(June 1966)

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

Them! (Table of Contents)

Captain America / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Frank Giacoia
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Nick Fury; Chemical Android (A.I.M.)
Reprints:

Crescendo! (Table of Contents)

Iron Man / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Gene Colan (co-plot); Stan Lee (co-plot, dialogue)
Pencils:
Gene Colan
Inks:
Jack Abel [as Gary Michaels]
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Ultimo; Mandarin; Senator Harrington Byrd
Synopsis:
Iron Man defeats Ultimo by tricking the monstrous android into setting off a long-dormant volcano! The Mandarin believes Tony Stark is dead, and vows Ultimo will live again. Shellhead steals a Commie jet and narrowly avoids getting shot down by US fighters. But on returning home, he discovers to his horror that Senator Byrd has not taken his failure to show at the sub-committee investigation lightly...
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Indexer Notes

Part 3 of 3. The Mandarin would return 7 months later in TALES OF SUSPENSE #84 (December 1966); Ultimo would eventually return in IRON MAN #69 (August 1974), though his true origins would not be revealed until IRON MAN #23-25 (December 1999-February 2000).

Them! (Table of Contents)

Captain America / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Kirby (plot); Stan Lee (co-plot, dialogue)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Frank Giacoia
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Nick Fury; THEM (secretly A.I.M., really a division of HYDRA)
Synopsis:
While Cap is in the middle of a training exercise involving flying "shock rollers", he's surprised to see Nick Fury turn up looking for info on a secret organization known only as "THEM". As they talk, a strange flying craft lands outside Avengers Mansion, and a large, deadly "chemical android" attacks. In a remote lab, hooded members of "THEM" observe by remote camera, while watching over a "battalion" of androids growing like plants in a glass-enclosed hydroponic garden, due to experiments with D.N.A. One of the techs says "The Imperator" wants SHIELD destroyed. Cap and Fury barely manage to stop the android, which reverts back to its basic elements once its mission is a failure. Fury tells Cap it's SHIELD's job, and to stay out of it. But he gives Cap a SHIELD "Priority A-1" badge to make getting in touch easier in the future.
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Indexer Notes

Part 1 of 5. 2nd-ever meeting of Cap and Fury, following the story in SGT. FURY #13 (December 1964). 1st on-camera appearance of "THEM", following mentions in STRANGE TALES #142-143 & 145 (March-April, June 1966). The hooded outfits worn by the evil scientists appear inspired by the ones worn in the 1st James Bond film, DR. NO (1962). Identity of "The Imperator" would not be revealed until STRANGE TALES #156 (May 1967). Cap and Fury team-up to battle mysterious invaders in the flashback in STRANGE TALES #160-161 (September-October 1967), apparently shortly after this episode. Meanwhile, this story continues directly into STRANGE TALES #146 (July 1966), while "THEM" also continue to appear (peripherally) in the next several issues of TALES OF SUSPENSE. The android-growing tanks appear to pay tribute to THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951). Thanks to Jack Kirby, D.N.A. experiments would play a large part in SUPERMAN'S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN #133-148 (November 1970-April 1972). The "flying shock rollers" are identical to the ones used by Obi-Wan Kenobi to train Luke Skywalker in the film STAR WARS (1977)!

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Mails of Suspense / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Reprints:
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Them!
    Captain America
  2. 1. Crescendo!
    Iron Man
  3. 2. Them!
    Captain America
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Mails of Suspense
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