The Twilight Zone #73 [Gold Key]
(September 1976)

Western, 1962 Series
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Price
0.30 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly except February, April, June, October, and December
On-sale Date
1976-07
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Brand
Gold Key
Editing
?

Issue Notes

Cover code: 90016-609. Edited out of Western Publishing's New York offices. All reprint issue. Cover and comic contents are all reprint.
This issue has variants:

[A Charmed Life] (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
He bought himself a charmed life... but he forgot to ask the price!
Genre
crime; detective-mystery; fantasy-supernatural; horror-suspense
Characters
Rod Serling (photo inset); Big Tony Martel (gangster); gangland assassin
Synopsis
Big Tony Martel is impervious to an assassin's tommy-gun.
Reprints
Keywords
assassin; broken glass; charm bracelet; gangster; store window; tommy-gun

Indexer Notes

Art credit by Alberto Becattini.

The Incredible Hulk Vs. The Green Frog (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Hostess; Twinkies; Incredible Hulk / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

A Charmed Life (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Okay, Big Tony, you've had it!
Feature Logo
The Twilight Zone [One tier, letters of staggered heights]
Genre
crime; detective-mystery; fantasy-supernatural; horror-suspense
Characters
Rod Serling (host); Big Tony Martel (gangster); Benny (gangland assassin); The Devil; Morton (Devil's chauffeur); Legs Barton (gangster boss); Simpson (ambitious assistant D.A.); various police; various gangsters
Synopsis
Ambitious gangster Big Tony Martel makes a deal with the devil. Those never turn out well.
Reprints
Keywords
ambition; be-careful-what-you-wish-for; buyer beware; charm bracelet; crime; gangsters; living-up-to-one’s-word; tommy-guns

Indexer Notes

Cover story. The the identity of the devil is reveled on page two of the story, lest anyone fear a "spoiler" is leaked in the synopsis. The names of real-life gangsters Al Capone and Dutch Schultz are invoked as those Big Tony could overcome with the help of the Devil.

Fun Tricks Free Things! (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

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

Door to Oblivion (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
For the Ashton family the horror began on a fall night in October, 1876.
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; horror-suspense
Characters
Charlotte Ashton; the Ashton family
Synopsis
Teen-age Charlotte Ashton vanishes while on her way to get water from the family well. Her voice is heard emanating from trees and rocks, calling for help.
Reprints
Keywords
disappearance; fear; mysterious voices; panic; well

Indexer Notes

© 1971, Western Publishing Company, Inc. Not officially a Twilight Zone story.

Premonition (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Oscar Novelle
Inks
Oscar Novelle
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The evening is strangely hot and sticky as Fred Harris, a young professor in the small town of Midville, returns home...
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Fred Harris; Peter Dewey; Mrs. O'Brien
Synopsis
A strange phenomenon allows Fred Harris to escape death.
Reprints
Keywords
abounding oddities; doppelgangers; invisibility; lightning; unwelcome surprise

Indexer Notes

© 1971, Western Publishing Company, Inc. Not officially a Twilight Zone story.

Order by Mail Specials (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

The Fun House / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Make Extra Cash No Real "Selling" (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Engravaplates / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Kids, Roach Designs Are Now Available as Iron-On Transfers! (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

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

Get These Dynamite Embroidered Cloth Patches That Tell It Like It Is! (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

The Missing Link (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Certa
Inks
Joe Certa
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Ben Oda

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Sometimes you can ride a hobby-horse too far!
Feature Logo
The Twilight Zone [One tier, letters of staggered heights]
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; horror-suspense
Characters
Rod Serling (host); Professor Harding; skeptical reporters; hunter; hunting dogs; hyena; lion; large bird; saber-toothed tiger
Synopsis
Harsh circumstances and deprivation force Professor Harding on a journey of devolution, over which be becomes the "missing link" he so desires to discover.
Reprints
Keywords
anthropology; devolution; evolution; jungle setting; missing link; obsession

Get Your Favorite Cartoon Characters in These Brilliant Embroidered Cloth Patches (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

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

The Last Voyage (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Script
Len Wein
Pencils
Luis Dominguez
Inks
Luis Dominguez
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Meet Zack Bosley and Lucas Byrne, men without conscience -- to whom murder is as natural an act as breathing --
Feature Logo
The Twilight Zone [One tier, letters of staggered heights]
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; horror-suspense
Characters
Rod Serling (host); Zack Bosley; Lucas Byrne
Synopsis
Murderous renegade pirates Zack Bosley and Lucas Byrne meet their individual fates while adrift at sea.
Reprints
Keywords
best-laid-plans; historical setting; pirate ship; pirates; rowboat; sea or island setting; treasure; unwelcome surprise

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from Len Wein, via Tony Isabella's "Tony's Online Tips" column, via the GCD Errors List.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

American Circle Corp. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

100 pc. Toy Soldiers Set $1.25 (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

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

The Sport a Boy Grows Up With... (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

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

Extra! Extra! Read All About It! (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Sales Leadership Club / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [A Charmed Life]
    The Twilight Zone
  2. 1. The Incredible Hulk Vs. The Green Frog
    Hostess; Twinkies; Incredible Hulk
  3. 2. A Charmed Life
    The Twilight Zone
  4. 3. Fun Tricks Free Things!
    Gandalf Products Co.
  5. 4. Door to Oblivion
  6. 5. Premonition
  7. 6. Order by Mail Specials
    The Fun House
  8. 7. Make Extra Cash No Real "Selling"
    Engravaplates
  9. 8. Kids, Roach Designs Are Now Available as Iron-On Transfers!
    Gandalf Products Co.
  10. 9. Get These Dynamite Embroidered Cloth Patches That Tell It Like It Is!
    Gandalf Products Co.
  11. 10. The Missing Link
    The Twilight Zone
  12. 11. Get Your Favorite Cartoon Characters in These Brilliant Embroidered Cloth Patches
    Gandalf Products Co.
  13. 12. The Last Voyage
    The Twilight Zone
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    American Circle Corp.
  15. 14. 100 pc. Toy Soldiers Set $1.25
    Lucky Products, Inc.
  16. 15. The Sport a Boy Grows Up With...
    Daisy Manufacturing Co.
  17. 16. Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
    Sales Leadership Club
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