(January 1961)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1960-08-29
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Vista Publications, Inc.
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

This issue has variants.

Distributed to newsstands 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. 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, July-December 1960, page 345, registration number B861707.


Elektro! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Elektro
Reprints
Keywords
robots

Elektro! He Held a World in His Iron Grip! (Table of Contents: 1)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
T-970
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Cringe, mortals!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Elektro (introduction, origin); Wilbur Poole; Charlie
Synopsis
A scientist creates a computer so sophisticated that it can out think human beings. It hypnotizes the scientist into building it a huge robot body so that it can move and threaten human cities to conquer them. As it gets further from the scientist, the hypnosis fades, and the scientist regains his own will. He rushes Elektro, and enters the robot frame from a small door in its heel, and removes the power source, thus saving humanity.
Reprints
Keywords
robot

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the third person. Elektro next appears in Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang 4 (Marvel, 2005 series) #1 (December 2005). Story is pages 3-7, 10-11 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 7).

The Missing Film (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
J-707
First Line of Dialogue or Text
A babble of strange voices welled around Dr. Title's ears as he...
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; spy
Characters
Dr. Title; Douglas Jenks
Synopsis
A government agent retrieves a classified microfilm stolen to be given to enemy agents, and is helped by a magic bridge.
Reprints
Keywords
Han-lo (town)

Indexer Notes

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

The Demon in the Dungeon! (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
Artie Simek

Job Number
T-964
First Line of Dialogue or Text
It was last summer...
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
A novelist rents a castle in Transylvania, where the locals believe a demon lives. He discovers that the creature is a lost alien child, and its parents cure his limp as a reward for helping it get home.
Reprints
Keywords
Cragmoor Castle

Indexer Notes

Story is pages 12-14, 16-18 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 6).

I Lived a Million Years! (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-954
First Line of Dialogue or Text
The scene is inside a palace in a remote Asiatic province...
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
An Asian tyrant bleeds his subjects dry to build a suspended animation machine and avoid nuclear war. He sleeps for a million years, but when he emerges humanity has abandoned Earth and he faces a harsh and primitive world.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This is a retelling of "The Man In the Iron Box!" drawn by Carl Burgos from Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #69 (June 1959). Story is pages 20-24 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 5).

When the Earth Vanished! (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
T-981
First Line of Dialogue or Text
On a planet far from Earth, a test is being completed...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Goloks (extraterrestrials)
Synopsis
Tiny alien invaders decide to detonate their ultimate bomb thinking that unobserved Earthlings have gone into hiding to avoid their invasion force and end up blowing up an Earth boy's ping pong ball and themselves as they are caught in the aftershocks of the blast.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the third person. Story is pages 28-32 of comic (first page of story not numbered, then pages numbered 2 to 5).

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Elektro!
  2. 1. Elektro! He Held a World in His Iron Grip!
  3. 2. The Missing Film
  4. 3. The Demon in the Dungeon!
  5. 4. I Lived a Million Years!
  6. 5. When the Earth Vanished!
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