The Steve Ditko Archives #4 - Impossible Tales
(November 2013)

Fantagraphics, 2009 Series
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Volume
4
Price
39.99 USD
Pages
248
On-sale date
2013-10
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Fantagraphics Books
Brand
Fantagraphics Books
ISBN
978-1-60699-640-9 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781606996409 53999
Editing
Blake Bell; Jason T. Miles (Editorial Liaison)
Color
color
Dimensions
7.25 in. x 10 in.
Paper Stock
matte
Binding
hardcover
Publishing Format
Collected Editions

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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Steve Ditko
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Steve Ditko
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?
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typeset

Impossible Tales (Table of Contents: 1)

illustration / 2 pages (report information)

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Steve Ditko
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Steve Ditko
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Title page with an illustration by Steve Ditko

[Table of Contents] (Table of Contents: 2)

table of contents / 2 pages (report information)

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typeset

Ditko Then and Now (Table of Contents: 3)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Blake Bell
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Steve Ditko
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Steve Ditko
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?
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typeset

Indexer Notes

Introduction by Blake Bell with illustrations by Steve Ditko

The Menace of the Maple Leaves (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S1843
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis
Long ago a witch put a spell on maple trees and to this day the trees have the means to protect themselves.
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The Forbidden Room (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
Letters
Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S1917
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
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The Man Who Crashed into Another Era! (Table of Contents: 6)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
horror-suspense
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Indexer Notes

Stories in this comic were originally produced for Charlton editor Al Fago, who reportedly took the stories and sold them to St. John when he left the company.

Nightmare (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
A man attempts to avoid the fate that his wife has dreamed for him.
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The Somnambulist (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Jon D'Agostino

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
Con men use a supposed oracle to clear a town's populace as part of a plan for a robbery
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The Strange Silence (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
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?

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
A career criminal unknowingly is rendered deaf.
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You Can Make Me Fly (Table of Contents: 10)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
Letters
?

Job Number
S-189
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis
An escaped convict convinces his scientist brother to endow him with the power of flight
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The Man Who Crashed into Another Era! (Table of Contents: 11)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
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Jon D'Agostino

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis
A man dreams he is taking a trip through time
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Little Lost Girl (Table of Contents: 12)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko
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Steve Ditko
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?
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S-2373
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There It is Again (Table of Contents: 13)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko
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Steve Ditko
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?
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S2414
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; science fiction
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Man from the Ages; Never Again; The Edge of Fear (Table of Contents: 14)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

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Steve Ditko (signed)
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
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?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
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The Repair Man from Nowhere (Table of Contents: 15)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
Letters
Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S2416
Genre
science fiction
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Panic!! (Table of Contents: 16)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S2418
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; science fiction
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A Strange Kiss (Table of Contents: 17)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko
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Steve Ditko
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?
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S2514
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
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The Secret Room (Table of Contents: 18)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko
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Steve Ditko
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?
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S2541
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19)

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?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
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?

Genre
science fiction
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A Living Doll (Table of Contents: 20)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
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?

Job Number
2546
Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
An explorer brings back a doll from Africa which seems to have a life of its own.
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When Old Doc Died (Table of Contents: 21)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko
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Steve Ditko
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?
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S-2560
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The Old Fool (Table of Contents: 22)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko
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Steve Ditko
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?
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S-2561
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Mister Evriman (Table of Contents: 23)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
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?
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S-2563
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The Edge of Fear (Table of Contents: 24)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko
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Steve Ditko
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?
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S2577
Genre
science fiction
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The Green Man (Table of Contents: 25)

Dr. Haunt / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

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?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense; science fiction
Characters
Dr. Haunt (host)
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The Second Self (Table of Contents: 26)

Dr. Haunt / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S-2578
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Dr. Haunt (host)
Synopsis
A scientist refuses to slow down until he creates a clone and learns the value of real human life.
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The Green Man (Table of Contents: 27)

Dr. Haunt / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S-2600
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Dr. Haunt (host)
Synopsis
A man seeks a cure for his green skin, but there isn't one.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 28)

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?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?

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science fiction
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The Most Terrible Fate (Table of Contents: 29)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S-2601
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
In a post-apocalyptic world, a man is born a mutant human to robot parents.
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Cure-All (Table of Contents: 30)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S-2605
Genre
science fiction
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From Out of the Depths (Table of Contents: 31)

Dr. Haunt / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
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?

Job Number
S-2612
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Dr. Haunt (host)
Synopsis
Juan fights against the thing that comes out of the sea.
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The Man Who Disappeared (Table of Contents: 32)

Dr. Haunt / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
2620
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Dr. Haunt (host)
Synopsis
A scientist accidentally shrinks himself to nothing.
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Journey to Paradise (Table of Contents: 33)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S-2623
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
Adam Marsh, a scientist who teaches evolution and dismisses notions of Adam and Eve, stumbles on a time machine and finds himself alone in paradise waiting for his Eve.
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And the Fear Grew (Table of Contents: 34)

Mysterious Traveler / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
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Job Number
S-2633
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Mysterious Traveler (host)
Synopsis
A man adopts an animal in Australia the aborigines think is evil.
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The Heel and the Healer (Table of Contents: 35)

Mysterious Traveler / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S-2660
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Mysterious Traveler (host)
Synopsis
A medicine-show man encounters a healer with a real cure-all, but loses his chance to use it for good.
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Never Again (Table of Contents: 36)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko
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Steve Ditko
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?
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S2691
Genre
science fiction
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Through the Walls (Table of Contents: 37)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S-2701
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis
A wrongly-accused man develops the ability to pass through walls to force a confession out of the real criminal.
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The World Awaits (Table of Contents: 38)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?

Job Number
2715
Genre
science fiction
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The Angry Things (Table of Contents: 39)

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Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko
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Steve Ditko
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?
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?

Job Number
S-2716
Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
Toni Corso learns the villa he just purchased is inhabited by angry things created by accumulated wickedness.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 40)

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Steve Ditko
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cover consists of images from interior stories.

Little Boy Blue (Table of Contents: 41)

The Mysterious Traveler / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S2717
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
The Mysterious Traveler (host); Johnny Blue; Farley Caldane (music critic)
Synopsis
Johnny Blue was a trumpeter beyond belief, but he deeply believed that there were other notes...notes that no one had ever played or heard before, and he wanted to play them. However, when he did, it scared the daylights out of him and he disappeared from the scene.
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Indexer Notes

Page count corrected by Blake Bell via the GCD Error Tracker.

The Vision Came (Table of Contents: 42)

Mysterious Traveler / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko
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Steve Ditko
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?
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S2730
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Mysterious Traveler; Susi; Grulla
Synopsis
Little Susi, blind from birth, and no one willing to adopt her, lived in an orphanage in the Bavarian Alps. But she had an imaginary playmate, Grulla, who kept her company. Then one night, Grulla took form, told her he was going away, but would return with a surprise. Soon a couple came to the orphanage to adopt and chose Susi: the couple was named the Grullas, and the husband was an eye surgeon!
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Impossible, But.... (Table of Contents: 43)

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Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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?
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?

Job Number
S2731
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Doctor Haunt (Host)
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The Man from Time (Table of Contents: 44)

Dr. Haunt / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

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?
Pencils
Rocco "Rocke" Mastroserio (signed)
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Rocco "Rocke" Mastroserio (signed)
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?
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?

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Dr. Haunt (host)
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Failure (Table of Contents: 45)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko
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Steve Ditko
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S-2758
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
Karl Phalen creates a machine to see the future, but to avoid the future he sees he must keep the machine a secret.
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Not Normal (Table of Contents: 46)

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Joe Gill ?
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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Steve Ditko (signed)
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Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S-2767
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis
Peter Benton has uncanny luck, until it runs out.
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Indexer Notes

Last panel redrawn by an unknown artist. The stories ending was clearly revised to provide a happy outcome, likely due to Comics Code restrictions.

Charmed, I'm Sure (Table of Contents: 47)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S-2768
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
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Deep in the Mountains (Table of Contents: 48)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Jon D'Agostino

Job Number
S-2773
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
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The Dancing Cat (Table of Contents: 49)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
2809
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis
Fred Miller buys an Egyptian music box that he fears is bringing him bad luck.
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Indexer Notes

The cat figures looks like it may have been altered by another artist throughout. The cover version may be the original.

[Space War] (Table of Contents: 50)

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Steve Ditko
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Steve Ditko
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Illustration from one of the stories in this book

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Impossible Tales
  3. 2. [Table of Contents]
  4. 3. Ditko Then and Now
  5. 4. The Menace of the Maple Leaves
  6. 5. The Forbidden Room
  7. 6. The Man Who Crashed into Another Era!
  8. 7. Nightmare
  9. 8. The Somnambulist
  10. 9. The Strange Silence
  11. 10. You Can Make Me Fly
  12. 11. The Man Who Crashed into Another Era!
  13. 12. Little Lost Girl
  14. 13. There It is Again
  15. 14. Man from the Ages; Never Again; The Edge of Fear
  16. 15. The Repair Man from Nowhere
  17. 16. Panic!!
  18. 17. A Strange Kiss
  19. 18. The Secret Room
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
  21. 20. A Living Doll
  22. 21. When Old Doc Died
  23. 22. The Old Fool
  24. 23. Mister Evriman
  25. 24. The Edge of Fear
  26. 25. The Green Man
    Dr. Haunt
  27. 26. The Second Self
    Dr. Haunt
  28. 27. The Green Man
    Dr. Haunt
  29. 28. [no title indexed]
  30. 29. The Most Terrible Fate
  31. 30. Cure-All
  32. 31. From Out of the Depths
    Dr. Haunt
  33. 32. The Man Who Disappeared
    Dr. Haunt
  34. 33. Journey to Paradise
  35. 34. And the Fear Grew
    Mysterious Traveler
  36. 35. The Heel and the Healer
    Mysterious Traveler
  37. 36. Never Again
  38. 37. Through the Walls
  39. 38. The World Awaits
  40. 39. The Angry Things
  41. 40. [no title indexed]
  42. 41. Little Boy Blue
    The Mysterious Traveler
  43. 42. The Vision Came
    Mysterious Traveler
  44. 43. Impossible, But....
  45. 44. The Man from Time
    Dr. Haunt
  46. 45. Failure
  47. 46. Not Normal
  48. 47. Charmed, I'm Sure
  49. 48. Deep in the Mountains
  50. 49. The Dancing Cat
  51. 50. [Space War]
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