(February 1960)

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 October 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. All new stories in this issue 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.


Grottu! King of the Insects! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Bill Everett
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Grottu
Reprints
Keywords
monsters

Grottu, King of the Insects! (Table of Contents: 1)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
T-547
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Frank [Ulysses Bloodstone] (earliest published appearance according to later continuity); Lynn Avery; Kasenga; Grottu (introduction, origin)
Synopsis
A journalist and an archaeologist go to Africa and find an atomically mutated giant ant with super-intelligence. The giant ant tries to lead an army of insects to world conquest, but is foiled when the humans use sugar to turn his ants against him.
Reprints
Keywords
monsters

Indexer Notes

Grottu's next appears in Fantastic Four Unlimited (Marvel, 1993 series) #7 (September 1994), his next chronological appearance is in Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl (Marvel, 2005 series) #1 (December 2005). In later retcons it is established that Grottu's creation was planned by the Deviants.

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.
Story is pages 3-8 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 6).

I Saw the End of the World! (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
T-538
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Prof. Egen
Synopsis
A scientist builds a time machine and uses it to travel into the future against the advice of his peers. He finds that time is an infinite loop, and when he reaches his own time his memories disappear and he is once more building a time machine.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Story is pages 10-14 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 5).

The Tree (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
K-435
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Wally Hadley
Synopsis
When a family moves to a house in the country their son finds a gnarled little tree on their land that grants wishes.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration. Text story is pages 16, 24 of comic (pages of story not numbered).

I Was Captured by the Mole Men! (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
T-553
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Dan; Casey
Synopsis
A subway train full of people is hijacked and held by a subterranean race. The police fight the creatures and retrieve the train, only to discover that the creatures were actually peaceful.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Story is pages 17-18, 20-23 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 6).

I Am a Walking Time Bomb (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils
Paul Reinman (signed)
Inks
Paul Reinman (signed)
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Ray Holloway ?

Job Number
T-539
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Robot 235
Synopsis
A robot is sent to Earth by alien conquerers to force them to surrender or be destroyed. The finer qualities of humanity convince the robot decides to destroy his creators' world instead.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Story is pages 26, 28-32 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 6).

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Grottu! King of the Insects!
  2. 1. Grottu, King of the Insects!
  3. 2. I Saw the End of the World!
  4. 3. The Tree
  5. 4. I Was Captured by the Mole Men!
  6. 5. I Am a Walking Time Bomb
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