COMIC #104: Mystic Comics #10
DATE: August 1942
PUBLISHER: Timely Comics
CONTENTS: Cover, pencilled by Al Gabriele, inked by Syd Shores; “Battling The Underground Factory Fiend!” (Destroyer story), drawn by John Forte; “Inky Dinky” by Sol Brodsky; “The World Of Wonder”, drawn by Louis Golden; “The Legend Of The Headless Executioner” (Father Time story), drawn by Jack Alderman; “Inky Dinky” by Sol Brodsky; “Davey And The Demon”, pencilled by Mike Sekowsky; “Inky Dinky” by Sol Brodsky; “The Mystery Of The Sea Urchin” (text story); “Red Skeleton”; “The Terror”, drawn by Don Rico; “Inky Dinky” by Sol Brodsky; “The Challenger”. Editor: Stan Lee.
CANON: Partial (Destroyer story, Father Time story, Terror story, Challenger story).
Timely canceled Mystic Comics with #10. Timely’s third title, Mystic’s had more issues than any title except Captain America or Marvel Mystery, but it’s never evolved past a hodgepodge of third-rate characters and leftover inventory. I will not miss it. Timely will briefly revive the Mystic name in a couple of years.
Destroyer: The Destroyer, boring as always, destroys an underground Nazi factory and frees its war prisoners. Mystic’s lone immediate survivor, the Destroyer will continue to appear in All-Winners. John Forte will draw for other publishers, but I don’t think will return to Timely until 1948.
Inky Dinky: These run-of-the-mill gag strips about a kid artist mark the Timely debut of Sol Brodsky, who will become Marvel’s production manager in the ’60s and a core member of the company’s early staff.
World Of Wonder: A couple of kids fight ogres in a magical forest with the help of a magic hourglass. I can’t find any other credits for Louis Golden.
Father Time: In a lame but nicely-drawn story, Father Time deals with a convoluted plot concerning a cursed emerald and insurance money. Father Time will not appear again in the Golden Age, and Jack Alderman will move to Captain America and the Human Torch, mostly as an inker.
Davey And The Demon: Davey seemingly drowns the Demon to death.
Red Skeleton: Seriously? A guy who writes comics for editor Stanley Dee at Crimely Publications solves a murder. I assume that in an unpublished follow-up, he gets a raise.
Terror: The Terror fights gangsters who kill people for insurance money. He’ll appear next in 1990s She-Hulk comics.
Challenger: A paroled criminal kills his old enemies until the Challenger stops him. The Challenger will return in a 1970s Liberty Legion story.