(May 1963)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1963-02-12
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Vista Publications, Inc.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
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

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

Distributed to newstands in February 1963. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


The Stronghold of Dr. Strange! (Table of Contents)

Iron Man / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Doctor Strange [Carlo Strange]; Carla Strange
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Indexer Notes

Possible Kirby inking per Nick Caputo, Jan 2011, who examined Kirby's inking style on his blog:

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

The Stronghold of Dr. Strange! (Table of Contents: 1)

Iron Man / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Robert Bernstein [as R Berns]
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Marty Epp

Genre
superhero
Characters
Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Doctor Strange [Carlo Strange] (introduction); Carla Strange (introduction); Nikita Khrushchev (cameo)
Synopsis
An imprisoned criminal scientist takes control of Iron Man in order to free himself. He threatens to blow up the world unless he is made world ruler. Iron Man stops him by shorting out his power and is helped by the villain's conscience-stricken daughter.
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Music Master (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
G-804
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Joe; Gus; Angelo
Synopsis
A struggling band takes on a poor but talented young harp player who turns out to be a young angel studying on Earth.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

The Sorcerer's Spell (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
King Hapwell; General Kozar
Synopsis
A wicked general plots the overthrow of his king, but is too afraid to try. He forces a gypsy sorceror to enchant him to remove his fear, and the man agrees, turning him into a toy soldier.
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The End of the Universe! (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Terry Szenics

Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
In the year 3000 a faster than light space ship is developed to take man to the very end of the universe. Since the scientists think the chances of returning are slim, they choose a pilot with an unhappy life of no family, friends, or job who doesn't really care if he can return as long as he learns the secret of the universe. He makes it all the way to the end and the ship actually does return to Earth, but when they bring out the pilot all he can repeat over and over is "I know!" The scientists realize they must abandon their quest since the pilot's mind has snapped with his realization, but observe that at least he has finally gained some measure of happiness.
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Stronghold of Dr. Strange!
    Iron Man
  2. 1. The Stronghold of Dr. Strange!
    Iron Man
  3. 2. Music Master
  4. 3. The Sorcerer's Spell
  5. 4. The End of the Universe!
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