Tales to Astonish #56 [Regular Edition]
(June 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 March 1964. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


The Coming of the Magician! (Table of Contents)

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

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Chic Stone ?; Sol Brodsky ?
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Giant-Man [Henry Pym]; Wasp [Janet van Dyne]; Magician [Lee Guardineer]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Chic Stone inks per Bob Bailey, 2005-01-31, (Per Sandell ed.). Nick Caputo disagrees and believes the inking to be by Sol Brodsky.

The Coming of the Magician! (Table of Contents: 1)

Giant-Man and the Wonderful Wasp / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Dick Ayers
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Job Number
X-659
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Passers-by in midtown New York are suddenly startled to notice a...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Giant-Man [Henry Pym]; Wasp [Janet van Dyne]; Magician [Lee Guardineer] (introduction); Sterling Stuyvesant
Synopsis
Janet goes to a party in the hope of making Hank jealous. There, she is captured by the Magician. Giant-Man hosts a fake party aboard a yacht to lure the Magician into a trap, allowing him to save Jan and capture the Magician with her help.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Magician next appears in issue #58 (August 1964).

The Balloon (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
[K-267]
First Line of Dialogue or Text
As Leroy approached the store with his mother one bright and...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Leroy; Zoop
Synopsis
A young boy meets a tiny space traveler from Skyville, a suburb of Mars, trapped in a balloon.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Continues in next issue. Printed between the pages of the Giant-Man story.

Two More Triumphs for Marvel..! (Table of Contents: 3)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.833 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

Advertises The Avengers (Marvel, 1963 series) #5 (May 1964) and Daredevil (Marvel, 1964 series) #1 (April 1964). Printed between the Giant-Man and Wasp Tells a Tale stories. This shares the page with the statement of ownership.

Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation (Table of Contents: 4)

statement of ownership / 0.167 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.

Beware the Bog Beast! (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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

Job Number
X-646
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Are you scrawny?
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Wasp [Janet van Dyne] (narrator); Lorenzo; King Maximus; Giant-Man [Henry Pym] (in framing sequence)
Synopsis
A suitor thought unworthy by the king wins the hand of the princess through cunning when strength fails.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The ending of the story is not drawn, there is instead a scene of Jan telling Hank how it ended over dinner. This is the last "Wasp Tells a Tale" story.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Coming of the Magician!
    Giant-Man and the Wonderful Wasp
  2. 1. The Coming of the Magician!
    Giant-Man and the Wonderful Wasp
  3. 2. The Balloon
  4. 3. Two More Triumphs for Marvel..!
  5. 4. Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation
  6. 5. Beware the Bog Beast!
    The Wasp Tells a Tale
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Derek Reinhard
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Bob Bailey
  • Nick Caputo
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Del Gruber
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Per Sandell
  • Pierre Freyssonnet
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose