(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 (editor)

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.
This issue has variants:

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

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

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

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

[All-Male He-Man] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

American Body Building Club / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Lava Man (Table of Contents: 2)

Thor / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
Don Heck (credited)
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art Simek)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
That jet fighter is in trouble!
Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
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: 3)

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

Between pages 5 and 6 of previous story sequence. Continues from last issue. Reprinted with new illustration.

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

Padell Book Co. Booklets / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Mr. Victor Mason / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Hypno-Coin (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Hypnotic Aids Supply Co. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

New Accordions — Save up to 1/2 (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Accordion Corp. of America / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

The Perfect Defense! (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Larry Lieber
Inks
George Roussos
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.

Live Sea Horses (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Living pets / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Grit / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Another Marvel Masterpiece (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

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

[Stamps; Shop by Mail] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Tales of... ...Asgard! Home of the Mighty Norse Gods (Table of Contents: 13)

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

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
George Roussos (credited as G. Bell)
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art Simek)

Job Number
[X-427]
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. Odin and his brothers protect the Earth while waiting for the coming of man.
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.

Job number revealed on original art. Info per Nick Caputo.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

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

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

NRI Training / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Famous Artists Schools / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Lava Man! / Tales of Asgard
    Tales of Asgard; Thor
  2. 1. [All-Male He-Man]
    American Body Building Club
  3. 2. The Lava Man
    Thor
  4. 3. [The Traveler]
  5. 4. ["You can have the secret weapon!"]
    Padell Book Co. Booklets
  6. 5. ["Will you work Saturday mornings for $5.00 to $20.00 extra?"]
    Mr. Victor Mason
  7. 6. Hypno-Coin
    Hypnotic Aids Supply Co.
  8. 7. New Accordions — Save up to 1/2
    Accordion Corp. of America
  9. 8. The Perfect Defense!
  10. 9. Live Sea Horses
    Living pets
  11. 10. ["Look! Boys wanted to sell Grit"]
    Grit
  12. 11. Another Marvel Masterpiece
  13. 12. [Stamps; Shop by Mail]
  14. 13. Tales of... ...Asgard! Home of the Mighty Norse Gods
    Tales of Asgard
  15. 14. ["Give me just one evening and I'll teach you to hypnotize easily!"]
  16. 15. ["Boys, girls, men, women"]
    Wallace Brown Greeting Cards
  17. 16. ["Make $3 to $5 an hour starting soon"]
    NRI Training
  18. 17. ["He’s looking for people who like to draw"]
    Famous Artists Schools
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