(January 1962)

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

This issue has variants.

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

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


The Death of...Monstrollo! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Monstrollo
Reprints:
Keywords:
monsters; movie sets

Indexer Notes

Inks credit from Nick Caputo via the GCD Error List (30 August 2006).

The Death of Monstrollo (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:
Ray Holloway ?
Job Number:
V-442

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Charles Hudson; Monstrollo
Synopsis:
A movie producer's next film is a sci-fi picture featuring a giant robotic monster. Bad press convinces him to abandon the project but just as he's about to disassemble the robot, an alien invasion fleet lands. He sends the robot lumbering towards them and they ineffectively fire their nerve weapons at it. Next, they try gas, which of course has no effect on the machine either. Panicked, they flee to their saucers resolving never to return. People express their sympathy to the movie producer that all that money was spent with nothing to show for it, but he knows better.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person.

The Heat's On (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Don Heck
Inks:
Don Heck
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
H-366

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
John Tyler; Mary Tyler; Bobby Tyler
Synopsis:
When a young boy builds a fan to help his family get through a heat wave it brings down the flying saucer that caused the heat.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustrations. The two pages of this story are not printed consecutively.

The Unseen (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
George Klein
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Ray Holloway
Job Number:
V-443

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Jason Wilkes
Synopsis:
A scientist is contacted by a communist agent who offers him a million dollars for research into an invisibility ray. The man's greed makes him accept treason and he succeeds, but he finds that after testing the ray upon himself, he has become intangible as well and has no way of turning on the switch of the antidote ray.
Reprints:

The Hidden Face (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks:
Steve Ditko (signed)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
V-445

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Wogu
Synopsis:
An alien bigot attempts to preach hate by hiding his face under a hood. When he assaults one of the people he is defaming he flees the police to escape capture. When he attempts to remove the hood, he finds another underneath it. He tries again, and there is still another, always another hood. A policeman shakes his head sadly as he walks away from his cell, the bigot convinced he would never have been captured if not for all these hoods. He continues to remove hood after hood with his hands, but there is nothing there.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This story is a retelling of "Men in Black" by Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr. from Menace (Marvel, 1953 series) #3 (May 1953). Interestingly, the original and prior tellings were not science fiction stories, and featured an ordinary, human, bigot. The distancing device of making the story a science fiction allegory may be a reflection of growing racial tensions.

The Enchanted Paint (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Paul Reinman (signed)
Inks:
Paul Reinman (signed)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Ray Holloway
Job Number:
V-444

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Hans Lubnik
Synopsis:
An untalented painter gains success when a gypsy gives him magic paints, but he becomes obsessed with beauty and abandons his lover. The gypsy casts another spell, making his former love seem beautiful to him.
Reprints:
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Death of...Monstrollo!
  2. 1. The Death of Monstrollo
  3. 2. The Heat's On
  4. 3. The Unseen
  5. 4. The Hidden Face
  6. 5. The Enchanted Paint
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