Strange Tales Annual #1

Marvel Comics

United States

Published
1962
Page count
76
Cover price
0.25 USD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/16685

Credits

Editing
Stan Lee

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Show/hide Cover Grottu! King of the Insects / The Indescribable Diablo / The Miraculous Martian / The Shadow Thing / The Serpent Creature Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Monsters

Credits

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Jack Kirby ?

Notes

Nick Caputo, via the GCD Error List (26 November 2008) suggests that Kirby may have inked this cover.

Show/hide 1. An Amazing Invention—"Magic Art Reproducer" Advertisement, 1 page

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

inside cover

Show/hide 2. I Unleashed Shagg upon the World! Comic story, 7 pages

Featuring

Genre
Monsters
Code
T-724
Characters
Shagg

Credits

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers

Reprint history

From GCD
From Journey Into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #59 (July 1960)

Notes

Narrated in the first person.

Show/hide 3. I Come from the Shadow World! Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Code
T-474
Characters
shadow creature; Casey

Credits

Script
Stan Lee
Art
Steve Ditko

Reprint history

From GCD
from Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #7 (January 1960)

Synopsis

An invader from the shadow world is defeated by a room of lights rigged up by an electrician.

Show/hide 4. He Waits For Us in the Glacier! Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Code
T-472
Characters
Anuxa

Credits

Art
Don Heck

Reprint history

First print
United States
Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 1959 series) #7 (January 1960)
He Waits For Us in the Glacier!
Also printed
United States
Where Creatures Roam (Marvel, 1970 series) #2 (September 1970)
He Waits For Us in the Glacier!
 
Australia
Super Giant (Sport Magazine, 1973 series) ([January 1973?])
He Waits for Us in the Glacier
 
United States
Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 2006 series) #1 (2006)
He Waits for Us in the Glacier!
From GCD
from Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 1959 series) #7 (January 1960)

Synopsis

A nuclear submarine finds an alien hibernating in a glacier. He has been waiting thousands of years for humanity to wipe itself out so his race can claim the Earth, and now that nuclear weapons exist he thinks it won't be much longer.

Notes

Narrated in the first person.

Show/hide 5. I Became a...Human Bomb! Comic story, 4 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror
Code
T-386

Credits

Art
Paul Reinman

Reprint history

From GCD
from Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 1959 series) #6 (November 1959)

Synopsis

A criminal sneaks aboard an experimental nuclear missile planning to hijack it and sell it to the Soviets, but after the rocket launches he discovers that it lacks internal control.

Notes

Narrated in the first person.

Show/hide 6. Grottu, King of the Insects! Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Genre
Monsters
Code
T-547
Characters
Frank [Ulysses Bloodstone] (earliest published appearance according to later continuity); Lynn Avery (only appearance); Kasenga (only appearance); Grottu (introduction, origin)

Credits

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Bill Everett

Reprint history

From GCD
from Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #73 (February 1960)

Synopsis

A journalist and an archaeologist go to Africa and find an ant that has grown giant and gained super-intelligence due to an atomic test. The giant ant tries to lead an army of insects to world conquest, but is foiled when the humans use sugar to turn his ants against him.

Notes

Grottu next appears in Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl (Marvel, 2005 series) #1 (December 2005). In later retcons it is established that Grottu's creation was planned by the Deviants. Inker credit of Dick Ayers removed based on information from Tom Lammers and the Timely/Atlas discussion list.

Show/hide 7. I Know the Secret of the Poltergeist! Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror
Code
T-84
Characters
Larry Winters; Rita Winters; Poltergeist

Credits

Art
Steve Ditko

Reprint history

From GCD
from Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 1959 series) #1 (January 1959)

Notes

Narrated in the first person.

Show/hide 8. I Saw the Serpent that Saved the World! Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror
Code
T-436

Credits

Art
Don Heck

Reprint history

From GCD
from Journey Into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #55 (December 1959)

Synopsis

A man dreams of a monster growing from an alien spore that is killed when it is eaten by a garter snake, a snake that he found in his yard as a boy.

Show/hide 9. The Stranger in Space! Comic story, 4 pages

Featuring

Code
T-294

Credits

Art
John Forte

Reprint history

From GCD
From Journey Into Mystery (Marvel 1952 series) #53
Show/hide 10. I Saw Diablo! The Demon from the Fifth Dimension! Comic story, 7 pages

Featuring

Genre
Monsters
Code
T-631
Characters
Diablo; Ulysses Bloodstone (unnamed, identified in later retcon)

Credits

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers

Reprint history

From GCD
from Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #9 (May 1960)

Synopsis

An extradimensional smoke monster invades the Earth. It could have destroyed humanity, but an adventurer tricks it by blowing out the smoke from a lighter, making it think humans can destroy it.

Notes

Narrated in the first person.

Show/hide 11. I Found the Giant in the Sky! Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Genre
Fantasy
Code
T-???
Characters
Prof. Dunn; giant; princess

Credits

Art
Steve Ditko

Reprint history

From GCD
from Journey Into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #55 (December 1959)
Show/hide 12. Beware!! The Ghosts Surround Me!! Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror
Code
T-740
Characters
Gustav; Hans (only appearance for both)

Credits

Art
Don Heck

Reprint history

From GCD
from Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #76 (August 1960)

Synopsis

A fleeing criminal in Transylvania hides in an abandoned house, but aliens from a parallel dimension appear to him. He is relieved to find they cannot hurt him, but instead they phase him into an invisible, immaterial state and leave him there forever.

Notes

Narrated in the first person.

Show/hide 13. I Saw the Invasion of the Stone Men Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Genre
Monsters
Code
T-383
Characters
Prof. George Ailen

Credits

Art
Steve Ditko

Reprint history

From GCD
from Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 1959 series) #6 (November 1959)

Synopsis

Narrated in the first person.

Show/hide 14. A Martian Walks Among Us! Comic story, 7 pages

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Code
T-864

Credits

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers

Reprint history

From GCD
from Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #78 (November 1960)

Synopsis

A man happens upon a Martian spy in human form scouting Earth for an invasion but cannot get the authorities to believe him. He tracks down and kills the Martian, revealing that he himself is a Venusian agent in disguise working to protect Earth.

Notes

Narrated in the first person.

Show/hide 15. The World's Greatest Molder of Handsome He-Men and Champs out of Weaklings Advertisement, 1 page

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

inside back cover

Show/hide 16. If You Know Just 20 People...You Can Make At Least $50.00 Advertisement, 1 page

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

back cover


Notes

Distributed to newstands in July 1962 (at the same time as issues cover-dated September and October 1962).

Some information on this issue supplied by Tom Lammers and the Atlas/Timely discussion list, including Job Numbers supplied by Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely list. Distribution date from Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 39646

Index completed

  • 11/05/2014