(June 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

Distributed to newstands in March 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.


The Return of Gargantus! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

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

The Return of Gargantus! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
V-171

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Gargantus (sea monster); Bill; Anne; Frank
Synopsis:
Another group of scientists disturbs Gargantus, who can now breathe air and vows to conquer the surface world. The son of the man who found Gargantus uses his father's bathysphere to lure it deep into the ocean and uses a giant electric shock to kill him.
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—"Gargantus" (7 pp). Gargantus last appeared in issue #80 (January 1961); he next appears in Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl (Marvel, 2005 series) #1 (December 2005).

New Glasses (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
K-368

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Herbert; Mr. Blooper
Synopsis:
A man insists on getting a specially made pair of glasses in a hurry, and finds that the optician has a magical corridor that leads back in time.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

The Man Who Fell! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Paul Reinman
Inks:
Paul Reinman
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
V-173

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Hans; Katrina; Albert
Synopsis:
A town's mayor threatens to imprison a gypsy seer who spurned his advances if her prediction that he will be injured by a fall does not come true. He goes to the basement and has himself tied down to prevent this, but realizes that a chandelier above him is coming loose.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This story is retold in Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #48 (December 1963) as "Kraddak" by Stan Lee and Larry Lieber. Stan Lee is tentatively credited as writer based on his authorship of the later story.

The Ape Man (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
V-172

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Salty Gruner; Ape Man
Synopsis:
A criminal hopes that the story of an ape man in the jungle around his prison will stop pursuit. Instead he finds that the ape man is real and a curse transforms him into an ape until he finds someone to take his place.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This story seems similar to "Gorilla Man" drawn by Robert Q. Sale in Men's Adventures (Marvel, 1950 series) #25 (March 1954).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Return of Gargantus!
  2. 1. The Return of Gargantus!
  3. 2. New Glasses
  4. 3. The Man Who Fell!
  5. 4. The Ape Man
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Thomas G. Lammers
  • Bill Borre
  • Nick Caputo
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