(September 1961)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1961-06-08
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Vista Publications, Inc.
Brand
MC
Printer
The Eastern Color Printing Co., Waterbury 20, 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:

Moomba Is Here! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Moomba
Reprints

The Unbelievable Menace of Moomba [Part 1] (Table of Contents: 1)

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
V-285
First Line of Dialogue or Text
As our story begins... There I was...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Moomba; Frank; Katu
Synopsis
An explorer discovers that native African wood carvings are actually an advance fifth column invasion force under the command of Moomba. Moomba gives his command to strike and all the carvings get up and begin to herd and intimidate their human owners as the wood they are crafted of is so dense that neither fire nor any other human weapons can defeat them. Using unknown means, a native African witch doctor defeats Moomba and extracts a promise from him to leave Earth along with all of his warriors.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person. It is an elaboration of the plot of "I Was the Prisoner of the Living Statues!" drawn by John Forte, in Tales to Astonish #6 (November 1959).

[The Unbelievable Menace of Moomba], Part 2: The Menace That Was...Moomba (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 7 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-285
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Moomba's fantastic energy waves spread over the jungle, stretched across the...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Moomba; Frank; Katu
Reprints

The Green Man (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
A-189
First Line of Dialogue or Text
It was a hot sticky summer night when I stopped in to Barney's for a cool beer before I went home.
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Barney
Synopsis
A former pilot can't get anyone to believe his story about the fatal radium poisoning he picked up from an alien, and so keeps spreading it.
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Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

Less Than Human (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-284
First Line of Dialogue or Text
It seemed that they were everywhere...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
John Harris; Alice Harris; Billy Harris; Roby the Robot
Synopsis
A strident anti-robot activist is convinced of the worth of robots when his son is saved by his robotic playmate.
Reprints
Keywords
robots

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person. This story is an altered retelling of "The Robot Hater", drawn by Paul Reinman in Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #3 (May 1959). Writing tentatively credited to Stan Lee on the basis of his plot credit in a later retelling of the story.

The Voice from Nowhere (Table of Contents: 5)

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
Ray Holloway ?

Job Number
V-283
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Only you can save me!!
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
The space pilot landing on an asteroid is perplexed by a voice from nowhere pleading for help, but he realizes that the asteroid itself is the source of the voice.
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Indexer Notes

Possible Lee script per Nick Caputo's analysis of these stories at his blog:

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Moomba Is Here!
  2. 1. The Unbelievable Menace of Moomba [Part 1]
  3. 2. [The Unbelievable Menace of Moomba], Part 2: The Menace That Was...Moomba
  4. 3. The Green Man
  5. 4. Less Than Human
  6. 5. The Voice from Nowhere
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