(October 1961)

Marvel, 1952 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Atlas Magazines, Inc.
Brand
MC
Editing
Stan Lee
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock
newsprint
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Distributed to newstands in August 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.

Distribution date from Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website.


The Spider Strikes! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Klein
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
science fiction
Keywords
monsters

Indexer Notes

Inking credit from Nick Caputo via the GCD Error list, December 2008. Original indexer had not credited an inker.

Where Will You Be, When...The Spider Strikes! (Table of Contents: 1)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
V-344
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Prof. Robert Carter
Synopsis
A physicist working at an atomic research lab in New Mexico goes into work one day with a spider in his pants cuff. The creature is bombarded by the atomic rays and grows to a huge size, gaining the power to think and speak, and then attacks the humans. The physicist tricks the spider into snagging a test missile in its web and when it climbs towards it, the missile detonates and kills the spider.
Reprints
Keywords
monsters

Indexer Notes

Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.
Story is pages 3-7, 10-11 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 7).

The Thread (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
A-786
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Matt Anderson; Midget Morgan/Count Morgan; Dr. Waynne
Synopsis
The mysterious death of a scientist reveals a mystical device and leads to the death of a centuries-old Italian count.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration. The events of this story are dated January 8, 1952.
Text story is pages 8, 26 of comic (pages of story not numbered).

What Lurks on Channel X? (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
V-345
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Bill Jones; Ruth Jones; Mr. Cragley; Jordan
Synopsis
A couple with a nasty landlord get a free TV set from a stranger. It is a device sent by aliens to enslave Earth by hypnotizing people through the sets in preparation for their landing force. The couple snap out of the hypnosis and the aliens from Pluto realize that their plan has failed and leave Earth. It turns out the landlord took down the antenna that the couple had set up to improve reception of the set, and the couple express their overwhelming gratitude to the puzzled landlord.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person. Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.
Story is pages 12-14, 16-18 of comic (pages numbered 1 to 6).

Menace from Mars! (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-346
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
Martians come to Earth to discover if humans represent a threat to them. They question a human using a machine to verify his answers, and find that he is totally free of greed, hatred or deceit. The Martians leave satisfied, unaware that they questioned a mental patient.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.
Story is pages 20-24 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 5).

One Look Means Doom! (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-347
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Charles Grey; Sarah Grey; Medusa the Gorgon
Synopsis
A couple moves to a cursed castle and the man discovers the imprisoned Medusa. When her powers do not affect him she thinks they have disappeared and accidentally turns herself to stone, not knowing the man is blind.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This story has never been referenced in any other Marvel story using Medusa or the other figures of Greek mythology. Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.
Story is pages 28-32 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 5).

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Spider Strikes!
  2. 1. Where Will You Be, When...The Spider Strikes!
  3. 2. The Thread
  4. 3. What Lurks on Channel X?
  5. 4. Menace from Mars!
  6. 5. One Look Means Doom!
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  • Jim Van Dore
  • Bill Borre
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