(April 1963)

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 January 1963. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


The Human Torch vs. the Mighty Sub-Mariner (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Sub-Mariner [Namor McKenzie]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Pays tribute to the various Torch/Sub-Mariner battles of the early 1940's!

The Master of Flame vs. The Monarch of the Sea!! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils:
Dick Ayers
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
X-88

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Sub-Mariner [Namor McKenzie]; Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo); Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo)
Synopsis:
The Human Torch goes looking for Sub-Mariner in order to beat him and win more respect. He traps Sub-Mariner beneath the ocean floor and returns to the surface.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sub-Mariner last appears in Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #9 (December 1963), and next appears in Fantastic Four Annual (Marvel, 1963 series) #1 (1963). This is the first Sub-Mariner story of the 1960s not drawn by Jack Kirby. Sub-Mariner exhibits the powers of a puffer fish and an electric eel, never seen again after this story!

The Universal Gadget (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.75 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
H-254

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Bill Jordan
Synopsis:
A mysterious salesman offers a product that can do anything, but his customer decides that his ordinary contentment is better than the risk of the unknown.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The first page of this story is printed between the pages of the Human Torch story, while the second page is printed between "Secret Weapon!" and "The Treasure of Planetoid 12!". The last page is split with the statement of ownership. Info by Barry Pearl.

Secret Weapon! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils:
Larry Lieber
Inks:
Sol Brodsky
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
X-89

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Fedor Zelinki
Synopsis:
A Soviet spy steals a gas intended to make the US leadership invulnerable, and uses it on the Soviet leaders. They find that it is a trap and the gas shrinks them to the size of insects.

Indexer Notes

Inks and letters credits by Barry Pearl; originally listed Larry Lieber (inks).

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

This shares the last page of "The Universal Gadget". Average circulation per issue published October 1961–September 1962 (issues #93–103, despite monthly cover dates): 136,637.

The Treasure of Planetoid 12! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
[X-90 ?]

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Charlie Nast; Sam
Synopsis:
In the year 2100 a criminal hijacks a spaceship to be the first man to claim the treasure of Planetoid 12. When he gets there, he finds nothing but water and mud. He thinks that it might be oil or something valuable, but after he drinks it he knows that it is merely water. The pilot that he forced along at gunpoint thinks he knows where the treasure is, but the criminal refuses to believe there is a treasure on Planetoid 12 at all until he reverts back into an infant. The pilot has realized the treasure is the fountain of youth.
Reprints:
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Human Torch vs. the Mighty Sub-Mariner
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. The Master of Flame vs. The Monarch of the Sea!!
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. The Universal Gadget
  4. 3. Secret Weapon!
  5. 4. 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)
  6. 5. The Treasure of Planetoid 12!
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