(November 1962)

Marvel, 1951 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 Golden Age and Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Distributed to newstands in August 1962. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

Sequence order and some data provided by Steven Grant via the GCD Error List (27 February 2007). Distribution date from Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website.


Prisoner of the Wizard! / Who Needs You? / What Was the Dreaded Secret of the Hidden Planet? (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero; science fiction
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard [Bentley Wittman]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Cover divided into 3 panels.

Prisoner of the Wizard (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard (introduction, origin) [Bentley Wittman]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]
Synopsis:
The Human Torch is tricked and trapped by the renowned genius the Wizard, who impersonates the Torch to frame him for crimes. The Torch escapes, captures the Wizard and clears his name with the help of his sister the Invisible Girl.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This story is divided into two parts: an untitled part one (7pp) and Part 2–"Wizard's Wiles!" (6pp). The last page includes an advertisement for Strange Tales Annual (Marvel, 1962 series) #1 (1962). Colorist and letterer credits removed due to lack of attribution.

The Treasure (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
G-980

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Tommy Miller; Mr. Miller; Mrs. Miller; Wish
Synopsis:
A sick boy takes comfort from a stray dog that grants wishes.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

The Secret of the Hidden Planet! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Gene Colan
Inks:
Gene Colan
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
V-888

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Paul Hastings; Dirk Morgan; Joe
Synopsis:
Human-like aliens are seen on Venus, and a wicked pilot poisons his rival to be able to make first contact. He finds they are really tourists from the future and won’t contact present humans.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

A diner is worth $5,000, suggesting that this future has experienced hyper-deflation.

Who Needs You? (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks:
Steve Ditko (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
[V-889 ?]

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
General Craig; R-63
Synopsis:
A general who has the responsibility of launching a nuclear counter attack is replaced by a robot that his bosses think is more suited for a role that requires perfection. When an unidentified radar object approaches at ICBM speed, the robot concludes that it must be a Soviet first strike and prepares to launch a counter attack. The general remembers a satellite that was launched years ago and was expected to re-enter the atmosphere soon. He disconnects the robot before it can push the button. His grateful superiors reinstate him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The last page includes an advertisement for Strange Tales Annual (Marvel, 1962 series) #1 (1962).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Prisoner of the Wizard! / Who Needs You? / What Was the Dreaded Secret of the Hidden Planet?
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. Prisoner of the Wizard
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. The Treasure
  4. 3. The Secret of the Hidden Planet!
  5. 4. Who Needs You?
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