(September 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 June 1962. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


I was a Prisoner of the...Chamber of Fear!! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Mike Mathews; Hiram Cragmoor
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Indexer Notes

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

I was Trapped in the Chamber of Fear! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Mike Mathews; Hiram Cragmoor; Vera Vandeer; Chuck Dawson
Synopsis:
A man tries to pitch to Stan Lee the story of a blackmailer who becomes trapped within a mystic ruby as an agent of Fate to direct recently departed souls to their destination. Stan rejects the story as too outlandish even for Tales of Suspense and the man leaves the office. Outside, the man mutters to himself that his secret is safe since even if the blackmailer escapes the ruby no one will believe him and then he blinks out of existence.
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Indexer Notes

Last page of story shows a poster of The Hulk on the wall of Stan Lee's office, considered by some to be the first Hulk crossover/cameo.

Bird Talk (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
[K-424]

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Tony Tipple; Skeets Mulligan; Toodles Murphy
Synopsis:
A meeting with a strange man gives a boy an unusual way of getting a pet bird, talking to birds.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

The Mystery of the Tax Collector from Space! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks:
Dick Ayers (signed)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
V-806

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Harry Grubb
Synopsis:
A failed actor finds a spaceship with a dead pilot and uses it in an attempt to con the authorities. The ship is actually a decoy, and is retrieved by the aliens to get a human specimen for their zoo.
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The Secret of the Mirage (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:
Terry Szenics ?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Robert Jones; Sheikh Abdul Ben Hassi
Synopsis:
A doctor goes to the Middle East to treat the local people. He is attacked by bandits for curing the local sheikh, and chased into a desert mirage, which takes him to a utopian world. Only the worthy may enter, and the bandits chase the mirage through the desert until death.
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Where Is the Wommelly? (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

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
An alien armada attempts to conquer Earth, but is driven off. One of the ships is damaged and forced to land on Earth, its pilot an outcast forever on the planet. The military soldiers are convinced they will capture the alien at any moment since it must be of monstrous appearance. As they walk past a nondescript gentlemen reading a newspaper, he says softly "It's a shame we just didn't land secretly and take over. These earthlings are so conceited that it would never occur to them that someone else would look just like them."
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Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. I was a Prisoner of the...Chamber of Fear!!
  2. 1. I was Trapped in the Chamber of Fear!
  3. 2. Bird Talk
  4. 3. The Mystery of the Tax Collector from Space!
  5. 4. The Secret of the Mirage
  6. 5. Where Is the Wommelly?
This issue was most recently modified by:
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