Marvel Mystery 40, 1943

Marvel Mystery 40, 1943

This is one of my favorite of Alex Schomburg's many war covers for Timely Comics. It's full of his trademark frenetic action and "busy" detail. The destruction of this awesome Nazi zeppelin invasion fortress is dramatic enough, and the overall effect is intensified when the viewer focuses in on the amazing array of armaments spilling from the doomed zeppelin's ruptured holds: Nazi artillery, tanks, planes, and even tiny men can be seen falling to their doom, thanks to the heroic efforts of the Human Torch!

Inside the front cover is an ad for Captain America and his Sentinels of Liberty. The first story features the Human Torch vs. a Japanese spy ring in "Flaming Terror", a 12 page tale drawn by Harry Sahle. The other features are:

  • Sub-Mariner in "The Morale Murder Menace," (12 pages) by Carl Pfeufer
  • Terry Vance in "The Case of the Eager Diplomat," (7 pages) by Bob Oksner
  • "Mastermind," a 2 page text story
  • The Vision "The Monster of Negley Hall," (7 pages) by Syd Shores
  • Jimmy Jupiter in "The Shining Castle of Ra," (7 pages) by Ed Robbins
  • The Patriot in "Tapping the Code," (6 pages) by Syd Shores
  • The Angel in "The Mystery of the Missing Stars," (10 pages) by Gustav Schrotter