(October 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 August 1963. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


Lava Man!/Tales of Asgard (Table of Contents)

The Mighty Thor!; Tales of Asgard / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
George Roussos
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Thor [Doctor Donald Blake]; the Lava Man; Odin
Reprints:

The Lava Man (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Don Heck
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Thor [Doctor Donald Blake]; the Lava Man (introduction); Jane Foster; Odin; Loki; Doctor Bruce Andrews (introduction)
Synopsis:
Thor battles the Lava Man, a monster brought to the surface by Loki, who claims all the dry surface of Earth for his people. Odin forbids Thor to love Jane Foster, leading to her leaving her job as Dr. Blake's nurse.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Dr. Andrews is first called Basil by Jane Foster on page 6 but then is called Bruce by Dr. Blake on the last page. Apparently in the Marvel Universe nurses can't work for doctors that they're not pursuing a romantic relationship with.

[The Traveler] (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
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 from last issue. Reprinted with new illustration.

The Perfect Defense! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils:
Larry Lieber
Inks:
George Roussos [as George Bell]
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
X-420

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
John
Synopsis:
In the future, Earth has conquered all planets except one, which no expedition returns from. The military thinks they have some horrific defense, but in fact they are simply so kind to the humans that arrive to conquer that they don't want to leave.

Indexer Notes

Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.

Another Marvel Masterpiece (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Advertises Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #20 (November 1963).

Tales of... ...Asgard! Home of the Mighty Norse Gods (Table of Contents)

Tales of Asgard / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
George Roussos [as G. Bell]
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
Fantasy
Characters:
Odin (origin); Surtur (introduction); Ymir (introduction, origin); Buri (introduction, origin, cameo); Borr (introduction, origin, cameo); Audhumbla (called "Magic Cow"); Vili (unnamed, origin, cameo); Vé (unnamed, origin, cameo); Bestla (unnamed, cameo)
Synopsis:
Beneath Asgard lies the Well of Life. From it came Ymir, greatest of the Frost Giants and Buri, the first Norse God who gave life to Borr. Borr had three sons. Odin was one of them.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This is the first "Tales of Asgard" story.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Lava Man!/Tales of Asgard
    The Mighty Thor!; Tales of Asgard
  2. 1. The Lava Man
    The Mighty Thor!
  3. 2. [The Traveler]
  4. 3. The Perfect Defense!
  5. 4. Another Marvel Masterpiece
  6. 5. Tales of... ...Asgard! Home of the Mighty Norse Gods
    Tales of Asgard
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