Tales to Astonish #27 [Regular Edition]
(January 1962)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1961-09-28
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
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.

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in U. S. Copyright Office filings. Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics history website reports that this was the newsstand distribution date.

This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.


The Man in the Ant Hill! (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-430
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Living nightmares can begin in many ways!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Henry Pym [Ant-Man (later)] (introduction, origin)
Synopsis
Henry Pym invents a shrinking serum, but is trapped in an ant hill when he tests it. He is attacked by several ants, but one of them helps him escape and restore his ordinary size. He destroys the serum because it is too dangerous.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Henry Pym next appears in issue #35 (September 1962). Script added by Bob Bailey, 2 September 2005 (Per Sandell ed.) Synopsis added by Per Sandell, 2009-07-16.

Trouble Bubble (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Maneely (illustration)
Inks
Joe Maneely (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
K-160
First Line of Dialogue or Text
If there was some way to keep Jonathan, Jr. busy on a rainy day, his mother fervently...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Jonathan Jr.; Nora; Jonathan Sr.; Mr. Bigger
Synopsis
A boy discovers a formula to blow unbreakable bubbles and accidentally entraps his father's boss.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall... (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 6 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-431
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bill Carter is an ordinary guy with ordinary problems...
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Bill Carter; Anne Carter
Synopsis
Bill Carter purchases a mirror for his wife's birthday. It turns out to be cursed and she falls under the control of an undead sorceror until the mirror is broken.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script added by Bob Bailey, 2 September 2005 (Per Sandell ed.) Characters and synopsis added by Per Sandell, 2009-07-16, edited 2010-04-19.

The Talking Horse (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils
Bob Forgione
Inks
Bob Forgione
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Joe Letterese

Job Number
V-432
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Go! Go! Go!
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; sports
Characters
Barney Sloan; Mike Jordan; Silverstreak
Synopsis
The horse Silverstreak convinces the abusive jockey Barney to bet on them winning the next race. When they lose, Barney is caught trying to beat the horse and kicked out of racing, before being beaten up by his bookie.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script added by Bob Bailey, 2 September 2005 (Per Sandell ed.) Characters and synopsis added by Per Sandell, 2007-07-16, edited 2010-19-04. The last page of this story includes an advertisement for Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series).

Dead Planet! (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-433
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Somewhere in the vast, endless universe...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Grokor; Mopox
Synopsis
A warrior race conquers world after world, but on one of them there seems to be life but their warrior can find none and dies of loneliness. The world was actually inhabited by sentient rocks.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Last page includes an advertisment for Amazing Adult Fantasy (Marvel, 1961 series), also by Lee and Ditko.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Man in the Ant Hill!
  2. 1. The Man in the Ant Hill!
  3. 2. Trouble Bubble
  4. 3. Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall...
  5. 4. The Talking Horse
  6. 5. Dead Planet!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Derek Reinhard
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Nick Caputo
  • Katie
  • Del Gruber
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Per Sandell
  • R. S. Martin
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Andrés Jiménez
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose