(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
Inks:
Dick Ayers ?; Don Heck ?
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

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

Don Heck cover inks suggested by Nick Caputo via the GCD Errors list, December 2008. Original indexer had Dick Ayers firmly.

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:
?
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.
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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. Colors credit for Stan Goldberg removed due to lack of attribution. (21/03/2010)

New Glasses (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
occult
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.
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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:
?
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.
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Indexer Notes

Colors credit for Stan Goldberg removed due to lack of attribution. (21/03/2010)

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:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
[X-400 ?]

Genre:
occult
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

Inks: previously Steve Ditko; info by Bob Bailey, 2005-03-19. (Per Sandell ed.) Steve Ditko plot credit removed due to lack of attribution. (13/07/2010) Colors credit for Stan Goldberg removed due to lack of attribution.

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
  • 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
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Thomas G. Lammers