(May 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 February 1962 (February 8 according to Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website, February 27 according to Bob Bailey). This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.


The Martian Who Stole a City! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
science fiction
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inks credit from Nick Caputo via the GCD Error List (30 August 2006).

The Martian Who Stole a City! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Larry Lieber (script, plot); Stan Lee (plot)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Bill Gordon; Bobby Carter
Synopsis:
A Martian steals a city piece by piece, until a young boy figures out that it is vulnerable to light.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script, inks and synopsis by Bob Bailey, 2005-08-12 (Per Sandell ed.)

Mystery Mansion (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.75 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
H-396

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Sam Catlett; Caspar; Ben Rump; Bill Rump
Synopsis:
A local millionaire secludes himself from his old bowling buddies as he becomes wealthier, but they discover that he misses them so much that he has invented a robotic bowling alley.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The first page is printed between the pages of "The Martian Who Stole a City!", while the second page is printed between "It Was Only a Simple Barber Shop...Or Was It??!" and "The Thing In the Locked Room!". The last page is split with the statement of ownership. Sequence added by Bob Bailey, 2005-08-12 (Per Sandell ed.)

Nothing Can Save Us! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script, plot)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
V-615

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Capt. Rick Marshall
Synopsis:
Trapped on a small planet a group of space pilots almost kill a space dragon out of fear until they realize that it protects the planet from runaway asteroids.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The last page includes an advertisement for Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series), also by Lee and Kirby. Script, inks and synopsis by Bob Bailey, 2005-08-12 (Per Sandell ed.)

It Was Only a Simple Barber Shop...or Was It??! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Mugsy Bogar
Synopsis:
Mugsy Bogar is a crook on the run. A mysterious figure instructs him to hide in a nearby barbershop. He goes in and the barber hides him forever.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The last page includes an advertisement for Amazing Adult Fantasy (Marvel, 1961 series), also by Lee and Ditko. Script and synopsis by Bob Bailey, 2005-08-12 (Per Sandell ed.)

Statement Required by the Act of August 24, 1912, as Amended by the Acts of March 3, 1933, July 2, 1946 and June 11, 1960 (74 Stat. 208) (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Average circulation per issue October 1960–September 1961 (issues #26–36, despite monthly cover dates): 184,635. This shares the last page of "Mystery Mansion".

The Thing in the Locked Room! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script, plot)
Pencils:
Don Heck (signed)
Inks:
Don Heck (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
V-616

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Prince Zemu
Synopsis:
Prince Zemu takes a strange painting as part of his booty, only to discover it saps his life and youth from him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script and synopsis by Bob Bailey, 2005-08-12 (Per Sandell ed.)

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Martian Who Stole a City!
  2. 1. The Martian Who Stole a City!
  3. 2. Mystery Mansion
  4. 3. Nothing Can Save Us!
  5. 4. It Was Only a Simple Barber Shop...or Was It??!
  6. 5. Statement Required by the Act of August 24, 1912, as Amended by the Acts of March 3, 1933, July 2, 1946 and June 11, 1960 (74 Stat. 208)
  7. 6. The Thing in the Locked Room!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Bob Bailey
  • Steve Dasinger
  • Nick Caputo
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Robert Wood
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Henry R. Kujawa