(September 1960)

Marvel, 1952 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Atlas Magazines, Inc.
Editing:
Stan Lee
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Distributed to newstands in May 1960. 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. All new stories in this issue are narrated in the first person.

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


I Learned The Monstrous Secret Of Bombu--The Witch Man! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Bombu; Mr. Mason; Luis
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Cover inks credit from Nick Caputo via the GCD Errors list, December 2008.

I Learned the Monstrous Secret of Bombu! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks:
Dick Ayers (signed)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
T-801

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Bombu; Mr. Mason; Luis
Synopsis:
Explorers meet a witch doctor named Bombu, who seems to possess real power. He is killed by lightning and when they find that his mask is really his face they realize that he was an alien.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Story is pages 3-7, 10-11 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 7).

The Swami (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.75 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
H-746

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Rijak Lobar; John McDermott
Synopsis:
A greedy man misinterprets a fortune-teller's prediction and spends money that he'll never have.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The first page is printed between the pages of "I Learned the Monstrous Secret of Bombu!", while the second page is printed between "I Found the Things from Nowhere" and "I Turned into a...Martian!". The last page is split with the statement of ownership. Text story is pages 8, 26 of comic (pages of story not numbered).

We Were Trapped with the Silent Monster! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 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-804

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Roderic Zorn
Synopsis:
Against expert opinion, an engineer digs a mine to the center of the Earth and finds dragons. He collapses the mine himself to allow his workers to escape. They say that the mine collapsed as a warning to avoid panic, and silently remember the engineer's heroism.
Reprints:
Keywords:
monsters

Indexer Notes

The dragons in this story appear identical to Rro from issue #58, also found in a dig to the Earth's core, and also drawn by Don Heck. Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Story is pages 12-14, 16-18 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 6).

I Found the Things from Nowhere (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
T-805

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Joe Carter
Synopsis:
A man messes with his TV and it picks up a battle between alien-looking creatures. The man assumes that he must have tuned into the events upon some other planet, but what the TV has actually shown him was a colony of black ants being attacked and destroyed by a colony of red ants right outside his window.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This is a retelling of "The Voice of Doom!" drawn by Carl Burgos, from Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #4 (July 1959). Inker credit and job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Story is pages 20-24 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 4, last page not numbered).

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 Swami". Average monthly circulation not provided. Contradicting the indicia, the statement of ownership shows bimonthly publication; it is possible that the shift in publication schedules is the reason for reprinting an identical statement of ownership to the one printed two issues prior (issue #58).

I Turned into a...Martian! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks:
Steve Ditko (signed)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
T-794

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
A man is telepathically controlled by a hostile Martian who returns to Earth with him. He returns to Earth and places his mind in the man's body, but he is able to trick the alien into immediately attacking armed guards and being killed.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The explorer in this story wanders over Mars in jeans and a t-shirt. Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Story is pages 28-32 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 5).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. I Learned The Monstrous Secret Of Bombu--The Witch Man!
  2. 1. I Learned the Monstrous Secret of Bombu!
  3. 2. The Swami
  4. 3. We Were Trapped with the Silent Monster!
  5. 4. I Found the Things from Nowhere
  6. 5. 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)
  7. 6. I Turned into a...Martian!
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