(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

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

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


When the Space Beasts Attack! (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
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When the Space Beasts Attack!! (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 ?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Jeb
Synopsis:
An alien armada lands on Earth with weapons that seem to disintegrate anything. Humanity is helpless before the aliens, until they demand a man vacate his farm in order to make way for a spaceport. The farmer gets so angry he lays the alien out with the butt of his rifle. The aliens disintegrate things like trucks and houses, but they don't fire at people. Once the farmer realizes this and spreads the word, the aliens retreat from the human's firearms.
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The Clock (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
K-9

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Franz Ammergau; Gerda; Dr. Schmitt
Synopsis:
An old clockmaker nearly dies from the cold, but is saved by the wooden figures adorning his clocks, which he has given parts of his own soul.
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Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

The Man Who Blew Up the Earth! (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-498

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Elias Cragston
Synopsis:
A jilted Quasimodo-like scientist devotes all his energy into producing a cobalt bomb which is so powerful that it can shatter the Earth. He wants to destroy all of mankind for jeering at his ugliness. He sneaks on board a rocket that is going into orbit and releases the bomb, but forgot about the lack of gravitational pull, and so the bomb just remains in place until it detonates against the side of the rocket. On Earth, the woman who laughed at him when he proposed marriage, gazes skyward at the explosion and exclaims "Isn't it the most beautiful sight you've ever seen?"
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Indexer Notes

Apparently whoever wrote this story thought that the ending was uplifting. The last page includes an advertisement for Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series), also drawn by Kirby.

Dick Ayers Inks credit from Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 2006 Series) #3.

What Happened to Harry? (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Dick Ayers (signed)
Inks:
Dick Ayers (signed)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Ray Holloway ?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Harry Brown; Albert Poole
Synopsis:
A brilliant inventor's boss tries to steal his new time machine in order to take credit for it. He uses the time machine to travel to a different time, but ends up in the prehistoric period, where the electricity to power the time machine cannot be found.
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Indexer Notes

Though many details are changed, this story is a retelling of "Behold! I Am the Master of Time!" drawn by Steve Ditko in issue #14 (December 1960).

Pencil credit from Tony Thomas on 13 August 2004. Original indexer credited Jack Kirby.

The Last Laugh! (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-300

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Happy Harper
Synopsis:
A vicious practical joker gets his comeuppance in the afterlife.
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Indexer Notes

The last page includes an advertisement for Amazing Adult Fantasy (Marvel, 1961 series) also by Lee and Ditko.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. When the Space Beasts Attack!
  2. 1. When the Space Beasts Attack!!
  3. 2. The Clock
  4. 3. The Man Who Blew Up the Earth!
  5. 4. What Happened to Harry?
  6. 5. The Last Laugh!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Bill Borre
  • Steve Dasinger
  • Nick Caputo
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose