Daring Mystery Comics #6

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Daring Mystery Comics #6

Post by wolframbane » Mon May 26, 2008 10:28 pm

DARING MYSTERY COMICS #6
September 1940
"Introducing Marvel Boy" (10 pages)

Characters:
Marvel Boy I (Martin Simon "Marty" Burns; not to be confused with Marvel Boy II (Martin Oksner Burns) from USA COMICS 7/3)
Hercules, Son of Power (not to be confused with the Olympian demigod Hercules (Heracles) from JIM@ 1)
Jupiter (not to be confused with Jupiter (Zeus) from VENUS 5 and JIM@ 1)
Mars (not to be confused with Mars (also known as Ares) from HUMAN TORCH 5A and T 129)
Andrew and Barbara Burns (Martin Burns' parents)
"a harmless but helpful shadow"
Adolf Hitler (in 1926)
Friedrich Broen, Gustav Shultz, Frank Stohl (German spies)

Synopsis:
Centuries ago, the hero Hercules, Son of Power, promises on his deathbed to return when the country of America needs him the most, despite the secrets of reincarnation becoming lost for thousands of years following the fall of the Egyptian culture. After his soul ascends to dwell within a castle in the mystic realm of Valhalla, Hercules watches as the American nation gradually develops, but becomes concerned in 1926 when he observes the fascist leader Adolf Hitler rise to power in Germany and the Valhalla warlord Mars becoming active once again. After petitioning Jupiter, the ruler of Valhalla, to allow him to return to the mortal realm to oppose the approaching darkness, the soul of Hercules is reincarnated on Earth, entering the body of the newborn child Martin Burns. Due to the presence to the dormant spirit of Hercules within his body, the young Martin displays uncanny strength during his childhood. During a violent storm on the evening of his fourteenth birthday, an unidentified man delivers a package to the Burns home, and Martin is awakened by "a harmless but helpful shadow" inside his room, who reveals to Martin the bond he shares with Hercules and his destiny to battle the forces threatening mankind. Martin dons a costume from the package and becomes the superhuman Marvel Boy, and under the direction of the mysterious shadow, he soon confronts a truckload of Nazi operatives dispatched to infiltrate America, who have been delivered by a German submarine to an obscure inland cove on the Hudson River. After defeating the operatives, one of whom is accidentally gunned down by his own men, he leaves them tied up on the steps of FBI headquarters. Marvel Boy then uses a document in their possession to locate their headquarters, where he subdues operative leaders Broen, Shultz and Stohl. After forcing Shultz to contact the submarine, directing it to a naval shipyard where it is impounded and its crew arrested, Marvel Boy subsequently returns home.

Chronology:
Mid 1940; Martin Burns was born "in mid-1926" (OHOTMU6 4).

Comments:
Marvel Boy's real name is given as Martin Burns in this story; his middle name of Simon, confirmed in OHOTMU6 4 and probably derived from scripter Joe Simon, distinguished him from the Marvel Boy (Martin Oksner Burns) of USA COMICS 7/3.

The realm of Valhalla should not be confused with the Asgardian realm of the same name. Also the gods Hercules, Jupiter and Mars should not be confused with the Olympian gods Heracles, Zeus and Ares.

Marvel Boy 'may' be in the new Avengers/Invaders series, given the promotional art.

Placement suggestions:

MARVEL BOY/MARTIN SIMON "MARTY" BURNS
DARING MYSTERY COMICS 6

HITLER, ADOLF
SJNS
DRSTR2 51-FB
DARING MYSTERY 6
INV 36-FB
...

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Re: Daring Mystery Comics #6

Post by Col_Fury » Tue May 27, 2008 11:49 pm

wolframbane wrote:Hercules, Son of Power (not to be confused with the Olympian demigod Hercules (Heracles) from JIM@ 1)
Jupiter (not to be confused with Jupiter (Zeus) from VENUS 5 and JIM@ 1)
Mars (not to be confused with Mars (also known as Ares) from HUMAN TORCH 5A and T 129)
How should these guys be listed? For example, the Hercules we know is currently listed as:

HERCULES [GREEK GOD]

I dunno, maybe:

HERCULES, SON OF POWER
DARING MYSTERY COMICS 6

Any ideas?

Also, I would say:

HITLER, ADOLF
SJNS
DRSTR2 51-FB
DARING MYSTERY COMICS 6
INV 36-FB
...

If only to match with what Marvel Boy already has... :wink:
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Re: Daring Mystery Comics #6

Post by wolframbane » Wed May 28, 2008 12:36 pm

Col_Fury wrote:How should these guys be listed? For example, the Hercules we know is currently listed as:

HERCULES [GREEK GOD]

I dunno, maybe:

HERCULES, SON OF POWER
DARING MYSTERY COMICS 6

Any ideas?
To confuse matters even more, there are numerous being known as Hercules. They include:
Hercules (David) from MYSTIC COMICS 3/2
Hercules (Son of Power) from DARING MYSTERY COMICS 6
Hercules from USA COMICS 7/3
Hercules (Heracles) from JIM@ 1
Hercules (Forgotten One) from T 291
Hercules (doppelganger) from IW 1
Hercules from CW 6
H'Ercule from GAM3 25

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