Tales to Astonish #54 [Regular Edition]
(April 1964)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
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

This issue has variants.

Distributed to newstands in January 1964. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


No Place to Turn! (Table of Contents)

Giant-Man and the Wonderful Wasp / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Giant-Man [Henry Pym]; Wasp [Janet van Dyne]; El Toro [Antonio Rojo]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters credit from George Olshevsky's Marvel Comics Index.

No Place to Hide! (Table of Contents: 1)

Giant-Man and the Wonderful Wasp / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
X-610
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hank, shrink down to normal size for a while!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Giant-Man [Henry Pym]; Wasp [Janet van Dyne]; El Toro [Antonio Rojo]
Synopsis
Santo Rico has elected a communist president, El Toro. Giant-Man and the Wasp are sent to prove that the election was tampered with. They find evidence of voter bribery and El Toro is deposed.
Reprints
Keywords
Santo Rico

Indexer Notes

El Toro next appears in West Coast Avengers (Marvel, 1985 series) #33 (June 1988).

The Treasure (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
[G-980]
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Tommy's scrawny yellow pup was a wishing dog.
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Tommy Miller; Mr. Miller; Mrs. Miller; Wish
Synopsis
A sick boy takes comfort from a stray dog that grants wishes.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Continues in next issue.

There Were Five Frightened Men...! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber [as L. Lieber] (script)
Pencils
Larry Lieber [as L. Lieber]
Inks
Paul Reinman [as P. Reinman]
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The painting was more than a masterpiece on canvas!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Victor Conrad; Mr. Smythe
Synopsis
An art thief steals a painting of frightened men, only to be trapped in it as one of them.
Reprints

Two More Triumphs for Marvel (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.875 page (report information)

Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation (Table of Contents: 5)

statement of ownership / 0.175 page (report information)

Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Average monthly paid circulation/print run October 1962–September 1963 (issues #39–51): 189,685/321,646. Paid circulation/print run for issue #51: 187,995/318,339. This shares the page with the promo.

Conquest! (Table of Contents: 6)

The Wonderful Wasp Tells a Tale / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
X-570
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Ah! A phone call!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Wasp [Janet van Dyne] (narrator); Giant-Man [Henry Pym] (cameo); King Shann; Tommy
Synopsis
A king invades another world to win glory, but the costs of occupation make him unpopular.
Reprints
Keywords
Andromia (planet)
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. No Place to Turn!
    Giant-Man and the Wonderful Wasp
  2. 1. No Place to Hide!
    Giant-Man and the Wonderful Wasp
  3. 2. The Treasure
  4. 3. There Were Five Frightened Men...!
  5. 4. Two More Triumphs for Marvel
  6. 5. Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation
  7. 6. Conquest!
    The Wonderful Wasp Tells a Tale
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