Tales of Suspense #54 [Regular Edition]
(June 1964)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1964-03-10
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 newsstands in March 1964. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.
On sale date as given in the copyright application as listed in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Periodicals, 1964, page 349, registration number B96819.


The Mandarin's Revenge! (Table of Contents)

Iron Man / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Chic Stone
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Mandarin
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters credits from George Olshevsky's Marvel Comics Index.

The Mandarin's Revenge! (Table of Contents: 1)

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

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

Job Number
X-672
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Being a superhero like Iron Man isn't all fun and glamor!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Mandarin; Pepper Potts; Happy Hogan
Synopsis
Tony's observer missiles have failed in Vietnam. So, he goes to investigate, wich leads him to the Mandarin. He attacks the Mandarin's castle, but he is captured.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Mandarin last appears in issue #50 (February 1964). This story continues next issue.

Secret Mission (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 1.67 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
H-487
First Line of Dialogue or Text
"The effect of sound waves upon matter have always been a problem of interest to scientists, Mr. Bolton," Professor Carmichael told...
Genre
spy
Characters
Ezra Bolton; Prof. Carmichael; Prof. Greever
Synopsis
A bookkeeper dreams that he is a government agent hunting a mad scientist with a destructive sound device.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Sequence inclusion due to David Postle via the GCD Error List (27 February 2007). The first page is printed between the pages of the Iron Man story, while the second page is printed between the back-up story and Tales of the Watcher story. The last page is split with a promo.

Skrang Strikes Tonight! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
X-656
First Line of Dialogue or Text
If you're a faithful reader of our mags, you know that fantasy tales can begin at the most unlikely places... even on...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Skrang; Miss Hotchkiss; Fox-People
Synopsis
An invincible alien invader has weapons that can disable all Earth's armed forces, but he is frightened off when he see's an old lady's fox-fur collar, since his people have never been able to beat a fox-like alien race, and he thinks that the humans have beat and skinned them.
Reprints
Keywords
spectro-scanner

Now on Sale! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

The Avengers / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Hands Off! (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
Chic Stone
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
X-654
First Line of Dialogue or Text
On a distant spinning sphere stands the strangest figure in the heavens--the majestic Watcher, whom we now...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Watcher [Uatu]; Ikor (Uatu's father, flashback); Emnu (flashback)
Synopsis
The Watcher is tempted to break his vow of non-interference, but sees that it is for the best to obey.
Reprints
Keywords
radioactive waste
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Mandarin's Revenge!
    Iron Man
  2. 1. The Mandarin's Revenge!
    Iron Man
  3. 2. Secret Mission
  4. 3. Skrang Strikes Tonight!
  5. 4. Now on Sale!
    The Avengers
  6. 5. Hands Off!
    Tales of the Watcher
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