(April 1961)

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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 January 1961. 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.


Grogg Is Here! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Grogg
Reprints:
Keywords:
monsters

From Out of the Black Pit Came...Grogg! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
V-107

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Grogg (introduction); Miklos Kozlov (introduction); Col. Fedor Vorcutsky
Synopsis:
A reluctant Soviet scientist wakes the ancient dragon Grogg with atomic tests. The dragon attacks the soldiers and gives the scientist the opportunity to defect to the US, just as he had hoped, since he knew in advance that Grogg existed.
Reprints:
Keywords:
monsters

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person. This story is divided into two parts: an untitled part one (6 pp) and
part two—"The Awesome Vengeance of Grogg" (7 pp). The last page incldes an editorial note that reads: "Want to see MORE of Grogg? Write Stan Lee, Strange Tales, 655 Madison Ave.."

Grogg and Kozlov next appear in issue #87 (August 1961).

Make a Wish (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.75 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
G-301

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Gerald Harper; Jimmy Gordon; Mrs. Gordon; Mr. Gordon
Synopsis:
A man invents a wishing machine but loses the prototype on the way to the patent office.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration. The first page of this story is printed between the pages of the lead story, while the second page is printed between the two back-up stories. The last page is split with the statement of ownership.

Masquerade Party (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
V-106

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Cara Frost; Alice Bond (née Dodd); Rex Bond
Synopsis:
A beautiful but vicious socialite spoils the plans of an old rival by throwing a masquerade party. She is scared by her rival’s husband, who tricks her into thinking he is a demon.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The last two panels were added by a different artist, possibly Sol Brodsky, likely due to a Comics Code problem. The ending is altered so that the demon/devil is a normal man in disguise.

Statement Required by the Act of August 24, 1912, as Amended by the Acts of March 3, 1933, July 2, 1946 and June 11, 1960 (74 Stat. 208) (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

This shares the last page of "Make a Wish". Average circulation of each issue published October 1959–September 1960 (issues #73–81): 169,601.

The Menace of Shandu! (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:
V-108

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Tommy Jones; Shandu the genie
Synopsis:
A boy finds a magic book in a used bookstore and summons a genie, which vows to torture him after granting his wish. He wishes for everything to be restored to before he went to the bookshop, and he does not buy the book a second time.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The plot for this story was reused in "It's Only Magic!" by Stan Lee and John Buscema in Chamber of Darkness # 1, October 1969.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Grogg Is Here!
  2. 1. From Out of the Black Pit Came...Grogg!
  3. 2. Make a Wish
  4. 3. Masquerade Party
  5. 4. Statement Required by the Act of August 24, 1912, as Amended by the Acts of March 3, 1933, July 2, 1946 and June 11, 1960 (74 Stat. 208)
  6. 5. The Menace of Shandu!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • 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