(March 1962)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1961-12-05
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:

When the Space Beasts Attack! (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
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When the Space Beasts Attack!! (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 ?; Artie Simek (splash)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Laughter can express many different things!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Jeb
Synopsis
An alien armada lands on Earth with weapons that seem to disintegrate anything. Humanity is helpless before the aliens, until they demand a man vacate his farm in order to make way for a spaceport. The farmer gets so angry he lays the alien out with the butt of his rifle. The aliens disintegrate things like trucks and houses, but they don't fire at people. Once the farmer realizes this and spreads the word, the aliens retreat from the human's firearms.
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The Clock (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
K-9
First Line of Dialogue or Text
The snow fell quietly in the little Alpine village, and...
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Franz Ammergau; Gerda; Dr. Schmitt
Synopsis
An old clockmaker nearly dies from the cold, but is saved by the wooden figures adorning his clocks, which he has given parts of his own soul.
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Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

The Man Who Blew Up the Earth! (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
John Duffy

Job Number
V-498
First Line of Dialogue or Text
There it is--spinning in its orbit as it has done for 2 billion years!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Elias Cragston
Synopsis
A jilted Quasimodo-like scientist devotes all his energy into producing a cobalt bomb which is so powerful that it can shatter the Earth. He wants to destroy all of mankind for jeering at his ugliness. He sneaks on board a rocket that is going into orbit and releases the bomb, but forgot about the lack of gravitational pull, and so the bomb just remains in place until it detonates against the side of the rocket. On Earth, the woman who laughed at him when he proposed marriage, gazes skyward at the explosion and exclaims "Isn't it the most beautiful sight you've ever seen?"
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Indexer Notes

Apparently whoever wrote this story thought that the ending was uplifting. The last page includes an advertisement for Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series), also drawn by Kirby.

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

What Happened to Harry? (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee ? (plot); Larry Lieber ? (script)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (signed as Dick Ayers)
Inks
Dick Ayers (signed as Dick Ayers)
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Joe Letterese

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Ever see a timid soul?
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Harry Brown; Albert Poole
Synopsis
A brilliant inventor's boss tries to steal his new time machine in order to take credit for it. He uses the time machine to travel to a different time, but ends up in the prehistoric period, where the electricity to power the time machine cannot be found.
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Indexer Notes

Though many details are changed, this story is a retelling of "Behold! I Am the Master of Time!" drawn by Steve Ditko in issue #14 (December 1960).

Pencil credit from Tony Thomas on 13 August 2004. Original indexer credited Jack Kirby.

The Last Laugh! (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed as Stan Lee [early- to mid-career])
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed as S. Ditko)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed as S. Ditko)
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
V-500
First Line of Dialogue or Text
There are few things more cruel, more vicious, than a heartless practical joke!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Happy Harper
Synopsis
A vicious practical joker gets his comeuppance in the afterlife.
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Indexer Notes

The last page includes an advertisement for Amazing Adult Fantasy (Marvel, 1961 series) also by Lee and Ditko.

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. When the Space Beasts Attack!
  2. 1. When the Space Beasts Attack!!
  3. 2. The Clock
  4. 3. The Man Who Blew Up the Earth!
  5. 4. What Happened to Harry?
  6. 5. The Last Laugh!
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