(November 1969)

Marvel, 1961 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.15 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly except November, semi-monthly
On-sale Date
1969-08-12
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Magazine Management Co. Inc.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
Printer
Printed in the U.S.A. by World Color Press, Inc., Sparta, Illinois 62286
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from 1969 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress with a correction factor of plus 28 days.
This issue has variants:

Ben Grimm Killer vs. Torgo (Table of Contents)

Fantastic Four / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Thing [Ben Grimm]
Universe
Marvel : mainstream
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Joe Weider Course and Products / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Ben Grimm, Killer! (Table of Contents: 2)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
Joe Sinnott (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Enslaved on the planet Kral, deep within the mysterious Skrull...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Fantastic Four: Crystal [Crystalia Amaquelin Maximoff]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Invisible Girl [Susan Storm Richards]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; The Thing [Ben Grimm]
Boss Barker; Lippy Louie; Napoleon G. Robberson; Torgo
Universe
Marvel : mainstream
Reprints
Keywords
Kral (Skrull planet)

Indexer Notes

This story combines elements from two episodes of Star Trek the Original Series (1966-1969): forced gladiatorial combat for the entertainment of alien masters ("The Gamesters of Triskelion", aired January 05, 1968) and imitating 1920's American gangster culture ("A Piece of the Action", aired January 12, 1968).

These episodes aired on consecutive weeks in January 1968 and, given the time of publication, it is not inconceivable that Stan Lee or Jack Kirby (or both) could have borrowed from them... not knowing that, in the near future, Star Trek would become a well-known and well-studied mainstay of American popular culture.

The Race to Danger (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Lee Jeans [Lee Leens] / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

American Circle Products / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Precise Publications Book and Dummy / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Grit Newspaper / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Bullpen Bulletins / in-house column / 0.4 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Marvelmania / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.6 page (report information)

Super Saturday on ABC (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

ABC’s Super Saturday Club / advertisement / 3 pages (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

Fantastic 4 Fan Page / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Roy Thomas ?
Pencils
Jack Kirby (illustration)
Inks
Joe Sinnott (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dear Stan and Jack, I've heard of two left feet, but...
Feature Logo
Fantastic Four Fan Page
Characters
Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic; Crystal; Invisible Girl]; Alicia Masters; Franklin Richards
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters from: Frederick D. Forsman, Robert Ochoa, Esau M. Simmons, Howard Keltner, and Bruce Golden.
Between story pages 12 and 13.

[Shop by Mail] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

advertisement / 2 pages (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Matchbox Models / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Shop by Mail; Stamps (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

Academy for Home Study / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Cheerful Card / Cheerful House Cards and Stationery / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Famous Artists Schools / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Ben Grimm Killer vs. Torgo
    Fantastic Four
  2. 1. ["Secret muscle building ‘tools’"]
    Joe Weider Course and Products
  3. 2. Ben Grimm, Killer!
    Fantastic Four
  4. 3. The Race to Danger
    Lee Jeans [Lee Leens]
  5. 4. ["Magic world of surprises & mystery"]
    American Circle Products
  6. 5. ["I'll make you a master of karate"]
    Precise Publications Book and Dummy
  7. 6. ["Look, fellows!"]
    Grit Newspaper
  8. 7. ["You asked for it -- and even if you didn't, you've got it!"]
    Bullpen Bulletins
  9. 8. ["Exciting new club Marvelmania International"]
    Marvelmania
  10. 9. Super Saturday on ABC
    ABC’s Super Saturday Club
  11. 10. ["Dear Stan and Jack, I've heard of two left feet, but..."]
    Fantastic 4 Fan Page
  12. 11. [Shop by Mail]
  13. 12. ["Did you know that the people who make little “Matchbox” models make big “Matchbox” models, too?"]
    Matchbox Models
  14. 13. Shop by Mail; Stamps
  15. 14. ["Second chance for high school drop-outs to get a diploma"]
    Academy for Home Study
  16. 15. ["Do you need extra money?"]
    Cheerful Card / Cheerful House Cards and Stationery
  17. 16. ["We're looking for people who like to draw"]
    Famous Artists Schools
This issue was modified by, among others
  • Chris Boyko
  • Roger Brochu
  • David Bruce
  • Nick Caputo
  • Steve Coates
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Del Gruber
  • Darrel McCann
  • Mark Q
  • Derek Reinhard
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Richard Thomson
  • Joe Torcivia
  • Jim Van Dore