Astonishing Tales #21 [Regular Edition]
(December 1973)

Marvel, 1970 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.20 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1973-09-11
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Marvel Comics Group
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [entire top banner]
Editing
Roy Thomas
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.


Watch Out, World!! The Colossus Lives Again! (Table of Contents)

It! The Living Colossus! / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colors
?
Letters
Danny Crespi

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
It, the Living Colossus; Bob O'Bryan
Reprints
Keywords
monsters

Indexer Notes

Crespi lettering per Nick Caputo. George Olshevsky's Marvel Comics Index #7B incorrectly credits Gaspar Saladino.

The cover is reprinted as page 10 panel 3 of the story in Astonishing Tales #24.

It! (Table of Contents: 1)

It! The Living Colossus! / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
Tony Isabella
Pencils
Dick Ayers
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Linda Lessmann
Letters
Dick Ayers [as R. B. Ayers]

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
It, the Living Colossus; Dr. Aloysius Vault (first appearance, villain); Bob O'Bryan; Dorian Delazny (introduction); Diane Cummings; Grant Marshall; Dr. Braun (introduction); Daniel; a Gargoyle creature from Stonus Five (named in the next issue)
Synopsis
Bob O'Bryan is a successful special effects man whose legs are broken by a vengeful actor on his series. He then finds that he can take over the body of It, the Living Colossus when it is kidnapped from his set by Dr. Vault, however, there is a time limit to how long he can control the body.
Reprints
Keywords
monsters

Indexer Notes

Revival of Colossus from Tales Of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #14 and #20 (stories reprinted in Monsters On the Prowl (Marvel, 1971 series) #17 and #25). Bob O'Bryan, Diane Cummings and Grant Marshall were introduced in the Colossus story from Tales of Suspense #20 (reprinted in Monsters On the Prowl #25). According to the text article in Astonishing Tales #22 (Kings and Things To Take By Storm by Tony Isabella) Roy Thomas, Marv Wolfman and Don McGregor all helped put this story together.

The Man Who Captured Death! (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
V-471
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Death; Tom
Synopsis
A dying man traps Death to save himself but soon finds that Death actually brings peace to things and is needed to keep things running smoothly.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Job number from the Atlas Tales website.

Marvel Bullpen Bulletins: Monumental Memorandums of Mice and Marveldom! [December 1973]; Mighty Marvel Checklist; The Ultimate Fan Club! (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Marvel Bullpen Bulletins; Mighty Marvel Checklist; FOOM / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

A Genuine Spider-Man Medallion-Coin (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Spider-Man Medallion Coin / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Watch Out, World!! The Colossus Lives Again!
    It! The Living Colossus!
  2. 1. It!
    It! The Living Colossus!
  3. 2. The Man Who Captured Death!
  4. 3. Marvel Bullpen Bulletins: Monumental Memorandums of Mice and Marveldom! [December 1973]; Mighty Marvel Checklist; The Ultimate Fan Club!
    Marvel Bullpen Bulletins; Mighty Marvel Checklist; FOOM
  5. 4. A Genuine Spider-Man Medallion-Coin
    Spider-Man Medallion Coin
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Derek Reinhard
  • Nick Caputo
  • Darrel McCann
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Jim Walls
  • Peter Croome
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Darrel McCann