(May 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

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

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


The Black Widow Strikes Again! (Table of Contents)

Iron Man / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Sam Rosen; Artie Simek ? (logo)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Black Widow [Natasha Romanoff]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inks credit from Nick Caputo via the GCD Error List (30 August 2006); the original indexer credited George Roussos. Simek lettering credit from George Olshevsky's Marvel Comics Index, although Nick Caputo suspects Simek only lettered the new logo design and Rosen the cover copy.

A new logo begins this issue, minimizing "Tales of Suspense" and emphasizing "The Power of Iron-Man".

The Black Widow Strikes Again! (Table of Contents: 1)

Iron Man / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Don Rico [as N. Korok] (script)
Pencils
Don Heck
Inks
Don Heck
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen [as S. Rosen]

First Line of Dialogue or Text
One evening, in the private laboratory of handsome Tony Stark, an...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Black Widow [Natasha Romanoff]; Pepper Potts; Happy Hogan; Crimson Dynamo [Boris Turgenov] (flashback); Soviet Premier Nikita Khruscchev (cameo); Igor; Stansky
Synopsis
To redeem herself in the eyes of the communist leader, Black Widow steals the new anti-grav ray device developed by Tony Stark and attacks Fort Knox. Iron Man destroys the ray device, but the Black Widow escapes.
Reprints
Keywords
Pentagon

Indexer Notes

Black Widow next appears in issue #57 (September 1964).

The Magician (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
[G-719]
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Howard; Uncle Bart
Synopsis
A TV studio page and aspiring magician gets a lucky break when he meets a real sorcerer time traveling from the past.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration. Continues from last issue.

The Omen (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Larry Lieber
Inks
George Roussos [as Geo. Bell]
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen [as S. Rosen]

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Are you superstitious?
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Lokar
Synopsis
A superstitious warlord thinks a flare of light is a good omen for an invasion, but when it is discovered to be a meteor his entire world must evacuate in order to survive.
Reprints
Keywords
Venturus (planet)

Indexer Notes

The splash page title of this feature utilizes the same design as the more modern appearance of the X-men logo, first appearing in X-men #50 (1963) and matching the color scheme in #51
(1963).

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

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

The Way It Began... (Table of Contents: 5)

Tales of the Watcher / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In a tension-filled operating room, grim-faced doctors labor valiantly to...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Watcher [Uatu] (origin); Ikor (introduction, Uatu's father); Emnu (introduction); Prosilicans
Synopsis
The Watcher comes from a super-advanced race that decides to share its technology with others. When their first attempt ends in tragedy they vow never to interfere with the affairs of less advanced species.
Reprints
Keywords
Prosilicus (planet)

Indexer Notes

From here on, the Tales of the Watcher stories in Tales of Suspense are about the Watcher and his people.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Black Widow Strikes Again!
    Iron Man
  2. 1. The Black Widow Strikes Again!
    Iron Man
  3. 2. The Magician
  4. 3. The Omen
  5. 4. Two More Triumphs for Marvel..!
  6. 5. The Way It Began...
    Tales of the Watcher
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  • Per Sandell
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