Tales to Astonish #42 [12¢]
(April 1963)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1963-01-10
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 January 1963. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


The Man with the Voice of Doom! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Ant-Man [Henry Pym]; Voice [Jason Cragg]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inks credit changed from Dick Ayers by Nick Caputo via the GCD Errors list, February 2009. Letters credit from George Olshevsky's Marvel Comics Index.

The Voice of Doom! (Table of Contents: 1)

Ant-Man / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
X-106
Genre
superhero
Characters
Ant-Man [Henry Pym]; Voice [Jason Cragg] (introduction, origin)
Synopsis
A radio spokesman gains a hypnotic voice from radiation, and decides to test it by turning the people against Ant-Man. He captures Ant-Man and forces him to walk off a pier, but the ants rescue the hero, and he beats the Voice with laryngitis.
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Indexer Notes

The Voice next appears in West Coast Avengers (Marvel, 1985 series) #36 (September 1988). In this story Ant-Man is said to live in "Center City".

Secret Mission (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 1.75 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
H-487
Genre
spy
Characters
Ezra Bolton; Prof. Carmichael; Prof. Greever
Synopsis
A bookkeeper dreams that he is a government agent hunting a mad scientist with a destructive sound device.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The first page is printed between the pages of the Ant-Man story, while the second page is printed between "The Eyes of the Mummy!" and "I Am Not Human!". The last page is split with the statement of ownership.

The Eyes of the Mummy! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Joe Sinnott
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
?
Letters
Terry Szenics

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Harry Sloan; Mrs. Sloan; Sadie
Synopsis
A crook steals a jewel from an ancient dummy, but the dead pharaoh's hypnotic powers make him see only death until he returns it.
Reprints

Statement Required by the Act of August 24, 1912, as Amended by the Acts of March 3, 1933, July 2, 1946 and June 11, 1960 (74 Stat. 208) (Table of Contents: 4)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Average circulation per issue October 1961–September 1962 (issues #28–38, despite monthly cover dates): 139,167. This shares the last page of "Secret Mission".

I Am Not Human! (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre
science fiction
Characters
E-1
Synopsis
A humanoid robot escapes his creator's lab with an artificial face and clothes in order to live among humans as a man. He is so disillusioned with human beings inhumanity to their fellows that he removes the mask and allows his creator to bring him back to the lab. His maker says to him "You must have known you could never have passed for human for long." to which the robot replies to the startled engineer "Has the thought never occurred to you that no robot would want to?"
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Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Man with the Voice of Doom!
    Ant-Man
  2. 1. The Voice of Doom!
    Ant-Man
  3. 2. Secret Mission
  4. 3. The Eyes of the Mummy!
  5. 4. Statement Required by the Act of August 24, 1912, as Amended by the Acts of March 3, 1933, July 2, 1946 and June 11, 1960 (74 Stat. 208)
  6. 5. I Am Not Human!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Bill Borre
  • Nick Caputo
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • R. S. Martin
  • Pierre Freyssonnet
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Tony R. Rose