(May 1964)

Marvel, 1959 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 Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Distributed to newstands in February 1964. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


The Black Widow Strikes Again! (Table of Contents)

Iron Man / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Black Widow [Natasha Romanoff]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inks credit from Nick Caputo via the GCD Error List (30 August 2006); the original indexer credited George Roussos. Letters credit from George Olshevsky's Marvel Comics Index.

The Black Widow Strikes Again! (Table of Contents)

Iron Man / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot); Don Rico [as N. Korok] (script)
Pencils:
Don Heck
Inks:
Don Heck
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Black Widow [Natasha Romanoff]; Pepper Potts; Happy Hogan; Crimson Dynamo [Boris Turgenov] (flashback); Soviet Premier Nikita Khruscchev (cameo); Igor; Stansky
Synopsis:
To redeem herself in the eyes of the communist leader, Black Widow steals the new anti-grav ray device developped by Tony Stark and attacks Fort Knox. Iron Man destroys the ray device, but the Black Widow escapes.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Black Widow next appears in issue #57 (September 1964).

The Magician (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
[G-719]

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Howard; Uncle Bart
Synopsis:
A TV studio page and aspiring magician gets a lucky break when he meets a real sorcerer time traveling from the past.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration. Continues from last issue.

The Omen (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:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Lokar
Synopsis:
A superstitious warlord thinks a flare of light is a good omen for an invasion, but when it is discovered to be a meteor his entire world must evacuate in order to survive.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The splash page title of this feature utilizes the same design as the more modern appearance of the X-men logo, first appearing in X-men #50 (1963) and matching the color scheme in #51
(1963).

Two More Triumphs for Marvel..! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Jack Kirby (Fantastic Four cover); Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man cover)
Inks:
George Roussos (Fantastic Four cover); Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man cover)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Advertises Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel, 1963 series) #12 (May 1964) and Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #26 (May 1964)

The Way It Began... (Table of Contents)

Tales of the Watcher / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Watcher [Uatu] (origin); Ikor; Emnu
Synopsis:
The Watcher comes from a super-advanced race that decides to share its technology with others. When their first attempt ends in tragedy they vow never to interfere with the affairs of less advanced species.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

From here on, the Tales of the Watcher stories in Tales of Suspense are about the Watcher and his people.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Black Widow Strikes Again!
    Iron Man
  2. 1. The Black Widow Strikes Again!
    Iron Man
  3. 2. The Magician
  4. 3. The Omen
  5. 4. Two More Triumphs for Marvel..!
  6. 5. The Way It Began...
    Tales of the Watcher
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Nick Caputo
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Per Sandell
  • Pierre Freyssonnet
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Robert Wood
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Henry R. Kujawa