Astonishing Tales #25 [Regular Edition]
(August 1974)

Marvel, 1970 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.25 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Bi-Monthly
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.


Is He Man -- or Machine -- or Monster? (Table of Contents)

Deathlok / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Rich Buckler (signed)
Inks
Klaus Janson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Danny Crespi

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Deathlok [Luther Manning]
Reprints

A Cold Knight's Frenzy (Table of Contents: 1)

Deathlok / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
Rich Buckler (Plot; Concept); Doug Moench (Script)
Pencils
Rich Buckler
Inks
Rich Buckler (Primary Inks); Klaus Janson (Ink Assist); Al Milgrom (Ink Assist); Mike Esposito (Ink Assist)
Colors
Glynis Wein
Letters
Annette Kawecki

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Deathlok [Luther Manning] (Introduction; Origin); Major Simon Riker (Villain; Introduction); Curtis Giles (Death); Wilkins; Jim; Nina; Julian Biggs (Destroyed)
Synopsis
Deathlok is shown to be a robot with a human mind that has the ability to override it's programming. Deathlok has a flashback showing that his old army buddy Major Simon Riker is responsible for his creation. The conclusion of the story reveals that Simon Riker is also a cyborg.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The origin of Deathlok. Inking information from the text article in the issue.

Marvel Bullpen Bulletins: Of Mix-Ups, Monsters, and Matrimony! [August 1974]; Stan Lee's Soapbox; Mighty Marvel Mini-Checklist (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

Marvel Bullpen Bulletins; Stan Lee's Soapbox; Mighty Marvel Mini-Checklist / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Mindlock...x 3 (Table of Contents: 3)

Creation of Deathlok / text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Doug Moench
Pencils
Rich Buckler (Deathlok concept sketch)
Inks
Rich Buckler
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Deathlok [Luther Manning]
Synopsis
This sequence features preliminary Deathlok sketches by Rich Buckler along with a purported conversation transcript between Roy Thomas, Rich Buckler, and Doug Moench.
Reprints

Bullpen Bonus Page (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Giant-Size Spider-Man / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Deathlok creation satire / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Doug Moench
Pencils
George Perez
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Yeah, cinematic, man.
Characters
Deathlok [Luther Manning]; Doug Moench; George Perez
Synopsis
A satire on how the Deathlok character was developed.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This two-page humor strip is George Perez' first published work.

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

Astonishing Mails; Marvel Value Stamp / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

Characters
Daimon Hellstrom [Son of Satan]

Indexer Notes

Letters from (and replies to) Brian Wilkes Prescott, Gil Johnson and Tom Garland. Includes Marvel Value Stamp #68 featuring Daimon Hellstrom [Son of Satan].

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Is He Man -- or Machine -- or Monster?
    Deathlok
  2. 1. A Cold Knight's Frenzy
    Deathlok
  3. 2. Marvel Bullpen Bulletins: Of Mix-Ups, Monsters, and Matrimony! [August 1974]; Stan Lee's Soapbox; Mighty Marvel Mini-Checklist
    Marvel Bullpen Bulletins; Stan Lee's Soapbox; Mighty Marvel Mini-Checklist
  4. 3. Mindlock...x 3
    Creation of Deathlok
  5. 4. Bullpen Bonus Page
    Giant-Size Spider-Man
  6. 5. ["Yeah, cinematic, man."]
    Deathlok creation satire
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Astonishing Mails; Marvel Value Stamp
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