fires incendiary bullets into the other cars.
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NotesThe Human Torch still wears his blue uniform. He doeswn't adopt the Jim Hammond identity until issue #4.
8 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "The Treasure of Alano"
CharactersThe Angel [Tom Halloway]; Jane Framan (introduction); Lelong [as Sumner] (villain, introduction)
SynopsisThe Angel saves a woman's life when a stranger attempts to steal her map that reveals the location of a treasure connected to the lost temple of Alano.
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NotesGustavson's credits from Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.
12 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "Attack on New York City"
CharactersThe Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Pinkerton; un-named girl; Foley (policeman, death)
SynopsisNamor heads for New York City, and while he is securing a disguise, a young woman accidentally sets her dress ablaze with a cigarette. Deciding that she can be of value to him in his war against the Americans, he kidnaps her from the hospital and takes her to his undersea kingdom.
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NotesStory continued in the next issue.
8 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "The Town of Wanted Men"
CharactersThe Masked Raider [Jim Gardley]; un-named Sheriff; "Hook" Tebbs (villain, introduction) and his men [Tex, Miguel] (villains)
SynopsisThe Raider disguises himself as a fugitive in order to infiltrate a gang that has been harassing and robbing ranches in several towns.
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6 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "Origin of the American Ace"
CharactersAmerican Ace [Perry Wade] (introduction); Minister of Attainia (death); Queen Ursula (villain, introduction), Josef (villain, introduction)
SynopsisQueen Ursula of Castle D'or, whose empire was shattered when she lost her colonies during World War I, plans revenge.
Genreaviation
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NotesStory continued next issue. Lauretta is known to have lettered Superman stories at National.
Death-Bird Squadron
CharactersThe Angel [Tom Halloway]; the Nazis (villains, some die)
SynopsisThe Angel takes matters into his own hands against the Nazis, who, without warning, attack the Polish town of Grybow.
Genresuperhero
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NotesArt ID by Hames Ware and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Timely-Atlas list. Corrected from Claire S. Moe (Henry Andrews 2009-03-08).
12 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "The Battle with Bardak"
CharactersKa-Zar [David Rand]; Zar (a lion); Sha (lion mate of Zar); Trajah (an elephant); Zoro (a lion cub); Chaka (an ape); Kru (a vulture); Bardak (villain, introduction, an ape, death)
SynopsisAfter the death of his parents, Ka-Zar goes to live in the cave of his friend, Zar, but soon faces Bardak, who has found a mirror in the abandoned tent of De Kraft and refuses to relinquish it. Ka-Zar takes it from him and Bardak swears revenge.
Genrejungle
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CharactersThe Claw
Genre
PencilsJack Cole
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NotesIncludes a reproduction of the cover to Silver Streak Comics #1. Also includes the indicia. According to the Timely-Atlas list, Silver Streak was also a Funnies, Inc. production early on, and Frank Motler reports that there is a complementary add for Marvel Mystery Comics #2 (this issue) on the inside back cover of Silver Streak Comics #1.
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NotesBack cover. Five single panel gag cartoons. Sequence added by Kauldi Gilibert (June 14, 2013).
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NotesInside back cover. Five single panel gag cartoons. Sequence added by Kauldi Gilibert (June 14, 2013).
More Information
Product Name Marvel Mystery Comics (1939) #2
Characters The Angel [Tom Halloway]
Series Marvel Mystery Comics
Publication Date Nov 30, 1939
Synopsis After the death of his parents, Ka-Zar goes to live in the cave of his friend, Zar, but soon faces Bardak, who has found a mirror in the abandoned tent of De Kraft and refuses to relinquish it. Ka-Zar takes it from him and Bardak swears revenge.