(September 1963)

Marvel, 1952 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Atlas Magazines, Inc.
Brand:
Marvel Comics Group
Editing:
Stan Lee
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Distributed to newstands in July 1963. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


Merlin the Mad! (Table of Contents)

The Mighty Thor! / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Thor [Doctor Donald Blake]; Merlin [Maha Yogi]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Brodsky cover inks credit from Nick Caputo via the GCD Errors list, January 2009. Original indexer credited Dick Ayers.

Defying the Magic of... Mad Merlin! (Table of Contents)

The Mighty Thor! / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot); Robert Bernstein (script) [as R. Berns]
Pencils:
Joe Sinnott
Inks:
Joe Sinnott
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Thor [Doctor Donald Blake]; Merlin [Maha Yogi] (introduction); Jane Foster; Loki (cameo); President John F. Kennedy (cameo); Caroline Kennedy (cameo); Pierre Salinger (cameo); King Arthur (cameo, flashback)
Synopsis:
Merlin is awakened after a thousand years and immediately decides to try and take over the world; He battles Thor using familiar Washington D.C. monuments. Thor defeats Merlin and forces him to return to sleep.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This 'Merlin' was revealed to be an imposter in Avengers Annual #22. In most of his appearances he calls himself 'Maha Yogi'. He has been said to be a mutant, but this is also false.

The Traveler (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
[J-865]

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Bill Swift; Mr. Allen
Synopsis:
A bored man working on an assembly line is taken to outer space in his dreams, and is given an idea for an otherworldly invention.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Continues in next issue.

Call Her...Medusa! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils:
Larry Lieber
Inks:
Paul Reinman
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
John
Synopsis:
The gorgons of myth were aliens and send an agent to modern Earth preceding an invasion. She cannot turn the first men she encounters to stone, but since she doesn't know that they're blind the invasion is cancelled.
Reprints:

Marvel Comics Group Ushers in the Marvel Age of Comics! (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers; Sol Brodsky ?
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
Artie Simek; Sam Rosen; ?

Indexer Notes

Advertises the Fantastic Four Annual (Marvel, 1963 series) #1 (1963); Strange Tales Annual (Marvel, 1962 series) #2 (1963)[unpublished version with word balloons and backgrounds] and a blurb and logo announcing the X-Men (Marvel, 1963 series).

Frederick Fenton's Future! (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-386

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Frederick Fenton
Synopsis:
An arrogant rich man builds a time machine in order gain the secret to eternal life from the future. When he arrives he finds that the Earth that humanity has gone to a paradise planet, and his time machine will not take him back.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This is a retelling of "The Man in the Iron Box" drawn by Carl Burgos in Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #69 (June 1959); the earlier story uses suspended animation to achieve the same effect. Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Merlin the Mad!
    The Mighty Thor!
  2. 1. Defying the Magic of... Mad Merlin!
    The Mighty Thor!
  3. 2. The Traveler
  4. 3. Call Her...Medusa!
  5. 4. Marvel Comics Group Ushers in the Marvel Age of Comics!
  6. 5. Frederick Fenton's Future!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Nick Caputo
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Bill Borre
  • Pierre Freyssonnet
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Bob Klein
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Darrel McCann