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 (editor)

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filings.
This issue has variants:
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); Steve Ditko ? (see Notes)
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 credits of Heck with Hartley alterations is from Nick Caputo via the GCD Error List (1 November 2006); the original indexer credited George Roussos.
As reported by John Kerper in 2023, The Kirby Checklist claims this is Steve Ditko inks, which he agrees with. However, Mike Voiles' website "Mike's Amazing World" lists inks by Don Heck, though the interior story is listed as Ditko.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Made Simple Self-Teaching Encyclopedia / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Fantastic Four Versus the Red Ghost and His Indescribable Super-Apes! [Part 1] (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
Steve Ditko (credited as S. Ditko)
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art 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: 3)

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’s 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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Commercial Trades Institute Courses / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[Draw the First Day] (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Magic Art Reproducer / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Part 3 The Watcher Appears! (Table of Contents: 6)

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Grit Newspaper / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Famous Dance Course / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Live Sea Horses / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

Part 4 Duel in the Dead City! (Table of Contents: 10)

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: 11) (Expand) /

Best Values Coins and Currency / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

1001 Things You Can Get Free / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Now on Sale! (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Amazing Spider-Man; Tales of Suspense / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[Stamps; Shop by Mail] (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15)

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

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

Feature Logo
Fantastic 4 Fan Page
Characters
The Thing
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

104 Kings' Knights (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

104 Kings' Knights / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Mike Marvel Scientific Isometric Dynaflex System / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

National Radio Institute Home Study Course / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Mason Shoes / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Red Ghost!
    Fantastic Four
  2. 1. ["Fill the gaps in your family's education with the amazing Made Simple Self-Teaching Encyclopedia"]
    Made Simple Self-Teaching Encyclopedia
  3. 2. The Fantastic Four Versus the Red Ghost and His Indescribable Super-Apes! [Part 1]
    Fantastic Four
  4. 3. Part 2 Menace on the Moon!
    Fantastic Four
  5. 4. ["To men who want big money but don’t know how to get started"]
    Commercial Trades Institute Courses
  6. 5. [Draw the First Day]
    Magic Art Reproducer
  7. 6. Part 3 The Watcher Appears!
    Fantastic Four
  8. 7. ["Look! Boys wanted to sell Grit"]
    Grit Newspaper
  9. 8. ["Learn any dance fast!"]
    Famous Dance Course
  10. 9. ["Live sea horses!"]
    Live Sea Horses
  11. 10. Part 4 Duel in the Dead City!
    Fantastic Four
  12. 11. ["Reward $9,985.50 for this coin!"]
    Best Values Coins and Currency
  13. 12. ["1001 things that you can get free"]
    1001 Things You Can Get Free
  14. 13. Now on Sale!
    Amazing Spider-Man; Tales of Suspense
  15. 14. [Stamps; Shop by Mail]
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Fantastic 4 Fan Page
  17. 16. 104 Kings' Knights
    104 Kings' Knights
  18. 17. ["Boys! Men! My secret new Dynaflex method can build you a magnificent new he-man-muscled body in just ten minutes a day"]
    Mike Marvel Scientific Isometric Dynaflex System
  19. 18. ["Learn radio television electronics by practicing at home in your spare time"]
    National Radio Institute Home Study Course
  20. 19. ["Make $5.00 to $20.00 a week extra operating this ‘Saturday morning shoe store’"]
    Mason Shoes
This issue was modified by, among others
  • David Bruce
  • Nick Caputo
  • Pierre Freyssonnet
  • Del Gruber
  • Matthew Head
  • Michael Hoskin
  • R. S. Martin
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Fawzy Partridge
  • Derek Reinhard
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Per Sandell
  • Jim Van Dore