(December 1962)

Marvel, 1952 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1962-10-02
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Atlas Magazines, Inc.
Brand
MC
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Issue Notes

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

Distributed to newsstands in October 1962. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

Distribution date from Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website.
This issue has variants:

Prisoner of the Reds! (Table of Contents)

Thor / 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
These chains are electronically treated!
Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Thor [Doctor Donald Blake]
Reprints

Shop by Mail; Stamps (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Prisoner of the Reds! (Table of Contents: 2)

Thor / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
V-947
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Behold, God of Thunder--many have fought you!
Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Thor [Doctor Donald Blake]; Jane Foster; Colonel Edward Harrison (introduction); John Blandings (Scientist) (introduction); Mrs. Silvia Blandings; Scientists; Photographer (Russian Spy); Russian Soldiers
Synopsis
In order to solve the mystery of a rash of defecting American scientists, Dr. Blake uses himself as bait and is abducted by communists. He is imprisoned with the other missing scientists, but is able to transform into Thor and free them all.
Reprints
Keywords
Famous Scientists

Indexer Notes

Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.

The Comic (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
[J-214]
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Stan Wepp stood before the lights, watched the teleprompter, the studio audience, the orchestra leader wearing the earphone headset.
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Stan Wepp
Synopsis
A bored television comedian is mysteriously transported back to the small mining town and small theatres that he loves.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.
First page is located between pages 5 and 6 of previous story sequence. Second page appears between the comic stories “I know the Secret of the Sea-Monster!” and “Man on the Endless Stairway!”

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Padell Book Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Tiki Gods (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Greenwich Village Handicrafts / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Vacutex / comics-form advertising / 0.5 page (report information)

I Know the Secret of the Sea-Monster! (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The first one to make the nightmarish discovery was a fisherman...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rogers
Synopsis
A sea serpent is sighted and causes panic, drawing a military response culminating in a nuclear strike. The serpent retreats beneath the surface, but a reporter that communicated with it explains that it was a harmless lost alien child. And if that's the child, how big will the parents be?
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Clyde Beatty / comics-form advertising / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Grit / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Perrywheel / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

View-Master Magic Viewer / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Accordion Corp. of America / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

The Man on the Endless Stairway! (Table of Contents: 14)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The stairway had to end somewhere!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Carl Cragg
Synopsis
A fugitive runs up a staircase to hide from police, but when he runs back down the staircase descends into hell.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters credit is from The Mighty Thor Comics Index #5 by George Olshevsky.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Commercial Trades Institute / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Blair Quality Products / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

National Radio Institute / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

Best Values Co. Coin Catalog / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Prisoner of the Reds!
    Thor
  2. 1. Shop by Mail; Stamps
  3. 2. Prisoner of the Reds!
    Thor
  4. 3. The Comic
  5. 4. ["You can have the secret weapon!"]
    Padell Book Co.
  6. 5. Tiki Gods
    Greenwich Village Handicrafts
  7. 6. ["Ugly blackheads out in seconds with Vacutex"]
    Vacutex
  8. 7. I Know the Secret of the Sea-Monster!
  9. 8. ["Hey kids! Join the Clyde Beatty Tropical Animal Club of America and receive a free live pet!"]
    Clyde Beatty
  10. 9. ["Boys -- 12 or older make $1 to $5 weekly in your spare time."]
    Grit
  11. 10. ["Hey kids be a wheel in the neighborhood with the new Perrywheel"]
    Perrywheel
  12. 11. ["Kissing dolls!"]
  13. 12. ["Here’s something you’ve always wanted Storyland series"]
    View-Master Magic Viewer
  14. 13. ["New accordions — save up to 1/2 off retail price of comparable accordions — direct importer to you!"]
    Accordion Corp. of America
  15. 14. The Man on the Endless Stairway!
  16. 15. ["Amazing new home training plan in auto repairing"]
    Commercial Trades Institute
  17. 16. ["Boys! Girls! Men! Women! Get valuable gifts without 1c cost…"]
    Blair Quality Products
  18. 17. ["Learn radio-television electronics by practicing at home in your spare time"]
    National Radio Institute
  19. 18. ["Reward $9, 985 for this coin!"]
    Best Values Co. Coin Catalog
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