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Marvel Mystery Comics (1940) #3

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Data courtesy of the Grand Comics Database
"Third Episode"

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Cover Pencils: Alex Schomburg
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A hunter, who has enlisted the aid of local natives in his search for, has a hard time convincing those natives that it was a man [Ka-Zar] who was interfering with their hunt and not a jungle god as they thought.
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CharactersThe Angel [Tom Halloway]
Genresuperhero
PencilsAlex Schomburg
InksAlex Schomburg
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NotesIf, as claimed, this IS Schomberg it's a very different style to anything that followed.
16 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "The Menace from Mars"
CharactersThe Human Torch; Mr. Carson (introduction, owner of the Carson Explosive Company, death); Diane Carson (daughter of Mr. Carson); the Martians (villains, introduction); Captain Ott (villain, introduction, a Martian); Mr. Ritton (villain, introduction, agent of the planet Mars on Earth, death)
SynopsisAfter an attack on New York by Martians, the Torch decides that a new explosive called Trinitrotoluol is probably better off in the hands of the Martians rather than allowing it to remain on Earth.
Genresuperhero
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NotesTorch wears a blue costume. He doesn't adopt the Jim Hammond identity until issue #4.
8 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "The Voodoo Sacrifice"
CharactersThe Angel [Tom Halloway]; The Sacred One (villain, introduction, death); a voodoo cult (villains, introduction)
SynopsisThe Angel must battle a voodoo cult that has kidnapped young women to sacrifice to their fire god.
Genresuperhero
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NotesGustavson credits from Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.
12 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "Enter: Betty Dean"
CharactersThe Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Inspector Peterson; Betty Dean (introduction); Esther; a Nazi U-boat crew (villains, introduction for all, all die)
SynopsisThe police concoct a plan to use police officer Betty Dean as bait in a trap to capture the Sub-Mariner, but instead she convinces Namor to fight for the Allies in the war.
Genresuperhero
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NotesStory continued next issue. Everett signs again on the final page.
8 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "The Land Grabbers"
CharactersMasked Raider [Jim Gardley]; Barney (the sheriff); Jeb Barnes; Dan Barnes; Jed Sirrah (villain, introduction, death?); Brace (villain); Dan (villain)
SynopsisThe Raider has to deal with a group of outlaws, who are trying to run a man off his run-down ranch in order to get to gold buried in the hills and oil deposits as well. The outlaws decide to frame the owner and have the sheriff run him off.
Genrewestern-frontier
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6 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "Origin of the American Ace, Part 2"
CharactersAmerican Ace [Perry Wade] (Origin, Part 2); Jeanie; Queen Ursula (villain)
SynopsisPerry takes the girl he saved last month back to her father and sister then heads back to his fight against Queen Ursula. However, he is seriously wounded but returns and is tended to by Jeanie.
Genreadventure; aviation
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NotesLast golden age American Ace story. A similar or reworked feature titled Lieutenant Lank appears at Centaur in Amazing Mystery Funnies #24 http://www.comics.org/issue/1026/#1153116 and The Arrow #2 http://www.comics.org/issue/1083/#16332. Next appearance in All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes (Marvel, 2011 series) #4. Lauretta was famously let go by Timely because his stories were too complex for children, so he is likely to be the scripter here. In addition, he is known to have lettered Superman stories for National.
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CharactersSgt. Bill Stern; the Germans (villains)
SynopsisSgt. Stern and his company of men attempt to smash a hole through the German fortifications along the Siegfried Line.
Genrewar
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NotesStory set in World War I. Text story with illustrations.
12 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "Third Episode"
CharactersKa-Zar [David Rand]; Steve Hardy (introduction); Inkosi; Tuta (an elephant); Trajah (an elephant); Quog (a wild hog); N'Jaga (a leopard); Paul DeKraft (villain)
SynopsisA hunter, who has enlisted the aid of local natives in his search for, has a hard time convincing those natives that it was a man [Ka-Zar] who was interfering with their hunt and not a jungle god as they thought.
Genreadventure; jungle
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NotesStory continued in next issue.
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NotesAdvertisement for a telescope from Brownscope Co. Located on inside front cover.
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NotesAdvertisement for various mail order items by Johnson Smith and Co. Located on rear cover.
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NotesAdvertisement for Remington Portable Typewriter by Remington Rand Inc. Located inside rear cover.
More Information
Product Name Marvel Mystery Comics (1940) #3
Characters The Angel [Tom Halloway]
Series Marvel Mystery Comics
Publication Date Dec 31, 1939
Synopsis A hunter, who has enlisted the aid of local natives in his search for, has a hard time convincing those natives that it was a man [Ka-Zar] who was interfering with their hunt and not a jungle god as they thought.