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Mystic Comics #1 (1940 Series)

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702
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"The Origin of Dynamic Man"

Written by: ?
Pencils: Daniel Peters (signed)
Inks: Daniel Peters (signed)
Cover Pencils: Alex Schomburg
Cover Inks: Alex Schomburg
Professor Goettler creates Dynamic Man, a perfect man, but dies of a heart attack as his creation is born. Taking the name Curt Cowan, Dynamic Man becomes an F.B.I. agent in his civilian identity and uses his position to find crime to fight as a superhero.
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Cover Details -
CharactersThe Blue Blaze [Spencer Keen]
Genresuperhero
PencilsAlex Schomburg
InksAlex Schomburg
Colors?
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8 pages Mystic Comics story "Introducing Flexo the Rubber Man"
CharactersFlexo the Rubber Man (introduction); Dr. Joel Williams (introduction); Dr. Joshua Williams (introduction); Dr. Breeze (villain); Dr. Murdo (villain, mad scientist)
SynopsisBrothers Joel and Joshua Williams use their creation Flexo for the first time to thwart a mad scientist who tries to steal radium from a hospital.
Genresuperhero
PencilsJack Binder (signed)
InksJack Binder (signed); E. C. Stoner
Colors?
NotesThe blurb at the end of the story invites the reader to follow Flexo's adventures in the next issue of Daring Comics (note title mismatch - the feature remains in Mystic Comics). Michael Vassallo, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. and Hames Ware believe that E.C. Stoner may have assisted Binder on this, probably on inks and not pencils. From the Chesler Shop.
10 pages Mystic Comics story "The Origin of the Blue Blaze"
CharactersThe Blue Blaze [Spencer Keen] (introduction, origin); Dr. Keen (introduction, death); Butch (villain); "Killer" Skehan (villain); Professor Maluski (villain, death)
SynopsisSpencer Keen gains strength and durability after a death-like hibernation caused by a mysterious blue blaze his father had been studying. Having apparently died in 1852, he revives in 1940 and thwarts a mad scientist who intended to take over the world with an army of mind-controlled corpses.
Genresuperhero
PencilsHarry Douglas [as Harry / Douglas] (signed)
InksHarry Douglas [as Harry / Douglas] (signed)
Colors?
NotesContrary to various other published theories including Who's Who and the Masterworks, "Harry / Douglas" was an editor/artist named Harry Douglas, as confirmed by Michael J. Vassallo upon interviewing Harry Douglas, Jr. after the younger Douglas contacted the author of this blog post: http://monomythic.wordpress.com/2009/08/17/marvel-mystery-monday-stuporman-the-man-of-the-day-after-tomorrow/ Probably Chesler Shop material, as Who's Who lists a "Harry Douglas" as possibly a member of that shop c. 1939-40, independent of its other theories about the "Harry / Douglas" signature.
10 pages Mystic Comics story "Journey to Cygni"
CharactersZephyr Jones; Corky Grogan; Professor Reagan Lexico [the Mad Astronomer] (introduction); Tasi Lexico (introduction, the Professor's daughter); The Cygnian Dwarfs (villains, introduction for all, all die?)
SynopsisZephyr and Corky try again to reach Mars but are forced by a stowaway professor and his daughter to journey to the star Cygni instead.
Genrescience fiction
PencilsFred Schwartz (signed)
InksFred Schwartz (signed)
Colors?
NotesLast appearance. Last appeared in Daring Mystery Comics (Marvel, 1940 series) #2. Strip was titled "Zephyr Jones and His Rocket-Ship". Not enough is known about Schwartz to place the origin of this feature. Cal Cagno was on staff at Timely eventually, and possibly already at this point. He had been at Chesler in 1937 according to Jerry Bails' Who's Who, but this feature lacks the typical thick panel borders of Chesler work. Probably in-house / freelance work.
8 pages Mystic Comics story "The Green Terror"
CharactersThe 3 X's [1X; 2X; 3X] (introduction); Maisie Leeds; Carol Carson; Ted Barry (Carol's fiancee); un-named Commissioner; the Green Terror and his thugs (villains, introduction for all)
SynopsisThe Green Terror, a mysterious organization, is kidnapping young, healthy men and women.
Genreadventure
PencilsNewt Alfred
InksNewt Alfred
Colors?
NotesNewt Alfred was at Chesler but this lacks the typical thick borders of Chesler Shop work (including other Alfred work for that shop). Erisman was from Goodman's pulp organization. 1X does the detecting for the team, 2X is a walking encyclopedia, and 3X is the strong arm.
Tough Hombre
CharactersTex Carr; Stella (Tex's fiancee); Tim (older cowhand in love with Stella); Bat Butler
SynopsisDisressed because Stella prefers Tex to him, a cattle foreman decides to do nothing and allow a heated gunfight occur betwwen the slower-on-the-draw Tex and Bat Butler.
Genrewestern-frontier
PencilsLorence Bjorklund ?
InksLorence Bjorklund ?
Colors?
NotesArt spotting by Dr. Michael J. Vassallo. According to Edgar Loftin, both Bjorklund and Stalnaker worked more in pulps than comics, leading to speculation that this text piece may even have been bought for one of Goodman's pulp magazines originally.
6 pages Mystic Comics story "The Deep Sea Demon"
CharactersDave Dean (introduction); Janet [aka Jane]; Shorty; Wing Po (rival of Dean); Philip (villain)
SynopsisDave Dean searches for pearls but finds a mysterious demon guarding the waters.
Genreadventure
PencilsFred Guardineer
InksFred Guardineer
Colors?
NotesArt credits suggested by Jerry Bails's Who's Who (listed under "Deep Sea Demon" rather than "Dave Dean"). Letterer credit by Craig Delich 2012-2-17. First published by the Harry "A" Chesler-edited Ultem Publications, Inc., this was reprinted twice by Centaur after it bought out Ultem before being reprinted a third time here.
8 pages Mystic Comics story "The Blooded Ruby of Chung"
CharactersDakor (introduction); Williams (introduction, Dakor's assistant); John Hargate (death); George Hargate (millionaire banker, father of John); Tom Denver [aka Smith] (villain, death); The Tuaregs (villains, enemies of the Foreign Legion, some die)
SynopsisFor a fee of $50,000, Dakor locates a sacred ruby stolen from a banker and returns it to the idol from which it originally came.
Genreadventure
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NotesChesler Shop material.
11 pages Mystic Comics story "The Origin of Dynamic Man"
CharactersDynamic Man [Curt Cowan] (introduction, origin); Professor Goettler (introduction, death); Chief Hopkins (introduction); Tohnson; King Bascom (villain, millionaire banker); Morgan (villain)
SynopsisProfessor Goettler creates Dynamic Man, a perfect man, but dies of a heart attack as his creation is born. Taking the name Curt Cowan, Dynamic Man becomes an F.B.I. agent in his civilian identity and uses his position to find crime to fight as a superhero.
Genresuperhero
PencilsDaniel Peters (signed)
InksDaniel Peters (signed)
Colors?
NotesWhile the name "Dynamic Man" is strongly associated with Chesler, and the stories in issues #2 and #3 were produced by Chesler personnel, this story lacks the characteristic thick panel borders. Almost nothing is known about Daniel Peters, so his signature does not help place the source of the feature. Probably *not* from the Chesler Shop, but the actual origin is unknown.
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NotesInside front cover. Indicia is printed at the bottom.
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CharactersSub-Mariner; Phantom Bullet
SynopsisIllustrated promotional house ad for Marvel Mystery Comics #4 and Daring Mystery Comics #2 (with covers), plus announcement of an unusual special prize contest (announced in both magazines) offering 20 prizes in all.
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PencilsAlex Schomburg
InksAlex Schomburg
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NotesInside back cover.
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NotesBack cover.
More Information
Product Name Mystic Comics #1 (1940 Series)
Characters The Blue Blaze [Spencer Keen]
Series Mystic Comics
Publication Date Feb 29, 1940
Synopsis Professor Goettler creates Dynamic Man, a perfect man, but dies of a heart attack as his creation is born. Taking the name Curt Cowan, Dynamic Man becomes an F.B.I. agent in his civilian identity and uses his position to find crime to fight as a superhero.