(October 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 June 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. From this issue to issue #79 (December 1960) almost all new stories in Strange Tales are narrated in the first person.

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


I Defied the Black Magic!! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jack Davis
Inks:
Jack Davis
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Merlin

I Dared to Defy Merlin's...Black Magic! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks:
Steve Ditko (signed)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Merlin
Synopsis:
An American businessman scoffs at a shopowner's claim that one of his books was Merlin's diary, until a terrifying vision of Merlin turns his hair white. As he runs from the shop, the shopkeeper thinks that he must remember not to leave his diary out.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This story could conceivably be in Marvel continuity, in which case this might be any of the three Merlins. Job number unknown according to Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Story is pages 3-7 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 5).

The Disappearance (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

Text story with illustration. Text story is pages 8, 26 of comic (pages of story not numbered).

I Am the Man Who Will...Destroy Your World! (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:
Ray Holloway ?
Job Number:
T-372

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Mool [Ralph Masters]; John; Anne
Synopsis:
An alien emperor of an immortal race comes to Earth disguised as a human to decide whether or not to order an invasion. He is impressed with the humans' decency and falls in love with a human girl, calling off the invasion and giving up immortality to stay with her.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Story is pages 10-14 of comic (first page of story not numbered, then pages numbered 2 to 5).

When the Saucer Strikes! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Wessler ?
Pencils:
Paul Reinman (signed)
Inks:
Paul Reinman (signed)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Ray Holloway ?
Job Number:
T-376

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Joe; Charlie
Synopsis:
A airline pilot is nearly hit by a flying saucer and must bank suddenly to avoid it. The passengers where mostly asleep, and the one who was awake says that he saw nothing...because he's really a Martian tourist and the saucer came to pick him up.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Possible Wessler script per Nick Caputo from information in Robin Snyder's The Comics, Vol 26, No.4, April 2015. This may be a Wessler inventory story originally titled "Saucer Scare".

Narrated. Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Story is pages 16-18, 20 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 4).

I Fought the Man Who Couldn't Be Killed! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Wessler ?
Pencils:
Sol Brodsky
Inks:
Sol Brodsky
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
T-373

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Duke Jordan
Synopsis:
A criminal escapes from prison after 10 years and robs a warehouse. He is found by a police officer with superhuman powers, and is surprised to learn that the police now only recruit robots.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Possible Wessler script per Nick Caputo from information in Robin Snyder's The Comics, Vol 26, No.4, April 2015. A Wessler inventory story was originally titled "The Man That Couldn't Die"

Set in 1969. Pencil credit, ink credit, and job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Story is pages 21-24 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 4).

I Am the Man Without a Face! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Joe Sinnott (signed)
Inks:
Joe Sinnott (signed)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Ray Holloway ?
Job Number:
T-371

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Rufus Watkins
Synopsis:
A bigot rounds up some thugs to don black hoods and drive some harmless gypsies out of town. One of the gypsies curses him, and he is never able to remove his hood for the rest of his life.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This story is a retelling of "Men in Black" by Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr. from Menace (Marvel, 1953 series) #3 (May 1953). The hoods are more clearly a reference to the Ku Klux Klan than in the original (they are not randomly chosen disguises, but something the bigot's "pappy left me when he died").

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Lee is credited as writer on the basis of his authorship of the original and later retelling. Story is pages 28-32 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 4, last page not numbered).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. I Defied the Black Magic!!
  2. 1. I Dared to Defy Merlin's...Black Magic!
  3. 2. The Disappearance
  4. 3. I Am the Man Who Will...Destroy Your World!
  5. 4. When the Saucer Strikes!
  6. 5. I Fought the Man Who Couldn't Be Killed!
  7. 6. I Am the Man Without a Face!
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