Tales to Astonish #36 [12¢]
(October 1962)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1962-07-10
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.

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

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


[no title indexed] (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
So!! The famous Ant-Man has walked into the trap of Comrade X!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Ant-Man [Henry Pym]; Comrade X [Nina Vladimirovna Tsiolkovsky]
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Indexer Notes

Letters credit from George Oleshevky's Marvel Comics Index.

The Challenge of Comrade X! (Table of Contents: 1)

Ant-Man / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Terry Szenics; Artie Simek

Job Number
V-858
First Line of Dialogue or Text
You're in for another gripping adventure with Henry Pym, the brilliant scientist who can...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Ant-Man [Henry Pym]; Comrade X [Nina Vladimirovna Tsiolkovsky] (introduction)
Synopsis
Ant-Man is hunted by a Soviet agent sent to capture him, but a beautiful stranger warns him of the spy's whereabouts. Ant-Man realizes that the woman is really the spy and defeats her.
Reprints
Keywords
cybernetic helmet

Indexer Notes

This story is divided into two untitled parts (7 pp, 6 pp). Page 5 includes a schematic of Ant-Man's miniature entrance and exit from his house. Comrade X next appears in West Coast Avengers (Marvel, 1985 series) #33 (June 1988) as "Madame X". Szenics letters credit from George Oleshevky's Marvel Comics Index. Nick Caputo notes that Artie Simek lettered part 2 of the story.

From Outer Space (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
9498
First Line of Dialogue or Text
It had been expected for a long time, so it wasn't too much of a shock when the first visitors from...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Jonathan Ditmar
Synopsis
When hostile aliens come to Earth of the future they are persuaded not to enslave humanity because of Earth's music.
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Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

The Hands of Time! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot) ?; Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils
Paul Reinman (signed)
Inks
Paul Reinman (signed)
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
V-859
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Our story starts with a flight from the law...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Harry Weems
Synopsis
A fugitive steals a clock that turns back time. He becomes young again, and tries to commit the perfect crime, by escaping back in time before it happened, but when the clock breaks, he dies.
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from George Oleshevky's Marvel Comics Index. Simek letters per Nick Caputo. Olshevsky's index incorrectly credited John Duffy.

The Search for Pan! (Table of Contents: 4)

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-860
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Many men had searched for Pan--in vain!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Pan
Synopsis
A man arrives in a small village looking for Pan, whom all the villagers affirm does exist. He hopes to cash in somehow, but becomes frustrated when no one will tell him where to find Pan, and he begins to think they are just scamming the tourists. He threatens to rough up a bartender and the bartender directs him to a nearby grove under the full moon. The man goes, and does encounter Pan, but is so unsettled by the encounter he immediately leaves town. It turns out the bartender has cloven hooves.
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Indexer Notes

The last page includes an advertisement for Strange Tales Annual (Marvel, 1962 series) #1 (1962). Lee credit noted by "kevobay" via the GCD Errors list, February 2010. Letters credit from George Oleshevky's Marvel Comics Index.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["So!! The famous Ant-Man has walked into the trap of Comrade X!"]
    Ant-Man
  2. 1. The Challenge of Comrade X!
    Ant-Man
  3. 2. From Outer Space
  4. 3. The Hands of Time!
  5. 4. The Search for Pan!
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