The Twilight Zone #47 [15¢]
(January 1973)

Western, 1962 Series
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Price
0.15 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1972-11
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Brand
Gold Key
Editing
?

Issue Notes

Cover code: 90016-301. Edited out of Western Publishing's New York offices.

Publication date is derived from the cover code. On sale date (month and year) is derived from the issue code appearing in the bottom tier of page one.

First issue of this title to be published after Western Publishing ceased offering mail subscriptions. No subscriptions offered in indicia.
This issue has variants:

[Monster Street Lights] (Table of Contents)

The Twilight Zone / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Wilson (painting)
Inks
George Wilson (painting)
Colors
George Wilson (painting)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
There's something new in town - but nobody's talking!
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; horror-suspense; science fiction
Characters
Police Lt. Joe Ritter; Sam (officer); "street light" monsters
Synopsis
Two small town lawmen are imperiled by a quartet of man-eating creatures in the form of street light poles.
Keywords
monsters; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; phone booth; police; small town; street light; terror

Indexer Notes

Art credit by Alberto Becattini.

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

Sears, Roebuck and Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

And Where It Stops, Nobody Knows... (Table of Contents: 2)

The Twilight Zone / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Len Wein
Pencils
Rich Buckler
Inks
Sal Trapani
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Introducing Bret Paxton, a cheap second-story thief trying to work his way up in the world...
Feature Logo
The Twilight Zone [Two-tiered, elongated letters]
Genre
crime; fantasy-supernatural; horror-suspense; science fiction
Characters
Rod Serling (host); Bret Paxton; security guard; Zodak (alchemist); Zodak's people; lobby guard; police officer
Synopsis
On the run after killing a security guard, small-time thief Bret Paxton is intercepted by Zodak, an ancient alchemist who is traveling to the future. The encounter occurs in, of all places, a stalled office building elevator.
Reprints
Keywords
alchemist; be-careful-what-you-wish-for; best-laid-plans; elevator; murder; thief; time travel

Indexer Notes

Script: Credit from interview with Len Wein (2002-12-06) on Tony Isabella's website "Tony's Online Tips" via Rodrigo Baeza (Per Sandell ed.)

Bret Paxton is later inconsistently referred-to as "Matt Paxton" in a narrative caption on page three/panel one. But, since Rod Serling's opening dialogue names the character as "Bret Paxton" - and a later narrative caption on page eight/panel one also concurs - the name "Bret Paxton" prevails.

Get These Dynamite Embroidered Cloth Patches That Tell It Like It Is! (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Gandalf Products Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Golden Dreams (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Certa (illustration)
Inks
Joe Certa (illustration)
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Two dreams, a disembodied voice and London Bridge -- and thereby hangs this true, hard-to-believe tale.
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
John Chapman (tinker); Charles (young apprentice); highwayman; serving maid
Synopsis
During the reign of Henry VII, a tinker dismisses the unusual dreams of his young apprentice, until they begin to come true.
Keywords
apprentice; dream sequence; dreams; England; historical setting; London Bridge; reversal of fortunes; robbery; tinker

Indexer Notes

© 1972, Western Publishing Company, Inc. Not officially a Twilight Zone story.

The Man Who Hated Mankind (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Sparling
Inks
Jack Sparling
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Morning... Bringing the promise of another miserable day in the life of Matthew Meens...
Genre
drama; fantasy-supernatural; science fiction
Characters
Matthew Meens; teeming crowds of humanity; coffee shop counterman; newsdealer; bus driver; taxi driver
Synopsis
Matthew Meens, an unhappy city-dweller who hates people, longs to escape from the oppressive throngs of mankind. He gets his wish, but not in the way he imagined it.
Reprints
Keywords
abounding oddities; be-careful-what-you-wish-for; bus; city life; coffee shop; frustration; loner; misanthrope; never satisfied; newsstand; taxi

Indexer Notes

© 1972, Western Publishing Company, Inc. Not officially a Twilight Zone story.

