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

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

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

Plantman! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby; Sol Brodsky ? (alterations)
Inks:
Don Heck; Sol Brodsky ? (alterations)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Plantman [Sam Smithers]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sol Brodsky likely altered the Human Torch figure. Info per Nick Caputo, August 2014. Don Heck inks also per Nick. Previous indexer credited Dick Ayers. An unaltered cover with different lettering and art on the trees was published in Creepy Worlds #51.

The Coming of the Plantman! (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-398 ?]

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Plantman [Sam Smithers] (introduction, origin); Doris Evans (introduction); Mr. Evans (introduction)
Synopsis:
The Human Torch saves his new girlfriend Doris’s father from a disgruntled gardener who gains the ability to control plants.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Plantman's costume resembles that worn by The Shadow; he next appears, in a new costume, in issue #121 (June 1964). Doris Evans would continue as Johnny's semi-reluctant girlfriend until the end of his solo series.

New Glasses (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
K-368

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Herbert; Mr. Blooper
Synopsis:
A man insists on getting a specially made pair of glasses in a hurry, and finds that the optician has a magical corridor that leads back in time.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

The Search for Shanng! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils:
Larry Lieber
Inks:
Matt Fox
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
X-399

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Shanng
Synopsis:
An alien crash lands on Earth, and offers knowledge to in exchange for help. Greedy humans cannot find his ship, since he sensed their selfish thoughts and hid himself until humanity is ready.
Reprints:

The Shoemaker's Strange Assistants! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
George Roussos (uncredited)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
[X-400 ?]

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Uncle Hugo; Harry Hook
Synopsis:
A shoemaker who enjoys telling the neighborhood children stories of the little people who come out at night to help him make shoes becomes ill and goes to a loan shark to acquire money for medical treatment. The loan shark harasses him constantly to make interest payments on his loan so he must work night and day. The last time the greedy money lender visits the shoemaker he gets the shock of his life as it turns out the little people are real. They shrink the man and put him to work building shoes for the shoemaker.

Indexer Notes

Uncredited Roussos Inks per Bob Bailey, 2005-03-19. (Per Sandell ed.). Previous indexer credited Steve Ditko. Ditko plot credit removed due to lack of attribution. (13/07/2010)

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Plantman!
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. The Coming of the Plantman!
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. New Glasses
  4. 3. The Search for Shanng!
  5. 4. The Shoemaker's Strange Assistants!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Bob Bailey
  • Henry Andrews
  • Nick Caputo
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Bill Borre
  • Henry R. Kujawa
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