(May 1962)

Marvel, 1961 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1962-02-01
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Atlas Magazines, 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 February 1962. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements and is the first Marvel comic with a letters page.

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


Living Statues!! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Mike Rugger
Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Amazing Adult Fantasy Contents / table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
V-636

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The credits depict Stan Lee covering his face with typed pages and Steve Ditko with an inkpot for a head.

Melvin and the Martian! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Melvin Burns
Synopsis:
A gambling cheat encounters a Martian who offers to give him the secret of never losing if he helps the Martian locate a treasure. The crook accepts, and true to his word, the Martian puts the man under a machine that gives him the ability to know which horse will win the race and how the dice will roll. When he asks the Martian what treasure he is looking for, the Martian mocks him "Haven't you realized yet, brainless earthling? The treasure is you!" and deposits him into a Martian zoo exhibit.
Reprints:

I, the Gargoyle! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
V-632

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Alan Swan
Synopsis:
A kind but ugly, and hence lonely, man pilots a digging machine on a one-way journey to the Earth's core where he discovers a civilization who "see with their hearts" and not their eyes in the dim light. They offer him acceptance and love.
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Indexer Notes

Retold in Silver Surfer (Marvel, 1968 series) #7 (August 1969) as a Tales of the Watcher story by Stan Lee and Howard Purcell.

Something Fantastic? (Table of Contents)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
V-636

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Stan Lee; Steve Ditko
Synopsis:
Lee and Ditko are having a story conference stricken with writer's block when a man walks into their office and offers to discuss ideas with them. They tell him to scram and when he doesn't take the hint, Ditko boots him out the door. The man gets up in the hallway outside and dissolves into sparkles, resolving to return to the fifth dimension as no one seems to be interested in his tales. Meanwhile, as Lee and Ditko mourn the fact that nothing supernatural ever happens to them, they decide to knock off for lunch.
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Indexer Notes

Unusually, this story has the same job number as the contents page. Voted best story in this issue by more than 300 votes, according to Amazing Fantasy (Marvel, 1962 series) #15 (August 1962).

The Plague! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
V-633

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Ramon Corbo
Synopsis:
A dictator comes down with the plague and resolves to take everyone with him by starting a war with a nation he hates, the United States. He shoots down an American plane that crosses his border and requests permission to land. He thinks this will trigger a war, but a messenger gives him a message that causes his heart to fail and he dies. The message said the plane was bearing serum to cure the plague.
Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Amazing Adult Fantasy Fan Page / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (replies)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

An anonymous 16-year old writes from Texas asking if he broke the law by buying the book.

The Living Statues! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
V-631

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Mike Rugger
Synopsis:
A man pilots a faster than light rocket and when he returns to Earth he finds that everyone appears to be almost motionless as he is still moving faster than light.
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Indexer Notes

This story received the second most votes for best story in this issue, according to Amazing Fantasy (Marvel, 1962 series) #15 (August 1962).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Living Statues!!
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Amazing Adult Fantasy Contents
  3. 2. Melvin and the Martian!
  4. 3. I, the Gargoyle!
  5. 4. Something Fantastic?
  6. 5. The Plague!
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Amazing Adult Fantasy Fan Page
  8. 7. The Living Statues!
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