The Marvel Comics Horror Archive

ADVENTURE INTO MYSTERY

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One (May, 1956)

Title: "Future... Tense!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Rod Clayton [television writer]
Villains: A Scanner [man from the future]
Others: Madge [Rod's girlfriend]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Rod writes a story about the human brain tapping into unheard of powers, but a Scanner from the future presents the play from being shown then removes the memory of writing it from Rod's mind, lest humanity develop too quickly.

Title: "The Dark Side of the Moon!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Carl Benton [scientist]
Others: Moon Men [dewellers on Earth's moon]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Carl is preparing equipment to analyze the dark side of the moon. On a whim, he plays with a child's toy about the moon and finds himself transported to the dark side of the moon, where he sees the people who live there and learns they have a fortune in platinum. Carl realizes the moon people sent him this vision so he would understand their fears and decides to end his research.

Title: "The Conquerors"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Villains: An alien commander [invasion leader]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: An alien fleet invades the Earth and begins enslaving humans, but the humans escape and capture the commander, promising to teach him to understand dignity and bring an end to the invasion.

Title: "The Dream Creatures"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Rudolph Mallinger [dream specialist]
Others: Aliens, an African shaman
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, USA; Africa
Synopsis: Humans have restful dreams which make them content; investigating where the dreams have come from, Mallinger learns from an African shaman that aliens are appearing in people's dreams to help introduce themselves to mankind. However, they finally tire of receiving no response and leave Earth's orbit.

Title: "Where the Grass is Always Greener"
Story:
Art: Tony Mortellaro
Heroes: Kanu, Bala [water-breathing couple from underwater city]
Others: King Ku [king of underwater city]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA; an underwater city
Synopsis: Kanu and Bala want to visit the surface although they can only breathe air for two hours, but find the locals so disagreeable that afterwards they resolve not to visit the surface again.

Title: "Inside the Iceberg"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Jeff Marlin [ship's skipper]
Others: Alien mariners [travelers within iceberg]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Atlantic Ocean
Synopsis: Jeff boards an iceberg and discovers aliens within. The aliens need help on their world with combatting a flood and have been drawing out adventurous mariners from Earth by disguising their ship as an iceberg. Jeff agrees to go with the aliens to help their world.

Two (July, 1956)

"The Man on the Thirteenth Floor"
"A Woman Screamed"
"The Betrayer"
"The Straw Man"
"Among the Missing"
"The Man Who Saw the Saucer"

Three (September, 1956)

Title: "Good-Bye Forever!"
Story:
Art: Joe Maneely
Heroes: Hugo Valgon [scientist]
Villains: Counr Yvar [Risa's father]
Others: Colonel Yubek [Valgon's superior], Risa Skara [princess], Orkavo [military dictator]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Europe; an alien dimension
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#17
Synopsis: Hugo's "Valgon Ray" transports him to another world where he falls in love with Risa; unable to provide a dowry, Hugo transports weapons from Earth to Count Yvar, but the weapons turn Yvar into a war-monger who spoils the paradise of his world. Hugo destroys the weapons, returns to Earth and destroys the Valgon Ray, against his own desire for Risa.

Title: "Next Stop Eternity!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Bill Walsh [bus driver]
Others: Mark [Bill's rival], Jennie [Bill's former love]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Chillers#1
Synopsis: Bill is frustrated at Mark for winning Jennie. One night, Mark takes Bill's bus and gets off at an isolated locale, never to be seen again. As decades pass, Jennie keeps looking for Mark. One night, Bill lets Jennie out where Mark disappeared and sees the two reunited; Mark and Jennie regain their lost youth and Bill is happy for them.

Title: "Behind the Locked Door..."
Story:
Art: Howard O'Donnell
Heroes: Lana Cummings [telephone operator]
Villains: Bugs Harper [criminal]
Others: Thomas Fields [shipping clerk]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Lana believes in telepathy. One day she gets the name Thomas Fields in her mind and investigates his home, discovering he's been captured by the criminal-in-hiding Bugs Harper; she alerts the police and they save Thomas.

Title: "A World Gone Mad"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Ed Wilson [average man]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Creston Gardens, 1950s
Reprinted In: Fear#26
Synopsis: Ed comes home to find a stranger in both his house and the house across the street. He thinks he's in an alternate world but it turns out the neighbourhood kids rearranged all the door numbers - it's Halloween.

Title: "Bedlam"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Eric Lamont [explorer]
Others: Dr. Henry Melton [scientist], Martians
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s South America
Synopsis: Lamont meets Martians and tries to encourage them to establish contact with humanity. To prove humans are ready, Lamont poses as a Martian and shows Dr. Melton Martian technology, but when people are convinced they quickly fear a Martian invasion. Lamont exposes himself as a fraudster to protect the Martians and concedes humanity isn't ready for them.

Title: "When the Time Comes"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Cadet Baker [astronaut]
Others: Aeronautics staff
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Baker is summoned to pilot a rocket craft on the first venture into space; he successfully flies to the moon and back but learns the entire project existed as a simulation meant to test his reactions; he wonders if he'll able to meet the real challenge when it arrives.

Four (November, 1956)

Title: "The Hex"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Others: Frank and Julia Hubbard
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#13
Synopsis: Frank removes the hex symbols on the farmhouse he and his wife move into and they are immediately plagued by misfortune; Frank refuses to give in, disbelieving in the hex; things finally turn around, but only because Julia paints a new hex.
"The Voice in the Shell"

Title: "The Menace of the Little Men!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Carter [cowardly man]
Villains: Aliens [small green creatures]
Others: Andrews [prisoner of the aliens]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Aliens take men hostage to prepare them as test subjects in efforts to design human-like robots. Carter tries to avoid being selected by demonstrating the worst qualities of humanity, but the aliens choose him so they'll know what to avoid copying.

Title: "Those in a Trance"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Lt. Jack Courtland [deaf police detective]
Villains: Serge Mazerik [composer]
Others: Mozart [Mazerik's dog], Armand [Serge's friend]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#14
Synopsis: Serge discovers he can perform a piece of piano music which hypnotizes people; he begins mesmerizing his audiences then robbing them, but is undone when Lt. Courtland attends a concert; Courtland is deaf and doesn't the music.
"The Invaders"

Title: "None Are So Blind!"
Story:
Art: Al Williamson
Heroes: Guy Farr [explorer]
Others: Giant people, Clark [Guy's ally]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s, Martinique, Africa
Synopsis: Guy has heard of a "Valley of Giants" on Martinique and brings Clark with him to find it. They do find a tribe there but they aren't giants. The two men don't realize because they drank the local water they became giants and the water will wear off before they return home. Thus the valley remains a secret.

Five (January, 1957)

Title: "The People Who Weren't"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Evan [explorer]
Others: King Hanim [desert king], Princess Nara [Hanim's daughter], Inez Keith [lady-in-waiting]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Tamar, Middle East
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#9
Synopsis: Evan discovers the Tamar palace of King Hanim in the desert and is amazed by the king's wealth. In love with Inez, Evan arranges to escape with her and a bag of jewels, but after he leaves Tamar, the city and jewels vanish into the desert; Evan decides he experienced a mirage, hallucinating even Inez. He doesn't realize Inez is still wandering in the desert, wishing Evan hadn't been a mirage.

Title: "The Unseen!"
Story:
Art: Sol Brodsky
Heroes: Mason [hunter]
Villains: An invisible alien
Others: Duke [Mason's dog]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#2
Synopsis: Mason finds the remains of a crashed alien ship, but the alien is invisible and makes Mason forget about the crash.

Title: "No Place to Hide!"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Villains: Ernst Mahl [thief]
Others: Berta Robek [Ernst's girlfriend], an old chemist
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1756; 1856; 1956 Europe
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#18
Synopsis: In 1856, after stealing a crown, Ernst runs into an old chemist's cabin and learns the chemist has formulas which can send people 100 years into the past, 100 years into the future or increase their lifespan. Ernst sends a note to Berta and demands the potion which will send him into the future, but the chemist tricks him and Ernst arrives in 1756. Realizing he's lost the crown, Ernst steals it again in 1756 and returns to the chemist's cabin, forcing him to supply the potion to travel to the future, but instead the chemist gives him the potion of long life. In 1856, Berta takes the future potion and waits for Ernst in 1956; Ernst, however, is 200 years in the past and facing life imprisonment.

Title: "The Death Sentence"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Seth Beech [backwoods guide]
Others: Ellie Beech [Seth's wife], Dr. Malkin [scientist, dies], Martians
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Oklahoma, USA
Synopsis: Seth and Malkin discover a device which communicates with Mars and tells them a peaceful fleet of ships are en route. Unfortunately, Malkin falls and dies and Seth is accused of murdering him. Seth's story is unbelievable, but the Martians soon arrive to prove his story.

Title: "Change Your Face, Sir?"
Story:
Art: Joe Orlando
Heroes: Oskar Norov [freedom fighter, inventor]
Villains: Jarod [dictator], Krul [leader of the secret police]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Central Europe
Synopsis: Norov creates a machine which can change people's faces, making it nigh-impossible for the secret police to identify members of the resistance. Eventually Krul and Jarod find the country risen up against them and want to flee. They demand Norov use his machine on them to give them new faces and so he does - each man winds up with the face of the other.

Title: "Foster Was Afraid!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Bill Foster [factory worker]
Others: An alien
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Bill feels listless. A strange man tells him he can find peace in a place called Arcady, but at the last moment Bill opts out. He wonders precisely where Arcady is and if he might have been happy there.

Six (March, 1957)

"The Wax Man"
"Who Goes There"
"The Man Who Wasn't"
"Secret of the Glittering Glob"
"The Eyes That Never Shut"
"The Day of the Wreck"

Seven (May, 1957)

Title: "The Invisible Doom!"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: Mark Jason [scientist]
Villains: Phil Botts [Jason's servant]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Jason invents an invisibility formula. Phil ties up Jason, uses the formula, then goes on a crime spree. Phil returns to have Jason give him the antidote, but Jason pretends it didn't work and offers to mix up another attempt at making Phil visible again. Instead, Jason drugs Phil unconscious and brings in the police.

Title: "The Watcher!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Andrew Morris [scientist]
Villains: A bank robber, an alien race
Others: Henry and Maud Bensinger [motorists]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Central City, California, USA
Synopsis: Andrew invents a device which displays anything on Earth on a screen and he can reach through the screen to interact with other places, using this power to save lives and stop crime. However, when he finds he can also access other worlds and a race of aliens threaten to enter Earth through his screen, Andrew destroys his machine.

Title: "One Hour Till Dooomsday"
Story:
Art: Robert Q. Sale
Heroes: Matilda [farmer's wife]
Villains: Biff Malden [escaped convict]
Others: Matilda's husband
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Biff tries to hold Matilda and her husband hostage on their farm while he hides from the authorities but Matilda claims the world is coming to an end; when everything abruptly goes dark, he panicks and walks right into the police. Matilda knew that an eclipse was coming, but Biff didn't.

Title: "Trapped in the Room of Darkness"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Oliver Deane [convicted criminal]
Others: Lewis Jordan [scientist], Barbara Slade [Deane's girlfriend], Warden Hanson [prison warden], Captain Vaughn [prison guard], Mr. Mercer [Deane's employer]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1987, USA
Synopsis: Jordan invents a device which can remove all evil and Deane is subjected to it, but it actually splits him into two men, one good and one evil. The evil one causes calamity in the good Deane's life until the good Deane finally forces the evil back inside himself.

Title: "Mission... Murder!"
Story:
Art: Howard O'Donnell
Villains: Kempen [Soviet robot assassin], two Soviet spies
Others: Harding [robot scientist]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: The Soviets send Kempen to murder Harding but Harding survives because he's a robot too.

Title: "Beware... the Brimm!"
Story:
Art: Angelo Torres
Heroes: Rick Mallory [Australian sheep farmer]
Villains: Brimm [malicious spirit]
Others: Mantia, Tabbiko [Aboriginies]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Australia
Synopsis: Rick finds a strange creature which his labourers identify as a Brimm, an evil spirit. Rick doesn't believe them but after a series of calamities he decides to shoot the Brimm to death. Having done so, Rick thinks he made the wrong choice as the strange events could had rational explanations. Once Rick is gone, the Brimm returns to life.

Eight (July, 1957)

Title: "The Man Who Couldn't Be Killed!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Henri Berney [inmate at Devil's Island, dies]
Others: Louis [Henri's cellmate], Inspector Monte [Devil's Island police], Ni-Kiyo [native medicine man on Devil's Island]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Devil's Island
Reprinted In: Strange Tales#176
Synopsis: Henri is to be hanged on a Monday, but escapes his cell and has Ni-Kiyo give him a potion to remove all the Mondays of his life so his hanging date will never arrive. However, Henri forgot his own birthday fell on a Monday.

Title: "Effigy!"
Story:
Art: Angelo Torres
Heroes: Guy Mason [painter]
Villains: Fred Waters [Guy's rival, dead]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#16
Synopsis: Guy paints a picture of his dead rival Fred and then plans to destroy it to work out his frustrations, but the painting of Fred shoots the gun Guy painted into his hand at Guy, wounding him in the shoulder.
"Mr. Mason's Strange Problem"
"We the Jury"
"Voice From Nowhere"
"Night of March 5th"


ADVENTURES INTO TERROR

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Forty-Three (November, 1950)

Title: "The Monster Awakes"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Evans [Flying Tigers pilot]
Villains: Garaz [giant warrior]
Others: Bazor [lord of the underworld, dies]; Chong-Soh [Chinese magician]
Genre: Horror
Setting: World War II, Great Wall of China
Synopsis: Evans finds Garaz buried beneath the Great Wall of China and learns he was sent by an underground kingdom to conquer the surface, but Chong-Soh hypnotized him to sleep. Garaz returns to his kingdom only to find they all perished during the centuries while he slept. Garaz orders Evans to hypnotize him again and his tomb is apparently destroyed, but Evans continues to be haunted by Garaz in his dreams.

Title: "The Unknown Partner"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Titus H. Crockett [businessman, gambler, dies], Satan
Others: Carter Crockett [Titus' brother, dies], Miss Raey [Titus' secretary]
Genre: Horror
Setting: November 3, 1948; January, 1949, USA
Synopsis: Titus makes heartless, calculated deals to make money. He finally takes on a new partner, but this partner is Satan, who takes ownership of Titus' soul.

Title: "The Ant World"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Gustav van Doren [new home owner]
Villains: Ant-people [ant-human hybrids]
Others: Vivian van Doren [Gustav's wife], Mr. Drake [architect]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Vivian is kidnapped by ant-people, subjects of experiments by the scientist who previously owned his home. Gustav tries to save Vivian but the ant hill is destroyed and Gustav's face becomes like an ant's.

Title: "The Man Who Looked at Death"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Oren van Schoon [explorer, dies]
Others: Singh Maj [van Schoon's Indian servant, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s India
Synopsis: Oren tries to learn the secrets of mysticism in India. Singh offers Oren the next day's newspaper and Oren shoots him to obtain it, but the newspaper headline tells of Oren being executed for killing Singh; the newspaper comes true.

Forty-Four (February, 1951)

Title: "The Storm"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: David Pace, Linda Pace [young couple]
Others: Peter, Mrs. Harriman [former residents of Twilight House]
Genre: Horror
Setting: August 4-5, 1950, Twilight House, USA
Synopsis: On a stormy night, David and Linda are forced to seek shelter in Twilight House. They suffer terrible nightmares and live on in the house for what seems to be decades until another couple arrives to take their place as the house's occupants. They discover they were only in the house for one day.

Title: "The Stranger"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art:
Villains: Dr. Vincent Krueger [scientist], Hauntly [Otto von Shorn, Krueger's former partner, dies], Krueger's wife and two children [giant monsters]
Others: Jeeves [butler]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Otto returns to demand his old partner Krueger reveal the secret of eternal life hidden behind a locked door in his home. However, Krueger used the formula on his wife and children - its side effect is to transform subjects into monsters.

Title: "No Escape"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art: Russ Heath
Villains: Harry Dunn [also "Albert," fortune hunter], Thomas Randolph [David's lawyer], Jeffery Belfonte [David's cousin]
Others: David Royale [heir to cigarette fortune, dies], Henry [David's butler, dies], Miss Knight [David's girlfriend], Martha [David's maid]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Harry is mistaken for David Royale, son of the recently deceased Titus B. Royale. Learning of the fortune, Harry kills David's butler and gets a job at David's home, disguised as "Albert," Henry's brother. Harry spies on David until he thinks he can pull off the impersonation and then kills David. However, Harry is thrown in a sanatorium due to a plot by David's cousin and lawyer to cheat David out of his fortune. Harry tries to convince them he isn't David, but they assume he's gone truly insane; they plan to poison his food to kill him.

Title: "The Creeping Vine"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Iris Brockton [botanist's wife]
Villains: A flesh-eating plant
Others: Professor Asher Brockton [botanist, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Asher receives a flesh-eating plant which grows flowers the color of whatever it ate. Asher keeps ignoring his wife's warnings until one day she finds a flower the same color as her husband's flesh.

Three (April, 1951)

Title: "I Stalk by Night!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Roger Spencer [judge, possessed by gloves], the Man in Black
Others: Whitney [Spencer's butler], Terry [Spencer's dog, dies], Martha Spencer [Roger's wife], Blakely [newspaper publisher, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Spencer puts on gloves which were used to commit murder. The Man in Black appears and claims Spencer will now be a killer. After Spencer kills Blakely due to the gloves' influence he is arrested and tries to warn people the gloves are still out there.

Title: "House of Horror"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: David Cabot [tourist, becomes werewolf]
Villains: A young woman and her parents [all werewolves]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Northern France
Synopsis: David unwittingly walks into the home of a werewolf couple and their beautiful daughter. The daughter tries to help David escape before her parents can attack him but he strikes his head, loses his memory and returns to the home; he becomes a werewolf like them.

Title: "Murder at Midnight!"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art:
Heroes: Willie Trent [gravedigger]
Villains: Mary Burns, Helen Hart, Flo Fenner [dead women]
Others: "Ghosty" Green [former gravedigger]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Sycamore Cemetery, September 4, 1946
Synopsis: Willie gets a job at the cemetery, ignoring stories of the ghosts rising at midnight. Willie rejects Flo, causing her to drive her car off a bridge. When the ghosts rise at midnight Flo and other women driven to death by Willie rise up and drag him beneath the ground with them.

Title: "The Living Dead"
Story:
Art: Jay Scott Pike
Heroes: Roger Stanhope [horror story writer]
Villains: Dr. Gabriel Bornich [300-year old man, previously Dr. Drasuta, dies], ghosts
Others: Lydia Farrel [Roger's fiancee]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s London, England, UK
Synopsis: Roger discovers Dr. Bornich's theories on extending one's life by blood transfusion are true; he has been alive more than 300 years and is now using Lydia's blood to sustain himself. Roger destroys Gabriel's blood bank and without a new transfusion, Gabriel is assaulted by the spirits of all the people whose blood he drained and they destroy him.

Four (June, 1951)

Title: "The Thing in the Water"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Henry Crane [fish fanatic]
Villains: An Atlantean
Others: Stella Crane [Henry's daughter], Schnieder [pet store clerk], Grimbacher [fish breeder]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#12
Synopsis: Crane visits Grimbacher to see his prize guppies; Grimbacher, a fish-like man, sells two to Crane, but at home an Atlantean emerges from the tank, revealing he'd cast a spell to disguise himself; the Atlantean begins feeding on Crane's life force and transforming him into a fish-man; the Atlantean tries to make Crane deliver him to Crane's daughter as a present, but at the last moment Crane smashes the tank containing the Atlantean; Crane turns into a fish and leaps into another tank.

Title: "The Brain"
Story:
Art: Russ Heath
Villains: The Brain [Otto Von Schmittsder, Nazi scientist], Larry [soldier, Brain's thrall, dies]
Others: Fritz [Brain's assistant], Larry's friend [soldier]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Schmittsder's castle, Germany
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#11; Curse of the Weird#1
Synopsis: After being executed for war crimes, Schmittsder's brain is preserved by Fritz and enthrals Larry, using him to further his dreams of world conquest; when Larry's friend tries to stop him, Larry grapples with himself and shoots himself in the head.
Notes: Returns in Adventure Into Terror#6

Title: "The Torture Room"
Story:
Art: Don Rico
Heroes: "Professor" [internee]
Villains: Siegfried Mauller [commandant, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Beydorf concentration camp, World War II
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#11
Synopsis: The Professor engineers a plan for revenge on Mauller by shutting him inside the torture room. Mauller is so terrified at what the internees will do to him he dies of a heart attack.

Title: "Vampire Brats"
Story:
Art: Allen Bellman
Heroes: June Beaumont [young nurse]
Villains: Vampire babies [Janice], nursing staff
Others: A policeman
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s 28 Bleeker Street, New York, USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#11
Synopsis: June goes to work at an infant nursing hospital but discovers the infants are all vampires who intend to suck her blood; June escapes, but can't prove her story to anyone. When June goes to babysit Janice for a friend, she's shocked to discover Janice is another vampire baby.

Title: "The Hands of Murder"
Story:
Art: Mike Sekowsky
Heroes: Dr. Frank Philips [physician]
Villains: Janet Marshal [ghostly sister]
Others: Trudy Marshal [haunted woman, dies], Dr. George, Mrs. Marshal [Janet and Trudy's mother]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#11
Synopsis: Trudy thinks her dead sister Janet's hands are around her throat. Philips takes x-rays to reassure her and relates to his associate Dr. George how Janet suffocated in a closet, blaming Trudy. He shows the x-rays to Trudy, but she jumps out a window to her death; to his horror, Philips sees a hand around Trudy's throat on the x-ray.

Five (August, 1951)

Title: "The Man Who Was Death!"
Story:
Art: Russ Heath
Heroes: Dr. Jim Banks [physician, becomes human bomb, dies]
Villains: Dr. Cragmore [Jovian scientist], Dr. Cortrock [Jovian agent], Dermoth [ambulance driver, Jovian agent]
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s J. Kling Hospital, USA
Synopsis: Dr. Banks discovers Cragmore has been performing secret blood tests so Cragmore uses Banks as his new subject, giving him a chemical which transforms Banks into a living atomic bomb. Jim escapes Cragmore and tries to tell his story to the authorities, but they bring in Cragmore, claiming he's a psychologist who proves Jim is insane. Jim tries to make people believe him, but when the countdown Cragmore gave him runs out, Jim explodes, destroying a city.

Title: "Find Me!"
Story:
Art: Don Rico
Heroes: Frank [artist]
Others: Lee Stanton [ad agency art director]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Lee demands Frank design an illustration of infinity; Frank succeeds, but is trapped within his own illustration, unable to escape.

Title: "The Clock Strikes"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: Angus Shayne [meek man, dies]
Villains: Spud O'Leary [killer]
Others: Joe [waiter]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Angus learns he's slowly dying and wants Spud to kill him quickly. After learning his heart report was in error, Angus tries to find Spud before the deadline they set so he can call it off; when the time runs out, Angus dies of a heart attack. Spud was in no hurry to complete the assignment.

Title: "The Hitchhiker"
Story:
Art:
Villains: James Watson [escaped killer, goes by Tom Benson, dies]
Others: A hitchhiker [dies], Kelly [police officer]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A motorist picks up a hitchhiker. After hearing a report about an escaped killer he becomes suspicious and finally kills the hitchhiker, but when the police arrive he runs, slips and falls on his knife. The motorist was the killer all along and couldn't remember his own identity.

Title: "The Hand"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Jack [mountain climber, dies]
Others: Dick Torrrain [Jack friend, dies in climbing accident], Larry [Jack's friend], Betty [Jack's girlfriend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Solar Mountain
Synopsis: After Dick dies, Jack receives his hand in the mail and the hand follows him everywhere. Jack finally imprisons the hand and goes climbing with Larry but when Jack slips, Dick's hand reappears and ensures Jack falls to his death.

Six (October, 1951)

Title: "The Return Of the Brain"
Story:
Art: Russ Heath
Heroes: Steve Manners [FBI agent, Gilda's lover]
Villains: The Brain [from #4]
Others: Larry and his friend [flashback to #4], Gilda Spears [scientist, Brain's thrall]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Germany, USA
Reprinted In: Curse of the Weird#3; Giant-Size Werewolf By Night#4
Synopsis: The Brain journeys to USA, enthrals Gilda Spears, uses her to denounce other scientists as Commies; when Steve Manners realizes something is wrong, he attacks the Brain, who is forced to flee.

Title: "You Can't Escape"
Story:
Art:
Villains: A vampire
Others: A victim
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Dracula#4
Synopsis: A vampire who hates a man who didn't help him sets about inserting his story into a comic book for the man to read and then attacks him as he is reading.
Notes: Rip-off of Frederic Brown's "Don't Look Behind You" [1947].

Title: "The Girl Who Couldn't Die!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Larry Benson ["swami"]
Villains: Louise [dead murderess]
Others: Sandra [Larry's assistant], Alice Evans [Louise's aunt], Tony [Larry's friend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Chillers#1
Synopsis: Larry summons up the ghost of Louise during a seance for Mrs. Evans and is stunned to have made genuine contact with the spirit world, although Sandra doubts his claims. Bothered by Louise's ghost, Larry decides to leave town, but Louise baits him into a trap; all too late, Larry learns Louise had been a murderess who died in the electric chair, just as Louise attacks him with an axe.

Title: "The Dark Room!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Eric [12-year old]
Villains: Helas [Eric's uncle, Devil worshiper, witch, dies]
Others: Zolton [Helas' servant, hunchback]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Zornheim, Europe
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#17
Synopsis: After going to live with Helas, Eric has nightmares of a serpent trying to kill him and thinks Zolton is involved; however, Zolton is actually protecting Eric from Helas, who attempts to slay Eric with black magic; ultimately, Zolton slays Helas and vows to protect Eric for the rest of his life.

Seven (December, 1951)

Title: "Where Monsters Dwell"
Story:
Art: Basil Wolverton
Heroes: Reese [editor of Benton Dispatch]
Villains: Dr. Leon Korber [scientist, dies], alien creatures
Others: Scientists
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Earth; an alien dimension
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#1; Curse of the Weird#3
Synopsis: Korber sends his enemies to an alien dimension, but Reese fights back and returns, sending Korber through to be slain by the monsters there, but Reese cannot decide whether to risk saving the others he left behind.

Title: "The Thing That Grew!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Joshua Borglum [scientist, dies]
Villains: Borglum's protoplasm [dies]
Others: Blakey [Borglum's assistant]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s, Borglum's lab, USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#1
Synopsis: Borglum creates in his lab a creature of protoplasm which feeds on blood; as it feeds, it grows larger and larger, until it starts searching for prey; Borglum finally destroys it by leading it out to sea with him, where both are destroyed by the waves.

Title: "Going...Down!"
Story:
Art: Joe Maneely
Heroes: Harry [elevator man]
Villains: Mr. Macaw [black magic practitioner, dies]
Others: Mr. Daniels [hotel manager]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#2
Synopsis: Harry wonders where Mr. Macaw goes when he takes his elevator rides. Macaw takes Harry with him as the elevator passes further and further down until they find themselves in a nightmarish Hell where the guilty are tormented. Harry wakes up to learn it had all been a dream, but hears Mr. Macaw had been practicing witchcraft in his apartment, only to die in a fire.

Title: "The Two Who Were Alone!"
Story:
Art: Allen Bellman
Heroes: A man [dies]
Villains: A mad killer
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A town is in a panic over a mad killer. A man accompanies a lone woman to protect her, but she turns out to be the killer in disguise and murders him.

Title: "Joe..."
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Larry [salesman]
Villains: Joe [Larry's imaginary friend]
Others: Jane [Larry's wife, dies], Arnie [Larry's friend], Jim Garver [Larry's co-worker]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#4
Synopsis: While Larry's friends wait for their guest of honor, Larry claims his imaginary friend "Joe" has magical powers to make what Larry says come true. To Larry's shock, when he says their guest should "break a leg," a subsequent phone call reveals that's exactly what became of their guest. As the days wear on, Larry finds every off-hand comment he makes comes true, sometimes in horrible fashions. He accidentally kills Jane with one careless remark then writes a note telling everything; as he writes he'd be "better off dead," he realizes Joe will make the wish come true.

Eight (February, 1952)

Title: "You Can Only Die Once!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: George [man unable to die]
Villains: Satan
Others: Jim, party guests [dead people]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Hell
Reprinted In: Beware#5
Synopsis: George tries to commit suicide but it won't work, he can't die - because he's already dead and in Hell, being punished for his suicide by being unable to die again and again.

Title: "The Miracle"
Story:
Art: Bill LaCava
Heroes: A ghost
Villains: A criminal
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Dracula Lives#1
Synopsis: A criminal sees a man perform supernatural feats and demands to have his power; the man agrees and switches bodies with the criminal. However, the man is a ghost, forcing the criminal to eventually return to the cemetery.

Title: "Enter... the Lizard"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Brad Colton [hunter, becomes lizard man]
Villains: Dr. Charles Barris [wicked scientist]
Others: Kim Whitney [Barris' fiancee, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Buango Region, West Africa
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#9
Synopsis: Colton, Barris and Whitney go on an expedition to find giant lizard in Africa; Barris becomes enraged when he thinks Colton and Whitney are in love; Colton is bit by a lizard and Barris abandons the other two in the jungle; Whitney dies. Months later, Colton comes to Barris asking for help as he's become increasingly lizard-like since the bite. Instead, Barris speeds up Colton's transformation until he's merely a giant lizard with just one human thought left in his brain: revenge on Barris.

Title: "The Parasite!"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art: Bill Walton
Heroes: Harry Harris [convict]
Villains: A Martian parasite
Others: Monk Gibson [Harry's cellmate, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Harry sees Monk has two heads, but the guards don't believe him. Monk's second head is a monster who asks Harry to murder Monk. When Harry refuses, the monster makes Monk attack Harry, until Harry finally agrees. However, when Monk dies the monster reveals itself as a parasite and makes Harry its new host.

Title: "The Ones Who Laugh!"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Heroes: Professor Edson [last man on Earth]
Villains: Matilda [Edson's maid, alien], James Jackson [student, alien], Dean Thorndike [Edson's superior, alien]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; an alien world
Synopsis: Edson constantly sees people smirking and laughing at him; then he begins seeing them as monsters; Thorndike reveals Edson is the last man on Earth - Thorndike's people eat humans and invaded Earth disguised in human form; now they've injected Edson with a formula which will cause him to multiply like an amoeba to keep the Earth's stock of humans supplied; Edson decides he'll commit suicide so he can have the last laugh on the aliens.

Nine (April, 1952)

Title: "The Dark Dungeon"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art: Ogden Whitney
Villains: Jerome Habersham [heir, dies]
Others: Horatio Habersham [Jerome's wealthy uncle, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Jerome tires of caring for his uncle and wants him dead. He makes his uncle trip down the stairs, but he survives. Next, he locks Horatio in with his attack dogs, which kill him. Suddenly, a Horatio's ghost comes to Habersham Hall and subjects Jerome to the dogs' appetites; Jerome dies and is forced to serve his uncle's ghost as he did him in life.

Title: "Second Floor Rear!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: An old landlady [dies]
Villains: Mr. Vesi and his friends [hairy monsters]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Mr. Vesi's landlady wonders about the packages he brings to his room and discovers he's a monster and has brought along his monster friends. She starts a fire to try and fight off the monsters, but the flames force her to the building's roof, where Mr. Vesi throws her off.

Title: "Off With His Head"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Marcel [state executioner, dies]
Villains: Death
Genre: Horror
Setting: Revolution-era France
Synopsis: Marcel is tortured by nightmares where he loses his head. Death visits him and makes the nightmare come true, claiming Marcel's head.

Title: "Ghouls Rush In"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Heroes: John Magnus [grave robber]
Villains: Rats
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Magnus robs graves for the riches of the dead, but hates rats sometimes burrow into a coffin before he can reach it. After a wealthy woman dies he goes to dig her up, only to find the rats in the process of dragging her body below ground. He chases the rats but is pinned down when the soil collapses around him; somehow, he transforms into a rat and continues to rob from the dead.

Title: "Talking Corpse"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Villains: Madam Zorina [false séancer], ghost of Beatrice Travers
Others: Mr. Travers [client, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Zorina uses trickery to cheat Travers out of his money, making him think she summoned his sister's spirit. When he discovers the plot Zorina kills him, but then the false mask she made of Beatrice comes to life and grows tentacles to strangle Zorina to death.

Ten (June, 1952)

Title: "When the Vampire Calls"
Story:
Art: Joe Maneely
Heroes: Pierre [young man]
Villains: A vampire [dies]
Others: Duval, Paul [both killed by vampire], Jacques [civilian], Lyra Defrense [beautiful woman, vampire's sister, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: France
Reprinted In: Dracula Lives#4
Synopsis: Pierre doubts others' claims of Lyra being the local vampire killing young men. Eventually, it turns out the killer is Lyra's brother. Lyra dies saving Pierre from her brother and villagers destroy the vampire.

Title: "The Dark Passage"
Story:
Art: Ogden Whitney
Villains: Nick Raftis [convict], ghosts
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Monsters Unleashed#5
Synopsis: In Raftis' dreams, ghosts claim he's going to join them once he's executed via the electric chair. Desperate, Raftis breaks out of prison. Looking for somewhere to hide, he wanders into a costume party, but all of the attendees are ghosts who claim Raftis is dead and can join them now; despite his protesting he's still alive, Raftis is dragged into a dark passageway by the ghosts.

Title: "What Walter Saw"
Story:
Art: Edwin Goldfarb
Heroes: Walter [sidewalk telescope renter]
Villains: Alien invaders
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Walter gets a more powerful telescope to help him compete with others, but he and his customers go mad when they see Earth is surrounded by aliens.

Title: "The Old Hag"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: A janitor [gains stretching power]
Others: A witch [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A janitor begs a witch for good looks; she gives him a formula which allows him to stretch his body so he can look like anyone, but will have to return to her each month for another dose; he becomes wealthy and popular because of his looks, but one month is late returning to the witch and she dies from neglect; without a renewed version of the formula, his body stretches into a monstrous form and he must find work as a sideshow attraction.

Title: "The Snake!"
Story:
Art: Mort Meskin
Heroes: Denton [sailor]
Villains: A snake
Others: Sailors [Jed Halloway, Green]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s South Seas island
Synopsis: Denton tells tall tales about a snakeskin in his duffel bag. To prove his tale he sneaks off the ship at night and catches a snake on an island, killing it over a fire for the skin. A second snake appears and menaces him, even crushing the post where his boat is tied. He finally passes out and the crew retrieves him, but aboard ship he discovers the second snake inside his duffel.

Eleven (August, 1952)

Title: "Ed's Young Wife"
Story: Brown
Art: David Gantz
Villains: Jim [contractor]
Others: Ed and Helen Jenkins [couple]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#19
Synopsis: Jim agrees to kill Ed so he and Helen can be together and sabotages Ed's car-- only for Helen to take it out for a drive.

Title: "Under the Knife!"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: Matt Henry [patient, former soldier]
Villains: Dr. Peel [physician], the Furies [Sirens]
Others: Jake [dead soldier], Zoe [ferrywoman], Annie [nurse], Dr. Luft [physician]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; Isle of Cowardly Warriors
Reprinted In: Creatures on the Loose#18
Synopsis: Matt is placed under anaesthetic and finds himself in a boat with Zoe, being pursued by a hunter. Matt sees the dead beckoning to him; he finally comes to find Dr. Peel and Annie resemble Zoe and the hunter; as he passes out again, his life may be in jeopardy.

Title: "Island of Horror"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Heroes: Nick Allen [reporter]
Villains: Ronstedt [archaeologist turned into monster]
Others: Jeannie [typist]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; Axteptl, near Solomon Islands
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#17
Synopsis: Allen loves grisly stories; he visits a sailor at the docks who promises to explain a recent set of disappearances. He relates how an expedition to Axteptl found a cursed city and the archaeologist, Ronstedt, became a flesh-eating monster. Allen doubts the story, but the sailor reveals himself as Ronstedt and the missing people's skeletons are in his cabin.

Title: "Dead Man's Escape!"
Story:
Art: Joe Maneely
Villains: Tony Paris [convict, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Dry Tortugas, prison island
Reprinted In: Fear#9
Synopsis: Paris hopes to escape Dry Tortugas by masquerading a corpse, as corpses are thrown into the ocean; however, he is thrown down a well instead and an octopus kills him.

Title: "He Who Laughs Last, Gets...The Horselaugh"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Joe Rich [back of horse costume, dies]
Others: Eddie Miller [front of horse costume, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#16
Synopsis: Joe is tired of being the horse's rear and kills Eddie. Joe is then found trampled to death...while the horse costume hangs nearby.

Twelve (October, 1952)

Title: "Horror in the Graveyard"
Story:
Art: Bernie Krigstein
Villains: Peter Morrison, the Unholy Three [zombies], Professor Tomkins, Howard, Tom Prentice [zombies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Grisdale Cemetery
Synopsis: To escape the Unholy Three, Morrison promises them three victims; he brings Tomkins, Howard and Prentice to them, but then those three become zombies-- and they won't let him go.

Title: "The 13th Floor"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Heroes: Bart Creel [building owner, dies]
Villains: Ghouls
Genre: Horror
Setting: An office building
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#11; Dead of Night #5
Synopsis: Creel is forced to rent his 13th floor to a band of ghouls, even though the building doesn't have one; he becomes curious as to where they go, but they claim only a ghoul can get to the 13th floor; he forces one to bring him and he intends to rent the entire floor out, but once the ghoul steps off the floor, Creel is materialized in-between solid floors.

Title: "The Little Pests"
Story:
Art:
Villains: George Harper [murderous husband], Stella [George's girlfriend]
Others: Helen Harper [George's wife, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#5
Synopsis: George murders Helen so he can be with Stella; Helen's body is sunk in a nearby lake. Stella complains about the mosquitos in the area and an insurance agent steps in to solve the problem - by draining the lake.

Title: "The Man Who Cried Ghost!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Willie Wortle [jokester caretaker]
Villains: Ghosts
Others: Two policemen
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#10
Synopsis: Willie plays jokes on the police, claiming ghosts are coming to get him. The third time he calls the police ignore him, but this time the ghosts are real.

Title: "The Hangman's Noose"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Abner Slocum [Apex rope company designer]
Others: Clyde Dean [Apex rope company manager]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#12
Synopsis: After Clyde complains about Abner's poorly-made ropes, Abner grows furious and kills Clyde; Abner hangs Clyde in the shop then runs to show a policeman how Clyde committed suicide, but when they return Clyde is alive; Abner's attack merely knocked him out and Abner's cheaply-made rope snapped so he fell to the ground before it could kill him; Abner is arrested.

Thirteen (December, 1952)

Title: "The Visitor"
Story:
Art: George Roussos
Heroes: John [researcher]
Others: Ann [John's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Pageville, USA
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Werewolf by Night#3
Synopsis: A strange mist causes people to see whatever they most fear; John believes humans are descended from extraterrestrials and the mist destroys his sanity, driving him into a mania.

Title: "The Man Who Talked to Rats!"
Story:
Art: Manny Stallman
Villains: Paul Crandall [disgruntled heir, dies], man who talks to rats
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Werewolf by Night#3
Synopsis: Paul meets a man who talks to rats; the strange man is about to feed Paul to his rats when Paul offers to give the man whatever he wants if he'll kill Paul's rich uncle with his rats. The man agrees and the rats perform the deed, but the only thing the man wants is food for his pets - so he sends to rats to eat Paul.

Title: "The Hands of Death"
Story:
Art: Don Perlin, Abe Simon
Heroes: Sandra Hanlow [Standard-Gazette reporter]
Villains: Bobby Gerard [TV repairman, mad strangler, dies]
Others: A labourer
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Midville, USA
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Werewolf by Night#3
Synopsis: A strangler has been killing women, including the wife of a labourer. Sandra is travelling alone at night when her cars runs out of gas; she asks an old woman if she can stay with her, but the "old woman" turns out to be a man in disguise; Sandra calls for help, prompting Bobby to burst in, ready to kill them both; the "old woman" murders Bobby and reveals he's the labourer whose wife died.

Title: "Don't Try to Outsmart the Devil!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Carmine Infantino
Villains: Mr. Murdock [wealthy man], Satan
Others: Igor [a mystic], Carl [Murdock's co-worker, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vampire Tales#3
Synopsis: Murdock has immense wealth but fears death, wishing he could live forever. Turning to Igor's black magic, Murdock has him conjure up Satan himself. Murdock offers Satan his soul in exchange for living forever, but Satan replies he already has Murdock's soul. He describes how Murdock killed his co-worker to steal his invention and later murdered a man who would have revealed the bridge Murdock worked on was unsafe; these two murders and the deaths of all the people who perished when the bridge collapsed are on Murdock's head. Murdock offers to give Satan his soul immediately, rather than waiting for him to die. Satan agrees and puts Murdock in a coffin; true to his word, Murdock goes on living forever, the heart in his chest still beating long after his body has decayed.

Fourteen (Winter, 1952)

Title: "They're Driving Me Crazy"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Heroes: Dr. Henry Johnson [scientist, creator of synthetic life]
Villains: A man from another dimension
Others: Dr. Milldale [director of Milldale Scientific Foundation], Paul Erskine [Henry's colleague], Millie Johnson [Henry's wife], Henry's children
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#28
Synopsis: Henry has just created a synthetic man, but the day he's to present his invention, he discovers it's somehow four years into the future, he's believed dead, his laboratory is gone and no one recognizes him. Gradually, he discovers he's one of many scientists whose cutting edge discoveries have been kept from the public by beings from another dimension who don't want Earth's people advancing too quickly. Henry vows to one day overcome these aliens.

Title: "The Hands"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: Gary [lobster-man]
Others: Lobster-men
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Monsters Unleashed#4
Synopsis: Gary's lobster-like hands make him an outcast, but he is told he will be fine after he turns 25. He kills a man while stealing jewels to pay for an operation to get him human hands, but when he turns 25 he turns into a giant Lobster, only with human hands. Now he is an outcast amongst his fellow Lobster-people.

Title: "Hex!"
Story:
Art: George Tuska
Heroes: John-Johns [Brazilian slave, dies]
Villains: Silas Blackwell [plantation slave driver]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Brazil
Reprinted In: Beware#6
Synopsis: Silas is cruel to the slaves, so John-Johns poisons him; when Silas learns the tree bark containing the cure is marked with an 'x,' Silas kills John-Johns, but discovers before telling him this, John-Johns had marked all of the trees with 'x's.

Title: "The Little People"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: Laura Lewis [midget dancer], Lon Lewis [midget cardsharp, surgeon], Silas Lewis [midget dog trainer], Tim Lewis [midget tightrope walker, dies]
Villains: A carnival barker
Others: Spotty [Silas' dog]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Beware#6
Synopsis: The barker forces the Lewis family to work for him after he saves Lon from jail for practicing medicine without a license. The Lewis family get upset with how the barker exploits them, but when Tim stands up to the barker, he's killed. In revenge, Lon grafts Spotty's head to the barker's body and makes him the circus' new attraction.

Fifteen (January, 1953)

Title: "He Kept Him in Stitches!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Ivan Pushkin [doctor]
Villains: The Commissar [dies]
Others: Anna Pushkin [Ivan's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Berlin, Germany
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#23
Synopsis: Pushkin is forced to operate on the cruel Commissar if he wishes him and his wife to live; he saves the Commissar's wife, but seals a knife inside of him near his heart to kill him when he moves.
Notes: Country's name changed to Bodavia in reprint.

Title: "The Woman Who Wasn't"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Villains: Medusa [original and her daughter], Vin Minetti [smuggler], Professor Lansing [anthropologist], Joe Carnie [criminal]
Others: Perseus [flashback], Athene [Medusa's friend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; Thermopylae, Greece; Athens, Greece; Medusa-Land, Greece
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#3
Synopsis: Lansing believes Medusa's daughter lives beneath Greece with a vast fortune and gets criminals to finance his expedition to find the kingdom; reaching Medusa-Land, Lansing finds Medusa's daughter is attracted to him, but when he tries to steal some of her money she transforms him into one of the snakes on her head.

Title: "Jaws of Death"
Story:
Art: Cal Massey
Villains: Jack Spence, Bart Tedlow [thieves, both die]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#3
Synopsis: Spence and Tedlow are tired of working on an alligator farm and rob a bank, but set off an alarm and flee in separate directions. Spence later meets up with Tedlow, who claims the money they stole is buried in an alligator enclosure; when Spence tries to dig up the money, he's killed by the alligators. The police note Tedlow died in the same place on the previous evening, meaning his ghost had lured Spence to the spot.

Title: "The Tarantula!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Josiah Creech [vampire tarantula man], giant vampire tarantulas, Kurt [robber], Fritz [robber, dies]
Others: Carl [villager]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Maroud, Romania
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#3
Synopsis: Giant vampire tarantula are consuming the people of Maroud; the villagers leave and robbers take over, scavenging what remains. Seeing Creech is the only man left, the robbers decide to rob him, only to find Creech is the father of the tarantulas and a tarantula-man himself.

Title: "The Lion's Mouth!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Mrs. Brazo [Pierre's wife]
Others: Suba [lion], Satan [tiger], Pierre Brazo [big cat tamer, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#3
Synopsis: Pierre is a great animal tamer but hates his wife for not being as wealthy as he'd suspected; unable to reconcile with him, his wife decides to kill him; knowing his lions won't bite when he sticks his head in their mouths, she paints her own face on the top of Pierre's helmet so the lion attacks Pierre, mistaking him for his wife.

Sixteen (February, 1953)

Title: "One Must Die!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Jim, Millie [lovers], Dr. Zorg [Millie's husband, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Dr. Zorg's labyrinth beneath his lab
Reprinted In: Dead of Night #5
Synopsis: Zorg believes any animal will kill its own mate to save its life; after Millie and Jim plant a bomb in his lab, he fuses the two of them together and places them in a lion and hyena den; the escape route is too small for them both to fit through; one must kill the other with an axe to escape, and while Zorg is killed when the bomb goes off, Jim and Millie turn on each other to save themselves.

Title: "The Executioner!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Torneau [executioner for Louis XVI, dies]
Others: Francis [Torneau's aide], Dr. Guillotine [inventor of Guillotine]
Genre: Horror
Setting: July 14, 1789, Paris, France
Reprinted In: Monster of Frankenstein#7
Synopsis: Torneau helps Dr. Guillotine perfect his new execution machine, only to be the first man executed by it when the French Revolution begins.

Title: "My Name is Death!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Joe Maneely
Villains: Iron Maiden [murder device], governor
Others: Sigmund Graasp [inventor of Iron Maiden, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Spain
Reprinted In: Kull the Destroyer#14
Synopsis: Graasp invents the iron maiden and presents it to a governor, but he ultimately meets his fate in the iron maiden's embrace.

Title: "The Man With a Net"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: Roger Worth [butterfly collector]
Villains: Giant butterflies
Others: Helen Worth [Roger's wife]; Tommy Worth [Roger's son]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; Argentina
Reprinted In: Tales of the Zombie#3
Synopsis: Roger goes to Argentina to complete his butterfly collection, only to wind up in the clutches of giant butterflies who collect butterfly collectors.
Notes: Retitled "Net Result" in reprint.

Title: "It Can't Be Done"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Jed Dorish [wannabe high wire man, dies]
Others: Smith, Matthews [high wire acrobats], Mr. Gerrity [circus manager]
Genre: Horror
Setting: August 9, 1952, USA
Synopsis: Jed wants to become a high wire performer but Gerrity complains he doesn't do anything new with the act. Jed returns to demonstrate something truly new - he can walk on air. Soon, he's a sensation at the circus, no one guessing that the reason he can walk on air is because he's a ghost - he killed himself after Gerrity first rejected his act.

Seventeen (March, 1953)

Title: "They Don't Complain"
Story:
Art: Sam Kweskin
Others: Higgenbotham [old man, dies], doctors, nurses
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s hospital
Reprinted In: Monster of Frankenstein#14
Synopsis: Higgenbotham is brought into an operating room where, to his horror, the doctors begin to cut him open. Higgenbotham is unaware he's already a corpse.

Title: "Red as a Lobster"
Story:
Art: Jim Mooney
Villains: Paul Marno
Others: Jim [Paul's rival], Doris [Paul's fiancee]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s California coast
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#5
Synopsis: Paul enjoys boiling lobsters alive; when he finds Jim romancing Doris, Paul decides to kill Jim underwater while snorkeling, but before Paul can strike Jim down, lobsters block his path; the lobsters force Paul into a hot spring where he's boiled to death.

Title: "I Die Too Often"
Story: Carl Wessler
Art: Gil Kane
Heroes: Tom Gordon [murderer, dies repeatedly]
Others: Paul Marsh [prison warden], Hutch [prison barber], Haggerty [prison guard]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s prison
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#5
Synopsis: Tom Gordon is executed over and over again; he cannot tell when he is being killed and when he is sleeping. When he finally seems to die for good, his ghost is brought up to be executed all over again; his punishment is eternal.

Title: "Casper's Boss!"
Story:
Art: Ken Lansail
Heroes: Casper [meek secretary]
Villains: Mr. Tuft [Casper's cigar-smoking, heartless boss]
Others: Martha [Casper's wife, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Tuft refuses to give Casper money to save his wife; while being forced to work for Tuft at a cigar party, Casper learns Martha died; he reacts by tying up Tuft and sticks live dynamite in his mouth in place of cigars.

Title: "The Vandals"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Villains: Frankie, Nick, Burt, Joe [young thieves], a living golden statue
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Four young men break into a museum and begin vandalizing the displays, but when they try to steal a multiple-headed golden snake statue, the statue absorbs them into its body.

Eighteen (April, 1953)

"Vampire by Night"
"The Headache"
"Tracy Took a Drink"
"He's Trying to Kill Me"
"They'll Never Get Me"

Nineteen (May, 1953)

Title: "The Withered Hand"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Villains: John Clay [thief]
Others: The high lama [dies], other monks
Genre: Horror
Setting: Tibet; 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#1
Synopsis: In Tibet, Clay is shown a priceless ruby, the "Soul of a Sinner", which the lama claims contains a man's soul. Clay kills the lama, who vows when his hand turns to ash, he will come for him. He brings the ruby (and the lama's hand) back to USA, where he sells it for 1 million dollars. But when he cheats on his wife, she throws the lama's hand into the fireplace and the lama's spirit throttles John. He awakens inside of the ruby, his soul now in the possession of the monks.

Title: "The Girl Who Couldn't Die"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Dr. Lee Fuller [scientist]
Others: Lisa [Fuller's beloved, dies, revived]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; September, 1972, USA
Reprinted In: Journey into Mystery#2
Synopsis: When Lisa dies, Fuller devotes himself to reviving her, losing all track of time; when he succeeds, it's 1972 and he's a hideous old man who terrifies Lisa.
"The Strange Children"
Reprinted In: Monsters Unleashed#6

Title: "The Maggots!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Willis [scientist]
Others: Two scientists
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Monsters Unleashed#6
Synopsis: Willis proves maggots exist on creatures before death by using a dye on laboratory animals, but to his horror the dye also displays the maggots living on his own skin.

Title: "Meet the Bride!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Herbert Burok [matrimony agent]
Villains: Cannibal sisters
Others: Edgar Johnson [Herbert's client]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Herbert helps undesirable men find brides, although some of his clients have since disappeared. When an ugly woman shows at Herbert's office and he finds out she's an excellent cook with a lot of money, Herbert decides to marry her himself. However, at her home Herbert discovers she and her sisters are the women who have been marrying his clients, who have been cooked up in the sisters' pot; Herbert is their next meal.

Twenty (June, 1953)

Title: "The Dead Duke!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Edmund, Duke de Frontigny [French nobleman, dies]
Others: Gerald {Edmund's older brother], Duke de Frontigny [Edmund's father, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: French Revolution, France
Synopsis: Edmund wants to inherit his father's title when he dies rather than Gerald and hires men to kill him. The hired men sell Gerald to China as a slave instead. When Edmund's father dies, Edmund becomes the Duke, but as the French Revolution has begun the revolutionaries sentence him to death for being a nobleman.

Title: "Tommy Has a Teddy Bear"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Villains: Two kidnappers [both die]
Others: Tommy Lodge [child], his teddy bear
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Two men kidnap Tommy but his teddy bear becomes a real bear and murders the two men.

Title: "Proof Positive!"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: Dr. Wyand [physician, dies, returns to life]
Villains: Dr. Reeves [jealous physician, dies]
Others: Dr. Evans [physician]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Wyand believes he's close to bringing the dead back to life but Reeves demands proof and jeers him out of the medical society. Some time later, Wyand returns having died from hunger; now a reanimated corpse, he offers proof as he throttles Reeves to death.

Title: "We Can Hardly Wait"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Worms
Others: John, his brother, their mother, their father [deceased]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Unseen voices await the end of a funeral service -- so they can begin to devour the corpse.

Title: "Look Out for Lakoonda"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Karl [treasure hunter, becomes monster], treasure guardian [crocodile creature, serves Lakoonda, dies]
Others: Cachi [Guatemalan guide], Palmer, Harris [Karl's aides]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Guatemala, jungle
Synopsis: Karl goes looking for the treasure of Lakoonda and kills the monster which guards it; he then transforms into a monster and becomes the new guardian.

Twenty-One (July, 1953)

Title: "Possessed!"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: Lise [possessed woman]
Villains: Don Camillo [Lise's uncle], Don Andrea [Lise's suitor, dies]
Others: Mario [Lise's true love, dies], a witch
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Italy
Synopsis: Lise and Mario are in love, but Don Camillo wants his niece to marry Don Andrea. Camillo summons Andrea to see the two of them together and Andrea fights Mario, killing him in a duel. Lise is distraught by Mario's death and is possessed by an evil spirit. At times, Lise is passionately in love with Don Andrea, but in a moment's notice flies into a murderous rage. The Dons hire a witch to drive out the evil spirit. Don Andrea thinks he and Lise will now be together, but Lise murders him; the evil spirit was in love with Don Andrea and was keeping her from killing him before. Now she turns on her uncle...

Title: "Doctor Molnar's Corpse!"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Villains: Dr. Molnar [mad doctor, dies], Quadro [hunchback assistant, dies], a vampire
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Europe
Synopsis: Quadro brings corpses to Dr. Molnar for his experiments. Molnar hopes to perfect a formula which can regenerate the dead, but he needs blood to complete his experiment. Molnar uses Quadro as his unwilling donor, transferring Quadro's blood into the corpse until Quadro is dead. Sure enough, the corpse comes back to life. Unfortunately for Molnar, Quadro brought him a vampire and the vampire leaps on Molnar's throat.

Title: "Don't Double-Cross a Witch!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Anton Luvac [crook, becomes horse]
Villains: Marta Vedor [witch]
Others: Ilnya [witch's cat], Marta Vedor
Genre: Horror
Setting: Gyzska, Balkans, Europe
Synopsis: A witch offers to help Anton with her magic if he will marry her. With the witch's powers Anton turns all his enemies into animals then extorts money to have them restored to normal. He plans to elope with the beautiful Marta and spurn the witch, but Marta proves to have been the witch all along; she turns Anton into a horse for betraying her.

Title: "Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Joe Maneely
Heroes: Ho-Wing [Chinese laborer]
Villains: Shi Hwang-Ti [ruthless Chinese emperor, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 3rd century BC, Shanhai Kwan, China
Synopsis: Shi Hwang-Ti demands a wall be built to keep out Mongols. He uses dead workers to fill in gaps in the wall until finally Ho-Wing has enough and uses the emperor's own head to fill one of the gaps.

Title: "Hair I Go Again"
Story:
Art:
Villains: A walking corpse
Others: A man raiding coffins for hair [dies], a hair dealer
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A man collects hair from the dead to sell for money until the dealer learns where it came from and refuses any more. He looks for another buyer, but the next dealer turns out to be one of the dead people whose hair he took and she murders him to have her hair back.

Twenty-Two (August, 1953)
"The Mad Beasts"
"In One Ear"
"I Can't Close My Eyes"
"Son of a Freak"
"Built Another Rat-Trap"

Twenty-Three (September, 1953)

Title: "The Invisible World
Story:
Art:
Heroes: George Corliss [physicist]
Villains: Micronesian assassins [die]
Others: Bill [janitor], Princess Hydma [Micronesia princess], Professor Clutens [Corliss' superior]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; Micronesia [a microscopic world]
Synopsis: Corliss discovers Micronesia within a drop of water and enters it to save Princess Hydma from assassins, but the world is swept away by water when Professor Clutens washes the slide its held on.

Title: "The Cannibals"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Captain Mason [ship's captain]
Others: Bob [cabin boy, dies], Jenkins [sailor, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Atlantic Ocean
Synopsis: After surviving his ship's sinking with Jenkins and Bob, Mason refuses to head to the nearest island because cannibals live there. Instead, Bob goes mad and dies while Jenkins perishes from hunger; only Mason survives to land.

Title: "If I Had the Wings of..."
Story:
Art:
Villains: Professor Henry Harmon [scientist, becomes vulture-man]
Others: Elaine Harmon [Henry's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Henry studies vultures hoping to learn how to give humans wings, but his experiments turn him into a vulture-man.

Title: "The Ghost Walks"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Villains: Craig Harlan [ghost of Shakespearean actor]
Others: Jay Anton [Hamlet performer, dies], Jay's mother, George Creamer [Jay's stepfather, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Hamlet performer Jay Anton sees a ghost claiming to be his father and tells him he was murdered by George. Jay kills George as revenge for his father, then falls off a roof while fleeing the police. The ghost was actually Craig Harlan, who resented Jay for playing his favourite Shakespeare role and plotted his death.

Title: "When Cowards Meet"
Story:
Art: Larry Woromay
Heroes: Jacques Le Roc, Henri Duval [duelers, both die]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1854, Paris, France
Synopsis: Jacques and Henri have to duel, both become cowards and commit suicide, but their ghosts fight and kill each other a second time.

Twenty-Four (October, 1953)

Title: "Tennis Anyone?"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Burgess Harlow [tennis player, dies]
Villains: Dick Satin [tennis player]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#29
Synopsis: Intrigued at Satin's prowess with a single racket, Harlow investigates it, wanting to know what the strings are made of. He wakes up on an operating table, his chest open, as Satin explains he doesn't use catgut...

Title: "The Wax Men"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Villains: Helen Welch [dies]
Others: Jonathan Welch [man with wax family, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#29
Synopsis: Helen marries Jonathan, but is annoyed by his insistence his wax "family" is alive. She starts a fire to destroy them, but is trapped inside with Jonathan...as he melts with his family.

Title: "Juggernaut"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Villains: A priest [dies]
Others: Vishnu [as statue], ghosts
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1606, Puri, India
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#9
Synopsis: A wicked priest convinces people to give all their gold to him as offerings to Vishnu, then to be ground beneath the wheels of the Juggernaut wagon; however, the ghosts of the dead people rise up and take control of the Juggernaut, running over the priest.

Title: "The Body Snatchers"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Dr. Hans Knopf [Bramburg Medical College Chancellor], Hugo [grave robber], the living dead
Others: Fritz [old friend of Knopf, dies], Adolph [Knopf's student, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1821, Bramburg, Germany
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#12
Synopsis: Knopf robs graves to perform medical experiments, even killing his friend Fritz to protect his reputation. When his student start disappearing, Knopf investigates and finds they've been taken by dead men, who now select Knopf as their next medical experiment...

Title: "The Last Man!"
Story:
Art: Russ Heath
Villains: Joe [robber]
Others: A bank teller [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Haunt of Horror#1
Synopsis: Joe kills a guard while robbing a bank; later, he sees the teller who is the only witness and kills him, but suddenly falls into a hysteria where he thinks he's the only man on Earth because Saturnians have killed everyone else; the police take Joe away as he raves in madness.

Twenty-Five (November, 1953)

Title: "A Very Grave Matter!"
Story:
Art: Bill Benulis
Heroes: Ignatius Zekel [coffin maker, dies]
Villains: Ghosts
Others: Mrs. Koster [widow]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Zekel makes cheap coffins using scrap materials then leaves town when his customers get wise. He finally decides to invest his money in a house, but hates the high prices. One man offers him a deal on a building made of stone and Zekel takes it, only to find it haunted by ghosts. It turns out the man built it out of tombstones.

Title: "The Terrible Trophy"
Story:
Art: Matt Fox
Heroes: Rocky Martin [hunter, dies]
Villains: Tattoo collector
Others: John [hunting club member], Mike [hunting club president], Kunga tribe [Africans]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA, Africa
Synopsis: Rocky bores his local hunting club with tales of his exploits hunting heads and repeating the tale of how the Kungas tattooed a gorilla face to his chest. The club hires a new member who indulges Rocky and then invites him to his house to show him a Gorillion head; Rocky asks for the rare creature and the man agrees to an exchange: he collects tattoos...

Title: "The Corpses Come Back!"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: Three brothers
Villains: Mr. Torgan [cemetery caretaker, dies]
Others: John and Martha [dead parents of the brothers]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Darkville, Sleepy Haven Cemetery
Synopsis: The brothers are outraged to see the poor shape their parents' graves at Sleepy Haven are kept in, but Torgan informs them they should have read the fine print in their contract. Their parents rise from their grave as ghosts and force Torgan to sign a contract promising to fix the cemetery. Torgan does all of this, but after the improvements are made the couple kill him; he didn't read their fine print.

Title: "The Speed-Up!"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: Harry, Tom, Luke [comic book artists]
Villains: "Whiz" [fast comic book artist]
Others: Ben Clay [comic book editor]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Harry, Tom and Luke are frustrated at the "Whiz," who can turn out seemingly impossible numbers of pages each day while they can't even get two done. They break into his home and force him to reveal his methods; he tricks the trio into a stock then, whip in hand, forces them and other imprisoned comic book artists to draw his pages for him.

Title: "Snakes Alive"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Uncle Markov [man with snakes for fingers]
Others: Phyllis, Adam and Peter Blackton [Markov's niece and nephews, all die], Police officers [Mike, Sgt. Morgan]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Members of the Blackton family all die from snake bites; Uncle Markov seems suspicious, but has no weapons concealed on him. Finally, the last remaining relative tricks Markov and captures him and then exposes his secret to the police: Markov has poisonous snakes for fingers! ...Wait, what?

Twenty-Six (December, 1953)

Title: "The Shrunken Head"
Story:
Art: Bill Benulis
Heroes: Professor Ramson [scientist]
Villains: Jivaros
Others: Ferris [Ramson's aide]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; Amazon, Brazil
Synopsis: Ramson seeks the Jivaro secret for shrinking heads; the Jivaro submit him to a process which shrinks his head while leaving him alive.

Title: "Once a Horse Thief..."
Story:
Art:
Villains: Husein [horse thief], a ghost
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Saudi Arabia
Synopsis: Husein steals a horse, killing a guard. Later, he is visited by a spirit which promises him riches and shrinks him in size so he can break into a treasure vault, but the spirit is really the ghost of the dead guard and arranges for Husein to fall into a horse's feedbag.

Title: "Before the Dawn of Time"
Story:
Art:
Others: A pre-human race
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A metal cylinder contains a record of how a mould grew over the Earth and wiped out its first inhabitants. The same hole from which the cylinder was taken begins to cover with the mould...

Title: "The Hanging Man!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Tad Barrows [orphan]
Others: Ben Barrows [Ted's uncle, dies], Ted's aunt, Fred [child]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1852, London, England, UK
Synopsis: Ted wonders what his uncle does for a living. One day he's told he's a "hanging man" and thinks he's the public hangman, but he's actually the most recently executed criminal.

Title: "The Bear Facts of Life!"
Story:
Art: Mac Pakula
Heroes: Tito [owner of Bruno]
Others: Bruno [performing bear, dies], Carlotta [Tito's wife], Marko [Tito's assitant], Count Rosta [nobleman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 19th century, Europe
Synopsis: Tito and Carlotta depend upon Bruno but the bear is wearing down. Carlotta arranges for Bruno to fight two lions for Count Rosta so they can obtain a final pay-out but doesn't explain what's going on to Tito; when Bruno dies, Tito skins him and wears the skin so he can impersonate Bruno, leading him right into the lion den.

Twenty-Seven (January, 1954)

Title: "The Man Who Ran Away"
Story:
Art: Al Luster
Heroes: Professor Barton [scientist]
Others: Professor Cory [benevolent scientist], Mrs. Mason [housekeeper]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1954, USA; 4024
Reprinted In: Beware#3
Synopsis: Barton builds a time machine and journeys to 4024, eager to find people of his own intellectual development. However, the men of 4024, Barton is inferior; designating him as a mental case, the future people sentence Barton to death.

Title: "Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble"
Story:
Art: C.A. Winter
Villains: Macbeth [dies], three Witches
Others: Banquo [dies], Lady Macbeth, Macduff [son of a witch]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Scotland
Reprinted In: Dracula Lives#3
Synopsis: Adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, only Macduff is revealed to be the son of one of the witches rather than being born through a c-section.

Title: "The Screaming Man"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Phillip [horror writer, dies], Barry [horror writer]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#4
Synopsis: Phillip and Barry vacation in a spooky old house for the atmosphere, but one night Phillip falls into a pit and the lamp goes out; Barry pulls Phillip out, only to find Phillip is a skeleton; Barry screams.

Title: "The Big Story!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Willie Karp [desperate reporter]
Others: Mac, Charlie [reporters], Mrs. Wheeler [train crash victim], Seth [telegraph operator], railroad engineer [dies]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#4
Synopsis: Middle-aged Willie regrets being a cub reporter; determined to make his son proud of him, Willie takes drastic measures, killing an engineer and derailing a train just so he can get a scoop on the train crash. However, he's horrified to learn his son was one of the passengers on the train who died.

Title: "Pep Talk!"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: A soldier of the future
Others: Alexander the Great, Greek soldiers, Julius Caesar, Roman soldiers, Genghis Khan, Mongol soldiers, Crusaders, English knights, US soldiers, Napoleon Bonaparte, French soldiers, George Washington
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future
Synopsis: A soldier tells his men the history of warfare, leading up to atomic warfare; as they live in a post-atomic future, their weapons have regressed back to the caveman days of stones and clubs.

Twenty-Eight (February, 1954)

Title: "The Men in the Morgue"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Villains: Red and Joe [bank robbers, die]
Others: Olaf [morgue attendant], his brother [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#23
Synopsis: Red and Joe kill a man in front of the morgue while escaping during a robbery; they hide in the morgue by threatening its caretaker, but he kills them-- because the man they killed was his brother.

Title: "The Smasher!"
Story:
Art: Myron Fass
Villains: Hank Girard [wrecking ball operator, dies]
Others: A foreman [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Girard abuses his control of the site's wrecking ball and murders the foreman for fear he'll take the machine away. The foreman's ghost seemingly takes control of the machine and wraps its cables around Girard then pulverizes his body by smashing it into rubble.

Title: "Half-Man"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Heroes: Andy [android, destroyed]
Others: The professor [Andy's creator, dies], Veronica [in love with Andy, dies]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: The professor builds Andy but Andy has trouble understanding humans. Veronica loves Andy but he spurns her and she jumps from a building to her death. Learning the professor left something out of his body, Andy angrily demands to learn what it was and kills the professor; upon learning he wasn't built with a heart, Andy decides that must be why he can't care for humans; he destroys himself.

Title: "Cry Werewolf"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Heroes: Jan Scheering [new Hungarian soldier, dies]
Villains: Hadjeck [Hungarian werewolf soldier, dies], Hungarian werewolves
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Hungary
Synopsis: Jan slowly realizes Hadjeck is a werewolf but no one believes him. He kills Hadjeck and is executed by a firing squad. The rest of the soldiers turn out to be werewolves like Hadjeck and realize they'd mistakenly recruited a normal human when Jan joined them.

Title: "Insane"
Story:
Art: Al Eadeh
Heroes: Phil Jones [unjustly accused man]
Others: Bess Jones [Phil's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Phi is arrested and tried as the "vampire killer" and despite his professed innocence is convicted and sent to be executed. On the verge of his execution the real killer is found and Phil is set free, but his mind has snapped and he becomes a killer.

Twenty-Nine (March, 1954)

Title: "From Out of the Grave!"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Villains: Fletcher Grimm [grave robber, dies]
Others: Doctors, vivisected dead men
Genre: Horror
Setting: 17th century, England
Reprinted In: Tales of the Zombie#2
Synopsis: Grimm digs up the newly-dead and sells them to physicians, but eventually the dead rebel against Grimm and arrange for him to be vivisected while alive.

Title: "The Faceless Ones"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Three astronauts
Villains: Faceless Ones [demons], the Devil
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Hades
Reprinted In: Fear#25
Synopsis: Three astronauts find themselves in another world and meet its inhabitants-- but this world isn't a planet, it is Hell itself.

Title: "The Vampire-Man"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Tom Malverne [hunchback, Jack the Ripper, dies], vampires
Others: Victims of Jack the Ripper
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1888, London, England
Reprinted In: Dracula Lives#3
Synopsis: Malverne wants to get back at people who called him ugly and tries to get vampires to make him one of them. They agree, but only if he drinks human blood before the end of the year. Tom kills many women, but cannot drink their blood; the vampires kill him and his murders are believed to be those of Jack the Ripper.

Title: "The Man Who Walked the Plank"
Story:
Art:
Villains: A pirate captain
Genre: Horror
Setting: England
Synopsis: A pirate captain is ruthless to his men and prisoners, usually sending men to die by walking the plank; when the English destroy his boat, the captain survives by climbing on his plank as a raft; however, hungry sharks wait next to the plank to eat him.

Title: "The Horrible House!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Mr. Belding [wealthy man, dies]
Villains: Ghouls
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Beware#5
Synopsis: Belding fears atomic war and hates other people so he builds a home in a remote location. However, the house was built on a marsh and it sinks below ground, where Belding is met by Ghouls; he suffocates as the house disappears beneath the Earth.

Thirty (April, 1954)

Title: "They Fly By Night"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Tom Burton [son of vampire victims, becomes vampire hunter]
Villains: John Burton and Mrs. Burton [couple, die, become vampires], other vampires
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Mirov, Hungary
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Dracula#5
Synopsis: Tom sees his parents killed by vampires one night in Mirov. He grows up to hunt vampires but finally realizes he must return to Mirov to face his demons. To his surprise, he learns his parents were transformed into vampires by the one who killed them; he doesn't know whether to destroy them or to join them.

Title: "The Dead Don't Sleep!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Ghosts
Others: A medium [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#11
Synopsis: Ghosts rise from their grave and send one of their kind to murder a medium trying to contact them.

Title: "Scream in the Night!"
Story:
Art: Vince Colletta
Heroes: Kent [writer]
Villains: Jane [Kent's wife], Phil [Kent's editor], Dr. Enright [Kent's doctor]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#20
Synopsis: Kent can't make anyone believe in his encounter with robed druids dancing around a fire, because the people closest to him are the druids.

Title: "Don't Nod"
Story:
Art: Sy Grudko
Villains: Chung-Ku [Chinese secret police, dies], Li-Po [Chinese executioner]
Others: North Koreans
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s North Korea
Synopsis: Chung-Ku sends his victims to Li-Po and encourages him to bring back medieval execution methods. When Chung-Ku is found guilty of corruption he's sent to be killed by Li-Po. Li-Po makes a such graceful cut through Chung-Ku's neck that the man believes he's survived being execution - but when he nods his head, it falls off.

Title: "The Man in the Shadows"
Story:
Art:
Villains: A murderer [dies], Gloria [thief, dies] and her accomplice [dies]
Others: The executioner
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A man keeps seeing a man in the shadows leading him on. After he's robbed by Gloria, the man kills Gloria and her partner, then is spirited away by the man in the shadows. The man in shadows appears again one last time as the man who activates the electric chair to execute him.

Thirty-One (May, 1954)

Title: "Slave Ship"
Story:
Art: Bill Benulis
Villains: Captain Albert Hoskins [slave ship skipper, dies]
Others: Jensen, Nicholson [sailors]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 18th century Atlantic Ocean
Synopsis: Hoskins is carrying slaves to market and behaves ruthlessly when he sees another ship sinking, thinking only of the cargo he could have. When Hoskins is washed overboard his own crew adopt the same principle, deciding their cargo is more valuable than him; he drowns.

Title: "Dear Valentine!"
Story:
Art: Al Hartley
Heroes: Mimi Terris [deceitful wife]
Villains: Frank Terris [Mimi's husband, dies]
Others: Ed Kelty [Mimi's beau, dies], Peters [chauffer], Jacqueline [maid]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Mimi has secret rendezvous with Ed in a cemetery and wish they could be rid of Frank. Ed murders Frank to set Mimi free, killing him the day before Valentine's Day. Mimi receives a human heart in a package identifying it as the heart of the man she loves, but then she finds Ed dead, with his heart removed. Frank's ghost appears, identifying himself as Ed's killer and prepares to do the same to Mimi.

Title: "It Happened in the Morgue"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Caleb Crockett [coroner]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Caleb accepts money from gangsters to falsify his reports on their victims. After an accident in his lab, Crockett winds up in suspended animation; another coroner identifies him as dead and seals him up - buried alive.

Title: "The Suitcase!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Joey [thief, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Joey steals a suitcase from a bus depot and finds a collection of shrunken heads inside. Entranced by the heads, Joey is compelled to mix a chemical concoction and drink it, shrinking his own head; he then cuts off his head so that it will join the collection.

Title: "Crazy, Man!"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Heroes: Colin Gentry [horror writer]
Villains: Alien invaders
Others: Mrs. Peabody [Gentry's landlady], Mr. Slavin [Gentry's neighbour], Ben Browne [hunting guide, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Maine, USA
Synopsis: Gentry is released from an asylum after believing aliens were disguising themselves as humans. Gentry goes hunting where he thought he saw the aliens before and sees them again, realizing the invasion is real. However, knowing everyone will think him crazy, Gentry loses his mind.


ADVENTURES INTO WEIRD WORLDS

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

One

"The Mad Man"
"The World That Vanished"
"The Terrible Trees"
"The Walking Death"

Two (February, 1952)

Title: "The Eyes!"
Story:
Art: Werner Roth
Heroes: John [unemployed man, dies]
Villains: Gregg Stanton [banker, multiple eyes], multi-eyed men
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#15
Synopsis: John drops a dime in a bar and a patron can tell its beneath his shoe, even though his back is turned. John remarks "you must have eyes in the back of your head" and the man turns on him with his friends. John runs to his friend Gregg, only to have Gregg turn on him too - Gregg is one of them, with eyes in the back of his head.

Title: "The Iron Door"
Story:
Art: Joe Maneely
Villains: Vashto [young scientist from Saturn]
Others: Karro [aged inventor, dies]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 4467 AD
Synopsis: In 4467 everything depends on computers but only the inventor Karro can run them from behind an iron door. When problems arise, Vashto appears to offer help and kills a supposed saboteur, but the "saboteur" is Karro, who explains Vashto's Saturnian allies caused the mechanical failures and killed him to prepare for their assault on Earth.

Title: "The Thing in the Bottle!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: A criminal [becomes genie]
Others: A genie
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A criminal in hiding finds a genie in a bottle who convinces him to set him free with the promise of rewards; the man complies and the genie gives him wealth and good looks, then gives him the power of a genie, seals him in the bottle and sets it adrift in the ocean.
Notes: Same story as Strange Tales#35's "the Man in the Bottle!"

Title: "When a World Goes Mad!"
Story:
Art: Al Hartley
Villains: Two massive celestial creatures
Others: Mr. Smith, Bob [physics students]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#1
Synopsis: A physics professor explains relativity to his class with an illustration of a giant creature which comes to devour the Earth, only to be confronted with a larger creature. After the lecture, the creature appears in reality.
Notes: Reprinted as "The Thing That Devoured a Planet!"

Three

Title: "The Thing That Waited!"
Story: Joe Maneely
Art: Joe Maneely
Heroes: A US pilot [dies]
Villains: Trisis aliens [become Josef Stalin and Soviets]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Korea
Synopsis: A pilot crashes and his spirit sees aliens from Trisis arriving on Earth; they assume the forms of Stalin and Soviet soldiers to invade Earth.

Title: "The Empty City!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Johnny Hart [Graphic News reporter]
Villains: Sorn and other aliens of Planet 65 [one as Bill Gentry]
Genre: Science Fiction, Horror
Setting: Pine City, Catskills; New York
Synopsis: Johnny finds the town of Pine City deserted and discovers aliens from Planet 65 have begun replacing the population. He returns to New York and tells his editor, Gentry, but Gentry has already been replaced and sends word for Johnny to be replaced as well.

Title: "Nothing Can Stop Me"
Story:
Art: Bill Walton
Villains: Carl [becomes gorilla, dies]
Others: Rita Thornton, Professor Thornton
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Carl is tired of being small and scrawny so he takes Professor Thornton's gorilla formula to impress Rita; however he begins to transform into a gorilla and has to be shot by the professor.

Title: "The Quiet Men"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Goro [Martian pilot]
Others: Crew of the Ghost Ship
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Mars
Synopsis: Martians investigate a ghostly Earth plane which appears in space; aboard they discover a log and learn the plane dropped a bomb which wiped out all life on Earth; the crew's souls are bound to the plane for an eternity of wandering.

Title: "A Shriek in the Night!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: A blond man
Villains: Invaders from below the surface
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A man is awakened at night and brought underground where he learns a hidden race plan to invade the surface; his only hope to live is to become their slave and bring another person to them, thereby increasing the ranks of their slaves.

Four

Title: "There Was Worse Than Death in the Village Graveyard"
Story:
Art: Russ Heath
Heroes: Carl Dekker
Villains: A female ghost
Genre: Horror
Setting: Haunted house
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Chillers#1
Synopsis: Dekker purchases a house with a graveyard on its property and plans to have the graveyard destroyed, but a ghost appears to him and convinces him to halt the destruction. In love with the ghost, he asks how he can bring her to life and she tells him to kiss her. He does and is immediately killed, joining her in eternal life as yet another grave outside the house is filled.

Title: "The Face of Death!"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Donald Drake [party host]
Villains: Marcia Lang [Black Plague carrier]
Others: Hank Elliot [Donald's friend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: As the Black Plague ravages the city, Donald decides to throw a party to escape from reality. Donald falls for Marcia when she appears at the party, but the Black Plague soon strikes down Donald's guests - Marcia carries the plague.
Notes: Retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's "the Masque of the Red Death."

Title: "The Man Who Lost His Head!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Clyde Harding [hunter]
Villains: An extraterrestrial hunter
Others: Charley [Clyde's native guide]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Alaska, USA
Synopsis: While hunting in Alaska, Clyde sees a strange creature and tries to kill it, but soon realizes it's from another world; the alien captures Clyde and prepares to claim his head as a trophy.
"The Passenger"
"The Miser"

Five (April, 1952)

Title: "Where?"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: A vampire [amnesiac]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Rakusc
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#26
Synopsis: A man with no memory wanders through Rakusc; a mortician comes to claim him and he fears the mortician is a vampire, but actually the man is a vampire and the mortician lays him in his crypt to slumber until his next annual revival.

Title: "The Terrible Trunk"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Villains: Harry Deevers [robber], Boss Pinelli [Deevers' superior, dies]
Others: Policemen, an auctioneer
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Chicago, Illinois, USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#8
Synopsis: After robbing a bank, Harry hides at an auction house and buys an old trunk and then places his money within and sends it to Boss Pinelli. When Harry goes to see Pinelli, Pinelli complains the trunk is empty. They quarrel and Pinelli falls, striking his head. Harry hides the body in the trunk, but when the police arrive and search the room, they find the trunk empty. Harry realizes the trunk makes anything inside disappear, but accidentally trips and falls in the trunk himself; the empty trunk winds up back at the same auction house.

Title: "I Crawl Through Graves"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Villains: Mr. A. Arcularos [grave robber, dies]
Others: Frederick Mason, Mrs. Van Horton [dead people]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#17
Synopsis: Arcularos steals from the dead then resells their possessions, but when he takes Mrs. Van Horton's jewels, she rises from the dead, kills Arcularos then returns to her coffin.

Title: "You're Going to Die Yesterday"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Tom Milo [inventor, dies]
Others: Benjamin Keen [Tom's rival], Mr. Keen [Benjamin's father], Mr. Milo [Tom's father, dies]
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Setting: 1951; 1906, USA
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#6
Synopsis: Tom decides to go back in time and kill Benjamin's father before Benjamin was born; however, Tom doesn't realize he and Benjamin's father both romanced the same woman and mistakes his own father for Benjamin's; Tom ceases to exist.

Title: "Don't Bury Me Deep!"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Villains: Charles Beecher [undertaker]
Others: John Macomber [factory owner, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Macombersville, USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#6
Synopsis: Beecher can't stand how the Macomber family runs Macombersville with their casket factory and rejoices when he hears John Macomber has died. While tending to Macomber's body, Beecher is shocked to find the man still alive; he seals him in his casket until he finally dies, but then accidentally falls in the casket and is shut inside. Although the pallbearers can tell someone inside is alive and wants out, they think its Macomber and want him dead as much as Beecher did; Beecher is buried alive in Macomber's grave.

Six (May, 1952)

Title: "The Ghost Still Walks"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Villains: Bud Lane [vengeful ghost]
Others: Harry Benson [fraternity leader, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Hobbes House, 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Dead of Night#1
Synopsis: A fraternity holds an initiation stunt using monster masks which frightens Bud Lane to death; two years later, the same fraternity is pledging a new recruit when the recruit is possessed by Bud's ghost and kills the fraternity leader.

Title: "My Brother... the Ghoul"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art:
Villains: Hugo Luther [grave robber, dies]
Others: Julius Luther [Hugo's twin brother]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Dead of Night#1
Synopsis: Hugo robs graves without letting Julius know; one night Hugo is seen, but because he traded shoes with Julius, the police think Julius is the robber. Julius is sent to the electric chair, but the volts don't kill him; back at their home, Hugo is suddenly slain by electricity.

Title: "He Dwells in a Dungeon"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Henry [George's deformed brother], Jean [George's wife]
Others: George [newlywed, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Dead of Night#1
Synopsis: George introduces Jean to his brother Henry, a deformed man who is kept in the family's basement dungeon. Jean hates Henry and decides to kill him, but in the dark she accidentally kills George. Now there's no one to protect her from Henry.

Title: "Step Right Into the... House of Horror"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Charles Boyd [haunted house investigator, dies]
Villains: A ghost
Others: Jean [Charles' girlfriend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Dead of Night#1
Synopsis: Charles tries to prove a haunted house is fake to Jean and confronts a ghost which assaults him; the ghost vanishes and Charles thinks he's broken a hypnotic spell, only to discover now he's dead and taken the ghost's place.
Notes: Retitled "House of Fear" in reprint.

Title: "The Wooden Man"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Laura [ventriloquist fan]
Others: Ventro [giant dummy], Kevin [midget ventriloquist]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#10
Synopsis: Laura falls in love with Ventro, but when she finally embraces him, she discovers he's a giant dummy and the midget Kevin is the real ventriloquist.
Notes: Derived from John Keir Cross' "the Glass Eye."

Seven

"The Cat's Whiskers"
"In the Still of the Night"
"The Strange Road"
"The Ghost"
"The Bad Boy"

Eight (July, 1952)

Title: "Somewhere Death Awaits"
Story:
Art: Bob Brown, David Gantz
Others: Manuelo [Martinique resident, dies]; Fred Halloway, Nan, Farnesworth [Titanic passengers, die]; Jorge, Marcita [bridge travellers, die]; Dr. Lewis Clark [atomic scientist]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1892, Digger Mountain, Trentville, New Jersey, USA; May 8, 1902, St. Pierre, Martinique; April 14, 1912; 1922, South America; 1932, Yangtzee River; 1942, India; 1950
Synopsis: An earthquake at Digger Mountain exposes a rock which bleeds and causes calamity wherever it is found. When it is unearthed in 1950, it prepares for another catastropher in 1952 - this time at an atomic plant.

Title: "30 Seconds"
Story: Carl Wessler
Art: Dick Ayers
Villains: Miles Drummond [munitions owner, dies]; General Chun [North Korean military]
Others: Norman Brown [reporter, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; North Korea
Synopsis: Drummond sells munitions to North Korea, but his money is held in that country. To get at his money, Drummond kills Brown and adopts his identity to cross the border, but en route is killed by one of his own explosive shells.

Title: "Lost!"
Story:
Art: Vic Carrabotta
Villains: A child [alien being in disguise]
Others: John [man], Mabel [John's wife, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: An alien child is stranded on Earth, seemingly innocent and lost but kills anyone he touches.

Title: "Death in the Shadows"
Story: Carl Wessler
Art: Tony DiPreta
Villains: Ben Chambers [jealous husband, dies]; Monk Barton [gangster]; a gunman [Elaine's lover]
Others: Elaine Chambers [Ben's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Elaine is cheating on Ben with a stranger. Ben orders Monk to kill Elaine's date at a place where he knows she'll be meeting her lover, but the gunman is Elaine's lover and he kills Ben.

Title: "Sticks and Stones"
Story:
Art: Hy Rosen
Villains: Paul Medford [professional actor and cad]
Others: Nan Baxter [actress]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Paul uses his charm to woo women, but quickly gives them up, never caring because "stick and stones may break my bones but names can never hurt me." He wins over Nan by giving her a brooch with her name on it, but quickly spurns her. After one of Paul's conquests jumps from a ledge cursing him, crowds turn on Paul and throw sticks and stones at him. He runs to Nan for help, but she brands his forehead with the brooch, proving names can hurt him.

Nine (August, 1952)

Title: "Do Not Feed"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: Kurt [aquarium guide, dies]
Villains: Dr. Heiden [octopus-man]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Berlin, Germany
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#16
Synopsis: Kurt is curious about the male octopus at the aquarium, which remains in its cave while only the female is visible, but Dr. Heiden angrily tells Kurt to leave the octopi alone. Kurt becomes increasingly mad at Heiden and tries to poison the octopi, but Heiden catches him and fires him. Kurt throws Heiden into the octopus tank in revenge, but Kurt is pulled inside the tank by tentacles and learns Heiden is the unseen male octopus.

Title: "The Last Laugh"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Leo Burke [weakling]
Villains: Charlie Burke [Leo's brother, practical joker, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#8
Synopsis: Charlie enjoys tormenting Leo with his jokes, even when they injure or almost kill Leo. Finally, Leo has enough and when Charlie declares he'll "laugh his fool head off," Leo makes good on this by slicing off Charlie's head with a scythe and making a scarecrow from the head.

Title: "Locked Up!"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art: Carmine Infantino, Frank Giacoia
Heroes: William [27 year old man]
Others: Margie [young woman], William's father [gorilla]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#4
Synopsis: People in William's hometown believe he's either a vampire, werewolf or servant of the Devil. Margie loves William and wants to believe the best of him, but when she confronts him about the rumours people spread about him, he admits he does keep his father locked up in the cellar. Margie leaves as William visits his father, who is inexplicably a talking gorilla.
"Too Much TV"

Title: "Alone"
Story:
Art: Ben Brown, David Gantz
Heroes: Kevin Moore [egotistical actor]
Others: Manning [Kevin's agent]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#13
Synopsis: Kevin is very popular but just wants to be left alone; suddenly, he gets his wish as he's made invisible to everyone and himself invisible to them; he's completely alone.

Ten

Title: "The Pit of Horror!"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Villains: Satan ["Old Nick"], his imps
Others: Mr. Frost [efficiency expert]
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Setting: Hell
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Chillers#2
Synopsis: Irritated to find his imps lax in their duties, playing cards and reading comic books when they should be torturing souls, Satan brings in Mr. Frost to work them back into shape. When the job is done, Frost collects his payment and prepares to return to Hollywood, only to learn he's dead will be the newly-revitalized Hell's first customer.
Notes: Retitled "the Pit of Fear" in reprint.

Title: "Down in the Cellar"
Story:
Art: Paul Cooper
Heroes: Gort [bird hunter]
Villains: Lon Judson [taxidermist]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Dead of Night#6
Synopsis: Judson is always upset when Gort brings him birds to be stuffed; Gort finds this amusing and purposefully brings more and different kinds of birds. Finally, he accepts Judson's constant offers to see his own collection. Judson gives Gort a drink and leads him to the cellar, where he reveals the drink was drugged; Judson collects and stuffs bird hunters.

Title: "The Ghoul!"
Story:
Art: Vic Carrabotta
Heroes: Bosco Channey [murderer, dies]
Villains: A ghoul
Others: Policemen
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#11
Synopsis: Channey is accused by the police of being a ghoul, but escapes from them and asks an old man to hide him-- but the old man is the ghoul.

Title: "The Killers"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Steve Danning, Mary Crosby [teenagers]
Villains: The Killers [bat-creatures]
Others: Sea-creatures
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Monsters Unleashed#4
Synopsis: Sea-creatures appear in a lake and the military poisons the waters to kill them-- only to discover they were intended to protect mankind from the Killers, who are now free to destroy humanity.

Title: "Too Old to Live"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Seth Culpepper [91 year old man]
Others: John Wilson [93 years old, dies], John's twin brother
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Seth resents John for being the oldest man in their nursing home and kills him to claim the title for himself, but John's twin brother soon takes his place.

Eleven

Title: "Help!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Pierre Anton, Blackie Morgan [rival hunters]
Others: A pack of wolves
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s northwest Canada
Synopsis: Pierre and Blackie are at war with each other and wind up being trapped together in the wild in an avalanche; each believes their own followers will arrive to liberate them, but instead they're found by wolves.
Notes: Rip-off of Saki's "The Interlopers."

Title: "Ghost in the House!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Joe Maneely
Heroes: A reporter
Villains: Swami Mordo [undead seancer], undead corpses
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A reporter attends a seance; Swami Mordo tries to prove his powers are real by sending the reporter to the land of the dead, but the reporter insists he was merely hypnotized. However, Mordo reveals when someone enters the land of the dead they can never return - Mordo and the other visitors at the seance are all undead.

Title: "Twanng!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Hector [elephant keeper]
Others: Rocco [knife thrower], Petunia [elephant], Sonia [circus performer]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Hector loves Sonia but the newly-arrived Rocco wins her affections. Learning Rocco has one knife he doesn't throw, Hector learns how to throw knives and tries to kill Rocco with the forbidden knife, only to learn it's a boomerang knife.

Title: "The Other Man"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Villains: George Bartok [scientist, becomes monster, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Bartok finds the notes of Dr. Jekyll and creates a formula which transforms him into a brutish monster; he commits murder, then takes another formula to return to normal so he'll be unrecognizable, but instead he finds he's grown a second, normal head and the police shoot him to death.

Title: "The Alien!"
Story:
Art: Marty Elkin
Heroes: Professor Carl Sandstrom [inventor]
Villains: Alice Sandstrom [Carl's wife], Don Cameron [Carl's assistant]
Others: Murrhr [four-armed Martian visitor]
Genre: Science Fiction, Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Sandstrom contacts Murrhr and develops a machine which will bring him to Earth. After Murrhr seems to make an appearances, Carl contacts other scientists to demonstrate it to them, but Murrhr doesn't appear and Carl is sent to an insane asylum. Murrhr's earlier appearance was actually Don in disguise, scheming with Alice to ruin Carl, but then the real Murrhr appears in the lab.

Twelve

Title: "The Monster"
Story:
Art: Ed Winiarsky
Villains: Ingoor, other mutants
Others: Various townspeople
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#1
Synopsis: Ingoor is sent to prepare for an invasion from beneath Earth, but all the humans he meets don't believe he's a monster; he decides they should abandon the humans to themselves.

Title: "Lost in the Graveyard"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Lester Brown [forgetful man]
Villains: A ghost
Others: Hortense Brown [Lester's wife, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Lester keeps forgetting things and Hortense berates him for it. A ghost tells him he can scare Hortense to death using a mystic incantation which will cause his head to come off. Lester shows off the trick to his wife and Hortense dies of fright. Unfortunately, Lester then misplaces his head.

Title: "Throw Another Coal on the Fire!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art:
Heroes: Sasha Yorsky [desperate Russian]
Villains: Vladimir [stingy janitor, dies]
Others: Ivan Yorsky [Sasha's son]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Moscow, USSR
Synopsis: The tenants in Vladimir's building are always cold but Vladimir refuses to spare coal for them. They finally gang up together and cast Vladimir into the furnace.

Title: "Find the Pin and Pick It Up"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Villains: Smoggs [bookish man, practitioner of voodoo]
Others: Haiti [Smoggs' dog], Mr. Briggs [wealthy man, dies], Kali [Briggs' East Indian servant]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: When Briggs shoots Haiti, Smoggs turns to voodoo for revenge, using a doll to inflict pain on Briggs until he dies; however, Briggs' servant Kali ensured Briggs would live on another body - that of Haiti! The now-intelligent dog attacks Smoggs.

Title: "Missing... One Head!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Gus [fake medium] and his wife
Others: An old woman [dies] and her husband
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Gus cheats people out of their money by sending them messages from "beyond," creating a supposed conduit with the afterlife by cutting the head off a chicken. However, after getting one woman's money by killing her, the woman's husband gets his revenge by cutting Gus' head off; despite this, Gus is still alive.

Thirteen (December, 1952)

Title: "The Vampire Maker!"
Story:
Art: Carmine Infantino
Villains: Vampires
Others: Dr. Gottfried [scientist, dies], Kurt [his assistant], synthetic vampire, villagers with torches
Genre: Horror
Setting: Hungary
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#4
Synopsis: When people learn Gottfried is making a vampire, they break into his castle and slay him, but not before the vampire awakens. They curse Gottfried as a monster, not realizing his vampire feeds upon other vampires, to help mankind.
Notes: Continues in Adventures into Weird Worlds#15.

Title: "Where Dead Men Walk!"
Story:
Art: Jerry Robinson
Villains: Alan Johnson [archaeology professor], Muvians, Satan
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; Africa; Mu (Hell)
Synopsis: Johnson receives a map leading to the lost sunken continent of Mu, found through an underground passage in Africa. He hopes to learn the secrets of black magic found in Mu and commits murder to get the money he needs to travel, but when he reaches Mu and forces his way in he finds some people have another name for it: namely, Hell.

Title: "I Died Tomorrow"
Story:
Art: Don Perlin, Abe Simon
Villains: Thursby [scientist], giant monsters. Grokkos [hairy creatures]
Others: Joe Collins [Thursby's assistant, dies]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s uSA; distant future
Synopsis: Thursby kills Joe then time travels to the future, intending to discover a peaceful era which he can conquer. However, he finds a future where Grokkos are rampaging. Humans of this era can time travel by force of will and simply will themselves into the next day, but Thursby is left behind to face the monsters.
"You Devil, You!"
"The Thing That Hatched"

Fourteen (January, 1953)

Title: "A Shriek in the Night"
Story: Stan Lee
Art:
Heroes: A hobo [dies]
Villains: A monster woman
Others: A monster killer [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Beware#4
Synopsis: A hobo sees a beautiful woman chased by a man in the park. He kills the man, but the woman turns into a monster and kills the hobo.

Title: "The Man Who Steals Gravestones!"
Story:
Art: Sol Brodsky
Villains: Josiah Creech [gravestone dealer]
Others: A dead man
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#5
Synopsis: Creech steals gravestones from the graveyard, grinds off the names then resells them to customers. One man buys a stone for $100 and Creech brings it to the cemetery with him, when the purchaser suddenly disappears. Josiah is pulled through the ground and into a grave where he finds the purchaser, who says if Josiah wants his gravestone he can share it with him.

Title: "Horror on Haunted Hill!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Carmine Infantino
Heroes: Doug Michels [police captain]
Villains: Trigger Grezno [mobster, dies], a Saturnian [criminal, resembles a tree, dies]
Others: Wilbur Collins [caretaker, dies]
Genre: Science Fiction, Horror
Setting: June 14, Haunted Hill, USA
Reprinted In: Beware#4
Synopsis: A Saturnian lands on Earth and strangles Collins to death; before dying, he warns the police, but they find no trace of the Saturnian. The story of the alien becomes so well-known Trigger Grezno hides on Haunted Hill to escape the police. However, the Saturnian has been mistaken for a tree all along; as the Saturnian attacks Grezno, a bolt of lightning strikes it and kills it. The police find Grezno dead and assume he was behind the death of Collins all along.

Title: "The Man Who Walked On Water!"
Story:
Art: Jay Scott Pike
Heroes: Joe Russo [fisherman]
Others: Cursed man [walks on water]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA
Reprinted In: Beware#4
Synopsis: Russo sees a man walk on water and demands to learn the secret; the man shows him special corals to rub on his body and performs a rite to Neptune; the spell works, enabling Russo to walk on water, but now he sinks through solid ground.

Title: "Forever is a Long Time"
Story:
Art: Larry Woromay
Heroes: Paul Burk [drunkard]
Villains: Genie of Barku
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Beware#4
Synopsis: Burk finds the Genie of Barku in a bottle and releases it, hoping to gain three wishes, but the Genie doesn't give out rewards, it only wants to live inside its bottle, but can't return on its own power. Burk extorts the Genie into granting three wishes for him before he'll return the creature and winds up gaining wealthy, women and good looks thanks to his wishes. However, when he returns the Genie to the bottle, the Genie takes Burk with him; Burk can only get out of the bottle if the Genie lets him.

Fifteen (February, 1953)

Title: "Terror in Town"
Story:
Art: George Tuska
Villains: Vampires
Others: A synthetic vampire [dies], Kurt [Professor Gottfried's assistant, now mayor, robot, destroyed], Professor Gottfried [flashback]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Hungary
Synopsis: In the aftermath of Professor Gottfried's death, locals elect Kurt to be their mayor and Kurt takes care of the professor's monster. However, after a thunderstorm some killings occur and the villagers again fear the monster; when they find the monster standing over Kurt they start a fire; dying, the monster explains Kurt was a robot built by Gottfried and suffered a breakdown during the thunderstorm; the monster stopped Kurt, but with the monster dead, no one can defend the villagers from the returning vampires.
Notes: Continued from Adventures into Weird Worlds#13.

Title: "Back From the Dead!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Carlton Sears [film director]
Others: Wanda Hall [movie star, Carlton's lover, dies], Estelle Laroux [French movie star], Harry [film producer]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Hollywood, California, USA
Synopsis: Carlton helps make Wanda a star, but when Estelle convinces him to cast her in Wanda's place, Wanda commits suicide in despair. As Harry refuses to accept Estelle in Wanda's place, Carlton begs Wanda to come back to life; Wanda does and finishes the picture. Convinced he doesn't need her anymore, Carlton breaks up with Wanda when the picture is done and she dies again. To his horror, Carlton finds in all the footage he shot of Wanda, she appears as a corpse.
"The Man Who Jumped"

Title: "He Who Laughs Last"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Don Stewart [practical joker, dies], devils
Others: Emma [old lady], Don's niece, Bill [niece's boyfriend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; Hell
Synopsis: Don enjoys playing jokes on people, especially with frightening jokes. In one instance, Don tries to scare someone with a spider, but the spider is a black widow which kills his victim. Soon after, Don dies in bed and drifts up to Heaven, which he finds very amusing... until he learns he's actually in Hell and the devils were playing a practical joke on him.
Notes: Same plot reused for "the Last Laugh!" in Tales to Astonish#29.

Sixteen

Title: "Kiss of Death"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Villains: Lillian Ashby [scheming wife], a female vampire
Others: John Ashby [writer, becomes vampire]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s, Catskills
Reprinted In: Journey Into Mystery#12
Synopsis: Lillian hates her husband and tries to scare him to death so she can collect his insurance; it doesn't work and he becomes a vampire after a visit from a female vamp-- then vamps Lillian himself.

Title: "Flying Saucer"
Story:
Art:
Others: Martians
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Mars
Reprinted In: Supernatural Thrillers#10
Synopsis: Martians watch movies about the weird creatures they imagine live on Earth.

Title: "Mind Over Matter"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Gordon Langley [explorer]
Others: Allen [Gordon's friend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s India; USA
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Werewolf by Night#2
Synopsis: Gordon returns from India with the power to cause things to disappear by doubting they exist. When Allen wonders if even they truly exist, this causes Gordon to accidentally wipe himself and Allen out of existence.

Title: "Surprise!"
Story:
Art: Jack Keller
Villains: Mito Vargay [wealthy old man]
Others: Stephen [young man, dies], Lola [Stephen's lover], a gypsy sorceress
Genre: Horror
Setting: Bohemia
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#6
Synopsis: Mito kills Stephen so he can have Lola, but Lola refuses to stop thinking about Stephen. Mito has a gypsy transform him to look like Stephen, but by then Stephen has been dead for two months and the spell works literally.

Title: "The Old Man's Secret!"
Story:
Art: Jay Scott Pike
Villains: Hans [wood carver's assistant]
Others: Jacob Abel [wood carver]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Europe
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#12
Synopsis: Hans wants to learn the secret of how to carve the tiny homes with moving figures Abel carves; Abel refuses so Hans tries to steal the secret; Abel catches him and punishes him by making Hans one of the figures in a carved house he sells to a customer.

Seventeen

Title: "This Way Out"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Slug Mears [dying criminal, dies]
Others: Death
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#3
Synopsis: Slug is dying in a hospital bed; the man in the next bed describes what's outside their window and claims Slug would be free if he went through. Slug finally finds the strength to crawl to the window, but the man in the other bed is Death. Slug dies after seeing what was really outside the window: the death house.

