Tales to Astonish #40 [12¢]
(February 1963)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1962-11-08
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 November 1962. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


The Day the Ant-Man Failed! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Ant-Man [Henry Pym]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Possible Kirby inks per Nick Caputo, via the GCD Error List (30 January 2009) who notes he
examined Kirby's inking in depth on his blog:

http://nick-caputo.blogspot.com/2011/09/kirby-inking-kirby.html

The Day That Ant-Man Failed! (Table of Contents: 1)

Ant-Man / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
X-23
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Our startling Ant-Man tale begins with Henry Pym!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Ant-Man [Henry Pym]; Hijacker [Howard Mitchell]
Synopsis
Ant-Man investigates a series of hijackings. He pretends to be sick to lure the hijacker into the open, and finds out that it's the owner of the armored car company.
Reprints
Keywords
Mitchell Armored Truck Co.; Police; Private Guard

I Was Trapped in the Mad Universe! (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber [as L. D. Lieber] (script)
Pencils
Don Heck
Inks
Don Heck
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
X-24
First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'm telling the truth!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Tommy Jordan; Phil Jordan; Ginger
Synopsis
A boy finds a device from the future that transports him to an alternate dimension with nearly identical versions of him and his family.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from Stéphane Petit, November 2007. Simek letters per Nick Caputo. Previous indexer credited John Duffy.

Bird Talk (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
[K-424]
First Line of Dialogue or Text
All the kids on the block were getting parakeets.
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Tony Tipple; Skeets Mulligan; Toodles Murphy; bird census taker
Synopsis
A meeting with a strange man gives a boy an unusual way of getting a pet bird, talking to birds.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

The Worst Man on Earth! (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
X-25
First Line of Dialogue or Text
This is Hogarr, arch-criminal of the year 2000!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Hogarr
Synopsis
A criminal in the year 2000 is sentenced to be exiled from humanity for his various crimes as the death penalty has been abolished. He mocks his accusers since he has prepared a micro-drill built into his finger that will get the door of his cell open eventually. When he does succeed in getting it open, he wishes he hadn't, as it turns out his cell had been placed in orbit around the planet.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from Stéphane Petit, November 2007. Simek letters per Nick Caputo. Previous indexer credited John Duffy.

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Day the Ant-Man Failed!
    Ant-Man
  2. 1. The Day That Ant-Man Failed!
    Ant-Man
  3. 2. I Was Trapped in the Mad Universe!
  4. 3. Bird Talk
  5. 4. The Worst Man on Earth!
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Donald Dale Milne
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