(March 1962)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.12 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 December 1961 (December 12 according to Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website, December 19 according to Bob Bailey). This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.


When Oog Lives Again! (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:
Oog
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ayers credit per Nick Caputo and Michael J. Vassallo. Bob Bailey previously credited Steve Ditko.

Oog Lives Again! (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-515

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Oog
Synopsis:
An alien trapped in ice is freed and mocks the fearful humans as it waits to be rescued. "Invade you? You have nothing we want! We should quarantine you!"
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

From Outer Space (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
G-715

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Jonathan Ditmar
Synopsis:
When hostile aliens come to Earth of the future they are persuaded not to enslave humanity because of Earth's music.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

On the Trail of the Witch! (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:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
V-516

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Inspector Koraz
Synopsis:
A witch is fearful of being pursued by a witch-hunter, but it turns out her fears are groundless as he is also a witch.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

John Doe (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Paul Reinman (signed)
Inks:
Joe Sinnott
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
Ray Holloway ?
Editing:
?
Job Number:
V-517

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Prof. Blake Burke; John Doe
Synopsis:
An inventor creates a humanoid robot and treats it like a close friend. When the robot sacrifices itself to save him from a bear, his friends realize that the inventor is also a robot.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person. Script added by Bob Bailey, 12 August 2005 (Per Sandell ed.)

His Name Was...Merlin! (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:
Ray Holloway ?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Joe Cooke [The Great Nero/Merlin the Mystic]; Merlin
Synopsis:
An untalented magician who takes the name Merlin is visited by the spirit of the real Merlin in the form of a derelict and offers to teach him some tricks. When the man learns Merlin's last trick of completely disappearing, he stiffs Merlin his fee. Merlin tells him that he'll be sorry and is the last to depart the theater after the magician uses his disappearing trick and is never seen again.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

If this story were in Marvel continuity, the Merlin that appears here could be the real Merlin or one of his various imposters.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. When Oog Lives Again!
  2. 1. Oog Lives Again!
  3. 2. From Outer Space
  4. 3. On the Trail of the Witch!
  5. 4. John Doe
  6. 5. His Name Was...Merlin!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Bob Bailey
  • Nick Caputo
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Bill Borre
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Robert Wood
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Henry R. Kujawa