Tales to Astonish #23

Marvel Comics

United States

Published
September 1961
Page count
36
Cover price
0.10 USD
Colour
Colour
Size
Standard size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/16451

Credits

Editing
Stan Lee

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Moomba Is Here! Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Characters
Moomba

Credits

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colours
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek
Show/hide 1. The Unbelievable Menace of Moomba [Part 1] Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Code
V-285
Characters
Moomba; Frank; Katu

Credits

Script
Stan Lee (plot) ?
Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colours
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Creatures on the Loose! (Yaffa, 1977? series) #1 ([December 1977?])
The Unbelievable Menace of Moomba [Part 1]

Synopsis

An explorer discovers that native African wood carvings are actually an advance fifth column invasion force under the command of Moomba. Moomba gives his command to strike and all the carvings get up and begin to herd and intimidate their human owners as the wood they are crafted of is so dense that neither fire nor any other human weapons can defeat them. Using unknown means, a native African witch doctor defeats Moomba and extracts a promise from him to leave Earth along with all of his warriors.

Notes

Narrated in the first person. It is an elaboration of the plot of "I Was the Prisoner of the Living Statues!" drawn by John Forte, in Tales to Astonish #6 (November 1959).

Show/hide 2. [The Unbelievable Menace of Moomba], Part 2: The Menace That Was...Moomba Comic story, 7 pages

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Code
V-285
Characters
Moomba; Frank; Katu

Credits

Script
Stan Lee (plot) ?
Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils
Jack Kirby [as K]
Inks
Dick Ayers [as A]
Colours
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Creatures on the Loose! (Yaffa, 1977? series) #1 ([December 1977?])
[The Unbelievable Menace of Moomba], Part 2: The Menace That Was...Moomba
Show/hide 3. The Green Man Text story, 2 pages

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Code
A-189
Characters
Barney

Credits

Author
Letters
typeset

Synopsis

A former pilot can't get anyone to believe his story about the fatal radium poisoning he picked up from an alien, and so keeps spreading it.

Notes

Text story with illustration.

Show/hide 4. Less Than Human Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Code
V-284
Characters
John Harris; Alice Harris; Billy Harris; Roby the Robot

Credits

Script
Stan Lee (plot) ?
Larry Lieber (script) ?
Art
Don Heck
Colours
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Synopsis

A strident anti-robot activist is convinced of the worth of robots when his son is saved by his robotic playmate.

Notes

Narrated in the first person. This story is an altered retelling of "The Robot Hater", drawn by Paul Reinman in Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #3 (May 1959). Writing tentatively credited to Stan Lee on the basis of his plot credit in a later retelling of the story.

Show/hide 5. The Voice from Nowhere Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Code
V-283

Credits

Script
Stan Lee ?
Art
Steve Ditko
Colours
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Ray Holloway ?

Synopsis

The space pilot landing on an asteroid is perplexed by a voice from nowhere pleading for help, but he realizes that the asteroid itself is the source of the voice.

Notes

Possible Lee script per Nick Caputo's analysis of these stories at his blog: http://nick-caputo.blogspot.com/2011/11/who-authored-ditko.html


Notes

Distributed to newstands in June 1961. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

Distribution date from Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 21684

Entry created

  • 10/03/2019

Cover added

  • 10/03/2019

Index completed

  • 10/03/2019