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(January 1962)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1961-09-28
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Vista Publications, Inc.
Brand:
MC
Editing:
Stan Lee
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in U. S. Copyright Office filings. Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics history website reports that this was the newsstand distribution date.

This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.


The Man in the Ant Hill! (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:
Henry Pym (later known as Ant-Man)
Reprints:

The Man in the Ant Hill! (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-430

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Henry Pym [Ant-Man (later)] (introduction, origin)
Synopsis:
Henry Pym invents a shrinking serum, but is trapped in an ant hill when he tests it. He is attacked by several ants, but one of them helps him escape and restore his ordinary size. He destroys the serum because it is too dangerous.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Henry Pym next appears in issue #35 (September 1962). Script added by Bob Bailey, 2 September 2005 (Per Sandell ed.) Synopsis added by Per Sandell, 2009-07-16.

Trouble Bubble (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Maneely
Inks:
Joe Maneely
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
K-160

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Jonathan Jr.; Nora; Jonathan Sr.; Mr. Bigger
Synopsis:
A boy discovers a formula to blow unbreakable bubbles and accidentally entraps his father's boss.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall... (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 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-431

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Bill Carter; Anne Carter
Synopsis:
Bill Carter purchases a mirror for his wife's birthday. It turns out to be cursed and she falls under the control of an undead sorceror until the mirror is broken.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script added by Bob Bailey, 2 September 2005 (Per Sandell ed.) Characters and synopsis added by Per Sandell, 2009-07-16, edited 2010-04-19.

The Talking Horse (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Bob Forgione
Inks:
Bob Forgione
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Ray Holloway ?
Job Number:
V-432

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural; sports
Characters:
Barney Sloan; Mike Jordan; Silverstreak
Synopsis:
The horse Silverstreak convinces the abusive jockey Barney to bet on them winning the next race. When they lose, Barney is caught trying to beat the horse and kicked out of racing, before being beaten up by his bookie.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script added by Bob Bailey, 2 September 2005 (Per Sandell ed.) Characters and synopsis added by Per Sandell, 2007-07-16, edited 2010-19-04. The last page of this story includes an advertisement for Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series).

Dead Planet! (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-433

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Grokor; Mopox
Synopsis:
A warrior race conquers world after world, but on one of them there seems to be life but their warrior can find none and dies of loneliness. The world was actually inhabited by sentient rocks.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Last page includes an advertisment for Amazing Adult Fantasy (Marvel, 1961 series), also by Lee and Ditko.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Man in the Ant Hill!
  2. 1. The Man in the Ant Hill!
  3. 2. Trouble Bubble
  4. 3. Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall...
  5. 4. The Talking Horse
  6. 5. Dead Planet!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Nick Caputo
  • Katie
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Robert Stanley Martin
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose