(October 1963)

Marvel, 1952 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1963-08-01
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
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 August 1963. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


Lava Man! / Tales of Asgard (Table of Contents)

The Mighty Thor!; Tales of Asgard / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Roussos
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Thor [Doctor Donald Blake]; the Lava Man; Odin
Reprints

The Lava Man (Table of Contents: 1)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
That jet fighter is in trouble!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Thor [Doctor Donald Blake]; the Lava Man (introduction); Jane Foster; Odin; Loki; Doctor Bruce Andrews (introduction)
Synopsis
Thor battles the Lava Man, a monster brought to the surface by Loki, who claims all the dry surface of Earth for his people. Odin forbids Thor to love Jane Foster, leading to her leaving her job as Dr. Blake's nurse.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Dr. Andrews is first called Basil by Jane Foster on page 6 but then is called Bruce by Dr. Blake on the last page.

[The Traveler] (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
[J-865]
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 from last issue. Reprinted with new illustration.

The Perfect Defense! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Larry Lieber
Inks
George Roussos [as George Bell]
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
X-420
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Journey with us into the far future, when Earth will be a vast interstellar empire, conquering other planets in distant galaxies...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
John
Synopsis
In the future, Earth has conquered all planets except one, which no expedition returns from. The military thinks they have some horrific defense, but in fact they are simply so kind to the humans that arrive to conquer that they don't want to leave.
Reprints
Keywords
Delphinius

Indexer Notes

Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.

Another Marvel Masterpiece (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

Tales of... ...Asgard! Home of the Mighty Norse Gods (Table of Contents: 5)

Tales of Asgard / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Roussos [as G. Bell]
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Before man could read or write, he had his legends!
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Odin (origin); Surtur (introduction); Ymir (introduction, origin); Buri (introduction, origin, cameo); Borr (introduction, origin, cameo); Audhumbla (called "Magic Cow"); Vili (unnamed, origin, cameo); Vé (unnamed, origin, cameo); Bestla (unnamed, cameo)
Synopsis
Beneath Asgard lies the Well of Life. From it came Ymir, greatest of the Frost Giants and Buri, the first Norse God who gave life to Borr. Borr had three sons. Odin was one of them.
Reprints
Keywords
Yggdrasill

Indexer Notes

This is the first "Tales of Asgard" story and the only segment to be told only in captions and without dialogue balloons, copying the style of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant.

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Lava Man! / Tales of Asgard
    The Mighty Thor!; Tales of Asgard
  2. 1. The Lava Man
    The Mighty Thor!
  3. 2. [The Traveler]
  4. 3. The Perfect Defense!
  5. 4. Another Marvel Masterpiece
  6. 5. Tales of... ...Asgard! Home of the Mighty Norse Gods
    Tales of Asgard
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