(September 1962)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1962-06-05
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

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in U. S. Copyright Office filings.

Distributed to newstands in June 1962. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


The Return of the Ant Man! (Table of Contents)

Ant-Man / 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
Stop him, my pets!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Ant-Man [Henry Pym]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters credit from George Oleshevky's Marvel Comics Index.

Return of the Ant-Man, Part 1 (Table of Contents: 1)

Ant-Man / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Joe Letterese

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This will be a great boon to mankind!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Ant-Man [Henry Pym] (origin, first appearance as Ant-Man)
Synopsis
Henry Pym invents an anti-radiation gas, that attracts the attention of communist spies. Henry eludes them by shrinking himself once again.
Reprints
Keywords
anti-radiation formula; enlarging serum; reducing serum

Indexer Notes

Part 1 of 3. Origin re-cap continuing from the story in Tales to Astonish #27 where Henry Pym was introduced.

George Oleshevky's Marvel Comics Index incorrectly credited John Duffy with lettering, but Nick Caputo has identified Joe Letterese as letterer.

Strange Encounter (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
[G-47]
First Line of Dialogue or Text
The authorities have asked me for a complete account of my strange experience, and I...
Genre
spy
Characters
Andre Corday
Synopsis
An American tourist in Paris is unwittingly targeted by a spy as an intelligence courier and is nearly killed.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

[Return of the Ant-Man] Part 2, An Army of Ants! (Table of Contents: 3)

Ant-Man / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Joe Letterese

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Must be careful!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Ant Man [Henry Pym]
Synopsis
Henry Pym learns how to command ants to do his bidding and frees his captured assistants, with the help of the ants.
Reprints
Keywords
cybernetic helmet

Indexer Notes

Part 2 of 3. George Oleshevky's Marvel Comics Index incorrectly credited John Duffy with lettering, but Nick Caputo has identified Joe Letterese as letterer.

[Return of the Ant-Man] Part 3, The Ant-Man's Revenge! (Table of Contents: 4)

Ant-Man / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Joe Letterese

First Line of Dialogue or Text
One by one, Henry Pym, frees his assistants, but yet, the tiny human's task is only half done!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Ant-Man [Henry Pym]
Synopsis
Henry Pym invents an anti-radiation gas, that attracts the attention of communist spies. Henry eludes them by shrinking himself once again.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Part 3 of 3. George Oleshevky's Marvel Comics Index incorrectly credited John Duffy with lettering, but Nick Caputo has identified Joe Letterese as letterer.

The Doorway to Nowhere! (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

Job Number
V-798
First Line of Dialogue or Text
I've got to learn what's inside this door--I've got to!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Hugo Cragg
Synopsis
After escaping from jail, Hugo Cragg heads for a deserted mansion to hide out until the heat is off. Then he discovers a strange closet in the house: after he puts something into it, the object disappears! He figures that if the objects disappear into another dimension, why not go there himself to hide from the Police? He does, but becomes two-dimensional.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Title confirmed as "The Doorway to Nowhere" by Tom Lammers (August 2007), plus original art sold on Heritage Auctions in 2005.

The Thing from Outer Space! (Table of Contents: 6)

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
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In the far reaches of our galaxy, spins a planet surrounded by a strange mist...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Col. John Rogers
Synopsis
An explorer returns to Earth with a telepathic plant, which claims that it is the real human, and that their minds have been swapped. The switch is reversed, and the planet quarantined.
Reprints
Keywords
Nyanthos

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person by the plant. Simek credit per Nick Caputo. Previous indexer credited John Duffy.

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Return of the Ant Man!
    Ant-Man
  2. 1. Return of the Ant-Man, Part 1
    Ant-Man
  3. 2. Strange Encounter
  4. 3. [Return of the Ant-Man] Part 2, An Army of Ants!
    Ant-Man
  5. 4. [Return of the Ant-Man] Part 3, The Ant-Man's Revenge!
    Ant-Man
  6. 5. The Doorway to Nowhere!
  7. 6. The Thing from Outer Space!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Steven Rowe
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Nick Caputo
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Del Gruber
  • Craig Delich
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Per Sandell
  • R. S. Martin
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Peter Croome
  • Kirk House
  • Chris Boyko
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose