Tales to Astonish #41 [12¢]
(March 1963)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1962-12-03
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 December 1962. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


Prisoner of the Slave World! (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
I've only seconds in which to act and no place to turn!!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Ant-Man [Henry Pym]
Reprints

Prisoner of the Slave World! (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Don Heck
Inks
Don Heck
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
If you were Henry Pym, you could never predict when you might run into adventure!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Ant-Man [Henry Pym]; Ben (Scientist); Carter (Scientist); Paul (Scientist); Ed Marion ('window washer', named in Marvel Legacy: The 1960s Handbook); Warlord Kulla
Synopsis
Henry Pym is kidnapped along with other scientists in order to build a super-weapon for a tyrant in another dimension. He sneaks away and transforms into Ant-Man in order to defeat the tyrant.
Reprints
Keywords
Ants

Indexer Notes

In Marvel Legacy: The 1960s Handbook, this dimension is called Dehnock.

Tricky Travel (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
[K-19]
First Line of Dialogue or Text
It was unbelievable to hear Eli Twiddle tell his customers at the Travel bureau about the...
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Eli Twiddle; Mr. Hardy
Synopsis
A travel agent has the ability to travel in his dreams, but eventually he grows out of it.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

When the Beast Walks! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
X-42
First Line of Dialogue or Text
They started closing up the zoos in 1965 and now they're all shut down!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Bruno Storme; Shorty Harris
Synopsis
An animal-loving reporter saves a four-armed ape from a hunter and discovers that it is really an alien looking for a human worthy of hearing its message. As a gesture of goodwill to other species all zoos on Earth are shut down.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the first person.

The Curse! (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hah! Look at the ignorant peasants run!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Sebastian; Vulture
Synopsis
A dictator pretends that a treasure is cursed in order to get it for himself, but it turns out the treasure is cursed and a ghost takes him.
Reprints
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Prisoner of the Slave World!
    Ant-Man
  2. 1. Prisoner of the Slave World!
    Ant-Man
  3. 2. Tricky Travel
  4. 3. When the Beast Walks!
  5. 4. The Curse!
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