Fantastic Four #13 [Regular Edition]
(April 1963)

Marvel, 1961 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1963-01-03
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Canam Publishers Sales Corp.
Brand
MC
Editing
Stan Lee
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age U.S., then standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched (squarebound #116, 200, 358)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.

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

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

The Red Ghost! (Table of Contents)

Fantastic Four / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby; Al Hartley ? (alterations)
Inks
Don Heck ?; Al Hartley ? (alterations)
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Mystery on the moon!!!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]; the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]; the Red Ghost [Ivan Kragoff]
Reprints
Keywords
the Moon

Indexer Notes

Cover inks credit from Nick Caputo via the GCD Error List (1 November 2006); the original indexer credited George Roussos.

The Fantastic Four Versus the Red Ghost and His Indescribable Super-Apes! [Part 1] (Table of Contents: 1)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
X-138
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Twilight in New York!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; The Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]]; the Red Ghost [Ivan Kragoff] (origin); the Red Ghost's super-apes (origin)
Synopsis
While Reed prapares a journey to the Blue Area of the Moon, Ivan Kragoff trains three apes to pilot a spaceship and take possession of the moon "for the communist empire".
Reprints
Keywords
baboon; crater; gorilla; meteorite; orangutan

Indexer Notes

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

Part 2 Menace on the Moon! (Table of Contents: 2)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Meanwhile, in the American ship, safely shielded against the mysterious cosmic rays...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]]; the Red Ghost [Ivan Kragoff]; the Red Ghost super-apes; the Watcher [Uatu] (introduction)
Synopsis
In space, the Fantastic Four's ship crosses that of Ivan Kragoff and they learn of the powers the apes have acquired before landing on the moon.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

baboon; gorilla; orangutan; Blue Area; ancient civilization

Part 3 The Watcher Appears! (Table of Contents: 3)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
X-138
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Suddenly, before the Thing can make another move, the three apes are whisked away from him by an invisible force...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [the Thing [Ben Grimm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]; the Watcher [Uatu]; the Red Ghost [Ivan Kragoff]; the Red Ghost's super-apes
Synopsis
The Watcher appears and explains where he comes from and why he cannot take sides in the battle between the Fantastic Four and the Red Ghost.
Reprints
Keywords
apes

Part 4 Duel in the Dead City! (Table of Contents: 4)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
X-138
First Line of Dialogue or Text
We're inside an enormous dead city!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]; The Red Ghost [Ivan Kragoff]; the Red Ghost's super-apes; the Watcher [Uatu]
Synopsis
The Fantastic Four battles the Red Ghost and his super-apes on the moon.
Reprints
Keywords
Blue Area; disintegrator ray; pneumatic-powered car; Watcher's domicile

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Fantastic 4 Fan Page / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters page replies by Stan Lee. Thing illo taken from an earlier issue. Letter from George R. R. Martin.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Red Ghost!
    Fantastic Four
  2. 1. The Fantastic Four Versus the Red Ghost and His Indescribable Super-Apes! [Part 1]
    Fantastic Four
  3. 2. Part 2 Menace on the Moon!
    Fantastic Four
  4. 3. Part 3 The Watcher Appears!
    Fantastic Four
  5. 4. Part 4 Duel in the Dead City!
    Fantastic Four
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Fantastic 4 Fan Page
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