(September 1962)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1962-06-02
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.

Distributed to newstands in June 1962. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.
On sale date as given in the copyright application as listed in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Periodicals, January-June 1962, page 175, registration number B975401.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

I was a Prisoner of the...Chamber of Fear!! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Come back, Mathews!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Mike Mathews; Hiram Cragmoor
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Indexer Notes

Inks credit from Nick Caputo via the GCD Error List (30 August 2006).

I was Trapped in the Chamber of Fear! (Table of Contents: 1)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Our story starts at the "Tales of Suspense" editorial office!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Mike Mathews; Hiram Cragmoor; Vera Vandeer; Chuck Dawson
Synopsis
A man tries to pitch to Stan Lee the story of a blackmailer who becomes trapped within a mystic ruby as an agent of Fate to direct recently departed souls to their destination. Stan rejects the story as too outlandish even for Tales of Suspense and the man leaves the office. Outside, the man mutters to himself that his secret is safe since even if the blackmailer escapes the ruby no one will believe him and then he blinks out of existence.
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Indexer Notes

Last page of story shows a poster of The Hulk on the wall of Stan Lee's office, considered by some to be the first Hulk crossover/cameo.

Bird Talk (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
[K-424]
First Line of Dialogue or Text
All the kids on the block were getting parakeets.
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Tony Tipple; Skeets Mulligan; Toodles Murphy; Mrs. Tipple; Small Talk (parakeet); Mrs. Murphy
Synopsis
A meeting with a strange man gives a boy an unusual way of getting a pet bird, talking to birds.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

The Mystery of the Tax Collector from Space! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
V-806
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Every city has its down-and-outers!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Harry Grubb [Orgg]
Synopsis
A failed actor finds a spaceship with a dead pilot and uses it in an attempt to con the authorities. The ship is actually a decoy, and is retrieved by the aliens to get a human specimen for their zoo.
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The Secret of the Mirage (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils
Don Heck (signed)
Inks
Don Heck (signed)
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Terry Szenics ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Behold! I am the desert!
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; horror-suspense
Characters
Robert Jones; Sheikh Abdul Ben Hassi
Synopsis
A doctor goes to the Middle East to treat the local people. He is attacked by bandits for curing the local sheikh, and chased into a desert mirage, which takes him to a utopian world. Only the worthy may enter, and the bandits chase the mirage through the desert until death.
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Keywords
Eighth Dimension

Where Is the Wommelly? (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Earth had one problem to solve if it was ever to...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Wommellies (extraterrestrials)
Synopsis
An alien armada attempts to conquer Earth, but is driven off. One of the ships is damaged and forced to land on Earth, its pilot an outcast forever on the planet. The military soldiers are convinced they will capture the alien at any moment since it must be of monstrous appearance. As they walk past a nondescript gentlemen reading a newspaper, he says softly "It's a shame we just didn't land secretly and take over. These earthlings are so conceited that it would never occur to them that someone else would look just like them."
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Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. I was a Prisoner of the...Chamber of Fear!!
  2. 1. I was Trapped in the Chamber of Fear!
  3. 2. Bird Talk
  4. 3. The Mystery of the Tax Collector from Space!
  5. 4. The Secret of the Mirage
  6. 5. Where Is the Wommelly?
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