(December 1957)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1957-08-01
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Chipiden Publishing Corp.
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Issue Notes

Includes 10 pages of paid advertisements. First issue published after a publication hiatus caused by the collapse of Atlas's distributor and the subsequent restructuring known as the "Atlas Implosion". Last issue with stories bearing the "One of the Strangest Tales Ever Told!" tag line used since 1952 on the first page. And may indicate the use of inventory pre-implosion stories. Some information supplied by Tom Lammers and the Atlas/Timely discussion list. On-sale date from 1957 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

The Abyss! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bill Everett
Inks
Bill Everett
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
typeset

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Coloring credit per Stan Goldberg.

With Just One Stroke (Table of Contents: 1)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
John Forte (signed as John Forte)
Inks
John Forte (signed as John Forte)
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Letterese (sourced)

Job Number
M-220
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
John Durston
Synopsis
A criminal discovers a magic pen, which makes anything that he writes come true. It runs dry when he is trying to steal jewels, leaving him trapped in a vault to die.
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Rude Awakening! (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Oleck (sourced)
Pencils
George Woodbridge
Inks
George Woodbridge
Colors
?
Letters
Morrie Kuramoto ? (sourced)

Job Number
M-182
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Parks; Davis; Mason
Synopsis
An embezzler dreams he will be caught, and kills the man he dreams responsible. The murder is another dream, as he is jailed pending sentence for embezzlement. He wakes to find himself being sentenced for murder, instead of embezzlement.
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The Final Shot! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Wessler (sourced)
Pencils
Robert Q. Sale (signed as Robert Q. Sale)
Inks
Robert Q. Sale (signed as Robert Q. Sale)
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda ? (sourced)

Job Number
M-151
Genre
crime
Characters
Mike Dillon; Frank Rochelle; Dan Gavin; Eric Dixon; Louis Ruppert; Grogan
Synopsis
A convict released from prison attempts to get revenge on those responsible for placing him there. He shoots them with a chemical compound that makes them susceptible to suggestion in order to force them to commit crimes. His plan fails when he misses the detective who arrested him and the man just plays along to find out what his scheme is.
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Child's Play! (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Christopher Rule ?; Ed Winiarski
Inks
Christopher Rule
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
M-171
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rod Manning; Dr. Lang; Charlie Manning; Alice Manning
Synopsis
A rich man gets forces a scientist to give him a robot as a toy for his son despite his warnings. It tries to burn the house down, and the man apologizes to the scientist for not listening.
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Indexer Notes

Inks and some or all pencils attributed to Christopher Rule identified by Dr. Michael Vassallo. According to From the Tomb Magazine #10, Ed Winiarski may have contributed pencils. Art originally incorrectly attributed to "J. Makowski" by Jim Vadaboncoeur, Jr. based on a comparison with a Makowski-pencilled story later found to be inked by Rule.

Crackpot Chemist (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
H-57
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Jasper McReedy; Stella McReedy; Linda McReedy; Tom Logan; Bob Webster
Synopsis
A dedicated chemist invents a formula to give people a healthy weight, and his daughter accidentally tests it on the neighbors.
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Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

The Puppet Man (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Dan Loprino (signed as Dan Loprino)
Inks
Dan Loprino (signed as Dan Loprino)
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda (sourced)

Job Number
M-170
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Mathews
Synopsis
An amnesiac confesses to a murder he doesn't remember, but applause reminds him that he is only an actor lost in his role.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters: Probably NOT Artie Simek, who used bold opening letter for his captions (cf.
Tales of Suspense #1, opening story, ca. 1959).

The Abyss! (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jim Mooney
Inks
Jim Mooney
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
M-156
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Leos; Karol; Maria
Synopsis
Political refugees seeking to flee tyranny are assisted by supernatural beings, and realize once they reach freedom that they crossed over Mt. Olympus.
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Indexer Notes

The characters in this story could conceivably have been fleeing from Communist Yugoslavia or Bulgaria, but this would mean that their pursuers were able to follow quite far into Greece.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Abyss!
  2. 1. With Just One Stroke
  3. 2. Rude Awakening!
  4. 3. The Final Shot!
  5. 4. Child's Play!
  6. 5. Crackpot Chemist
  7. 6. The Puppet Man
  8. 7. The Abyss!
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