(May 1964)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1964-02-11
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Vista Publications Inc.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
Printer
The Eastern Color Printing Co., Waterbury, Conn.
Editing
Stan Lee (credited) (editor)

Issue Notes

Includes 10 pages of paid advertisements. On-sale date from 1964 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.
This issue has variants:
Parts of this issue are reprinted:

The Black Widow Strikes Again! (Table of Contents)

Iron Man / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

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

Indexer Notes

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 (credited) (plot); Don Rico (credited as N. Korok) (script)
Pencils
Don Heck (credited)
Inks
Don Heck (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited as S. Rosen)

Job Number
X-637
First Line of Dialogue or Text
One evening, in the private laboratory of handsome Tony Stark, an...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Black Widow [Natasha Romanoff] (also in flashback); Crimson Dynamo [Boris Turgenev] (flashback); Happy Hogan; Iron Man [Tony Stark] (also in flashback); Nikita Khruschev; Pepper Potts; 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

Job number revealed on original art. Info per Nick Caputo: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/6/6a/TalesOfSuspense53spla…

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
Editing
Stan Lee (original editor)

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 (credited) (plot); Larry Lieber (credited) (script)
Pencils
Larry Lieber (credited)
Inks
George Roussos (credited as Geo. Bell)
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited as S. Rosen)

Job Number
[X-580]
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

Job number revealed on original art.

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 (credited) (plot); Larry Lieber (credited) (script)
Pencils
Larry Lieber (credited)
Inks
Paul Reinman (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art Simek)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In a tension-filled operating room, grim-faced doctors labor valiantly to...
Genre
science fiction; superhero
Characters
Emnu (introduction); Ikor (introduction, Uatu's father); The Watcher [Uatu] (origin in flashback); 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
This issue was modified by, among others
  • Chris Boyko
  • David Bruce
  • Nick Caputo
  • Steve Coates
  • Steve Dasinger
  • Pierre Freyssonnet
  • Del Gruber
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Darrel McCann
  • Antonio Pontes Junior
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Per Sandell
  • Jim Van Dore