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COMIC #98: Young Allies #4DATE: Summer 1942PUBLISHER: U.S.A. Comic Magazine Corp.CONTENTS: Cover pencilled by Al Gabriele, inked by George Klein; “The Young Allies”, written by Stan Lee, pencilled by Al Gabriele, inked by George Klein; “Undiscovered Treasure” (text story) by Stan Lee; “Pedro The Peril”, drawn by M. Fred; “A Bit Of Hocus Pocus”, drawn by Red Holmdale; “The Vagabond”, maybe written by Stan Lee, drawn by Ed Winiarski; “A Bit Of Hocus Pocus”, drawn by Red Holmdale. Editor: Stan Lee.CANON: Partial canon (Vagabond story).
This is Al Gabriele’s final issue as cover artist, and his interior credits are sporadic after this.  As backups, we’ve got a Vagabond story from writer Stan Lee and artist Ed Winiarski, a “Pedro The Peril” humor story by M. Fred (who has no other credits and is probably a pseudonym), and three more of Red Holmdale’s “Hocus Pocus” filler pages about how to do magic tricks.  Lee also wrote the text story.
As usual, Young Allies has tighter Marvel Universe-style continuity than anything else from Timely.  The first page flashes back to the Red Skull’s recent death in Captain America Comics, and goes on to show how he survived.  The Young Allies fight him with the help of Captain America, the Human Torch, and Cap’s girlfriend Betty Ross.  This is a surprisingly good comic, racism notwithstanding (when the team falls into a mud pit, Whitewash complains that no matter how much mud he wipes off, his skin remains the same color).
Speaking of racism, Pedro the Peril is a Mexican stereotype who fights a thief named Don Rico (like the Timely artist), but really just wants cinnamon candy.  And the Vagabond, who seems to have forgotten that he’s not really a hobo, fights some guys who want to hijack a perfume truck.  Both backup stories are ridiculous.

COMIC #98: Young Allies #4
DATE: Summer 1942
PUBLISHER: U.S.A. Comic Magazine Corp.
CONTENTS: Cover pencilled by Al Gabriele, inked by George Klein; “The Young Allies”, written by Stan Lee, pencilled by Al Gabriele, inked by George Klein; “Undiscovered Treasure” (text story) by Stan Lee; “Pedro The Peril”, drawn by M. Fred; “A Bit Of Hocus Pocus”, drawn by Red Holmdale; “The Vagabond”, maybe written by Stan Lee, drawn by Ed Winiarski; “A Bit Of Hocus Pocus”, drawn by Red Holmdale. Editor: Stan Lee.
CANON: Partial canon (Vagabond story).

This is Al Gabriele’s final issue as cover artist, and his interior credits are sporadic after this.  As backups, we’ve got a Vagabond story from writer Stan Lee and artist Ed Winiarski, a “Pedro The Peril” humor story by M. Fred (who has no other credits and is probably a pseudonym), and three more of Red Holmdale’s “Hocus Pocus” filler pages about how to do magic tricks.  Lee also wrote the text story.

As usual, Young Allies has tighter Marvel Universe-style continuity than anything else from Timely.  The first page flashes back to the Red Skull’s recent death in Captain America Comics, and goes on to show how he survived.  The Young Allies fight him with the help of Captain America, the Human Torch, and Cap’s girlfriend Betty Ross.  This is a surprisingly good comic, racism notwithstanding (when the team falls into a mud pit, Whitewash complains that no matter how much mud he wipes off, his skin remains the same color).

Speaking of racism, Pedro the Peril is a Mexican stereotype who fights a thief named Don Rico (like the Timely artist), but really just wants cinnamon candy.  And the Vagabond, who seems to have forgotten that he’s not really a hobo, fights some guys who want to hijack a perfume truck.  Both backup stories are ridiculous.

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Marvel


Marvel Genesis, Don Alsafi's blog following Marvel Comics in order starting with Fantastic Four #1

The Marvel Chronology Project, an attempt to compile chronological lists of every Marvel character's appearances.

The Marvel Database Project, a Marvel wiki.

Atlas Tales, an excellent source of information about Timely/Atlas comics.

Timely-Atlas-Comics, a discussion group on Yahoo.

The Marvel Masterworks Resource Home Page, with all the info you could want about Marvel Masterworks.

The Complete Marvel Universe Reading Order, as compiled by Travis Starnes.

The Appendix To The Handbook Of The Marvel Universe, a comprehensive source for obscure Marvel info.

Marvel Comics, the official site.

DC


DC Comics, the official site.

DC Comics Database, a wiki.

The Unauthorized Chronology of the DC Universe.

The DC Chronology Project.

DC Timeline.

Comics


The Grand Comics Database.

Comic Book DB.