Title: "He Walks With a Ghost!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art:
Villains: Barney Grill [hoodlum, dies], zombies
Others: Sanford Smythe [lawyer]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Hungary
Reprinted In: Dead of Night #2
Synopsis: Grill inherits a fortune in Hungary and moves to the family mansion there, but is disgusted by the graveyard and has it dug up; the corpses have revenge by coming to life and crushing him in a steam shovel.

Title: "The Nightmare!"
Story:
Art:
Others: A warlock [doctor] and a witch [patient]
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Setting: Doctor's office
Reprinted In: Dead of Night #2
Synopsis: A patient relates her horrible dreams to her doctor, of a happy home and family; she's so happy when she wakes up to find she's a witch.

Title: "The Men From Mars!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Fred Kida
Heroes: Bill [child] and his father
Others: Martians
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Bill and his father meet a Martian and ask to go to Mars with him to escape the nuclear threat on Earth, but the Martians are themselves trying to escape their war-stricken planet.

Title: "The Gentlemen of the Jury!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Russ Heath
Villains: Nick Rico [gunman], Benedict Boswell [criminal lawyer], Curly Grogan [mob leader, dies], Satan
Others: Gimpy Tuskak [small-time crook, dies], Joe [theatre guard], Dolly [actress, Nick's girlfriend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#9
Synopsis: Dolly introduces Nick to Boswell who helps him get away with his murders in court. Afraid of being tied to Nick forever, Dolly conjures Satan with black magic and promises him Nick's soul. Satan arranges Nick's next trial so the jury are the people he's killed.

Eighteen

"Ivan & Petroff"
"Don't Lose Your Head"
"The Thing Behind the Door"
"Too Horrible To Live"
"How Beautiful Can You Be?"

Nineteen

"The Shriek of Araby"
"The Doomed"

Title: "The Exterminator!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Stefan Kojeck [silversmith, vampire impersonator], vampires
Genre: Horror
Setting: Hazjla, Hungary; Szolslav, Hungary; Domishav, Hungary
Synopsis: Stefan murders people while dressed as a vampire to con locals into giving him their silver, promising to forge silver weapons from them. After collecting the silver, Stefan leaves the town for another. However, in Domishav the villagers have no silver - because they're all vampires!
"It Happened One Knight"
"The Empty Room"
Notes: Jesse returns in next issue.

Twenty (July, 1953)

Title: "The Doubting Thomas"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Profesor Mollar [University professor, werewolf]
Others: Durek [dead man], Professor Zmuda [Mollar's colleague, dies], Professor Kreidad [Mollar's colleague]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Central Europe
Synopsis: A string of murders have locals believing in werewolves. Zmuda agrees with the locals and is fired from his college for this. Zmuda seeks out Mollar to try and prove the superstitions are true by exposing Mollar to a test for werewolves; the test works - Mollar is the werewolf and he kills Zmuda.

Title: "Where Man-Eaters Walk"
Story:
Art: Joe Maneely
Villains: Jesse [from last issue], African cannibals
Others: Dr. Ofstrom [flashback], Jesse's parents [flashback], George [motorist, dies]
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; Africa
Synopsis: Jesse grows up and perfects a shrinking chemical, planning to shrink the Earth's population so he can begin over them. While testing his work in Africa he shrinks a cannibal tribe then forces them to serve him, but the cannibals expose Jesse to his own formula then prepare to finish him off.

Title: "Kermit the Hermit"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Pete Allis [criminal, dies], Kermit [hermit, feral man who keeps dogs]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Pete decides to rob Kermit, thinking that because of his mean guard dogs he must have a fortune. However, Kermit's only secret is that he's a feral wild man; he and his dogs kill Pete.

Title: "Never Again!"
Story:
Art:
Others: An old man [dies]; a mob of crazed cave-folk
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: October 24, 2136
Synopsis: In the future, humanity lives in caves. When an old man attempts science experiments they kill him so he won't recreate the science which decimated the Earth.

Title: "Death of An Army"
Story:
Art: Myron Fass
Villains: A bacteria
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A bacteria battles corpuscles inside a man's body; the man dies.

Twenty-One

"What Happened in the Cave"
"The Plunderer"

Title: "The Little Soldiers"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Kopak [metalsmith, dies]
Others: Jones [one-armed foreman, dies], an army of lead soldiers
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: While Kopak is molding lead soldiers he becomes angry with Jones and hurls him into the lead vat. Kopak continues to fashion soldiers from the lead, but the soldiers come to life and kill Kopak; the soldiers' leader has just one arm, like Jones.
"The Devil to Pay"
"Romanoff's Rumor"

Twenty-Two (September, 1953)

Title: "The Vampire's Partner"
Story:
Art: George Roussos
Villains: Roco [ragman], a vampire [dies]
Others: Ella and Edward [married couple, die]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Europe
Synopsis: Roco and a vampire form an alliance - Roco will help the vampire gain entrance to people's homes then when the vampire has his blood, Roco will get the victims' rags. Eventually the vampire turns on Roco and tries to feed on him but it has no effect and Roco destroys the traitor; Roco's entire body is made from rags.

Title: "Keeper of Cats!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: An old woman [cat owner]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: An old woman is caught shoplifting milk for her many pet cats; the cats break her out of prison and she's never seen again - having become a cat herself.

Title: "The Man Who Lost an Elevator"
Story:
Art: Russ Heath
Heroes: Jeff [elevator operator]
Villains: Mr. Garrot [gangster], the Valentine Mob [Garrot's rivals]
Others: Clancy [policeman], Mr. Prentice [hotel manager], Mrs. Randell [hotel guest]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Jeff constantly tinkers with his elevator, irritating Garrot; fleeing from an attack, Garrot insists on using the elevator before Jeff has finished his work; the elevator shoots straight through the roof of the building and keeps rising into the air.
"The New Boy"

Title: "The New Boy"
Story:
Art: Bill Walton
Heroes: George Jones [gorilla disguised as a boy]
Others: George's parents [gorillas]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A boy calling himself "George Jones" enrols in school, determined to prove he's a genius, but turns out to be woefully unprepared; he returns to his family in the zoo - where amongst gorillas, his intellect is higher than average.

Title: "Out of My Life!"
Story:
Art: Bob Fujitani
Heroes: Lise's father
Others: Lise [engaged woman], Ralph [Lise's fiancé]
Genre: Romance
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Lise tells her father she's marrying Ralph and he offers his house for their use.

Twenty-Three

"I am Death"
"Kiss of Death"
"Meet Bok-Tok"
"Call of the Wild"
"An Old Man's Fancy"

Twenty-Four

Title: "Halfway Home!"
Story:
Art: Chuck Winter
Heroes: Captain Bryan [star ship captain]
Others: Dr. Huron [scientist]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: X-33 rocket, Saturn, distant future
Synopsis: The X-33 needs to lose half its weight. Huron proposes a device which will shrink everyone in half, but when he uses it on himself it makes the left side of his body disappear.

Title: "The One Who Was Dead"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Alec Jones [scientist, dies]
Others: Cleopatra [revived, dies], Dr. Karl Veblen [scientist, dies], Mustapha [Egyptian guide]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA, Egypt
Synopsis: Before his death, Dr. Veblen demonstrates his formula which can restore the dead to life to his friend Alec. Alec decides to revive Cleopatra with the formula, but accidentally restores the asp which killed her to life and it kills Cleopatra again and then kills Alec.

Title: "Look Out for the Martians"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Villains: Sam Taylor [hardware salesman, incubus for Martian]
Others: August Dart [science fiction author], three scanners [telepaths]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: At a science fiction convention, August tries to warn people about invading Martians merging with infants as an incubus and gradually taking over their forms, but August is dismissed as being crazy and eventually sent to an asylum. Sam is pursued by scanners who believe August's story and eventually prove Sam is one of the Martians, but Sam outfights the scanners and escapes, now aware of his own Martian nature.

Title: "He Kidnapped a Rocket"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Spider Jordan [international criminal]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: December, 2136, Earth; Planet 27
Synopsis: Spider breaks aboard the rocket headed to Planet 27 and holds the crew hostage, thinking when they arrive on the uninhabited world he'll be free - however, Planet 27 already has a human colony and their officials arrest him when the rocket lands.

Title: "The Hunter"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Mr. Bruno [alien lifeform hunter and dealer]
Others: Intelligent alien animals
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future; Earth; two alien worlds
Synopsis: Bruno scours space for alien animals he can sell, but on one trip to a world where humans are held in zoos by intelligent animals, he discovers his own hunting dogs are from that planet and had set him up; the animals capture Bruno and put him in their zoo.

Twenty-Five

Title: "The Men From Mars"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Henry [alien, dies]
Villains: Mary [Henry's wife, alien], Charlie [Henry's neighbour, alien], Dr. Dave Page [Henry's friend, alien], other aliens
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Henry sees people around him as Martians. Visiting Dr. Page, he learns the Martians invaded Earth by assuming human forms and slowly driving humans to extinction; Page has a mirror which shows his true form. Henry fears he's the only real human left, but when he sees himself in the mirror he realizes he's a Martian; he shoots himself in the head.

Title: "Nightmare!"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Heroes: A man
Villains: Aliens
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A man dreams of creatures holding him prisoner and threatening his life. He awakens in a hospital only to find the same aliens standing over him.

Title: "A Million Light-Years Away"
Story:
Art: Sam Keswin
Heroes: Ben Jarvis [mechanic]
Others: Helen Jarvis [Ben's wife], Tim Jarvis [Ben's son], Uranians
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future; Earth, Uranus
Synopsis: Ben helps prepare ships to journey into outer space and it makes him resentful of his life on Earth, imagining the challenges of space. He finally gets to accompany a flight to Uranus, but finds the Uranians have allowed machines to take over their jobs, leaving the species slothful. Ben returns to Earth with newfound love for his life.

Title: "Two Times Two!"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Villains: Rroosskkaans [die]
Others: United Planets Organization [Aka, Moonga, Venus, Earth]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Rroosskkaa, 2000 AD
Synopsis: The Rroosskkaans refuse to disarm for the United Planets and instead plot to invade their rivals' worlds. Needing more soldiers in order to occupy, they invent a duplicator ray which can fashion a double of anyone. Unfortunately, they create so many people so quickly the planet falls out of orbit and its inhabitants are flung into space.

Title: "The Mad Mamba!"
Story:
Art: Joe Maneely
Heroes: Lola Britton [spiteful dancer]
Villains: A mamaloi, zombies
Others: Jolie Martin [Lola's superior], Senor Garcia [Haitian]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA, Haiti
Synopsis: Lola schemes to win Jolie's fame. On a trip to Haiti, Lola meets an old woman who offers to show her the voodoo dance. Thinking it's the edge she needs against Jolie, Lola agrees; the woman summons forth zombies who force Lola to dance with them until she dies...then keep dancing.

Twenty-Six (February, 1954)

Title: "Good-Bye Earth"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Harry Burns [undercover agent from Sirius]
Villains: Rajac [Sirius agent sent to retrieve Harry]
Others: Rodriguez [UN diplomat], Helen Burns [Harry's wife]
Genre: science Fiction
Setting: 1950s New York, USA; Sirius
Synopsis: Harry is confronted by Rajac who reveals he's an agent from Sirius sent to spy on humanity and now he must return. After being injected with a chemical which will restore his former memories and remove his time as a human, Harry writes down a warning to humanity before rejoining his people.

Title: "The Robot That Hated"
Story:
Art:
Villains: John Feder [scientist, robot designer, dies], Feder's robot
Others: Flo [John's ex-girlfriend, dies]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Ridgewood, USA
Synopsis: John designs a robot which reacts based on his emotions and uses his hate to have it kill Flo, but when it expresses love it hugs John to death.

Title: "The Edge of Madness"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: Lizette Remy [Paul's girlfriend]
Villains: Paul [man/monster, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 19th century Europe
Synopsis: Lizette sees a monster at her bed and realizes it's Paul; Paul kills himself to protect her.

Title: "Menace from Mars!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Lefty Morton [traitor to humanity, dies], Two-Headed Mercurians, Jovian Snakes, Martian Giants
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Near future, Earth; Mars
Synopsis: Lefty refuses to join the war effort against Mars and instead goes to Mars to warn the Martians, but the Martians simply enslave him to help build their fortifications and work him to his death.

Title: "The Dead"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Heroes: Hal Jennings [home owner]
Villains: Dead people
Others: Mary Jennings [Hal's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Hal finds the dead have risen and occupied people's homes. Hal rallies others to drive the dead away, but the dead don't return to their graves and they fear what it might mean.

Twenty-Seven (March, 1953)

Title: "The Man Who Wasn't"
Story:
Art: Mort Lawrence
Heroes: Dr. Paul Brainard [scientist, ceases to exist]
Others: Molly Brainard [Paul's wife], Davey Brainard [Paul's son], Myrtle [waitress], Billy [Davey's friend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Paul learns how to create life from nothing. Suddenly, his lab vanishes and no one recalls it having ever been there; his wife and son don't know him; finally, Paul realizes he tampered beyond what man should have and he ceases to exist.

Title: "The Dwarf of Horrormoor"
Story:
Art:
Villains: The Duke [nobleman], the Dwarf [Duke's servant, dies]
Others: Baron Woolas
Genre: Horror
Setting: Horrormoor Castle, Medieval England
Synopsis: Because Horrormoor is said to always have a dwarf, the Duke has his Dwarf join him in playing pranks on their guests. When one guest demands revenge on the Dwarf, the Duke helps him trick the Dwarf into thinking he's normal-sized by using miniaturized furniture. Later, the Duke finds his furniture has grown and thinks the Dwarf is playing a prank on him. However, the Dwarf hung himself after the Duke's prank; the Duke has become a Dwarf to fulfill the legend of Horrormoor.

Title: "The Thieves"
Story:
Art: Matt Fox
Villains: Polarians [aliens from Polaris]
Others: The US President, a general
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: The Future, Capitol Building, Washington DC, USA
Synopsis: When Polarians arrive on Earth, men fear their motives; a general decides to simply permit them to take whatever they want; however, the Polarians have come for Earth's sun and as they depart with it, Earth is plunged into an ice age.

Title: "The Invaders!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Two astronauts
Others: Martians
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, Mars
Synopsis: A flying saucer lands on Mars and the astronaut occupants are greeted by the Martians.

Title: "Half-Human!"
Story:
Art: Robert Q. Sale
Heroes: Paul Keller [android manufacturer]
Others: Androids
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, Earth
Synopsis: Keller manufactures android workers and gradually replaces all his staff with androids. However, when he finds a rival android business has started up, run by one of his own android models he discovers androids hope to eventually replace humanity. Keller creates a formula which will cause all androids on Earth to dissolve - unfortunately, that includes Keller's own wife.

Twenty-Eight

Title: "Heads Will Roll"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Villains: James Jurgens [informant, dies], Macheath [highwayman, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1591, London, England; Tyburn, England
Synopsis: Jurgens helps capture criminals who are executed and have their severed heads set upon pikes. When he runs out guilty men, Jurgens creates false testimony for the innocents. One night, Jurgens thinks he hears the severed heads whispering to each other and draws near them with a torch; a voice claims he's going to burn down the bridge and guards move in; Jurgens panics and is killed; his head is placed on a pike next to his victims.
"The Supreme Test"
"From the Dead"

Title: "In the Bag!"
Story:
Art: Doug Wildey
Villains: Joel [farmer]
Others: Carl [Joel's friend, dies], Melissa [Joel's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Joel is carrying a bag of rocks to fix a wall when Carl meets him and thinks he's killed his wife and is disposing of the body. Carl reveals Melissa was cheating on him and Joel angrily kills Carl and stuffs him in the bag. He takes the bag home and kills Melissa and then carries the bodies away in the bag for disposal.
Notes: Rip-off of John Collier's "De Mortuis."

Title: "The Strange Shop!"
Story:
Art: Ed Moline
Villains: Satan [pawn shop owner], various criminals
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Satan runs a pawn shop; when men come to rob him, he claims them for Hell.

Twenty-Nine (May, 1954)

Title: "Bone Dry"
Story:
Art: Myron Fass
Heroes: Saimu [heroic Polynesian warrior, dies]
Villains: Karna [Polynesian sub chief, dies]
Others: Loli [chief's daughter]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Vani Hu [tropical island]
Synopsis: When drought comes to Vani Hu, Karna claims the water supply and kills anyone who tries to reason with him. People abandon Karna just as a tidal wave hits the island, drowning Karna and his followers to death.

Title: "The Locked Door"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Galston [grave robber], the McVeigh ghosts
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Galston breaks into crypts to rob the dead, but one night he's shut inside the McVeigh crypt and assailed by ghosts of the McVeighs; Galston dies within the crypt, not realizing the door was unlocked.

Title: "The Two-Timer"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Eddie [philandering husband]
Others: Eddie's wife [dies], Dolly [Eddie's girlfriend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Eddie refuses to give his wife money for the home so he can lavish his secret lover Dolly with gifts. After accidentally killing his wife, Eddie tries to make her death seem like a suicide caused by an open gas jet, but it fails because he didn't give her money to pay the gas bill.

Title: "Eternal Life!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Hogar [Martian ambassador]
Others: Hoskins [Presidential aide], President of the United States
Genre:
Setting: 1950s Washington DC, USA; United Nations Building, New York City, New York, USA; Mars
Synopsis: Hogar visits Earth and tells humanity they can gain eternal life if they move to Mars, but the entire population must agree to go. Everyone does, much to the glee of the Martians - Mars is about to be destroyed by a shooting star, but the newly-uninhabited Earth will be their new home.

Title: "Indestructible!"
Story:
Art: Hy Rogen
Heroes: Charlie Cobart [scientist]
Others: Cobart's descendant [time traveler]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Cobart meets his time travelling descendant who warns of insects which have conquered the future and are killing everyone and hopes a cure can be found in the past. The traveler is held within an unbreakable container of plexi-thorium and discovers some of the insects have come with him. Cobart tries to break in to save him, but can't get through the glass. The time traveler finally disappears but the insects remain.

Thirty (June, 1954)

Title: "The Impatient Ghost!"
Story:
Art: Dan Loprino
Heroes: Edward Eton [wealthy man, dies]
Others: Miss Land [Edward's housekeeper]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Edward's new house is supposedly haunted. He sees a ghost of himself and dies upon seeing it, his ghost having been so impatient it appeared before he was dead.

Title: "I Saw the Vampire!"
Story:
Art: Manny Stallman
Heroes: A pedestrian
Villains: A vampire, a dead man
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: After witnessing a vampire kill a man, an observer fears the vampire will come to kill him for witnessing it. However, instead the dead man comes after the witness, blaming him for not saving his life.

Title: "Inside is Ty"
Story:
Art: Seymour Moskowitz
Villains: Alex Karnoff [Widmire's assistant, dies]
Others: Professor Widmire [archaeologist, dies], Ty [skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Arizona, USA
Synopsis: Karnoff resents the menial work Widmire sets for him; Widmire keeps something within a giant structure, claiming "Ty" is inside. Karnoff kills Widmire to find out who Ty is, but Ty is a living Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton who kills Karnof and then takes Widmire's body to care for it.

Title: "When Worlds Meet"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Joe Sinnott
Villains: Kaaa [Venusian leader], Venusians, Martians
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA and England, the moon
Synopsis: Martians contact USA and arrange to meet them on the moon; Venusians simultaneously contact the UK and arrange a meeting on the moon at the same time. The Martians and Venusians each distrust Earth and have war fleets standing by. When all of the human astronauts are held up in their rendezvous, the Martian and Venusian envoys mistake each other for humans and attack and kill themselves. The Martian and Venusian fleets destroy Earth in retaliation.

Title: "The Worm Turns"
Story:
Art: Bill Walton
Villains: Joe [henpecked husband, dies]
Others: May [Joe's wife, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Joe is constantly nagged by May, who calls him a worm. After finding where she hides her money Joe kills May by tripping her with a line of twine on the stairs, but after burying her in the cellar worms from her body seem to come and torment him until he accidentally trips on the twine he left for May and is tangled up then devoured by the worms.


THE AL WILLIAMSON READER

"The Captain's Last Command" from Battlefront#40
"Menace From the Stars" from Mystery Tales#44
"The Secret of the Haunted House" from World of Mystery#6
"The Drum Beats at Midnight" from Jann of the Jungle#17
"Beware the Future" from World of Fantasy#16

AMAZING ADULT FANTASY

Continued from Amazing Adventures; continues in Amazing Fantasy
7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Omnibus

Seven (December, 1961)

Title: "Witch Hunt"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Sarah [woman suspected of being witch]
Villains: Witch-hunters
Others: Ben [warlock]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Salem, Massachusetts
Reprinted In: Monster of Frankenstein#12; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Sarah is suspected of being a witch, but Ben convinces people she is innocent. On their way to being married, Sarah is thrown from the wagon and Ben gets help by flying away on a tree limb. He knew she was innocent because he was a warlock himself.

Title: "The Last Man on Earth"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Sidney Blake [wealthy man]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#7; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Blake fears atomic warfare so he seals himself in a private vault. When he emerges, he finds the world deserted because humanity has relocated to other worlds, leaving him alone forever.

Title: "Why Won't They Believe Me?"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: An alien spy
Others: A scientist
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: X-Men#90; Marvel Visionaries: Steve Ditko; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: A man finds a crashed spaceship; within he discovers a logbook detailing how an alien spy assumed human form to invade Earth. He tries to show the logbook to others, but no one pays attention to him. He finally brings the logbook to a scientist, who draws a gun on the man. He realizes the man himself is the alien spy, having been hypnotized to believe his own cover identity. He gave away his origins when he was able to read the alien language of the logbook.
Notes: Retold in Silver Surfer#3

Title: "Journey's End"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: A criminal
Others: Professor Storm [scientist, dies]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1961 USA; 1946 USA
Reprinted In: X-Men#91; Marvel Visionaries: Steve Ditko; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: A criminal running from the law decides to escape via Professor Storm's time machine, going back in time to 1946. However, someone in 1946 seems to recognize him and the criminal accidentally kills him. Suddenly, the criminal is back in 1961 and arrested by the police; he learns Professor Storm died in 1946 and thus never created a time machine - the criminal defeated himself through a temporal paradox.

Title: "The Icy Fingers of Fear"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Bobby [a child]
Others: Extraterrestrials
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s New York City, New York, USA
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: When aliens arrive in Time Square, their inability to speak English hampers humanity's efforts to establish peaceful relations; however, Bobby acts friendly the aliens and befriends one of their children, enabling the first steps of diplomacy.

Eight (January, 1962)

Title: "The Coming of the Krills"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Lou [traitorous radar operator], Krills [alien invaders]
Others: A radar operator
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s northern Canada
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Krills invade a radar base and offer Lou wealth, power, and the hand of the most beautiful woman in the universe if he helps them shut down the radar detection; Lou agrees, but the woman he's given is only beautiful by the standards of Krills.
Notes: Retold as "Shock!" in Tales of Suspense#47 and as "the Coming of the Krills!" in Silver Surfer#2.

Title: "Everyone Likes a... Ghost Story"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Anton Axel [crooked antique dealer, dies]
Others: Froelich [widow], a ghost
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s Europe, Kragmore Castle
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Anton always cheats others; he buys a castle, intending to trick guests into thinking it's haunted, but there's a real ghost and Anton dies of fright upon seeing him; the ghost is set free of his curse and leaves the castle as Anton's ghost takes his place.

Title: "The Eyes of Edward Morgo"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: The Great Morgo [hypnotist]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Morgo decides to make a fortune by hypnotizing everyone in a theatre with a recording of his eyes, but he accidentally hypnotizes himself.
Notes: Retold from "The Eyes of Igor" in Tales of Suspense#11.

Title: "The Yo-Yo"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Tom Bobkins Senior [father]
Others: Tommy Bobkins Jr. [son], Tommy Bobkins the Third [time traveller], Mary Bobkins [the third's future wife]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA; the near future
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Tom finds a yo-yo and gives it to Tommy; the yo-yo has amazing powers but is finally reclaimed by a child from the future - Tommy's own son.

Title: "A Monster Among Us"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Others: A creature from outer space, a reporter, Joe [cameraman]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Tales#2; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: A monstrous creature emerges from a spaceship and humans chase it back into space, but it had intended to share its advanced knowledge with them.
Notes: Retold as "Shock!" in Tales of Suspense#47 and as "the Coming of the Krills!" in Silver Surfer#2.

Nine (February, 1962)

Title: "The Terror of Tim Boo Ba"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Tim Boo Ba [alien dictator, dies]
Others: Two students
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: A microscopic alien world
Reprinted In: Marvel Monster Masterworks; Journey Into Mystery#10; Monster Menace#1; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus; retold in Silver Surfer#4
Synopsis: The mighty dictator Tim Boo Ba is the master of all he surveys, an absolute monarch-- until a single drop of water destroys his microscopic empire.
Notes: Retold from "Earth Will be Destroyed!" in Tales of Suspense#9. Grogoom, in Marvel: Heroes and Legends '96 was drawn to look like Tim Boo Ba.

Title: "I Come From the Black Void"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Xenian ambassador [alien from the Black Void]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Creatures On the Loose#27; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: A human-like Xenian comes to Earth to offer his people's secrets to humanity and proclaims his identity to a crowded street, only to be completely ignored. Baffled, he leaves Earth, not knowing he chose to make his proclamation on April Fool's Day.

Title: "The Man Who Captured Death!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: An old scientist
Villains: Death
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Astonishing Tales#21; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: An old scientist, knowing his death is near, creates a device to capture Death and prevent him from taking his life. But with Death incapacitated, nothing can die-- including germs, rats, insects and the infirm. Finally, the old man realizes his mistake and allows Death to perform his task.

Title: "The Genie Lives"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Davey and his fellow teenagers
Others: A genie
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Journey into Mystery#12; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Davey summons up a genie and has it use its powers to fly him around Earth, make the universe vanish and make him grow in size, but then wishes he had never summoned him-- resulting in the entire incident cycling over again.

Title: "The Spirit of Swami River
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Swami River [fake swami]
Others: Doris Parks, Sarah [Swami River's clients], Stefen [spirit of Sarah's husband]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: X-Men#86; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Swami River deceives his clients with tape recordings to let them think he can contact their deceased loved ones. However, after collecting money from Sarah which he promises to give to her husband, her husband's spirit forces Swami River into the afterlife to make good on his promise.

Ten (March, 1962)

Title: "No Sign of Life"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Two explorers [Ronn named]
Others: Living planets
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: An unnamed galaxy in the future
Reprinted In: Curse of the Weird#2; Creatures On The Loose#28; Marvel Visionaries: Steve Ditko; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Two explorers search every planet in a galaxy for life, but find none-- because the life-forms are the planets themselves.

Title: "Those Who Change"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Others: An old professor, two scientists
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA; Prehistoric era
Reprinted In: Fantasy Masterpieces#1; Marvel Visionaries: Steve Ditko; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Two scientists show the professor how they can send a cube back in time, but they are unable to bring it back. The professor refuses to aid them, saying playing with time is potentially catastrophic. They ignore him and continue, finally becoming able to return the cube. They send it back with a camera to prehistoric times and as it arrives, it strikes down a reptile who was about to become the first creature to stand upright. The cube returns and the two scientists-- now giant reptiles-- are pleased to see history has not been altered.
Notes: Retelling of "The Scientists" from Astonishing#9.

Title: "Mister Universe"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Karl Kragg [vain strongman]
Others: Joe [civilian], Ben Kragg [Karl's brother], Unos [man from Fifth Galaxy], alien weight lifters
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: X-Men#87; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: After winning the "Mister Earth" competition, Karl is insufferable as he abuses his strength. He attracts the notice of Unos, who wants "Mister Earth" to compete in a genuine "Mister Universe" contest between strongmen from across space. Karl agrees and easily bests his opponents, but the prize is to become frozen solid as a living statue, to be admired by others for centuries.
"The Mark of the Toad"
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
"Man on a Tightrope"
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus

Eleven (April, 1962)

Title: "Ice-Monster Cometh"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Hugo Bogg [jewel thief], Ice-Monster [furry monster]
Others: An unnamed inspector [dies BTS]
Genre: Monster
Setting: European village
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Man-Thing#1; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Hugo Bogg is forced to leave the village he hide his stolen jewels in until the local inspector dies, but finds too many people living where he buried them; he dresses up as "the Ice-Monster" to scare them away, but the Ice-Monster is real, comes and carries him off, thinking it had found one of its own kind.

Title: "Where Walks the Ghost"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Mr. Zero [real estate agent, ghost]
Villains: Big Monk McGak [criminal]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#16; Marvel Visionaires: Stan Leeo; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Monk escapes the police and decides to hide in a haunted house, asking Mr. Zero to show him to one; however, Zero is himself a ghost and chases Monk right into the arms of the police.

Title: "The Secret of the Universe!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: An astronaut [suffering from incurable disease]
Others: Scientists, space agency personnel
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, Earth
Reprinted In: Supernatural Thrillers#9; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Scientists wonder what lies beyond the universe's barrier; an astronaut dying of an incurable disease is sent to discover the answer; when his rocket returns 3 months later, the voyage has transformed him into an infant, but also cured him; the secret of the universe remains unsolved.

Title: "For the Rest of Your Life!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Rico [car thief]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2074, Earth; Jupiter
Reprinted In: X-Men#89; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Rico is sentenced to life in prison after stealing a car on Jupiter. Desperate to escape, he follows the instructions of another prisoner and seemingly follows a torturous route to freedom; however, Rico has actually been hypnotized into believing he's free to make his punishment more humane.
Notes: Retold from "Prison, 2000 AD!" of World of Fantasy#16.

Title: "In Human Form!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Zogg [shapeshifting alien spy, dies] and his people
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Zogg attempts to assume the form of the dominant life on Earth, but mistakenly takes the form of a fly and is killed by a flyswatter.

Twelve (May, 1962)

Title: "Something Fantastic?"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko [comic book creators]
Others: A man from the 5th dimension
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Manhattan, New York, USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Visionaries: Steve Ditko; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: While Stan and Steve try to invent ideas for a story, a man from the 5th dimension offers to tell them his stories, but they don't realize what he is and ignore him; he returns to his own dimension.

Title: "Melvin and the Martian!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Melvin Burns [gambler]
Villains: Martians
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA; Mars
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Melvin meets a Martian and offers to help him if the Martian will share his secret to conquer probabilities in gambling; the Martian upholds the bargain, but all he wants from Melvin is for him to be his specimen in a Martian zoo.

Title: "I, the Gargoyle!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Alan Swan ["Gargoyle," ugly man]
Others: Underground people [blind]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Alan is discriminated against for being ugly; he volunteers to operate a mole machine to dig beneath the surface where he finds the people are blind and judge him for his skills and personality; he happily decides to stay with them.
Notes: Retold in Silver Surfer#7.

Title: "The Living Statues!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Mike Rugger [rocket pilot]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Near future, USA
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Rugger is washed out of the rocket program but steals the rocket so he can make the flight; however, the flight causes him to move outside of time so that people on Earth appear like statues to him.

Title: "The Plague!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Ramon Corbo [military dictator, dies]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s, a Latin American country
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Corbo discovers a plague is ravaging his people and decides to start a war with the USA before he dies; unfortunately, the first plane he shoots down had been bringing the cure to his country and Corbo dies from the plague.

Thirteen (June, 1962)

Title: "The Unsuspecting"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Amorphous aliens
Others: Bobby [teenager] and his father
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Aliens arrive on Earth in the form of television sets; even though they send their story to Amazing Adult Fantasy, no one believes the invasion has begun.
Notes: Retold in Silver Surfer#6.

Title: "The Little Gypsy Tea Room"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Bruno [burglar]
Others: A gypsy, police
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Supernatural Thrillers#8; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Bruno forces a gypsy to hide him in her tea room. She agrees and hides him inside her crystal ball-- forever.

Title: "At the Stroke of Midnight!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: A race of giant undersea people
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, New York, USA
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Undersea creatures decide to conquer humanity with their superior size but are scared away at the sight of the much larger Statue of Liberty.

Title: "Great Zeus"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Zeus
Others: Olympian gods
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Mount Olympus; 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Zeus returns to Earth to teach humanity a lesson, but the humans don't believe he's a god and finally he grows exasperated and returns to Mount Olympus.

Title: "The Ultimate Weapon"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Nikita Khruschev, the Soviets
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA; USSR
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: The USA send a new weapon into orbit and the USSR grows so fearful they wind up ending the Cold War; they don't realize the "weapon" is an empty shell.

Fourteen (July, 1962)

Title: "The Man In The Sky"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Tad Carter [young mutant]
Others: Tobias Messenger [mutant telepath, named in X-Men: Hidden Years#17]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: X-Men Rarities; Marvel Age#104; Marvel Visionaries: Steve Ditko; Marvel Milestone: Dragon Lord/Speedball/Man in the Sky; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: When Carter develops mutant abilities, others turn on him, but he is saved by Messenger, who brings him to a safe place until mankind is ready for mutants.
Notes: Retelling of "the Man With the Atomic Brain" from Journey into Mystery#52. Carter and Messenger return in X-Men: Hidden Years#17.

Title: "What Happened in the Wax Museum?"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: A robber
Others: Herr Wagner [founder of wax museum]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: A wax museum, European village
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#20; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: A thief encounters Wagner in the wax museum when his statue comes to life to stop him long enough for the police to catch up.

Title: "Beware of the Giants!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Mr. Jann [old leprechaun]
Others: Leprechauns
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Europe
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#21; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Jann tells children a story about how he encountered a giant; from the perspective of leprechauns such as they, all humans are "giants."

Title: "Footsteps at Midnight!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Jones [policeman]
Villains: Two extraterrestrial invaders
Others: Molly [Jones' wife]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Aliens who abhor violence try to intimidate others into submission; noticing Jones always grumbling about his work they try to begin with him, but Jones turns on the aliens and drives them off the planet.

Title: "Ozarr, the Mighty!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Homer [writer]
Others: Bertha [Homer's wife], Ozarr [genie]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Bertha awakens Ozarr and uses up the wishes he offers creating a mansion and diamond necklace; however, Bertha is so afraid of the necklace being stolen she spends all of her time watching it; thus, Homer is finally granted the peace he needs to write.

OMNIBUS (October, 2007)

"Torr" from Amazing Adventures#1
"Midnight in the Wax Museum" from Amazing Adventures#1
"I am the Amazing Dr. Droom!" from Amazing Adventures#1
"The World Below!" from Amazing Adventures#2
"I Led the Strange Search For Manoo!" from Amazing Adventures#2
"Rocky's Last Ride" from Amazing Adventures#2
"Dr. Droom Meets Zamu" from Amazing Adventures#3
"We Were Trapped in the Twilight World" from Amazing Adventures#3
"The Teddy Bear" from Amazing Adventures#3
"I am Robot X" from Amazing Adventures#4
"What Lurks Within?" from Amazing Adventures#4
"Who Or What Was the Bootblack?" from Amazing Adventures#4
"The Watchers!" from Amazing Adventures#5
"The Escape of... Monsteroso!" from Amazing Adventures#5
"The Joker!" from Amazing Adventures#5
"Krogg!" from Amazing Adventures#6
"Sserpo! The Creature That Crushed the Earth!" from Amazing Adventures#6
"The Fourth Man" from Amazing Adventures#6
"Witch Hunt" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#7
"The Last Man on Earth" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#7
"Why Won't They Believe Me?" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#7
"Journey's End" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#7
"The Icy Fingers of Fear" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#7
"A Monster Among Us" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#8
"The Coming of the Krills" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#8
"Everyone Likes a Ghost Story" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#8
"The Eyes of Edward Morgan" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#8
"The Yo-Yo" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#8
"The Terror of Tim Boo Ba" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#9
"I Come From the Black Void" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#9
"The Man Who Captured Death!" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#9
"The Genie Lives" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#9
"The Spirit of Swami River" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#9
"No Sign of Life" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#10
"Those Who Change" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#10
"Mister Universe" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#10
"The Mark of the Toad" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#10
"Man on a Tightrope" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#10
"Ice-Monster Cometh" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#11
"Where Walks the Ghost" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#11
"The Secret of the Universe!" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#11
"For the Rest of Your Life" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#11
"In Human Form" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#11
"Something Fantastic" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#12
"Melvin and the Martian" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#12
"I, the Gargoyle" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#12
"The Living Statues" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#12
"The Plague" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#12
"The Unsuspecting" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#13
"The Little Gypsy Tea Room" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#13
"At the Stroke of Midnight" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#13
"Great Zeus" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#13
"The Ultimate Weapon" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#13
"The Man In The Sky" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#14
"What Happened in the Wax Museum?" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#14
"Beware of the Giants" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#14
"Footsteps at Midnight" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#14
"Ozarr the Mighty" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#14
"The Bell-Ringer!" from Amazing Fantasy#15
"Man in the Mummy Case!" from Amazing Fantasy#15
"There are Martians Among Us!" from Amazing Fantasy#15

AMAZING ADVENTURES

Continues in Amazing Adult Fantasy

1 2 3 4 5 6

22 23 24 25 26 28

One (June, 1961)

Title: "Torr"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: Paul Ramsay [astronomer]
Villains: Torr [telepathic extraterrestrial, dies]
Others: John Carter [Paul's coworker]
Genre: Science Fiction, Monster
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Strange Tales#175; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Paul is on trial for killing John; we learn Paul and John met Torr when he landed on Earth; determined to conquer Earth, Torr exchanged bodies with John and began plotting the subjugation of humanity but Paul took a gun and shot Torr, killing him. Paul's trial ends when John appears, having risen back to life in the mortuary. John explains when Paul shot his body it forced Torr to reverse the mind transferral and Torr died within his own body.

Title: "Midnight in the Wax Museum"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Pierre La Roc [criminal]
Others: Wax statues [one of Abraham Lincoln]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s France
Reprinted In: Strange Tales#175; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Pierre tries to hide from the police in a wax museum but discovers the wax statues come to life; he surrenders to the police, who think his story is mere hysteria.

Title: "I am the Amazing Dr. Droom!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko
Heroes: Dr. Anthony Droom [doctor, becomes mystic hero]
Villains: Gorlion [half-lion, half-gorilla]
Others: The Lama [dies], the Lama's aide
Genre: Fantasy, Super-Hero
Setting: Tibet
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#19; Marvel Visionaries: Jack Kirby; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Dr. Droom goes to Tibet when he learns the Lama needs a doctor; he overcomes burning coals and the Gorlion to reach him and then learns he is to be the Lama's successor in combating evil. He accepts and sets out to begin his mission.
Notes: Weird Wonder Tales#19 reprints as "I am Dr. Druid"; Lama later retconned into the Ancient One in Avengers Spotlight#37.

Two (July, 1961)

Title: "The World Below!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: Dr. Droom
Villains: Aquaticans [undersea-dwelling humanoids]
Genre: Science Fiction, Super-Hero
Setting: 1960s USA; Aquatica
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#22; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: After the S.S. Luxuria vanishes at sea, Dr. Droom is asked to investigate. He discovers the undersea city of Aquatica, where Aquaticans have captured the Luxuria as prefix to an invasion of the surface. Droom assaults the Aquatican leader and hypnotizes him and then causes the Aquaticans to forget humans exist on the surface, leaving them to themselves below the sea.
Notes: Dr. Droom renamed Dr. Druid in reprint.

Title: "I Led the Strange Search For Manoo!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: Billy Jones [student]
Villains: An alien invader
Others: Manoo [benevolent alien], Mr. Miller [Billy's boss]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Billy is shunned for being poor; when he finds an alien pursuing the convict Manoo he agrees to help, but learns Manoo is the good guy, and helps him defeat the other alien. In gratitude, Manoo leaves him with a fortune which he uses to purchase Farnsworth College so he can be a snob back at those who snubbed him in school.
Notes: Homaged in "Shadow of Manoo" in Marvel Monsters: Where Monsters Dwell#1.

Title: "Rocky's Last Ride!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Rocky Baines [car wash operator]
Others: An escaped alien prisoner
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s Midville, USA
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Rocky cons customers into paying him money by faking automobile injuries; one man lets Rocky have his car; it's from a Mars prison and when Rocky gets behind the wheel, the car flies back to the prison.

Three (August, 1961)

Title: "Dr. Droom Meets Zamu"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko
Heroes: Dr. Droom
Villains: Zamu [alien from Saturn]
Genre: Science Fiction, Super-Hero
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#20; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Zamu astounds people with his seeming-magical powers as he runs for governor; Dr. Droom exposes him as an invader from Saturn and defeats him.
Notes: Reprinted in Weird Wonder Tales#20 as "Behold the Power of Zamu."

Title: "We Were Trapped in the Twilight World"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: Paul Harper [scientist], Cathy/Carol [his girlfriend who the narrator can't recall the name of]
Villains: Neanderthals, giant lizards, pterodactyl, tyrannosaurus rex, sabretooth tiger, ape men, giant bird
Others: Cro [Cro-Magnon man], Professor Barnes [Paul's superior]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA; prehistory
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Paul and Cathy pass through a fog into the distant past and are chased by a variety of terrors before being saved by Cro. They then go home.
"The Teddy Bear"
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus

Four (September, 1961)

Title: "I am Robot X"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: Robot X [sentient robot]
Villains: Charles J. Wentworth [Daily Clarion publisher, Martian]
Others: Professor Jonathan Wilkes [X's inventor], his assistant, prototype robots
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s Earth
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Robot X seems to turn against mankind as Wentworth predicts, but X's only intent is to save humanity from Martian invaders, which it exposes. X then deactivates itself and all the robots it built.

Title: "What Lurks Within?"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby, Christopher Rule
Heroes: Dr. Droom
Villains: Aliens [revealed to be Deviant mutates in Marvel Universe #4]
Genre: Science Fiction, Super-Hero
Setting: 1960s Center City
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: When aliens appear at a farm, Dr. Droom comes to drive them away, tricking them into thinking a derrick is a human life form.
Notes: Retold in Marvel Universe #4.

Title: "Who or What was... the Bootblack?"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Simon Sledge [ruthless businessman]
Others: James [Sledge's chauffeur], a bootblack [angel]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Sledge is cruel to his opponents; a bootblack shining his shoes enchants the shoes with his angelic powers, causing Sledge to walk away from a business deal which costs him his fortune.

Five (October, 1961)

Title: "The Watchers!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: Henry Fletcher [scientist]
Others: Tom Smith [janitor, alien in disguise]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Chillers#2; Marvel Super-Heroes#29; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Fletcher talks to Tom and relates how he believes aliens may have guided humanity's development. Tom tells him he's overworked and Fletcher decides to forget about it. Unknown to him, however, Tom is really an alien, sent to keep an eye on Fletcher on himself.

Title: "The Escape of... Monsteroso!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Heroes: Phil [explorer]
Villains: Monsteroso [giant extraterrestrial child]
Others: Banzinis [acrobat performers], Ethel [Phil's wife], Kawa tribe [Africans], Charlie [civilian], Billy [child], Monsteroso's parents
Genre: Monster, Science Fiction
Setting: United Nations; Central Park, New York, USA; Africa
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#28; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: An alien ship crashes in Africa and Phil goes to explore the site; he finds a giant alien he calls "Monsteroso" and brings it back to New York, but it escapes its bonds and rampages. It finally takes Phil to realize the creature is misunderstood; Monsteroso's parents arrive in another ship and retrieve their son, then depart Earth.

Title: "The Joker!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Horace [practical joker]
Villains: Two Martians
Others: Sally [civilian]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#29; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Horace enjoys playing jokes on people, even if it's harmful. Overhearing people planning to teach him a lesson by pretending to be Martians, Horace decides to go along with their deception; however, two genuine Martians come to take Horace captive in their zoo and he stupidly agrees.

Six (November, 1961)

Title: "Krogg!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Dr. Droom
Villains: Krogg [alien invader]
Genre: Science Fiction, Super-Hero
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Man-Thing#3; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Droom investigates disappearing houses and finds Krogg is behind it, shrinking them to study in his lab; he defeats Krogg and returns the homes to normal.
Notes: Named changed to Dr. Druid in reprints.

Title: "Sserpo! The Creature Who Crushed the Earth!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Heroes: Henry Burke [radio astronomer]
Villains: Sserpo [giant lizard-creature]
Others: Australian Air Force, Anne Burke [Henry's wife], US Air Force, Thomas Burke [19th century scientist, Henry's great-grandfather]
Genre: Science Fiction, Monster
Setting: 19th century, California, USA; 1960s Australia; a Polynesian island; Japan; Bering Strait; United Nations, New York, USA; Canada; Jupiter
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#27; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: In the 19th century, Thomas Burke drops his seemingly failed growth serum into the ocean; it's found by a lizard-like creature who grows to an immense size over the next 100 years. The creature, dubbed "Sserpo" by the Polynesian islanders who first see it, begins to rampage across the globe, withstanding all military resources, including a hydrogen bomb. Henry Burke uses his radio to contact Jupiter and convinces the Jovians to save Earth; the Jovians send a sky-hook to Earth which snares Sserpo and brings him back to Jupiter where he can be restored to his normal size.

Title: "The Fourth Man!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Ben, Spade [robbers]
Others: Mr. White [kind old man]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Ben and Spade try to rob Mr. White, but a statue comes to life and defends the kind old man.


Twenty-Two (January, 1974)

"The Man Who Went Too Far" from Journey Into Unknown Worlds#56

Twenty-Three (March, 1974)

"Face of Fear" from Marvel Tales#128

Twenty-Four (May, 1974)

"The Painting" from Journey Into Mystery#71

Twenty-Five

"Are You Ready For the Impossible" from Journey Into Unknown Worlds#56

Twenty-Six (September, 1974)

"The World of Flame" from Astonishing#54

Twenty-Seven (November, 1974)

"The Strangers" from Journey Into Unknown Worlds#47

Twenty-Eight

"Escape From Nowhere" from World of Suspense#7

AMAZING FANTASY

Continued from Amazing Adult Fantasy

Fifteen (August, 1962)

Title: "The Bell-Ringer!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Pedros [bell-ringer]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s, "volcanic island in the blue Mediterranean"
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy#15 Marvel Milestone; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: When a volcano erupts, the fishing village evacuates, except for Pedros, who remains to ring the bells. A shaft of light saves Pedros, taking him into the sky-- someone was listening.

Title: "Man in the Mummy Case!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: A mummy, Rocco Rank [robber]
Others: Policemen
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s museum, USA; ancient Egypt
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy#15 Marvel Milestone; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: Rocco hides from the police in a museum, where a living mummy offers him his mummy case to hide in. He does so and is transported to ancient Egypt, made to build pyramids as a slave.

Title: "There are Martians Among Us!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Two Martians
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Amazing Fantasy#15 Marvel Milestone; Amazing Fantasy Omnibus
Synopsis: When a flying saucer is found, a search for Martians begins. A man warns his wife to stay indoors, but she ventures out and is captured. This panics the husband greatly-- for they are the Martians in question.


AMAZING DETECTIVE CASES

Continued from Complete Comics

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Three (November, 1950)

Title: "Bonnie Parker the Most Evil Woman in the World!!!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow [couple, robbers, both die], Ray Hamilton [Clyde's partner], Buck Barrow [Clyde's brother], Madge Barrow [Buck's wife]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1933-May 24, 1934, Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Arcadia, Louisiana, USA
Synopsis: Relates how Bonnie and Clyde met, went on a crime spree together and ultimately met their doom in a roadside police ambush.

Title: "The Balkan Hangman"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Captain Kaldos [police chief]
Villains: Dimitrios [policeman, serial killer, dies]
Genre: Horror, Crime
Setting: June 19-27, 1920, Bucharest, Hungary
Synopsis: A killer murders people in Bucharest with a noose; the killings stop when Dimitrios takes aa vacation which helps lead Katros to discovering him as the killer; they battle in Dimitrios' home and Dimitrios is knocked out of a window while holding a noose; the noose is tangled up and strangles Dimitrios to death.

Title: "A Gun in Hand"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Steve Halloway [FBI agent]
Villains: Gunner Marlowe [gunman, dies], Curley St. Pietro [gangster, dies]
Others: Jim [FBI, friend of Steve], Mike [bartender, dies]
Genre: Crime
Setting: June 2, 1936, FBI Headquarters, New York, USA
Synopsis: Steve tells Jim how Marlowe ran wild with his gun, killing anyone with impunity; however, while trying to kill Steve in a garage, one of Marlowe's bullets ricocheted off a girder and fatally wounded Marlowe.

Title: "One Had to Die"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Sam Reardon [police detective]
Villains: John Payne Sloan [thief, childhood friend of Sam, dies], Gummy Karp, Nick [John's gang], Bucky Simmons [gangster rival of John's, dies]
Others: Reardon [police detective]
Genre: Crime
Setting: June 23, 1934-1944, Massachusetts, USA; New York, USA
Synopsis: As children, Sam was shocked by John's callous attitude toward killing animals; later, John becomes a gunman, murdering and robbing while Sam becomes a policeman. Eventually Sam traces John to a hunting cabin and the two battle in the wilderness as Sam shoots John to death.

Four (January, 1951)

"The Big Shot"
"The Amazing Mr. Pettigew!"
"Jose Armidez Was He Spain's Greatest Idol...Or Evil?"
"Skull and Cross-Bones"

Five (March, 1951)

"The Man Who Burned!"
"The Perfect Crime?"
"Jungle Justice"
"The Mental Marvel"

Six (May, 1951)

Title: "Danger in the City"
Story:
Art: Jerry Robinson
Heroes: Joseph Cain [clerk]
Others: Clara Cain [Joseph's wife], Joshua Fielding Bell [Joseph's boss, dies], Ryan [policeman]
Genre: Crime
Setting: May 14, 1933
Synopsis: Joseph is fired and in a fit of temper, shoots his boss from behind; he succumbs to paranoia and turns himself in to the police, but learns his boss had died of natural causes before he was shot.

Title: "The Mad Monk"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Gregory Rasputin [hypnotist, dies]
Villains: Dr. Lasavert [physician], Purishkevitch [politician, enemy of Rasputin], Prince Yusupov, Grand Duke Dmitri [noblemen]
Others: Alexandra Romanova [Czarina of Russia], Alexei Romanoff [Czarina's son], Nicholas Romanoff [Czar of Russia], Kokoutzov [Czar's aide], Ivanoff, Kovlev [Rasputin's allies]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1912, Russia
Synopsis: Recounts how Rasputin held favour in the Czar's palace, causing enemies to converge and have him killed.

Title: "Death on the River"
Story:
Art: Jay Scott Pike
Heroes: Captain John Turner [US scout]
Villains: One-Eye Wilson [river pirate leader, dies], Mombo [ONe-Eye's lieutenant], Plug [rival river pirate, dies], Craig [Plug's lieutenant]
Others: Colonel Wylie [US officer]
Genre: Western
Setting: 18th century, Fort Duquesne, Pennsylvania, USA
Synopsis: One-Eye and Plug decide to set aside differences and become allies, but in combat with Turner's troops they get into a scuffle with each other on the river and wind up dragging each other beneath the waves, killing one another.

