(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
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Atlas Magazines, Inc.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

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.
This issue has variants:

Merlin the Mad! (Table of Contents)

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; fantasy-supernatural
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.

Boys! Men! My Secret New Dynaflex Method (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Mike Marvel System / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Defying the Magic of... Mad Merlin! (Table of Contents: 2)

Thor / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hey, professor!
Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
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: 3)

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

Between pages 5 and 6 of previous story sequence. Continues in next issue.

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

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Call Her...Medusa! (Table of Contents: 10)

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Marvel Comics Group Ushers in the Marvel Age of Comics! (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

The Fantastic Four; Human Torch; Spider-Man; X-Men; Strange Tales / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Frederick Fenton's Future! (Table of Contents: 15)

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.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

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

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

100 Toy Soldiers / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Wallace Brown Greeting Cards / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Merlin the Mad!
    Thor
  2. 1. Boys! Men! My Secret New Dynaflex Method
    Mike Marvel System
  3. 2. Defying the Magic of... Mad Merlin!
    Thor
  4. 3. The Traveler
  5. 4. ["Free with any purchase"]
  6. 5. ["Record your voice at home"]
  7. 6. ["Curious coins! Odd paper money!"]
  8. 7. ["Instant live sea animals"]
  9. 8. ["America's most lovable characters from ...Walt Disney's wonderful world"]
  10. 9. ["Reward $11, 750.00 for this coin!"]
  11. 10. Call Her...Medusa!
  12. 11. ["Grog grows own tail"]
  13. 12. ["Boys 12 or older make $1 to $5 weekly in your spare time"]
  14. 13. Marvel Comics Group Ushers in the Marvel Age of Comics!
    The Fantastic Four; Human Torch; Spider-Man; X-Men; Strange Tales
  15. 14. [Stamps; Shop by Mail]
  16. 15. Frederick Fenton's Future!
  17. 16. ["Give me just one evening and I'll teach you to hypnotize easily!"]
  18. 17. ["Amazing new home training plan in auto repairing"]
    Commercial Trades Institute
  19. 18. ["100 toy soldiers"]
    100 Toy Soldiers
  20. 19. ["Boys, girls, men, women"]
    Wallace Brown Greeting Cards
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