(November 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.


Thing in the Black Box!!; Midnight at the Wax Museum! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural; science fiction
Characters:
Dan Harper; Bob Crane
Keywords:
monsters

Indexer Notes

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

The Thing in the Black Box! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
V-377

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Dan Harper; Pandora
Synopsis:
A shipwrecked man meets the legendary Pandora, who tricks him into releasing the demons from her box. Humanity is helpless against the demons, but the man forces Pandora to recall them by dispelling her illusory beauty.
Reprints:
Keywords:
monsters

Indexer Notes

Ayers inks per Nick Caputo, September 2014.

Narrated in the first person. This story is retold in Chamber of Darkness (Marvel, 1969 series) #3 (February 1970) as "Something Lurks on Shadow Mountain" by Roy Thomas and John Buscema.

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

The Remedy Oil (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Marie Severin
Inks:
Marie Severin
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
J-984

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Mrs. Gerrity; Tom Gerrity; Officer O'Malley; Logarithm
Synopsis:
An old-fashioned shopkeeper unwittingly saves the life of a boy from Mechanica when her remedy oil lubricates the gears in his brain.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustrations.

Midnight in the Wax Museum! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Ray Holloway ?
Job Number:
V-378

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Bob Crane
Synopsis:
An artist falls asleep in a wax museum and after midnight he is awoken by a sound. When he investigates, he finds that the wax figures are really aliens who are observing humans. He flees and summons the police, who attack the aliens with tear gas. The entire wax museum begins to shudder and the whole building lifts off into space. They leave behind a book which states that their intent was to pass along beneficial knowledge, but the humans are too dangerous and perhaps they will return in a thousand years.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ayers inks per Nick Caputo, September 2014. Bob Crane, the fictional protagonist, is described as an artist for Journey into Mystery.

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

The Mechanical Men! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
V-404

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Patrolman Patrick Smith; Z-4
Synopsis:
An alien plot to infiltrate Earth with robotic dolls is unwittingly foiled by a police officer trying to get rid of peddlers.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Lee credit noted by Stephane Petit via the GCD Errors list, February 2010.

Forever Is a Long Long Time! (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:
Ray Holloway ?
Job Number:
V-379

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Luther Kane; Dr. Jonathan Weems
Synopsis:
A greedy businessman bullies a scientist into giving him a device that can give humans the 1,000-year lifespan of a giant redwood. He ignores the scientist's warnings and uses the ray on himself alone in his mansion, finding to his horror that the ray also renders its subject as immobile as a redwood.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person. This story is a retelling of "I Can Live Forever!" drawn by John Forte, in issue #55 (November 1959). The original has a more sympathetic main character and a happy ending.

Possible Lee plot/Lieber script per Nick Caputo. Original indexer credited Stan Lee solely based on his later plot credit for another version of this story in issue #103 (April 1964).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Thing in the Black Box!!; Midnight at the Wax Museum!
  2. 1. The Thing in the Black Box!
  3. 2. The Remedy Oil
  4. 3. Midnight in the Wax Museum!
  5. 4. The Mechanical Men!
  6. 5. Forever Is a Long Long Time!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Nick Caputo
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Bill Borre
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Roger Brochu
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Bob Klein
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Darrel McCann