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Marvel Mystery Comics #25-28

Post by Col_Fury » Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:25 pm

MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #25 (November 1941)
By Carl Burgos

APPEARANCES:
Human Torch, Toro, racketeers (King named), doctors, police, reporters, bystanders

SYNOPSIS:
Some racketeers want to get into the bootleg medicine business so they abduct some doctors; when they refuse to help the criminals drop them in a vat of acid. The Human Torch and Toro put a stop to all of that!

2nd Story:
By Bill Everett

APPEARANCES:
Sub-Mariner, Dorma, Betty Dean, Luther Robbins, Lynne Harris, Jarna (Queen of the Lavarites, but normal sized), Germans (Joseph named), Atlanteans (Carma named), Lavarites (foot-tall aliens), bystander

SYNOPSIS:
Three days after reinstating himself as Emperor of Atlantis, Betty Dean ad friends ask Namor for help with strange goings on in Florida. He finds that tiny aliens intended to invade Earth, helped by their normal sized Queen. Also, Jarna (the Queen) has allied herself with some Germans. The Sub-Mariner knocks the Germans silly and sends Jarna and her aliens back to where they came from.

3rd Story:
By Sid Greene

This Patriot Story is already in the MCP, but it should be the third story, not the first.

NOTE:
Followed by “Marvel Get-Together” text story (by Stan Lee).

4th Story:
By Ray Gill & Bob Oksner

APPEARANCES:
Terry Vance, Deadline Dawson, “Bull” Dawson, a Nazi, bystanders

SYNOPSIS:
Still in Maine, Terry Vance helps Deadline’s dad against lumber fires. He finds out its arson by a Nazi saboteur.

NOTE:
Terry and Deadline have been in Maine sine last issue, and say it’s been at least two weeks.

5th Story:
By Ben Thompson

APPEARANCES:
Ka-Zar, Ali Hamud & his servants, Ollendorf, Saba Hamud (Ali’s brother, the helpful stranger from last issue), a Nazi pilot

SYNOPSIS:
Saba Hamud helps Ka-Zar escape the leopards. Saba hates his brother Ali and helps Ka-Zar attack the castle servants. Ka-Zar sets Ali on fire and hijacks a Nazi plane. Saba sets some explosions and destroys the castle. The plane crashes.

6th Story:
By Jack Kirby, Al Avison, Ernie Hart & Mike Sekowsky

APPEARANCES:
Vision, Prof. Enric Zagnar, bystanders

SYNOPSIS:
Prof. Enric Zagnar lectures at a college about the dangers of changing weather patterns and is fired for it. He turns to black magic and attacks the university with lightning storms. The Vision arrives and kills him.

7th Story:
By Alan Mandel

APPEARANCES:
Angel, Python, prisoners, warden & guards, US Army

FLASHBACK:
Recap of SUBC 2/3, no new information.
SYNOPSIS:
The Python is going to the electric chair but he doesn’t want to die, so he stages a revolt in the prison. The Angel is present to witness the execution and helps stop the riot (with the help of the US Army, who the warden called for reinforcements).

NOTE:
Astonishingly (for the time), a recap flashback of a previous story. Continuity!

MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #26 (December 1941)
By Carl Burgos

APPEARANCES:
Human Torch, Toro, Parrot, Capt. Ryan, Mason, police, Nazis, bystanders

SYNOPSIS:
The Parrot has been sentenced to life in Alcatraz, so the Human Torch is escorting him, but he escapes! Also, meanwhile, Capt. Ryan arranges for the Human Torch to help government agent Mason with a Sulphur supply problem. Some Nazis hire the Parrot to sabotage Mason’s efforts. But don’t worry, the Human Torch solves all the problems!