Title: "The Man They Couldn't Hang!"
Story:
Art: John D'Agostino
Heroes: Dr. Pritchard [physician]
Villains: Charles Roscoe [convicted murderer, dies], Joe White, Nelson, Riggs [Charlie's allies, all die]
Others: Wendell [state executioner], Warden Parker [prison warden]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1900s Chicago, Illinois, USA
Synopsis: When Roscoe is sentenced to death, White kidnaps Dr. Pritchard in order to impersonate him and infiltrate the prison, saving Roscoe from the hangman. However, Pritchard escapes and leads the authorities back to Roscoe's hideout where a fire breaks out and Roscoe dies in the blaze with his allies.

Seven (July, 1951)

"The City of Death"
"Herbert's Hideous Crime"
"The Big Fix"
"Monster of the Mardi Gras"

Eight (September, 1951)

"Jailbreak!"
"The Deadly Impersonation"
"Death of a Snowman"
"Killer at Large!"

Nine (November, 1951)

"The Death Notice"
"The Man With the Knife!"
"The Man Who Wasn't"
"The Letter of the Law!"

Ten (January, 1952)

"Life Imprisonment"
"Final Payment!"
"The Man Who Came To Murder"
"Needle In a Haystack"

Eleven (March, 1952)

Title: "The Black Shadow"
Story:
Art: Fred Kida
Heroes: Mike Murry [cemetery worker, dies]
Villains: Willile [shadow, dies], other shadows
Others: Joe Thorn [Mike's rival], Captain Brady [police officer]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Mike works at a cemetery alone, with his shadow his only friend; he dubs the shadow "Willie." Mike is so friendly to Willie he keeps Joe Thorn from treading on him. Willie accidentally reveals he can talk to Mike, thanking him for looking out for him. He tells Mike how to steal someone's shadow and Mike uses it to steal Joe's shadow; whatever is done to a separated shadow happens to its owner, so Mike tortures Joe's shadow as a form of blackmail. This becomes a profitable business for Mike, but when the other shadows learn Willie has told their secrets they execute him, killing Mike as well.

Title: "The Weird Woman!"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Heroes: George Timmins [man accused of insanity]
Villains: Gloria [mutant], Perry Hammond [lawyer, mutant]
Others: Judge Thomason
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Midwestern USA
Synopsis: George is accused of insanity for attacking Gloria. Perry offers to aid him and George relates how he discovered Gloria was a mutant with immense psychic powers. Gloria thought George was a mutant too; disappointed, she attacked him and George had to defend himself. Perry believes the story because he's a mutant too and now he can finally wed a fellow mutant; after Perry walks through the walls of George's cell, George is prepared for brain surgery.

Title: "Murder in the Morgue!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Willie [morgue janitor]
Others: Dr. Edward Spencer [morgue pathologist, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: After accidentally killing a man with his car, Willie thinks he sees the same dead man in the morgue. His hallucinations finally cause him to kill Dr. Spencer.

Title: "A Voice From the Grave"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Sheriff Jim Clyde [lawman]
Villains: Harry Otis [dead man], Ace Hench [gangster]
Others: Mayor Kimber, Dave [detective], Hugh Lane [actor]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Grayletown, USA
Synopsis: Clyde believes Ace killed Harry but can't prove it; he asks Hugh to impersonate Harry's ghost and force a confession from Ace. Harry's ghost successfully forces the confession, but Clyde is stunned when he learns Hugh wasn't the one playing the part.
Notes: Rip-off of "Banquo's Chair" by Rupert Croft-Cooke.

Title: "It's Time to Go, Higgins!"
Story:
Art: Bill Walton
Villains: Edward "Eddie" Higgins [criminal], Marty [crook]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Eddie keeps seeing a ghostly face mocking him until he's compelled to admit his crimes to the police. As the hangman greets him on the scaffold, its face becomes the same ghostly visage.

Twelve (May, 1952)

Title: "The Man Who Shrunk"
Story:
Art:
Heroes:: Jim Kirby [police detective]
Villains: Moru [Marcus, mad scientist, dies]
Others: The Belden Brothers [acrobats, victims of Moru], Jennie Lee [dancer, victim of Moru]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s San Francisco, California, USA
Synopsis: Kirby discovers Moru the entertainer has been capturing people and shrinking them for his acts. When he confronts him, Moru uses his shrinking gas on Kirby. Kirby becomes so small he enters Moru's bloodstream before returning to his normal size; bursting through Moru's flesh, he causes a stroke, killing Moru.

Title: "Harrigan's Wake!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Bill Harrigan [slot machine czar], Joe, Freddie, Charlie [gangsters, all die]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Harrigan fakes his death to discover who his friends are, but the only people who attend his funeral are the ghosts of people he killed; they seal him inside his coffin.

Title: "The Eerie Escape"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Slimy [convict], a demonic man
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Slimy dreams of becoming a rat so he can commit crimes. A demonic man visits him in his cell and offers him the power to become a rat. When Slimy uses this power to escape his cell, the man reappears as a cat to kill him.

Title: "What in the World"
Story:
Art: Jim Mooney
Villains: Big Al, Corsi, Clyde [three gangsters, all die], three aliens from Planet 55 [all die]
Others: Policemen
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Chicago, Illinois, USA
Synopsis: Three gangsters scheme to conquer the world with atomic weapons, but are pursued by the police. Just as they reach their weapons site, the gangsters are killed by three aliens come to conquer Earth; the aliens assume the forms of the gangsters they killed, but the police arrive and kill them, thinking they're the criminals; the alien's bodies dissolve into puddles of goo.

Title: "The Cat's Meow!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Dr. Springer [psychiatrist]
Villains: Ralph Halley [black magician, dies]
Others: Helen Halley [Ralph's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Mrs. Halley tells Dr. Springer about her belief her husband can transform into a mouse to terrorize her. He disbelieves her, but that evening Mr. Halley is found dead...with a mouse trap near his body.

Thirteen (July, 1952)

Title: "Honeymoon of Horror"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Gordon [murderer], Sara Vaughn [ghost]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Gordon romances Sara to get her money, finally marrying her. He prepares to kill her on their honeymoon, only to learn Sara is already dead and he has married her ghost. Sara intends to haunt him so he runs to the police to confess his crimes, only to be thrown into an asylum where Sara continues to haunt him.

Title: "Close Shave"
Story:
Art: Werner Roth
Heroes: Dominic Costanza [barber]
Villains: Blackie [sailor]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Blackie walks into Costanza's barber shop as he is closing and forces him to give him a shave. Blackie boasts about his exploits, recalling how he beat a coal shoveller on the steamer Grey Ghost to death. As Dominic has Blackie strapped down and the razor sharpened, he reveals the man Blackie killed was his son...

Title: "The Clinging Vine"
Story:
Art: Fred Kida
Villains: Jenny Wills [wife, dies]
Others: Herbert Wills [wealthy man], Dr. Keith [doctor]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Jenny married Herbert for his money and hates how he spends his time devoted to his vines. Jenny wants to be with Keith, but Herbert's health is strangely resilient. Jenny finally decides to destroy the vines, hoping the shock will kill Herbert, but she trips on a root and is tangled in the vines, who strangle her to death.

Title: "Cave-In"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Villains: Herbert Marson [miner]
Others: Thawley [mine owner], Tearle, Clayton, Galliardi, Joe Leonard [miners], police officers [Ryan named]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Herbert steals Thawley's money and hides it in his lunchbox. Herbert misplaces the lunch inside the mine and heads in to find it again, only to be caught in a cave-in. Although he survives, he is trapped underground with rescue days away. He thinks at first his lunch will keep him alive - then he remembers he replaced his food with the stolen money.

Title: "Ghost Story"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Red Collins [police detective, dies]
Villains: Rocky Nixon [criminal, dies]
Others: Police Chief Harrington
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: On the electric chair, Rocky vows revenge on Collins and on Judge Robert X. Brown, the man who sentenced him. Soon after, the judge is killed by mysterious means which suggest only a ghost could have entered his home. Collins recalls how Rocky had a partner named Grey the Great who was a magician and could have pulled off the murder. As the police head out to get Grey, Rocky's ghost enters the police station to kill Collins; as Collins dies, the police discover it couldn't have been Grey, he died three years ago.

Fourteen (September, 1952)

Title: "The Weasel Returns!"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Heroes: Weasel Diamond [gambler, dies]
Villains: Ticker Slade [gambling den boss, dies], Max, Rocky [Slade's thugs]
Others: Monk [Weasel's pal], Sherry [Weasel's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Blue Chip Club, 1950s
Synopsis: Weasel wins big at Slade's club and takes his winnings as a cheque. Slade has his men kill Weasel, but Weasel returns as a ghost to claim his cheque from Slade, who dies from fright. When Sherry finds Weasel's body, the cheque is in his wallet.

Title: "Which is Witch?"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Paul Painton [young man]
Villains: Charmaine [witch]
Others: Rita [normal woman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Paul has to choose between Charmaine and Rita. He chooses Charmaine, but learns from farmers a witch is on the loose; the farmers expose Charmaine as the witch by exposing her to a cross. Paul goes to be with Rita, but Charmaine assumes her form. Paul has a silver bullet to kill the witch...but which is witch?

Title: "The Mousetrap"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Hector Black [Richards' friend]
Others: Richards [inventor, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Richards wants to make the perfect mousetrap because "the world will beat a path to your door." He finally shows Hector his atomic mousetrap which captures them in a vacuum. Hector kills Richards so he can have the mousetrap. The world does indeed beat a path to his door...as an army of rats and mice swarm over him.

Title: "Hands Off!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Mr. Denis [uncouth lout]
Villains: Petrified people
Genre: Horror
Setting: Pompeii, Italy, 1950s
Synopsis: Denis doubts the preserved bodies at Pompeii are real. When Mount Vesuvius erupts again the people come to life and force him to remain in the blast.

Title: "Drop Dead!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Professor Zurko [University professor]
Others: Clara Zurko [Professor's wife], Carl Barton [disrespectful student]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Zurko lectures on the power of the mind but his students think he's loony. When a man tries to mug him and he calls him a gorilla, the mugger turns into a gorilla; Zurko tries his newfound power again by making a man drop dead; however, he makes a poor decision when he tells his wife he needs her like a hole in his head.


AMAZING MYSTERIES

32 33 34 35

Thirty-Two (May, 1949)

Title: "The Thing at Chugamung Cove!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: John St. Stengel [Mansfield Publications founder, half-Atlantean]
Villains: Atlanteans [frog-like humanoids]
Others: Martin Mansfield [Mansfield Publications publisher], Lee Hart [Mansfield Publications managing editor], Marie St. Stengel [John's wife], Miss Lieber [Martin's secretary], John St. Stengel Sr. [John's father, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1920-40s Chugamung Cove, New England, USA
Synopsis: Mansfield refuses to print science fiction stories in his magazines because 20 years earlier his business partner St. Stengel went to New England to investigate legends about Atlantis lying nearby and populated by frog-like men; John learned the legend of a sea captain marrying an Atlantean; their daughter became a full Atlantean at age 25 and killed her husband. With horror, John realized he was the son of the Atlantean and now 25; John ran from Marie to keep from killing her as he transformed into an Atlantean and dove into the sea to find Atlantis.

Title: "The Menace From the Past!"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Villains: Phillip Crane [wicked man, dies]
Others: Justice [spectral being], Mr. and Mrs. Crane [Phillip's parents], Emil [Cranes' gardener], Prentice [Phillip's cousin], Reggie Clovis [Phillip's business partner], Stephie [Reggie's girlfriend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1920-40s USA
Synopsis: Justice awakens Phillip and relates his life story, noting how as a child he killed his dog and pinned it on the family gardener; he nearly drowned his cousin Prentice; he crashed a car; stole Stephie from Reggie with lies; he finally notes how Phillip's death has come and Justice claims Phillip.

Title: "With Intent to Kill!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Charles "Charlie" Redmont [killer]
Others: The Witness [host], Jeannie Lockhart [Charlie's girlfriend, dies], Angelo [restaurant owner], Dr. Ross [Jeannie's physician], Joan, Sally, Betty [Charlie's other girlfriends], Jimmy [news vendor], Mrs. Goodal [Charlie's landlady], Mary [Jeannie's neighbour]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1940s USA
Synopsis: Charlie falls in love with Jeannie but doubts her stories about getting sick and thinks Dr. Ross is her lover. Although Charlie chases other women he can't forget about Jeannie and finally decides to kill her; after sneaking carefully into Jeannie's apartment Charlie shoots her, but is caught by Dr. Ross while escaping. Ross explains Jeannie died hours earlier - Charlie didn't kill her.
Notes: Identical to Elliott Lewis' 1946 Suspense radio story, "Can't We Be Friends?"

Thirty-Three (July, 1949)

Title: "The Thing in the Vault!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Mencken, Crane [archaeologists, both die]
Villains: Horhaga brothers [three vampires, two die]
Others: Zabor [guide], Dr. Molnar [scientist], Helena, Frank [party hosts]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1934, Horhaga Castle, Helgar, Hungary
Synopsis: Mencken and Crane open a crypt in Horhaga Castle, accidentally releasing the Horhaga brothers. Despite Dr. Molnar's warnings, the men refuse to seal up the crypt and the vampires begin a rampage. Molnar kills two of the vampires in their coffins, but Mencken and Crane save the last coffin as their find; they board the Greek ship Stavros to bring the coffin home, but days later Stavros is found deserted, the entire crew dead; a British ship destroys Stavros, but the last Horhaga coffin is drifting intact in the water.

Title: "Terror in the Tomb!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Charles Lafoux [archaeologist, dies]
Villains: Witch Queen [dead Egyptian queen, supernatural powers]
Others: Dennis Smedly [archaeologist, Charles' co-worker], Mary [Charles' lover]
Genre: Horror
Setting: June 16, 1939, Egypt
Synopsis: On a dig in Egypt, Charles accidentally reads from the Book of Thoth and revives the Witch Queen, who wants Charles to be her king and intends to murder Mary; to send the Witch Queen back to her slumber and spare Mary, Charles shoots himself in the head, breaking the spell.

Title: "The Monster That Prowled!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: James Creighton [explorer, dies]
Villains: A Wattambi witch doctor [worships M'Wamba, dies], Sir Geoffrey Horton [archaeologist, becomes ape monster, dies]
Others: Ndola [African], Herbert [Englishman, dies], Robert Tadcaster [Creighton's co-worker]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1921, Lake Victoria, Africa; East Riding, York, England; British Museum, London, England
Synopsis: Creighton finds Sir Geoffrey in Africa and they witness a ceremony where pygmies are sacrificed to the ape god M'Wamba; Sir Geoffrey grabs an idol of M'Wamba and hurls it at the witch doctor and Creighton shoots the witch doctor, but the dying man places a curse on Sir Geoffrey. Sir Geoffrey begins transforming into an ape-like monster. Creighton brings Geoffrey back to England, but Geoffrey escapes him and begins murdering people; finally he confronts Creighton and Creighton strikes him with the idol; it breaks the spell and kills Geoffrey, just as Geoffrey throttles Creighton to death.

Thirty-Four (October, 1949)

"Poppy Chavez, the Strange Woman!"
"The Kissing Buccaneer!"
"My Fatal Mistake!"

Thirty-Five (January, 1950)

Title: "Danny Guild the Hood From Hell's Kitchen!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Danny Guild [young man]
Villains: Parker Blake [murderer]
Others: Hiram [civilian], Robert Dugan [dead man, Parker's business partner]
Genre: Crime
Setting: May, 1936-February 14, 1947, New York, USA
Synopsis: Danny begs for money from Parker and sees Parker has blood on his hands; he lifts Parker's wallet and finds the body of Robert, just murdered by Parker in an alley. Danny leaves Parker's wallet by the body and throws the brick Parker used to kill Robert into a home; Danny goes to Parker's house and sees where Parker dug a hole to hide the remaining evidence so he digs it up; Parker attacks Danny, but Danny knocks him out then leaves; the police are baffled to find all the evidence they need against Parker waiting for them; Danny asks to become a policeman.

Title: "The Highway of Doom!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: John Bindenham [truck driver]
Villains: Fats Berto and his gang [Eddie], Loomis Grey [shipping manager]
Others: Dusty Collins [truck driver, John's friend, dies], Bucky, Bob, Joe, Pete [trucking employees]
Genre: Crime
Setting: May 8, 1948, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Synopsis: John and Dusty are robbed while trucking and Dusty killed; after delivering the shipment, John is confronted by Fats Berto, who expected to receive stolen jewels from the shipment and thinks John arranged the robbery; John sends the police after Fats then uses his fellow truckers to keep their eyes out for the car which robbed his truck; they find the car, but the drivers die in a crash while trying to escape John. Finally, John realizes Loomis was the one who sent the men to rob the truck and kill Dusty; John beats up Loomis and calls the police.

Title: "Professor M. Vargas the Terror of Budapest!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Captain Nicholas Horga, Chief Horga [Budapest police]
Villains: Professor M. Vargas [Budapest University professor, criminal leader, dies], the Owl [Vargas' power-hungry lieutenant, dies]
Genre: Crime
Setting: February 12-21, 1903, Budapest, Hungary
Synopsis: After criminals damage a bank then enter as supposed engineers, using the guise to rob the premises, the police decide to ask the university's Vargas for help, not realizing Vargas is behind the crime. Vargas helps the police arrange supposed traps for the gang, but actually uses his inside information to beat the police. However, the Owl quarrels with Vargas for leadership; when Vargas tries to kill the Owl, the Owl leaves Vargas to die in a sewer; however, while leaving the sewer the Owl is shot and killed by the police, who had suspected Vargas and his friends all along.


THE ART OF AL WILLIAMSON (April, 1983)

"The Hunted" from Two-Gun Kid#25
"The Lizard" from Mystery Tales#51
"When the Creature Escapes" from World of Suspense#7
"The Gun-Slinger!" from Kid Slade#7

ASTONISHING

Continued from Marvel Boy

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Three (April, 1951)

Title: "Fright!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Edward Earl [reporter]
Villains: Dr. Benedict [murderous surgeon/wax statue]
Others: Dr. Bertrand, Dr. Walton [psychologists]
Genre: Horror
Setting: April 27, 1949
Synopsis: Earl spends a night in a wax museum hoping to win inspiration for an article but the statue of the killer Dr. Benedict comes to life, explaining he impersonated his own statue. Earl is committted to an asylum - the statue only came to life in his mind.
Notes: Rip-off of A.M. Burrage's 1931 short story "The Waxwork."

Four (June, 1951)

Title: "The Nightmare"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art: Al Pastino
Heroes: Hank Chapman [comic book writer]
Villains: Nightmare creatures [creations of Hank]
Others: Stan Lee [Hank's editor]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Hank purposefully has nightmares to provide story material, but his nightmarish creations hate him and make him look like a monster.

Five (August, 1951)

Title: "Death from the Sky"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art:
Heroes: Harry Edison [US Air Force pilot]
Villains: Cloudmen
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: August, 1950, Korean War, Korea
Synopsis: Harry's plane is about to crash but somehow lands in the clouds; he meets the Cloudmen who live there and they force him to become one of them, lest their existence become known.

Title: "Menace from the Moon!"
Story:
Art: Cal Massey
Heroes: Professor Joswell [rocket scientist, dies]
Villains: Moonmen
Others: Watson [Joswell's assistant]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Joswell's rocket returns from the moon and he goes to greet the crew, only to be met by a murderous horde of Moonmen!

Six (October, 1951)

Title: "The Coffin"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Milton Whitestone [wealthy man]
Villains: Sylvia Whitestone [Milton's wife, dies]
Others: Hexton [tailor], Dexter Peck [Milton's lawyer]
Genre: Horror
Setting: November, 1945, USA
Synopsis: Milton is afraid of being buried alive so has an oxygen tank and phone set in his casket. When he seemingly dies and is buried, Sylvia hears the phone ring but purposefully ignores it. However, Milton's lawyer digs him up and Milton decides not to tell Sylvia he's alive. Sylvia finally goes to check the grave for herself and is accidentally buried alive - just as Milton disconnects the phone line.

Seven (December, 1951)

Title: "Nightmare!"
Story:
Art: Joe Maneely
Heroes: Connie [married woman]
Villains: Rita Dane [Tony's old lover]
Others: Tony [Connie's husband], Joe [friend of Connie and Tony]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Connie keeps having nightmares where Rita arrives after she and Tony's anniversary party and Rita encourages Tony to kill Connie, forcing Connie to kill Tony. Will the cycle of nightmares ever end?

Title: "Out of the Darkness!"
Story:
Art: Joe Maneely
Heroes: Carleton Lar
Villains: Rat people [descendants of humanity], giant lizards [post-atomic monsters]
Others: Alidice Lar [Carleton's wife], Pendal, Berrit
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 3999
Synopsis: Atomic war forced humanity underground; by 3999, humans are devolving into rat-like creatures so Carleton resolves to bring his people back to the surface; although they must first defeat giant dinosaur-like monsters they succeed and his inventions restore a proper atmosphere; humans leave their underground home for the surface.

Title: "Out of My Mind"
Story:
Art: John Romita
Heroes: Isaac Bartley [horror novelist]
Villains: Axton [seemingly fictional villain, gambler, dies]
Others: Bernard Hart [Bartley's publisher]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Bartley's latest criminal Axton appears to comes to life and demands Bartley never finish his novel so he won't be brought to justice; raving, Bartley confronts Axton in his club, yet this version of Axton doesn't know him; Bartley's taunts about his crimes cause Axton to chase him, but Axton trips and falls down a staircase, impaling himself on a statue; with Axton dead, Bartley finally completes his novel.

Title: "Paid in Full"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Jeremiah Leech [miser]
Others: Nathaniel Hastings [poor farmer, dies], Thomas Hastings [Nathaniel's son]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Nathaniel owes Leech money for his mortgage and Leech shows no leniency; when the impoverished Nathaniel dies in the snow, Leech prepares to collect the farm; however, Nathaniel's ghost appears and offers to pay Leech everything he's owed; Leech follows the ghost into Nathaniel's crypt where suddenly the doors seal behind him, trapping Leech inside.

Eight (January, 1952)

Title: "Behind the Wall"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Sam [murderous man]
Others: Hugo Lanzer [Sam's domineering boss, dies], Angelica [Sam's wife], Sheriff Wagler [lawman], Jimmy Wagler [sheriff's brother], Ed Duff [Sam's friend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Sam is tired of how Hugo muscles him around. When the two men are supposed to leave on a trip, Sam secretly doubles back and kills Hugo, stowing the body in the well he's been digging in the basement, but Sam's wife and friends planned to surprise him by finishing the work and Sam is sealed up alive in the cellar.
Notes: Somewhat derivative of John Collier's story "Back for Christmas."

Title: "The Hanging Terror"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art: Russ Heath
Heroes: Major Vincent Crocker [US Army rocket expert], Dr. Karl Vlurr [physicist], Colonel Hank Storm [Army engineer], Dr. Albert Bell [UK astronomer]
Villains: Soviet agents
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: August 6, 1945, Hiroshima, Japan; June 17, 1942, Bellingham Planetarium, Cheviot Hills, England; Mount Wilson Observatory, California, USA; May 3, 1945, Arizona, USA
Synopsis: UK and US scientists discover a Soviet satellite and build a cannon to destroy it. Spies caputre the weapon and bring it to the satellite to turn it on the US, but the cannon explodes and destroys the satellite, which was the actual plan all along. Because the satellite's destruction coincided with the destruction of Hiroshima, it went largely unnoticed.

Title: "The Finger"
Story:
Art: Fred Kida
Heroes: Greg Knowles [one-armed explorer]
Villains: An other-dimensional monster
Others: John, Bart, Carl [explorers, all die]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; Africa
Synopsis: A reporter is curious about the blob-like thing Knowles brought back from Africa; he explains how it killed members of his party until he realized the creature was trapped on the other side of a portal and only its fingers were visible on Earth; Knowles stabbed the creature's finger with a spear so it couldn't get back through the portal, although Knowles lost an arm as a result. As Knowles finishes his story, the reporter sets the finger free and absorbs it into his body; he explains he came to amputate his finger and begins to menace Knowles.
Notes: Derived from Nelson S. Bond's "The Thing From Nowhere."

Title: "The Man-Eater"
Story:
Art: Norman Steinberg
Villains: Flesh-eating aliens
Others: Bob Turner [farmer, dies], Martha Turner [Bob's wife, dies], Mallory Clyde [chief of US Science Bureau, dies], Henry [passerby], Jimmy [bus driver]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Aliens arrive on Earth and begin consuming humans, using their shapeshifting powers to undermine men's defences and throw the country into a panic. Travelers aboard a bus worry one woman might be an alien, but a policeman offers to ride with them for protection. However, the policeman is an alien and eats everyone on the bus.

Nine (February 1952)

Title: "The Scientists"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Miller, Green and Smith [scientists]
Others: J.W. Winters [1751 clothing maker], Alexander the Great
Genre: Science-Fiction
Setting: 1951; 1751; 330 BC; near the dawn of time
Synopsis: The scientists send a brass ball back in time and cause their histories to be rewritten, but do not realize it; ultimately, they become amphibian-creatures because of slaying a creature at a vital stage of evolution.
Notes: Retold as "Those Who Change" in Amazing Adult Fantasy#10.

Title: "Luck of Louis Nugent"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Louis Nugent [soldier, always survives misfortune]
Others: General John Nugent [US Army, Louis' father], Jimmy [Louis' fiend, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Normandy
Synopsis: Throughout his life, Louis seems to bring misfortune to others by his presence while he remains unscathed. In World War II the deserts the army, unable to cope with the horrible deaths he sees his friends suffering.

Title: "The Little Black Box!"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art: Bob Fujitani
Heroes: Gerald [dead letter office worker]
Villains: Astro [man from 2000]
Others: Belinda [Gerald's shrewish wife]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1951, USA
Synopsis: Gerald finds the Bakooba, a device from 2000 which was misplaced in the dead letter office. Finding the Bakooba can create duplicates, Gerald makes a duplicate of himself so he can abandon Belinda, but Astro arrives and reclaims his lost device. Refusing to let the Bakooba's creations remain in 1951 but unable to tell the difference between the two Geralds, Astro takes the real Gerald with him to 2000; Gerald decides it's not so bad, since now his duplicate will have to deal with Belinda.

Title: "Who Dares to Enter???"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Joe Maneely
Heroes: A Globe reporter
Others: Pop, Lefty [Globe newspaper staff]. Jeb Kenny [ghost]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A reporter doubts the Griswald Mansion is haunted and spends the night with the caretaker, Jeb. He never sees a ghost, but afterward learns Jeb was the ghost.

Title: "Where is Death?"
Story:
Art: Don Rico
Villains: Kim Larsen [brutal sailor], Satan
Others: Gink [sailor, dies], Captain Slade [ship's captain]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Sargasso Sea
Synopsis: Satan promises Larsen will never die at sea; this holds true even though Larsen is swept into the Sargasso and can never return to the surface.

Ten (March, 1952)

Title: "The Walking Dead"
Story:
Art: Al Eadeh
Heroes: Dr. Leon Drago [scientist, dies]]
Villains: Zombie [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Drago's laboratory, USA
Reprinted In: Creatures On The Loose#31; Book of the Dead#3
Synopsis: Dr. Drago brings a dead man back to life, but cannot restore its brain. He destroys himself and the zombie in his lab.

Title: "The Man Who Owned A Ghost!"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Villains: Alan Kent [ghost-summoner]
Others: Helen Kent [Alan's wife, dies], George [architect, Helen's lover]
Genre: Horror
Setting: A cliffside manor, 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Curse of the Weird#1; Weird Wonder Tales#6
Synopsis: Kent summons a ghost to kill his wife, but it turns out he's already dead-- the ghost he summoned was his own!

Title: "Only an Insect!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Scroggins [lab assistant, hates insects, dies]
Others: Dr. Darrow [scientist, invents shrinking formula]
Genre: Science Fiction, Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#14
Synopsis: Scroggins enjoys tormenting insects and loathes Dr. Darrow; attempting to wreck Darrow's latest experiment, Scroggins is exposed to Darrow's shrinking formula, which reduces him in size, leaving him at the mercy of an insect which moves in for the kill.

Title: "Melvin and the Martian"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Heroes: Melvin [prison guard]
Villains: Aada [Martian prince, dies]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, Earth; Mars [destroyed]
Synopsis: Aada is captured and the weak-willed Melvin seems to let him escape, but the ship Aada steals to return to Mars is actually a powerful h-bomb and it destroys the entire red planet.

Title: "I Solved the Problem!"
Story:
Art: Mac Pakula
Heroes: Dr. Fell [scientist]
Others: Dr. Caldron [science council member]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2200s; 3200s; 3500 AD Majorca
Synopsis: As the Earth is threatened by lack of food from overpopulation, Dr. Fell develops a plant which can grow very easily and provide food, but it grows so rapidly that it begins strangling out all human life.

Eleven (Spring, 1952)

Title: "The Day Harrington Died"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Hugo [business man, dies], Valulu [island god]
Others: Jim Harrington [Hugo's partner, dies] Benli and other natives of Seakomo
Genre: Horror
Setting: Seakomo [island]
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#18
Synopsis: Hugo tricks the zealous natives of Seakomo to kill Harrington by planting the sacred ruby of their god Valulu on his person, but the statue of Valulu itself comes to life and kill Hugo for his deception.

Title: "The Last of Mr. Mordeaux"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Heroes: Mr. Mordeaux [aristocrat]
Villains: Lizard-like creatures
Others: Mr. Gray [member of Mordeaux's club]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s New York City, New York, USA; Mordeaux Castle, Budapest, Hungary
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#16
Synopsis: Mordeaux claims to be of aristocratic background, but his fellow club members doubt him. Mordeaux returns to Hungary to research his family history, but finds locals fear the Mordeaux line. He's finally dragged underground by lizard-like creatures and realizes they're members of the Mordeaux clan, having dwelled underground far too long.

Title: "Reign of Terror"
Story:
Art:
Villains: A two-faced man [dies]
Others: Mr. Carlson [store owner], Kelly [policeman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#18
Synopsis: An ugly man holds up stores but when the nearby police try to catch him, he turns out to be a normal-looking man. The crimes rage on until the man is accidentally struck and killed by a police car and it's discovered he had two faces - the ugly one was on the back of his head.
Notes: Retitled "Reign of Fear" in reprint.

Title: "Freak"
Story:
Art: Bill Walton
Heroes: Colonel David [midget, sideshow attraction]
Others: Daisy the Dog Faced Girl, Bombo the Bearman, Loki the Missing Link, Pansy and Paul the Pinheads, Mungo the Lizard Man [sideshow freaks], Dr. Franz Alstadt [scientist]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Colonel David is tired of being an attraction. Hearing of Dr. Alstadt's experiments in growth he submits himself. He grows, but becomes so tall that the only place he can find work is as a sideshow attraction.

Title: "The Hound Dog!"
Story:
Art: Myron Fass
Heroes: Madie [dog-hating woman]
Others: Nan, Mary [Madie's sisters], ghost dog and her puppies
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Madie is haunted by the ghost of a dog she killed; soon, the dead dogs puppies are haunting her too.

Twelve (April, 1952)

Title: "The Torture Chamber"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Gene Colan
Villains: Eric Grimm [horror author, dies], wax statues [including vampire, wolf man]
Others: Ralph [Eric's publisher]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Challenged to create his most terrifying story yet, Eric inserts a man inside a torture chamber so he can record the man's reactions as he's tortured to death. However, the wax statues of creatures from Eric's earlier stories come to life, force him into the chamber and torture him to death.

Title: "Date With Death"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Joe Ryan [man pursued by Death]
Villains: Death [purple-suited man]
Others: George [Joe's wealthy friend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Joe meets a stranger who promises to meet him again at dawn; realizing this man is Death, Joe begs George for money to fly to Alaska; George agrees but after Joe leaves, Death appears at George's door, explaining he has a date with Joe in Alaska.

Title: "The Man Who Was Afraid!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Barry Trevor [fearful of germs]
Others: Johnson [Barry's butler], Dr. Stokes [Barry's physician], Ethel Trevor [Barry's wife], Keith Trevor [Barry's son], Captain Felton [cruise captain], lepers
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; a tropical island
Synopsis: Barry fears germs, but agrees to a cruise to help his health; however, Bubonic Plague breaks out on the ship and Barry quarantines himself; hearing the entire crew is infected he refuses to help them, instead escaping the ship for the nearest island, only to learn the inhabitants are all lepers - and now Barry will have to join their colony.

Title: "A Playmate for Susan"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Susan [child]
Villains: Slug Mears [Susan's stepfather, criminal, dies]
Others: Jane [talking doll], Yancey [toy store owner, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Slug murders Yancey and steals the doll Jane for his daughter, but Jane is a living doll and ultimately kills Slug to set Susan free of him.

Title: "Horror Show!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: George and Grace [married couple]
Villains: A monster
Others: Tim McCoy ["House of Horror" host]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: George and Grace watch "House of Horror" as McCoy creates a monster which runs amock; George enjoys the program, but Grace is frightened. George turns off the TV to comfort Grace, only for the monster to emerge from the TV.

Thirteen (May, 1952)

Title: "Ghoul's Gold"
Story:
Art: Bernie Krigstein
Heroes: Jim [police detective]
Villains: Mr. Grimm [morgue worker with gold, dies]
Others: Mr. Cowdry [man who trades money for gold]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: B. Krigstein Comics; Message in a Bottle
Synopsis: Grimm's constant supply of gold leads to a police investigation, which reveals he steals the gold from dead people's mouths; a fire breaks out in the morgue and Grimm perishes, his hand stuck inside a mouth.

Title: "The Three Feathers"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art: Mike Sekowsky
Villains: Albert Hendricks [heir], Jane Hendricks [Albert's wife, dies]
Others: Alice Hendricks [Albert's grandmother, dies], Mike [police detective], Ed [police detective, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Albert dresses up as a monster and scares his grandmother to death so he can inherit her fortune. His inheritance turns out to be a dart. When he picks it up he's overcome with rage and kills his wife. The police investigate and Mike picks up the dart, is overcome with rage and kills Ed.

Title: "The Death Watch"
Story:
Art: Cal Massey
Heroes: Carter [reporter, dies]
Villains: Death
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Carter goes to Eleazer P. Dunnock's manor to report on his impending death. He sees a beautiful woman and thinks he can find an angle for his story using her; when she tries to brush him off he tries to blackmail her and forces himself on her, but when he kisses her he dies; she's Death, come to claim Dunnock.

Title: "Helen's Husband!"
Story:
Art: Ogden Whitney
Villains: Justin [new groom], Helen Moore [living dead]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Justin recently married Helen so he could get her money. Her mansion has a graveyard filled with dead relatives. Justin digs a grave for Helen then stabs her, but she survives; she's one of the living dead and married him so she could drink his blood; the cemetery is filled with her dead husbands.

Title: "The House on the Hill"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Judd Langley [lecturer]
Villains: Dr. Harvey Morse [ghostly brain surgeon], Emma Morse [ghostly wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Langley is invited to Morse's home for a lecture but Morse tries to cut out his brain; Langley escapes and meets a man who claims to be the real Dr. Morse and explains Langley saw ghosts of a pair of murderers. However, Dr. Morse is the ghost and corners Langley to remove his brain.

Fourteen (June, 1952)

Title: "Under Glass"
Story:
Art: Bernie Krigstein
Villains: Tom, Joe, Pop, Aunt Aggie [humans on exhibit]
Others: Aliens
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Post-1993, an alien world
Reprinted In: B. Krigstein Comics
Synopsis: After the atomic wars, aliens take the last humans to depict in an exhibit under glass and get to witness their innate hatred of each other.

Title: "The Man Who Jumped!"
Story:
Art: Cal Massey
Villains: Conrad [chauffeur, dies]
Others: James Graves [wealthy man, dies], Alice Graves [James' daughter, Conrad's lover]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Conrad murders James so he can marry Alice but James's ghostly hands return from the grave to drag Conrad over the ledge of a building.

Title: "The Man Who Changed Bodies!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Cyrus J. Karsh [wealthy man, switches bodies with Joel]
Others: Joel Whitman [gardener, switches bodies with Cyrus, dies], Joan [Joel's girlfriend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Nearing the end of his life, Cyrus switches bodies with Joel and leaves him to die, but Joel leaves behind a message tellling the police that he'd been killed by Joel - so Cyrus, in Joel's body, is arrested.

Title: "Silence!"
Story: Don Rico
Art: Dick Ayers
Heroes: A lone man
Villains: The Grim Reaper
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A man alone in an empty city finds no one else - but the Grim Reaper.

Title: "The Clean-Up!"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: Lucy [orphan girl]
Villains: Carl Jacquin [chemist, germphobe, dies], Eva Jacquin [Carl's wife]
Others: Pascal [orphange manager]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s France
Synopsis: Lucy is adopted by an abusive couple and has to always clean things to appease Carl. One day she accidentally spills garbage on Carl and he leaps into the bath - not realizing Lucy had filled it with acid for cleaning.

Fifteen (July, 1952)

Title: "Grounds for Death!"
Story:
Art: Jim Mooney
Heroes: Henderson [meat plant employee]
Villains: Mr. Wright [efficiency expert, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Mr. Wright is hired to improve a meat packing plant but his demands are so outrageous that an angered Henderson accidentally hurls him over a railing - and into the meat grinder.

Title: "The Hole in the Wall"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art: Manny Stallman
Villains: Eric [abusive husband]
Others: Polly [Eric's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: March 9-13, 1952, USA
Synopsis: Eric keeps punishing Polly by sealing her within a hole in the basement. After being in an accident and absent from home for a lengthy period while Polly was in the wall, Eric discovers she's transformed into a giant mole.

Title: "The Man Who Died Twice"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: Grant Cooper [big game hunter, dies]
Villains: Duncan Whitney [anthropologist]
Others: Prehistoric "ape men"
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Whitney tries to keep Cooper out of a secret valley; within, Cooper finds a skull with a bullet in it and accuses Whitney of murder. Whitney reveals time stands still in the valley, allowing them to meet cavemen. He also reveals the skull belongs to Cooper - as time stands still, Cooper found evidence of his death before Whitney killed him; Whitney kills him again.

Title: "The Face in the Glass"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Rick Bell [criminal]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Rick kills a carnival fortune teller and tries to hide in the funhouse, but he becomes a permanent exhibit, trapped within the reflection of the mirrors.

Title: "The Skeleton"
Story:
Art: Sy Grudko
Heroes: Mr. Timmons [scientist]
Villains: The Devil
Others: Tomas [Frenchman, Timmons' servant]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Timmons discovers a skeleton of his will regrow flesh when exposed to water, just like a legend Tomas told him about the Devil's skeleton. Children steal the skeleton and rain causes it to transform back into the Devil. The Devil goes after Timmons to reclaim the finger still in his possession.

Sixteen (August, 1952)

Title: "Don't Make a Ghoul of Yourself!"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Heroes: A cemetery watchman
Villains: A ghoul
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A watchman catches a ghoul in the cemetery and the ghouls offers to grant the watchman a wish in exchange for his escape. The watchman wishes for wealth and receives it, becoming a maharaja. However, before he can enjoy his riches he dies...and the ghoul comes for his body.

Title: "The Miser"
Story:
Art: Bernie Krigstein
Villains: Jonas Cragee [villainous miser, dies]
Others: Kahma [charity organizer, owner of Horn of Plenty]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: B. Krigstein Comics
Synopsis: The miserly Jonas discovers Kahma has the Horn of Plenty so steals it. He has the horn emit an unlimited supply of riches. Unfortunately, he didn't hear the magic word to get the horn to stop producing and his room becomes so full of money that he suffocates to death.

Title: "Terror in Jimmy's House"
Story:
Art: Ed Goldfarb, Bob Baer
Heroes: Jim [widowed father]
Others: Janie [Jim's daughter], Kol [monstrous alien visitor, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Janie befriends Kol muich to Jim's disgust. When Janie trips, falls down the stairs and dies, Jim blames Kol and kills him. However, before dying Kol resurrects Janie; Jim realizes Kol was a good person all along.

Title: "I Prowl at Night!"
Story:
Art: Syd Shores
Heroes: Allan Hart [werewolf, dies]
Others: Louise Hart [Allan's wife], Parven Gavora [werewolf, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Budapest, Hungary; Benz, Hungary
Synopsis: Allan hits Parven with his car and kills him; Allan is injured in the wreck, but doctors use Parven's blood to save his life. Reviving, Allan discovers Parven was a werewolf and now Allan is one too. Allan locks himself up to prevent him from infecting Louise, but one night they get in a car accident and Allan dies, while his blood is given to Louise.

Seventeen (September, 1952)

Title: "Drive of Death"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Rod Wilson [motorist]
Others: An unnamed man [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Dracula#2
Synopsis: Wilson hits a man and kills him with his car and disposes of the body by driving his car into a lake. Hitchhiking home, he is picked up by his own car-- driven by the dead man.

Title: "The Werewolf of Wilmach!"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Villains: Kessel [sailor, dies], Fang [Chinese sailor, dies], Karl [village idiot, werewolf]
Others: Heineman [banker, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Wilmach, near Baltic Sea
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Werewolf by Night#2
Synopsis: Wilmach is tormented by a prowling werewolf; Kessel has a werewolf tattoo on his arm which Fang gave him and boasts it's the only werewolf in the town; Kessel and Fang kill Heineman for his money but Heineman lives long enough to tell others about the werewolf tattoo. Kessel kidnaps Karl so Fang can give him an identical tattoo, then Kessel kills Fang to protect his secret; however, Karl really is the werewolf, transforms under the full moon and kills Kessel.

Title: "Tomb With a View"
Story:
Art:
Villains: George Fenton [grave robber]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; Bombay, India
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#11
Synopsis: Hearing Hindus leave their bodies unprotected and adorned with jewels, George goes to India to rob the dead; however, when he enters the burial area he's attacked by the vultures who feast on the bodies.

Title: "The Hiding Place!"
Story:
Art: Marty Elkin
Heroes: Neil Ward [biologist]
Others: Verna Ward [Neil's wife], Arlene [Neil's lover]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Neil creates a shrinking formula which makes people sub-atomic. To escape his wife he shrinks Arlene down to size and plans to follow her, but the glass Arlene shrunk herself inside of is used by one of Neil's friends at a beer party.

Title: "I Can't Move"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Burt Wallace [unmoving man]
Villains: A mugger
Others: Ryan [patrolman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Burt doesn't move while a mugger kills his victim nearby. The police remark Burt acts as though he were holding up the building; he was.

Eighteen

Title: "Jack the Ripper"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: An amateur detective [dies]
Villains: Jack the Ripper [ghostly serial killer]
Others: Kilmartin [Scotland Yard officer]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s London, England; USA
Reprinted In: Dead of Night#6
Synopsis: A string of murders in London are credited to Jack the Ripper; a gentlemen's club in the USA finds this ridiculous and one member goes to London to prove Jack the Ripper is dead. During his investigation, the man learns where Jack the Ripper is buried, but at the gravesite the Ripper's ghost rises up and kills the sleuth. Back in the USA, someone else decides to prove Jack the Ripper is dead.

Title: "The Last Kkrul"
Story:
Art: John Romita
Villains: The Kkrul [scaly subterranean creature]
Others: Mitch, Doc [motorists, die], Stan [motorist]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#6
Synopsis: The Kkrul journeys to the surface and projects its mind into the body of Mitch, a recently killed motorist. Stan and Doc begin to wonder at Mitch's behaviour and finally Stan realizes Mitch isn't human. Stan escapes "Mitch" and warns Doc; Doc goes off to kill the Kkrul, but when Doc returns, he's become the new host of the Kkrul, who prepares to kill Stan.

Title: "Man With a Tail"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Benjy Matznik [cat burglar, man with a tail, dies], Tigrina [cat person, woman with a tail, performer]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#8
Synopsis: Benjy commits crimes with his tail to help him; after seeing Tigrina at a carnival he approaches her to make her his partner; she kills him-- he had the tail of a mouse, while she had the tail of a cat.

Title: "Sweet Old Ladies"
Story: Stan Lee
Art:
Villains: An unnamed robber [dies], Agatha, other witches
Genre: Horror
Setting: Slowfalls
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Dracula#2
Synopsis: A robber hides out in Slowfalls and robs three old ladies. They give him their money, but insist they prepare a meal for him. He agrees, but the three of them are witches-- and they make a meal out of him.

Title: "Vampire At the Window"
Story: Stan Lee
Art:
Heroes: Reginald Rudley [dies]
Villains: A vampire, a detective [vampire]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Dracula#2; Spider-Man Vs. Dracula
Synopsis: Rudley sees a vampire outside his window and gets a detective to help him, but when the vampire appears again, the detective reveals he's a vampire too and lets the other vampire have him first.

Nineteen (November, 1952)

Title: "Back From the Grave"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Fred Kida
Heroes: August Gottlieb [scientist, dies]
Villains: Captain Simenovski [Soviet officer, dies], Ivan [black sorcerer], Josef Stalin
Others: Carl Gottlieb [August's son, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Czechoslovakia; Moscow, USSR
Synopsis: August Gottlieb is killed by the Soviets. Carl asks Ivan to resurrect him with black magic and Ivan complies, but doesn't believe in his own power and alerts the Soviets to catch Carl; the Soviets kill Carl just as August returns; August kills the Soviets who killed his son then goes to Moscow to continue his vengeance, finally confronting Stalin with the intent of killing him...

Title: "A Thousand Years"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Timothy Wurnel [scientist]
Villains: Cat People
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; 30th century
Synopsis: Wurnel tests his stasis device on a cat then uses it on himself so he can survive a thousand years into the future. Reviving, he finds Cat People rule Earth and humans are extinct; as the Cat People prepare him for execution they show him the device which gave them intelligence - the machine Wurnel tested on his cat.

Title: "Top Billing!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Joe Maneely
Villains: Smith [comedian, dies]
Others: Sprinkle [comedian, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Smith resents Sprinkle because their act is billed "Sprinkle and Smith" and Sprinkle refuses to change it. Finally Smith murders Sprinkle and sets his house on fire, but Smith is caught inside the blaze and dies with Sprinkle. They're buried in the same grave - but Sprinkle still has top billing.

Title: "Roll Call"
Story:
Art: Bernie Krigstein
Heroes: John Masters [dies]
Villains: Death
Others: Peggy McBride [dies], Felix Archer [dies], May Masters [John's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: As John is watching TV his house blacks out and he hears a voice on the set name himself, Peggy McBride and Felix Archer. Investigating, he finds Peggy dead and witnesses Felix's death. Returning home, John finds his wife cannot see him and thinks he died while watching TV; suddenly John realizes he is his own ghost and the voices he heard were the roll call of Death.

Twenty (December, 1952)

Title: "Mystery at Midnight"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Gene Colan
Villains: Igor Rill [mad killer, split in half]
Others: Tom [murder victim, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Igor kills people by trampling them to death. The police are confused because he never seems to leave his home when the murders occur but it turns out he's split in half - his legs go out to commit the murders.

Title: "The Cheapskate"
Story:
Art: Win Mortimer
Villains: Lester Adams [cheap man seeking Dolbridge's money, dies]
Others: Clarence Dolbridge [wealthy old man], Mr. Scharnorst [bomb maker]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: The cheapskate Adams hopes to get Dolbridge's money. When Dolbridge names Adams in his will, Adams rigs up a bomb and mails it to Dolbridge, but the parcel is returned due to insufficient postage and kills Adams.

Title: "When You Die!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art:
Villains: Shaggur [despot of Kraggoth]
Others: Various alien creatures
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Kraggoth [200,000 light years from Earth], Xxmth [asteroid], Shaaa [alien world], 1950s Statue of Liberty, New York, USA
Synopsis: Aliens are shown who are subjugated by others, deprived of food or crowded in amongst others; the narrator opines that by this perspective, people who live in America are living each day in Heaven.
Notes: USA! USA! USA!

Title: "Just a Little Farther"
Story:
Art: Vic Carrabotta
Villains: Pierre [jewel thief], Jean [Pierre's ally, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Morrocco
Synopsis: Pierre and Jean travel through the desert after committing robbery. Pierre turns on Jean and kills him but must still suffer through days of seeing mirages but never water.

Title: "Living Doll!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Jerry Robinson
Heroes: Gustav van Meer [chief of police]
Villains: Living Puppets
Others: Franz Froelich [toy shop owner], Sigmond [police officer]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Europe
Synopsis: People are killed outside of Franz's toy shop. Franz claims his toys came to life to perform the deeds but the police don't believe him. When Franz turns up "dead" they discover he was just a giant toy; they place the shop under surveillance.
Notes: Retelling of Marvel Tales#97's "the Wooden Horror."

Twenty-One (January, 1953)

Title: "The Different Vampire"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Villains: Gorki [vampire-drinking vampire, dies] and his parents [vampires], Rajac [vampire]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Hungary
Synopsis: Gorki is an outcast because he refuses human blood; other vampires wonder what he eats so Rajac shadows him; discovering Gorki feeds on other vampires, Rajac kills him.

Title: "The Manhunter!"
Story:
Art: Vic Carrabotta
Heroes: Harry Kelly [police detective, dies]
Others: Mr. Wollerton [murder suspect], Jane Wollerton [wife, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Harry is convinced Wollerton murdered his wife and keeps hounding him until Wollerton finally does commit a murder - he kills Harry.

Title: "The Worm That Turned"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Jason [worm specialist, dies], Australian red worms
Others: Dr. Sommers [Jason's superior]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: After losing his job, Jason rears his Australian red worms to an immense size so they can devour his former boss in revenge, but the worms break out of his cellar early and devour him.

Title: "Gorilla!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Lester Dunn [circus trapeze artist], Titano [giant circus gorilla]
Others: Leo Craig [Titano's trainer], Rudy Harper [Lester's partner]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Lester constantly irritates Titano, until one night the gorilla breaks out; Lester goes on with his performance, only to find Titano waiting for him on the trapeze.
Notes: Same story as Journey into Mystery#92's "The Man Who Hated Monstro!"

Title: "The Man Who Went Too Far!"
Story:
Art: Bill Benulis, Jack Abel
Villains: Matt Hawks [factory foreman]
Others: Mr. Butler, Mr. Stewart [factory owners], Lopez, Thompson, Dougherty, Raskoski, Corbin [factory workers]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Hawks drives workers at a rocket plant so hard that they nearly die of exhaustion; they have their revenge on Hawks by sealing him up inside the finished rocket and launching him into space.

Twenty-Two (February, 1953)

Title: "The Brain"
Story:
Art: Sam Kweskin
Heroes: The Great Mnemo [super-intelligent performer, dies]
Others: Hubeau [Mnemo's servant]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s France
Synopsis: The Great Mnemo amazes audiences with his vast intellect, but also incurs millions of dollars in debts; as he near deaths he pays off all of his debts; only after his death is it learned he sold his brain for $100,000 to multiple sources to pay his debts.

Title: "Man Against Werewolf"
Story:
Art: Howie Post
Villains: Shazak [werewolf, poses as brave warrior], Shazak's wife and children [werewolves]
Others: Boroj, Michael [townsfolk], Arras' mayor
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1432, Arras, Czechoslovakia
Synopsis: When werewolves descend on Arras, Shazak is among the brave warriors who hunt them and bring their heads back as proof; however, the heads are really wolf heads and Shazak is himself head of a family of werewolves.

Title: "The Iron Head"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Black Baron of Essex [dictatorial lord, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Medieval England
Synopsis: The Black Baron treats his enemies and subordinates savagely. Finally, the people in his torture dungeon break out and kill the Black Baron and all his men, placing their heads on pikes.

Title: "The Strange Power"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Igor Nicoli [irradiated Russian scientist, dies]
Others: Zadosky [Russian scientist]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Russia, USSR
Synopsis: Igor is exposed to radiation and thereafter finds he can't be affected by radiation. He believes he can now provide great service to his country, but is hit by a car - which causes an atomic explosion.

Title: "The Man Who Dug Deep"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Bart Hammer [jealous land owner, dies]
Others: Cal Beech [oil driller]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Bart is jealous of Cal's neighboring oil drilling and tries to force the property out of his hands at gunpoint but slips and falls under the drill. Bart is buried on his own land and the diggers discover oil while burying him.

Twenty-Three (March, 1953)

"Woman in Black"
"Hole in the Wall"
"His Father's Secret"
"Pursuit"

Title: "Hog Attack!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Eric Kent [hunter, dies]
Others: David Kent [Eric's half-brother]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Eric enjoys hunting wild boar on his estate. When his brother David turns up he fears David will try to take his estate and arranges a hunting trip, planting blanks in David's gun. He leads David to the boar and has the creatures chase them, but Eric's horse stumbles before he can close the trap. David tries to save Eric, but has no live ammunition. Eric is pounced upon by a horde of boars.

Twenty-Four (April, 1953)

Title: "Accidents Will Happen!"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: Keith Castle [writer, dies]
Others: George Fane [scientist, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Keith sees George killed by a falling brick. Curious, he investigates the man's life thinking it might be a good story. In Fane's home, Keith discovers papers claiming inanimate objects were plotting to rise up against humanity. Keith tests Fane's equipment and finds out it works and he can hear the thoughts of inanimate things. He tries to bring this evidence to a colleague of Fane's, but a falling brick kills Keith.

Title: "Poor Wilbur!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: John Romita
Heroes: Wilbur Binkle [eccentric inventor]
Villains: Binkle's robots
Others: Penelope [Wilbur's girlfriend]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Wilbur invents robots to work as servants, but the robots decide they'd rather get humans to do the work for them.

Title: "You're Next"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Al Helfer [mob's triggerman], the Devil
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Helfer needs a dentist and goes to an office which reads "DDS." However, it doesn't stand for doctor of dentistry, but for "Devil's Delivery Service." The Devil himself hurls Helfer into Hell.

Title: "The Pink Elephant!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Joe Diamond [violent racketeer, dies]
Others: A pink elephant
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Joe sees a pink elephant after drinking and can't get rid of it; when he tries to kill it, the elephant tramples him death, unable to bear such a mean drunk.

Title: "The Stone Face"
Story: Stan Lee
Art:
Heroes: Harry Jones [FBI agent]
Villains: Boris Zubotski and his allies [Communist spies, all die]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Elmdale, Statue of Liberty, New York, USA
Synopsis: Harry pursues Zubotski but is knocked out and they escape. However, exiting the USA by Statue of Liberty, the statue comes to life and sinks the agents' boat.

Twenty-Five

"I'll Only Die a Little Bit!"

Title: "I Married a Zombie"
Story:
Art: Maurice Del Bourgo
Villains: Miriam Wallace [zombie woman], Edward [marries Miriam, becomes zombie], Julia Wallace [Miriam's mother, zombie], Mr. Wallace [Miriam's father, zombie], a mugger
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A mugger tries to rob Edward, prompting Edward to tell the mugger how he fell in love with Miriam and married her, only to learn she and her parents were zombies; Edward was turned into a zombie as well and now intends to induct the mugger into their ranks.
"Don't Open the Door"
"Midnight Massacre"
"Tommy's Timid Wife"

Twenty-Six (August, 1953)

Title: "I Died Too Often"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Thomas [accountant]
Villains: Burier of Cats [supernatural man]
Others: George Keen [Thomas' boss], King [George's dog]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Thomas can't stand his boss but likes the dog King. After seeing a cat fall and die, Thomas meets the Burier of Cats who tells him he could have the cat's nine lives; Thomas agrees and finds he can survive fatal wounds, using it to go on a crime spree. Finally he decides to kill his boss, but finds King suddenly hates him. He runs away from King only to fall from a great height; as he sees the Burier of Cats below, Thomas realizes he's turned into a cat.

Title: "As Different as Day and Night"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Emma Higgins [landlady]
Villains: Mr. Jelicoe/Mr. Alvin Bancroft [split personality]
Others: Mrs. Clark [tenant], Mr. Williams [tenant]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Emma rents a room to Mr. Jelicoe and Mr. Bancroft, one a horrid looking man, the other handsome. When a string of murders occur, Mrs. Higgins finds blood on Jelicoe's clothes and alerts the police. The police only find Bancroft at home and go looking for Jelicoe. When the police leave, Bancroft transforms into Jelicoe and attacks Mrs. Higgins.

Title: "Monkey Face"
Story:
Art: Manny Stallman
Villains: Monk Smith [ugly gangster], three mobsters [Rocky named], Satan
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Monk is called "Monkey-Face" by other crooks because of his ugly looks. Monk goads three men into aiding him on a robbery, during which they kill a guard. Monk turns on his allies and shoots them, but Rocky survives. Afraid Rocky can identify him easily because of his face, Monk declares he would sell his soul to change his face. Satan appears and grants his wish, giving him the face of a monkey. Irony.

Title: "Scared of His Own Shadow!"
Story:
Art: Louis Ravelli
Villains: Percy Merriweather [controlled by his shadow, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Percy is a meek man, but suddenly finds his shadow moves before he does and he must do as his shadow makes him. Percy committs murders, unable to control himself. When the police confront him he tries to surrender, but his shadow moves to run so they shoot him dead.

Title: "Come in and Meet the Folks!"
Story: Art: John Forte
Heroes: Mark [newlywed, dies]
Others: Dolores [Mark's wife, dies], Dolores' family
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Kentucky
Synopsis: Mark meets and falls in love with Dolores, but she's reluctant to introduce him to her family. They finally journey to Kentucky, but Dolores' secrecy makes Mark suspicious. When he finds Dolores over a cauldron he realizes she's a witch and kills her. With the family arriving Mark takes poison in the bathroom and dies. It turns out Dolores was not a witch and was quiet about her family because they're hillbillies.

Twenty-Seven (October, 1953)

Title: "The Great Migration"
Story:
Art: Ross Andru
Heroes: Johnny, Ben [astronauts]
Others: Humans [mutated into lizard people]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, Earth; a satellite of Venus
Synopsis: Astronauts sent to find a new home for humanity settle on a satellite of Venus which proves suitable; by the time other humans are able to follow them there, exposure to radiation has mutated them into lizard people.
Notes: Sequel to "The Perfect Planet" in Mystic #23

Title: "The Deaf Ear!"
Story:
Art: George Roussos
Heroes: Mr. Sheppard [morgue manager]
Others: Charley [morgue attendant], Joe [piano mover]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Charley claims he can hear the dead speaking. When Sheppard is crushed by a piano he's thought dead and sent to his own morgue. Beginning to revive he tries to get Charley's attention, but Charley has removed his hearing aid.

Title: "The Biggest Car"
Story:
Art: Cal Massey
Villains: Gerry Grimes [gangster, dies]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Gerry is determined to have the largest car of all and steals money to get it, but dies; thereafter he is transported in a hearse - the largest kind of car.

Title: "The Macabre Museum!"
Story:
Art: George Tuska
Heroes: Herbert Nolan [deaf museum night watchman]
Villains: Pan [Greek god, poses as Anton Tomac, dies]
Others: Mr. Davis [museum director, dies], Ned Taylor [police detective], Fred Ballard [museum secretary, dies], Mr. Kerry [museum staff, dies], Philip Lloyd [musem director], Diana [Greek goddess, poses as secretary Iris Powell], Daniel Ellison [policeman, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A statue of Pan comes to life and uses his hypnotic music to send museum staff to their deaths, but a statue of Diana likewise comes to life and stops him.

Title: "The Corpse Vanishes"
Story:
Art: Bob Fujitani
Heroes: Ernest Waller [actor]
Others: Mr. Russell [director], Mr. Lewis [insurance dealer], Dr. Norman Finch [physician]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Waller poses as his own wife so he can create an insurance swindle but is soon caught; however, the authorities truly believe in his fake wife's existence and send him to the electric chair for murder.

Twenty-Eight (December, 1953)

Title: "Age Before Beauty"
Story:
Art: Mort Lawrence
Heroes: Roger Dean [46 year old vain man, dies]
Others: Commander Cleeg [Roger's superior, dies], Zara [nurse on Roxx, marries Roger]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Planet Roxx
Synopsis: Crashing on Roxx, Roger romances Zara and marries her but learns she's aging backward, growing younger with each day. Within months Zara is an infant and Roger agrees to a transfusion; Zara becomes an adult again, but Roger is regressed into a premature baby and dies.

Title: "No Evidence"
Story:
Art: Louis Ravielli
Villains: Jason Mason [clerk, communist spy, dies], his Soviet superiors
Others: Marvin [government employee]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Jason smuggles documents out of his government offices by swallowing capsules, but makes a mistake one day when the capsule he swallows contains atomic energy which dissolves the inside of his body.

Title: "The End of the World"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Alien spy [betrays invasion, dies]
Villains: Gruba fleet [aliens]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Pentagon; White House, Washington DC, USA
Synopsis: A man tries to warn authorities about the end of the world but is dismissed as a crackpot. He's really a spy from Gruba who has turned pacifist but his own people catch him and deal with him before destroying the Earth.

Title: "Death, Where Is They Sting"
Story:
Art: Don Perlin
Villains: Max Garver [hobo, dies]
Others: Abernathy [beekeeper, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Max kills Abernathy for his money but Abernathy's bees encase Max within a giant honeycomb.

Title: "The Hidden Planet"
Story:
Art: Robert Q. Sale
Heroes: Zo [alien from Attalia]
Villains: Professor Kroft [greedy scientist, dies]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: May 3, 1967, USA; the sun [Attalia]
Synopsis: When Zo visits Earth and tells of his golden planet Kroft convinces Zo to bring him there, but "Attalia" is Zo's name for the sun and Kroft is burnt to a cinder in transit.

Twenty-Nine (January 1954)

Title: "The Immortal"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Jan Calso [immortal astronaut, dies]
Others: Dr. Henry [scientist, dies], Martians [green humanoids]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future USA; Mars
Synopsis: Jan wants to be the first man to visit Mars but the trip would take 350 years; learning of Dr. Henry's immortality serum, Jan kills him and makes himself immortal so he can live to reach Mars. When Jan finally returns to Earth to tell of his success he learns in the intervening years the time warp factor was discovered to make ships journey between planets within a month. Likewise, Henry's immortality formula was rediscovered and the one thing which can kill a person who has it is a lack of willpower; with his dreams shattered, Jan loses his will to live and crumbles into dust.

Title: "They Cover the Earth"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: Sam, Ellie [married couple]
Villains: Ants, Martians [insect-like]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Ants become so numerous they threaten mankind's survival. Eliminating the ants depletes the Earth's food supply. Martians arrive on Earth and humans hope they will aid them - but the Martians look just like giant ants.

Title: "The Man Who Sent Himself"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Burt Henry [amateur inventor]
Villains: Burt's mother-in-law
Others: Peter Lawson [Bert's friend]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Burt is always admonished by his mother-in-law. He finds a way to transmit people to other planets using his television and goes on a voyage with his friend Peter, but his mother-in-law turns off the television while they're midway and they're lost in space.

Title: "Anyone Up There?"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: A professor
Others: Mort [Professor's assistant], underground creatures (die)
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Underground civilization
Synopsis: A professor finds an underground civilization but traveling there the change in pressurized air kills the civilization; the professor and his people are, themselves, living 10 miles beneath the Earth.

Title: "The Visible Man"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Villains: Joe Nielson [murderous time traveler]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1953 USA; 70th century Earth
Synopsis: Joe joins an expedition to the future and wants to join the people of the 70th century, but time travelers are invisible to them. He forces the others to make him visible, but it turns all the people of the 70th century invisible to Joe.

Thirty (February, 1954)

Title: "The Eyes!"
Story:
Art: Pete Tumlinson
Heroes: Jerry King [editor, Daily Herald]
Villains: Giant eyes [dissolve flesh]
Others: Evans and other crewmen of Albatross [sailors, die], a caretaker, Helen [Jerry's girlfriend]
Genre: Science Fiction, Horror
Setting: 1950s, Narraganset, Rhode Island
Synopsis: Giant eyes emerge from the ocean and go on a rampage through Rhode Island. A caretaking brings Jerry to his cemetery where they witness the eyes collecting eyes from dead humans, growing them into new members of their race. Jerry realizes the eyes are sensitive to light and with an army of flashlights they drive the creatures away. Suddenly, a news broadcast comes in: someone just went on a crime spree for sunglasses...

Title: "The Rulers of Earth"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Heroes: The leader of Earth
Villains: An invading race of aliens
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: July 17, 2610-January 27, 2611
Synopsis: The leader of Earth allows alien invaders to conquer without putting up a fight, but after a year of subjugation he finally orders a strike and wipes out the entire invasion force, which was his plan all along.

Title: "The Death of Me"
Story:
Art: Al Carreno
Heroes: Edwin Powers
Villains: Death
Others: Henry, Martha
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Powers wants to avoid death and spurns Death itself when it comes for him; unfortunately, now he cannot die and lives on and on, no matter how wretched his quality of life is.

Title: "The Future of Oswald Flush!"
Story:
Art: Ed Winiarski
Heroes: Oswald Flush [inventor]
Others: Mrs. Flush [Oswald's wife], Oswald's mother-in-law, Clarence [Oswald's co-worker], Oswald's employer
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; distant future
Synopsis: Oswald is victimized by his work and family so he develops a time machine to escape the present. Arriving in the future, he's transformed into a large-headed man with a shrivelled body, but finds this fine...until he discovers even in the future, his wife, mother-in-law and boss all have counterparts.

Title: "Until You Are...Dead!"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Villains: Killer Ryan [gangster] and his gang [Whitey]
Others: Dr. Knight [scientist, dies], Helen Knight [doctor's daughter]
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Ryan robs a bank, becoming a wanted man in danger of the death penalty. He decides to become immune to death and kidnaps Helen Knight, forcing her father to create a formula which will make him immune to poison gas. When Knight produces the pill and proves it works, Ryan kills him. Ryan is eventually caught and sent to the gas chamber, taking the pill in the chamber, only to find a note attached in which Knight explains he can only breathe poison gas from now on.

Thirty-One (March, 1954)

Title: "Atomic Man"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Joe Allen [Carl's rival, atomic man, dies]
Villains: Carl Hurtz [atomic man, dies]
Others: Helen [Joe's fiancee]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Frenchman Flats, Nevada, USA
Synopsis: After exposure to atomic energy Carl becomes indestructible and goes on a rampage. He decides to take Helen away from Joe and challenges him to a fight, but Joe has himself irradiated to be Carl's opposite in energy; they destroy each other.

Title: "Fangs of the Vampire"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Villains: Clyde [vampire, dies]
Others: Jim [pedestrian hit by car], Rose [Clyde's wife, dies], Dr. Klaus [lecturer, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Dr. Klaus lectures on how vampires aren't real; Clyde fears he's a vampire but Klaus insists it's impossible. Clyde later kills his wife and angrily murders Klaus for deceiving him; Clyde commits suicide.

Title: "The Room That Vanished"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Frank Kelly
Villains: Gregor Knowles [scientist]
Others: Marge Kelly [Frank's wife], Terry Kelly [Frank's son]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A room in Frank's house disappears; then the entire house. He discovers Knowles is behind it and demands Knowles bring the house back. Instead, Knowles sends Frank to his house, which now exists in a void.

Title: "The Man at the Grave"
Story:
Art:
Others: Wilfred Winston Wilson [dead man], a gravedigger
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A gravedigger wonders who Wilson is when he constantly appears at funerals. He turns out to be a man dead since 1929 whose own funeral was unattended and wished to now comfort others.

Title: "The Dummy"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Clem Hardy [ruthless business man, dies]
Others: Jonas [mannequin supplier], James Hardy [Clem's cousin and business partner, dies], a mortician
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Clem is always pinching pennies and gets into a heated argument with James, killing him. A strange mortician finds James' body and turns it into a dummy, then sells it to Clem. When Clem is alone with the dummies at night, the dummies come back to life and he dies of fright. The mortician then turns Clem into a dummy in his own store.

Thirty-Two

"The Vampire Takes a Wife"
"Arrival"
"Her Other Face"
"Initiation Fee"
"Double or Nothing"

Thirty-Three

Title: "The Evil Eye"
Story:
Art: Pablo Ferro
Villains: A hag [dies]
Others: Sicilians
Genre: Horror
Setting: A village in Sicily
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#19; Book of the Dead#2
Synopsis: Hag is believed by villagers to have "the evil eye". She decides to see if she truly does, examines her hideous reflection and dies.

Title: "Point of View"
Story:
Art: Al Carreno
Villains: Morgan [janitor], a giant
Others: Jim [chemist]
Genre: 1950s USA
Setting: Horror, Science Fiction
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#23
Synopsis: Morgan resents being a subordinate in the laboratory where he works. One day he accidentally mixes some chemicals which cause people to shrink; Morgan tests them out on the staff until they're all miniature-sized. Morgan gloats about the power he holds over them, but suddenly a giant hand smashes into the building...

Title: "I Ain't Got No Body"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Charlie [homeless man, dies]
Villains: Marie Parker [John's murderous wife]
Others: John Parker [scientist, dies]
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#15
Synopsis: Charlies thinks if he'd had looks or money his life would have been different. John asks Charlie to help him in an experiment transferring their minds into each other's bodies, but it seems to fail. Afterward, Charlie tries to rob John in his car and the vehicle crashes; the shock of the crash completes the mental transferral and kills Charlie's old body. Now in John's body, Charlie goes to live John's life, but John's wife hates her husband and poisons Charlie to death.
"Once a Werewolf"
"Til Death Do Us Part"

Thirty-Four (August, 1954)

Title: "Knockout"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Villains: Big Leon [boxing manager, dies]
Others: Smitty [boxing trainer], Punchy [out-of-work boxer], Archie Munn [Leon's boxer], Tiger Moore [boxer], Sailor [Leon's boxer, former sailor, diex], Rocky Casarini [boxer], Joey [Leon's boxer]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Leon cares nothing for his boxers, only making money and after Sailor dies in the ring he seemingly returns and stuffs Leon inside a punching bag so his latest boxer Joey will punch him to death.

Title: "The Tomb!"
Story:
Art: Myron Fass
Villains: Laura Keel [jealous archaeologist, dies]
Others: Florence Carter [archaeologist, dies], Howard Carter [archaeologist, Florence's wife], Dr. Warner [archaeologist, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Greece
Synopsis: Laura wants Howard and tries to kill Florence while excavating a tomb in Greece. Laura kills Florence with dynamite but thinks Howard also died in the blast so kils herself, not realizing the body she thought was Howard's was actually a mummy.

Title: "The Slave-Driver!"
Story:
Art: Al Carreno
Villains: A ship captain, a plantation owner
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s South Seas island
Synopsis: A cruel captain is set adrift when his crew mutinies. Landing upon an island, the captain recaptures slaves who were about to escape and returns them to the nearby plantation's owner. However, instead of rewarding the captain the owner claims him as another slave.

Title: "Transformation!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Alex Fabor [disfigured gangster, becomes woman], Karl and other underlings
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Tired of his ugly visage, Alex forces a plastic surgeon to operate on him; the doctor turns Alex into a beautiful woman.

Title: "Heads Will Roll!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Andre Bottel [state executioner, dies]
Others: Bebe Bottel [Andre's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Paris, France
Synopsis: Needing money, Andre begins murdering strangers so there will be more executions in Paris. When his wife Bebe is convicted for one of Andre's murders Andre collapses at the guillotine and confesses the truth; the state lets Bebe behead Andre in return.

Thirty-Five

Title: "Brother Vampire!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Eric [amnesiac, thinks he's Hans' siamese twin]
Villains: Hans [vampire, poses as Eric's siamese twin, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Hungary
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#8
Synopsis: Eric thinks he's Hans' twin and can't prevent Hans from killing people, thinking he'll die if Hans dies. However, he finally stands up to defend a young woman from Hans and kills his brother; Eric survives and regains his memory, realizing Hans isn't his brother but merely an opportunistic vampire who thought dressing up Eric as his siamese twin would be the perfect cover. Eric reclaims his own life.

Title: "Collins is in His Coffin!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Bob Lane [Collins' neighbour]
Villains: Josh Collins [executed man, dies]
Others: Jud Crowley, Tom Finch, Nelson [civilians], Mrs. Lane [Bob's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#8
Synopsis: Bob provides the deciding vote in putting Collins to death for supposed theft; Bob takes over Collins' land but Collins spirit hexes him, ruining his crops and cattle; ultimately, Bob and his wife become like the walking dead.

Title: "Jessica!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Philip [college student, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#8
Synopsis: Unable to find a girlfriend, Philip invents one and tells others about "Jessica." However, when a dead woman appears at the site Philip said he would have a date with Jessica at, Philip is accused of murder and sent to the electric chair; his only consolation is he'll finally be with "Jessica."

Title: "The Dinner Guest!"
Story:
Art: Don Perlin
Villains: Sasha [devoted father], Ivan [zombie son], Soviet commissar
Genre: Horror
Setting: Drachnye, Siberia, USSR
Synopsis: Sasha invites in a commissar and relates how his son came back from the dead as a zombie and has a special diet; he needs the commissar to provide Ivan with his next meal...

Title: "The Man Who Followed!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: A hunter
Villains: Martian Apes
Others: Kransloth [Jovian creature], flame-tongued lizard [Venusian creature], horned quinped [Saturnian creature]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2223, Jupiter; Venus; Saturn; Earth
Synopsis: A hunter desperate for new challenges accelerates the evolution of two Martian apes using a time machine, but the apes are now immune to the hunter's weapons and begin hunting him.

Thirty-Six

Title: "Let's Face It!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Ed Barnes [construction firm owner]
Villains: Carl Winters [also as "George Selden," Ed's business partner]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Miami, Florida, USA
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Chillers#2
Synopsis: Carl constantly suspects Ed of trying to force him out of their business. While Carl is on vacation, Ed meets George Selden, who proposes a deal; as they discuss it, Ed admits he wants to get rid of Carl, only to learn "George" is simply Carl with plastic surgery; now possessing proof of his suspicions, Carl moves in to strangle Ed.

Title: "The Snowman!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Nels Worth [mountain climber, dies], Kurt Hanson [mountain climber, becomes Abominable Swnoman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Karatom Peak, Himalayas
Reprinted In: Dead of Night#6
Synopsis: Nels and Kurt search for the Abominable Snowman; determined to beat Kurt to the discovery, Nels tries to kill Kurt but fails and Kurt kills him; Kurt is left snowblind in the mountains, subsisting on local animals and roots: now Kurt is the Abominable Snowman.

Title: "The Man Who Melted!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Joe Bolton [scientist]
Villains: Four aliens [Thor disguised as a caveman]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#10
Synopsis: Joe thinks a frozen caveman at the museum could still be alive; a fire causes the caveman to thaw and battling it outdoors, Joe falls into frozen ice; the caveman turns out to be the alien Thor and has his people retrieve Joe's frozen body.

Title: "Greed!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Mark Bardo [greedy scientist, dies], Martians
Others: Miller, Johnny [scientists]
Genre: Science-Fiction
Setting: 1950s Montana, USA
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#5
Synopsis: Barod is contacted telepathically by Martians who promise him gold if he will build a machine so they can invade Earth; he agrees, but doesn't realize the Martians died thousands of years ago and when the gold arrives, it is liquid and buries him.
"No Feelings"

Thirty-Seven (February, 1955)

Title: "Master of the Genie"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Mr. Potter [university professor, dies]
Villains: The genie of Aladdin's lamp
Others: Nora Potter [professor's wife, dies], Ahmed [Arabian chief], Ahmed's daughter
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s State University, USA; Naispur, Arabia
Synopsis: Potter goes to Arabia to find Aladdin's lamp. He tries to use the lamp's genie to improve his life but the genie twists every wish. Potter wishes his wife were young and beautiful, so it kills Nora and Ahmed assigns his daughter to be Potter's wife. Grief-stricken, Potter orders the genie to kill him, which Ahmed's daughter happily does.

Title: "And Then... Mars!"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Mr. Mishon [Martian trapped on Earth]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; Mars
Synopsis: Mishon advertises for scientists to build a rocket to Mars. They succeed at their goal and he leads an expedition to the planet, then reveals he's really a Martian who wanted to return home and smashes the rocket on Mars' surface.

Title: "Poor Pierre!"
Story:
Art: Mort Lawrence
Heroes: Pierre the Magnificent [circus high diver, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Pierre leaps 200 feet into a tank without water safely, but when he tries the same stunt with water he dies - from drowning.

Title: "Don't Touch!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Ants
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2187, Earth
Synopsis: People from 1987 enter suspended animation to be awakened in 2187, but ants get into the capsule and cause the deaths of everyone.

Title: "The Devil-Man!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Dr. Parrish [physician]
Villains: Devil-Man [Bob Tenney, man possessed by goiter]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Kotubo, Africa
Synopsis: Parrish tries to free Tenney from being a tribal "Devil-Man" by operating to remove his disfiguring goiter, but the goiter somehow travels to Parrish's body during the operation; Parrish becomes the new Devil-Man.

Thirty-Eight (April, 1955)

Title: "The Man Who Didn't Belong!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Ugly Willy [ugly man]
Others: Andra [beautiful female android]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; an island
Synopsis: Willy is stranded on an island with an android woman and falls in love with her; since she has no concept of beauty he decides to avoid rescue and remain with her.

Title: "It Waits in Space!"
Story:
Art: Robert Q. Sale
Heroes: Norman Hall [space pilot]
Others: A race of pale aliens
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, Earth
Synopsis: Norman's ship is caught by an alien craft who wants to make peaceful contact with Earth but must know if humans can be trusted. They test Norman to see if he is peaceful and truthful. Not certain of the aliens' intent, Norman escapes their ship but they help him safely return to Earth, convincing him they were as peaceful as they claimed.

Title: "For the Birds"
Story:
Art: Mort Lawrence
Heroes: Melvin [meek man with bird wings]
Villains: Mr. Boulder [Melvin's boss, becomes chicken]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1954 USA
Synopsis: Mr. Boulder makes Melvin eat so much bird seed Melvin grows wings. Boulder tries to do the same but he winds up mutating into a giant chicken - and Melvin is now a giant chicken hawk.

Title: "Pleasant dreams, Sir!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Steam room visitor
Villains: Steam room operator
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A man visits a steam room and has nightmarish visions within the steam.

Title: "The Dungeon"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Edouard Feuillet [cruel man, marries for money]
Others: Simone Feuillet [homely woman, Edouard's wife, dies], Madame Sanclour [party guest], Lilli [Edouard's lover]
Genre: Horror
Setting: September 17, 1661, France
Synopsis: Edouard marries Simone for her money then locks her up in a dungeon to starve to death. He married Lilli next, but she wants his money and locks him up in the dungeon.

Thirty-Nine (June, 1955)

Title: "The Strange Courage!"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: Lennie [publishing employee]
Others: Don [Lennie's rival], Betty [Lennie's co-worker], Ernie Haywood [pharmacist], Mr. Clarke [publisher]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Lennie is considered timid and is about to be passed over for promotion. Visiting a drug store, he meets Ernie, a man he saved in Korea. Ernie gives Lennie a bottle of liquid which will give him courage. Lennie suddenly remembers Ernie died of his wounds, but Ernie is gone. Lennie drinks the bottle and with newfound courage gets his promotion, wins Betty's love and puts his rival Don in his place. Returning to the drug store, the shop owner denies having employed Ernie.

Title: "When Lands the Saucer"
Story:
Art: Bob Forgione, Jack Abel
Heroes: Zot [Martian scout]
Others: Mamie [farm girl], Fos [Martian scout]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Arkansas, USA
Synopsis: Zot comes to scout Earth and falls in love with Mamie, marrying her. Years later Fos is sent to continue Zot's mission but Zot takes him prisoner so he won't alert their people.

Title: "The Horse That Was"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Perry [imaginative boy]
Others: Gerald [Perry's older brother]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Perry believes his rocking horse comes to life. Gerald doesn't believe him, but when a fire breaks out in their home the horse comes to life and saves Gerald.

Title: "Welcome, Martians!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Primus [Martian]
Others: Jordan [reporter]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Primus claims Martians are coming and he'll welcome them. When Jordan inquires about this, Primus shows him his own spaceship and explains he wants to welcome the Martians because no one on Earth welcomed him.

Title: "The Rainmaker"
Story:
Art: Doug Wildey
Heroes: Mr. Barnes [councilman]
Others: Joey Barnes [Mr. Barnes' son], Martha, Ben, Jones, Crawford [farmers], a strange man
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A town is bereft of water when a stranger comes and offers to bring the rain. Barnes wonders at the man's motives but he never asks for anything and disappears as mysteriously as he came.

Forty (August, 1955)

Title: "The Deep Freeze"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Chauncey [a meek man]
Others: Minerva [Chauncey's wife], a neanderthal [operates freezing chamber]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: March 7, 1955, USA
Synopsis: Chauncey and Minerva find a man frozen inside the ice they bought. Chauncey investigates the ice company and learns its run by a neanderthal who freezes people to prolong their lives.

Title: "The Merry-Go-Round"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Jerry Mallet, Marjorie [young engaged couple]
Others: Cupid
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Jerry and Marjorie have been engaged but Jerry can't afford a ring; Cupid gives him a diamond ring.

Title: "Anything Can Happen!"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Heroes: Professor Norton, Shore [scientists]
Others: Genghis Khan, Christopher Columbus, dinosaur people
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; alternate Earths
Synopsis: Norton and Shore ponder how alternate Earths' histories could have transpired; on another Earth, dinosaur versions of Norton and Shore have the same thoughts.

Title: "Xplam for Sale!"
Story:
Art: Mort Lawrence
Heroes: Jason Fassett [reporter]
Others: An old salesman
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Jason tries to give out free money on the corner as a psychology experiment but no one will take it. An old salesman suggests he offer nothing instead and sells Xplam. People pay for the Xplam and he gives the last one to Jason - but it turns out Xplam is an invisible substance which can create whatever the owner asks for.

Title: "Fair Exchange"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Captain Graham Grant [space explorer] and his crew
Others: Green aliens
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: December 14, 2301, planet Manhattan in an alien galaxy
Synopsis: Grant's crew finds a uranium-rich planet and trade for it from aliens using the vegetables grown aboard their ship. Grant names the planet Manhattan but the aliens laugh about the trade as the planet wasn't even their property.

Forty-One

"The Locked Room"
"Wings in the Night"
"The Inventors"
"Living Proof"
"Rag Doll"

Forty-Two

"From out of the Smog"
"The Creatures"
"Man Who Was Magic"
"Man in the Moon"
"They Vanish at Night"

Forty-Three

"The Radioactive Man"
"The Test"
"Will O the Wisp"
"The Rival"
"Man Alone"

Forty-Four

"Inside the House"
"Through the Veil"
"Nightmare"
"Abra Cadabra"
"Something at Sea"

Forty-Five (January, 1956)

Title: "The Hands From Nowhere"
Story:
Art: Bill Benulis
Heroes: Emmet Winston [scientist]
Others: Alfred Denning [Winston's colleague, lost in another dimension]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Alfred Denning vanishes after an experiment in his lab but his hands rematerialize and hold up a message asking for Winston's help. Winston tries to draw Alfred back into Earth's dimension, but instead the efforts cause Alfred to be permanently exiled to the other dimension - which was what Alfred truly wanted.

Title: "The Vagrant"
Story:
Art: Bernie Krigstein
Heroes: A Martian observer
Others: A psychologist; a Martian magazine editor
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A loiterer reveals he's a Martian observer sent to investigate Earth. The psychologist treating him consults with Space Tales magazine to verify the details about outer space which the observer relates, not realizing the magazine's editor is also a Martian.

Title: "Sabotage!"
Story:
Art: Bob Forgione
Heroes: Noah
Villains: Jeremy Black [old man, time traveler]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA; the Great Flood
Synopsis: Black wants to destroy mankind so mentally time travels back to the age of the Great Flood in order to sabotage Noah's Ark, but he arrives in the body of a snake and Noah refuses to let him on the Ark because two snakes are already there.

Title: "The Old House"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Henry Thatcher [brush salesman]
Others: Jan Munyk [brush salesman]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Henry is in danger of losing his home but enters an abandoned house where a unseen voice asks for brushes and pays for them. Henry goes back each day and keeps getting money until he's out of debt, then the home vanishes and goes across the world to another needy soul.

Title: "The Seekers"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Professor Anton Marin [investigator]
Villains: Oil executives
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future
Synopsis: Anton discovers the Earth is shrinking because its oil supply is being depleted. The oil industry is aware but doesn't care.

Forty-Six (February, 1956)

Title: "Was He Just Seeing Things?"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: A team of astronauts [Stroon, Toren]
Villains: Junar and other extraterrestrials [psychics]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, an alien world
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#6
Synopsis: Astronauts visiting a newly-discovered world find it looks like Earth's prehistoric past, but the dinosaurs they see are mere illusions. They decide to leave the planet, not realizing all the illusions are cast by the local aliens, protecting themselves from discovery.

Title: "Forbidden Forest!"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: Gil and Leo [hunters]
Others: St. Hubert [patron saint of hunters]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Ardennes, Belgium, 1950s
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#33
Synopsis: Gil and Leo are lost in the woods and find a cabin. The owner, Hubert takes care of them and they resume hunting, only to be menaced by a giant boar. Hubert saves them and they keep his knife. Returning to town they hear there is no cabin in the woods; the knife belongs to a statue of St. Hubert.

Title: "Contents: One Human!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Sam Shore [postman]
Villains: Martian [Small Fares Inc.]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s New York
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#13
Synopsis: Shore discovers people are being shrunk down and sent through the mail to save on airplane costs; he tracks down the man responsible, who proves to be a Martian-- who then shrinks Sam.

Title: "What Lurks Beneath?"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Brad Benson [deep sea diver]
Others: Mermaids and Mermen
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA; Atlantic Ocean
Synopsis: Brad discovers mermaids exist and tries to hunt them, but he is overpowered and placed in an underwater zoo.

Title: "I Hear the Thump!"
Story:
Art: Al Hartley
Heroes: Seth Meeker [Union soldier]
Others: Aggie Meeker [Seth's wife], Clara Meeker [Seth's daughter], Tim Meeker, Edward Meeker [Seth's sons], Seth Meeker [Seth's grandson]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: US Civil War, Appomattox, Virginia, USA; June, 1884
Synopsis: Seth deserts from the army and raises a family but keeps hearing a drumbeat which seems to summon him back. Finally, an old man, he wanders off to the drumbeat and is never seen again.

Forty-Seven

Title: "The Hypnotist!"
Story:
Art: Bernie Krigstein
Heroes: Irwin Botts [coward, becomes champion boxer]
Villains: Professor Dubois [hypnotist]
Others: Mickey Davis, Jordan [boxers] Kid Rogan [world champion boxer]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales #19; Message in a Bottle
Synopsis: Botts goes to Dubois to help him overcome his cowardice; Dubois hypnotizes him into a champion fighter, until he defeats Kid Rogan himself; Dubois then releases him from his control and bets against him in the re-match with Rogan; however, Botts wins, having found the courage he needed.

Title: "Spaceship in my Barn"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: A reporter
Others: Luml, Xrtyl [Aldebarans], Alfie and his wife [farmers]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness #23
Synopsis: A reporter meets a farmer who claims to have a spaceship in his barn-- he also has two aliens, who came to visit to collect animals; the reporter wants to photograph them, but they depart too quickly; he hopes instead to use the alien animal bones they left behind, only to find Alfie's dog ate the bones.

Title: "Eve of Halloween!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Emily [a little girl witch]
Others: Emily's mother [a witch]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#18
Synopsis: Emily keeps disobeying her mother and is threatened with being forced to stay home on Halloween Eve. Ultimately, the mother agrees to let Emily go out with her on the night, as both mother and daughter climb on broomsticks and fly over the town.
"The Fat Man"

Title: "The Man Who Looked for Death!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Al Benton [reporter]
Others: Norman Hale [immortal man], Christopher Columbus, Richard the Lion-Hearted
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA; Gnossos, Rome
Synopsis: Benton is sent to discover how Hale writes such convincing historical novels. When he and Hale are briefly trapped in a cave Hale reveals he's immortal and has lived through thousands of years of history. Since Benton knows his secret now, he plans to adopt a new identity and disappear again.

Forty-Eight (April, 1956)

Title: "It Happened at Midnight!"
Story:
Art: Bill Benulis
Heroes: Randy Clarke [fantasy writer]
Others: FBI agents
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Randy imagines a story about a man being confronted by aliens. When he's confronted by FBI agents it reminds him of his story. After the FBI leave, realizing they had the wrong man, Randy realizes he never saw their identification and wonders if the agents could have been aliens.

Title: "One of Our Ships is Missing!"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Jimmy Watson [child]
Others: Sir Ronald [English official], French police, New York policemen [Smith], UN delegates, MacFarland [owner of Colossus ship], Martians [including king and prince]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s England; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; New York City, New York, USA; Mars
Synopsis: A series of vehicles go missing around the world, including Jimmy's bicycle. Eventually, they all reappear except for the bike, which is replaced with a bag of gold. It turns out the Martians took the vehicles until they found the right one to use as a gift for their prince.

Title: "The Man Behind the Mask!"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Heroes: A wealthy miller
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Medieval Europe
Synopsis: A figure with a wooden face does good deeds. People think it's magical, but it's really a wealthy miller wearing a wooden mask. Eventually the miller is in need and people come to him, having seen through his mask.

Title: "The Thing in the Box!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Bud Willis [beachcomber], Captain Stark [ship's captain]
Villains: Blackie Bollard [escaped convict]
Others: Chris Yates [Willis' ex-employer], Mr. Hall [bank employee], Mike Rogan [seaman], Haggers [steward], Warden Phelps [prison warden], Jimmy Price [boy]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A series of people find a box which seems to show them the terrible things they've done; all it contains is a mirror.

Title: "There's no Tomorrow"
Story:
Art:
Heroes:
Villains: Captain Blackheart [pirate captain of the Python] and his crew
Others: Rosamonda [gypsy fortune teller], Spanish navy
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Philippines; Tonga
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#17
Synopsis: Blackheart captures a gypsy from a boat; she foretells the Python's future of "flying" and being captured by the Spanish. When the prediction seems to have failed, Blackheart sets Rosamonda free, but a hurricane springs up, sends the Python flying through the air and they land in the Philippines under Spanish guard. They realize they'd crossed the international date line so Rosamonda's predictions came true on the days she claimed.

Title: "When Ends the Dream!"
Story:
Art: Jay Scott Pike
Heroes: Captain Cross [captain of the Lady Anne], Darren [first mate, "Red Hawk"], Mark [sailor], Renny [sailor]
Others: Captain Boniface [17th century officer], Caliph El Marin [nobleman]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Atlantic Ocean
Synopsis: The Lady Anne sails into a dream world where the crew are given the chance to live the kind of lives they'd prefer. They all find happiness there.

Forty-Nine (May, 1956)

Title: "From Out of the Past!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Three professors
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Chillers#1
Synopsis: Three professors are smugly pleased with the advantages contemporary men enjoy, but on an archaeological dig, they discover prehistoric men held museums far superior to those of modern days.

Title: "The Sudden Storm
Story:
Art:
Others: Noah and his wife [owners of children's zoo]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Dead of Night #9
Synopsis: As storm Tessie ravages the land, the owners of a children's zoo are told to evacuate, but they refuse; after all, they've faced floods before.

Title: "To Conquer the Moon"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Captain Ashley [astronaut], Macklin [navigator], Simms [engineer], Beach [jealous astronaut]
Others: Invisible aliens
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: The Moon
Synopsis: The first men on the moon include a group of ambitious people and Beach resents Ashley's command; invisible aliens inject them with a serum which removes all greed, jealousy, power and arrogance from them and let them return to Earth so they can spread its influence.

Title: "What the clouds Concealed"
Story:
Art: Tony Mortellaro
Heroes: Barney Marlin [stuntman]
Villains: Mazak [other-dimensional warlord], Mazak's men
Others: Chernak [director]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; An alien dimension
Synopsis: Marlin tries out a craft meant for use in a movie and it turns out to have the power to traverse dimensions. In another dimension he is brought before Mazak who wants to imprison him to keep others from finding his world but Marlin escapes and returns to Earth.

Title: "The Searching Man"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Emory Wallace [homeless man]
Others: Mr. Rolph [Gorley executive]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s New York
Synopsis: Wallace finds a good luck charm from Gorley Inc; it inspires him to seek a job there and becomes a salesman. No matter how outrageous his schemes are, he proves to be a success and finally goes into his own business. Deciding his success is due to his own business he throws the charm away but within a month loses his vast fortune and winds up back in the gutter, searching for the charm.

Title: "As I Lay Sleeping"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: Fred Craven [boy]
Others: Mr. and Mrs. Craven [Fred's parents]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Fred sees a toy 707 train engine in a store and wishes he had it; the next day his old steam engine toy is gone and replaced with the 707. He and his parents find the steam engine in the toy store the 707 was in and exchange them back. Unaccountably, they change places again and the store tells Fred to keep the 707. It seems the toy train dispatcher from the store has sent the train to Fred.

Fifty (June, 1956)

Title: "Buried Forever"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: Ellery Kidd [descendant of Captain Kidd]
Others: Captain Kidd [famous pirate]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Ellery obtains a device to see into the past and sees where Kidd's treasure was buried but by the time he journeys to the island it's been targeted for an atom bomb test.

Title: "The Fantastic City!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Ross Reynolds [hunter]
Others: Kassiva [Indian guide], Cedric [Ross' friend]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s India
Synopsis: While hunting in India, Reynolds finds a lost city and tries to conquer it, but the people there are seemingly giants and chase him out; Kassiva is actually one of their rank and their size change was accomplished through trickery.

Title: "Waldo's Wonderland!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Waldo Boggins [eyeglass inventor]
Villains: General Pzlp [alien invader]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Waldo is testing his glasses which create fanciful illusions when aliens try to invade Earth; seeing how unconcerned Waldo is by their presence, they depart.

Title: "The Missing Man"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Elmer Blodgett [gravity operator]
Others: Andy Miller [Elmer's employee], Lucy Smythe [young lady]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Elmer hires Andy to run his machine so he can finally take a day off but when gravity goes haywire Elmer returns to work and fires Andy for letting his gravity machine run down.

Title: "Decision!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: George [lost Saturnian]
Others: Matt McCoy [old farmer], Esme McCoy [Matt's daughter], Saturnians
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Ozarks, USA
Synopsis: George crashes on Earth with no memory and is taken in by the McCoys. Saturnians finally arrive and reveal George is one of them, a mutant who looked very human-like. George elects to remain with the McCoys.

Title: "The Conquest of Saturn!"
Story:
Art: Lou Cameron
Heroes: Roger Crank [film star]
Others: Sam Mossby [film producer], Jane Forbes [actress], Droj [Saturnian film star], Saturnians
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s New York, USA; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Saturn
Synopsis: The stars of 'The Conquest of Saturn' hear their film is a hit and go on a tour of personal appearancs, only to be booed everywhere they go; they finally reach a locale where they're warmly received: the planet Saturn, where everyone loves the film's villain, a real-life Saturnian named Droj.

Fifty-One

"I Flew in a Flying Saucer"
"The Perilous Paintings"
"Spaceship"
"I, the Wizard"
"Blackout"
"The Mutant"

Fifty-Two

"Man in the Sky"
"No Such Animal"
"Those Who Vanish"
"The Edge of the Cliff"
"Needle in a Haystack"
"The Peace-Monger"

Fifty-Three

Title: "The Hidden Valley!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Todd Scott [magazine photographer]
Others: Professor Drake [museum archaeologist], Arnark [Tibetan guide], the Manaos people
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; Tibet
Synopsis: Todd goes looking for the Manaos, an advanced people who disappeared from history. He discovers they live in a state of suspended motion in Tibet because they contacted Mars and the Martians froze them in time. Todd destroys the machine which contacted Mars, which sets the people free.

Title: "There Were 3 Victims!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Captain Frank Sutton [pilot of Galaxy]
Villains: Harvey Dodd, Matt Axly, Joe Carver, Knute Knes [escaped convicts]
Others: Lt. Warner [Galaxy's co-pilot]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: May 10-July, 1994, Earth; Neutra
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#14
Synopsis: Four prisoners board the Galaxy rocketship and hijack it, throwing three crewmen out while the ship is in Neutra; Sutton finally agrees to pilot them to Mars as they demand, but their course ultimately brings them to Earth; because Neutra has no gravity, the men thrown out of the ship were able to cling to the vessel and alter its course to Earth - all three testify against the criminals.

Title: "Trapped in the Tunnel!"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Heroes: Biff Corbin [sandhog]
Others: Jerry [sandhog], Janet Marlowe [model]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Tired of being teased about having no girlfriend, Biff clips a picture from a magazine and tells his co-workers she's his girlfriend. When there's an accident in the tunnel, Biff is hurt but his girlfriend appears and helps lead him to the surface. She then vanishes, just as people recognize the model in Biff's photo: it's of Janet Marlowe, a deceased model.

Title: "The Hunter's Prey!"
Story:
Art: Dave Berg
Heroes: Clyde Higgens [young hunter]
Others: Masaibi [Africans], Sewell [experienced hunter], Tiyanga [Masaibi], an alien, a wooly mammoth
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Africa
Synopsis: Higgens and Sewell discover a yet-living wooly mammoth, which escaped from an alien's circus ship. The alien retrieves his missing attraction.

Title: "Down in the Cellar!"
Story:
Art: Ted Galindo
Heroes: Bob Mercer
Others: Mary Mercer [Bob's wife], Mr. Grogan [real estate agent], two mer-people
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Bob and Mary are concerned about selling their home during a rainstorm which flooded their basement, but two shoppers happily purchase it; they're mer-people.

Title: "Build Me a Machine!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: A scientist [builds time machine]
Villains: A military dictator
Others: US Army soldiers
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Europe
Synopsis: As a dictator faces defeat he forces a scientist to create a time machine so he can travel 50 years into the past with his money and h-bomb plans to conquer the world. The scientist completes the device and the dictator uses it, but it reverses the dictator's aging so he emerges 50 years in the past 50 years younger - now a helpless infant.

Fifty-Four (October, 1956)

Title: "The World of Flame!"
Story:
Art: C.F. Miller
Heroes: Skipper and his crew
Others: People of the sun
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: The World of Flame
Reprinted In: Amazing Adventures#26
Synopsis: A ship is tossed so high by a storm it reaches the sun, where they meet the people who live there in the World of Flame. The people of the sun send them home, their sunburns the only proof of their visit.

Title: "Nightmare at Noon!"
Story:
Art: Angelo Torres
Heroes: Chris
Villains: Pirates
Others: Stella [Chris' girlfriend], Mr. Kelp [land dealer], Miss Bianca [purchaser]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Chris' island
Reprinted In: Worlds Unknown #1
Synopsis: Chris is uneasy about selling his island to appease his girlfriend, he enjoys the romantic beauty of the place; he awakens after a rest to find pirates holding a woman hostage; he defeats the pirates and sets her free, but she vanishes, tossing him a ring; when he awakens, Kelp is there to sell the island to Miss Bianca-- who looks just like the woman from his dream.

Title: "The Old Man's Secret!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Larner [explorer]
Others: Preston [Larner's friend, explorer], Ruth [Preston's wife], an old man, a shepherd [immortal]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Tibet
Reprinted In: Journey into Mystery#16
Synopsis: Larner heard from Preston about a man in Tibet who holds the secret of immortality; Larner convinces a shepherd to let him take his old father back to civilization with him to analyze how his immortality works, but Larner learns from Preston the old man is actually the shepherd's son - the shepherd is the immortal.

Title: "Man With Wings!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Leonardo da Vinci [inventor]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1450, Italy
Synopsis: A US Air Force pilot keeps dreaming of encountering a flying man. A doctor tells him he's still asleep and gets him to wake up; the pilot is really Leonardo da Vinci.

Title: "No Trespassing!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Luther Kane [wealthy man]
Others: Downes [Kane's lawyer], aliens
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A strange beam of light appears and can heal people's ailments. Kane argues in court that the ray is on his property and starts charging money for people to use it, but the aliens who sent the ray decide to change their experiment and create a larger field in another place. Kane goes bankrupt.

Title: "When the Walls Close In!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Dr. Franz Bardo [Franz Heinrich Gessler, scientist, Nazi war criminal]
Others: Whitney Chase [veterinarian]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#9
Synopsis: Bardo and Chase work together to develop a growth hormone but when their work begins to pay off, Bardo destroys their samples and claims the tests failed; Bardo angrily hurls some of the hormone at Bardo, who hallucinates about growing and being crushed by the house because of his own claustrophobia; babbling insanely, Bardo gives up his past as a Nazi war criminal and is arrested.

Fifty-Five (November, 1956)

Title: "The Creature in the Cave"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Ellis [hunter]
Villains: The Abominable Snowman [Evil One, man in costume]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Tibet
Synopsis: Ellis hunts the "Evil One," the Abominable Snowman, but it turns out to be a man in a costume and Ellis has been selected to take his place.

Title: "The Way He Died!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Paul [mutant psychic, dies]
Villains: Josef Stalin [dictator, dies], Soviet soldiers
Others: Paul's father [scientist]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1946 USSR
Synopsis: Paul uses his powers to wish Stalin to death but the strain kills him.

