(October 1961)

Marvel, 1952 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Atlas Magazines, Inc.
Brand:
MC
Editing:
Stan Lee
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Distributed to newstands in August 1961. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


The Spider Strikes! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
George Klein
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
science fiction
Keywords:
monsters

Indexer Notes

Inking credit from Nick Caputo via the GCD Error list, December 2008. Original indexer had not credited an inker.

Where Will You Be, When...The Spider Strikes (Table of Contents)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
V-344

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Prof. Robert Carter
Synopsis:
A physicist working at an atomic research lab in New Mexico goes into work one day with a spider in his pants cuff. The creature is bombarded by the atomic rays and grows to a huge size, gaining the power to think and speak, and then attacks the humans. The physicist tricks the spider into snagging a test missile in its web and when it climbs towards it, the missile detonates and kills the spider.
Reprints:
Keywords:
monsters

Indexer Notes

Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.

The Thread (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
A-786

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Matt Anderson; Midget Morgan/Count Morgan; Dr. Waynne
Synopsis:
The mysterious death of a scientist reveals a mystical device and leads to the death of a centuries-old Italian count.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration. The events of this story are dated January 8, 1952.

What Lurks on Channel X? (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
V-345

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Bill Jones; Ruth Jones; Mr. Cragley; Jordan
Synopsis:
A couple with a nasty landlord get a free TV set from a stranger. It is a device sent by aliens to enslave Earth by hypnotizing people through the sets in preparation for their landing force. The couple snap out of the hypnosis and the aliens from Pluto realize that their plan has failed and leave Earth. It turns out the landlord took down the antenna that the couple had set up to improve reception of the set, and the couple express their overwhelming gratitude to the puzzled landlord.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person. Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.

Menace from Mars! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Don Heck
Inks:
Don Heck
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
V-346

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
Martians come to Earth to discover if humans represent a threat to them. They question a human using a machine to verify his answers, and find that he is totally free of greed, hatred or deceit. The Martians leave satisfied, unaware that they questioned a mental patient.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.

One Look Means Doom! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
V-347

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Charles Grey; Sarah Grey; Medusa the Gorgon
Synopsis:
A couple moves to a cursed castle and the man discovers the imprisoned Medusa. When her powers do not affect him she thinks they have disappeared and accidentally turns herself to stone, not knowing the man is blind.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This story has never been referenced in any other Marvel story using Medusa or the other figures of Greek mythology. Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Spider Strikes!
  2. 1. Where Will You Be, When...The Spider Strikes
  3. 2. The Thread
  4. 3. What Lurks on Channel X?
  5. 4. Menace from Mars!
  6. 5. One Look Means Doom!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Bill Borre
  • Nick Caputo
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Heer
  • Bob Klein
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Darrel McCann