(October 1958)

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 May 1958. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements. The stories in this issue all bear the logo reading "A Tale of Mystery to Hold You Spellbound!" used by the cancelled Spellbound (Marvel, 1952 series) perhaps indicating that this was built on an unpublished pre-implosion issue.

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.


Afraid To Open the Door! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Joe Maneely
Inks:
Joe Maneely
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Morse; John Hayes
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

John Hayes is a ghost on the cover, but not in the story.

Afraid To Open the Door! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Dan Loprino
Inks:
Dan Loprino
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
M-346

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Morse; John Hayes
Synopsis:
A thief trying to rob a reclusive scientist finds him in a room with two doors. The scientist tells him if he leaves through the wrong door he will be trapped in a shadow world of strange creatures so the criminal decides to wait until someone else enters by one of the doors so that he knows which one leads back to the ordinary world.

The House That Cried! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Christopher Rule
Inks:
Christopher Rule
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
M-332

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Smitty; Elvira Lanson; Luke Lanson (flashback); Fred (flashback); Helen (flashback); Tony Fargo (flashback)
Synopsis:
A hobo tries to rob an old woman in a dilapidated house who turns out to be a ghost.

Indexer Notes

Pencil and ink credits of J. Makowski ? changed based on information from Tom Lammers and the Atlas/Timely discussion list.

The Ragged Man (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Richard Doxsee
Inks:
Richard Doxsee
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
M-486

Genre:
drama
Characters:
Otis Larr; Hubert Larr; Annie
Synopsis:
A heartless businessman gets what's coming to him when the geiger counter he keeps on his yacht goes off and he spends all his money buying worthless land because he thinks that there is a fortune in uranium underwater. It turns out that there was a nuclear sub under his yacht at the time.

The Terrible Tree! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
M-319

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Ross Evans
Synopsis:
A man weakens a large redwood tree so that it will fall on his farm and he can collect on the insurance policy. Objects made from the tree pursue vengeance upon him, until he finds himself trapped on a boat made of the tree out at sea.

The Perfectly Frightened Man (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Robert Q. Sale
Inks:
Robert Q. Sale
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
M-348

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Bob Franklin; Helen Franklin
Synopsis:
A man is convinced by his wife that he is the victim of a hoax designed to make him think he has inherited sorcerous powers, but when he says "I'll be a monkey's uncle", he turns into one.

The Missing Film (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
John Severin
Inks:
John Severin
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
J-707

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural; spy
Characters:
Dr. Title; Douglas Jenks
Synopsis:
A government agent retrieves a classified microfilm stolen to be given to enemy agents, and is helped by a magic bridge.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

When the Curtain Falls! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bernard Baily
Inks:
Bernard Baily
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
M-397

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Otto Groat; Carlotta Delys; Richard Sinclair
Synopsis:
A jealous stagehand swaps a real dagger for a rubber prop hoping that his actor rival will stab himself and he will be free to pursue his love interest without competition. The actor only scratches himself, however, and when the stagehand becomes trapped he fails to free himself in time armed with merely a rubber dagger.
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Afraid To Open the Door!
  2. 1. Afraid To Open the Door!
  3. 2. The House That Cried!
  4. 3. The Ragged Man
  5. 4. The Terrible Tree!
  6. 5. The Perfectly Frightened Man
  7. 6. The Missing Film
  8. 7. When the Curtain Falls!
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