Tales to Astonish #39 [12¢]
(January 1963)

Marvel, 1959 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
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 October 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
At last you've met your match, Ant-Man!!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Ant-Man [Henry Pym]; Scarlet Beetle
Reprints

The Vengeance of the Scarlet Beetle! (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
Artie Simek

Job Number
V-958
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Your days of meddling are ended, Ant-Man!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Ant-Man [Henry Pym]; Scarlet Beetle (introduction, origin)
Synopsis
Ant-Man fights a beetle made super-intelligent by radiation. It uses Ant-Man's growth gas to become giant, but he is able to defeat it.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Scarlet Beetle next appears in Iron Man (Marvel, 1968 series) #44 (January 1972).

The Remedy Oil (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Marie Severin
Inks
Marie Severin
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
J-984
First Line of Dialogue or Text
All of the fancy clothing stores on Main Street were doing a...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Mrs. Gerrity; Tom Gerrity; Officer O'Malley; Logarithm
Synopsis
An old-fashioned shopkeeper unwittingly saves the life of a boy from Mechanica when her remedy oil lubricates the gears in his brain.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustrations.

Ozamm the Terrible! (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
Jon D'Agostino [as Johnny Dee]

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Surrender, Earthlings!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Ozamm; Joe Baxter
Synopsis
A factory worker laid off to be replaced by a machine foils a seemingly invincible alien by cutting off his power source.
Reprints

The Toy Soldiers (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
How can anyone possibly dream up a fantasy story as simple as a few toy soldiers?
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Billy Barton; Zogg
Synopsis
A boy who enjoys toy soldiers buys a new civil war figure to place in his prisoner of war stockade. That evening, he and his father are attacked by an invader from the sixth dimension. Suddenly, the lights go out, and when they turn the lights back on, the invader has disappeared. They chalk it up to some sort of unusual shared dream, and go back to sleep. The following morning when the boy wakes up and peers into his model stockade, he sees the invader languishing in the cell guarded over by the toy soldier.
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Indexer Notes

Letters credit from George Oshevsky's Marvel Comics Index.

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["At last you've met your match, Ant-Man!!"]
    Ant-Man
  2. 1. The Vengeance of the Scarlet Beetle!
    Ant-Man
  3. 2. The Remedy Oil
  4. 3. Ozamm the Terrible!
  5. 4. The Toy Soldiers
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