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Monday, 23 April 2012
MARVEL TALES - OF THE RATHER 'TALL' VARIETY...
Continuing our look at Marvel reprint titles from the '60s, this time up is MARVEL TALES #1 from 1964. Unfortunately, the cover claim of six 'uncut' origin tales was a bit of a porky as The HULK and Sgt. FURY stories only had the first 6 pages of each strip. There was also a 2-page extract from TALES To ASTONISH #49, featuring HENRY PYM's evolution from ANT-MAN to GIANT-MAN, plus a 4-page taste of millionaire playboy TONY STARK donning his brand-new IRON MAN armour from TALES Of SUSPENSE #48.
The issue also contained a 2-page spread of some of the gang from the Merry Marvel Bullpen, including STAN LEE, JACK KIRBY, VINCE COLLETTA, DON HECK, SAM ROSEN and ARTIE SIMEK. The splash page of each tale had a blurb detailing where they had first appeared, but someone clearly wasn't paying attention on THOR's origin - it's listed as having been originally printed in JOURNEY Into MYSTERY #38 instead of #83.
Below are the first pages of the six main stories.
Incidentally, the above page's blurb is misleading - the final page was cropped to allow for an extra 'wrap-up' caption. As far as mixed reprint books go, we had to wait 47 years 'til Marvel got it right with MARVEL FIRSTS: The 1960s. Still, better late than never, eh?
Posted by Kid at Monday, April 23, 2012