(June 1961)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1961-03-07
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Vista Publications, Inc.
Printer
The Eastern Color Printing Co., Waterbury, Conn.
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Issue Notes

Includes 10 pages of paid advertisements. On-sale date from 1961 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.
This issue has variants:

I Was Hunted By "X" the Thing That Lived!! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Evacuate the city!!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
X
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Possible Kirby inks per Nick Caputo, August 2012. Nick examined Kirby's inking at his blog, as can be seen here:

http://nick-caputo.blogspot.com/2011/09/kirby-inking-kirby.html

Original indexer credited Dick Ayers.

What Was "X" the Thing That Lived! [, Part 1] (Table of Contents: 1)

comic story / 5 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
V-185
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Charles Bentley was a writer!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Charles Bentley; X (introduction, origin)
Synopsis
A comic writer's monsters keep coming to life, until he creates one that can't be defeated. The monster is unstoppable physically, but he wills it out of existence.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person. X next appears in Alpha Flight (Marvel, 1997 series) #17 (December 1998). The unnamed editor of Tales to Astonish appears in the story.

[What Was "X" the Thing That Lived!], Part 2 (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
V-185
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bentley hurried into the projection room, sat down, and then...
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Charles Bentley; X
Reprints

[What Was "X" the Thing That Lived!], Part 3 (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
V-185
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Charles Bentley; X
Reprints

[What Was "X" the Thing That Lived!], Part 4 (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
V-185
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Charles Bentley, aware that only he could stop the menacing X, drove swiftly back to the city!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Charles Bentley; X
Reprints

Odd Skills (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Maneely
Inks
Joe Maneely
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
J-216
First Line of Dialogue or Text
When a man who has been very competent suddenly becomes slipshod, there's usually a reason.
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Jim Branner; Bill Toney
Synopsis
The manager of an auto parts shop develops a sudden tolerance for "human variation" in parts, possibly linked to otherworldly strangers in the shop at night.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

One-Way Journey! (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
V-184
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Adam Gree's success would have satisfied anyone else!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Adam Gree
Synopsis
A heartless tycoon spends great resources and eliminates jobs in order to build a machine that will transport him from the current moment to one forty years hence because his scientists have predicted an end to disease, war, and poverty in the year 2001, but he neglects to consider his body will age forty years in what seems to his mind merely an instant and, since the machine has only enough power to move forward the one time, he's lost most of the years of his life.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Nick Caputo suspects Stan Lee may have written this story based on an examination at his blog:

http://nick-caputo.blogspot.com/2011/11/who-authored-ditko.html

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. I Was Hunted By "X" the Thing That Lived!!
  2. 1. What Was "X" the Thing That Lived! [, Part 1]
  3. 2. [What Was "X" the Thing That Lived!], Part 2
  4. 3. [What Was "X" the Thing That Lived!], Part 3
  5. 4. [What Was "X" the Thing That Lived!], Part 4
  6. 5. Odd Skills
  7. 6. One-Way Journey!
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