Tales to Astonish #4

Marvel Comics

United States

Published
July 1959
Page count
36?
Cover price
0.10 USD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/15121

Credits

Editing
Stan Lee

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover The Day the Martians Struck Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Characters
Darius Wolfe

Credits

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Christopher Rule

Reprint history

From GCD
in Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 2006 series) #1 (2006)
Show/hide 1. I Was a Prisoner of the Martians! Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Code
T-247
Characters
Darius Wolf; Miss Smyth; Malcolm Avery

Credits

Art
Joe Sinnott

Reprint history

Also printed
Brazil
Cômico Colegial (La Selva, 1950 series) #602 (June 1963) —Naves do Espaço nº 1
Eu era prisioneiro dos marcianos
From GCD
in Creatures on the Loose (Marvel, 1971 series) #21 (January 1973)
in Fantastici Quattro, I (Editoriale Corno, 1971 series) #115 (September 2, 1975) [as "Imprigionato dai marziani", Italian translation]
in Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 2006 series) #1 (2006)

Synopsis

A bullying director is kidnapped by Martians using the science fiction movie he's filming as a cover. They're forced to land because of a malfunction, and explain that they'll have to let him go...if one of the actors or crew that he abused tries to rescue him.

Notes

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.

Show/hide 2. Masquerade Text story, 2 pages

Featuring

Genre
Occult
Code
G-750
Characters
Tommy; Kitty Blake; Old King Cole

Credits

Author
Letters
typeset

Reprint history

From GCD
from Journey Into Unknown Worlds (Marvel, 1951 series) #38 (October 1955)

Synopsis

A man with no imagination is invited to a costume party by his girlfriend, but stumbles across real fairy-tale folk instead.

Notes

Text story with illustration.

Show/hide 3. My Forbidden Paintings! Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Genre
Occult
Code
T-249
Characters
Ashley Crane

Credits

Art
Don Heck

Reprint history

From GCD
in Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 2006 series) #1 (2006)

Synopsis

A painter buys a magic brush with the power to make three paintings become real. He makes himself handsome and a famous painter. Finally he makes himself dictator of a European country, but one of his paintings inspires the people to revolt and depose him, leaving him imprisoned.

Notes

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.

Show/hide 4. I Made Time Stand Still Comic story, 4 pages

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Code
T-250?
Characters
Sydney Burr

Reprint history

From GCD
in Monsters on the Prowl (Marvel, 1971 series) #20 (December 1972)
in Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 2006 series) #1 (2006)

Synopsis

An inventor accidentally makes time stand still, leaving himself the only person able to move. He robs everyone before restarting time, but it turns out all the frozen people could see what he did and he is arrested.

Notes

Penciler credit and inker credit from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Job number speculative based on other stories in this issue and the lack of any contemporary Marvel story with this number.

Show/hide 5. I Love a Mermaid! Comic story, 4 pages

Featuring

Genre
Fantasy
Code
T-251
Characters
Alethea

Credits

Art
Carl Burgos

Reprint history

From GCD
in Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 2006 series) #1 (2006)

Synopsis

A man always drawn to the sea falls in love with a mermaid. When he dives under the water to pursue her, he realizes that he is also a merman, and his yearning for the sea was a yearning for home.

Notes

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Art credits from Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales to Astonish, formerly Bob Forgione was credited.

Show/hide 6. The Man Who Floats in Space! Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Code
T-248
Characters
Capt. Racer; Bogane

Credits

Art
Steve Ditko

Reprint history

From GCD
in Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 2006 series) #1 (2006)

Synopsis

Space pirates get the idea of using an empty space suit floating in space as a decoy to lure in unsuspecting freighters to be ambushed, but an intelligence operative hides in the space suit to signal the space patrol when they get close, and together they apprehend the leader of the space pirates.

Notes

Job number from Dr. Michael J. Vassallo via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.


Notes

Distributed to newstands in March 1959. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements. All new stories in this issue are narrated in the first person.

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

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 85603

Cover added

  • 26/04/2014

Index completed

  • 26/04/2014

Last updated

  • 26/04/2014