Marvel Tales #1

Published
1977
Page count
64?
Cover price
0.50 AUD
Colour
Black & white
Size
Magazine size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
Branding
None

Credits

Editing
, editor

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Show/hide Cover The Origin of Dr. Strange Cover, 1 page
Show/hide 1. The Amazing Spider-Man [Only 35 cents] Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page
Show/hide 2. Return of the Ant-Man Part 2: An Army of Ants Part 3: The Ant-Man’s Revenge (Ant Man) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Ant Man
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Writing
Jack Kirby, plotter
 
Larry Lieber, dialogue
Art
Jack Kirby, penciller
 
Dick Ayers, inker
Text
John Duffy, letterer
Editing
Stan Lee, editor

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Marvel Tales Annual (Marvel, 1964 series) #1 (1964)
Return of the Ant-Man
First print
United States
Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 1959 series) #35 (September 1962)
The Return of the Ant-Man
Also printed
Australia
Marvel Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1977? series) #2 ([1979?])
Return of the Ant-Man Part 2: An Army of Ants Part 3: The Ant-Man’s Revenge”
 
United States
Essential Ant Man (Marvel, 2002 series) #1 (February 2002)
Return of the Ant-Man

Notes

Henry Pym becomes the costumed hero, Ant-Man! Official 1st installment of Ant-Man's series in Tales to Astonish. The previous story, from #27, was a one-shot.

Show/hide 3. The Birth of Giant-Man (Giant-Man) Comic story, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
Giant-Man
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter
Art
Don Heck, line art
Editing
Stan Lee, editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Marvel Tales Annual (Marvel, 1964 series) #1 (1964)
The Birth of Giant-Man
Also printed
Australia
Marvel Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1977? series) #2 ([1979?])
The Birth of Giant-Man
 
Australia
Marvel Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1977? series) #2 ([1979?])
 
United States
Essential Ant Man (Marvel, 2002 series) #1 (February 2002)
 (Full story)

Notes

2 page excerpt

Show/hide 4. Iron Man Is Born! (Iron Man) Comic story, 13 pages
Show/hide 5. How Iron Man Created His Thinner Uniform (Iron Man) Comic story, 4 pages
Show/hide 6. The Ringmaster (The Incredible Hulk) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
The Incredible Hulk
Genre
Superhero
Code
V-871

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter
Art
Jack Kirby, penciller
 
Dick Ayers, inker
Text
Artie Simek, letterer [as Art Simek]
Editing
Stan Lee, editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Incredible Hulk (Marvel, 1962 series) #3 (September 1962)
The Ringmaster
Also printed
United States
Marvel Tales Annual (Marvel, 1964 series) #2 (1965)
The Ringmaster
 
Australia
The Incredible Hulk (Newton, 1975 series) #2 (5 July 1975)
The Ringmaster
 
United States
The Incredible Hulk (Pocket, 1978 series) #81446-X (April 1978)
The Ringmaster
 
Australia
Marvel Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1977? series) #2 ([1979?])
The Ringmaster
 
United States
Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #8 (1989)
The Ringmaster

Synopsis

Rick takes a break from his Hulk-sitting duties and goes to the circus; Unfortunately, he picks one run by a hypnotic criminal who mesmerizes his audience and then robs them; When the Hulk arrives to bail out his buddy, he is captured and made part of the act thanks to the fact that Rick is in thrall and cannot give him any commands; Rick returns with the FBI and the Hulk finds himself free to kick some circus tail.

Show/hide 7. The Origin of Dr. Strange (Dr. Strange) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Dr. Strange
Genre
Fantasy-Supernatural

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter [credited] (co-plot, dialogue)
 
Steve Ditko, scripter [credited] (co-plot)
Art
Steve Ditko, line art [credited]
Text
Sam Rosen, letterer [credited]
Editing
Stan Lee, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #115 (December 1963)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
Also printed
United States
Marvel Tales Annual (Marvel, 1964 series) #2 (1965)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Marvel Premiere (Marvel, 1972 series) #11 (October 1973)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Origins of Marvel Comics (Simon and Schuster, 1974 series) (1974)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
Australia
The Avengers (Newton, 1975 series) #1 ([28 June 1975])
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
Australia
Origins of Great Marvel Comics Heroes (Newton, 1975?) ([1975])
 
Australia
Origins of Great Marvel Comics Heroes (Newton, 1975?) ([1975])
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
Australia
Marvel Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1977? series) #2 ([1979?])
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
Australia
Strange Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1978 series) #4 ([July 1980?])
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Marvel Tales (Marvel, 1966 series) #137 (March 1982)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Marvel Tales (Marvel, 1949 series) #137 (March 1982)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #23 (1992)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Spider-Man Classics (Marvel, 1993 series) #1 (April 1993)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Origins of Marvel Comics Revised Edition (Marvel, 1997 series) (September 1997)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Essential Dr. Strange (Marvel, 2001 series) #1 (December 2001)
The Origin of Dr. Strange

Synopsis

At the The Ancient One's mountain home somewhere in the Himalayas (in India), Dr. Stephen Strange arrives seeking healing. The aged mystic discovers Strange was a surgeon who cared only for money, nothing for humanity until one day he was in a car crash, which damaged the nerves in his hands, destroying his career. Rather than become a consultant, he wasted his life and money seeking a cure, finally searching out possible occult means of restoring his talents. Because his motives are selfish, The Ancient One refuses to help, but suggests if Strange remain and study with him, he may find a cure on his own. Snowbound, he's left no choice but to remain. Before long, he discovers Baron Mordo, The Ancient One's disciple, is trying to kill his mentor thru mystic means, with the aid of some being named "Dormammu." Unable to warn The Ancient One because of a spell, he suddenly realizes the terrible dangers threatening all humanity and offers to become a disciple, whereupon The Ancient One reveals he knew of Mordo's spell, and evil intent, and has been keeping a watch over him. Now, with Strange as his new disciple, there's hope that Mordo may one day be stopped. Strange begins years of study to become a Master of the Mystic Arts!

Show/hide 8. The Human Torch Part 2: The Faming Fury Strikes Back!! (The Human Torch) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
The Human Torch
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (flashback); Thing [Ben Grimm] (flashback); Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards] (flashback); Destroyer [Charles Stanton] (Intro)

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, plotter
 
Larry Lieber, scripter (Script)
Art
Jack Kirby, penciller
 
Dick Ayers, inker
Text
Artie Simek, letterer [as Art Simek]
Editing
, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Marvel Tales (Marvel, 1966 series) #3 (July 1966)
The Human Torch
Also printed
United States
Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #101 (October 1962)
The Human Torch
 
Australia
Marvel Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1977? series) #2 ([1979?])
 
United States
Essential Human Torch (Marvel, 2003 series) #1 ([October] 2003)
The Human Torch

Synopsis

In Glenville, Johnny lives with his sister Sue. While she's known as a member of the Fantastic Four, he tries to keep a low profile. We get to see the house, much of which is chemically fire-resistent, and equipped with various crime-fighting equipment. But even in the suburbs danger lurks, as someone called The Destroyer is hell-bent on wrecking a local amusement park nearing completion.

Show/hide 9. Fantastic Action! [The Fantastic Four] Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

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