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Marvel Mystery Comics #4 (1939 Series)

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"Fourth Episode [Return of the Oman]"

Written by: Ben Thompson ?
Pencils: Ben Thompson (signed)
Inks: Ben Thompson (signed)
Cover Pencils: Alex Schomburg
Cover Inks: Alex Schomburg
De Kraft returns to the Belgian Congo, where, years earlier, he had killed Ka-Zar's parents, and when Ka-Zar spots him, he swears revenge. De Kraft uses deadly tactics to deal with the natives, who want to desert him because they fear retribution from the "Jungle God."
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CharactersThe Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Nazis
Genresuperhero
PencilsAlex Schomburg
InksAlex Schomburg
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12 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "New York Hit by Green Flame"
CharactersThe Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Inspector Reiss; Clancy (Policeman); Johnson; Maizie (introduction, underecover Policewoman); Dr. Manyac (villain, introduction); the Green Flames (villains, introduction for all, some deaths)
SynopsisTorch has to deal with the threat of Dr. Manyac, who plans to use the Green Flames as a tool to exact revenge if his demands are not met.
Genresuperhero
PencilsCarl Burgos (signed)
InksCarl Burgos (signed)
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NotesTorch assumes Jim Hammond identity, and still wears blue uniform. Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2008-11-8.
8 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "Butch the Giant"
CharactersThe Angel [Tom Halloway]; Butch (villain, introduction, death, a giant); Rickie (villain, death); Brink (villain, introduction); Weasel (villain, death)
SynopsisThe Angel ventures into the Devil's Playground, which harbors killers, murderers, and every other imaginable menace to civilization, in order to battle a giant who carries out the gruesome activities.
Genresuperhero
PencilsPaul Gustavson
InksPaul Gustavson
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NotesGustavson credits from Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.
10 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "The Sub-Mariner Goes to War"
CharactersThe Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Betty Dean; Tha-Korr; Council of Three (introduction, Atlantean rulers); the Nazis (villains)
SynopsisBetty, concerned with what effect the Nazi submarine warfare has had on ocean-going travel and commerce, enlists the aid of the Sub-Mariner and his aerial subs to deal with the problem.
Genresuperhero
PencilsBill Everett (signed)
InksBill Everett (signed)
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NotesStory continued next issue.
8 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "The Claim Jumpers"
CharactersThe Masked Raider [Jim Gardley]; Zeb; Luke; Manuel; Ben; Buck and his gang (villains, some die)
SynopsisA couple of prospectors discover a large gold deposit on their property but are threatened by local crooks looking for the location of that claim.
Genrewestern-frontier
PencilsAl Anders [as Anders] (signed)
InksAl Anders [as Anders] (signed)
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Warning Enough
CharactersSteve; Naylor; Jim Stinson; "Slip" Rodney (villain)
SynopsisSteve picks up a hitchhiker along side a road, not knowing that he is a wanted killer.
Genredetective-mystery
PencilsHarry Ramsey [as H. Ramsey] (signed)
InksHarry Ramsey [as H. Ramsey] (signed)
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NotesThe statement of ownership is printed in the last column of the story. Artist's first name and note added by Craig Delich 2008-11-8.
8 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story ""
CharactersElectro (introduction, origin, a robot); Prof. Philo Zog (Electro's creator); the twelve Secret Operatives (introduction); Dick Gardner (secret operative #3); Little Joyce Lovely; Hymie "The Weasel" Pazetto (villain, introduction)
SynopsisProfessor Zog creates a marvelous robot, all-powerful and intelligent, as a means of helping humanity banish all crime and evil. Electro's first task is to rescue a kidnapped child actress.
Genresuperhero
PencilsSteve Dahlman [as Dahl] (signed)
InksSteve Dahlman [as Dahl] (signed)
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6 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "Quest for a Crime Boss"
CharactersFerret (introduction); Lynn Froehm; Doc Wagner (villain, introduction); Knuckles Johnson (villain, death)
SynopsisOur hero faces a challenge from the underworld, which hasn't taken a liking to his "crime doesn't pay" articles and is out robbing and killing people for jewelry.
Genredetective-mystery
PencilsIrwin Hasen [as I. Hasen] (signed)
InksIrwin Hasen [as I. Hasen] (signed)
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NotesThe Davis script credit per Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Marvel Comics, Vol. 1.
10 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "Fourth Episode [Return of the Oman]"
CharactersKa-Zar [David Rand]; Zar (a lion); Chaka (ape leader); N'Jaga (a leopard); Sinessa (a snake); Kru (a vulture); Trajah (an elephant); Paul De Kraft [aka Fat Face] (villain); Ed Kivlin (villain, introduction); Inkosi (villain)
SynopsisDe Kraft returns to the Belgian Congo, where, years earlier, he had killed Ka-Zar's parents, and when Ka-Zar spots him, he swears revenge. De Kraft uses deadly tactics to deal with the natives, who want to desert him because they fear retribution from the "Jungle God."
Genrejungle
PencilsBen Thompson (signed)
InksBen Thompson (signed)
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NotesStory continued in the next issue. Bracketed story title found in the last panel of story in Marvel Mystery #3.
Statement of ownership, management, circulation, etc.
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SynopsisStatement of ownership of "Marvel Mystery Comics, published monthly, at Buffalo, New York, for October 1, 1939."
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NotesAll addresses for Martin and Abraham Goodman as well as for Timely Publications given as 330 W. 42nd St., N. Y. C.
Marvel Comics' Free $25.00 Prize Contest
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NotesInsiste front cover.
Money and Big Prizes
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NotesFound on the back cover.
Rush Coupon for Mammoth Catalog
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NotesFound on the inside back cover.
More Information
Product Name Marvel Mystery Comics #4 (1939 Series)
Characters The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; the Nazis
Series Marvel Mystery Comics
Publication Date Jan 31, 1940
Synopsis De Kraft returns to the Belgian Congo, where, years earlier, he had killed Ka-Zar's parents, and when Ka-Zar spots him, he swears revenge. De Kraft uses deadly tactics to deal with the natives, who want to desert him because they fear retribution from the "Jungle God."