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.