(June 1959)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Zenith 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 February 1959. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements (pages 2, 9, 15, 19, 25, 27, 33-36 of comic including inside front cover, inside back cover and back cover) ; pages of comic not numbered.

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


The Man in the Iron Box! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Christopher Rule
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Phineas Stokes

The Man In The Iron Box! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Carl Burgos
Inks:
Carl Burgos
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
?
Job Number:
T-230

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Phineas Stokes
Synopsis:
Certain that the world will soon descend into nuclear war, a brilliant scientist goes into cryogenic suspension for a million years, hoping to awaken in a more enlightened time. Instead the world quickly retreats from war and advances rapidly. By the time he awakens, most humans have left Earth, and the few remaining are being rounded up to serve as conscripted soldiers in an alien war.

Indexer Notes

This story is retold in Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #13 (January 1961) as "I Lived a Million Years!" drawn by Paul Reinman, and in Journey Into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #96 (September 1963) as "Frederick Fenton's Future!" by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Bob Forgione credit per Tom Lammers and the Atlas/Timely discussion list. Previous indexer credited Bob Forgione. Possible Lee plot; Lieber script per Nick Caputo. Previous indexer credited Lee as sole writer based of his authorship of a later retelling. Story is pages 3-7 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 5).

The Talent (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.75 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
H-992

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Harry; Bobby; Oswald
Synopsis:
A tramp comes to a farmhouse asking for a hot meal in exchange for chopping wood and impresses the family with his talking dog.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The first page of this story is printed between "The Man in the Iron Box!" and "Rocket Ship X-200", while the second page is printed between "The World That Was Lost!" and "The Threat from the 5th Dimension!". The last page is split with the statement of ownership.Text story is pages 8, 26 of comic (pages of story not numbered).

Rocket Ship X-200 (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Don Heck
Inks:
Don Heck
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
T-227

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Charlie Brewster
Synopsis:
An aging space pilot is mocked for his slow ship, but when an invading armada approaches Earth his ship is the first to see it. His warning allows Earth to beat back the invasion, making him a hero and the commander of a new space patrol.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story is pages 10-14 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 5).

Journey into Nowhere! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Joe Sinnott (signed)
Inks:
Joe Sinnott (signed)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
T-225

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Walter Johnson; Thomas Blake
Synopsis:
Two scientists try to travel to the future, but arrive in the stone age. They believe they have proved travel into the future impossible, not suspecting that they actually saw the world after the destruction of civilization by war.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the second person. Retold in Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 1959 series) #11 (September 1960) as "I Dared to Look Beyond!" drawn by Steve Ditko. Story is pages 14-16, 18 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 3, last page not numbered).

The World That Was Lost! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Christopher Rule
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Ray Holloway ?
Job Number:
T-226

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Captain Jordan; Linus Vermeer
Synopsis:
An old eccentric in a wheelchair hires a sea captain to take him to a spot where he believes that the lost continent of Atlantis lies. When they reach their destination he reveals himself to be a merman and thanks the sailors for bringing him home before diving overboard.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person by Captain Jordan. Story is pages 21-24 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 4).

Statement Required by the Act of August 24, 1912, as Amended by the Acts of March 3, 1933, July 2, 1946 (Title 39, United States Code, Section 233) (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

This shares the last page of "The Talent" (page 26 of comic). Average sales not printed.

The Threat from the 5th Dimension! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks:
Steve Ditko (signed)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Ray Holloway ?
Job Number:
T-222

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
'Dr. Allen Brown' [actually a 5th dimensional invader] (only appearance for both)
Synopsis:
The 5th dimension is the dream dimension. The creatures there are trying to pass into this dimension, but belief in their existence as opposed to surmising a mere dream experience disrupts the structure of the dream dimension and forces the creatures to withdraw from our world. The narrator sells his story to Strange Tales to encourage readers to believe in the creatures and frustrate their invasion aspirations.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This story is narrated in the first person. Story is pages 28-32 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 5).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Man in the Iron Box!
  2. 1. The Man In The Iron Box!
  3. 2. The Talent
  4. 3. Rocket Ship X-200
  5. 4. Journey into Nowhere!
  6. 5. The World That Was Lost!
  7. 6. Statement Required by the Act of August 24, 1912, as Amended by the Acts of March 3, 1933, July 2, 1946 (Title 39, United States Code, Section 233)
  8. 7. The Threat from the 5th Dimension!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Thomas G. Lammers
  • Nick Caputo
  • machinal jocelyn
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Bill Borre
  • James Ludwig
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Thomas G. Lammers