(September 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.
Brand:
MC
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 June 1961. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


Moomba 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:
science fiction
Characters:
Moomba
Reprints:

The Unbelievable Menace of Moomba [, Part 1] (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 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-285

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Moomba; Frank; Katu
Synopsis:
An explorer discovers that native African wood carvings are actually an advance fifth column invasion force under the command of Moomba. Moomba gives his command to strike and all the carvings get up and begin to herd and intimidate their human owners as the wood they are crafted of is so dense that neither fire nor any other human weapons can defeat them. Using unknown means, a native African witch doctor defeats Moomba and extracts a promise from him to leave Earth along with all of his warriors.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person. It is an elaboration of the plot of "I Was the Prisoner of the Living Statues!" drawn by John Forte, in Tales to Astonish #6 (November 1959).

[The Unbelievable Menace of Moomba], Part 2: The Menace That Was...Moomba (Table of Contents)

comic story / 7 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-285

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Moomba; Frank; Katu
Reprints:

The Green Man (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
A-189

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Barney
Synopsis:
A former pilot can't get anyone to believe his story about the fatal radium poisoning he picked up from an alien, and so keeps spreading it.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

Less Than Human (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-284

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
John Harris; Alice Harris; Billy Harris; Roby the Robot
Synopsis:
A strident anti-robot activist is convinced of the worth of robots when his son is saved by his robotic playmate.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person. This story is an altered retelling of "The Robot Hater", drawn by Paul Reinman in Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #3 (May 1959). Writing tentatively credited to Stan Lee on the basis of his plot credit in a later retelling of the story.

The Voice from Nowhere (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko (signed)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Ray Holloway ?
Job Number:
V-283

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
The space pilot landing on an asteroid is perplexed by a voice from nowhere pleading for help, but he realizes that the asteroid itself is the source of the voice.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Possible Lee script per Nick Caputo's analysis of these stories at his blog:

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

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Moomba is Here!
  2. 1. The Unbelievable Menace of Moomba [, Part 1]
  3. 2. [The Unbelievable Menace of Moomba], Part 2: The Menace That Was...Moomba
  4. 3. The Green Man
  5. 4. Less Than Human
  6. 5. The Voice from Nowhere
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Jan Roar Hansen
  • Bill Borre
  • Steve Dasinger
  • Nick Caputo
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose