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Marvel Mystery Comics #7 (1939 Series)

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791
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"The Deadly Scheme of "Red" Skelton"

Written by: Ben Thompson ?
Pencils: Ben Thompson (signed)
Inks: Ben Thompson (signed)
Cover Pencils: Alex Schomburg
Cover Inks: Alex Schomburg
Ka-Zar notes the arrival of Professor Rice, a botanist who has come to the Belgian Congo to search for certain rare species of plant life. Unfortunately for the good Professor, his pilot is a thief and murderer, who not only intends to blackmail the Professor for $100,000, but also to marry his daughter.
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Cover Details -
CharactersThe Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; The Human Torch [Jim Hammond] (inset); Ka-Zar [David Rand] (inset); The Angel [Tom Hallaway] (inset); Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor] (inset); Electro (inset); Ferret (inset)
Genresuperhero
PencilsAlex Schomburg
InksAlex Schomburg
Colors?
Notes
12 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "The Human Torch -- Policeman"
CharactersThe Human Torch [Jim Hamond]; Johnson; un-named Police Captain; Roglo (villain); Red (villain, death)
SynopsisThe Torch joins the police department and is given a free hand to wage his campaign against the criminal Roglo and others like him.
Genresuperhero
PencilsCarl Burgos (signed)
InksCarl Burgos (signed)
Colors?
NotesStory continued next issue (1st hint of Torch / Sub-Mariner clash). Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2008-11-11.
8 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "Marked for Murder"
CharactersThe Angel [Tom Halloway]; Betty Martin; Henry Martin; Emma Martin (villain, introduction, death); Hank (villain)
SynopsisThe Angel and Betty are nearly killed by being run off a cliff but soon discover why: Betty's aunt is planning to kill her and her father for his money.
Genresuperhero
PencilsPaul Gustavson
InksPaul Gustavson ?; Joe Simon ?
Colors?
NotesThe art of this issue is different from previous appearances, and Gustavson may not have inked this story. The Who's Who indicates Joe Simon and penciler and inker for the strip in 1940 and he may have contributed the inks here. Gustavson credits from Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.
10 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "Rampage in New York"
CharactersThe Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Tha-Korr; Fiorello LaGuardia; Betty Dean
SynopsisBecause Namor has been cheated and mistreated by the Americans, he decides to use New York as his base while destroying the entire continent.
Genresuperhero
PencilsBill Everett (signed)
InksBill Everett (signed)
Colors?
NotesStory continued next issue (2nd hint of Torch / Sub-Mariner clash).
8 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "The Framing of the Masked Raider"
CharactersThe Masked Raider [Jim Gardley]; Lightning (Raider's horse); Nat Parker; un-named federal marshal (villain, introduction)
SynopsisAfter saving the lives of Nat Parker and his son from outlaws, the marshal accuses the Raider of the attack.
Genrewestern-frontier
PencilsWilliam Allison
InksWilliam Allison
Colors?
Notes
Blasting Bombers
CharactersLou Herbert; the Nussian airforce (villains, many die)
SynopsisAmerican flier Lou Herbert takes matters into his own hands when an enemy air force attacks Sinki.
Genreadventure; aviation
PencilsFrank Thomas [as F. T.] (signed)
InksFrank Thomas [as F. T.] (signed)
Colors?
NotesArtist credits added by Craig Delich 2008-11-11.
8 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "The Felons and the Flood"
CharactersElectro; Professor Zog; Jim [one of the Operatives]; "Boss" Sarpo (villain, introduction); Sarpo's gang [Joe; Red] (villains, introduction for both)
SynopsisSevere floodinonby the Ohio River endangers the life and property of many, so Professor Zog instructs two of his Operatives to take Electro to the scene to help out.
Genresuperhero
PencilsSteve Dahlman (signed)
InksSteve Dahlman (signed)
Colors?
Notes
6 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "Kidnapped by the Duke"
CharactersFerret; Nosey [a ferret]; Cynthia Bryant; The Duke (villain, introduction); Broderick (villain, introduction); Batty (villain, introduction)
SynopsisFerret is taken prisoner, as candy heiress Cynthia Bryant had been, and is told to authorize payment of $50,000 ransom for his release.
Genredetective-mystery
PencilsIrwin Hasen (signed)
InksIrwin Hasen (signed)
Colors?
Notes
10 pages Marvel Mystery Comics story "The Deadly Scheme of "Red" Skelton"
CharactersKa-Zar [David Rand]; Professor Rice (introduction, death); Mara Rice (Professor's daughter); Zar (a lion); Trajah (an elephant); "Red" Skelton (villain, introduction, death)
SynopsisKa-Zar notes the arrival of Professor Rice, a botanist who has come to the Belgian Congo to search for certain rare species of plant life. Unfortunately for the good Professor, his pilot is a thief and murderer, who not only intends to blackmail the Professor for $100,000, but also to marry his daughter.
Genrejungle
PencilsBen Thompson (signed)
InksBen Thompson (signed)
Colors?
NotesCharacter created by Bob Byrd.
More Information
Product Name Marvel Mystery Comics #7 (1939 Series)
Characters The Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; The Human Torch [Jim Hammond] (inset); Ka-Zar [David Rand] (inset); The Angel [Tom Hallaway] (inset); Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor] (inset); Electro (inset); Ferret (inset)
Series Marvel Mystery Comics
Publication Date Apr 30, 1940
Synopsis Ka-Zar notes the arrival of Professor Rice, a botanist who has come to the Belgian Congo to search for certain rare species of plant life. Unfortunately for the good Professor, his pilot is a thief and murderer, who not only intends to blackmail the Professor for $100,000, but also to marry his daughter.