(December 1960)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1960-07-27
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Zenith Publishing Corp.
Printer
The Eastern Color Printing Co., Waterbury, Conn.
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Issue Notes

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 are narrated in the first person unless otherwise specified. On-sale date from 1960 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.
This issue has variants:

Krang! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Steve Ditko ? (see notes)
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I can't escape!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Krang
Reprints
Keywords
I

Indexer Notes

Steve Ditko (in letter to Chris Boyko, 6 December 2014) stated that he does not know who inked the cover and did not do any work on this cover.

Nick Caputo believes Ditko is mistaken as the inking correlates exactly to his concurrent inking on his own stories and over other Kirby covers in this period. Nick also suspects that Ditko added the three figures crawling on Krang.

I Created Krang! The Most Fantastic Monster The World Has Ever Known!, Chapter One (Table of Contents: 1)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
T-901
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Krang; Professor Carter; Ludwig
Synopsis
A scientist's formula makes an ant giant and super-intelligent. The ant wants to conquer the world, but is killed by a giant ant-eater.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This is one of the first two 'feature-length' (13 page) monster stories published by Marvel (the other was "I Was the Slave of the Living Hulk!" published simultaneously in Journey Into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #62). Three months later, two-part, 13(and occasionally 18 page) stories would headline all four Marvel SF anthologies. The following year a fifth title (Amazing Adventures, 1961 series)would follow the format.

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Story is pages 3-7, 10-11 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 7).

Krang!: Chapter Two (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
T-901
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Krang; Professor Carter; Ludwig
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story is pages 12-14, 16-18 of comic (pages of story numbered 8 to 13).

The Remedy Oil (Table of Contents: 3)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Marie Severin
Inks
Marie Severin
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
J-984
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Mrs. Gerrity; Tom Gerrity; Officer O'Malley; Logarithm
Synopsis
An old-fashioned shopkeeper unwittingly saves the life of a boy from Mechanica when her remedy oil lubricates the gears in his brain.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

Behold! I Am the Master of Time! (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
T-889
Genre
horror-suspense; science fiction
Synopsis
In a black magic book, a thief finds instructions for creating a time machine which runs on electricity, but after robbing people in the 18th century and attempting to return to the 20th, he realizes he is stuck in the past because there is no electricity in the 18th century.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. This story is retold in issue #29 (March 1962) as "What Happened to Harry?" drawn by Dick Ayers. Story is pages 20-24 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 5).

The Thing in Human Form! (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
Ray Holloway ?

Job Number
[T-???]
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Ogor; 'John Cummings' [Zeno]
Synopsis
A Martian is sent to Earth to kidnap a human scientist who has invented a weapon that Mars wants to use against Jupiter. The Martian is beaten by the scientist, who turns out to be a Jovian agent setting a trap to capture a live Martian.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the third person. Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Story is pages 28-32 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 5).

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Krang!
  2. 1. I Created Krang! The Most Fantastic Monster The World Has Ever Known!, Chapter One
  3. 2. Krang!: Chapter Two
  4. 3. The Remedy Oil
  5. 4. Behold! I Am the Master of Time!
  6. 5. The Thing in Human Form!
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