(December 1957)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Chipiden Publishing Corp.
Editing:
Stan Lee
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age and Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Distributed to newstands in August 1957. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

This is the first issue of Strange Tales published after a publication hiatus caused by the collapse of Atlas's distributor and the subsequent restructuring known as the "Atlas Implosion". This is the last issue with stories bearing the "One of the Strangest Tales Ever Told!" logo used since 1952 on their first page. This may indicate the use of inventory pre-implosion stories.

Some information on this issue supplied by Tom Lammers and the Atlas/Timely discussion list. Distribution date from Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website.


The Abyss! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bill Everett
Inks:
Bill Everett
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural

With Just One Stroke (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
M-220

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
John Durston
Synopsis:
A criminal discovers a magic pen, which makes anything that he writes come true. It runs dry when he is trying to steal jewels, leaving him trapped in a vault to die.

Rude Awakening! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Woodbridge
Inks:
George Woodbridge
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
M-182

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Parks; Davis; Mason
Synopsis:
An embezzler dreams he will be caught, and kills the man he dreams responsible. The murder is another dream, as he is jailed pending sentence for embezzlement. He wakes to find himself being sentenced for murder, instead of embezzlement.

The Final Shot! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Robert Q. Sale
Inks:
Robert Q. Sale
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
M-151

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Mike Dillon; Frank Rochelle; Dan Gavin; Eric Dixon; Louis Ruppert; Grogan
Synopsis:
A convict released from prison attempts to get revenge on those responsible for placing him there. He shoots them with a chemical compound that makes them susceptible to suggestion in order to force them to commit crimes. His plan fails when he misses the detective who arrested him and the man just plays along to find out what his scheme is.

Child's Play! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Christopher Rule ?; Ed Winiarski
Inks:
Christopher Rule
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
M-171

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Rod Manning; Dr. Lang; Charlie Manning; Alice Manning
Synopsis:
A rich man gets forces a scientist to give him a robot as a toy for his son despite his warnings. It tries to burn the house down, and the man apologizes to the scientist for not listening.

Indexer Notes

Inks and some or all pencils attributed to Christopher Rule identified by Dr. Michael Vassallo. According to From the Tomb Magazine #10, Ed Winiarski may have contributed pencils. Art originally incorrectly attributed to "J. Makowski" by Jim Vadaboncoeur, Jr. based on a comparison with a Makowski-pencilled story later found to be inked by Rule.

Crackpot Chemist (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
H-57

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Jasper McReedy; Stella McReedy; Linda McReedy; Tom Logan; Bob Webster
Synopsis:
A dedicated chemist invents a formula to give people a healthy weight, and his daughter accidentally tests it on the neighbors.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

The Puppet Man (Table of Contents)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Dan Loprino
Inks:
Dan Loprino
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
M-170

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Mathews
Synopsis:
An amnesiac confesses to a murder he doesn't remember, but applause reminds him that he is only an actor lost in his role.

The Abyss! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jim Mooney
Inks:
Jim Mooney
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
M-156

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Leos; Karol; Maria
Synopsis:
Political refugees seeking to flee tyranny are assisted by supernatural beings, and realize once they reach freedom that they crossed over Mt. Olympus.

Indexer Notes

The characters in this story could conceivably have been fleeing from Communist Yugoslavia or Bulgaria, but this would mean that their pursuers were able to follow quite far into Greece.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Abyss!
  2. 1. With Just One Stroke
  3. 2. Rude Awakening!
  4. 3. The Final Shot!
  5. 4. Child's Play!
  6. 5. Crackpot Chemist
  7. 6. The Puppet Man
  8. 7. The Abyss!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Thomas G. Lammers
  • Bill Borre
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jim Vadeboncoeur
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Thomas G. Lammers