2nd Story:
By Bill Everett

APPEARANCES:
Sub-Mariner, Betty Dean, Luther Robison, Lynne Harris, Jarna, Nazi aquatic engineers, US Navy

SYNOPSIS:
With the Germans arrested, Namor prepares to return to Atlantis but spots Jarna. Since she didn’t leave like he told her to, the Sub-Mariner prepare to kill her for her insolence. She stops hi by showing Nazis staging an invasion of the USA, but reveals their underwater HQ was her idea. So, Namor prepares to kill her again but she escapes. He kills a few Nazis but is captured. Easily escaping, the Sub-Mariner floods the undersea base, drowning a whole bunch of Nazis. Jarna, upset that her comrades are being killed, attacks Sub-Mariner; he easily defeats her and locks her up. The Sub-Mariner wrecks a bunch of submarines and warns the US; the Navy takes care of the rest of the Nazi subs and the underwater HQ. Namor lets Jarna go.

3rd Story:
By Al Avison & Ernie Hart

APPEARANCES:
Vision, Prof. Rudolph Norsen, monstrous aliens, bystanders

SYNOPSIS:
Prof. Norsen notices a meteorite has crashed in his yard. He examines it and decides to plant it to see what happens. It grows into monstrous aliens that start attacking and eating his neighbors. The Vison arrives and with Norsen they destroy the creatures.

NOTE:
Followed by “The Truth” text story.

4th Story:
By Ben Thompson

APPEARANCES:
Ka-Zar, a native witch doctor, Kirk Heinrick (ivory hunter) & his hunters, Trajah

FLASHBACK:
Centuries ago, African natives concocted a jungle wine that granted great physical strength, but some people used it to enslave others. A witch doctor two generations ago finally decided to stop making the stuff.
SYNOPSIS:
A witch doctor finds Ka-Zar, nurses him back to health and grants him super strength as a reward for all the good deeds Ka-Zar has done, but it’s only temporary. He jumps around the jungle until he finds an outpost and meet Kirk Heinrick, an ivory hunter. Ka-Zar is attacked so he calls his elephant friends to trample the place. Ka-Zar starts to fight the hunters. To be continued!

5th Story:
By Ray Gill & Bob Oksner

APPEARANCES:
Terry Vance, Deadline Dawson, Mr. Jordan (editor), other reporters, Roy Ramsey (also in fb), Harry Hughes (corpse, also in fb)

FLASHBACK:
After an argument over money, Roy Ramsey murders his friend Harry Hughes by chaining him to a post and feeding him to his pet wolves.
SYNOPSIS:
Terry and Deadline investigate a haunted mine and are attacked by wolves. They get some more reporters for reinforcements and they’re attacked by wolves again, and the guy controlling them. Terry shoots him in the shoulder and he admits he must have lost his mind years ago.

6th Story:
By Sid Greene

This Patriot story is already in the MCP, but it should be the sixth story, not the first.

7th Story:
By ???

APPEARANCES:
Angel, Armless Tiger Man, bystanders

FLASHBACK:
Some guy loses his arms in an industrial accident in Munich. He learns how to be dexterous with his legs and teeth. He now hates machines and destroys them whenever he finds them. He’s arrested, but put to work by the German government as a saboteur.
SYNOPSIS:
The Armless Tiger Man is destroying factories, so the Angel stops him.

MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #27 (January 1942)
By Carl Burgos

APPEARANCES:
Human Torch, Toro, Saint (John Borden, Nazi saboteur) & his crooks (Nick Finelli named), Raleigh, bystanders

SYNOPSIS:
The Human Torch and Toro stop some crooks from harassing Raliegh, a defense contractor. The Torch interrogates the crooks, but the boss is killed by an arrow from afar. The Torch learns from Raliegh that he’s being threatened by the Saint and his plant has been subject to sabotage. The Torch figures out that Raleigh’s secretary is the Saint and eventually defeats him.

NOTE:
Amazingly (for the time), an editor’s note clarifies that this story follows HTC 5B. Continuity!

2nd Story:
By Bill Everett

APPEARANCES:
Sub-Mariner, Fox (Jasper Whifflegrass), “Red” Larson, bystanders

SYNOPSIS:
The Sub-Mariner checks out Seattle and stumbles across the Fox, who is smuggling pelts in from Alaska. It’s interrupting the industry there, so Namor puts a stop to it.

