(May 1961)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1961-02-07
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 February 1961. 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.
On sale date as given in the copyright application as listed in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Periodicals, January-June 1961, page 148, registration number B883742.


Googam, Son of Goom (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
There's no place to run!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Googam; Mark Langley; Helen Langley; Billy Langley
Reprints
Keywords
monsters

Beware of Googam, Son of Goom!! (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
V-155
First Line of Dialogue or Text
It was because of me that mankind encountered Goom!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Googam (introduction, origin); Mark Langley; Helen Langley; Billy Langley (introduction); Goom (flashback)
Synopsis
Goom leaves an offspring in a cave to complete his conquest, and he comes across the family of the scientist who was responsible for his father's defeat. Googam is defeated when the scientist's son challenges him to a game of tag and runs off towards a pool of quicksand and then climbs a tree. When Googam sees the quicksand he mistakenly assumes that it is only mud since the boy must have run across it. Googam only sees the boy hiding in the tree as he sinks into the quicksand.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person. Goom and the Langleys last appear in issue #15 (March 1961). Googam next appears in Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang 4 (Marvel, 2005 series) #1 (December 2005). Billy Langley next appears as an adult in Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses Bloodstone and the Monster Hunters (Marvel, 2005 series) #1 (November 2005). Story is pages 3-7, 10 of comic (pages numbered 1 to 6).

The Bridge (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
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 wandered along the...
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

Indexer Notes

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

Googam Part 2 (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 6 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
Ray Holloway ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
With each passing day, Googam grew more menacing--more frightening!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Googam; Mark Langley; Helen Langley; Billy Langley
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story is pages 11-14, 16-18 of comic (pages numbered 7 to 13). The last page includes a promo tag for a possibly return of Googam: "Will Googam return?? What Dear Reader, do you think??".

There Is Something Strange about Mister Jones! (Table of Contents: 4)

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
V-156
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fog blankets the waterfront...
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Freddy Sykes; Davy Jones
Synopsis
A thug hears a man say that he has a fortune in his locker. He attacks him and tries to make him lead him there. His victim is Davy Jones, and he shows the thief his locker by drowning him.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

What Lurks in the Mountain? (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
V-157
First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Communists are cruel masters in a recently invaded land!
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
A communist general demands that the lama tell him of the alien space ship that has landed for repairs. At first the lama refuses to allow the aliens to be conquered by the communists, but he relents after the general threatens to execute all the peasants. The soldiers march off to the mountain the lama has indicated, but after a fruitless search they conclude the lama must have been lying. Suddenly, the mountain begins to shake violently and the soldiers realize too late as it blasts off that the mountain was the space ship.
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Indexer Notes

This story is most likely meant to be set in Tibet. One of the aliens imagined by soldiers looks much like the later Ditko creation the Mindless Ones. Alterations in art are apparent on page two, panels 1, 3 and 5 (the villain was originally holding a gun or a whip); and page 3, panel 1, where the entire panel is redrawn, possibly by Sol Brodsky. Changes were likely made at the request of the Comics Code Authority. 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. Googam, Son of Goom
  2. 1. Beware of Googam, Son of Goom!!
  3. 2. The Bridge
  4. 3. Googam Part 2
  5. 4. There Is Something Strange about Mister Jones!
  6. 5. What Lurks in the Mountain?
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