(April 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 January 1962. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.
Distribution date from Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website.


The Thing From the Hidden Swamp!/Return of the Gorilla-Man! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Sol Brodsky
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
"Thing from the Hidden Swamp" (only referred to as such in title); Mary Brown; Gorilla-Man [Franz Radzic]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Cover inks credit from Nick Caputo via the GCD Error List (30 January 2009); the original indexer credited Dick Ayers.

The Return of the Gorilla-Man (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-586] ?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Gorilla-Man [Franz Radzik]; Professor Stuyvesant
Synopsis:
The Gorilla-Man escapes and tries to get himself transformed back into a human, but instead he is blasted into space in an experimental space capsule.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Despite the end of the story in Tales to Astonish #28 seemingly indicating Gorilla-Man's mind regressing to that of a beast, in this issue Gorilla-Man's mental facility seems to be completely unimpaired.

Job number speculative on the basis of other stories in this issue.

The Remedy Oil (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Marie Severin
Inks:
Marie Severin
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
J-984

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Mrs. Gerrity; Tom Gerrity; Officer O'Malley; Logarithm
Synopsis:
An old-fashioned shopkeeper unwittingly saves the life of a boy from Mechanica when her remedy oil lubricates the gears in his brain.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustrations.

The Thing from the Hidden Swamp (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-587

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Mary Brown; "The Thing from the Hidden Swamp" (only referred to as such in title)
Synopsis:
A plain girl helps a stranded alien, and is made beautiful as a reward.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The last page includes an advertisement for Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series), also drawn by Jack Kirby.

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

What Was the Staggering Secret of the 13th Floor (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Don Heck (signed)
Inks:
Don Heck (signed)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
V-588

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Willy Sloane; Mr. Jordan
Synopsis:
An oddly cheerful elevator operator is held at gunpoint with a passer-by by a spy planning to blow up the hotel. The elevator lets the spy off at the 13th floor, and while the passer-by is terrified, the elevator operator simply fades away, explaining that the bomb will never go off, since there is no 13th floor.
Reprints:

Quogg! (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-589

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Quogg
Synopsis:
A fugitive hides in an enclosure said to contain a horrible monster, and realizes too late that the monster appeared to be an ordinary hut.
Reprints:

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. The Thing From the Hidden Swamp!/Return of the Gorilla-Man!
  2. 1. The Return of the Gorilla-Man
  3. 2. The Remedy Oil
  4. 3. The Thing from the Hidden Swamp
  5. 4. What Was the Staggering Secret of the 13th Floor
  6. 5. Quogg!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Nick Caputo
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Bill Borre
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Peter Croome
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose