(June 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 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.

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


I Was Hunted By "X" the Thing That Lived!! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
X
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Possible Kirby inks per Nick Caputo, August 2012. Nick examined Kirby's inking at his blog, as can be seen here:

http://nick-caputo.blogspot.com/2011/09/kirby-inking-kirby.html

Original indexer credited Dick Ayers.

What Was "X" the Thing That Lived! [, Part 1] (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 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:
V-185

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Charles Bentley; X (introduction, origin)
Synopsis:
A comic writer's monsters keep coming to life, until he creates one that can't be defeated. The monster is unstoppable physically, but he wills it out of existance.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person. X next appears in Alpha Flight (Marvel, 1997 series) #17 (December 1998). The unnamed editor of Tales to Astonish appears in the story.

[What Was "X" the Thing That Lived!], Part 2 (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby [as K] (signed)
Inks:
Dick Ayers [as A] (signed)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
V-185

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Charles Bentley; X
Reprints:

[What Was "X" the Thing That Lived!], Part 3 (Table of Contents)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby [as K] (signed)
Inks:
Dick Ayers [as A] (signed)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
V-185

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Charles Bentley; X
Reprints:

[What Was "X" the Thing That Lived!], Part 4 (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby [as K] (signed)
Inks:
Dick Ayers [as A] (signed)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
V-185

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Charles Bentley; X
Reprints:

Odd Skills (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Maneely
Inks:
Joe Maneely
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
J-216

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Jim Branner; Bill Toney
Synopsis:
The manager of an auto parts shop develops a sudden tolerance for "human variation" in parts, possibly linked to otherworldly strangers in the shop at night.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

One-Way Journey! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks:
Steve Ditko (signed)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
V-184

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Adam Gree
Synopsis:
A heartless tycoon spends great resources and eliminates jobs in order to build a machine that will transport him from the current moment to one forty years hence because his scientists have predicted an end to disease, war, and poverty in the year 2001, but he neglects to consider his body will age forty years in what seems to his mind merely an instant and, since the machine has only enough power to move forward the one time, he's lost most of the years of his life.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Nick Caputo suspects Stan Lee may have written this story based on an examination at his blog:

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

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. I Was Hunted By "X" the Thing That Lived!!
  2. 1. What Was "X" the Thing That Lived! [, Part 1]
  3. 2. [What Was "X" the Thing That Lived!], Part 2
  4. 3. [What Was "X" the Thing That Lived!], Part 3
  5. 4. [What Was "X" the Thing That Lived!], Part 4
  6. 5. Odd Skills
  7. 6. One-Way Journey!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Bill Borre
  • Steve Dasinger
  • Nick Caputo
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose