(2004)

Pure Imagination, 2004 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Price
25.00 USD
Pages
164
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Pure Imagination Publishing
Brand
PI
ISBN
1-56685-015-0 Search at WorldCat
Editing
Greg Theakston
Color
Black & White
Binding
Softcover
Publishing Format
Collected Edition

Issue Notes

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Orlando; Wally Wood; ?
Inks
Joe Orlando; Wally Wood; ?
Colors
?

Genre
science fiction
Reprints
  • US from Strange Worlds (Avon, 1950 series) #6 (February 1952)
  • This cover is almost identical to Strange Worlds #6 (Avon, 1950 Series) but more closely matches the re-worked art used on Doc Weird's Thrill Book #2 (Pure Imagination, 1987 Series)

Thrill Book! (Table of Contents: 1)

credits, title page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Title page and indicia

Comics' Collapse in Context The Anti-Comics Crusade of 1954 (Table of Contents: 2)

text article / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Greg Theakston
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Pre-Code.

Indexer Notes

Article by Theakston with notes about the stories included.

Men in Black (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
John Romita (signed)
Inks
John Romita (signed)
Letters
?

Job Number
C-608
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Jim Horton; Marion Horton; Gonzales; Luigi; Reilly; Hooded Bigots [Rocky; Pete]
Synopsis
After losing his job, Jim Horton organizes a gang that wears black hoods to beat and rob anyone he considers "foreign," but his bigotry leads to his death.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Narrated in the second person. The writer and artist of this story about anti-immigrant prejudice were the children of Jewish and Italian immigrants, respectively. This story is retold in Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #71 (October 1959) as "I Am the Man Without a Face!" drawn by Joe Sinnott, and in Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #25 (January 1962) as "The Hidden Face" drawn by Steve Ditko.

Burton's Blood! (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Bill Everett
Inks
Bill Everett
Letters
?

Job Number
C-288
Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
A vampire sleeps for years after gorging on all the blood available to him in the atomic war of 1998. When he awakens and looks for another victim, he is astonished to find that humans died out long ago and only the human-like robots are left.
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Cat's Death (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Kubert (signed)
Inks
Joe Kubert (signed)
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Reprints

On with the Dance! (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Russ Heath (signed)
Inks
Russ Heath (signed)
Letters
?

Job Number
C-287
Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
A dancer who wants a part threatens the girl who got it with a gun to resign. Unfortunately for her, this girl is a witch, and she hexes the dancer to dance in place without ever stopping until she starves to death and even then her corpse dances on and on.
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The Fangs of the Wolf (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Everett
Inks
Bill Everett
Colors
?

Job Number
D-449
Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
A man who shoots dogs for fun is bitten by a werewolf. He even has hired a sharpshooter to kill any strays that might venture onto his property, but he regrets this action when he changes to wolf form and his hired hand shoots him.
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The Phantom Fliers (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Richard Hughes ?
Pencils
Al Williamson; Frank Frazetta
Inks
Al Williamson; Frank Frazetta
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Bill Chalmers; Nora Bentley; Werner Borth
Reprints

You're Gonna Live Forever (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Joe Maneely (signed)
Inks
Joe Maneely (signed)
Colors
?

Job Number
C-323
Genre
crime; horror-suspense
Synopsis
A gangster drinks a serum that will allow him to live forever and goes to hide out in the bayou where he falls into a pit of quicksand.
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Your Name Is Frankenstein! (Table of Contents: 10)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Joe Maneely (signed)
Inks
Joe Maneely (signed)
Colors
?

Job Number
D-305
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Frankenstein's monster
Synopsis
The Frankenstein monster seeks companionship and finds only rejection and hate.
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The Monster of Frankenstein and the Plant (Table of Contents: 11)

Frankenstein / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Dick Briefer (signed)
Pencils
Dick Briefer
Inks
Dick Briefer
Colors
?

Reprints

Indexer Notes

recycled from story in issue #11; last appearance, until revived as "Frightenstein" in AC Comics

The Fruit of Death (Table of Contents: 12)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Rudy Palais
Inks
Rudy Palais
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Reprints

Goddess of Murder (Table of Contents: 13)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Cole ?
Inks
Jack Cole ?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
Monstrous four-armed goddess Kali demands human sacrifices. When the lovely Caroline is chosen to be the next victim, her lover Kenneth comes to the rescue.
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Grip on Life (Table of Contents: 14)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Alex Toth
Inks
Mike Peppe
Letters
?

Job Number
B-1725
Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
A corrupt district attorney is brought to poetic justice by his wife who returned from the dead after a car accident. When she finds out that he doesn't love her anymore, she goes back to the grave - taking him with her.
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Half Man, Half ... ? (Table of Contents: 15)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Russ Heath [as RH] (signed)
Inks
Russ Heath [as RH] (signed)
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Reprints

The House that Lived (Table of Contents: 16)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Wessler
Pencils
Bernie Krigstein (signed)
Inks
Bernie Krigstein (signed)
Letters
?

Job Number
H-723
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Wessler credit per biblio info published in Robin Snyder's The Comics Vol. 26, No. 4, April 2015.

Death Kiss (Table of Contents: 17)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Rudy Palais (signed)
Inks
Rudy Palais
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense; science fiction
Characters
Professor Casper Skeezer; Charlie; Louise; Rita;
Synopsis
Prof. Skeezer creates a sexy robot named Rita. However, she is so strong that her kisses kill men. Skeezer tries to destroy Rita before she can kiss him to death, but fails.
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Indexer Notes

The professor's last name is spelled "Skeezer" on page 1, but on page 6 and 7 it is "Skeeter."

The Killer from Saturn (Table of Contents: 18)

comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Cole
Inks
Jack Cole
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
A municipal window clerk (villain)
Synopsis
The city's in panic as an alien-like serial killer stalks the streets at night. Twelve people have to die until clever police lieutenant Jordan comes up with an explanation and confronts the fiend, who turns out to be a mousy city window clerk who wears an imposing monster costume with stilts, who is taking revenge on those who abused him.
Reprints
Keywords
Daily Bugle; Evening News

Indexer Notes

Art credits confirmed by Art Spiegelman and Chip Kidd in Jack Cole and Plastic Man: Forms Stretched To Their Limits! (Chronicle Books LLC, 2001 series) nn (August 2001)

Monster of the Mist (Table of Contents: 19)

comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Cole ?
Pencils
Jack Cole
Inks
?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
Marine biologist Dr. Mornay discovers a giant sea serpent and keeps it close to study the creature. Mornay feeds the beast with sheep, but only teaches it a lust for blood. Mornay’s son and his fiancée arrive and help him prepare a deadly bait.
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Orgy of Death (Table of Contents: 20)

comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Cole ?
Pencils
Jack Cole
Inks
Jack Cole ?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; horror-suspense
Synopsis
Greedy Dr. Morgan discovers the remnants of a Phoenician cult on a remote island. He’s willing to sacrifice his niece Lela and his pilot Alan to get his hands on the lost treasure of Moloch. But tables are turned when the earth starts to quake and a volcano erupts.
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The Planet of Living Death (Table of Contents: 21)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Russ Heath (signed)
Inks
Russ Heath (signed)
Letters
?

Job Number
D-276
Genre
science fiction
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The same story as the first story in Amazing Adult Fantasy #8

I, The Robot (Table of Contents: 22)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
John Romita (signed)
Inks
John Romita (signed)
Letters
?

Job Number
D-922
Genre
horror-suspense; science fiction
Synopsis
A robot is given a command to kill the man in the room by someone who wishes to steal it after the robot has slain its creator. When the would-be thief enters the room, the robot slays him as well, then the robot goes out into the night looking for rooms to slay men in.
Reprints
Keywords
robot

Indexer Notes

First apppearance and origin of M-11, the Human Robot of the Agents of Atlas.

Rocket Ship! (Table of Contents: 23)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Russ Heath (signed)
Inks
Russ Heath (signed)
Letters
?

Job Number
C-969
Genre
horror-suspense; science fiction
Synopsis
In the year 2005 a rocket ship heads for Venus to relieve over population on Earth, but unfortunately the atmosphere of Venus dissolves human flesh like acid.
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Symphony in Death (Table of Contents: 24)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Maneely (signed)
Inks
Joe Maneely (signed)
Letters
?

Job Number
D-406
Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
When a music critic steals a work from a composer and passes it off as his own, the composer attaches a rope to a phonograph and strangles the critic slowly by playing the recording.
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Werewolf! (Table of Contents: 25)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Bill Everett
Inks
Bill Everett
Letters
Bill Everett

Job Number
C-482
Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
A man goes into the forest in order to find proof of werewolves and is attacked. He shoots the beast and returns home to his shrew wife, but he has been bitten, so she screams as he begins to transform. She shoots him in the back with a shotgun but he tears out her throat before he dies.
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Zombie! (Table of Contents: 26)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks
Bill Everett (signed)
Letters
Bill Everett

Job Number
C-952
Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
Gyps sends his zombie to bring back more money and a girl. The zombie then revolts and kills Gyps.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Additional reprint information from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo [as Doc. V], 5/28/2006.

Thrill Book! (Table of Contents: 27) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Thrill Book!
  3. 2. Comics' Collapse in Context The Anti-Comics Crusade of 1954
  4. 3. Men in Black
  5. 4. Burton's Blood!
  6. 5. Cat's Death
  7. 6. On with the Dance!
  8. 7. The Fangs of the Wolf
  9. 8. The Phantom Fliers
  10. 9. You're Gonna Live Forever
  11. 10. Your Name Is Frankenstein!
  12. 11. The Monster of Frankenstein and the Plant
    Frankenstein
  13. 12. The Fruit of Death
  14. 13. Goddess of Murder
  15. 14. Grip on Life
  16. 15. Half Man, Half ... ?
  17. 16. The House that Lived
  18. 17. Death Kiss
  19. 18. The Killer from Saturn
  20. 19. Monster of the Mist
  21. 20. Orgy of Death
  22. 21. The Planet of Living Death
  23. 22. I, The Robot
  24. 23. Rocket Ship!
  25. 24. Symphony in Death
  26. 25. Werewolf!
  27. 26. Zombie!
  28. 27. Thrill Book!
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