(December 1958)

Marvel, 1958 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Manvis Publications, Inc.
Editing
Stan Lee
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Distributed to newstands in September 1958. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements. All new stories in this issue are narrated in the first person.

Distribution date from Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website.


I Discovered the Secret of the Flying Saucers! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Christopher Rule
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
science fiction
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit of Art Simek supplied by Tom Orzechowski (3/6/05).

I Discovered the Secret of the Flying Saucers! (Table of Contents: 1)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Christopher Rule
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
T-76
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
A man discovers that flying saucers are real, but are not actually ships, but alien beings able to travel through space on their own. They are often forced to crashland on Earth because of local radiation, and leave as quickly as possible.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This story was first told in Men's Adventures #21 (May 1953) "The Secret of the Flying Saucer" drawn by Fred Kida and later retold in Tales of Suspense #11 (Sept 1960) as "I Know the Secret of the Flying Saucer!" drawn by Steve Ditko and in Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #101 (October 1962) as "The Impossible Spaceship!" drawn by Don Heck.

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Letterer credit of Art Simek supplied by Tom Orzechowski (3/6/05).

I Captured the Abominable Snowman! (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
T-81
Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
A man lies, cheats and steals to find the abominable snowman, and eventually discovers a lama who knows the secret of the snowman and is forced to summon it. He discovers that the snowman was a greedy man like him, cursed to wear a bestial form until another took his place. He is horrified as the snowman becomes human and he is transformed into a monster.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This story is retold in Strange Tales (Marvel 1951 series) #72 (December 1959) as "I Am the Abominable Snowman!" drawn by Paul Reinman, and in Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 1959 series) #13 (November 1960) as "I Found the Abominable Snowman!" drawn by Jack Kirby. In each retelling there is a somewhat different mechanism by which the wicked protagonist becomes the snowman.

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Letterer credit of Art Simek supplied by Tom Orzechowski (3/6/05).

Detour to Mars (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Reed Crandall (illustration)
Inks
Reed Crandall (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
H-570
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Harry
Synopsis
A strange package is left at a man's door and it turns out to be the ship of an alien ambassador on his way to Mars. He helps the ambassador on his way, but then wakes up from the dream.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration. Thanks to the Lewis Wayne Gallery and Terry Hooper for information on this story.

I Am Robot (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
John Duffy ?

Job Number
T-80
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Thorne
Synopsis
A man creates a robot so advanced that it has the capacity to think and feel as a human. He entrusts his son to it, but when the robot is damaged while defending the child from alien abductors, the scientist's suspicious wife is convinced that it malfunctioned, and he abandons the project.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Unknown pencils and inks per Nick Caputo, Atlas Tales and Timely-Atlas Facebook page. Previous indexer credited Joe Sinnott on inks and Tom Orzechowski credited Bob Powell on pencils.

I Am the Last Man on Earth! (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils
Don Heck
Inks
Don Heck
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
T-77
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Adam; Eve
Synopsis
When the humans of a peaceful future discover a planet where they could live five times as long they all leave Earth, except for one couple who are too attached to Earth's heritage and are left on the abandoned world to refound civilization: Adam and Eve.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This story is retold in Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #90 (November 1961) as "A Thousand Years Later..." by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and in Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #39 (March 1963) as "The Last Rocket!" drawn by Gene Colan.

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Letterer credit of Art Simek supplied by Tom Orzechowski (3/6/05). Possible Lee plot/Lieber script per Nick Caputo. Previous indexer credited Stan Lee as solo writer based of his signature on the later retelling.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. I Discovered the Secret of the Flying Saucers!
  2. 1. I Discovered the Secret of the Flying Saucers!
  3. 2. I Captured the Abominable Snowman!
  4. 3. Detour to Mars
  5. 4. I Am Robot
  6. 5. I Am the Last Man on Earth!
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Banks S. Robinson
  • Nick Caputo
  • Darrel McCann
  • Dan Kocher
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Dwayne Best
  • Matthew Head
  • Denys Howard
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