3rd Story:
By Al Avison

APPEARANCES:
Vision, Satan, demons, Victor Risling (hero pilot & Nazi sympathiser), Arbor City bystanders

SYNOPSIS:
In hell, Satan is upset that a city in the USA is completely free of evil. Demons guide hero pilot Victor Risling to the town where he’s welcomed with open arms. He turns to politics and starts making anti-Jewish speeches, which whips up hate and resentment in the town. When the Vision arrives, everyone is attacking Jews in the streets. Vision exposes Risling as corrupted by Satan, then gives a speech to the town: “Man can ever reach his full greatness until he has conquered the emotions that tie him to the beast!”

NOTE:
Satan has a specific department in hell for “New Methods of Slaughter for Dictators.”

Followed by “Quick Thinking” text story.

4th Story:
By Ray Gill & Bob Oksner

APPEARANCES:
Terry Vance, Deadline Dawson, Doctor Watson, Prof. Voodini & his family, butler & attorney

SYNOPSIS:
Prof. Voodini has died and his will stipulates that the press has to be present for the reading of his will. Terry and Deadline attend where the will calls all of Voodini’s family liars, cheaters and hypocrites. They all have to spend the night in his castle and he swears to haunt them. Whoever shows the least fear gets the inheritance. The family stars dying one-by-one but Terry figures out Voodini isn’t a ghost but still alive. The lawyer shoots Voodini in self-defense. As Voodini dies he admits to murdering a hobo that looked like him, then planned to kill all his family members. The lawyer reads the real will; Voodini left all his money to a home for aged actors.

5th Story:
By Sid Greene

This Patriot story is already in the MCP, but it should be the fifth story, not the first.

6th Story:
By ???

APPEARANCES:
Angel, Richard Brown, his sister Abigail & their deformed brother, police, bystanders

SYNOPSIS:
Richard Brown is murdered, but it’s declared a suicide. The Angel doesn’t think that sounds right so he investigates. Brown’s sister thinks Sprague did it, and she’s soon killed. The Angel eventually figures out that Brown’s deformed brother killed Sprague a while ago, then killed his siblings because they kept him locked up.

7th Story:
By Ben Thompson

APPEARANCES:
Ka-Zar, French freedom fighters, Nazis

SYNOPSIS:
Ka-Zar is in France and joins up with some freedom fighters. They use a fishing boat to attack a Nazi sub. Ka-Zar ends up on the sub and uses a grenade to destroy it. Ka-Zar is picked up by a hydroplane so he can continue to fight the Nazis.

NOTE:
Uh, what happened? Last issue ended on a cliffhanger and the editor’s box at the end promised a resolution this issue. This story doesn’t have anything to do with that at all. Also, this is it for Ka-Zar. No more strips for him in Marvel Mystery that I can see. Bye, Ka-Zar!

MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #28 (February 1942)
By Carl Burgos

APPEARANCES:
Human Torch, Toro, police commissioner, Izan & his henchmen, police, bystanders

SYNOPSIS:
Criminla mastermind Izan has instilled so much fear in his henchmen that they’d rather commit suicide than be caught. The Human Torch figures out Izan is smuggling guns and ammo to South America, but he and Toro are captured by Izan. Obviously, the Torch ad Toro escape. All of Izan’s men kill themselves, but Izan doesn’t want to die and surrenders.

2nd Story:
By Bill Everett

APPEARANCES:
Sub-Mariner, Falkon (pirate) & his crew (inc Chuck “Slug” McCarthy), Mrs. McCarthy (Betty Dean’s sister), bystanders

SYNOPSIS:
A ghost ship is sinking cargo liners and stealing their stuff. The Sub-Mariner hears about it and investigates. When he finds it he discovers it’s not a ghost ship, but a specially painted ship mounted on top of a submarine, piloted by the Falkon. Investigating further Namor is captured, but freed by Betty Dean’s sister, who is married to one of Falkon’s crewmen. Namor destroys the sub, spares Dean’s sister’s husband and kills Falkon by strangling him to death.

