(October 1958)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1958-06-24
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. The stories all bear the tag line, "A Tale of Mystery to Hold You Spellbound!" used by the cancelled Spellbound (Marvel, 1952 series), perhaps indicating the issue was built from pre-implosion inventory. Information supplied by Tom Lammers and the Atlas/Timely discussion list. On-sale date from 1958 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

Afraid To Open the Door! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Joe Maneely
Inks
Joe Maneely
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Morse; John Hayes
Reprints

Indexer Notes

John Hayes is a ghost on the cover, but not in the story.

Afraid To Open the Door! (Table of Contents: 1)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Oleck
Pencils
Dan Loprino (signed)
Inks
Dan Loprino (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
M-346
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Morse; John Hayes
Synopsis
A thief trying to rob a reclusive scientist finds him in a room with two doors. The scientist tells him if he leaves through the wrong door he will be trapped in a shadow world of strange creatures so the criminal decides to wait until someone else enters by one of the doors so that he knows which one leads back to the ordinary world.
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Indexer Notes

Oleck script per Martin O'Hearn: http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/2021/06/strange-tales-by-jack-oleck.html

The House That Cried! (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Wessler
Pencils
Christopher Rule
Inks
Christopher Rule
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
M-332
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Smitty; Elvira Lanson; Luke Lanson (flashback); Fred (flashback); Helen (flashback); Tony Fargo (flashback)
Synopsis
A hobo tries to rob an old woman in a dilapidated house who turns out to be a ghost.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Wessler script per Biblio info in Robin Snyder's The Comics, Vol. 31, No. 2, February 2020.

Pencil and ink credits of J. Makowski ? changed based on information from Tom Lammers and the Atlas/Timely discussion list.

The Ragged Man (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Richard Doxsee (signed as Richard Doxsee)
Inks
Richard Doxsee (signed as Richard Doxsee)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
M-486
Genre
drama
Characters
Otis Larr; Hubert Larr; Annie
Synopsis
A heartless businessman gets what's coming to him when the geiger counter he keeps on his yacht goes off and he spends all his money buying worthless land because he thinks that there is a fortune in uranium underwater. It turns out that there was a nuclear sub under his yacht at the time.
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The Terrible Tree! (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
M-319
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Ross Evans
Synopsis
A man weakens a large redwood tree so that it will fall on his farm and he can collect on the insurance policy. Objects made from the tree pursue vengeance upon him, until he finds himself trapped on a boat made of the tree out at sea.
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The Perfectly Frightened Man (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Robert Q. Sale (signed as Robert Q. Sale)
Inks
Robert Q. Sale (signed as Robert Q. Sale)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
M-348
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Bob Franklin; Helen Franklin
Synopsis
A man is convinced by his wife that he is the victim of a hoax designed to make him think he has inherited sorcerous powers, but when he says "I'll be a monkey's uncle", he turns into one.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Robert Q. Sale’s signature appears on the cake mix packet in the first panel.

The Missing Film (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
John Severin (illustration)
Inks
John Severin (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
J-707
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; spy
Characters
Dr. Title; Douglas Jenks
Synopsis
A government agent retrieves a classified microfilm stolen to be given to enemy agents, and is helped by a magic bridge.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

When the Curtain Falls! (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bernard Baily
Inks
Bernard Baily
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
M-397
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Otto Groat; Carlotta Delys; Richard Sinclair
Synopsis
A jealous stagehand swaps a real dagger for a rubber prop hoping that his actor rival will stab himself and he will be free to pursue his love interest without competition. The actor only scratches himself, however, and when the stagehand becomes trapped he fails to free himself in time armed with merely a rubber dagger.
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Table of Contents
  1. 0. Afraid To Open the Door!
  2. 1. Afraid To Open the Door!
  3. 2. The House That Cried!
  4. 3. The Ragged Man
  5. 4. The Terrible Tree!
  6. 5. The Perfectly Frightened Man
  7. 6. The Missing Film
  8. 7. When the Curtain Falls!
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