(May 1960)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1959-12-28
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Male Publishing Corp.
Editing
Stan Lee
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age U.S.
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Distributed to newsstands in December 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 unless otherwise specified.
On sale date as given in the copyright application as listed in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Periodicals, January-June 1960, page 148, registration number B818202.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

Diablo! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee ?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bah! Nothing here!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Diablo
Reprints
Keywords
monsters

I Saw Diablo! The Demon from the Fifth Dimension! (Table of Contents: 1)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
T-631
First Line of Dialogue or Text
It was a legend come to life...
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Diablo; Ulysses Bloodstone (unnamed, identified in later retcon)
Synopsis
An extradimensional smoke monster invades the Earth. It could have destroyed humanity, but an adventurer tricks it by blowing out the smoke from a lighter, making it think humans can destroy it.
Reprints
Keywords
Trinidad; Veracruz

Indexer Notes

Story is pages 3-7, 10-11 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 7).

The Mirror (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 1.75 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
H-762
First Line of Dialogue or Text
"I must be going mad," Bruce Morton muttered to himself as he...
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Bruce Morton; Miss Coleman
Synopsis
A wealthy but unhappy man is motivated to change his life by the vision of his past that he sees in his mirror.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The first page of this story is printed between the lead story and "The Wrath of Chondu!", while the second page is printed between "Earth Will Be Destroyed!" and "The Return of the Living Robot!". The last page is split with the statement of ownership. Text story is pages 8, 26 of comic (pages of story not numbered).

The Wrath of Chondu! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
T-624
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Once a year I come to the United States and give lectures on yoga!
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Chondu [Harvey Schlerman] (introduction); Joe Parker; Albert; Ethel; Charlie
Synopsis
A mystic is accosted by an escaped convict on the road, but mentally sends him to Limbo.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Chondu next appears in Defenders (Marvel, 1972 series) #21 (March 1975). This story is retold in Journey Into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #76 (January 1962) as "Mind Over Matter!" drawn by Don Heck.
Story is pages 12-14 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 3).

Time on My Hands! (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
T-626
First Line of Dialogue or Text
The time was a summer's night in the year 1965...
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
A man steals a time machine to learn how to get rich but is stranded when he accidently leaves it in a garbage incinerator.
Reprints
Keywords
time travel

Indexer Notes

This is a retelling of "Trapped in Tomorrow!" drawn by John Buscema, from Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #68 (April 1959). Story is pages 16-18 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 3).

Earth Will Be Destroyed! (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko [as S. Ditko] (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko [as S. Ditko] (signed)
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
T-641
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Behold the planet of Gorgon!!
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
Aliens plot to devastate Earth before invading, but they cannot pinpoint its location. They are unaware that they are on Earth as a speck of dust in a petri dish, which is casually discarded.
Reprints
Keywords
Gorgon (planet); U-gun

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the third person. This story is retold with a single creature in Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 1959 series) #18 (April 1961) as "Monsteroso!" drawn by Steve Ditko and in Amazing Adult Fantasy (Marvel, 1961 series) #9 (February 1962 series) as "The Terror of Tim Boo Baa" by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Stan Lee is speculatively credited as the writer on the basis of his authorship of the second re-telling.
Story is pages 20-24 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 5).

Statement Required by the Act of August 24, 1912, as Amended by the Acts of March 3, 1933, July 2, 1946 (Title 39, United States Code, Section 233) (Table of Contents: 6)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Average sales not printed. This shares the last page of "The Mirror".

The Return of the Living Robot! (Table of Contents: 7)

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-627
First Line of Dialogue or Text
The police--the government--they all think me dead!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Living Robot [John]; Cyril Stretford
Synopsis
The fugitive robot impersonates a prominent MP to lift the robot ban. The MP escapes and defeats the robot with his bare hands, since he is also a robot, secretly protecting humanity.
Reprints
Keywords
England

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the third person. Continues from last issue. Story is pages 28-32 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 5).

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Diablo!
  2. 1. I Saw Diablo! The Demon from the Fifth Dimension!
  3. 2. The Mirror
  4. 3. The Wrath of Chondu!
  5. 4. Time on My Hands!
  6. 5. Earth Will Be Destroyed!
  7. 6. Statement Required by the Act of August 24, 1912, as Amended by the Acts of March 3, 1933, July 2, 1946 (Title 39, United States Code, Section 233)
  8. 7. The Return of the Living Robot!
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