NOTE:
I’ve seen some online resources say Betty Dean’s sister’s name is “Baby McCarthy,” but Namor just called her that once (“Never mind that, baby!”); it’s not her name. It’s like someone having the name “Pal.”

3rd Story:
By Al Avison & Ernie Hart

APPEARANCES:
Vision, Dr. Igor Korbeau, various doctors (Zadig, Parker, Schlissel, Van de Vere named), “keeper of he lost souls,” bystanders

SYNOPSIS:
Dr. Igor Korbeau has figured out how to separate someone’s soul from their body. He removes the souls of seven doctors and commands them to commit crimes for him. The Vision arrives, returns the souls to the doctors and kills Korbeau.

NOTE:
Followed by “The Sea of Grassy Death” text story.

4th Story:
By Al Fagaly

This Patriot story is already in the MCP, but it should be the fourth story, not the first.

5th Story:
By Ray Gill & Bob Oksner

APPEARANCES:
Terry Vance, Deadline Dawson, Doctor Watson, Det. Jenks, Aubrey de Woode (in fb) & his butler (also in fb), Gordon (de Woode’s nephew), bystanders

FLASHBACK:
Aubrey de Woode licks an envelope and dies.
SYNOPSIS:
Terry investigates the death of a famous Hollywood director (Aubrey de Woode). It turns out his greedy nephew poisoned him.

NOTE:
They’ve stopped translating the money’s sounds and now just give him plain English thought balloons. Apparently, he’s attracted to human women and likes to wear women’s clothes.

6th Story:
By Ed Robbins

APPEARANCES:
Jimmy Jupiter, a pilot, a stretchy old woman, talking trees (Elm, Ashley, Elmer named), Wump-Jump (a dragon)

SYNOPSIS:
Jimmy Jupiter is excited to finally ride in an airplane, but forget to fasten his safety belt. The pilot does a barrel roll and Jimmy falls out. He lands in the Land of Nowhere and meets talking trees and a dragon. Jimmy wakes up and the pilot tells him that Jimmy’s parachute opened and saved him. Was it just a dream?

NOTE:
Apparently not, since the next issue box says Jimmy will go back to the Land of Nowhere next issue. Also, Jimmy will also appear in the current day in Cap v6, which confirms the Land of Nowhere is a real place, and that Jimmy can hop dimensions.

7th Story:
By ???

APPEARANCES:
Angel, Nazis (Gen. Henchel named), Russian soldiers, Spanish gold hunters (in fb), a missionaries (in fb), US Army

FLASHBACK:
Spanish gold hunters attack a cathedral and kill the missionaries inside, but they’re cursed to be zombies.
SYNOPSIS:
A Nazi general flees Germany instead of being killed by the Gestapo for failing in a fight with the Russians. He arrives in Louisiana to hide out and finds a cathedral. He finds a parchment near a skeleton and becomes a zombie. Able to command other zombies he attacks Louisiana. As the zombies fight the Army, the Age finds another zombie, hears the story and burns the parchment. All the zombies die.

Chronologies!

ANGEL/DR. THOMAS HALLOWAY
……
M/MC 24/7
*M/MC 25/7
SUBC 3/2
HTC 5B
M/PROJECT 6
*M/MC 26/7
*M/MC 27/6
*M/MC 28/7
SUBC 4/3
M/PROJECT 7
……