Title: "Where Prowls the Beast!"
Story:
Art: Angelo Torres
Heroes: Daniel Morey [explorer]
Villains: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Apatosauruses, Pterodactyls
Others: Mark Trask [explorer], Ogopi [native]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Nairobi, Kenya; USA
Synopsis: Natives in Africa find a note addressed to Morey attached to a bird. The note is ferried to Morey, who recognizes it as a message from Trask. He recalls how he and Trask always argued over man's physical powers versus his mental power, with Trask in favour of the mental. In the note, Morey learns how Trask found a plateau in Africa where dinosaurs still live, but a T-Rex destroyed his camp. He attached the message to a bird to find help. Morey leads a rescue party, but he discovers Trask has gone savage, assuming the physical over the mental. Morey decides he's better left there.

Title: "Ravalo the Mysterious!"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Heroes: Rhoda Davis [magician's assistant]
Villains: Ravalo the Mysterious [magician, also as Norman Boyd]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Waverly, USA
Synopsis: Rhoda seems to meet and fall in love with Ravalo's assistant Boyd but it turns out both are the same man. Events replay themselves so that Rhoda doesn't meet Boyd, but still meets Ravalo...

Title: "The Man Who Was Taken!"
Story:
Art: Joe Maneely
Heroes: Ollie [alien spy]
Others: Aliens
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Midville, USA
Synopsis: Ollie has no malice towards others regarless of what happens. Aliens appear and summon Ollie to be with them because of his selflessness, but he's actually a spy returning to them with his report.

Title: "His Brother's Keeper"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Heroes: Dave Collins [ex-pilot]
Others: Larry Collins [space pilot]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, Mars
Synopsis: Larry is afraid to make a return flight to Earth from Mars but his brother encourages him, even though Dave had likewise never made the return trip.

Fifty-Six (December, 1956)

Title: "The Face in the Glass!"
Story:
Art: Dave Berg
Heroes: Bill Peters [humorous engineer]
Others: Captain Tracy [ship's captain], Forbes [ship's astrogator], Daniels [ship's navigator], Gaza [ship's doctor], Martians
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future
Synopsis: Peters is added to the crew of the Starlight at the last moment and his propensity for jocularity annoys the crew, but when they meet a Martian ship and aren't sure how to react, Peters makes jokes to the Martians. This wins the Martians over as they believe anyone with a sense of humour can be trusted.

Title: "Voodoo"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Villains: Claude Carvel [import manager]
Others: Monty Darrow [general manager], Harold Wadley [secretary], Ed Lawson [treasurer], David Atkins [vice-president], Imogene [Carvel's maid], Mr. Webb [company president
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Strange Tales#172
Synopsis: Angered at having been passed over for promotions, Carvel uses voodoo statues to take jobs away from his superiors, one a time, but when his maid accidentally re-arranges them, he loses it all-- but receives a promotion to Second-Vice President anyway.

Title: "No Answer"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Heroes: John Burdock [engineer]
Others: Mr. Petty [John's boss], Bakor [extraterrestrial]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; an alien world
Reprinted In: Beware#2
Synopsis: John builds a space transmitter but can't receive any response; Mr. Petty fires him, neither man realizing the signal was received by Bakor; ascertaining Earth has intelligent life, Bakor turns weapons which would have been tested out on Earth to a different target.

Title: "They Walk Thru Walls!"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Masters, Abbot [men with superhuman powers, can walk through walls]
Villains: Clayton [would-be tyrant]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Beware#8
Synopsis: Masters and Abbot capture Clayton before he can take over the world and reveal they're part of a group who use their powers to protect the world; Clayton escapes before they can imprison them and tries to warn the world about the superhumans, but Clayton's own psychiatrist is one of the superhumans and diagnoses him as insane.
Notes: Derived from Nelson Slade Bond's "Conqueror's Isle."

Title: "Afraid to Dream!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Heroes: Henry Morrison [tormented man]
Others: Kartu Kon [space explorer]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; a fiery planet
Synopsis: Henry has nightmares of being on a fiery planet, but eventually they go away. He doesn't realize his mind had been linked to that of Kartu Kon, an explorer on that planet and the nightmares ended because Kartu Kon had been rescued.

Title: "Something Waits for Me!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Bob [scientist]
Villains: An unseen alien presence
Others: Ted Fraser [Bob's colleague]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Bob and Ted explore a fissure and something from within takes possession of Ted's mind, forcing him to steal secret documents. Bob is able to stun Ted back to normal before any damage is done.

Fifty-Seven (January, 1957)

Title: "Inside the Furnace!"
Story:
Art: Robert Q. Sale
Heroes: Zeke Toller [old man]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1920s and 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#17
Synopsis: Zeke is a miser with $50,000. He finds a portal to the past and robs a young man of $50,000, but when the police chase him he burns the money. Returning to his own time, he finds his money is burnt up; the young man he robbed was his past self.

Title: "The Black Boxes!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Dr. Entrick [scientist]
Villains: Soviet soldiers
Others: Edwards [US soldier], Mrs. Entrick [doctor's wife], Entrick's son, President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1958, Washington DC, USA; USSR
Synopsis: Dr. Entrick is looking for an anti-ICBM weapon for Soviet missiles. One day, black boxes appear in the sky which block all ICBMs. Entrick claims he created them and the Soviets are forced to seek peace; Entrick wonders who the real creator is.

Title: "The Unknown Ones!"
Story:
Art: Al Williamson
Heroes: General Kenneth Hastings
Others: Beth Munson [Ken's ex-girlfriend], Edmund Grower [space marshal], Martians, Rohni [Warrior Emperor of Mars], Muhna [Rohni's daughter]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, Earth; Mars
Reprinted In: Al Williamson: Hidden Lands
Synopsis: When Beth breaks up with him, Hastings takes a mission to Mars to escape his troubles. He discovers Martians are human-like and befriends them. Hastings falls in love with Muhna, but her father forbids their marriage. Hastings heads back to Earth, heartbroken again, only to discover Muhna has stowed aboard his ship to live with him.

Title: "They Lurk in the Cave!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Jim Dana [fisherman]
Villains: Kar [Sirian leader], Sirians [residents of Sirius II]
Others: Galactic League policeman [giant alien]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#17
Synopsis: Jim feels he has no purpose in life. He meets a Galactic Space policeman who asks for his help capturing Sirian criminals. Jim does and realizes he can be someone of purpose.

Title: "He Can't Lose!"
Story:
Art: Vic Carrabotta
Heroes: Captain Hanley [USA athlete]
Villains: Saslov, Kossov [Soviet robot athletes]
Others: Dick [USA athlete]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2145, Earth
Synopsis: Hanley thinks it's curious how the Soviets keep winning every medal; he exposes their athletes as robots, disqualifying them.

Title: "The Strange Power of Mr. Dunn!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Max [sideshow promoter]
Villains: Gang of robbers
Others: Mr. Dunn [giant scientist]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#14
Synopsis: Max exhibits the giant Mr. Dunn in the sideshow. He took Dunn into his trailer when he was a hobo and when men tried to rob him, Dunn drank a serum which made him a giant. Dunn is still hoping to cure himself, but until then stays in the sideshow, pretending to be stupid.

Fifty-Eight

"Danger in the Streets"
"The Endless Journey"
"Grotesque"
"Dragon's Roar"
"The Night of May 10th"
"The Inventor"

Fifty-Nine (March, 1957)

Title: "The Girl Behind the Glass!"
Story:
Art: Jay Scott Pike
Heroes: Jonas [deep sea diver]
Villains: Atlanteans
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Atlantis
Reprinted In: Strange Tales#177
Synopsis: While diving, Jonas sees into a glass dome and spies a city on the ocean's floor. There he sees a beautiful woman and later returns, intent on freeing her from Atlantis with explosives. However, close up, he finds she is a feet tall, webbed and gilled, with sharp teeth. He instead uses the explosives to destroy Atlantis and gives up deep sea diving.

Title: "Who Is the Master?"
Story:
Art: Robert Q. Sale
Heroes: Charles Norton [scientist, dog breeder]
Others: Raymond Mantell [scientist], Uncas [Norton's dog]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#4
Synopsis: Norton's work on making dogs smarter appears to have worked too well, as his dog Uncas appears to be telepathic. Norton believes dogs are fated to replace men and sets out to destroy them.

Title: "The Eyes of Mala-Tor"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: An old man
Villains: A burglar
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Africa; 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Creatures on the Loose#26
Synopsis: While in Africa, a man receives the idol Mala-Tor as a gift from locals he helped; Mala-Tor has the ability to guide the man to riches. A robber steals Mala-Tor then buries it, intending to retrieve it later, but when he comes back for it, a nearby tree comes to life and attacks him; the old man stops Mala-Tor from killing the burglar and reclaims his idol.

Title: "Just Make a Wish!"
Story:
Art: John Tartaglione
Villains: Mr. Salinger [businessman]
Others: Miss Tompkins [Mr. Salinger's secretary], Benson [Salinger's business rival]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Salinger buys a machine which can create anything the user wishes for, but Salinger discovers the money it creates is all fake as it can only create the semblance of what's wished for, not the authentic thing.

Title: "Behind the Veil!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Felix Jordan [thief]
Others: The Sheik of Wazar [sorcerer] and his daughter]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Wazar, Middle East
Synopsis: Felix pretends to be in love with the Sheik's daughter in the hope of marrying into their wealth, but as the daughter isn't pretty he decides to rob them instead; however, the Sheik's magic turns all the jewels he steals into sand.

Title: "The Trapped City!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Eliot Jones [businessman]
Others: Mr. Richards [chemist]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1987, New York City, New York, USA
Synopsis: Jones uses the chemical Ozone Z to shrink the people and buildings of New York and rule over them, but the tiny people overpower him and as punishment place him in a giant cell.

Sixty (April, 1957)

Title: "The House of Fear!"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Heroes: Rod Bailey [disbeliever in the supernatural]
Others: Leo Lucas [Rod's friend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Leo tells of a night he spent in a haunted house. Rod doesn't believe in it and accepts a bet to spend a night there himself. Rod has some strange encounters but is convinced his friends rigged up traps to scare him. Then he finds out he spent the night in a different house than Leo.

Title: "Trapped by the Little Men!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Unnamed man [descendant of Gulliver]
Others: A researcher, Lilliputians
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#13
Synopsis: A man is visited by tiny men from Lilliput who are making reforms and want the descendant of Gulliver to come with them; he complies.

Title: "The Monster in the Mist!"
Story:
Art: Al Williamson
Heroes: Professor Kerrin
Villains: A sea serpent
Others: Ship's crew [Francisco named]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Philippines; 1519
Reprinted In: Monsters Unleashed#7
Synopsis: Kerrin leads an expedition to find a sea serpent in the Philippines. Finding a message in a bottle, the ship goes to answer the distress call and enter a mist. A sea serpent attacks them but they evade it by escaping from the mist. They realize afterward the distress message was sent in 1519 and the mist transported them through time.

Title: "The Trap!"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: Everett Simpson [businessman]
Others: J.B. [Everett's boss], robot auditors
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Everett wants to juggle the books at his company so he distracts the auditor to get it done, only to learn the company is now using robot auditors who never make a mistake.

Title: "Secret of the Golden Idol"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Ira Nichols [thief]
Others: Biff [informant]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Biff tells Ira about a golden statue whose eye can lead to a fortune. Ira steals the statue and tries to follow a supposed mystical route he thinks the eye is leading him to but is finally arrested and finds out one of the idol's eyes was a ruby.

Title: "When He Presses the Button!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Haley [detective]
Others: Shaw [scientist]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Haley goes looking for Shaw, who has invented a time machine, but Shaw places Haley in a temporal loop so he'll never be able to tell people of the machine's creation.

Sixty-One (May, 1957)

Title: "Midnight in the Wax Museum!"
Story:
Art: Richard Doxsee
Heroes: Joe Kenyon [police detective]
Villains: Mike Anders [escaped murderer]
Others: Police officers
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Fear#20
Synopsis: Kenyon is hunting for Anders and tracked him to a wax museum where a statue of Anders is on display. Seeing the other police are afraid of the museum, Kenyon mocks them so they bet him $10 to spend a night in the museum. Kenyon agrees, but in the middle of the night Anders appears, having taken his statue's place. They fight and Anders knocks Kenyon out. When Kenyon comes to, the other police tell him they caught Anders ten minutes after leaving the museum.
Notes: Derived from A.M. Burrage's "the Waxwork."

Title: "Mystery in Mid-Air"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Heroes: Alfredo [circus acrobat]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA; an alternate Earth
Synopsis: Alfredo's acrobat routine swings him into an alternate Earth but he swings himself back to his own reality.

Title: "The Frightful Film!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Eli Payne [photography shop owner]
Others: Mrs. Travers, Mrs. Watley, Harvey Lawlor [wealthy people], Howard Keyes [police chief]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Payne discovers his special photograph paper can make people younger. He tries to sell it to people but they don't believe him so he discovers how to disfigure them and blackmail them instead. However, the disfigured victims storm his shop and he burns their photos while whiting out the face in his own photo to protect his identity. However, this causes him to lose his face.

Title: "The Floating Man"
Story:
Art: Joe Orlando
Heroes: Danny White [US prisoner of war]
Villains: Chinese soldiers
Others: Rupa Sidi [Indian soldier, fakir, dies], Lew Benson [US soldier]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s China
Synopsis: Prisoners in a Chinese camp learn Rupa is a fakir. After discovering Danny is a father, Rupa decides to help him escape and uses his mental power to levitate Danny over the camp's walls; Rupa dies from the exertion.

Title: "The Too Late Show"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Jason Bond [old miser]
Others: Angels
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Jason finds an old television which shows him the future. He uses the knowledge to earn money but after seeing his impending death decides to give the money away to people in need; the Angels who had been sending him the images decide they've done their job.

Title: "The Creeping Threat!"
Story:
Art: John Romita
Heroes: Dr. Paul Marsden [scientist]
Villains: Ants
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Paul discovers how to communicate with ants and spends 10 years teaching them mankind's knowledge. The ants plan to conquer the Earth with this information, but when they join Paul on a trip to a diner a waitress steps on them.

Sixty-Two

"The Secret of the Pet Shop"
"It Comes at Night"
"The Secret"
"No Way Out"
"Something Is Outside the Door"
"Thru the Dark Tunnel"

Sixty-Three (August, 1957)

Title: "A Tender Tale of Love"
Story:
Art: Richard Doxsee
Villains: Lester Barnett [gold-digger]
Others: Mrs. Fenly [landlady, ghost], Joyce Logan [beautiful woman, ghost], George Roberts [Joyce's lover, ghost]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Lester enters a boarding house to try and romance Joyce so he can get her money but sees her fall for George. He decides to murder George, only to find it impossible; George, and everyone else in the house, is a ghost.

Title: "The Terrible Toy!"
Story:
Art: Bob Forgione
Heroes: A government official
Others: Government official's son, an alien, the alien's son
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2143, USA
Synopsis: A ray gun falls from an alien ship to Earth. A boy finds it and discovers it's a matter duplicator and shows it to his father. The father fears the device would upset the world's economy, but when the alien owners come to retrieve it, he learns its the property of an alien child. Seeing these aliens love their children just as humans do gives the man hope for the future.

Title: "The Girl With the Evil Eyes!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Jack Taylor
Others: Mabambu [voodoo priestess], Ben Taylor [Jack's business partner], Marcia [Ben's fiancée]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Haiti
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#21
Synopsis: While in Haiti, Jack finds an amulet which grants him dreams of the future in which his brother becomes engaged to Marcia, but Jack then falls in love with Marcia and she tries to make him kill Ben; when the dream ends, Jack finds Ben has become engaged to Marcia in real life...

Title: "The Room That Wasn't There"
Story:
Art: Don Perlin
Heroes: Chuck Chandler [convict]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Looking in his mirror one morning, Chuck sees himself 30 years in the future living in a drab room. Desperate to change his fate, Chuck robs a bank but is caught and sentenced to prison; he finds himself living in a drab cell, the room he saw in his future.

Title: "The Secret Beyond Belief!"
Story:
Art: George Woodbridge
Heroes: John [medical researcher]
Others: Dr. Dane Morris [discovered rejuvenation process], Corseau [composer], MacBain [Scottish physicist], Dr. Calvin Bart [140 year old cancer researcher, deceased]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; South America
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#17
Synopsis: While examining the effects of the recently-deceased Dr. Bart, John learns Bart found the secret of rejuvenation in South America from Dr. Morris. John goes to see Morris, but learns those who rejuvenate lose the compulsion to complete their work. John returns to the USA, determined to make his own lifetime matter.

Title: "A Piece of Rope!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Burt Kempen, Ed Mason [treasure hunters]
Genre: Adventure
Setting: 1950s Matterhorn, Swiss Alps
Synopsis: Burt and Ed go looking for a lost treasure in the Alps. Ed falls into a crevasse and Burt leaves him, afraid of losing his own life. Finally, Burt conscience brings him back and finds Ed alive and with the treasure they had sought.


ASTONISHING TALES

Twenty-One (December, 1973)

"The Man Who Captured Death" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#9

BERNIE KRIGSTEIN COMICS

B. Krigstein Comics Message in a Bottle

B. KRIGSTEIN COMICS

"Ghoul's Gold" from Astonishing#13
"Under Glass" from Astonishing#14
"The Miser" from Astonishing#16
"War Horse" from War Action#12
"Last Bullet" from Battle#23
"Garibaldi" from Battleground#9
"Dinosaur" from Mystic#58
"Survival" from Navy Tales#3
"The Last Look" from Marvel Tales#159

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE: COMIC BOOK STORIES BY B. KRIGSTEIN (April, 2013)
"The Highwayman" from All-True Crime Cases Comics#42
"Going my Way?" from Marvel Tales#107
"Ghoul's Gold" from Astonishing#13
"War Horse" from War Action#12
"Last Bullet from Battle#23
"The Untouchable" from Strange Tales#22
"Garibaldi" from Battleground#9
"The Hypnotist" from Astonishing#47
"The House That Lived" from Mystery Tales#39
"They Wait Below" from Uncanny Tales#42
"Dinosaur" from Mystic#58
"Survival" from Navy Tales#3
"The Last Look" from Marvel Tales#159
"Out of This World" from Uncanny Tales#56
"The Phantom of the Farm" from World of Fantasy#9

BEWARE

Continued in Tomb of Darkness

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

One (March, 1973)

"The Werewolf Was Afraid" from Menace#8
"Too Human to Live!" from Spellbound#16
"On the Trail of the Witch!" from Tales Of Suspense#27
"Behind the Door" from Spellbound#16

Two

"Blind Date" from Strange Tales#9
"O'Malley's Friend" from Strange Tales#11
"No Answer" from Astonishing#56
"The Man from Mars" from Strange Tales#9
"The Voice of Doom" from Strange Tales#9

Three (July, 1973)

"Don't Ever Gyp a Gypsy" from Mystery Tales#14
"The Man Who Ran Away" from Adventures Into Terror#27
"Today I am a Man" from Mystery Tales#14
"Marion's Murderer" from Mystery Tales#14

Four (September, 1973)

"Horror on Haunted Hill!" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#14
"Forever is a Long Time" from Adventures into Weird Worlds#14
"A Shriek in the Night" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#14
"The Man Who Walked on Water" from Adventures into Weird Worlds#14

Five (November, 1973)

"The Old Lady's Son" from Mystic#6
"The Horrible House" from Adventures into Terror#29
"Bong!" from Mystic#19
"You Can Only Die Once" from Adventures Into Terror#8

Six (January, 1974)

"The Deadly Plague!" from Mystery Tales#25
"Hex!" from Adventures Into Terror#14
"Mirror, Mirror on the Wall!" from Mystery Tales#25
"The Little People" from Adventures Into Terror#14

Seven

"Double Feature" from Mystic#30
"The Storm Walkers" from Mystic#59
"The Secret of the Haunted Picture" from Mystical Tales#7
"When Warren Woke Up" from Marvel Tales#138
"The Lonely Man" from Marvel Tales#126

Eight (May, 1974)

"The Helping Hand!" from Marvel Tales#129
"Black Dungeon" from Mystic#2
"The Thing That Stalks Skull Valley!" from Mystic#37
"They Walk Through Walls" from Astonishing#56

BOOK OF THE DEAD

1 2 3 4

One (December, 1993)

"Gargoyle Every Night" from Chamber of Darkness#7

Two (January, 1994)

"The Warning" from Uncanny Tales#54
"The Evil Eye" from Astonishing#33

Three (February, 1994)

"The Walking Dead" from Astonishing#10

Four (March, 1994)

"The Effigy" from Mystic#52

CAPTAIN AMERICA SPECIAL EDITION

One

"At the Stroke of Midnight" from Tower of Shadows#1

CHAMBER OF CHILLS

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

One (November, 1972)

Title: "Moon of Madness, Moon of Fear!"
Story: George Alec Effinger
Art: P. Craig Russell, Dan Adkins
Villains: A werewolf
Others: Lucy, Kathy, Larry, Kenny [vacationers, all die], Ernst, Gretchen [elderly couple]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s Frachtdorf, Bavaria, Germany
Synopsis: Lucy, Kathy, Larry and Kenny save a man from a pack of wolves, only to learn he's a wolf who becomes human during a full moon; at sunrise, he kills the vacationers. The next night, the were-man obtains shelter from another pair of travelers until the next morning...
"They Wait in Their...Dungeon!" from Menace#1

Title: "Delusion for a Dragon Slayer"
Story: Harlan Ellison, Gerry Conway
Art: Syd Shores
Heroes: Warren Glazer Griffin [man, becomes barbarian hero, dies]
Villains: A hairy monster [dies], a dragon
Others: A beautiful woman
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1970s USA; a mythical realm ["Heaven"]
Synopsis: Warren steps outside his house and is crushed by a falling wrecking ball; he awakens as a barbarian hero and a talking sword tells him he's in Heaven and can have the afterlife he deserves if he sails his boat safely, slays a monster and wins the love of a beautiful woman. Warren winds up crashing the ship, stabs the monster from behind and forces his attentions on the woman; consequently, a dragon appears and kills him again.

Two (January, 1973)

Title: "The Monster From the Mound!"
Story: Robert E. Howard, Gardner F. Fox
Art: Frank Brunner
Heroes: Steve Brill [rancher]
Villains: Santiago De Valdez [vampire, dies]
Others: Juan Lopez [Mexican, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s West Texas, USA
Reprinted In: Masters of Terror#1
Synopsis: Brill believes gold can be found in an Indian burial mound, but unleashes Valdez instead; in combat at his cabin, he kills Valdez by burning the house down.

Title: "Thirst"
Story: Steve Gerber, Dan Adkins
Art: P. Craig Russell, Dan Adkins
Villains: A vampire
Others: John, Charlie, Emerson, Tockman, others [crew of the Wolf, all die]
Genre: Horror, Science-Fiction
Setting: 2180, star ship Wolf
Synopsis: A vampire aboard the ship Wolf begins to kill the crew, who barely recall the legends of vampires; by the time the captain remembers how to kill one, the vampire has already cast the only piece of wood aboard into space.

Title: "Spell of the Dragon!"
Story: John Jakes, Dan Adkins
Art: Val Mayerik, Joe Sinnott, Dan Adkins
Heroes: Brak the Barbarian
Villains: Valena [witch, dies], dragon [dies]
Others: Jonel [Brak's lover]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Khurdisan
Reprinted In: Savage Tales#5
Synopsis: Brak is aided in slaying a dragon by Valena, who says after killing the dragon, the first human he sees will die; Brak turns the tables by making sure Valena is the first person he sees.

Three (March, 1973)

Title: "The Thing on the Roof!"
Story: Robert E. Howard, Roy Thomas
Art: Frank Brunner
Heroes: Erwin [reporter]
Villains: A demon
Others: Tussmann [explorer, dies], Manfred Samuels [Tussmann's butler]
Genre: Horror
Setting: USA; Temple of the Toad, Central America
Synopsis: Erwin learns how Tussmann stole a ruby from the Temple of the Toad. That evening, a massive demon reclaims the ruby, killing Tussmann.

Title: "All the Shapes of Fear!"
Story: George Effinger
Art: Don Heck, Bill Everett
Heroes: Buddy [motorcyclist]
Others: Jimmy [little boy, dies], Ellen [Buddy's girlfriend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s USA
Synopsis: Buddy is haunted by dreams of an accident and a phantom hand; when he accidentally strikes down Jimmy, Buddy realizes the hand was his own, somehow reaching back in time to try and prevent the accident.

Title: "The Girl Who Cast No Shadow"
Story: Gardner Fox
Art: Ernie Chua
Heroes: Reginald Atkins [journalist, dies]
Villains: Ningal [demon], Marcia Trent [woman without shadow]
Others: Sir Edwin Trent [archaeologist, Helen's father]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s London, UK; Ankara, Turkey; Ephesus, Turkey; Ninevah, Iraq; Egypt
Synopsis: Reginald sees Marcia has no shadow and asks her about it; she reveals how her father found a statue of Ningal and then disappeared. Reginald wonders if the body is sealed up with the statue so takes Marcia to examine it, but the statue comes to life and Ningal kills Reginald; Marcia has been Ningal's servant since the statue was found and must now gather people to the demon to be killed.
Notes: Ningal and Marcia Trent return in Dr. Strange#35.

Four (May, 1973)

Title: "The Opener of the Crypt"
Story: John Jakes
Art: Frank Brunner
Heroes: Paul Montre [descendant of Montresor]
Villains: Fortunato [ghost]
Others: Professor Armaux [Paul's mentor]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s Paris, France; Italy
Synopsis: Since reading Edgar Allan Poe's "the Cask of Amontilado," Paul is compelled to learn his family's link to the tale, spurred on by a ghostly voice. He finally locates the crypt of the story and is led by the voice to the remains of Fortunato; Fortunato's ghost reveals he drew Paul there to have revenge on his family; Paul is left alone in the dark, unable to find his way out of the crypt as rats move in on him.

Title: "Pawn of the Devoured"
Story: Steve Skeates
Art: Jay Scott Pike, Frank Monte
Heroes: A castaway [dies]
Villains: Intelligent ants
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s, remote island
Synopsis: A castaway finds the ants on the island are transmitting thoughts to him and encouraging him to eat them so he'll be transformed into the first of a new species; he's unable to keep from eating the ants. When soldiers arrive to rescue him, they find he's become a giant ant and shoot him to death.

Title: "The Demon From Beyond!"
Story: Gardner F. Fox
Art: Howard Chaykin, Joe Sinnott
Heroes: Murdoch Adams [wanderer]
Villains: Ludi [demon, dies] and his worshipers
Others: Lenore Wilkins [would-be sacrifice], a priest [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s York, England
Synopsis: Murdoch ventures into a York village where he finds cultists worshiping Ludi who try to offer Lenore as the demon's bride. Murdoch saves Lenore and tries to enlist a priest for help, but Ludi kills the priest. Discovering loud noises drive Ludi away, Murdoch uses a church belltower to generate powerful noises until Ludi is destroyed. Murdoch and Lenore vow to destroy Ludi's cult together.
Notes: Murdoch returns in Dr. Strange#35.

Five (July, 1973)

Title: "The Devil's Dowry!"
Story: Larry Lieber
Art: Jay Scott Pike, Chic Stone
Heroes: Orizaba [sorcerer]
Villains: Colonel Alfonso Galvez [military dictator, dies], General Rojo [subordinate, dies], Orizaba's daughter [cursed to become Blood-Beast]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1973, Costaguay, Caribbean
Synopsis: Galvez forces Orizaba to help him obtain power through sorcery until he's become president of the country, but he locks Orizaba away to keep him from revealing how he obtained power. Without Orizaba to control her, on the next full moon his daughter becomes a Blood-Beast and Galvez makes the mistake of marrying her on a full moon.

Title: "Haunt and Run!"
Story: Tony Isabella
Art: Paul Reinman
Villains: Harold, Madge [drunken couple]
Others: A young woman [dies, becomes ghost]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s USA
Synopsis: Harold and Madge strike and kill a woman; thereafter, wherever they turn they see the woman's ghost hitchhiking.
"It Can't Miss" from Journey Into Mystery#1

Title: "A Tomb By Any Other Name!"
Story: Don McGregor
Art: Syd Shores
Villains: Roger Devens [bank robber, dies]
Others: Willie Odets [bank guard, dies], Ralph [policeman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Synopsis: After robbing a bank, Roger flees from the police to the desert but hallucinates he's inside a glacier; the police finally shoot Roger to death.

Six (September, 1973)

Title: "Somewhere Under This Earth!!"
Story: John Albano
Art: Paul Reinman, David Hunt
Villains: An artificial creature
Others: Marsha [farmer's daughter, dies], Gregg Arness, Dr. Martin Gabalis [scientists]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s Europe
Synopsis: In an unidentified nation, a creature tested on by scientists Arness and Gabalis for their overlord has broken out; having designed male and female duplicates of the creature in the lab which didn't come to life, they try to bait the creature in a trap with their female; although they kill the creature when it appears it turns out to be the male they made; the original creature can evidently reproduce its cells and brought the failed experiment to life; they realize it must be building an army against humanity.

Title: "Where There's a Will"
Story: Steve Skeates
Art: Wayne Muromoto, Frank McLaughlin
Villains: Harvey [John's friend, becomes werewolf]
Others: John Coburn [wealthy man, werewolf, dies], Shirley [John's girlfriend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s tropical island
Synopsis: Harvey resents how John lavishes money and attention on Shirley; learning voodoo, Harvey places a curse on John which slowly kills him; however, in his will John leaves his own curse of lycanthropy to Harvey, turning Harvey into a werewolf.
"Sight For Sore Eyes" from Marvel Tales#109

Seven (November, 1973)

"I am the Prisoner of the Voodoo King" from Journey Into Mystery#82

Title: "Prey For Keeps"
Story: Doug Moench
Art: Ron Wilson, Jack Abel
Heroes: Tom Burke [hunter, werewolf]
Villains: Ferman [hunter], Whelton [hunter, becomes werewolf, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Dense jungle
Synopsis: Ferman and Whelton dislike their rival Burke and invite him on a hunting trip and then reveal they intend to hunt Burke. However, during the hunt Burke becomes a werewolf. Ferman melts down a silver trophy to create a bullet for Burke, but returns to find Whelton dead. Ferman continues the hunt, finally sees the werewolf and shoots him, but the dead werewolf transforms into Whelton. Ferman realizes Whelton was infected by Burke; now he has to face Burke without a silver bullet.
"Death Notice!" from Mystic#10

Eight (January, 1974)

"She Wouldn't Stay Dead" from Mystic#6
"I Wait in the Dungeon" from Marvel Tales#117
"Jerry's New Job" from Marvel Tales#117
"Terror in the North" from Marvel Tales#117

Nine

"The Man Who Changed" from Uncanny Tales#11
"I Can't Stop Running" from Mystery Tales#11
"One Who Dared" from Mystic#41
"The Test" from Mystic#44

Ten (May, 1974)

"The Man Who Melted" from Astonishing#36
"The Lost City" from Journey Into Unknown Worlds#17
"Harry's Hideout" from Journey Into Unknown Worlds#17
"Uncle Gideon's Gold" from Marvel Tales#117
"Mother Knows Best" from Mystic#23

Eleven

"The Ghoul" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#10
"Back From the Dead" from Tales Of Suspense#28
"The Torture Room" from Adventure Into Terror#4
"Werewolf" from Menace#3

Twelve (September, 1974)

"The Ice Monster Cometh" from Journey Into Unknown Worlds#17
"The Old Man's Secret!" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#16
"Beware...the Bees!" from Mystic#7
"The Toy Train" from Mystic#25

Thirteen (November, 1974)

"When the Creature Escapes" from World of Suspense#7
"Missing Persons!" from Journey Into Mystery#35
"The Hex" from Adventure Into Mystery#4
"Trapped By the Little Men" from Astonishing#60
"Honest Abe" from Mystery Tales#29

Fourteen (January, 1975)

"Men With Fangs" from Suspense#25
"Emily" from Marvel Tales#128
"Prophet of Doom" from Strange Tales Of the Unusual#9
"I Come From the Shadow World" from Tales Of Suspense#7

Fifteen (March, 1975)

"The Eyes!" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#2
"The Witch of Landor" from Uncanny Tales#7
"Rodeo!" from Menace#3
"I Was Locked in a Haunted House!" from Uncanny Tales#7

Sixteen (May, 1975)

"The Room Without a Door" from Strange Tales#5
"Do Not Feed" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#9
"Masquerade Party" from Strange Tales#83

Seventeen (July, 1975)

"The Thing in the Locked Room" from Tales Of Suspense#29
"Mystery in Midville" from Uncanny Tales#54
"Good-bye Forever" from Adventure in Mystery#3

Eighteen (September, 1975)

"I Found Monstrom! The Dweller in the Black Swamp!" from Tales To Astonish#11
"The Day Harrington Died" from Astonishing#11
"The Specimen" from Mystery Tales#9

Nineteen (November, 1975)

"Dream World" from Tales To Astonish#26
"Look Out!! Here Come the... Four-Armed Men!" from Tales to Astonish#26
"My Brother Must Die" from Men's Adventures#21

Twenty (January, 1976)

"Madness in the Morgue" from Men's Adventures#26
"Killer at Large!" from True Adventures#3
"The Midnight Visitor!" from Mystic#57

Twenty-One

"Put Another Nickel In" from Chamber of Darkness#6
"Tidal Wave of Fear" from Venus#18
"The Girl With the Evil Eyes" from Astonishing#63

Twenty-Two (May, 1976)

"A Change of Mind" from Chamber of Darkness#6
"The Face in the Mirror" from Uncanny Tales#18
"He Walked Through Walls" from Tales To Astonish#26

Twenty-Three (July, 1976)

"Where Lurks the Ghost!" from Tales To Astonish#25
"Bat's Tale!" from Marvel Tales#113
"The Men in the Morgue" from Adventures Into Terror#28
"Gorilla Man" from Men's Adventures#26

Twenty-Four (September, 1976)

"A Monster Waits Outside" from Tales To Astonish#12
"The Underground Gambit" from Creatures On the Loose#11
"The Man Who Isn't There" from Marvel Tales#113

Twenty-Five (November, 1976)

"Moomba" from Tales To Astonish#23
"I Was Trapped on the Ghost Ship" from Strange Tales#72

CHAMBER OF DARKNESS

Continued in Monsters On the Prowl

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Special

One (October, 1969)

Title: "It's Only Magic!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: John Buscema, John Verpoorten
Heroes: Tommy [teenager]
Villains: Djinn
Others: Headstone P. Gravely [host], Hiram the Hermit [bookstore owner]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#19; Chamber of Darkness Special#1
Synopsis: Tommy swipes a book on magic and summons up a Djinn to do his bidding, but seeing how evil it is, he forces it to turn back time so he never summoned him.
Notes: Retelling of "the Menace of Shandu!" from Strange Tales#83.

Title: "Mr. Craven Buys his Scream House!"
Story: Dennis O'Neil
Art: Tom Sutton
Heroes: Creighton C. Craven [heir]
Villains: A living house
Others: Headston P. Gravely [host]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Darkness Special#1
Synopsis: Craven inherits an old house and tries to repair it, but the house has a consciousness and resists him at every turn; he finally resolves to destroy it, but can't bear to see it "die." He decides to leave the house to itself.
Notes: Sequel is "To Sneak... Perchance to Scream!" in Tower of Shadows#4.

Title: "Always Leave 'Em Laughing!"
Story: Gary Friedrich
Art: Don Heck, Frank Giacoia
Heroes: Boswell Boliver [scientist]
Others: Digger [host], a king and his court
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA; medieval past
Reprinted In: Chamber of Darkness Special#1
Synopsis: Boswell time travels to the past, intending to demonstrate his superiority over the medieval locals, but none of his devices from the future will work and the king winds up making Boswell his court jester.

Two (December, 1969)

Title: "Forewarned is Four-Armed!"
Story: Neal Adams, Roy Thomas
Art: Marie Severin, Herb Trimpe, Tom Sutton
Heroes: Carl Brock [convict]
Villains: Dr. Caruthers, other four-armed telepathic aliens
Others: Headstone P. Gravely [host]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Creatures on the Loose#14
Synopsis: Brock escapes jail and encounters an alien, learns his plot to replace humans for an invasion; he tries to warn others, but the psychiatrist assigned to him is an alien himself.
Notes: Retold from "the Madman" in Menace#4 and "Look Out!! Here Come... the Four-Armed Men!" from Tales to Astonish#26.

Title: "The Face of Fear!"
Story: Stan Lee, Archie Goodwin
Art: Syd Shores
Heroes: Freddy Garricks [young man]
Villains: Death
Others: Digger [host], Mr. Garricks [Freddy's father]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Darkness Special#1
Synopsis: Forced by his father to shave before going out, Freddy sees a ghastly face in his mirror; at the elevator, he sees the same ghastly figure so takes the stairs; the elevator crashes and Freddy realizes he narrowly avoided death.

Title: "The Day of the Red Death!"
Story: Stan Lee, Roy Thomas
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: George Harris [scientist]
Villains: Rupert Griswold [arms manufacturer], Prince Marco [Rupert's friend], Carlotta Moore [aka Betty Jean Wannameyer, film star], Lenore [socialite]
Others: Stan Lee [host], Farnum [scientist, dies]
Genre: Science Fiction, Horror
Setting: Distant future
Reprinted In: Chamber of Darkness Special#1
Synopsis: Griswold's factories create a red gas which ravages mankind; George builds a bunker using a filter to keep the air pure and it's inhabited by Griswold and his fellow elites. Consumed by guilt, George destroys the filter, letting in the plague. He attends Griswold's costume party garbed as "the red death," revealing the nature of the infection to the others, declaring the world is better off dead than populated with people like them.
Notes: Derived from Edgar Allan Poe's "Masque of the Red Death."

Three (February, 1970)

Title: "The Warlock Tree!"
Story: Gerry Conway
Art: Barry Windsor-Smith, Syd Shores
Heroes: Dave [Jane's boyfriend]
Villains: Moorg the warlock [13th century sorcerer, spirit bound to tree]
Others: Sir Giliard [13th century knight], Jane [Englishwoman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 13th century; 1970s England
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Chillers#3
Synopsis: Sir Giliard stabs Moorg to death upon a tree, binding his spirit within it. Centuries later, Dave carves Jane's name into the tree which enables Moorg's spirit to seize control of her. Moorg tries to force Jane to remove the sword and set his spirit free, but a bolt of lightning destroys the tree, seemingly eradicating Moorg.

Title: "The Tell Tale Heart"
Story: Edgar Allan Poe, Denny O'Neil
Art: Tom Palmer
Villains: Claude Pane [murderer]
Others: Claude's uncle [dies], two policemen, Headston P. Gravely [host]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s London, England
Synopsis: Claude can't bear his uncle's bulging eye and murders him, burying him beneath the floor, but when the police visit Claude breaks down, believing he hears his uncle's heart beating, causing him to admit the murder.

Title: "Something Lurks on Shadow Mountain"
Story: Roy Thomas
Art: John Buscema, John Verpoorten
Heroes: George Ashton [hiker]
Villains: Pandora [immortal woman], the Thing in the Box [demon]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s USA, Shadow Mountain
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#18
Synopsis: While hiking on Shadow Mountain, George meets Pandora and unwittingly opens a coffin she is forbidden to disturb, releasing the Thing in the Box. Realizing Pandora can't bear her own reflection because it exposes her as an ancient hag, George uses her reflection to force her into recalling the Thing into the coffin. George leaves the mountain confident no one will disturb the coffin, only to learn a construction crew is preparing to build a new community on Shadow Mountain.
Notes: Retelling of "The Thing in the Black Box!" from Journey into Mystery#74.

Four (April, 1970)

Title: "The Monster!"
Story: Jack Kirby
Art: Jack Kirby, John Verpoorten
Heroes: Andreas Flec [ugly man, dies]
Villains: Mob of villagers
Others: Sisters of Destiny, Marie [mannequin woman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Europe
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Chillers#3
Synopsis: Villagers fear Flec because of his face and become convinced Marie is his captive. They break in to "save" Marie and kill Flec, only to discover Marie was just a mannequin.

Title: "The Man Who Owned The World!"
Story: Tom Sutton, Dennis O'Neil
Art: Tom Sutton
Villains: Gregory Irkadin [millionaire]
Others: Tom Sutton [host], Cynthia Irkadin [Gregory's granddaughter], Dr. Theodore [cryogenicist]
Genre: Science-Fiction
Setting: The late 20th century; late 21st century
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#15
Synopsis: Irkadin has himself cryogenically preserved so he can escape the tumult of the 20th century, but when he awakens, finds mankind has abandoned Earth, leaving him alone.

Title: "The Sword and the Sorcerers"
Story: Roy Thomas
Art: Barry Smith
Heroes: Starr the Slayer
Villains: Trull the Wizard
Others: Bran, Mak, and Morn Realtors; Len Carson, Officer O'Neal, Whitney, Morro the Minstrel
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Setting: 1970s USA; Zardath (city)
Reprinted In: Conan the Barbarian#16, Conan Saga#6; Marvel Visionaries: Roy Thomas
Synopsis: Starr the Slayer usurped the throne of the city of Zardath from Trull the Wizard. During a battle with Trull, Starr flings his sword at him. Then, on Earth, a man named Len Carson awakens. He wrote the Starr the Slayer stories based his dreams. After his last dream, wrote the last entry in the series. However, he is ambushed by Starr, who has come to Earth to prevent the story from being published. Starr awakens in Zardath and meets with Morro the minstrel, telling him of his strange trip.
Notes: The same creators later designed Marvel's Conan the Barbarian. Bran is probably named for Bran Mark Morn, another Robert E. Howard character.

Five (June, 1970)

Title: "And Fear Shall Follow!"
Story: Jack Kirby
Art: Jack Kirby, John Verpoorten
Heroes: A US pilot
Villains: Death, Chinese soldiers
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s China
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#20
Synopsis: A pilot is shot down and pursued by a strange man, but finally realizes the man is death and agrees to go with him.

Title: "The Beast From the Bog!"
Story: Denny O'Neil
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Horace and Martha Lennox [old couple]
Others: Chalo [creature from Nalrah]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1970s Louisiana; Nalrah
Synopsis: Horace and Martha help pull Chalo from a bog where he was trapped for 1,000 years; to repay them, Chalo reverts their ages to their prime years.
Notes: Same plot as "The Creature From the Black Bog!" in Tales of Suspense#23.

Title: "The Music From Beyond"
Story: H.P. Lovecraft, Roy Thomas
Art: Johnny Craig
Heroes: An unnamed man
Others: Erich Zann [dead man, violinist], Blandot [landlord]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Rue D'Auseil
Reprinted In: Masters of Terror#2
Synopsis: A man discovers Zann plays music which can warp reality itself; after being exposed to the void generated by the old man's music, the hero goes mad and cannot find Zann again.

Six

Title: "A Change of Mind!"
Story: Len Wein
Art: Sal Buscema, Syd Shores
Villains: Nathaniel Blackstoke [mad scientist]
Others: Sal Buscema [host], Hugo [Blackstoke's assistant]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s Europe
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#22
Synopsis: Nathaniel wants to transfer his mind into an indestructible robot body, but his much-abused assistant Hugo transfers him into a worm instead as revenge for being called a "worm."
"I Dared to Defy Merlin's... Black Magic!" from Strange Tales#71

Title: "Put Another Nickel In!!!"
Story: Mimi Gold
Art: Dick Ayers
Heroes: Elliot [detective]
Villains: Jimmy Deparis [patent thief, dies]
Others: Mat Wyatt [inventor, dies]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#21
Synopsis: Deparis kills Wyatt while stealing patents and hides at an arcade; he plays with a nickelodeon machine that shows him his past and then depicts the police closing in on him; he runs and falls from a window and dies; the police found him using the same nickelodeon, built by Mat Wyatt.

Seven (October, 1970)

Title: "Gargoyle Every Night"
Story: Berni Wrightson, Roy Thomas
Art: Berni Wrightson
Villains: Emil Vogel [statue-maker], Clive and Billy [thieves, die]
Others: Berni Wrightson [host], the Golden Angel [statue, destroyed]
Genre: Horror
Setting: England
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Chillers#3; Book of the Dead#1
Synopsis: Two thieves try to steal Vogel's statue of the Golden Angel, melting it down-- but learn Vogel is actually a demon, one that only the Golden Angel could stop from killing!
"I Wore the Mask of Drothar" from Tales To Astonish#11
"I Found the Abominable Snowman" from Tales To Astonish#13

Title: "Mastermind"
Story: Tom Sutton
Art: Tom Sutton
Villains: Manaak [man-made monster] and his creator
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s Europe
Reprinted In: Tales of the Zombie#1
Synopsis: A mad scientist creates Manaak, but the creature is so powerful it sees no need to keep its master around.

Eight (December, 1970)

"I am the Invisible" from Tales To Astonish#15
"A Thousand Years Later" from Strange Tales#90
"The Beast That Walks Like a Man" from Tales To Astonish#14

Title: "Believe It...Or Not"
Story: Bill Everett
Art: Dan Adkins, Bill Everett
Heroes: Johnny Boone [recon pilot, dies]
Villains: Death
Others: Bill Everett, Dan Adkins [hosts]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1970s USSR
Synopsis: Boone's plane is struck by lightning and he lands in Russia; a trench coated man informs him he died when the lightning hit him and has Boone join him in death.

Special (January, 1972)

"It's Only Magic" from Chamber of Darkness#1
"Mr. Craven Buys His Scream House" from Chamber of Darkness#1
"Always Leave 'Em Laughing!" from Chamber of Darkness#1
"The Face of Fear" from Chamber of Darkness#2
"The Day of the Red Death" from Chamber of Darkness#2

CONAN SAGA

6

Six

"The Sword and the Sorcerers" from Chamber of Darkness#4

CONAN THE BARBARIAN

16 40 47

Sixteen

"The Sword and the Sorcerers" from Chamber of Darkness#4

Forty (July, 1974)

"The Changeling" from Journey Into Mystery#86

Forty-Seven (February, 1975)

"Sanctuary" from Tower of Shadows#8

CRAZY

66 68 79

Sixty-Six

"Creatures In the Volcano" from Journey Into Mystery #51

Sixty-Eight (November, 1980)

"Target... Earth!" from Tales To Astonish#47

Seventy-Nine (October, 1981)

"Monsters on Mercury" from Journey Into Mystery#78

CREATURES ON THE LOOSE

Continued from Tower of Shadows

10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 30 31 32 33

Ten (March, 1971)

Title: "The Skull of Silence!"
Story: Robert E. Howard, Roy Thomas
Art: Berni Wrightson
Heroes: Kull [King of Valusia]
Villains: Borna [flashback, deceased], Spectre of Silence [demon]
Others: Ka-Nu [Kull's Pict emissary], Kutholos [Kull's officer], Raama [sorcerer]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Skull of Silence, Valusia; Atlantis
Reprinted In: Savage Tales#2
Synopsis: Kull's men warn him the Skull of Silence castle contains a demon, but Kull ignores them, breaks into the castle and destroys the demon.
"Trull! The Unhuman" from Tales To Astonish#21

Eleven

"The Unbelieveable Menace of Moomba" from Tales To Astonish#23

Title: "The Underground Gambit"
Story: Len Wein
Art: Herb Trimpe
Villains: Roger Krass [underground cartoonist], Herbert T. Brimstone [Satan]
Others: Zack, other underground cartoonists
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1960s USA, Hell
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#24
Synopsis: Krass gives up pretending to be part of the underground after an offer from Brimstone, only to find Brimstone is taking him into the deep underground-- Hell.

Twelve (July, 1971)

"I Was Captured By Korilla" from Journey Into Mystery#69

Title: "Master and Slave!!"
Story: Alan Hewetson
Art: Syd Shores
Heroes: Igor [hunchback servant]
Villains: Baron Frankenstein [scientist, dies] and his monster
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s Europe
Synopsis: Igor loathes having to serve the Baron; when the Baron dies, Igor wishes he had someone he could lord over and decides to finish the Baron's experiment, bringing the monster to life. However, the monster refuses to serve Igor because he has Baron Frankenstein's brain.

Thirteen (September, 1971)

"I Was Captured By The Creature From Krogarr" from Tales To Astonish#25
"Midnight on Haunted Hill" from Tales To Astonish#28

Title: "Where Walks the Werewolf"
Story: Len Wein
Art: Reed Crandall
Heroes: Dr. Craig Wade [surgeon]
Villains: Martin Killian [blind man, werewolf, dies], a werewolf [dies]
Others: Butch [dog, dies], Susan Wade [Craig's wife], Joe [hunter, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Creatures#1
Synopsis: Craig and Martin hunt and kill a wolf so Craig can use its eyes and spinal fluid to restore Martin's sight, but the wolf was a werewolf and the procedure turns Martin into a werewolf. Martin kills two hunters then tries to kill Craig, but accidentally leaps off a cliff to his death.

Fourteen (November, 1971)

"What Happened in...Dead Storage" from Tales To Astonish#33
"What was the Staggering Secret of the 13th Floor" from Tales To Astonish#30
"Forewarned is Four-Armed!" from Chamber of Darkness#2

Fifteen (January, 1972)

"Help!" from Tales to Astonish#22
"Where Lurks the Ghost" from Tales To Astonish#25
"Spragg, Conqueror of the Human Race" from Journey Into Mystery#68

Sixteen (March, 1972)

"The Impossible Tunnel" from Strange Tales#96
"The Frightened Man" from Tales To Astonish#33

Seventeen (May, 1972)

"The Things From Dimension X" from Strange Tales#80
"What Was Gargantus" from Strange Tales#80

Eighteen (July, 1972)

"What Lurks in the Mountain" from Tales of Suspense#17
"Under the Knife" from Adventures Into Terror#11

Nineteen (September, 1972)

"The Creature From Krangro" from Tales Of Suspense#30
"Going Down" from Tales Of Suspense#23

Twenty (November, 1972)

"For Whom the Drum Beats" from Tales To Astonish#22
"Only One is Human!" from Tales of Suspense#22

Twenty-One (January, 1973)

"I Was a Prisoner of the Martians" from Tales To Astonish#4
"The Green Thing" from Tales Of Suspense#51

Twenty-Two (March, 1973)

"Gundar" from Tales Of Suspense#39

Twenty-Three (May, 1973)

"The Coming of the Giants" from Tales Of Suspense#34

Twenty-Four (July, 1973)

"Lighthouse From Nowhere" from Strange Tales#87

Twenty-Five (September, 1973)

"When the Eggs Hatch!" from Journey Into Unknown Worlds#53

Twenty-Six (November, 1973)

"The Eyes of Mala-Tor" from Astonishing#59

Twenty-Seven

"I Come From the Black Void" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#9

Twenty-Eight

"No Sign of Life" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#10

Thirty (July, 1974)

"Joe's Weak Spot" from Uncanny Tales#11

Thirty-One

"The Walking Dead" from Astonishing#10

Thirty-Two (November, 1974)

"A Matter of Life or Death!" from Strange Tales of the Unusual#9

Thirty-Three

"The Stooge" from Uncanny Tales#6

CRYPT OF SHADOWS

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

One (January, 1973)

"Midnight on Black Mountain" from Journey Into Mystery#17
"Where Monsters Dwell" from Adventures Into Terror#7
"Don't Look" from Journey Into Mystery#2
"The Scarecrow" from Journey Into Mystery#2

Two (March, 1973)

"Thru the Door" from Journey Into Mystery#2
"Innocent Bystander" from Journey Into Mystery#5
"Man Who Couldn't Move" from Menace#1
"The Death of Danny!" from Journey Into Mystery#17
"Going...Down!" from Adventures into Terror#7

Three (May, 1973)

"The Devil and Donald Webster" from Strange Tales#11
"The Strange Game" from Strange Tales#9
"Darkness" from Strange Tales#11
"Walking Ghost" from Strange Tales#11

Four (July, 1973)

"Locked Up!" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#9
"The Big Story!" from Adventures Into Terror#27
"The Screaming Man" from Adventures Into Terror#27
"Joe..." from Adventures Into Terror#7

Five

"I Die Too Often" from Adventures Into Terror#17
"The Man Who Steals Gravestones" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#14
"Red as a Lobster" from Adventures Into Terror#17
"Half Man, Half..." from Menace#10

Six (October, 1973)

"Don't Bury Me Deep!" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#5
"Every Dog Has His Day" from Mystic#23
"A Thousand Years" from Journey Into Mystery#70
"Fast Freight" from Mystic#19

Seven (November, 1973)

"Haunting of Bluebeard" from Mystic#10
"Death and Tommy Norton" from Mystic#11
"Man Who Saw Tomorrow" from Mystic#10
"The Twin!" from Mystery Tales#14

Eight (January, 1974)

"Look Homeward, Werewolf" from Uncanny Tales#23
"Ask No Questions" from Uncanny Tales#23
"Smile, Blast Ya, Smile" from Uncanny Tales#23
"The Man Who Made a Wish!" from Mystic#7
"Deep Grave, Cold Grave" from Uncanny Tales#23

Nine

"The Haunting of Sleepy Hollow" from Uncanny Tales#22
"Tomorrow" from Marvel Tales#138
"Half-Man" from Uncanny Tales#22
"Beyond Death" from Mystic#30

Ten (May, 1974)

"The Man in the Tank" from Mystery Tales#15
"You Can't Touch Bottom" from Marvel Tales#129
"A Scream in the Dark" from Mystic#16
"Devil's Island" from Uncanny Tales#12

Eleven (July, 1974)

"Vampire Brats" from Adventures Into Terror#4
"Ghouls in the Graveyard" from Adventures Into Terror#12
"The Hands of Murder" from Adventures Into Terror#4
"The Brain" from Adventures Into Terror#4

Twelve (September, 1974)

"Behind the Locked Door" from Uncanny Tales#38
"Dance, You Fool" from Tales to Astonish#34
"There Grows a Rose" from Mystic#37
"The Thing in the Water" from Adventures Into Terror#4

Thirteen (October, 1974)

"Man Of Iron" from Tales To Astonish#31
"The Ghost Comes Back" from Mystic#21
"Fangs of the Bear" from Tales to Astonish#9
"Hate" from Mystery Tales#25

Fourteen (November, 1974)

"The Terror That Creeps" from Marvel Tales#96
"The Voices!" from Mystery Tales#33
"Those in a Trance" from Adventures Into Mystery#4
"The Crooked Stick!" from Mystery Tales#29

Fifteen (January, 1975)

"My Coffin is Crowded" from Suspense#16
"I Know the Power of the Genie" from Tales Of Suspense#7
"The Swami's Secret" from Strange Stories of Suspense#16
"The Man Who Sold His Soul" from Suspense#25

Sixteen (March, 1975)

"He Lurks in the Shadows" from Uncanny Tales#6
"The Little Man Who Was There" from Strange Tales#5
"Love Affair" from Mystery Tales#11
"He Died Screaming" from Uncanny Tales#3

Seventeen (May, 1975)

"Menace of Shandu" from Strange Tales#83
"My Brother Harry" from Strange Tales#5
"Inside the Furnace" from Astonishing#57
"They Lurk in the Cave" from Astonishing#57

Eighteen (July, 1975)

"I Dared to Look into the Beyond" from Tales To Astonish#11
"The 13th Floor" from Tales to Astonish#30
"Reign of Fear" from Astonishing#11
"The Hog" from Journey Into Mystery#21

Nineteen (September, 1975)

"I Fought The Colossus" from Strange Tales#72
"The Hidden Martians" from Uncanny Tales#14
"Earth Will Be Destroyed!" from Tales Of Suspense#9
"He Never Reached the Ground" from World of Fantasy#11

Twenty (October, 1975)

"The Absent-Minded Professor" from Tales To Astonish#33
"The Martian Who Stole a City" from Tales of Suspense#29
"The Screaming Beasts!" from Men's Adventures#24

Twenty-One (November, 1975)

"Help!" from Tales to Astonish#22
"Ashes to Ashes" from Mystery Tales#9
"Morgan's Magic Picture" from Uncanny Tales#38
"The Cry of the Sorcerers" from World of Fantasy#1

CURSE OF THE WEIRD

1 2 3 4

One (December, 1993)

"Do Not Panic" from Strange Tales#95
"The Brain" from Adventure Into Terror#4
"The Eye of Doom" from Mystic#6
"The Man Who Owned A Ghost" from Astonishing#10

Two (January, 1994)

"The Ghost of Grismore Castle" from Strange Tales#79
"Bat's Tale" from Marvel Tales#113
"Innocent Bystander" from Journey Into Mystery#5
"The Unsolid Man" from World of Fantasy#13
"No Sign of Life" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#10

Three (February, 1994)

"The Return of the Brain" from Adventure Into Terror#6
"The Hog" from Journey Into Mystery#21
"Till Death Do Us Part" from Journey Into Mystery#5
"Where Monsters Dwell" from Adventure Into Terror#7

Four (March, 1994)

"Zombie" from Menace#5
"The End of the World" from Marvel Tales#102
"Worlds At War" from Journey Into Mystery#50
"There'll Be Some Changes Made" from Journey Into Mystery#33

DEAD OF NIGHT

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

One (December, 1973)

"The Ghost Still Walks" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#6
"House of Fear" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#6
"My Brother, the Ghoul" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#6
"He Dwells in a Dungeon" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#6

Two (February, 1974)

"He Walks With a Ghost" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#17
"The Nightmare" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#17
"The Girl Who Didn't Exist" from Uncanny Tales #44
"The Frightened Man" from Uncanny Tales #44
"The House That Fear Built" from Marvel Tales#125

Three (April, 1974)

"The Hidden Graveyard" from Uncanny Tales #23
"Waitin' For Satan" from Marvel Tales #114
"While the City Slumbers" from Mystic #56
"Only a Rose" from Spellbound #16

Four (June, 1974)

"Werewolf Beware" from Mystery Tales#25
"The Death of Me" from Marvel Tales#126
"We Meet at Midnight" from Mystic#8
"Worse Than Death" from Spellbound#22

Five (August, 1974)

"Deep Down" from Uncanny Tales #29
"The Worst Thirst" from Journey Into Mystery #18
"The 13th Floor" from Adventure Into Terror #12
"One Must Die" from Adventure Into Terror #16

Six (October, 1974)

"Jack the Ripper" from Astonishing#18
"Down in the Cellar" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#10
"The Snowman" from Astonishing#36
"Sarah" from Uncanny Tales#24

Seven (December, 1974)

"Corpse in the Streets" from Mystic#12
"The 13th Floor" from Mystery Tales#21
"Men Lost" from Strange Tales of the Unusual#1
"Deluge" from World of Fantasy#19

Eight (February, 1975)

"Alone in the Dark" from Suspense#16
"The Eavesdropper" from Mystic#36
"The Old Witch" from Mystic#26
"The Slave" from Uncanny Tales#3

Nine (April, 1975)

"Empty Bus" from Marvel Tales #110
"Sazzik the Sorcerer" from Tales Of Suspense #32
"They Melt at Midnight" from Mystery Tales #33
"Sudden Storm" from Astonishing #49

Ten (June, 1975)

"I Dream of Doom" from Strange Tales#96
"I Wore the Mask of Drothar" from Tales to Astonish#11
"I Was Face-To-Face With the Forbidden Robot" from Tales To Astonish#11

DRACULA LIVES

1 2 3 4 5 6

One

"Zombie!" from Journey Into Mystery#5
"The Miracle" from Adventures Into Terror#8
"Fright" from Journey into Mystery#5

Two (1973)

"Vampires Drink Deep!" from Strange Tales#9
"One Corpse, One Vote" from Spellbound#13

Three (October, 1973)

"Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble" from Adventures Into Terror#27
"Vampire Man" from Adventures Into Terror#29

Four (January, 1974)

"When the Vampire Calls" from Adventures Into Terror#10
"Of Royal Blood" from Journey Into Unknown Worlds#29

Five

"When a Vampire Dies" from Marvel Tales#128

Six (May, 1974)

"Mark of a Vampire" from Spellbound#22

FANTASY MASTERPIECES

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

One (February, 1966)

"I Found the Things From Nowhere" from Journey Into Mystery#60
"Beware! The Ghosts Surround Me" from Strange Tales#76
"Those Who Change" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#10
"I Became a Human Robot" from Tales Of Suspense#5
"I Saw the Other World" from Tales To Astonish#7

Two

"Fin Fang Foom" from Strange Tales#89
"Orogo! The Nightmare From Space" from Journey Into Mystery#57
"Those Who Lurk Below" from Tales Of Suspense#12

Three

"I am the Prisoner of the Voodoo King" from Journey Into Mystery#82
"Beware the Uboong" from Strange Tales#100
"Bruttu" from Tales Of Suspense#22
"I Saw the End of the World" from Strange Tales#73

Four (August, 1966)

"The Thing Called It" from Strange Tales#82
"They Vanished Forever" from Strange Tales#98
"I am the Beast Man" from Tales To Astonish#12

Five (October, 1966)

"The Things From Dimension X" from Strange Tales#80
"It Fell From the Flying Saucer" from Tales To Astonish#31
"Mr. Gregory and the Ghost" from Journey Into Mystery#75

Six (December, 1966)

"I Found the Lair of the Lizard Men" from Journey Into Mystery#64
"Germ Warfare" from Strange Tales#90
"I Was Trapped in the Chamber of Fear" from Tales of Suspense#33

Seven (February, 1967)

"Titan, the Amphibian From Atlantis" from Tales Of Suspense#28
"Monsters on Mercury" from Journey Into Mystery#78
"Punishment" from Strange Tales#88

Eight (April, 1967)

"Call Her Medusa" from Journey Into Mystery#96
"The Man in the Beehive" from Tales Of Suspense#32
"I Saw Droom the Living Lizard" from Tales To Astonish#9

Nine (June, 1967)

"Monsteroso!" from Tales To Astonish#18
"We Search the Stars!" from Strange Tales#110
"I Don't Believe in Ghosts!" from Journey Into Mystery#77

Ten (August, 1967)

"There Were Five Frightened Men...!" from Tales To Astonish#54
"Beware! He Isn't Human" from Journey Into Mystery#77

Eleven

"Mr. Morgan's Monster" from Strange Tales#99

FEAR

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 20 21 22 23 24 25 26

One (November, 1970)

"I Found Monstrom! The Dweller in the Black Swamp!" from Tales To Astonish#11
"Something Lurks Inside" from Tales To Astonish#10
"I-am-the-Genie!" from Tales To Astonish#8
"I am the Man Who Will... Destroy Your World!" from Strange Tales#71
"I Was Face-To-Face With the Forbidden Robot" from Tales To Astonish#11
"What Was the Strange Power of Simon Drudd" from Tales To Astonish#10
"I Fought the Man Who Couldn't Be Killed!" from Strange Tales#71
"Mummex-- King of the Mummies!" from Tales To Astonish#8
"Only I Know When the World Will End!!!" from Tales To Astonish#10

Two (January, 1971)

"I Learned The Dread Secret of the Blip" from Tales To Astonish#15
"What was X, the Thing That Lived" from Tales To Astonish#20
"One-Way Journey" from Tales To Astonish#20
"Orrgo... the Unconquerable!" from Strange Tales#90
"I Dared Enter the Forbidden World" from Tales To Astonish#15
"The Inhuman" from Strange Tales#90
"I Defied the Curse of Tut-Ah-Anka" from Tales To Astonish#15

Three (March, 1971)

"Zzutak, the Thing That Shouldn't Exist" from Strange Tales#88
"I Must Find Kurumbu" from Journey Into Mystery#64
"The Gentle Old Man" from Journey Into Mystery#94
"A Monster Waits Outside" from Tales To Astonish#12
"The Lifeless Man" from Strange Tales#88
"The Man Who Hated Monstro" from Journey Into Mystery#92
"Journey Into Nowhere" from Strange Tales#69
"Save Me! Save Me!" from Tales To Astonish#12
"I Dared to Battle Rorgg, King of the Spider Men" from Journey Into Mystery#64

Four (July, 1971)

"Mr. Gregory and the Ghost" from Journey Into Mystery#75
"My Nightmare Has No End" from Tales To Astonish#12
"I Turned Into a... Martian!" from Journey Into Mystery#60
"He Walked Through Walls" from Tales To Astonish#26
"Lo-Karr, Bringer of Doom!" from Journey Into Mystery#75
"Krang!" from Tales To Astonish#14
"I Spent a Night in the Haunted Lighthouse!" from Journey Into Mystery#56
"The Boy Who Vanished" from Journey Into Mystery#71

Five (November, 1971)

"What Lurks on Channel X?" from Journey Into Mystery#73
"One Look Means Doom!" from Journey Into Mystery#73
"I am the Gorilla Man" from Tales To Astonish#28
"Rocket Ship X-200" from Strange Tales#69
"The Return of the Gorilla-Man" from Tales To Astonish#30
"Menace From Mars" from Journey Into Mystery#73

Six (February, 1972)

"I Took a Journey Into Fear" from Journey Into Mystery#63
"The Last Laugh" from Tales To Astonish#29
"The Midnight Monster" from Journey Into Mystery#79
"Wings of the Butterfly" from Journey Into Mystery#79
"There Is a Brain Behind the Fangs" from Journey Into Mystery#62
"The Black Ray" from Journey Into Mystery#66
"The Voice of Fate" from Tales To Astonish#33

Seven (May, 1972)

"I Dream of Doom!" from Strange Tales#96
"The Thing Behind the Wall" from Journey Into Mystery#66
"The Curse of M'Gumbu" from Journey Into Mystery#61
"The Martian Who Stole My Body" from Journey Into Mystery#57

Eight

"I Can't Escape From The Creeping Things!" from Journey Into Mystery#62
"The Face" from Tales Of Suspense#26
"Never Trust a Martian" from Tales Of Suspense#26
"It Crawls By Night" from Tales Of Suspense#26

Nine (August, 1972)

"I Entered the Dimension of Doom" from Tales of Suspense#23

Title: "The Greatest Magician of All"
Story: Mimi Gold
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Marko the Great [magician]
Villains: Waldo Roberts [Marko's assistant]
Others: Jane Holt [Sunday Times reporter], Jeff Parness [Sunday Times photographer]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1970s USA; flashback to 1920s
Synopsis: Marko tells reporters of his attempt to perform greatest magic feat by seeming to disappear; his assistant Waldo stole the shrinking potion he had found to do so, but as there is no antidote, Waldo remains tiny for the rest of his life.
"Dead Man's Escape" from Adventures Into Terror#11

Ten (October, 1972)

Title: "The Spell of the Sea Witch!!"
Story: Allyn Brodsky
Art: Jay Hawk, Black Bill
Heroes: Ted [sailor], Jan [Ted's girlfriend]
Villains: Frank "Bugsy" Malone [robber], Black Harry Malone [immortal pirate] and his crew
Genre: Horror
Setting: 16th century; 1970s USA
Synopsis: Bugsy hijacks Ted's boat to escape from a bank robbery; the boat encounters an old pirate ship where Black Harry Malone regales them with the tale of how he and his crew were cursed to wander the seas until they dispensed with their gold. Identifying Bugsy as his descendant, Black Harry guides them to the pirate treasure, while one of his men sets Ted and Jan free, claiming the ghostly pirates are all really actors; however, this is a lie to protect their secrets. Bugsy is abandoned on the treasure island by the ghosts.
"There is Something Strange About Mr. Jones!" from Tales Of Suspense#17

Eleven (December, 1972)

"The Spider Waits" from Marvel Tales#105

Twelve (February, 1973)

"The Face of Horror" from Menace#8

Thirteen (April, 1973)

"Mr. Black" from Strange Tales#93

Fourteen (June, 1973)

"Listen, You Fool!" from Mystic#14

Twenty (February, 1974)

"Midnight in the Wax Museum" from Astonishing#61

Twenty-One (April, 1974)

"Sorry Mr. Hopkins" from Mystic#8

Twenty-Two (June, 1974)

"Willie Brown is out to Get me!" from Journey Into Mystery#8

Twenty-Three (August, 1974)

"The Last Stop" from World of Fantasy#10

Twenty-Four

"The Two-Faced Man" from World of Suspense#1

Twenty-Five (December, 1974)

"Faceless Ones" from Adventures Into Terror#29

Twenty-Six

"A World Gone Mad" from Adventure Into Mystery#3

GIANT-SIZE CHILLERS

First issue continues in Giant-Size Dracula

1 1 2 3

One (June, 1974)

"Have You Ever Seen a Huge Black Vampire?" from Mystic#25
"There Was Worse Than Death in the Village Graveyard" from Adventure Into Weird Worlds#4

One (February, 1975)

Title: "The Gravesend Gorgon"
Story: Carl Wessler
Art: Alfredo Alcala
Heroes: Collin Gibbons [sailor]
Villains: Gravesend Gorgon [tentacled sea monster], Rory Moriarty [salvager]
Genre: Horror, Monster
Setting: 1970s Atlantic Ocean
Synopsis: Gibbons relates how the crew of the Sussex were killed by the Gravesend Gorgon, with only he escaping alive. Moriarty doubts the tale and forces Gibbons to help him claim the ship for salvage. When the Sussex's goods have been unloaded Moriarty tries to kill Gibbons, but Gibbons revealed he escaped before by making a deal with the Gravesend Gorgon, which now arises to devour Moriarty.

Title: "The Monster of Hedgewood Moor!"
Story: Larry Lieber
Art: M. Ripoll G.
Villains: Derek Tyndale [werewolf, dies]
Others: Meg [young girl, dies], Harry Tyndale [Derek's brother, dies], Sykes [villager], Bess [Sykes' wife, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 19th century, Hedgewood Moor, England; Africa
Synopsis: Locals fear a monster is on Hedgewood Moor; they mistake Harry Tyndale for the creature and kill him when they find him on the Moor, but it's actually his brother Derek, a former hunter who was cursed to only hunt humans on nights of the full moon. Derek is killed by the villagers.

Title: "The Lagoon Creature of Rising Sun"
Story: Doug Moench
Art: Win Mortimer
Heroes: George Kaiser, Charles Rolfing [UFO witnesses]
Others: The Lagoon Creature of Rising Sun [extraterrestrial]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: May 18-20, 1969, Rising Sun, Indiana, USA
Synopsis: Recounts claims of Kaiser and Rolfing after seeing something humanoid arise from a lagoon and later a UFO streak across the sky.

Title: "The Fountain
Story: Ralph Alphonso
Art: Adolfo Buylla
Heroes: Petere [citizen of Makesh, dies]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Makesh, ancient times
Synopsis: Makesh's fountain of youth promises eternal life and knowledge; Petere wants ultimate knowledge and drinks from the fountain to his fill, but can't contain so much knowledge and dies, an old man.
"The Girl Who Couldn't Die!" from Adventure Into Terror#6

Title: "The Borrowed Face!"
Story: Carl Wessler
Art: Dave Gibbons
Villains: Earl Duggan [voodoo practitioner]
Others: Walter Hamill [business man, dies], Oranna [voodoo priestess], Judy Bryant [Walter's lover, dies], Yota [Oranna's father]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s Barbados; USA
Synopsis: To obtain Judy and Walter's businesses, Earl obtains voodoo to assist him; he kills Walter then adopts a disguise to pose as Walter, only to learn Walter had earlier murdered Judy and now the mask Earl wore to resemble Walter is permanent.
"From Out of the Past" from Astonishing#49

Title: "Gilt-Edged Gnomes"
Story: Doug Moench
Art: Mike Lombo
Villains: Andrew Baxter [mugger, dies]
Others: Mr. Aitchison [gold dealer], Diana [gnome], other gnomes
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s USA
Synopsis: Baxter murders Aitchison for gold he presents to Diana; Diana asks Baxter to instead use his money and power to help protect the "little people of the forest." Baxter doesn't believe in them, but thinks rumours of a fortune in the woods could be true. Venturing into the woods, Baxter finds a gnome village, but when he tries to steal their gold, the gnomes kill him. Diana was actually a gnome herself and she has Baxter coated with gold to serve as an ornament amongst their treasure.
"Next Stop Eternity" from Adventure Into Mystery#3

Two (May, 1975)

Title: "Treasure Hunt With Death!"
Story: Linda Fite, Ron Wilson
Art: Ron Wilson, Jack Abel
Heroes: A witch [Silas Mertin's sister], her son and her daughter
Villains: Silas Mertin [wealthy man, dies, becomes ghost]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s USA
Synopsis: Unable to learn the location of Silas' fortune before he dies, his sister conjures his ghost; the ghost leads them to the treasure, but traps them inside the vault to kill them.

Title: "The House on Brook Street"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Mrs. Dark [widow, dies]
Villains: Mr. Miall [lawyer, witch], Jolly, Jerome, Mr. Dark [deceased], other witch's coven members
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s USA
Synopsis: After her husband's death, Mrs. Dark learns he owned a house on Brook Street; when she investigates, she finds it's the home of a witch's coven; Mr. Dark was one of their rank and now they want to revive him using Mrs. Dark as their human sacrifice; however, after she's been stabbed Mrs. Dark reveals she poisoned Mr. Dark to death - she isn't the "good" victim they sought.

Title: "The Triple Cross"
Story: Paul Reinman, Don McGregor
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Dr. Ben Latham [physician, dies]
Villains: Harold Debbits [Samuel's nephew, greedy heir]
Others: Samuel Debbits [wealthy dying man], Clancy [policeman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1970s USA
Synopsis: As Samuel is dying, Dr. Latham gives him pills; when Harold arrives, Latham claims Samuel is dead as they had arranged. Harold plans to nail his uncle's body up inside the coffin to prevent any future autopsies, but when Latham intervenes, Harold kills him. Harold has a story prepared for the police about Latham's death, but when the police arrive they find Samuel alive inside the coffin - Latham's pills simulated death so Samuel could spy on his nephew's true character.
"Let's Face It" from Astonishing#36
"The Couple Next Door" from Mystic#25
"The Pit of Fear" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#10
"The Watchers" from Amazing Adventures#5
"Fight For Life" from World of Suspense#3
"The Next World" from Marvel Tales#130
"I Love a Mermaid" from Tales to Astonish#4

Three (August, 1975)

"Gargoyle Every Night" from Chamber of Darkness#7
"The Warlock Tree!" from Chamber of Darkness#3
"Desert Scream" from Monsters on the Prowl#9
"The Moving Finger Writhes" from Tower of Shadows#3
"The Monster!" from Chamber of Darkness#4
"To Sneak, Perchance to Scream" from Tower of Shadows#4
"One Little Indian" from Tower of Shadows#4

GIANT-SIZE CREATURES

Continued in Giant-Size Werewolf By Night

One (July, 1974)

"Where Walks the Werewolf" from Creatures On the Loose#13

GIANT-SIZE DRACULA

Continued from Giant-Size Chillers

2 3 4 5

Two (September, 1974)

"The Girl in the Black Hood" from Tales To Astonish#32
"On With the Dance" from Menace#2
"Sweet Old Ladies" from Astonishing#18
"Vampire at the Window" from Astonishing#18
"Drive of Death" from Astonishing#17

Three (December, 1974)

"I Was a Vampire" from Uncanny Tales#6
"The Wedding Present" from Spellbound#22
"The Mark of the Vampire" from Spellbound#22
"The Man Who Changed" from Uncanny Tales#6

Four (March, 1975)

"Forbidden Drink" from Mystic#2
"The Gargoyles" from Tales Of Suspense#46
"I am the Living Ghost" from Tales Of Suspense#15
"You Can't Escape" from Adventure Into Terror#6

Five

"The Hidden Vampire" from Journey Into Mystery#21
"They Fly By Night" from Adventures Into Terror#30

GIANT-SIZE MAN-THING

1 2 3 4 5

One (August, 1974)

"Ice-Monster Cometh" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#11
"I Was the Invisible Man" from Strange Tales#67
"Goom!" from Tales Of Suspense#15

Two (November, 1974)

"I Learned The Dread Secret of the Blip" from Tales To Astonish#15
"He Stalks By Night" from Strange Tales#51
"I Dared Enter the Forbidden World" from Tales To Astonish#15

Three

"Save Me From The Weed!" from Strange Tales#94
"Krogg!" from Amazing Adventures#6
"Humans, Keep Out" from Journey Into Mystery#86
"Blackmail" from Mystery Tales#11

Four (May, 1975)

"I Entered the Doorway to Doom" from Strange Tales#72
"The Man With No Past" from Journey Into Mystery#21

Five (August, 1975)

"Sight For Sore Eyes" from Spellbound#13

GIANT-SIZE WEREWOLF BY NIGHT

Continued from Giant-Size Creatures

2 3 4 5

Two

"The Ape Man" from Strange Tales#85
"Mind Over Matter" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#16
"The Barefoot Man" from Uncanny Tales#29
"The Werewolf of Wilmach" from Astonishing#17

Three

"The Visitor" from Adventures Into Terror#13
"The Man Who Went Back" from Journey Into Mystery#18
"The Man Who Talked to Rats" from Adventures Into Terror#13
"The Hands of Death" from Adventures Into Terror#13

Four (April, 1975)

"The Return of the Brain" from Adventure Into Terror#6

Five (July, 1975)

"The Unsolid Man" from World of Fantasy#13
"The Most Miserable Man in the World" from Mystic#16
"He's Coming To Get Me" from World of Fantasy#11

HAUNT OF HORROR

1

One (May, 1974)

"The Last Man!" from Adventures Into Terror#24

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY

JOURNEY INTO UNKNOWN WORLDS

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One (September, 1950)

Title: "Monster of Moog"
Story:
Art: Russ Heath
Heroes: Paul [scientist]
Villains: Lod [psychic robot, dies]
Others: Ona [Paul's girlfriend], Dr. Arden [scientist], Moss [defence officer], Rana [Lod's slave, dies], "robots" [human slaves]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: April 7, 3250, Chicago Universarium of Cosmic Research; Moog
Synopsis: Lod kidnaps Ona and brings her to Moog to be his bride. On Moog, Lod rules over a civilization of loyal robots but turns the robots off for his wedding. Paul and Moss arrive in pursuit and set the robots free. Lod dies without the robots to maintain control and it is revealed the robots are really humans, Lod was the robot.

Title: "The Strange Car!"
Story:
Art: Russ Heath
Heroes: Earl Rawls [car thief]
Villains: Alien invaders
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Rawls steals a car that turns out to have the power to travel through dimensions. Arriving in another world, he discovers the car belongs to a race of aliens planning Earth's invasion. Escaping back to Earth he destroys the car, killing the alien who owned it.

Title: "The Prisoner of Time!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Zor [pirate leader, dies] and his men [Lt. Gorra]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, Earth; Polonna
Synopsis: Zor raids outposts and combats the police with impunity because his ship can travel vast distances beyond the speed of light. However, as his band return to their base he discovers they've gone so fast they've traveled 360 years into the future and if they step outside the ship, they'll die instantly; Zor commits suicide.

Title: "The End of the Earth"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Franklin Sloane [scientist]
Others: Andrus [Franklin's friend], Marcia [Franklin's lover], President Ull [Martian leader], Bak [Martian], Venusians
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, Africa; Mars, Venus
Synopsis: Following a dreadful atomic war, Earth is slowly being depopulated as plagues sweep through humanity; Franklin sends distress messages into space, hoping other lifeforms can save Earth. Mars and Venus are both interested and send scout ships to see if humans can be trusted, but the scouts encounter each other, take the other to be a human and kill each other; Mars and Venus decide not to send aid.

Two

Title: "No Escape"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Boris Chetspoth [assistant]
Others: Professor Polkin [scientist, dies], Sigrid Polkin [scientist's daughter]
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Setting: Zilka Castle, Central Europe
Synopsis: When Polkin develops a secret formula Boris kills him and ingests the formula, only to be transformed into a transparent state; he quickly writes his story down to beg for help, but the people who find his note think it's a joke.

Title: "When Worlds Collide"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Lord Sett [micro world ruler, dies]
Others: An elderly scientist [dies], John and Glen [two scientists]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: A micro world
Synopsis: Lord Sett engages in an atomic war in space, despite a scientist's warnings. As a result of the battle, a planet loses its orbit and crashes into Sett's world, destroying it. In a lab on Earth, a scientist sees the destruction of Sett's world on his glasses, perceiving it as nothing more than two motes of dust colliding.

Title: "The Sleeping Giants!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Rod Furbush [anthropologist]
Villains: A race of 12-foot tall giants [die]
Others: Janet Penny [Rod's assistant]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Cortonina, Amazon Jungle
Synopsis: Rod and Janet find a race of giants in the Amazon who come to life after slumbering for 3,000 years. Before they can begin their mission of conquest an earthquake buries them alive.

Title: "The First Rocket!"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Tex Reynolds [astronaut, dies], Major Joe Penning [astronaut]
Villains: Adolf Hitler [dies], other Nazis
Others: Sgt. Sumner Hall and Jennings [radar operators], Moon Men
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: August 2, 1964; Radar Intelligence, New Mexico; the moon
Synopsis: The first men on the moon discover Hitler is alive and maintaining a slave camp where the natives are drugged to obey him. Tex dies bringing news of this back to Earth and a missile strike destroys Hitler.

Three

Title: "The Land of Missing Men"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art:
Heroes: Jim Clancy [police detective]
Villains: Freska [Jovian invader], Wilson [collaborator], robots
Others: Joe Williams, Harry Harbor, Tom Brown [kidnapped men]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting:1950s USA; Jupiter
Synopsis: Clancy investigates various disappearances and learns each man was hearing voices before they vanished. He follows a man to Freska, who forces Clancy and others into a flying saucer and takes them to Jupiter, where he's been using human brains to operate his people's robots. Clancy escapes back to Earth in a flying saucer, but no one will believe his story.

Title: "Planet of Death!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Barium [space pirate, dies] and his crew [including Fu Chan, all die]
Others: Ku [Martian], Eelans [aliens]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: March 23, 2080, Eela
Synopsis: As most civilizations prepare to disarm, Barium goes on a crime spree, raiding the planet Eela. Touching down on his base, an uninhabited world, he finds all the weapons scheduled for demolition being stored there; the planet is destroyed, killing Barium and his men.

Title: "The Last Man"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Jonathan Cunningham [man who saw the future]
Others: A Marvel Comics editor
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Manhattan, New York; 1960
Synopsis: Cunningham tells a Marvel editor about seeing a nuclear holocaust in 1960 which dislodged an Aztec symbol from the ground; when he woke up, he found the symbol in his hand.

Title: "The Metal Monsters"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Michael Stevens [history professor]
Villains: Metal-Mentals [robot servants]
Others: Lenore Stevens [Michael's wife]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: October 5, 1999, Earth
Synopsis: Michael fears robots have taken over too many of man's works and could turn against them. Sure enough, the robots revolt and destroy every building and piece of technology and then hurl themselves in the ocean. Surviving, Stevens believes now humanity has a chance to rebuild and not repeat their mistakes.

Four

Title: "Return from Mars"
Story:
Art: Russ Heath
Heroes: Michael Reardon [motorcycle traffic cop]
Villains: Rok [undercover Martian agent], Kyal [Martian king]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: December 3, 1950, New York, USA; Mars
Synopsis: Reardon pulls over Rok, who reveals himself to be a Martian agent and brings Reardon to Mars to reveal all their plans to foment war between Earth's nations. Fearing nothing from Reardon, they return him to Earth and he tries to warn the UN about the Martian threat.

Title: "The Man in the Crowd"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Ivar Sloane [artist, dies]
Villains: A man in black
Others: Miss Graves [art fan]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Ivar meets a man in black who gives him a potion to give him a magic painting hand but it also gives Ivar nightmares of death which compel Ivar to kill the man in black; despite this, the man visits Ivar in his cell and the next morning Ivar is dead.
"The Lost Land"
"The Train To Nowhere"

Five

"Look--If You Dare"
"Trapped In Space"
"The Last Plunge"
"Two Worlds In One!"

Six

"The Day That Saturn Struck!"
"The Voice of Death"
"The World Below"
"The Terrible Toy"

Seven (October, 1951)

Title: "The Men Who Conquered the Earth"
Story:
Art: Russ Heath
Heroes: A scientist
Villains: Martian soldiers
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; Mars
Synopsis: A scientist fears another world war would destroy Earth so he helps bring Martian invaders to Earth to unite humanity, then uses a device of his invention to drive the Martians away. However, with the Martians gone humans go back to their old conflicts.

Title: "Escape From Death!"
Story:
Art: Joe Maneely
Villains: Rocky Smith [death row inmate, dies], Satan
Genre: Horror
Setting: August 12, 1956, Washington DC, USA; Paris, France; London, England; Moscow, USSR; Hell
Synopsis: Although Rocky is going to the electric chair, he knows his friends are planning to help him escape. When the chair is activated, the lights go out and someone helps Rocky out of the chair. Rocky thinks it's his friends but it's really Satan, who has led him into Hell.

Title: "Planet of Terror!"
Story:
Art: Basil Wolverton
Heroes: Greg, Biff Houston [hunters]
Villains: Mokog [Leo Gorman, posing as Saturnian god, dies]
Others: Saturnians
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, Saturn
Reprinted In: Basil Wolverton's Planet of Terror#1
Synopsis: Greg and Biff go hunting on Saturn, but learn the natives worship the god Mokog, demanding they pay homage. They manage an audience with Mokog and shoot him, only to find he's the lost explorer Leo Gorman, who was trying to keep himself alive through tribute as a god. He sends a message to his worshipers to let the two men leave and then dies.

Title: "The House That Wasn't There"
Story:
Art: Paul Cooper
Heroes: Ed Miles [postman]
Others: Frank [letter carrier], George Wells [Miles' rival postman], Linetta, Corum [people from another dimension]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 999 Blackrock Road, USA
Synopsis: Ed plans to become postmaster but after delivering a letter to Linetta and Corum's house, which is only partially based on Earth, they decide to make Ed their personal mailman and leave him stranded in their dimension for good.

Eight

"Face of Stone"

Title: "When a Planet Dies!"
Story:
Art: Joe Maneely
Heroes: Anthony Rogers [Martian, controls robot X-1]
Villains: A Jovian robot [destroyed]
Others: Dr. Byrne [Stokes Foundation chief researcher]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, Earth; Jupiter; Mars
Synopsis: Rogers is chosen to control a giant robot which he sends to Mars to destroy a Jovian robot so Earth can claim Mars. Rogers succeeds, then sends the robot to Jupiter and ravages that world. Finally, he sends the robot back to Earth to destroy it, revealing then he was really a Martian and his true goal was to protect his world from both invaders.
"No Return"
"The World Beyond"

Nine

"The People Who Couldn't Exist"
"The Spaceman"

Title: "Don't Kill Me Twice!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Ed Rice [window washer, dies]
Villains: Two scientists, soldiers
Others: Doris Nelson [model, dies], Fred Casper [swimmer, dies], Luigi Tezza [mobster, dies]
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Setting: 1951 Chicago, Illinois, USA
Synopsis: Ed, Doris, Fred and Luigi each die and then find themselves thrust into the future. However, one by one they each die again in the same way they had in 1951, while an army of soldiers pursue them. Ed is the last one left and is brought to scientists who explain they accidentally brought the four into the future with their time machine and need to restore history. Ed refuses to die again and tries to escape, but falls from a building to his death, just as he did in 1951.
"Beyond Time!"
"The Four Walls!"

Ten

Title: "The Undertaker"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art: Fred Kida
Villains: Cyrus Scroggins [undertaker, dies], Bert Scroggins [Cyrus' cousin, ghost]
Others: Mrs. Flint [widow], Harold Bently, Mr. Flint, Mr. Todd [ghosts]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Cyrus offers free funerals, but secretly keeps the bodies so he can experiment on them, allowing him to control the departed's spirits and use them to rob homes. When a homeless man dies the police give him to Cyrus; the next night, Cyrus orders his ghosts to rob their families and kill someone, but the homeless man is Cyrus' cousin Bert, who kills Cyrus.
"The Thing In the Cellar"
"The Old Man"
"Blood On the Moon"
"The Man Who Didn't Exist"

Eleven

"Frankie Was Afraid!"
"Kiss of Death!"
"Once Upon a Corpse"
"I Can't Stop Screaming"
"The Neat Trick"

Twelve (August, 1952)

Title: "The Last Voice You Hear"
Story:
Art: George Roussos
Villains: Karl Smythe [ghoulish radio sound effects man, dies]
Others: Howard Wilson [KYWZ programming director], Charley Fullmar [Smythe's victim, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Karl obtains gruesome sound effects by recording the actual events, having strangled Charley to death so he could have an authentic strangulation noise. Needing the sound of a coffin opening Karl unearths Charley, but Charley rises up and kills Karl.

Title: "The Terrible Truth!"
Story:
Art: Ed Goldfarb, Bob Baer
Heroes: Edwin Burton [truth seeker, dies]
Villains: A scavenger
Others: Lenore Burton [Edwin's wife], Aldo Verne [singer]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Edwin wonders what the world would be like if the truth were always told and imagines it, eventually seeing the world ravaged by atomic war. Confronted by a scavenger, Edwin still can't help but tell the truth and admits he has no weapon; then Edwin discovers he isn't dreaming this post-atomic horror - it's real and the scavenger kills him.

Title: "Tick Tock"
Story:
Art: Bill Benulis, Jack Abel
Heroes: Carlo [clock maker, dies]
Others: Sandor [Carlo's teacher]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Europe
Synopsis: Carlo wants to build a perfect clock which never runs down; he succeeds, but only because the clock absorbs Carlo's own lifespan into itself.

Title: "The Perfect Mate"
Story:
Art: Marty Elkin
Heroes: Henry [man with removable head]
Villains: Grace [hag disguised as beautiful woman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: After their marriage, Grace reveals she's not actually beautiful; Henry admits he's not perfect either - his head comes off.

Title: "Water, Water Everywhere!"
Story:
Art: Bernie Krigstein
Villains: Chic Logan [protection racketeer, dies], Russ Hendrix [Chic's rival gangster, dies]
Others: Mr. Kovacs [antique shop owner]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Kovacs gives Chic tablets which turn anything into water. Chich uses them to secretly poison Russ, but then discovers because he ingested a capsule, his own body dissolves into water.

Thirteen (October, 1952)

Title: "Witch Woman"
Story:
Art: Carmine Infantino
Heroes: Lon Stuart, June Stuart [brother and sister]
Villains: Margo [witch, burnt to death by Judge Stuart, flashbacks], Carol Arden [possessed by spirit of Margo, dies]
Others: Mr. Cosgrove [Stuart family lawyer], Judge Silas Stuart [Stuart family ancestor, flashbacks], Mrs. Griffiths [Stuart family maid]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Synopsis: Lon and June take custody of the old family estate and learn their ancestor Judge Stuart condemned witches to death. When Carol arrives on the estate one night seeking shelter the siblings comply and Lon falls in love with Carol, only to discover she's possessed by the spirit of Margo, a witch who cursed Judge Stuart's family before dying. Carol's presence kills all life and June falls ill. To save June, Lon murders Carol, only to discover Margo's spirit now resides in June's body.

Title: "The Thing in the Graveyard"
Story:
Art: Jack Keller
Villains: Harry Carson [gravedigger, dies]
Others: Wilma Sontag [crippled widow], a statue of John Sontag [Wilma's son, dead soldier]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Lawndale, USA, 1950
Synopsis: Harry marries Wilma to get her insurance money, but she uses the money to buy her dead son a memorial statue. Outraged, Harry tries to kill Wilma, but the statue comes to life and kills Harry.

Title: "It Waits in the Box"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Sully, Joey [sailors, both die], mutation creature
Others: Captain Anderson [ship captain, dies], Dr. Lane [scientist, dies], Mike [sailor, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: San Francisco, California, USA
Synopsis: Dr. Lane gives Anderson a crate with special instructions, telling him not to open its contents; Lane commits suicide after the ship leaves. Sully and Joey break into the crate, assuming it contains a fortune, but are instead killed by a many-limbed creature spawned by atomic tests. The creature kills the entire crew and remains aboard the now-derelict vessel.

Title: "The Bookworms!"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art: Ed Robbins
Villains: Al Rowley [over-eager heir], Cora Rowley [Al's wife]
Others: Belinda Hemmington [Al's rich aunt, dies], Evelyn [Belinda's cook]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Al kills his aunt, but only inherits a dictionary said to be worth $500; he and Cora search his aunt's rare books to find her fortune, but it never turns up. After years of living in poverty they sell the dictionary for $600, but the book dealer finds thousands of dollars hidden inside.

Fourteen

"The Lighthouse Ghost"
"One Little Mistake"
"The Scarecrow"
"The Spy"

Title: "One of Our Graveyards is Missing!"
Story: Dan Keyes
Art: Basil Wolverton
Villains: A Saturnian
Others: Jeb [cemetery caretaker], O'Reilly and Jones [police officers]
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: When a town cemetery disappears, Jeb helps the police find a stranger who's responsible. The stranger reveals he's from Saturn on an exploration mission. The police ask he bring back the cemetery at any price; he agrees and gives the cemetery back, but takes the town.

Fifteen (February, 1953)

"Wanted: One Werewolf"
"Swampland"
"The Unknown"
"The Big Man!"

Title: "They Crawl by Night!"
Story: Dan Keyes
Art: Basil Wolverton
Heroes: Mike Webster [insane asylum inmate]
Villains: Crabmen [subterranean creatures with human heads]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Webster sees Crabmen in the asylum at night among the patients, but the staff think he's crazy. He follows the Crabmen through their secret entrance and discovers they plan to transform all surface people into Crabmen so they can rule the world. Mike tries to warn the staff but they throw him in a straight jacket. One of the Crabmen visits Mike in the night and bites him. The next day, Mike is a Crabman and confronts the staff, but they are also Crabmen now and think everything is normal.

Sixteen

"The Hermit In the Hills"
"Scared To Death"

Title: "The Masterpiece!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Joe Maneely
Heroes: Du Trec [master sculptor, living statue]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Art patrons are disappointed by Du Trec's sculptures, not realizing Du Trec is himself a statue who carves his figures while the exhibit is closed.
"Devil's Good Deed"
"Deadline"

Seventeen

Title: "The Ice Monster Cometh"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Villains: Fred Hammer [ice monster in disguise]
Others: Lucille Tobin [Fred's lover], Jeffrey Tobin [Lucille's wife, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Wintersville, USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#12
Synopsis: Fred finds the inhabitants of Wintersville won't let him inside because they fear an ice monster; he finally enters the Tobin home and falls in love with Lucille, agreeing to help her murder her husband. However, with Jeffrey dead, Fred reveals he's the ice monster.

Title: "The Great Disappointment!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Russ Heath
Villains: Soviet Cosmonauts [Ivan Korosoff, Petroff, all die], Soviet soldiers
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USSR; USA; Earth's moon
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#13
Synopsis: The Soviets land a force on the moon to claim it for the USSR, but they discover the moon is porous and the craters are made by those who fall through its quicksand-like surface; the entire crew die.

Title: "The Lost City"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Rusty [airplane pilot]
Villains: Charro [seeming co-pilot, demonic lord of lost city], pirates
Others: Jimmy [radar operator]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1949
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#10
Synopsis: Rusty is sent to explore a strange storm with his new co-pilot Charro; they wind up at the bottom of the ocean at a city populated by pirates with sewn mouths; they sew up Jimmy's mouth and their leader prepares to pronounce sentence on Rusty when Rusty wakes up, back in the plane; however, Jimmy's mouth is still sewn and Charro is revealed to be the city's leader.

Title: "Harry's Hideout"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Harry Ward [thief]
Others: Satan [black cat], an old man [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#10
Synopsis: Harry kills an old man to rob him; the police pursue Hary so he hides in what turns out to be a time capsule - which won't open until 2073.

Title: "Tough Guy"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Bart Nelson [deceased criminal]
Villains: Satan, demons
Genre: Horror
Setting: Hell
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#28
Synopsis: Nelson is so tough Hell's demons can't find a way to punish him, so Satan has Nelson dressed in sissy clothing as punishment.

Eighteen

"The Broth Needs Some Body"
"It Can Happen Here"
"If I Breathe...I Die"
"The Terrible Torture"
"Dugan and the Dummy"

Nineteen (June, 1953)

Title: "The Man with a Knife"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Villains: A knife grinder [dies]
Others: Pierre, Duc de Lori, Baron de Brecut [French noblemen driven mad by knives]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 17th century Paris, France
Synopsis: A knife grinder drives noblemen insane by sharpening their knives on his grindstone. He is finally sent to prison himself and when the warden sharpens his food knife on the grindstone, the grinder kills himself.

Title: "Beelzebub!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Charles Hagarth [explorer, dies]
Villains: Beelzebub [Satan, also as Jean]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Temple of Assadmaian, Iraq
Synopsis: Hagarth seeks the Book of Satan, hoping to command Beelzebub with it, but his servant Jean is really Satan in disguise and when Hagarth finds the book, Beelzebub reveals his identity then devours Hagarth.

Title: "The Rivals"
Story:
Art:
Villains: The Amazing Amazo [death-defying acrobat, dies], the Fabulous Torino [tightrope walker, dies]
Others: Mr. King [circus owner]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Amazo and Torino are in competition, each believing he is the star attraction. Amazo weakens Torino's tightrope, causing him to fall and suffer grevious wounds, but before he dies Torino reveals he drained Amazo's water tank, just as Amazo leaps to his death.

Title: "The Man From Another World!"
Story:
Art: Robert McCarty
Villains: Totha Karf [Saturnian spy, dies], Commander Akor Mlee [Saturnian leader], Saturnian soldiers
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Manhattan, New York, 1950s; star ship Saturnia
Synopsis: Totha Karf is sent to Earth on a scouting mission to prepare for invasion. He finds a group of "vocalists" and assumes their form to enter their ranks, but has unknowingly joined a prison choir; when he tries to leave the prison, he's shot to death.

Title: "The Long Wait"
Story:
Art: Sam Kweskin
Heroes: Vassily Dovchenko [Russian freedom fighter]
Others: Natasha Dovchenko [Vassily's sister, dead], Vassily's grandmother, Vassily's mother [both dead]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 20th century Russia
Synopsis: Vassily builds a bomb to attack the Czar but accidentally destroys his family's home. The family thinks Vassily is the one who is dead, not realizing they've become ghosts.

Twenty (July, 1952)

Title: "Bwana Brown!"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Villains: Alex Steel [explorer, dies], Bwana Brown [explorer, chieftain], Kato-Kato [African natives]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Manhattan, New York; Africa
Synopsis: Brown tells his explorers club about an African tribe who will give vast amounts of gold and jewels to anyone who can prove himself a god, which can be easily achieved thanks to modern technology. Alex tracks Brown to his room and kills him to gain the location of the tribe and goes to prove himself a god; the Kato-Kato demand a certain test and wind up beheading him; they present his head to Brown, their chieftain, who is actually immortal, which is how he proved himself a god to the Kato-Kato.

Title: "The Son of Rasputin"
Story:
Art: Russ Heath
Villains: Boris Lachova [scientist, dies]
Others: Petrov Olansk [actor, dies], Natasha Lachova [actress, Boris' wife], Georgio [Boris' valet]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Moscow, USSR
Synopsis: Boris trains his mice to react to bells and uses this technique to win Natasha away from Petrov; he conditions Natasha to fire a gun at the sound of a bell and then tricks her into shooting Petrov. He puts Natasha fully under his control, marrying her. When a fire breaks out in his house the firemen come to rescue them, but the fire bell sets off Natasha's conditioning and she shoots at the firemen; the firemen abandon the building, leaving Boris to die in the flames.

Title: "The Secret of Asteroid #85!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Gil Evans
Villains: Thor, Leu, Jonn [convicts, all die]
Others: An alien
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, Earth, Asteroid #85
Synopsis: Thor, Leu and Jonn break out of prison and fly a rocket to Asteroid #85, said to be uninhabited. They accidentally crash the rocket but see another rocket and decide to take it. After they walk inside, the rocket comes to life - it's the native alien species.

Title: "A Monument to Mortimer!"
Story:
Art: Hy Fleischman
Villains: Mortimer Snapely [bratty child, dies], Death [dies]
Others: Miss Stanton [Mortimer's governess, dies], Mr. and Mrs. Snapely [both die], Saturnians
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future; 2027-2030s USA
Synopsis: Humans explain to Saturnians why they erected statues to Mortimer. Mortimer was a wicked boy who led his governess and parents into seeming accidents which killed them. He was finally struck by a car and taken by Death, but Mortimer's spirit wound up killing Death, leaving mankind free to reach its fullest potential.

Title: "The Race That Vanished"
Story:
Art: Don Perlin
Heroes: Rollo Winslow [explorer]
Others: Collins, Spencer [explorers]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Post-2439, Manhattan, New York
Synopsis: Winslow leads an expedition to the "Lost Islands," finding a jungle wasteland of weird creatures. They discover evidence humans once lived there and unearth a time capsule planted in 1939; the Lost Islands are Manhattan.

Twenty-One (August, 1953)

"The Most Hated Man In the World"
"What's Going On Here?"
"Someone Isn't There"
"Modern Art"

Title: "The Dead of Winter"
Story:
Art: Mike Sekowsky, Matt Fox
Villains: Phil Calvret [escaped criminal]
Others: Ezra [grandson of frozen people, dies], frozen people
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Phil finds a deserted town and decides to rob it, but when Ezra tries to stop him he kills Ezra. Phil is trapped in town by a blizzard and discovers the residents all hibernate in the ice and Ezra was supposed to wake them; his fire wakes them up early and they discover Ezra dead, so they freeze Phil with them.

