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COMIC #300: U.S.A. Comics #14
DATE: Fall 1944
PUBLISHER: U.S.A. Comic Magazine Corp.
CONTENTS: “Riddle Of The Stolen Buddha” (Captain America story); “The Death Singer” (Whizzer story); “Invitation To Death” (Jap Buster Johnson story); “The Serpent Strikes” (Destroyer story); text story; “The Ghost Zero” (Sergeant Dix story).  Cover maybe pencilled by Vince Alascia, maybe inked by Syd Shores.  Editor: Vince Fago.
CANONICAL STATUS: Partial canon (Captain America story, Whizzer story, Destroyer story).

SERIES NOTES: Sergeant Dix, a U.S.A. Comics staple, ends his run and is never heard from again.  The Destroyer will skip the next issue, and U.S.A. will skip the winter and return in the spring.

CREATOR NOTES: Captain America artists Syd Shores and Vince Alascia may have filled in for regular cover artist Alex Schomburg.

This is the milestone 300th comic of the Unabridged Marvel project.  Fittingly, I couldn’t track it down and know next to nothing about the contents.

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“Stan Lee, now known worldwide as the public face of Marvel Comics and the godfather of the enduring Superhero Spider-Man, was then a young soldier back in New York on leave from the U.S. Army. Vince Fago took Lee up to Pat’s apartment ‘near Sutton Place,’ hoping to make a 'match’ between Pat [Highsmith] and Stan Lee. But the future creator of the talented Mr. Ripley was not fated to go out on a date with the future facilitator of Spider-Man. 'Stan Lee,’ said Vince Fago, 'was only interested in Stan Lee,’ and Pat wasn’t exactly admitting where her real sexual interests lay. Lee, who invokes his failing memory and 'murky mind,’ remembers only Pat’s name from the incident.”
– Joan Schenker, “The Talented Miss Highsmith”

COMIC #298: Sub-Mariner Comics #14
DATE: Fall 1944
PUBLISHER: Manvis Publications, Inc.
CONTENTS: “The Fog Of The Living Death” (Sub-Mariner story), pencilled by Allen Simon, inked by Gustav Schrotter; “The Shriveled Young!” (Sub-Mariner story), pencilled by Allen Simon, inked by Gustav Schrotter; “Injun Horse” (text story); “Spawn Of The Sea!” (Sub-Mariner story), drawn by Allen Simon; “Tell-Tale Cigarette!” (Angel story), drawn by Jimmy Thompson.  Cover by Alex Schomburg.  Editor: Vince Fago.
CANONICAL STATUS: Canon.

This was a pretty good issue, relatively.  If nothing else, all three Sub-Mariner stories had distinct premises instead of just generic Nazis.

First up, the Sub-Mariner and Betty fight some Nazis who use a special submarine to create a poisonous fog that kills people out at sea.  The highlight of this story is a pretty cool drawing of the submarine, which almost reminds me of the weird machinery Kirby will start drawing in the ‘60s.

Then Namor stops a Nazi scientist who uses chemically-treated darts to make people instantly age and die.  Pretty gruesome.

Finally, Namor fights Ogar, who feels like one of the most legitimate super-villains so far.  He has a lair, gadgets, henchmen– the works.  I wouldn’t have minded seeing him again; too bad we won’t.  Also, one of the captions says “clew” instead of “clue”.

As for the Angel, he fights a guy who kidnaps his girlfriend in order to get her father’s money.  Which is fine, because I don’t need the story to be interesting so long as Jimmy Thompson’s drawing it.  I like this guy.

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