CASEY, JACK
……
M/MC 24/4
*M/MC 25/3
HTC 5B
*M/MC 26/6
*M/MC 27/5
*M/MC 28/4
CA:P 1 (9:6 - 11)
MARVELS 1
CA:P 2-BTS

DAWSON, “BULL”
M/MC 24/3
*M/MC 25/4

DAWSON, RAYMOND “DEADLINE”
……
M/MC 24/3
*M/MC 25/4
*M/MC 26/5
*M/MC 27/4
*M/MC 28/5

DOCTOR WATSON
……
M/MC 24/3
*M/MC 27/4
*M/MC 28/5

DORMA
……
SAGASUB 5-FB
M/MC 24/2
*M/MC 25/2
YMEN 28/3
……

FALKON
M/MC 28/2

FOX/JASPER WHIFFLEGRASS
M/MC 27/2

HAMUD, ALI
M/MC 24/5
M/MC 25/5

HAMUD, SABA
M/MC 24/5
M/MC 25/5

HARRIS, LYNNE
……
M/MC 16/2
M/MC 18/2
M/MC 19/2
*M/MC 25/2
*M/MC 26/2

HUMAN TORCH/JIM HAMMOND
……
M/MC 24
*M/MC 25
*M/MC 26
HTC 5B (1 - 53:3)
……
HTC 5B (55:5 - 60)
*M/MC 27
*M/MC 28
ALLWC 3
HTC 6
HTC 6/2
INV 29-FB
M/PROJECT 7
……

JARNA
M/MC 25/2
M/MC 26/2

JUPITER, JIMMY/JAMES JANKOVICZ
M/MC 28/6
CA6 1-FB
CA6 2-FB
CA6 1
CA6 3
CA6 4
CA6 5

KA-ZAR/DAVID RAND
……
M/MC 24/5
*M/MC 25/5
*M/MC 26/4
HTC 5B
*M/MC 27/7

MCCARTHY, CHUCK “SLUG”
M/MC 28/2

MCCARTHY, YVETTE DEAN (Betty Dean’s sister)
M/MC 28/2

MISS PATRIOT/MARY MORGAN
……
M/MC 23/3
*M/MC 26/6
*M/MC 27/5
*M/MC 28/4
CA:P 1 (9:6 - 11)
M/MC 29/7
……

PARROT
M/MC 24
M/MC 26

PRENTISS, LT. BETTY DEAN
……
M/MC 20/2
M/MC 21/2
*M/MC 25/2
*M/MC 26/2
INV 29-FB
……

PYTHON
SUBC 2/3
*M/MC 25/7
HTC 8

ROBINSON, LUTHER S.
……
M/MC 16/2
M/MC 18/2
M/MC 19/2
*M/MC 25/2
*M/MC 26/2

RYAN, CAPT.
M/MC 18
M/MC 26

SAINT/JOHN BORDEN
M/MC 27

SATAN/"MARDUK KURIOS"
SAVSCO 19/2-BTS
TWELVE 8-FB
{MYSC 4/5}
*M/MC 27/3
[M/MC 34/6]
USAC 5/2
CAC 21/3
[ALLWC 8]
ST 8/3
……

SUB-MARINER/NAMOR MACKENZIE
……
M/MC 24/2
*M/MC 25/2 (remove brackets)
*M/MC 26/2 (remove brackets)
*M/MC 27/2 (remove brackets)
SUBC 3
HTC 5B (1 - 53:3)
……
HTC 6/4
SUBC 23
*M/MC 28/2 (remove brackets)
[M/MC 29/2]
……

TORO/TOM RAYMOND
……
M/MC 24
*M/MC 25
*M/MC 26
HTC 5B
*M/MC 27
*M/MC 28
ALLWC 3
INV 29-FB
M/PROJECT 7
……

TRAJA
……
M/MC 20/6
M/MC 21/5
M/MC 23/5
*M/MC 26/4

VANCE, TERRY
……
M/MC 24/3
*M/MC 25/4
*M/MC 26/5
*M/MC 27/4
*M/MC 28/5

VISION/AARKUS
……
M/MC 24/6
*M/MC 25/6 (remove brackets)
MYSC70A
*M/MC 26/3 (remove brackets)
*M/MC 27/3
*M/MC 28/3
{INV2 3}
……
-Daron Jensen

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Re: Marvel Mystery Comics #25-28

Post by vanhornluke » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:25 pm

Betty Dean's sister is named Yvette Dean McCarthy, as stated in Betty's handbook entry.

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Re: Marvel Mystery Comics #25-28

Post by Col_Fury » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:30 pm

Thanks!
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