Tales of Suspense #40

Marvel Comics

United States

Published
April 1963
Page count
36
Cover price
0.12 USD
Colour
Colour
Size
Silver Age size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/17622

Credits

Editing
Stan Lee, Editor

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Untitled (Iron Man) Cover, 1 page

"His size alone does not worry me! But..."

Featuring

Feature
Iron Man
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Gargantus

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter
Art
Jack Kirby, penciller
 
Don Heck, inker
Colours
Stan Goldberg, colourist
Text
Artie Simek, letterer

Reprint history

Also printed
United States
Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #20 (1992)
Untitled
 
United States
Essential Iron Man (Marvel, 2000 series) #1 (November 2000)
Tales of Suspense #40  (black and white)
 
United States
Tales of Suspense No. 39 (Marvel, 2006 series) (February 2006)
Tales of Suspense #40
Printed in
Der Eiserne (BSV - Williams, 1975 series) #2 (April 1975)
 
The Invincible Iron Man Omnibus (Marvel, 2008 series) #1 (2008)
 
True Believers: Kirby 100th - Iron Man (Marvel, 2017 series) #1 (October 2017)
 
Spellbound (L. Miller & Son, 1960 series) #43 (1964)
 
Marvel Masterworks: The Invincible Iron Man (Marvel, 2010 series) #1 (2010)
From GCD
from Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #40 (April 1963)
 
from Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #40.
 
From Tales of Suspense (1959 Series) #40 (April 1963)
Show/hide 1. Iron Man versus Gargantus! (Iron Man) Comic story, 13 pages

"History has recorded many a bitter duel to the death!"

Featuring

Feature
Iron Man
Genre
Superhero
Code
X-131
Characters
Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Jeanne; Marion; Gargantus (introduction, origin); aliens

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, plotter [credited]
 
Robert Bernstein, scripter [credited] (script)
Art
Jack Kirby, penciller [credited as J. Kirby]
 
Don Heck, inker [credited]
Colours
Stan Goldberg, colourist
Text
John Duffy, letterer [credited as Difficult]

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Marvel's Greatest Comics (Yaffa/Page, 1977? series) #2 ([1980?])
Iron Man Versus Gargantus!
 
United States
Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #20 (1992)
Iron Man versus Gargantus
 
United States
Essential Iron Man (Marvel, 2000 series) #1 (November 2000)
Iron Man versus Gargantus!  (black and white)
 
United States
Tales of Suspense No. 39 (Marvel, 2006 series) (February 2006)
Iron Man Versus Gargantus!
Printed in
Marvel Collectors' Item Classics (Marvel, 1965 series) #3 (June 1966)
 
Fakkelen og jernmannen (Serieforlaget / Se-Bladene / Stabenfeldt, 1968 series) #1/1968 (1968)
 
Fantastic! (IPC, 1967 series) #3 (4 March 1967)
 
Fantastic! (IPC, 1967 series) #4 (11 March 1967)
 
The Marvel Saga the Official History of the Marvel Universe (Marvel, 1985 series) #8 (July 1986)
 
Der Eiserne (BSV - Williams, 1975 series) #2 (April 1975)
 
The Invincible Iron Man Omnibus (Marvel, 2008 series) #1 (2008)
 
True Believers: Kirby 100th - Iron Man (Marvel, 2017 series) #1 (October 2017)
 
Titan Pocket Book (Marvel UK, 1980 series) #1 (1980)
 
Spellbound (L. Miller & Son, 1960 series) #43 (1964)
 
Marvel Masterworks: The Invincible Iron Man (Marvel, 2010 series) #1 (2010)
From GCD
From Tales of Suspense (1959 series) #40 (April 1963)
 
from Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #40.
 
from Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #40 (April 1963)

Synopsis

Tony takes his newest date, Marion, to the circus. When the wild animals escape, he rounds them up as Iron Man. His grey armor scares the onlookers. Marion suggests that a golden metal might make him look more heroic. A golden Iron Man then battles Gargantus, who turns out to be a mighty robot built by aliens. Iron Man defeats Gargantus by hurling three magnets at him. The magnets float around the robot, ripping its body to pieces. Iron Man then throws the magnets at a flying saucer he just spotted. The aliens flee and, next day, Tony has another date with Marion.

