(March 1962)

Marvel, 1952 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.12 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 January 2, 1962 (according to Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website and December 21, 1961 according to Bob Bailey. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.


The Sorcerer! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Lucy Scott; Aaron
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inking credit added by Nick Caputo via the GCD Errors list, December 2008.

Kragoom! The Creature Who Caught an Astronaut! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Larry Lieber ? (script); Stan Lee ? (plot)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Kraggoom; Derek Wolfington
Synopsis:
An exiled gaseous alien criminal named Kragoom waits in Earth orbit for the first human astronaut in order to enter his body and possess his mind, returning to Earth as a conqueror. However, the first astronaut turns out to be a wealthy cheat who paid a safecracker to obtain the test results from NASA's selection process and altered them so that he would be chosen as the first astronaut. He is unable to cope with space travel and develops amnesia under the stress. Kragoom, trapped in the human's mind, suffers the same fate as the spacecraft returns to Earth.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script added by Bob Bailey, 12 August 2005 (Per Sandell ed.)

Time Machine (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
G-85

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
A man's fascination with history leads him to build a time machine and travel to the past, but when he sees the dangers of time travel he destroys the machine and blueprints.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration. Sequence added by Bob Bailey, 12 August 2005 (Per Sandell ed.)

The Sorceror (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ? (plot); Larry Lieber ? (script)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
V-532

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Lucy Scott; Aaron
Synopsis:
A stranger appears at a gas station and asks for a job. He has mysterious powers, and is eventually attacked by supernatural beings. They agree to leave him alone, but only if he gives up his powers.

Indexer Notes

Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Script and inks added by Bob Bailey, 12 August 2005 (Per Sandell ed.)

The Clutching Hand (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ? (plot); Larry Lieber ? (script)
Pencils:
Joe Sinnott
Inks:
Joe Sinnott
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Charlie; Mike
Synopsis:
The producers of an oddities exhibit strike it rich when a suspended hand appears in their booth. The more honest one discovers that the hand is part of a stranded extra-dimensional being and frees it, enraging his crooked partner, who takes the profits and leaves, leaving his partner to collect a reward in gold from the being.

Indexer Notes

Script added by Bob Bailey, 12 August 2005 (Per Sandell ed.). The last page includes an advertisements for the Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series).

Monsters on Mercury! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks:
Steve Ditko (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Ben
Synopsis:
On Christmas eve, the first group of astronauts to land on Mercury encounter a group of friendly telepathic aliens who make them a Christmas tree.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This book came around Christmas 1961 and this is science fiction Christmas story. (Bob Bailey, 12 August 2005). The last page includes an advertisement for Amazing Adult Fantasy (Marvel, 1961 series), also by Lee and Ditko.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Sorcerer!
  2. 1. Kragoom! The Creature Who Caught an Astronaut!
  3. 2. Time Machine
  4. 3. The Sorceror
  5. 4. The Clutching Hand
  6. 5. Monsters on Mercury!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Bob Bailey
  • Nick Caputo
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Bill Borre
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Heer
  • Bob Klein
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Darrel McCann