(May 1960)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Male Publishing Corp.
Editing:
Stan Lee
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Distributed to newstands in December 1959. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements. All new stories in this issue are narrated in the first person unless otherwise specified.

Distribution date from Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website.


Diablo! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Diablo
Reprints:
Keywords:
monsters

I Saw Diablo! The Demon from the Fifth Dimension! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
T-631

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Diablo; Ulysses Bloodstone (unnamed, identified in later retcon)
Synopsis:
An extradimensional smoke monster invades the Earth. It could have destroyed humanity, but an adventurer tricks it by blowing out the smoke from a lighter, making it think humans can destroy it.
Reprints:

The Mirror (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.75 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
H-762

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Bruce Morton; Miss Coleman
Synopsis:
A wealthy but unhappy man is motivated to change his life by the vision of his past that he sees in his mirror.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The first page of this story is printed between the lead story and "The Wrath of Chondu!", while the second page is printed between "Earth Will Be Destroyed!" and "The Return of the Living Robot!". The last page is split with the statement of ownership.

The Wrath of Chondu! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Doug Wildey
Inks:
Doug Wildey
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
T-624

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Chondu [Harvey Schlerman] (introduction); Joe Parker
Synopsis:
A mystic is accosted by an escaped convict on the road, but mentally sends him to Limbo.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chondu next appears in Defenders (Marvel, 1972 series) #21 (March 1975). This story is retold in Journey Into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #76 (January 1962) as "Mind Over Matter!" drawn by Don Heck.

Time on My Hands! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
John Forte (signed)
Inks:
John Forte (signed)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
T-626

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
A man steals a time machine to learn how to get rich but is stranded when he accidently leaves it in a garbage incinerator.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This is a retelling of "Trapped in Tomorrow!" drawn by John Buscema, from Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #68 (April 1959).

Earth Will Be Destroyed! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks:
Steve Ditko (signed)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
T-641

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
Aliens plot to devastate Earth before invading, but they cannot pinpoint its location. They are unaware that they are on Earth as a speck of dust in a petri dish, which is casually discarded.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the third person. This story is retold with a single creature in Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 1959 series) #18 (April 1961) as "Monsteroso!" drawn by Steve Ditko and in Amazing Adult Fantasy (Marvel, 1961 series) #9 (February 1962 series) as "The Terror of Tim Boo Baa" by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Stan Lee is speculatively credited as the writer on the basis of his authorship of the second re-telling.

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

Average sales not printed. This shares the last page of "The Mirror".

The Return of the Living Robot! (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-627

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Living Robot [John]; Cyril Stretford
Synopsis:
The fugitive robot impersonates a prominent MP to lift the robot ban. The MP escapes and defeats the robot with his bare hands, since he is also a robot, secretly protecting humanity.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the third person. Continues from last issue.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Diablo!
  2. 1. I Saw Diablo! The Demon from the Fifth Dimension!
  3. 2. The Mirror
  4. 3. The Wrath of Chondu!
  5. 4. Time on My Hands!
  6. 5. Earth Will Be Destroyed!
  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 Return of the Living Robot!
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  • Tony R. Rose
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  • Nick Caputo
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Robert Wood
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