(October 1959)

Marvel, 1951 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
Zenith Publishing Corp.
Editing
Stan Lee
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age and Silver Age US
Paper Stock
Newsprint
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Distributed to newstands in June 1959. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements (pages 2, 9, 15, 19, 25, 27, 33-36 of comic including inside front cover, inside back cover and back cover) ; pages of comic not numbered. From this issue to issue #79 (December 1960) almost all new stories in Strange Tales are narrated in the first person.

Some information on this issue supplied by Tom Lammers and the Timely/Atlas discussion list. Distribution date from Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website.


I Defied the Black Magic!! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Davis
Inks
Jack Davis
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Merlin

I Dared to Defy Merlin's...Black Magic! (Table of Contents: 1)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Merlin
Synopsis
An American businessman scoffs at a shopowner's claim that one of his books was Merlin's diary, until a terrifying vision of Merlin turns his hair white. As he runs from the shop, the shopkeeper thinks that he must remember not to leave his diary out.
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Indexer Notes

This story could conceivably be in Marvel continuity, in which case this might be any of the three Merlins. Job number unknown according to Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Story is pages 3-7 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 5).

The Disappearance (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
H-320
Genre
domestic
Characters
Jasper Milty; Tom Milty
Synopsis
An old man disgruntled with society becomes rich by discovering uranium.
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Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration. Text story is pages 8, 26 of comic (pages of story not numbered).

I Am the Man Who Will...Destroy Your World! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
T-372
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Mool [Ralph Masters]; John; Anne
Synopsis
An alien emperor of an immortal race comes to Earth disguised as a human to decide whether or not to order an invasion. He is impressed with the humans' decency and falls in love with a human girl, calling off the invasion and giving up immortality to stay with her.
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Indexer Notes

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Story is pages 10-14 of comic (first page of story not numbered, then pages numbered 2 to 5).

When the Saucer Strikes! (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Wessler ?
Pencils
Paul Reinman (signed)
Inks
Paul Reinman (signed)
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Ray Holloway ?

Job Number
T-376
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Joe; Charlie
Synopsis
A airline pilot is nearly hit by a flying saucer and must bank suddenly to avoid it. The passengers where mostly asleep, and the one who was awake says that he saw nothing...because he's really a Martian tourist and the saucer came to pick him up.
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Indexer Notes

Possible Wessler script per Nick Caputo from information in Robin Snyder's The Comics, Vol 26, No.4, April 2015. This may be a Wessler inventory story originally titled "Saucer Scare".

Narrated. Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Story is pages 16-18, 20 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 4).

I Fought the Man Who Couldn't Be Killed! (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Wessler ?
Pencils
Sol Brodsky
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
T-373
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Duke Jordan
Synopsis
A criminal escapes from prison after 10 years and robs a warehouse. He is found by a police officer with superhuman powers, and is surprised to learn that the police now only recruit robots.
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Indexer Notes

Possible Wessler script per Nick Caputo from information in Robin Snyder's The Comics, Vol 26, No.4, April 2015. A Wessler inventory story was originally titled "The Man That Couldn't Die"

Set in 1969. Pencil credit, ink credit, and job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Story is pages 21-24 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 4).

I Am the Man Without a Face! (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee ?
Pencils
Joe Sinnott (signed)
Inks
Joe Sinnott (signed)
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Ray Holloway ?

Job Number
T-371
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Rufus Watkins
Synopsis
A bigot rounds up some thugs to don black hoods and drive some harmless gypsies out of town. One of the gypsies curses him, and he is never able to remove his hood for the rest of his life.
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Indexer Notes

This story is a retelling of "Men in Black" by Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr. from Menace (Marvel, 1953 series) #3 (May 1953). The hoods are more clearly a reference to the Ku Klux Klan than in the original (they are not randomly chosen disguises, but something the bigot's "pappy left me when he died").

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Lee is credited as writer on the basis of his authorship of the original and later retelling. Story is pages 28-32 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 4, last page not numbered).

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. I Defied the Black Magic!!
  2. 1. I Dared to Defy Merlin's...Black Magic!
  3. 2. The Disappearance
  4. 3. I Am the Man Who Will...Destroy Your World!
  5. 4. When the Saucer Strikes!
  6. 5. I Fought the Man Who Couldn't Be Killed!
  7. 6. I Am the Man Without a Face!
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