(July 1953)

Marvel, 1952 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
20th Century Comic Corp.
Brand:
Atlas [black & white]
Editing:
Stan Lee
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock:
Newsprint with Glossy Covers
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
was On-Going Series

Issue Notes

Indexed from information from Saltarella via the GCD Error Tracker and atlastales.com.


Death of a Miser! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Sol Brodsky
Inks:
Sol Brodsky
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense

The Invisible Woman! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Tony DiPreta
Inks:
Tony DiPreta
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
C-632

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Frank Tupper; Lola Tupper; Claire Maynard
Synopsis:
Frank Tupper takes advantage of a crime wave, committed by an invisible woman, in order to frame his wife Lola, so he can collect the insurance money and be with his secretary lover Claire. Fooled by his plan, a vicious mob kills Lola (off panel) and the scheming couple eventually wed and visit the Grand Canyon for a honeymoon. With his new bride "afraid of heights", Frank enjoys the view without her and suddenly falls to his death, pushed by Claire, who was the invisible woman all the while.
Keywords:
Grand Canyon

Indexer Notes

The narrative opening for the "Booby Trap" (written by Stan Lee), immediately and specifically refers to this story, leading one to the reasonable assumption that Stan probably wrote "The Invisible Woman", as well.

Mummies' Gold! (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (spot illustration)
Inks:
? (spot illustration)
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
9371

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Professor Wilkins (archeologist); Dr. Johnson (assistant); Denny Haldane (playboy); Makhe-Sof (the mummy)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Original title: "The Curse Of Makhe-Sof."

Booby Trap (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils:
Joe Sinnott (signed)
Inks:
Joe Sinnott (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
C-794

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Martian Warlord; Xxrth and Rrghhp and Ttyrpff (Martians); Ryerson (martyr)
Synopsis:
"In the year 2958, the Martians conquered the Earth!". Merciless aliens imprison women and children in concentration camps while the men suffer in slave labor. The human resistance movement hatches a plan to set a giant trap on an asteroid for the invaders. The arrogant overconfidence of the Martians leads them to their defeat when it turns out that the entire asteroid is actually a bomb.

The Sure Thing! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ross Andru (signed)
Inks:
Ross Andru (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
C-677

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Al Mortell; the man in black; ship's purser
Synopsis:
A crooked gambler on the run mugs and kills a scar-faced man, netting only thirty dollars and a steamship ticket. He takes the victim's place on the ship and enters a contest. Whoever guesses closest to the time it takes to cross the ocean, wins $5000. The killer concocts a plan to win by slowing the ship down... by jumping overboard. He yells at a man in black and jumps, but the witness does nothing. The killer drowns and we see that the man is the ghost of the scar-faced man.

The Death of a Miser! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Chuck Winter
Inks:
Chuck Winter
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
C-501

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Mr. Krause (hermit); the killer
Synopsis:
A burglar breaks into a hermit's house, looking for money. The old man is a hoarder, with newspapers filling every nook and cranny. The burglar kills the hermit and steals his money, and tries to escape. Incredulously, the police stop the killer on the street immediately. Trying to act nonchalantly by reading a newspaper, the killer was holding a newspaper from 1865. The headline: "Abe Lincoln Assassinated".

Indexer Notes

Told in first person narrative by the killer. Cover story bears no relation to the cover image.

The Lucky Stiff! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Sam Kweskin ?; Mort Lawrence ?
Inks:
Sam Kweskin ?; Mort Lawrence ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
C-578

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Burt Logan; Jasper Humphreys (undertaker); Lisa Humphreys (Jasper's daughter); Dave (police officer); Otto (coroner)
Synopsis:
Boy meets girl. Boy meets girl's undertaker father. Boy learns family business. Boy attacked by dead bodies at behest of girl and her father. All three die by defenestration.

Indexer Notes

Kweskin credit suggested by atlastales.com; Lawrence by Saltarella.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Death of a Miser!
  2. 1. The Invisible Woman!
  3. 2. Mummies' Gold!
  4. 3. Booby Trap
  5. 4. The Sure Thing!
  6. 5. The Death of a Miser!
  7. 6. The Lucky Stiff!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Bruno Andreacchi
  • Ethan Hoddes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jim Walls
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Thomas G. Lammers