(September 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:
Marvel Comics Group
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 June 1963. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements, and is the first issue of Strange Tales to be published without text pages.

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

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

The Living Bomb! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Eel [Leopold Stryke]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Possible Kirby inks per Nick Caputo based on an examination at his blog:

http://nick-caputo.blogspot.com/2011/09/kirby-inking-kirby.html

Pevious indexer credited Dick Ayers.

The Living Bomb! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee (plot); Jerry Siegel [as Joe Carter] (script)
Pencils:
Dick Ayers
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Job Number:
X-365

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Eel [Leopold Stryke] (introduction, origin); Ted Braddock (TV commentator); Charles Lawson; Moxie Gahagan; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo); Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo); Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Wizard (cameo)
Synopsis:
A TV host starts a public campaign against the Human Torch. The Torch’s efforts to regain his popularity fail, but when he stops the high tech thief the Eel from detonating a powerful bomb he is redeemed.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Eel next appears in issue #117 (February 1964). The Eel, with his blueish-purple costume and oily-slick coating may have inspired the villain on the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon, "The Slippery Doctor Von Schlick". Charles Lawson, an atomic scientist, may have been related to Walter Lawson, an expert in guided missiles, who died in Marvel Super-Heroes (Marvel, 1967 series) #13 (March 1968). The plot about a miniature atomic pile which eventually explodes is similar to the Mike Hammer film, "Kiss Me Deadly" (1955).

Don't Miss Another Big One from Marvel! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Indexer Notes

Promo features a cover repro of the Avengers (Marvel, 1963 series) #1 (September 1963).

The Man Who Dared! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
Ray Holloway
Job Number:
[X-367 ?]

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Karl King; Tibo
Synopsis:
A gem merchant hears of the world's largest ruby guarded by a legendary giant statue in Tibet. He travels to Tibet and steals the ruby, but his escape is cut off by a boulder as he drives his jeep down the mountain pass and he is startled to see the giant statue is alive and pursuing him.

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:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Indexer Notes

Promo includes cover repros of the Fantastic Four Annual (Marvel, 1963 series) #1; Strange Tales Annual (Marvel, 1962 series) #2 and the logo of X-Men (Marvel, 1963 series) announcing that new series.

I Saw The Impossible World! (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
Job Number:
X-368

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Tom Bronson
Synopsis:
A deserter from the Space Corps of the future finds a replica of his home town and friends on an alien world. A stranger reveals that they are illusions created from imagination of those who visit this planet and they disappear. The man is horrified to find that he too is only a figment of the stranger's imagination.
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Living Bomb!
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. The Living Bomb!
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. Don't Miss Another Big One from Marvel!
  4. 3. The Man Who Dared!
  5. 4. Marvel Comics Group Ushers in the Marvel Age of Comics!
  6. 5. I Saw The Impossible World!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Bill Borre
  • Nick Caputo
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Thomas G. Lammers