Notes

Duffy credit per Nick Caputo. George Olshevsky's Marvel Comics Index incorectly credts Jon D'Agostino.

Show/hide 2. Wrong Number Text story, 1.75 pages

"Joey Doakes dozed fitfully and dreamed of bygone days."

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
H-721
Characters
Joey Doakes; Phil Turner

Credits

Writing
, author
Art
, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
, typeset

Reprint history

Original
Uncanny Tales (Marvel, 1952 series) #39 (January 1956)

Synopsis

An ordinary man realizes that he is really a medieval knight.

Notes

Text story with illustration. The first page of this story is printed between the pages of the Iron Man story, while the second is printed between the two back-up stories. The last page is split with the statement of ownership.

Show/hide 3. Work of Art! Comic story, 5 pages

"All his life he had longed for a masterpiece!"

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
X-132
Characters
Frans Ridderkerk; Henrick Rammp

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, plotter
 
Larry Lieber, scripter (script)
Art
Larry Lieber, penciller
 
Sol Brodsky, inker
Colours
Stan Goldberg, colourist
Text
Vivian Berg, letterer

Reprint history

Printed in
Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 2006 series) #4 ([September] 2012)
 
Demonen (Serieforlaget / Se-Bladene / Stabenfeldt, 1968 series) #7/1968 ([juli] 1968)
 
Weird Planets (Alan Class, 1962 series) #1 (1962)
 
Das Monster von Frankenstein (BSV - Williams, 1974 series) #25 (Januar 1976)
 
Eclipso (Arédit-Artima, 1968 series) #21 (août 1972)

Synopsis

An unsuccessful artist tries to force a new painter to show him how to paint lifelike pictures. The painter is a sorcerer, and traps the artist in one of his paintings, the secret to his realism.

Show/hide 4. Statement Required by the Act of August 24, 1912, as Amended by the Acts of March 3, 1933, July 2, 1946 and June 11, 1960 (74 Stat. 208) Statement of ownership, 0.25 pages

Credits

Text
, typeset

Notes

Average sales per issue October 1961–September 1962 (issues #26–36), despite monthly cover dates): 126,140. This shares the last page of "Wrong Number".

Show/hide 5. Prophet of Doom! Comic story, 5 pages

"There didn't seem to be anything strange about him--until he took off his hat!"

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Code
V-817
Characters
Charlie; Joe

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter [signed]
Art
Steve Ditko, line art [signed]
Colours
Stan Goldberg, colourist
Text
Artie Simek, letterer

Reprint history

Printed in
Demonen (Serieforlaget / Se-Bladene / Stabenfeldt, 1968 series) #3/1968 ([mars] 1968)
 
Demonen (Serieforlaget / Se-Bladene / Stabenfeldt, 1968 series) #4/1968 ([april] 1968)
 
Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 2006 series) #4 ([September] 2012)
 
Fantastic! (IPC, 1967 series) #11 (29 April 1967)
 
Weird Planets (Alan Class, 1962 series) #1 (1962)
 
Fantastic Annual (IPC, 1967 series) #1969
 
Captain America (Arédit-Artima, 1979 series) #[2] (2ème trimestre 1979)

Synopsis

A man from the future arrives in the present day in order to set himself up as ruler. He attempts to extort 100 million dollars from the Secretary General of the United Nations only to be shocked when the Secretary reveals that he too is from the future and that there are agents planted in every era in order to apprehend criminals who may attempt to alter the course of events.


Notes

Includes 10 pages of paid advertisements. On-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing as listed in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Periodicals, January-June 1963, page 429, registration number B17487.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 101365

Entry created

  • 26/05/2022

Cover added

  • 26/05/2022

Index completed

  • 26/05/2022