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(January 1961)

Marvel, 1959 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 Silver Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
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 (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 unless otherwise specified.

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


Elektro! (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:
Elektro
Reprints:
Keywords:
robots

Elektro! He Held a World in His Iron Grip! (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-970

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Elektro (introduction, origin); Wilbur Poole
Synopsis:
A scientist creates a computer so sophisticated that it can out think human beings. It hypnotizes the scientist into building it a huge robot body so that it can move and threaten human cities to conquer them. As it gets further from the scientist, the hypnosis fades, and the scientist regains his own will. He rushes Elektro, and enters the robot frame from a small door in its heel, and removes the power source, thus saving humanity.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the third person. Elektro next appears in Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang 4 (Marvel, 2005 series) #1 (December 2005). Story is pages 3-7, 10-11 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 7).

The Missing Film (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
John Severin
Inks:
John Severin
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
J-707

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural; spy
Characters:
Dr. Title; Douglas Jenks
Synopsis:
A government agent retrieves a classified microfilm stolen to be given to enemy agents, and is helped by a magic bridge.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

The Demon in the Dungeon! (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-964

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
A novelist rents a castle in Transylvania, where the locals believe a demon lives. He discovers that the creature is a lost alien child, and its parents cure his limp as a reward for helping it get home.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story is pages 12-14, 16-18 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 6).

I Lived a Million Years! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Paul Reinman (signed)
Inks:
Paul Reinman (signed)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Ray Holloway ?
Job Number:
T-954

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
An Asian tyrant bleeds his subjects dry to build a suspended animation machine and avoid nuclear war. He sleeps for a million years, but when he emerges humanity has abandoned Earth and he faces a harsh and primitive world.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This is a retelling of "The Man In the Iron Box!" drawn by Carl Burgos from Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #69 (June 1959). Story is pages 20-24 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 5).

When the Earth Vanished! (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-981

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
Tiny alien invaders decide to detonate their ultimate bomb thinking that unobserved Earthlings have gone into hiding to avoid their invasion force and end up blowing up an Earth boy's ping pong ball and themselves as they are caught in the aftershocks of the blast.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the third person. Story is pages 28-32 of comic (first page of story not numbered, then pages numbered 2 to 5).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Elektro!
  2. 1. Elektro! He Held a World in His Iron Grip!
  3. 2. The Missing Film
  4. 3. The Demon in the Dungeon!
  5. 4. I Lived a Million Years!
  6. 5. When the Earth Vanished!
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Nick Caputo
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  • Jim Van Dore
  • Bill Borre
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Robert Wood
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Henry R. Kujawa