(November 1962)

Western, 1962 Series
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Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
quarterly
On-sale Date
1962-08-09
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
K. K. Publications, Inc.
Brand
Gold Key
Editing
Bill Harris (editor)

Issue Notes

Cover code: 10016-211. Harris confirmed as editor per his biblio in Robin Snyder's The Comics!, Vol 29, No.5, May 2018. First Gold Key issue. No advertisements, all 36 pages are comics or comics-related text material. On-sale date from 1962 Books and Pamphlets, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

[Voyage to Nowhere] (Table of Contents)

The Twilight Zone / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
George Wilson (painting)
Inks
George Wilson (painting)
Colors
George Wilson (painting)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A girl in distress leads her rescuers on a voyage to nowhere.
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Rod Serling (photo inset); Dan Harmon; Roy Corbett; Carlotta Morney
Synopsis
Fishermen Dan Harmon and Roy Corbett see a mysterious woman alone in a small sailboat, as a fierce storm hits.
Keywords
boats; fishermen; reef; sea or island setting; storm

Frozen Worlds of Space (Table of Contents: 1)

The Twilight Zone / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Certa
Inks
Joe Certa
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Orbiting 500,000,000 miles from the sun, the mighty planet Jupiter has a surface temperature of -200 degrees F.
Genre
non-fiction; math & science; fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis
Illustrated text feature on the planets Jupiter and Saturn.
Keywords
astronomy; educational feature; environment; Jupiter; Saturn; surface conditions

Indexer Notes

Five illustrations of the planets Jupiter and Saturn with accompanying text. Focus is on the surface conditions of the two planets. Black and white on inside front cover. This feature is designated as "Twilight Zone", as opposed to those usually attributed to, and copyrighted by, Western Publishing Company.

This feature ties-in with the issue's first comic story "Perilous Journey".

Perilous Journey (Table of Contents: 2)

The Twilight Zone / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Reed Crandall
Inks
Reed Crandall
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Two skiers, Larry Clark and Ron Harrison, caught in a bad snowstorm, are about to take the only way out -- a quick slide through The Twilight Zone!
Feature Logo
Twilight Zone [no leading article]
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; science fiction
Characters
Rod Serling (host); Larry Clark; Ron Harrison; snowball-throwing kids, somber little girl [grown woman in mirror]; polar bear; Hal; Bob
Synopsis
While skiing, Larry Clark falls into a seemingly endless hole emerging in a most unusual place.
Reprints
Keywords
abounding oddities; skiing

Indexer Notes

In accordance with the “Early Gold Key style”, this story has borderless panels with pastel panel gutters of alternating (by page) green and orange.

Breaking with the “Early Gold Key style”, this story has rounded dialogue balloons.

Do Not Touch Exhibit (Table of Contents: 3)

The Twilight Zone / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Evans; Reed Crandall
Inks
George Evans; Reed Crandall
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Keeping one step ahead of the law is an old story for Mike Karras, a small-time hood!
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; horror-suspense
Characters
Mike Karras
Synopsis
Thief Mike Karras hides from pursuing police in a museum - but takes refuge in the wrong exhibit.
Reprints
Keywords
fleeing criminal; historical setting; museum

Indexer Notes

Rod Serling does not appear in this story. (Inventory, perhaps?) In accordance with the “Early Gold Key style”, this story has rectangular dialogue balloons and borderless panels with pastel panel gutters of pink and blue.

There is no copyright attribution to Western Publishing for this story, as there normally would be for specific stories in future issues that do not include the image and characterization of Rod Serling.

Wings of Death (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Certa
Inks
Joe Certa
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The tiny plane flew low over the jungle, barely missing a fringe of trees.
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Sy Jones; Ted Kramer; Ako; vampire owl
Synopsis
Two skeptical scientists have a dangerous encounter with a vampire owl.
Reprints
Keywords
fear; jungle setting; scientists; vampire owl

Voyage to Nowhere (Table of Contents: 5)

The Twilight Zone / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Leo Dorfman
Pencils
Reed Crandall
Inks
George Evans ?
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

First Line of Dialogue or Text
For Dan Harmon and Roy Corbett, this is no ordinary fishing trip! -- They are about to make the catch of their career -- in The Twilight Zone!
Feature Logo
Twilight Zone [no leading article]
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Rod Serling (host); Dan Harmon; Roy Corbett; Carlotta Morney; innkeeper; two constables
Synopsis
Fishermen Dan Harmon and Roy Corbett see a mysterious woman, in half-century old clothing, alone in a small sailboat ten miles out at sea. A fierce storm hits and the sailboat is swept into a towering reef. The sailboat and the woman disappear without a trace. Roy becomes increasingly obsessed with finding her.
Reprints
Keywords
boats; fishermen; ghost; legend; obsession; reef; sea or island setting; storm

Indexer Notes

Cover story. Writer's credit by Martin O'Hearn from his blog: http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/2011/12/twilight-zone-1-10-writers.html

In accordance with the “Early Gold Key style”, this story has rectangular dialogue balloons and borderless panels with pastel panel gutters of alternating (by page) orange and green.

Custer's Last Stand (Table of Contents: 6)

The Twilight Zone / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tom Gill
Inks
Tom Gill
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In 1876, Lieut. George Custer led five troops of the Seventh Cavalry in an attack on Indian hostiles camped on the Little Big Horn in Montana.
Genre
non-fiction; history; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Lieut. Col. George Custer; Comanche (horse)
Synopsis
Illustrated text feature on Custer's Last Stand.
Keywords
Custer; educational feature; history; Little Bighorn

Indexer Notes

Five illustrations of the Battle of the Little Bighorn and its aftermath with accompanying text. Black and white on inside back cover. This feature is designated as "Twilight Zone", as opposed to those usually attributed to, and copyrighted by, Western Publishing Company.

This feature ties-in with the issue's second comic story "Do Not Touch Exhibit".

Twilight Zone Pin-Up No. 1 (Table of Contents: 7)

The Twilight Zone / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
George Wilson (painting)
Inks
George Wilson (painting)
Colors
George Wilson (painting)

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Dan Harmon; Roy Corbett; Carlotta Morney
Synopsis
Fishermen Dan Harmon and Roy Corbett see a mysterious woman alone in a small sailboat, as a fierce storm hits.
Keywords
boats; fishermen; pin-up; reef; sea or island setting; storm

Indexer Notes

Color on back cover. Pin-up. The front cover image is repeated on the back cover, sans logo, the Rod Serling photo inset, and all cover copy.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Voyage to Nowhere]
    The Twilight Zone
  2. 1. Frozen Worlds of Space
    The Twilight Zone
  3. 2. Perilous Journey
    The Twilight Zone
  4. 3. Do Not Touch Exhibit
    The Twilight Zone
  5. 4. Wings of Death
  6. 5. Voyage to Nowhere
    The Twilight Zone
  7. 6. Custer's Last Stand
    The Twilight Zone
  8. 7. Twilight Zone Pin-Up No. 1
    The Twilight Zone
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