730 – Marvel Monsters: Jan 1960

Atlas/Marvel covers are decorated with more giant monsters in January 1960: Rro! and Taboo! Another thing I’m noticing with Marvel stories from this era is that these anthological tales are now getting sequels, such as “Return of the Martian” features another tale of “Zetora the Martian” in Journey into Mystery #58. Clear indications that the […]

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725 – Marvel Monsters: Dec 1959

Atlas / Marvel Comics continue to populate its fantasy/horror/sci-fi comics with giant monsters. December 1959’s tasty selection is Diablo (The Demon from the Fifth Dimension) and Droom (the Living Lizard).

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718 – Monstrous Names

Remember when I mentioned before how Atlas Comics was starting to morph into Marvel Comics near the end of the 1950s, featuring crazy-big and strangely-named monsters on its covers? Yeah well October 1959 is a really good example of that, so move over Godzilla, this month’s Marvel Monster Mash-Up gives us Zog, Grottu and Monstro!

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705 – Marvel Mutants

Though Atlas Comics has not renamed itself “Marvel Comics”, Tales of Suspense #6 (July 1959), contains a pretty cool glimpse into the future. In the story “The Mutants and Me”, Vincent Farnsworth has an argument with Henry Marsh, who claims that mutants with powers must exist and hide among us. Later that evening, Vincent is […]

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682 – The Creature From Planet X

In late 1950s, Atlas Comics had not yet transformed into Marvel Comics, but its fantasy and sci-fi titles started featuring more outlandish covers replete with fantastical creatures in both shape and names. In Strange Worlds #3 (January 1958), we get a nice early example of this with “The Creature from Planet X”. The cover features […]

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670 – Challengers Traveling in Time

In Challengers of the Unknown #4 (August 1958), it’s hard not to see Jack Kirby angling towards complex, fantastical world-building alongside and team-building between characters, as the Challengers find themselves traveling through time in a scientist’s “time cube”. Very Fantastic Four! And what I love the most are those giant, single-page splashes, like this one […]

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647 – The Magic Hammer

A nice little archaeological find in DC’s Tales of the Unexpected #16 (June 1957): Jack Kirby brings us a short story called “The Magic Hammer”. In it, a nasty prospector discovers Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, and uses it to summon rain and build himself a crooked fortune. Eventually Thor comes to claim the hammer, telling the […]

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