(January 1961)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Vista Publications, Inc.
Editing
Stan Lee
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age US and standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.

Distributed to newstands in August 1960. 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.

Some information on this issue supplied by Tom Lammers, Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, and others via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Distribution date from Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website.


Gargantus! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Gargantus (sea monster)
Reprints
Keywords
monsters

Indexer Notes

New logo this issue, likely redesigned by Artie Simek. Information per Nick Caputo, Jan 2012.

What? What? What Was Gargantus! (Table of Contents: 1)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
T-982
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Dan; Billy; Gargantus (sea monster, introduction)
Synopsis
A deep sea explorer encounters a giant reptile that follows him back to the surface. The creature explores the surface, causing panic until it faints due to its inability to breathe air and is dumped back into the sea.
Reprints
Keywords
monsters

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person. Gargantus next appears in issue #85 (June 1961).
Story is pages 3-7, 10-11 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 6, last page not numbered).

Time Machine (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
G-85
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
A man's fascination with history leads him to build a time machine and travel to the past, but when he sees the dangers of time travel he destroys the machine and blueprints.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration. Narrated in the first person. Text story is pages 8, 26 of comic (pages of story not numbered).

The Things from Dimension X! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Lynwood; Koaa
Synopsis
A scientist successfully creates a link to the dimension Electra only to find the inhabitants bent on conquest. They pour through the portal but are stopped when the carved presidents on Mt. Rushmore come to life and drive them back.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person. Story is pages 12-14, 16-18 of comic (first page not numbered then pages numbered 2 to 6).

Hayden suggests that the angular letters and diagonal exclamation points suggest Sam Rosen (as
opposed to his brother Joe).

The Door They Dare Not Open! (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 5 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-953
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Bruno Zuknik
Synopsis
A prison warden treats inmates with kindness, and relies on an honor system to prevent them from opening the one closed door. A new prisoner defies the code and opens the door, but is taken to the warden's alien world to do hard labor.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story is pages 20-24 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 5).

Trapped in the Room of Shadows (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Ray Holloway ?

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Sanford Kindwell; Kroger
Synopsis
A millionaire looks for magical wishing stones with which he hopes to help all humanity. His greedy guide tries to steal the first stone, but only succeeds in using up its power and trapping himself.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Possible Lee script per Nick Caputo's examination at his blog:
http://nick-caputo.blogspot.com/2011/11/who-authored-ditko.html
Story is pages 28-32 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 5).

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Gargantus!
  2. 1. What? What? What Was Gargantus!
  3. 2. Time Machine
  4. 3. The Things from Dimension X!
  5. 4. The Door They Dare Not Open!
  6. 5. Trapped in the Room of Shadows
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