(January 1957)

Marvel, 1949 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Marvel Comics, Inc.
Brand:
Atlas [black & white]
Editing:
Stan Lee
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

The Mystery of the Black Box! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
John Severin
Inks:
John Severin
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Credits per Atlastales.com and Nick Caputo.

Something In the Sea! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Paul Reinman
Inks:
Paul Reinman
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
L-18

Synopsis:
A sailor meets a sea captain on a pier who tells him his fate is to run into a green fog concealing a giant white whale.
Reprints:

I Live In Fear (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Bob Powell
Inks:
Bob Powell
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
L-36

Synopsis:
A reporter regrets getting his scientist friend to test out his invisibility ray on him when he detects non-human invisible creatures following humans around. When they detect him, they pursue him, and the reporter fears for his life. When the ray wears off the scientist tells him the creatures he saw must have been an effect of the ray, but the reporter doesn't believe so and expresses concerns as to what the creatures were.

The Mystery of the Black Box (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Wessler
Pencils:
Jay Scott Pike (signed)
Inks:
Jay Scott Pike (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
L-32

Synopsis:
A crook has a black box which links to the year 1791. When he drops a handgun into it, it shows up in 1791. His ancestor's wife takes the gun from him and drops it back into the box where it drops out onto the police station floor and the crook confesses to the robbery.

Indexer Notes

Wessler script per biblio info in Robin Snyder's The Comics, Vol 25, No. 4, April 2015. Previous indexer credited Stan Lee.

The Hidden Man (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Wessler
Pencils:
Dave Berg
Inks:
Dave Berg
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
K-973

Synopsis:
Two communist agents get taken for fools by a man disguised as a chemist who is actually the one that they are trying to arrest.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Wessler script per biblio info in Robin Snyder's The Comics, Vol 25, No. 4, April 2015. Previous indexer credited Stan Lee.

Away From It All (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
H-320

Genre:
domestic
Characters:
Jasper Milty; Tom Milty
Synopsis:
An old man disgruntled with society becomes rich by discovering uranium.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Original title: "The Disappearance."

The Stranger's Suitcase (Table of Contents)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Bill Walton
Inks:
Bill Walton
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
K-120

Synopsis:
A man from the fourth dimension gets back home by paying an amusement park owner enough money to build a roller coaster with sufficient speed to propel him back whence he came.
Reprints:

The Black Raven (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Wessler
Pencils:
Syd Shores
Inks:
Syd Shores ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
K-974

Synopsis:
A man hears the story of a wooden idol which points to an expensive gem and gets his buddies to follow him to Africa. The natives shun the black raven as evil magic, and their luck seems to get worse and worse as they head deeper into the continent's interior, until his friends desert him to head back to civilization. He finds himself pursued by lions, and with a snake pit in front of him, he hurls the statue against the rocks where it breaks apart. When he does this, the lions turn away, but he sees that the gem was concealed within the statue, and it now rests at the bottom of the snake pit.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

influenced by THE MALTESE FALCON. Shores credit per Atlas Tales. Wessler script per biblio info in Robin Snyder's The Comics, Vol 25, No. 4, April 2015. Previous indexer credited Stan Lee.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Mystery of the Black Box!
  2. 1. Something In the Sea!
  3. 2. I Live In Fear
  4. 3. The Mystery of the Black Box
  5. 4. The Hidden Man
  6. 5. Away From It All
  7. 6. The Stranger's Suitcase
  8. 7. The Black Raven
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Nick Caputo
  • Mike Nielsen
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  • Bill Borre
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