Wow! 88 Posters only 65 cents (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Gandalf Products Co. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Scary, Life Size Monster Ghost (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Melton Co. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

The Terrific Ten (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

NBC Television Network / comics-form advertising / 2 pages (report information)

Something New in Town (Table of Contents: 9)

The Twilight Zone / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Sparling
Inks
Jack Sparling
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dale Jenks, salesman, is on a routine trip through familiar territory -- at least he thinks he is!
Feature Logo
The Twilight Zone [One tier, letters of even height]
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; horror-suspense; science fiction
Characters
Rod Serling (host); Dale Jenks; Police Lt. Joe Ritter; Sam (officer); "street light" monsters; telephone operator
Synopsis
Man-eating creatures, who appear innocently in the form of metallic street light poles, invade a small town.
Reprints
Keywords
man-eating creatures; monsters; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; phone booth; police; small town; street light; terror; wrong-place-at-wrong-time

Indexer Notes

Cover story. A unusually horrific story for a Gold Key comic.

Dale Jenks is drawn to look like William Conrad of the TV series "Cannon". Lt. Joe Ritter is drawn to look like John McIntire of the TV series "Wagon Train". ...Subconscious casting?

Kids, Roach Designs Are Now Available as Iron-On Transfers! (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Gandalf Products Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Space Prize (Table of Contents: 11)

The Twilight Zone / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
John Celardo
Inks
John Celardo
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It is a year not too far from this one! ...Two Russians are about to make man's ageless dream of interplanetary travel a reality!
Feature Logo
The Twilight Zone [One tier, letters of even height]
Genre
adventure; drama; science fiction; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Rod Serling (host); Serge (cosmonaut); Andrei (cosmonaut); Russian missile base commander; Russian missile base communications specialist
Synopsis
Two cosmonauts, one self-serving and cynical and one idealistic and patriotic, blast off on the first manned flight to Mars, using a revolutionary Russian-developed propulsion system. The two come to blows when the former resolves to defect and turns the craft toward a landing in United States territory, hoping to reap a rich reward for the great engineering and technological prize he will deliver to the US government.
Reprints
Keywords
Cold War; conflicting ideologies; cosmonauts; deserter; outer space setting; patriot; Russia; spacecraft

Wind-Tunnel Tested! (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Kenner / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

100 pc. Toy Soldier Set $1.25 (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Lucky Products, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

In Marksmanship Competition, a Boy Learns to Act Like a Man. (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

Daisy Manufacturing Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[Kenner Chip Away] (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Kenner / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Monster Street Lights]
    The Twilight Zone
  2. 1. ["The new Free Spirit. It looks like it's moving even when it's standing still."]
    Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  3. 2. And Where It Stops, Nobody Knows...
    The Twilight Zone
  4. 3. Get These Dynamite Embroidered Cloth Patches That Tell It Like It Is!
    Gandalf Products Co.
  5. 4. Golden Dreams
  6. 5. The Man Who Hated Mankind
  7. 6. Wow! 88 Posters only 65 cents
    Gandalf Products Co.
  8. 7. Scary, Life Size Monster Ghost
    Melton Co.
  9. 8. The Terrific Ten
    NBC Television Network
  10. 9. Something New in Town
    The Twilight Zone
  11. 10. Kids, Roach Designs Are Now Available as Iron-On Transfers!
    Gandalf Products Co.
  12. 11. The Space Prize
    The Twilight Zone
  13. 12. Wind-Tunnel Tested!
    Kenner
  14. 13. 100 pc. Toy Soldier Set $1.25
    Lucky Products, Inc.
  15. 14. In Marksmanship Competition, a Boy Learns to Act Like a Man.
    Daisy Manufacturing Co.
  16. 15. [Kenner Chip Away]
    Kenner
This issue was most recently modified by:
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