Tales to Astonish #38 [12¢]
(December 1962)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1962-09-11
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 September 1962. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


Betrayed by the Ants! (Table of Contents)

Ant-Man / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You're hopelessly stuck to that flypaper, Ant-Man!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Ant-Man [Henry Pym]; Egghead [Elihas Starr]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover inks credits from Nick Caputo via the GCD Error List (30 January 2009); the original indexer credited Dick Ayers. Letters credit from George Olshevsky.

Betrayed by the Ants!! (Table of Contents: 1)

Ant-Man / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Jon D'Agostino [as Johnny Dee]

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Since the appearance of the amazing Ant-Man, the bustling metropolis has...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Ant-Man [Henry Pym]; Egghead [Elihas Starr] (introduction, origin)
Synopsis
An scientist is hired by crooks to defeat Ant-Man. He tries to turn the ants against the hero and trap him, but the ants are loyal to Ant-Man and he foils Egghead's scheme.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Egghead is the first villain to reappear and become a member of Ant-Man's rogues gallery (such as it was), becoming his arch-enemy; he next appears in issue #45 (July 1963).

Strange Mission (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
K-440
First Line of Dialogue or Text
It was obvious that something was wrong.
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Alfred Pook; Harold; Dr. Smith
Synopsis
A man becomes confused over directions to the dentist and as a result accidentally pilots an expedition to claim a new planet.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

I Found the Impossible World! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Don Heck
Inks
Don Heck
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
John D'Agostino

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You are about to witness one of the boldest scientific...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
John Fleming; Bartho; Ricca
Synopsis
An experimental time machine seems to fail, aging its inventor 10 years. In fact he travelled into a fantastic future, but had his memory erased as punishment for trying to sow discord.
Reprints
Keywords
time travel

Indexer Notes

D'Agostino letters credit per Nick Caputo. George Olshevsky's Marvel Comics Index erroneously credited John Duffy.

Secret of the Statues! (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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Where does art leave off and real life begin??
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Gizzard
Synopsis
An art critic visits a sculptor to give him his opinion of his work. He tells the crestfallen man that his statues appear lifeless. He faints when one of the statues calls him a fool. It turns out the 'statues' were aliens attempting to pose as Earthlings in order to infiltrate. They deposit the critic outside and depart Earth.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters credit from George Olshevsky's Marvel Comics Index.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Betrayed by the Ants!
    Ant-Man
  2. 1. Betrayed by the Ants!!
    Ant-Man
  3. 2. Strange Mission
  4. 3. I Found the Impossible World!
  5. 4. Secret of the Statues!
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