(September 1963)

Marvel, 1952 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1963-07-02
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Atlas Magazines, Inc.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
Editing
Stan Lee
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock
newsprint
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 July 1963. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


Merlin the Mad! (Table of Contents)

The Mighty Thor! / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Behold, Thor... your power is nothing compared to the mystic arts at my command!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Thor [Doctor Donald Blake]; Merlin [Maha Yogi]
Reprints
Keywords
Capitol Building

Indexer Notes

Brodsky cover inks credit from Nick Caputo via the GCD Errors list, January 2009. Original indexer credited Dick Ayers.

Defying the Magic of... Mad Merlin! (Table of Contents: 1)

The Mighty Thor! / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Robert Bernstein (script) [as R. Berns]
Pencils
Joe Sinnott
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hey, professor!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Thor [Doctor Donald Blake]; Merlin [Maha Yogi] (introduction); Jane Foster; Loki (cameo); President John F. Kennedy (cameo); Caroline Kennedy (cameo); Pierre Salinger (cameo); King Arthur (cameo, flashback)
Synopsis
Merlin is awakened after a thousand years and immediately decides to try and take over the world. He battles Thor using familiar Washington D.C. monuments. Thor defeats Merlin and forces him to return to sleep.
Reprints
Keywords
Washington D.C.

Indexer Notes

This 'Merlin' was revealed to be an imposter in Avengers Annual #22. In most of his appearances he calls himself 'Maha Yogi'. He has been said to be a mutant, but this is also false.

The Traveler (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
[J-865]
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bill Swift hated his set, daily routine.
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Bill Swift; Mr. Allen
Synopsis
A bored man working on an assembly line is taken to outer space in his dreams, and is given an idea for an otherworldly invention.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Continues in next issue.

Call Her...Medusa! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You who are mortal, beware!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
John
Synopsis
The gorgons of myth were aliens and send an agent to modern Earth preceding an invasion. She cannot turn the first men she encounters to stone, but since she doesn't know that they're blind the invasion is cancelled.
Reprints

Marvel Comics Group Ushers in the Marvel Age of Comics! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Frederick Fenton's Future! (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
X-386
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Frederick Fenton had one burning ambition--to visit the future!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Frederick Fenton
Synopsis
An arrogant rich man builds a time machine in order gain the secret to eternal life from the future. When he arrives he finds that the Earth that humanity has gone to a paradise planet, and his time machine will not take him back.
Reprints
Keywords
time travel

Indexer Notes

This is a retelling of "The Man in the Iron Box" drawn by Carl Burgos in Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #69 (June 1959); the earlier story uses suspended animation to achieve the same effect. Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Merlin the Mad!
    The Mighty Thor!
  2. 1. Defying the Magic of... Mad Merlin!
    The Mighty Thor!
  3. 2. The Traveler
  4. 3. Call Her...Medusa!
  5. 4. Marvel Comics Group Ushers in the Marvel Age of Comics!
  6. 5. Frederick Fenton's Future!
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