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(November 1961)

Marvel, 1961 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1961-08-08
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Canam Publishers Sales Corp.
Brand:
MC
Editing:
Stan Lee
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age U.S., then standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched (squarebound #116, 200, 358)
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

The date of release is noted in the letters page of Fantastic Four #600. It is confirmed by the publication date reported in U. S. Copyright Office filings.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

["I -- I can't turn invisible fast enough!"] (Table of Contents)

Fantastic Four / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
George Klein (see notes)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg (see notes)
Letters:
Artie Simek (cover lettering and logo design); Sol Brodsky (logo design) (see notes)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fantastic Four [the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]]; Monster from Monster Isle
Reprints:
Keywords:
monsters

Indexer Notes

Timely-Atlas expert Michael Vassallo has examined hundreds of known Klein art and inking samples, as has Nick Caputo, and both agree that Klein is the inker of the cover. Mark Evanier also agrees on Klein's credit. Inkers originally cited as possibilities included Chris Rule and Dick Ayers (who has affirmed he did not ink the cover or interior).

Goldberg coloring credit disclosed in February 2011 http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=31016 http://www.firstcomicsnews.com/?p=20698 and mentioned on Fantastic Four #600 letters page.

Logo design credit from Todd Klein and Mark Evanier from Klein's Facebook page, used by permission. Klein says generally early Marvel logos were designed by Brodsky and either inked or finished by Simek.

Characters added by Per Sandell (2005-12-05).

An entire facsimile issue including the front cover and complete story was reprinted (minus the ads) in Golden Book and Record Set # SLP-185 in 1966. Maximum Fantastic Four contains the full issue (with ads) as a poster.

How to Gain up to 50 Lbs. of Mighty Muscles! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Jowett Institute of Physical Training / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Fantastic Four! (Table of Contents)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks:
George Klein; Christopher Rule ?; Sol Brodsky ? (alterations); Artie Simek ?
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
V-372

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]] (introduction, origin); the Mayor of Central City
Synopsis:
Dr. Reed Richards takes his friends on a rocket trip that changes their lives forever.
Reprints:
Keywords:
automobiles; cosmic rays; fighter jets; flare guns; missiles; parachutes; rockets; spacecraft

Indexer Notes

Characters, synopsis: Added by Per Sandell (2005-12-05). Nick Caputo believes Sol Brodsky may have been involved in corrections throughout. In the letters page of issue #281 it states according to Roz and Jack Kirby, via Steve Leialoha, that it was Artie Simek who inked the first issue of FF and that Sol Brodsky started inking with issue #2.

Good Job, More Money and Greater Security (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Commercial Trades Institute / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Will You Work Saturday Mornings for $5.00 to $20.00 Extra? (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Mason Shoe Mfg. Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Fantastic Four Meet the Mole Man! (Table of Contents)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
George Klein; Christopher Rule ?; Sol Brodsky ? (alterations)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
?
Job Number:
V-372

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]]; Mole Man [Moleman] (introduction); Monsters of Monster Isle
Synopsis:
Atomic plants disappear all around the world. Reed Richards pinpoints a place which is at the same distance from them all: Monster Isle.
Reprints:
Keywords:
aircraft; diamonds; French army; monsters; nuclear power plants

Indexer Notes

Nick Caputo believes that Sol Brodsky may have been involved in corrections throughout.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Boys 12 or Older Sell Grit (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Grit / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Reward $2,000.00 for this coin (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

The Moleman's Secret! (Table of Contents)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
George Klein; Christopher Rule ?; Sol Brodsky ? (alterations)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]]; Mole Man [Moleman] (origin); Monsters of Monster Isle
Synopsis:
Having captured the Fantastic Four, Moleman recounts how he discovered his underground kingdom.
Reprints:
Keywords:
aircraft; blindness; monsters

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Per Sandell (2005-12-05). Nick Caputo believes Sol Brodsky may have been involved in corrections throughout.

Stamps...Shop by Mail (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Juke Box Bank (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[Test Your Talent!] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

If You Know Just 20 People... You Can Make at Least $50 (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Learn Radio-Television Electronics by Practicing at Home in Your Spare Time (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

National Radio Institute / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

He's Looking for People Who Like to Draw (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["I -- I can't turn invisible fast enough!"]
    Fantastic Four
  2. 1. How to Gain up to 50 Lbs. of Mighty Muscles!
    Jowett Institute of Physical Training
  3. 2. The Fantastic Four!
    Fantastic Four
  4. 3. Good Job, More Money and Greater Security
    Commercial Trades Institute
  5. 4. Will You Work Saturday Mornings for $5.00 to $20.00 Extra?
    Mason Shoe Mfg. Co.
  6. 5. The Fantastic Four Meet the Mole Man!
    Fantastic Four
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
  8. 7. Boys 12 or Older Sell Grit
    Grit
  9. 8. Reward $2,000.00 for this coin
  10. 9. The Moleman's Secret!
    Fantastic Four
  11. 10. Stamps...Shop by Mail
  12. 11. Juke Box Bank
  13. 12. [Test Your Talent!]
  14. 13. If You Know Just 20 People... You Can Make at Least $50
  15. 14. Learn Radio-Television Electronics by Practicing at Home in Your Spare Time
    National Radio Institute
  16. 15. He's Looking for People Who Like to Draw
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Derek Reinhard
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Nick Caputo
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Bob Bailey
  • Robert Stanley Martin
  • Pierre Freyssonnet
  • David B
  • Ralf Haring
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Fernandez
  • Matthias Hofmann
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Mark Gordon
  • Max Capp