Marvel's Greatest Comics #2

Published
1980
Page count
68
Cover price
0.60 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

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Untitled Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Superhero
Show/hide 1. The Challenge of Comrade X! (The Astonishing Ant-Man) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
The Astonishing Ant-Man
Genre
Superhero
Code
V-858
Characters
Ant-Man [Henry Pym]; Comrade X [Nina Vladimirovna Tsiolkovsky] (introduction)

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, plotter
 
Larry Lieber, scripter (script)
Art
Jack Kirby, penciller
 
Dick Ayers, inker
Text
Terry Szenics, letterer
 
Artie Simek, letterer
Editing
Stan Lee, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 1959 series) #36 (October 1962)
The Challenge of Comrade X!
Also printed
United States
Essential Ant Man (Marvel, 2002 series) #1 (February 2002)
The Challenge of Comrade X!  (black and white)

Synopsis

Ant-Man is hunted by a Soviet agent sent to capture him, but a beautiful stranger warns him of the spy's whereabouts. Ant-Man realizes that the woman is really the spy and defeats her.

Notes

This story is divided into two untitled parts (7 pp, 6 pp).

Show/hide 2. Trapped by the Protecter! [Part 1] (The Astonishing Ant-Man) Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Feature
The Astonishing Ant-Man
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Ant-Man [Henry Pym]; Protector [Gerald Marsh]

Credits

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

Reprint history

First print
United States
Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 1959 series) #37 (November 1962)
Trapped by the Protecter! [Part 1]
Also printed
United States
Essential Ant Man (Marvel, 2002 series) #1 (February 2002)
Trapped by the Protector!  (black and white)

Synopsis

Ant-Man deals with a dangerous extortionist, who turns out to be disguised as one of the victimized jewellers.

Show/hide 3. [Trapped by the Protecter!] Part 2 Face-to-Face With the Protector! (The Astonishing Ant-Man) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
The Astonishing Ant-Man
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Ant-Man [Henry Pym]; Protector [Gerald Marsh]

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, plotter
 
Larry Lieber, scripter (script)
Art
Jack Kirby, penciller
 
Dick Ayers, inker
Text
Jon D'Agostino, letterer
Editing
Stan Lee, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 1959 series) #37 (November 1962)
[Trapped by the Protecter!] Part 2 Face-to-Face With the Protector!
Also printed
United States
Essential Ant Man (Marvel, 2002 series) #1 (February 2002)
Trapped by the Protector!  (black and white)

Notes

D'Agostino letters per Nick Caputo. Previous indexer credited Ray Holloway.

Final panel includes a house ad for Marvel's hero line (Journey into Mystery with Thor; Strange Tales featuring the Human Torch; the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk).

Show/hide 4. Banished to Outer Space (The Hulk) Comic story, 11 pages

Featuring

Feature
The Hulk
Genre
Superhero
Code
V-869
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Rick Jones; General Thunderbolt Ross

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter
Art
Jack Kirby, penciller
 
Dick Ayers, inker
Text
Artie Simek, letterer
Editing
Stan Lee, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Incredible Hulk (Marvel, 1962 series) #3 (September 1962)
Banished to Outer Space
Also printed
Australia
The Incredible Hulk (Newton, 1975 series) #2 (5 July 1975)
Banished to Outer Space

Synopsis

The military captures Rick and Ross convinces him that they need the Hulk to test a new experimental rocket for national security. Rick tricks the jade giant into the capsule but once it is shot into space, he realizes that Ross deceived him to get rid of his foe. Rick overrides the programming and returns the rocket to earth but not before Banner (he transformed back to his human form when the rocket came into view of the sun) is doused with further radiation. The Hulk is now unable to revert to his human form and is under Rick's control but only while Rick remains awake.

Show/hide 5. Iron Man Versus Gargantus! (Iron Man) Comic story, 13 pages

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]
Text
John Duffy, letterer [credited as Difficult]
Editing
Stan Lee, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #40 (April 1963)
Iron Man versus Gargantus!
Also printed
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!

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.

Show/hide 6. Tales of... ...Asgard! Home of the Mighty Norse Gods (Tales of Asgard) Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tales of Asgard
Genre
Fantasy-Supernatural
Code
[X-427]
Characters
Odin (origin); Surtur (introduction); Ymir (introduction, origin); Buri (introduction, origin, cameo); Borr (introduction, origin, cameo); Audhumbla (called "Magic Cow"); Vili (unnamed, origin, cameo); Vé (unnamed, origin, cameo); Bestla (unnamed, cameo)

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter [credited]
Art
Jack Kirby, penciller [credited]
 
George Roussos, inker [credited]
Text
Artie Simek, letterer [credited]
Editing
Stan Lee, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Journey into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #97 (October 1963)
Tales of... ...Asgard! Home of the Mighty Norse Gods
Also printed
Australia
The Mighty Thor (Yaffa/Page, 1977 series) #5 (April 1981)
Tales of... Asgard!
 
United States
Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #18 (1991)
Tales of..... Asgard! Home of the Mighty Norse Gods
 
United States
Essential Thor (Marvel, 2001 series) #1 (February 2001)
Tales of..... Asgard! Home of the Mighty Norse Gods  (black and white)

Synopsis

Beneath Asgard lies the Well of Life. From it came Ymir, greatest of the Frost Giants and Buri, the first Norse God who gave life to Borr. Borr had three sons. Odin was one of them. Odin and his brothers protect the Earth while waiting for the coming of man.

Show/hide 7. Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic (Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic) Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic
Genre
Superhero
Code
[X-221 ?]
Characters
Dr. Strange [Stephen Strange] (introduction); Wong (introduction, unnamed); Ancient One [Yao] (introduction, called "the Master"); Nightmare (introduction)

Credits

Writing
Steve Ditko, plotter
 
Stan Lee, scripter (script)
Art
Steve Ditko, line art
Text
Terry Szenics, letterer
Editing
Stan Lee, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #110 (July 1963)
Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic!
Also printed
United States
Origins of Marvel Comics (Simon and Schuster, 1974 series) (1974)
Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic!
 
Australia
The Avengers (Newton, 1975 series) #1 ([June 1975])
Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic!
 
United States
Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #23 (1992)
Dr. Strange, Master of Black Magic
 
United States
Origins of Marvel Comics Revised Edition (Marvel, 1997 series) (September 1997)
Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic!
 
United States
Essential Dr. Strange (Marvel, 2001 series) #1 (December 2001)
Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic!

Synopsis

Doctor Strange is called on by a man having bad dreams, and confronts Nightmare. The man’s dreams reveal that he is guilty of fraud and Strange makes him confess.

Show/hide 8. The Saga of the Sneepers! (Tales of the Watcher) Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tales of the Watcher
Genre
Science fiction
Code
X-464
Characters
Watcher [Uatu] (narrator); Sneepers (extraterrestrials)

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, plotter
 
Larry Lieber, scripter (script)
Art
Larry Lieber, penciller
 
George Roussos, inker
Text
Sam Rosen, letterer
Editing
Stan Lee, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #49 (January 1964)
The Saga of the Sneepers!

Synopsis

An alien race watches humanity's progress, worried that they will one day overtake them. With the invention of the atomic bomb and the Cold War, they decide that humanity will wipe itself out before it poses a threat.

Notes

This is the first Tales of the Watcher story in Tales of Suspense.

Show/hide 9. The Incredible Hulk the Movie (Filmways) Advertisement, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Filmways

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 79853

Entry created

  • 02/02/2021

Cover added

  • 26/02/2021

Index completed

  • 26/05/2022

Last updated

  • 05/06/2022