(January 1961)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Vista Publications, Inc.
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

This issue has variants.

Distributed to newstands in August 1960. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


Gargantus! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Gargantus (sea monster)
Reprints:
Keywords:
monsters

Indexer Notes

New logo this issue, likely redesigned by Artie Simek. Information per Nick Caputo, Jan 2012.

What? What? What Was Gargantus! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 7 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-982

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Dan; Billy; Gargantus (sea monster, introduction)
Synopsis:
A deep sea explorer encounters a giant reptile that follows him back to the surface. The creature explores the surface, causing panic until it faints due to its inability to breathe air and is dumped back into the sea.
Reprints:
Keywords:
monsters

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person. Gargantus next appears in issue #85 (June 1961).

Time Machine (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
G-85

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
A man's fascination with history leads him to build a time machine and travel to the past, but when he sees the dangers of time travel he destroys the machine and blueprints.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration. Narrated in the first person.

The Things from Dimension X! (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:
Joe Rosen

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Lynwood; Koaa
Synopsis:
A scientist successfully creates a link to the dimension Electra only to find the inhabitants bent on conquest. They pour through the portal but are stopped when the carved presidents on Mt. Rushmore come to life and drive them back.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person.

The Door They Dare Not Open! (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:
Ray Holloway ?
Job Number:
T-953

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Bruno Zuknik
Synopsis:
A prison warden treats inmates with kindness, and relies on an honor system to prevent them from opening the one closed door. A new prisoner defies the code and opens the door, but is taken to the warden's alien world to do hard labor.

Trapped in the Room of Shadows (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Ray Holloway ?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Sanford Kindwell; Kroger
Synopsis:
A millionaire looks for magical wishing stones with which he hopes to help all humanity. His greedy guide tries to steal the first stone, but only succeeds in using up its power and trapping himself.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

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

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Gargantus!
  2. 1. What? What? What Was Gargantus!
  3. 2. Time Machine
  4. 3. The Things from Dimension X!
  5. 4. The Door They Dare Not Open!
  6. 5. Trapped in the Room of Shadows
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Jan Roar Hansen
  • Thomas G. Lammers
  • Nick Caputo
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Bill Borre
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jim Vadeboncoeur
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Thomas G. Lammers