(January 1961)

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 September 1960. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


I Battled Rorgg, King of the Spider Monsters! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Rorgg; Tim Johnson; Ann
Keywords:
monsters

I Dared to Battle...Rorgg, King of the Spider-Men!! (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-992

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Rorgg; Tim Johnson; Ann; Frank Johnson; Fred
Synopsis:
A spider-like alien invades a small New Mexico town. No one can stop him except for a boy who reads science-fiction comics, who shows the value of imagination by killing him with a spray can of DDT.
Reprints:
Keywords:
monsters

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person. Rorrg next appears in Fantastic Four Unlimited (Marvel, 1993 series) #7 (September 1994). The Frank Johnson in this story is not the same character as the creator of Zzutak from Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #88 (September 1961).

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.

The Weatherman (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Maneely
Inks:
Joe Maneely
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
K-71

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural; science fiction
Characters:
Willie Wimms; Hugh Wimms
Synopsis:
In the future, young boy's afternoon is nearly ruined by a scheduled rainstorm, but when he runs into the rainmaker's magical assistant, he gets a delay.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

I Found the Lair of...the Lizard Men (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:
Ray Holloway ?
Job Number:
T-1000

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Eric Kane
Synopsis:
A convict escapes and hides in a cavern, where he finds a society of lizard men unable to breathe on the surface. When he tries to steal the diamond that provides their light he is transformed into a lizard man and forced to live among them as an outcast.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person. For some reason, a "Dread African prison camp" contains only white convicts and guards. Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.

I Must Find Korumbu! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Ray Holloway ?
Job Number:
V-10

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Hugo Barge; Korumbu
Synopsis:
A fat man who wishes to lose weight without giving up overeating goes to Korumbu for a magic potion. Korumbu tells him it is too dangerous at first, but when the fat man threatens to sic the authorities on the gypsy camp, Korumbu gives him the potion. He drinks, and passes out. When he comes to, the gypsy camp is gone, and he finds the potion has worked too well. He is constantly losing weight and if he stops stuffing his face even for a moment, he is in danger of wasting away to nothing. He spends the rest of his days searching for Korumbu.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.

Possible Lee script per Nick Caputo's examination at his blog:

http://nick-caputo.blogspot.com/2011/11/who-authored-ditko.html

Who Is the Ape Man? (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Paul Reinman
Inks:
Paul Reinman
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Job Number:
T-999

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Bruno Storme; Pierre Duval; Kazar
Synopsis:
A bullying strong-man torments the animals in the circus where he works. He is humiliated and beaten by a mysterious strong-man, who turns out to be a gorilla disguised by its trainer, who is a chimpanzee in disguise.

Indexer Notes

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. I Battled Rorgg, King of the Spider Monsters!
  2. 1. I Dared to Battle...Rorgg, King of the Spider-Men!!
  3. 2. The Weatherman
  4. 3. I Found the Lair of...the Lizard Men
  5. 4. I Must Find Korumbu!
  6. 5. Who Is the Ape Man?
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