(December 1961)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Vista Publications, Inc.
Brand
MC
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 newstands in September 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.


Insect Man! (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
Mason
Reprints
Keywords
caves; monsters

Indexer Notes

Dick Ayers Inks credit from Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 2006 Series) #3.

The Insect Man (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
Ray Holloway ?

Job Number
V-397
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Mason
Synopsis
A soldier is placed underground in a capsule to test the effects of isolation. He is attacked by a telepathic insect. They blame the experience on stress, but a piece of the insect is on the pod.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This story is an altered retelling of "A Monster Waits Outside!!" drawn by Steve Ditko from Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 1959 series) #12 (October 1960). Story is pages 3-7, 10-11 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 7).

Mystery Pupil (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
K-382
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Colin; Mr. Plum; Gertrude
Synopsis
A dull teacher earns accolades by accidentally helping capture a Martian criminal.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

Beware...the Ticking Clocks! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
V-398
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
King Linus; Claudius Zemu; Klugari
Synopsis
A king is beset by an assassin in the king's clockroom whereupon the assassin is magiked into yet another figurine upon the king's favorite timepiece.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Pencilling credit changed from Don Heck to Jack Kirby due to Error List email, confirmed by Kirby checklist at marvelmasterworks.com. Inker and letterer credit from index of reprint.
George Klein Inks credit from Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 2006 Series) #3. Story is pages 12-14, 16-18 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 5, last page not numbered).
The last page includes a promo tag "You've never read a comic like "THE FANTASTIC FOUR"! Get your spine-tingling copy today!" for the Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) by Lee and Kirby. The same promo tag appears in Amazing Adult Fantasy (Marvel, 1961 series) #9, Gunsmoke Western (Marvel, 1955 series) #68-70, Journey into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #75-80, 82, Kid Colt Outlaw (Marvel, 1949 series) #102-104, Rawhide Kid (Marvel, 1960 series) #26-28, Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #92-99, Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #24-29, 31-32 and Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 1959 series) #26-33.

Something Lurks in the Fog! (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
Ray Holloway ?

Job Number
V-399
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Sam Farrow
Synopsis
An unrepentant con-man is scared straight when he strays onto a forbidden road and enters a world between life and death.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

Long Live the King! (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
V-390
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
King Kim; Queen Sari; Prince Rujak
Synopsis
A greedy prince marries a dowager queen. He tries to use her sleepwalking to cause her death, but the portrait of her husband calls out to warn her, and ghostly hands push the prince to his death.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story is pages 28-32 of comic (pages of story numbered 1 to 5). The last page includes a promo tag "Like this type of story? Then don't miss "AMAZING ADULT FANTASY" comics -- On sale NOW!" for Amazing Adult Fantasy (Marvel, 1961 series), also by Lee and Ditko. The same promo tag appears in Journey into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #75-82, Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #92-99, Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #24-32 and Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 1959 series) #26-33.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Insect Man!
  2. 1. The Insect Man
  3. 2. Mystery Pupil
  4. 3. Beware...the Ticking Clocks!
  5. 4. Something Lurks in the Fog!
  6. 5. Long Live the King!
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