Tales to Astonish #20

Marvel Comics

United States

Published
June 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/16302

Credits

Editing
Stan Lee

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover I Was Hunted By "X" the Thing That Lived!! Cover, 1 page

"Evacuate the city!!"

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Characters
X

Credits

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby ?
Colours
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee

Reprint history

First print
United States
Fear (Marvel, 1970 series) #2 (January 1971)
X

Notes

Possible Kirby inks per Nick Caputo, August 2012. Nick examined Kirby's inking at his blog, as can be seen here: http://nick-caputo.blogspot.com/2011/09/kirby-inking-kirby.html Original indexer credited Dick Ayers.

Show/hide 1. What Was "X" the Thing That Lived! [Part 1] Comic story, 5 pages

"Charles Bentley was a writer!"

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
V-185
Characters
Charles Bentley; X (introduction, origin)

Credits

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

Reprint history

Also printed
United States
Fear (Marvel, 1970 series) #2 (January 1971)
What Was "X" the Thing That Lived!
 
Australia
Super Giant (Sport Magazine, 1973 series) #2 ([March 1973?])
What Was "X" the Thing That Lived!
From GCD
From Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 1959 series) #20, June 1961

Synopsis

A comic writer's monsters keep coming to life, until he creates one that can't be defeated. The monster is unstoppable physically, but he wills it out of existence.

Notes

Narrated in the first person. X next appears in Alpha Flight (Marvel, 1997 series) #17 (December 1998). The unnamed editor of Tales to Astonish appears in the story.

Show/hide 2. [What Was "X" the Thing That Lived!] Part 2 Comic story, 5 pages

"Bentley hurried into the projection room, sat down, and then..."

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
V-185
Characters
Charles Bentley; X

Credits

Script
Stan Lee (plot) ?
Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils
Jack Kirby [as K]
Inks
Dick Ayers [as A]
Colours
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek
Show/hide 3. [What Was "X" the Thing That Lived!] Part 3 Comic story, 3 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
V-185
Characters
Charles Bentley; X

Credits

Script
Stan Lee (plot) ?
Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils
Jack Kirby [as K]
Inks
Dick Ayers [as A]
Colours
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek
Show/hide 4. [What Was "X" the Thing That Lived!] Part 4 Comic story, 5 pages

"Charles Bentley, aware that only he could stop the menacing X, drove swiftly back to the city!"

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
V-185
Characters
Charles Bentley; X

Credits

Script
Stan Lee (plot) ?
Larry Lieber (script) ?
Pencils
Jack Kirby [as K]
Inks
Dick Ayers [as A]
Colours
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek
Show/hide 5. Odd Skills Text story, 2 pages

"When a man who has been very competent suddenly becomes slipshod, there's usually a reason."

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Code
J-216
Characters
Jim Branner; Bill Toney

Credits

Author
Art
Joe Maneely
Letters
typeset

Synopsis

The manager of an auto parts shop develops a sudden tolerance for "human variation" in parts, possibly linked to otherworldly strangers in the shop at night.

Notes

Text story with illustration.

Show/hide 6. One-Way Journey! Comic story, 5 pages

"Adam Gree's success would have satisfied anyone else!"

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Code
V-184
Characters
Adam Gree

Credits

Script
Stan Lee ?
Art
Steve Ditko [as S. Ditko]
Colours
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Reprint history

Also printed
United States
Fear (Marvel, 1970 series) #2 (January 1971)
One-Way Journey!
 
Australia
Doomsday (KG Murray, 1973 series) #12 ([December 1973?])
One-Way Journey
From GCD
From Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 1959 series) #20, June 1961

Synopsis

A heartless tycoon spends great resources and eliminates jobs in order to build a machine that will transport him from the current moment to one forty years hence because his scientists have predicted an end to disease, war, and poverty in the year 2001, but he neglects to consider his body will age forty years in what seems to his mind merely an instant and, since the machine has only enough power to move forward the one time, he's lost most of the years of his life.

Notes

Nick Caputo suspects Stan Lee may have written this story based on an examination at his blog: http://nick-caputo.blogspot.com/2011/11/who-authored-ditko.html


Notes

Distributed to newstands in March 1961. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements. Distribution date from Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 38047

Cover added

  • 06/02/2010

Index completed

  • 27/08/2019

Last updated

  • 27/08/2019