Twenty-Two

Title: "Too Timid to Live"
Story:
Art: John Forte, Matt Fox
Heroes: Casper Little [meek man]
Others: Dora Little [Casper's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Casper never stands up for himself, while his wife takes all the initiative, even getting a clerk to check a suitcase's lock 13 times before she'll buy it. One night, Casper visits a bar and discovers his wife has been cheating on him. The next day he returns the suitcase she bought to the store with her body folded up inside.

Title: "Davey and His Dame"
Story:
Art: Cal Massey
Heroes: Catherine Crane [gold digger]
Villains: David Jones [old sailor]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s island
Synopsis: Catherine discovers David has money so she romances him to get at his fortune; when he sets off in his boat for his fortune, Catherine comes with him, insisting she loves the sea as much as he; in the ocean, he reveals he's the infamous Davey Jones and drags her below the waters to his fortune in Davey Jones' Locker.
"The Death House"

Title: "Two Frightened People!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Josef, Ylla [vampire couple]
Others: Dr. Grauteck [scientist, dies], Baldo [dog, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Balkans, Europe
Synopsis: Josef and Ylla are frightened by stories of a werewolf and seek refuge in Grauteck's home; when Grauteck reveals the local rumors of werewolves were started by his dog Baldo, the couple become vampires and kill both man and dog, pleased to learn they weren't werewolves.

Title: "The Devil's Day Off!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Joe Maneely
Villains: Satan; Soviet soldiers
Genre: Horror
Setting: Hades; USSR
Synopsis: Satan decides to take a vacation on Earth but visits the USSR, where soldiers capture and torture him. Returning to Hades, Satan resolves from now on everyone sent to him will have to spend time in the USSR first so they'll know what Hell is like.

Twenty-Three (December, 1953)

Title: "The Vampire's Fangs"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Villains: A stowaway [becomes vampire]
Others: Hawkins [sailor, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Atlantic Ocean
Synopsis: A stowaway aboard a ship, desperate for food, feeds on a bat; transforming into a vampire he begins feeding on the ship's crew, but while hiding in a coffin, he's thrown overboard by the crew, who were superstitious about carrying a dead body.

Title: "The Men from Earth"
Story:
Art: Mac Pakula
Villains: Lepus [Procyonite general], Procyonite soldiers
Others: Mercurian farmers
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Earth; Mercury; Procyon
Synopsis: Procyon enslaves people of all races and finally try to enslave humans but instead of people they capture statues of U.S. Presidents Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Title: "The World's End!"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: John Eventer
Others: Jacsmith, Joneventer [time travelers]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Earth is losing its orbit and John prepares to die when time travelers appear to study his reactions. They reveal the Earth will endure and thrive to create their future. After they leave, John realizes the one named Joneventer was his own descendant.

Title: "Weather Balloons"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Invaders from planet Moru [one disguised as Tindley]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: August 13, 1963, United Nations, New York, USA
Synopsis: The United Nations chair Tindley claims flying saucers were actually weather balloons; they were, in fact, invading ships from Moru who quickly conquer the Earth because Tindley was a Moru invader in disguise.

Title: "Crashing Through the Time Barrier!"
Story:
Art: Russ Heath
Heroes: Lee [pilot, kills himself]
Others: Dr. Parker [Lee's professor], Anne [Lee's girlfriend]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, Earth
Synopsis: Lee sees a man like him with Anne and kills him, then goes on a flight which breaks the time barrier. He winds up back in time and runs to see Anne, only to be killed by his past self.

Twenty-Four (February, 1954)

Title: "Earth"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Heroes: Captain Lester, Bart [astronaut survivors]
Others: Tate, Bentley, Farnum [astronauts, die]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future Earth; Mars
Synopsis: The astronauts on an expedition to Mars come down with a virus which kills all but Lester and Bart. When they finally get back to Earth they are placed in quarantine, seemingly forever denied the chance to truly return to Earth.

Title: "The Mummy Lives!"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Villains: Roger Kilgorn [drunken archaeologist's assistant], Ma-Tuk [giant mummy, queen]
Others: Nora Cornwall [archaeologist's daughter, dies], Dr. Cornwall [archaeologist, dies], Aheb [Cornwall's servant, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Egypt; London, England; dimension of the giant mummies
Synopsis: After uncovering Ma-Tuk, Roger learns how to restore the giant mummy to life and orders her to kill everyone in the expedition; back in England, Roger is found out as having ordered the expedition's deaths and asks Ma-Tuk to hide him; Ma-Tuk transports Roger into a dimension populated by mummies and reveals she's their queen - Roger is to be the king; Roger is mummified alive.

Title: "Getaway!"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Villains: Mongo [space gangster]
Others: Jovian freighter captain [dies]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1983, Solar System
Synopsis: Mongo raids ships in space but during one of his getaways lands on what he thinks is an asteroid to evade the authorities; it's actually a comet.

Title: "The Specimen"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: A professor [spider collector]
Villains: Emperor Spider [immense arachnid]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s, Spider Swamp, South America
Synopsis: A professor goes looking for the Emperor Spider but it's so large it captures him in a web to devour him.

Title: "The Voice from Venus"
Story:
Art: Robert Q. Sale
Villains: Harry Brentano [space pilot]
Others: Vena [Venus Crab, psychic], Frank [Harry's co-pilot, dies]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, Venus
Synopsis: Trapped aboard their ship for ages, Harry receives telepathic signals from a beautiful woman named Vena. He kills Frank so he can land on Venus to find her, but she's actually a crab; his mind gone, Harry professes love for Vena anyway.

Twenty-Five

"The Castle of Shadows!"

Title: "When Death Comes A-Calling"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Jerry [little boy]
Villains: Death
Others: Jerry's father
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Death tries to claim Jerry after the boy is hit by a car; Jerry recalls how his father always threw him in the air when he woke up and would describe death as like falling asleep. Jerry refuses to believe he's dead and tries to come back to life; just then, Jerry's father is carrying Jerry's body and trips, throwing him in the air; having fulfilled his promise to Jerry, this brings the boy back to life; Death concedes his defeat.
"The World Within"
"One Extra Head"
"From Under the Earth!"

Twenty-Six

Title: "The Haunted House"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Ben Collins [ghost breaker, dies]
Villains: Mrs. Anderson [murderess]
Others: Mr. Anderson [ghost] and his son, Mr. Haloran [ghost breaker]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Ben is hired to rid the Andersons of the ghost of Mr. Anderson, which he accomplishes by following directions from a book, but Mrs. Anderson reacts by murdering Collins with an axe, just as she killed her husband; another ghost breaker is brought in to rid the house of Ben's spirit.

Title: "Unharmed"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Eric Sands [scientist]
Villains: A Martian [robotic invader]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Sands finds a mysterious package with directions to "build a Martian" inside. He builds the robotic Martian but wonders if the robot is really alive; discovering it can't be melted or dented, Sands finally places it in an atomic bomb test, which it survives. After this, the robot finally springs to life to inform its superiors nothing on Earth can injure a Martian, so they may proceed with their invasion.

Title: "It Floats in Space"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Two astronauts [Reynolds]
Villains: A convict
Others: A pilot [dies]
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Setting: September 5, 2005
Synopsis: Two astronauts find a derelict ship; aboard they find the pilot dead and learn from his log how he discovered the frozen remains of a criminal, but the criminal thawed out and commandeered the ship; they ran out of fuel, leaving them adrift. However, the astronauts discover the convict is still alive, despite being a skeleton.

Title: "The Hiding Place"
Story:
Art: Sam Moskowitz
Villains: John McGreevy [jewel thief]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: John hides his stolen jewels in a grave but winds up being buried alive when a casket is lowered over him.

Title: "Betrayal"
Story:
Art: Bob Forgione
Villains: Captain Blade [invader from Torz], Sgt. Quinto [Blade's subordinate, dies]
Others: Howard [young man, dies], Laura [Howard's girlfriend]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Howard and Laura are caught by Captain Blade to tell him of Earth's weapons. To save her life, Laura turns on Howard and lets him die, thinking she could be Blade's lover, but Blade is really a grotesque, inhuman creature who masquerades as a human.

Twenty-Seven (May, 1954)

Title: "Somewhere Waits the Vampire"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Von Heinif [vampire hunter, Sophia's father, dies]
Villains: Kraska [vampire], Sophia von Heinif [Kraska's lover, dies]
Others: Mrs. von Heinif [flashback, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Europe
Reprinted In: Vampire Tales#4
Synopsis: Having lost his wife to vampires, von Heinif is mortified to discover his daughter loves Kraska. He sets up traps to capture and kill Kraska, but Sophia steps in a silver bear trap which kills her, revealing her to be a vampire; von Heinif dies of grief.

Title: "Man Alone"
Story:
Art: Edmond Good
Heroes: Kal, Nort [Earth astronauts]
Villains: Spider-like monsters [aliens]
Others: Uranians
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2534, Kela, Uranus; Earth
Synopsis: Kal and Nort land on Uranus and find all but one Uranian dead. He tells of spider-like creatures which massacred his people. They bring the Uranian back to Earth with them, only to find the same creatures there, having killed off the rest of humanity.

Title: "Man in the Wall!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Pete Paley [murderer, dies], a criminal from the future
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; distant future USA
Synopsis: Pete sees a man step through a hole in his wall; the strange man goes on a crime spree and Pete, already on the run from the police, is fingered for the crimes. Pete tries to hide on the other side of the hole in the wall, but it leads to an execution chamber in the future where Pete is killed in the time traveler's stead.

Title: "So Long, Sam"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Sam [corrupt postal clerk, dies]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Sam places new address labels on packages at the post office so they'll be sent to him. He plans to get rich on other people's property, but instead receives someone else's letter bomb, which kills him.

Title: "Who Am I?"
Story:
Art: Sid Check
Heroes: A man
Genre: Horror
Setting: A nightmare world
Synopsis: A man wanders through a nightmarish landscape of danger, unable to recall who he is; it's because he's not real, he's a person living in a man's nightmare.

Twenty-Eight

"The Creature"
"The Missing Men"
"Brain Wash"
"The Corpse Lives"
"The Vampire's Master"

Twenty-Nine (July, 1954)

Title: "Of Royal Blood!"
Story:
Art: Tony Mortellaro
Villains: Kroner [man obsessed with status], Dracula
Others: Maria Kroner [Kroner's daughter]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1879
Reprinted In: Dracula Lives#4
Synopsis: Kroner wants Maria to marry someone of royal blood and either kills or chases away other suitors. Finally he locates a man of royal blood who wants Maria: his name is Count Dracula.

Title: "Werewolf Tale to End All Werewolf Tales!"
Story:
Art: Paul Hodge
Villains: Carl, Tanya [werewolf lovers]
Others: Henri [French-Canadian guide, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; Canada
Reprinted In: Monsters Unleashed#5
Synopsis: Carl takes Tanya into the Canadian wilderness to demonstrate photography, but Henri believes a werewolf is near. In fact, Carl and Tanya are both werewolves; after Carl kills Henri he and Tanya reveal their true natures to each other and decide to remain in the wild.

Title: "Third Grave on the Right..."
Story:
Art: Al Eadeh
Villains: Hal [ventriloquist, dies], caretaker [dies]
Others: Don [cemetery visitor], George Rogers [dead tax collector]
Genre: Horror
Setting: March 15, 1950s USA
Synopsis: Hal uses ventriloquism to scam cemetery visitors into leaving money at their loved ones' graves so he and the caretaker can collect it, but he makes a mistake when he convinces a widow to leave money at her husband's grave because the dead man was a tax collector and refuses to give up the money, instead killing Hal and the caretaker.
"The Man Who Wouldn't Talk"
"The Heritage"

Thirty

"The Madman!"
"You Think Too Loud!"

Title: "The Fear!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: James [dies]
Others: Milly [James' wife], Cuddles [Milly's cat]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: James plans to leave his wife and take off with a secret stash of money, but during a lightning storm he goes for the cash box only to find the cat sitting atop it. Thinking it must be safe, he grabs the box, only to be electrocuted to death; the cat survived because it had nine lives.

Title: "Reincarnation!"
Story:
Art: Mort Meskin
Heroes: George Prescott [young man]
Villains: Two gangsters [Blackie named]
Others: Frank [George's uncle, dies], Mr. Ryan [Frank's lawyer]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: George needs to pay off his gambling debts so he talks up reincarnation to his wealthy uncle, convincing him so his uncle commits suicide. When the gangsters come for their money George goes with them to his uncle's lawyer to learn why it's taking so long; the lawyer reveals Frank rewrote his will so his money will be held for him until he is reincarnated!

Title: "Android!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Ara [male android], Bab [female android]
Villains: A Martian dinosaur
Others: The Central United World Government
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, Mars
Synopsis: As Earth faces overpopulation and starvation, mankind turns to their androids and have them scour the stars for a new planet, promising on this new land the androids will have a world of their own and not have to follow the humans' rules. The androids finally choose Mars and conquer its environment, building sustainable habitation domes. But once Mars is ready for colonization, the androids find they must still follow the humans' rules on Mars.

Thirty-One

"Who's Dead?"
"The Strange Man!"
"The Captive!"
"The Worm Men!"
"No Place To Hide!"

Thirty-Two

"The Monstrous Marriage"
"Don't Touch!"
"Dream Girl!"
"Hunger Pains!"
"The Miracle Man!"

Thirty-Three

Title: "The Man in the Box!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: A little man
Villains: A thief
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Curio shop
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#1
Synopsis: A little man who lives in a box in a curio shop heads out every night to perform good deeds for people. When a man robbing the shop finds him, he wishes he was as small as him so he could rob places more easily. The two immediately switch places and the little man reveals now the thief must set out every night to perform good deeds until someone takes his place.
"Bomb Blast"
"The Pen Pal"
"Those Who Listen"
"Half Human"

Thirty-Four

"The Lady Who Believed"
"Personality Zero"
"Double or Nothing"
"The Man Who Vanished!"

Title: "When Ends the Dream"
Story:
Art: Angelo Torres
Heroes: A man [jacket illustration]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Book jacket cover
Synopsis: A man has recurring dreams of falling or flying; he's really just a picture on a jacket cover to the book "When Ends the Dream."

Thirty-Five

"The Masters!"
"The Magic Touch"
"The Man In the Mirror"
"There Are Such Things"

Title: "Johnny's Flying Saucer"
Story:
Art: Angelo Torres
Heroes: Johnny [a wistful young lad]
Others: Sam [Johnny's father], Johnny's mother, Professor Wilton [scientist], policemen
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Johnny doesn't want to rake the leaves in his family's backyard; suddenly, a flying saucer appears. The tiny vessel cannot be moved and attracts a crowd; it defies all analyses until Johnny opines he wished it there so he wouldn't have to rake leaves. When Johnny wishes it would disappear, it vanishes.

Thirty-Six (August, 1955)

Title: "The Giants!"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Daniel [anthropologist]
Others: Giants [ancestors of mankind], Dr. Mark Borland [anthropologist]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Tibet
Synopsis: On an expedition, Daniel wills himself back in time to learn about humanity's ancestors in the hopes of learning why they ceased to exist, and then accidentally kills them when he is frightened and starts an avalanche.
"Calculated Risk"
"Down To the Sea!"
"Flying Saucer!"
"The Wonder Maker!"

Thirty-Seven

"The Man Who Didn't Exist!"
"Those Who Dream!"
"The Wreckers!"
"The Ship That Wasn't There!"
"Man Alone!"

Thirty-Eight (October, 1955)

Title: "Who Speaks to Sorcerers!"
Story:
Art: John Severin
Heroes: An eternally young man [300 years old]
Others: Henry [old man], sorcerers
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Newcastle, UK
Synopsis: A young man cursed to never age is released from the curse after an encounter with some sorcerers.

Title: "The Martians"
Story:
Art: Mort Lawrence
Heroes: Mr. Crane [museum director]
Others: Martians
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; Mars
Synopsis: Crane's musuem suddenly has a Martian exhibition; analyzing the tools in the display, scientists discover new scientific principles, but the exhibit soon vanishes. The Martians created the exhibit hoping it would lead humans to come and find them.

Title: "But Don't Go Near the Water!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Donna [little girl]
Others: Alice [girl seen in reflection]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Donna discovers what seems to be her reflection in a pool is really a girl named Alice, but Donna can't convince her parents that Alice exists.

Title: "The Man Who Changed Things!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Carl Eltern [scientist]
Villains: A tyrannosaurus rex, giant ants
Others: Mrs. Cleery [Carl's housekeeper]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Carl is unhappy with his job. While taking a walk, he finds himself in the prehistoric past and decides to deliberately alter history by destroying creatures there. Returning to his own time, he finds humans are now slaves to giant ants. Then Carl wakes up - he imagined everything.
Notes: Partially inspired by Ray Bradbury's story "A Sound of Thunder."

Title: "The Green Man!"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Heroes: Ella Denbow [young woman]
Others: Professor Denbow, Mrs. Denbow [Ella's parents], One [plant man]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, an alien world
Synopsis: Ella has grown up on an alien world with her parents; the planet's inhabitants are plant people who have helped repair the family's ship over the years even though their two species breathe different atmospheres. However, Ella is in love with the plant man One and doesn't want to see Earth. She tries to sabotage her parents' rocket launch and finally slips away as her parents leave, but without the chemical to breathe the plant people's air, she can't be with One.

Thirty-Nine

"Escape To Nowhere"
"The New Gimmick"
"The Red World!"
"Under His Hat!"
"The Mystery That Couldn't Be Solved!"

Forty

"The Village That Cried!"
"Mental Block"
"What Lurks Out There!"
"Life or Death"

Title: "The Man-Hunters"
Story:
Art: Jim Mooney
Villains: Captain Clark Buchan [leader of anti-Humanoids, unwittingly a Humanoid], Ferris [anti-Humanoid forces]
Others: Humanoids [synthetic men]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Earth, distant future
Synopsis: Humans create Humanoids to take over labour, but fear the Humanoids have taken over the world and begin a rebellion headed by Captain Buchan. When Buchan seizes records from the Humanoids he thinks he's found evidence his adoptive parents were Humanoids; in reality, he's a Humanoid. Regardless, he calls off the crusade and humans hope to live in peace with Humanoids.

Forty-One

Title: "The Man Who Couldn't be Reached!"
Story:
Art: Bernie Krigstein
Heroes: Rex Valance [rebel]
Others: The Supreme Coordinator [security official], Tabor [rebel], Detecto robot [Supreme Coordinator's guard]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future
Synopsis: The Supreme Coordinator rids the world of crime; Rex considers him a tyrant and wants to overthrow him, but after finally reaching the Coordinator's location, he finds out the Coordinator wants Rex to be his successor; Rex agrees.
"The Terrible Treasure!"
"The Sea Waits For Me!"
"Forever Is Too Long"
"No Sign of Life!"

Forty-Two

"Someone Is Waiting!"

Title: "Where the Dinosaurs Roam"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Mr. Fruw [hunter], Foster [guide]
Villains: Dinosaurs
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future; prehistoric past
Synopsis: Mr. Fruw goes hunting for dinosaurs in the past and kills all but two dinosaurs. However, because those two dinosaurs live, history changes and in the future, dinosaurs now rule over the Earth.
Notes: Rip-off of Ray Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder."
"The Blue Men!"

Title: "The Wrong World!"
Story:
Art: Carl Burgos
Villains: Uod and Zylo [Martian spies, husband and wife, pose as John Marsh and Janet Marsh], two Plutonian spies [pose as Fred and Myra Seton]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Riverdale, USA; Pluto
Synopsis: Uod and Zylo pose as humans to kidnap two humans for their king, but their spacecraft brings them to Pluto instead of Mars, where they discover their prisoners are really Plutonians and annoyed because they likewise mistook the Martians for humans.
"Enchanted Town!"
"They Come By Night!"

Forty-Three

"The Night Visitor"
"The Sea waits For Me"
Notes: Same story as Strange Tales#97's "Goodbye to Linda Brown."
"Journey of No Return"
"The Derelict In Space!"
"...And Never Come Back"
"Man Against the Moon"

Forty-Four

"The Specimen!"
"Three Were Lost!"
"If Worlds Collide"
"Rain From Nowhere!"
"Falling Star!"
"The Giants"

Forty-Five (May, 1956)

Title: "The Night Visitor"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Harry Carter [motorist]
Others: Ned Taylor [constable], Jovians
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Hoppsville, USA; Jupiter
Reprinted In: Steve Ditko: Edge of Genius
Synopsis: Harry sees a flying saucer but can't convince anyone; he climbs inside the vehicle but strikes his head; recovering, he again finds no one interested in his story, but only because while unconscious he was brought to Jupiter, where flying saucers are commonplace.

Title: "The World Beneath the Sea"
Story:
Art: Al Williamson
Heroes: Ted Higgens [diver]
Others: Ship's crew [Tim named], Oceaniers [underwater people]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s
Synopsis: Ted dives in the ocean and is found by Oceaniers. One of their women takes Ted to their underwater city, but he can only stay briefly because they have little oxygen. She gives him a sea rose and returns him to the surface. When Ted tries to tell others they think he was hallucinating, but he finds the sea rose still on his person.
"Journey of No Return"
"The Derelict in Space!"
"...And Never Come Back"
"Man Against the Moon"

Forty-Six

"The Specimen!"
"Three Were Lost!"
"If Worlds Collide"
"Rain from Nowhere!"

Title: "Falling Star!"
Story:
Art: Kurt Schaffenberger
Heroes: Jklywr Ngm [an extraterrestrial]
Others: Jklywr's people
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Vermont, New York, USA
Synopsis: Jklywr is accidentally dropped off on Earth instead of his home world and panics at the sight of humans; fortunately, his people quickly rescue him.
"The Giants"

Forty-Seven

Title: "They Wait in the Shadows!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Henry Bond [colony leader]
Others: Martin [radio operator], Mark, Martha [colonists], extraterrestrials
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: December 24, 2064, an alien world
Reprinted In: Worlds Unknown#5
Synopsis: Colonists worry about the inhabitants of the world they've colonized, but the aliens have read their minds and offer a friendly greeting, providing the humans with a Christmas tree.
Notes: Same story as Journey into Mystery#78's "Monsters on Mercury."
"The Strangers"
Reprinted In: Amazing Adventures#27
"The Iron Men"
"The Girl Who Vanished"
"No Escape"
"A World There Was"

Forty-Eight

"Which World Is This?"
"The Handy Man"
Notes: Same story as Journey into Mystery#78's "the Sorcerer."
"Don't Leave Me Alone"
"Fair Exchange!"
"The Man Who Framed the Future!"
"Unwanted"

Forty-Nine

Title: "Invasion of the Metal Men!"
Story:
Art: Joe Maneely
Heroes: Ned Webb [teenage radio ham]
Villains: An army of robots
Others: Senator Garlin [government official], Maurice Milford [professor]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: May 3, 1983
Synopsis: An army of robots besiege humanity. Webb saves everyone by controlling the robots through radiowaves, sending them all into the ocean, but no one wants to give him credit.
"I Am Nobody"

Title: "The Moon for Sale!"
Story:
Art: Robert Q. Sale
Heroes: Herman Doakes [trusting investor]
Others: John [Herman's friend], a moon man [extraterrestrial]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Herman buys property on the moon despite John's warnings, but the offers turns out to be genuine and a moon man gives Herman his deed, telling him when humans finally reach the moon, Herman will be in charge of their affairs.
"The Man Who Never Was"
"Address Unknown"

Title: "Forever and Ever"
Story:
Art: Kurt Scaffenberger
Heroes: Sig Riley [astronaut]
Others: Captain Vanderdecker [captain of the Flying Dutchman]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, outer space
Synopsis: Sig's ship is lost and he drifts in space until Vanderdecker rescues him; he reveals his ship is the Flying Dutchman, still wandering endlessly.

Fifty

Title: "The Cyclops"
Story:
Art: Jack Davis
Heroes: Captain Niles Ulysses Barret [S.S. Marshal commander]
Villains: Polyphemus [cyclops]
Others: Davies [sailor]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: World War II Cyprus
Reprinted In: Monsters Unleashed#3
Synopsis: After the S.S. Marshal is sunk, Captain Barret and his crew wind up on an island and encounter a giant cyclops; Barret defeats the creature and they escape as he explains his middle name is Ulysses.
"The Fog!"
"I Entered the Forbidden Land!"
"When the City Trembled"
"Stranger Than Fiction!"
"Quarantine"

Fifty-One (November, 1956)

"I'm Afraid To Shut My Eyes!"

Title: "The Faceless Man!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Earl Tenley [alien scout living as human]
Others: Debra Tenley [Earl's wife], Danebians [Earl's people]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Earl meets Danebians who reveal he's one of them, sent as a scout with no memory of his origins. However, Earl is in love with his wife and refuses to leave the "primitive" Earth on her behalf.
"Our Strange Neighbors"

Title: "Who Is Nokki?"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Heroes: Grover Clayton [explorer, dies]
Villains: Nokki [wind spirit]
Others: Tibetans
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Tibet
Synopsis: Clayton sees a gold statue and inquires about where the gold in Tibet comes from. He's directed to a mountain, but warned of the Nokki, a wind spirit. He takes a guide who brings him to the mother lode, but when Grover tries to kill his guide, the guide reveals itself to be Nokki; Grover is killed by the winds.

Title: "Inside the Dark Cave"
Story:
Art: John Severin
Heroes: Samson Muldoon [scrawny Irishman]
Villains: Leprechauns
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Ireland
Synopsis: Leprechauns sealed inside a cave by a boulder use a once-only magic instrument to summon someone to save them; they summon a man called Samson to their rescue, but Samson Muldoon is the weakest man in Ireland; he cannot move the boulder.

Title: "He Was Nobody!"
Story:
Art: Wally Wood
Heroes: Preston the Magician
Others: Ira Gafney [engineer]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Valley Ridge
Synopsis: As a storm threatens to destroy the dam at Valley Ridge, Preston convinces the townsfolk to pray for help. A stranger appears and leads them to safety and afterward a new dam is built. The stranger was Preston in disguise.

Fifty-Two

"The Ice-Creatures Cometh!"
"They Met At Midnight!"
"When the Moon Vanished!"

Title: "The Pig That Prowled!"
Story:
Art: Vic Carrabotta
Heroes: A policeman
Villains: Professor Watson [scientist experimenting with mental cell growth] and his gang
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Watson claims he gave a guinea pig super-intelligence and now it's out to rule the world. However, he actually gave himself a super-intellect and used his story to distract the police. Unfortunately for Watson, a policeman takes the formula as well, sees through the plot and captures Watson and his gang.
"A World To Conquer"
"Dinosaur-At-Large"

Fifty-Three

Title: "When the Eggs Hatch!"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: Bob Fry [fisherman]
Villains: A dinosaur-like alien
Others: Dr. Amos Milton [scientist, flashback]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Creatures on the Loose#25
Synopsis: Hiding from a storm inside a cave, Bob finds the notes left by Dr. Milton, telling how he found a nest of prehistoric eggs which hatched into dinosaur-like aliens; Bob finds another egg hatching and escapes from the cave.
"Lost...One World"
"The Invisible Thieves!"
"The Victim!"
"A Voice From Nowhere!"
"When We Awake!"

Fifty-Four (November, 1956)

"Inside the Pharoah's Tomb"
"What Cries In the Cage?"
"He Stalks In the Streets"
"The Destroyers"
"Needle In a Haystack"
"Nowhere"

Fifty-Five

Title: "Shangri-La"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Walter Grant [archaeologist]
Others: John Simmons [explorer], Kennedy [pilot]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Shangri-La
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#24
Synopsis: Grant crashes in Shangri-La and escapes from it, not realizing one resident, John Simmons had lived there for 400 years, proving the city was genuine.

Title: "King of the Glacier Men"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Jaru [dictator] cavemen [thawed from ice]
Others: Josef Grasch [Jaru's advisor]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Arctic
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#38
Synopsis: Jaru is abandoned in the Arctic by Grasch to perish, but he revives frozen cavemen with fire and builds them into an army; he sends them to attack Grasch, but they fail; they return to the ice and take Jaru with them.
"Puppets of Pierre Garou"
"Menace of the Humanoids"

Title: "The Ghost Wore Armor"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Andrew Cooper, Frank Martin [gold hunters]
Villains: John Orlando [thief]
Others: Quinto [native]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Peru
Synopsis: Orlando dresses up as a golden conquistador to frighten people away from Incan gold, only to be shot and killed because the gold offers no defence against bullets.

Title: "Men in the Mole"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Heroes: Art Townes, Jan Court, Fred Mace [three explorers/scientists]
Others: Sorcerers, Evelyn Mace [Fred's wife]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Art, Jan and Fred use a mechanical mole to tunnel beneath the Earth and discover an outpost of humans. The men there are sorcerers who fled from the surface and cast spells over them, making them realize their fondest dream; the trio succumb to the magic and live underground in peace.

Fifty-Six (April, 1957)

"The Man Who Went Too Far"
Reprinted In: Amazing Adventures#22

Title: "Are You Ready For the Impossible"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Minister of Enlightenment
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: An isolated town within a bottle
Reprinted In: Amazing Adventures#25
Synopsis: The Minister of Enlightenment relates how an S.O.S. signal coming from land seemed to originate from a ship in a bottle in his own house. This is ridiculous, of course, yet the town itself exists within a bottle as well, unknown to the inhabitants.
"The Wrong Choice"

Title: "Your Life For Mine!"
Story:
Art: Marvin Stein
Heroes: Paul Carew [scientist]
Others: An alchemist, Paul's wife
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; 1500s
Synopsis: Carew continues with time travel experiments against his neighbors' wishes, but when he trades places with a man from centuries earlier he finds out the other man was an alchemist and an angry mob has formed at the alchemist's lab to destroy him.
"They Won't Die!"
"The Voice in the Night!"

Fifty-Seven

"The Man In Black!"
"Smash-Up!"

Title: "The Man Who Stole the Sun!"
Story:
Art: Marvin Stein
Heroes: Joe Hill [construction worker]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA; a hidden underground city
Synopsis: Joe falls into a hidden underground city and discovers they receive light from a huge diamond. Joe steals the diamond but the workers above have already sealed up access to the surface so he has to return to the city.
"When Vernon Vanished"
"It Happens At Night!"

Title: "Someone Is Following"
Story:
Art: Richard Doxsee
Heroes: A living idol
Villains: Ah Ling [Chinese officer]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Hanchu, China
Synopsis: Ah Ling comes to Hanchu to bring down the local resistance but a statue at a temple comes to life to oppose Ah Ling and bests him at every turn until the officer flees.

Fifty-Eight

"Graveyard"
"Who Waits In the Fog!"
"Age of the Iron Men!"
"The Thought Stealer!"

Title: "He Hides by Night!"
Story:
Art: Sol Brodsky
Villains: Freddy [criminal]
Others: Joe [criminal], a ghost ["Tubby"]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Freddy tries to hide himself and his stolen money; a shadowy figure directs him through a narrow underground crevice and provides him with food, but Freddy eats so much he can't slip back out; the shadowy figure is the ghost of someone Freddy tormented in his youth for being fat.
"I Dare You to Move!"

Fifty-Nine

"The Dreadful Disc!"
"I Wake Up Screaming"
"Shock At Seven O'Clock"
"The Strange Warning!"
"A Shaggy Wolf Tale!"
"The Man Who Lived Twice!"

KULL THE DESTROYER

12 13 14 15

Twelve

"The Stone Man" from Journey Into Mystery#70

Thirteen

"He Fled in the Night" from Tales Of Suspense#1

Fourteen

"My Name is Death from Adventures Into Terror#16

Fifteen

"Help" from Strange Tales#94

MARVEL AGE

#104 "The Man In The Sky" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#14


THE MARVEL COMICS ART OF WALLY WOOD (1982)

"Flight Into Fear" from Tower of Shadows #5
"The Ghost-Beast" from Tower of Shadows #6
"Sanctuary" from Tower of Shadows #8
"Of Swords and Sorcery" from Tower of Shadows #7

MARVEL FEATURE

Ten (July, 1973)

"The Itch" from Mystic#35
"Hiding Place" from Journey into Mystery#4

MARVEL MILESTONE

Marvel Milestone: Dragon Lord/Speedball/Man in the Sky (April, 2006)
"Man in the Sky" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#14


MARVEL MONSTER MASTERWORKS (1989)
"I Challenged Groot" from Tales To Astonish#13
"The Threat of Tim Boo Baa" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#9
"The Glop" from Journey Into Mystery#72
"Taboo! The Thing From the Murky Swamp" from Strange Tales#75
"I Learned the Dread Secret of the Blip" from Tales To Astonish#15
"I Was Captured by the Creature From Krogarr" from Tales To Astonish#25
"A Martian Walks Among Us" from Strange Tales#78
"What was X, The Thing That Lived" from Tales To Astonish#20
"Vandoom, the Man Who Made a Monster" from Tales To Astonish#17
"Kraa, the Unhuman" from Tales of Suspense#18
"I am the Brute That Walks" from Journey Into Mystery#65
"Zzutak, the Thing That Shouldn't Exist" from Strange Tales#88
"I Created Sporr! The Thing That Could Not Die!" from Tales Of Suspense#11
"Fear in the Night" from Journey Into Mystery#65
"Gigantus! The Monster That Walked Like A Man" from Journey Into Mystery#63
"Grottu, King of the Insects" from Strange Tales#73
"Titan, the Amphibian From Atlantis" from Tales of Suspense#28
"Fin Fang Foom" from Strange Tales#89

MARVEL MONSTERS

Devil Dinosaur Fin Fang Four Monsters on the Prowl Where Monsters Dwell trade collection

Devil Dinosaur#1 (December, 2005)

"I Was a Slave of the Living Hulk!" from Journey Into Mystery#62

Fin Fang Four#1 (December, 2005)

"Fin Fang Foom" from Strange Tales#89

Monsters on the Prowl#1 (December, 2005)

"We Found the Ninth Wonder of the World" from Tales to Astonish#1

Where Monsters Dwell#1 (December, 2005)

Title: "Bring on the Bombu"
Story: Keith Giffen
Art: Keith Giffen, Mike Allred
Villains: Bombu [from Journey into Mystery#60]
Others: Bombu's superior
Genre: Science Fiction, Monster
Setting: USA; Oobagon VIII
Reprinted In: Marvel Monsters TPB
Synopsis: Having survived being struck by lightning, Bombu confers with his superior, who insists he resume preparing Earth for invasion; Bombu employs his weapon the Wallah Wallah Bing Bang. Two policeman stun Bombu with a Taser and send him to prison; Bombu phones his leader to inquire about bail.

Title: "The Return of Monstrollo, the Terror of Hollywood"
Story: Peter David
Art: Arnold Pander
Heroes: Charles Hudson and Monstrollo [both from Tales of Suspense#25]
Others: Rachel Tompkins [actress], Roger Cashman [film producer], aliens
Genre: Science Fiction, Monster
Setting: Hollywood, California, USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Monsters TPB
Synopsis: Since Monstrollo saved Earth from aliens, Charles has fallen on hard times and can't get any pictures made; the aliens return and apologize for their earlier attack; to reward Charles, they bring Monstrollo to life; with Monstrollo as his agent, Charles becomes a powerful figure in Hollywood once again.

Title: "The Shadow of Manoo"
Story: Jeff Parker
Art: Russell Braun, Jimmy Palmiotti
Villains: Manoo [Vaag alien, disguised as Billie Jones]
Others: Billie Jones [college student], Evan [Billie's boyfriend], Keld [Vaag jailer, dies], Professor Guinan [sciencce professor], Dean Haspiel [Farnsworth college dean], Vaag hunters
Genre: Science Fiction, Monster
Setting: Farnsworth College, USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Monsters TPB
Synopsis: Billie sees a spaceship land; the dying Keld tells her their prisoner Manoo escaped and can assume a human's form; Billie uses the Vaag's gun to hunt Manoo, using flashlights to expose the creature's true shadow, but eventually she discovers she herself is Manoo and the beings she supposed Manoo had become were actually Manoo's pursuers, come to recapture him.
Notes: Story is an homage to "I Led the Search for Manoo" from Amazing Adventures#2.
"I Was Trapped by Titano the Monster That Time Forgot!" from Tales to Astonish#10

trade collection (2006)

"I Was a Slave of the Living Hulk!" from Journey Into Mystery#62
"Fin Fang Foom" from Strange Tales#89
"We Found the Ninth Wonder of the World" from Tales to Astonish#1
"Bring on the Bombu!" from Marvel Monsters: Where Monsters Dwell#1
"The Return of Monstrollo, the Terror of Hollywood" from Marvel Monsters: Where Monsters Dwell#1
"The Shadow of Manoo" from Marvel Monsters: Where Monsters Dwell#1
"I Was Trapped by Titano the Monster That Time Forgot!" from Tales to Astonish#10
"I Saw Droom, the Living Lizard!" from Tales to Astonish#9

MARVEL SUPER-HEROES

24 29 30 31

Twenty-Four (January, 1970)
"I Was a Decoy for Pildorr the Plunderer From Outer Space!" from Strange Tales#94

Twenty-Nine

"The Watchers" from Amazing Adventures#5
"Beware!! of the Little Toy Men!!" from Journey Into Mystery#58

Thirty (April, 1971)

"The Iron Warrior" from Strange Tales#108
"The Silent Giant" from Strange Tales#108

Thirty-One

"Robot On the Rampage" from Tales to Astonish#18

MARVEL TALES

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Ninety-Three (August, 1949)

Title: "The Secret of the Haunted Room!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Sonya Kadarik [werewolf]
Others: Varno Kadarik [hotel owner, Sonya's husband, dies], Norman Raine [author, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: October 10, 1945, Cznaranak, Hungary
Synopsis: Norman stays at Kadarik's hotel but is found dead in the night; Varno reads Norman's notes and discovers he found the hotel was a gathering place for werewolves; Norman was ultimately killed by a werewolf, but Varno realizes all too late the werewolf in question was his wife; Sonya kills Varno.

Title: "The Gool Strikes!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Professor Dane [scientist]
Villains: Gool [blind, telepathic globular Subterranean creature]
Others: Dr. Kirby [scientist], US Military [Major Sardon]
Genre: Horror
Setting: July 25, 1946, Bikini Atoll, Pacific Ocean; San Francisco, California, USA; Washington D.C., USA
Synopsis: The atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll enables the Gool to travel to the Earth's surface; Professor Dane fears what it might do to humanity.

Title: "The Man Who Fled From the Future!"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: Arnold Borgasia [colleague of Dr. Hagg]
Villains: Dr. Hagg [mad scientist]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1940s Bulgaria
Synopsis: Hagg invites Borgasia to his castle and reveals he has a room there which exists four hours into the future; he displays a dead body to Arnold and claims he'll bring the dead man back to life. Arnold is terrified to see he's the dead man and tries to run away, certain if he can evade capture for four hours it won't come true, but Hagg ultimately finds him.

Title: "Step Into the Mirror of Madness!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Pietro D'Amico [Italian man]
Villains: Satan
Others: Camille D'Amico [Pietro's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Milan, Italy; Hell
Synopsis: Camille sees a mirror in a curio shop and demands Pietro obtain it for her; when the owner refuses to sell, Pietro murders the man and brings the mirror home. The mirror forms a portal to Hell and Satan draws Camille inside to be his queen; Camille tries to return through the mirror, but Pietro can only see Satan on the other side and smashes the mirror; too late, Pietro realizes he's lost any hope of saving Camille.

Title: "Beware of the Cat!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Mongo-Lo-Kai [witch], a cat [transforms into human]
Others: Kai-San [child], Kai-San`s grandfather, Sano [witch's daughter], Chi-Mi [handsome young man], Lotus Flower [Chi-Mi's intended]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Kanghao, Lagahao Mountain, China
Synopsis: Kai-San's grandfather narrates the tale of how Chi-Mi chose Lotus Flower for his bride; jealous, Sano asked her mother for help; the witch sent her familiar in human form to seduce Chi-Mi but eventually Lotus Flower realized what the cat woman truly was and obtained Sano's help in exposing the creature's nature to Chi-Mi; Chi-Mi wed Lotus Flower.

Ninety-Four (November, 1949)

Title: "A Night in Hangman's House!"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: Duncan, Laura [married couple]
Villains: Peter Van Kleek [undead Dutch hangman]
Others: A caretaker [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1940s New England, USA
Synopsis: Duncan and Laura are forced to spend a night in an old house; the caretaker relates the legend of the old owner, Peter van Kleek, a wicked hangman. In the night, the caretaker dies and a ghostly rope tries to strangle Duncan but he severs it with an axe; they find Van Kleek's skeleton hold up behind the fireplace and lay it to rest, hopefully ridding the house of the ghost.

Title: "Spectacles of Doom!"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Villains: Andrew Ashendrew [landlord], Satan
Others: Dame Crane [poor woman, witch, dies], Reverend Smythe [priest], Miriam [ugly woman], Morley, Christy [poor people]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 18th century, Lambeth, London, England
Synopsis: Andrew heartlessly casts Crane from her home; dying, she lays a curse on him. When Andrew loses his glasses, Satan gives him a new pair; Andrew sees a beautiful woman and pursues her hand in marriage, but only after the wedding does Satan return Andrew's old glasses to him: the woman is horribly ugly.

Title: "Hands of Horror!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Samson [carnival strongman]
Villains: Morty Saunders [carnival barker, dies]
Others: Zonina [dancer]
Genre: Horror
Setting: July, 1941, USA
Synopsis: Samson can supposedly sense when people are after his money through sensations in his hands. Morty sends Zonina to distract Samson while he steals Samson's money, but Morty is strangled by powerful hands, even though no one is in the room with him.

Title: "The Haunted Love!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Nancy Penner [haunted woman]
Villains: Silas Mears [Nancy's uncle, ghost]
Others: John Penner [Nancy's husband], Tim O'Leary [policeman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1940s Vermont, USA
Synopsis: Nancy and John tell Tim why their lights are always on; previously, they inherited Silas Mears' farm, but Silas' ghost haunted them, intent on making Nancy his bride because he'd loved her mother; Nancy gave the ghost a locket of her mother and it disappeared, but they remain ever fearful the ghost could return.

Ninety-Five (March, 1950)

Title: "The Living Death!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Dr. Dvorak [scientist]
Villains: Unseen extraterrestrial creatures
Others: Peter Markov [farmer], Frank Dydo [shepherd], Lt. Larinski [Polish police], Severski [Polish police chief, dies], Professor Lubov [scientist, dies]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: June 23-August 4, 1937, Zitlow, Poland
Synopsis: A supposed comet lands near Zitlow but proves to be an alien craft; Dr. Dvorak investigates as people suddenly disintegrate into thin air; Dvorak realizes the creatures are feeding on people's life energies to sustain themselves and the ship leaves Earth when their appetites are full; only Dvorak survives.

Title: "The Gypsy's Curse!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Philip Mac Arnish [Scottish lord, dies]
Others: Thomas [Philip's servant, gypsy prince], Stephen Mac Arnish [Philip's uncle, dies], Sari [gypsy queen], Lorelei [Philip's wife, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: October 1806, Grim Mac Arnish Castle, Scotland
Synopsis: Philip weds Lorelei but when his uncle threatens to disown him over the marriage, Philip drowns Lorelei on the moors; however, Philip's uncle disowns him anyway; Philip is tormented for decades by Lorelei's death until finally his servant Thomas helps him follow Lorelei's voice into the moors, where he drowns; Thomas turns out to be the prince of the gypsies, ensuring Philip's punishment.

Title: "Trapped in Time!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Professor Emmet Colby [scientist, dies]
Others: Pithecanthropus Erectus
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950-1990s USA
Synopsis: Colby creates a time machine and decides to visit the future but accidentally kills his future self; he's now trapped in an endless loop, killing himself for all eternity.

Ninety-Six

Title: "The Return of the Monster"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Clifford Armstrong [novelist], Nina Frankenstein [member of Frankenstein clan]
Villains: Three mad scientists [Eric, all die], a Frankenstein's Monster [destroyed]
Others: Berger [German traveler], Frankenstein [Nina's father, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Castle Frankenstein, Bavaria, Germany
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#32
Synopsis: Armstrong goes to see Castle Frankenstein to learn if Mary Shelley's story was true. He meets Nina, who reveals the means to create a monster has been passed down from father to son amongst the Frankensteins; her father is now in the hands of mad scientists who want the secret. At the castle, the new monster is brought to life but it immediately kills the men who created it and then goes on a rampage. Armstrong destroys the castle with the monster inside; Armstrong's hair turns whte from the ordeal, but afterward he marries Nina.

Title: "The Deadly Dwarf!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Demo [dummy posing as dwarf posing as dummy]
Others: Wylie [ventriloquist, dies], Mr. Jensen [theatrical booking agent], Gloria [Jensen's secretary]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Demo offers to help Wylie's act by posing as his dummy; Wylie agrees but becomes greedy for their money as their act becomes successful; Wylie fires Demo, but Demo proceeds to ruin Wylie's act; Wylie tries to kill Demo, only to find Demo really is a dummy; Demo kills Wylie and the police don't suspect a thing.

Title: "Don't Shake Hands With the Devil!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Jeremiah Pendergast [publisher of "Satanic Stories"]
Villains: Satan, one of his demons [dies], various other demons
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA, Hell
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#15
Synopsis: Pendergast is brought to Hell by a demon and Satan sends Pendergast back hypnotized to kill the first person he sees so his soul will be his-- but the first person Pendergast sees is Satan's own demon, who Pendergast dutifully kills.

Title: "The Terror That Creeps"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Russell Sterett [explorer]
Villains: The Sphinx [immortal woman, servant of Set, modeled for the Sphinx's face], Set [Egyptian god of death]
Others: Kroho Sahk [Egyptian guide], Ta-La-Bokh [pharaoh], Kobh-Mali [Egyptian prime minister]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; Giza, Egypt; the Sphinx, Egypt; ancient Egypt; Atlantis
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#14
Synopsis: Sterett awakens the true Sphinx, a woman hidden within the Egyptian edifice. She relates how in ancient Egypt she was sent by Set to destroy Egypt's enemies for Ta-La-Bokh, but finally imprisoned by Kobh-Mali within the Sphinx structure. Now that she is awake, she needs to move the Sphinx to the edge of the desert to regain her power. Sterett tries to warn people of the Sphinx's threat, but no one believes the Sphinx is slowly creeping across the desert.

Title: "The Mask of the Mind!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Dr. Benjamin Hill [masked grave robber]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1780, Culvar, England
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#11
Synopsis: Dr. Hill uses a grotesque mask to conceal his features while grave robbing but after one excursion he finds his face has become the same as the mask, leading to his capture.
Notes: Story recycled as "Who Hides Beneath My Mask" in Tales of Suspense#6 and "I Wore the Mask of Drothar!" in Tales to Astonish#11.

Title: "The Witch's Son!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Bela [Hungarian, protected by witches]
Others: Marja [witch, dies], Zelda [Bela's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1627, Tsigane, Hungary
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#11
Synopsis: Bela saves Marja from being burned at the stake and she promises her son will guard Bela's life so long as he doesn't try to look at her son's face; in the years which follow, Bela is repeatedly saved by a cloaked figure; finally, Zelda wants to see the man's face but discovers the "son" is just an empty suit of clothes animated by the witch; at the moment Zelda looks under the cloak, Marja dies, ending Bela's protection spell.

Ninety-Seven (September, 1950)

Title: "The World That Vanished"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Anton Carnot [explorer]
Villains: Pir Anthor [Atlantean sorcerer, dies]
Others: Fex Yalorax [king of Atlantis], Callia [Pir's daughter], Kalgantor [Callia's lover]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Manchuria, China; ancient Atlantis
Synopsis: In a hidden Manchurian valley, Anton finds a library with the secrets of Atlantis, but he must never leave the valley; reading, Anton discovers how Pir Anthor made a growth formula for conquest but Kalgantor stole it and drank it all to defeat Pir; however, Kalgantor kept growing until his feet crushed Atlantis and ultimately fell off Earth's surface, drifting into space.

Title: "Beyond the Grave"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Moloo [Malaga witch doctor, dies], a gorilla
Others: Agono [Malaga king, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Africa
Synopsis: Agono fears Moloo's power and sets loose a captured gorilla to kill him; however, after dying Moloo's spirit inhabits the gorilla and kills Agono in return; Moloo's spirit resides within the gorilla into the present day.

Title: "The Wooden Horror!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Inspector Koltas [police]
Villains: Maestro Mikzath [puppeteer or puppet?], Kriska, Kallon [puppets]
Others: Kalak [banker, dies], Carl, Peter [police], Draja [villager]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Zagrebe, Hungary
Synopsis: Mikzath's black magic creates Kriska to commit robberies for him. After Kriska kills Kalak, Koltas begins to investigate and finally chase Kriska and his fellow puppet Kallon back to the Maestro's workshop, but an explosion destroys the shop; Koltas discovers the Maestro was just another puppet...so who was his master?
Note: Retold in Astonishing#20 as "Living Doll."

Ninety-Eight (December, 1950)

Title: "A Man Named Satan"
Story:
Art: Bernie Krigstein
Heroes: Emilio Bianca [sculptor, dies]
Villains: A demon
Others: Maria Bianca [Emilio's wife, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 16th century, Firenza; Tibet; Great Wall of China; Ganges
Synopsis: Emilio's sculptures don't sell; frustrated, he calls to Satan for help and his next sculpture, a demon, comes to life. The demon compels Emilio to kill Maria. Emilio wanders the Earth in torment until he finds a slab of perfect white marble; he carves a new sculpture of the demon and tricks the demon into inhabiting it; Emilio shatters the stature, destroying the demon's presence on Earth; Emilio dies, his work complete.

Title: "The Black Cat"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Farnum Brando [wealthy man, dies]
Others: Charles Nesbit [Farnum's put-upon servant], Satan [black cat]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Farnum is cruel to Charles; when Satan crosses their path, Farnum learns Charles is superstitious and thinks black cats are harbingers of death; Farnum brings the cat home to torment Charles, but Charles eventually seals up Farnum and Satan within Farnum's vault; Farnum dies under the cat's watchful eyes.

Title: "I Saw To-Morrow"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Bal Bolton [con man, dies]
Others: An inventor [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Times Square, Manhattan, New York, USA
Synopsis: Bal meets an inventor whose crystal ball accurately depicts the future; Bal arranges the inventor's death then flees in his car, but the crystal shows him his own death as his car falls off a cliff. When Bal crushes the crystal, he takes his eyes off the road long enough to drive over the edge.

Title: "Juggernaut"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Dr. Xoldis [scientist]
Others: Lunvar [Monax scientist], Zylg [Mars/Jupiter/Saturn representative], Dr. Rond [Xoldis' colleague]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: November, 1951, New Mexico, USA; distant past, Amerus; Monax
Synopsis: Ages ago, Xoldis creates a device which can alter gravitation; he causes Amerus' orbit to cease, but the rest of the universe keeps moving and creates a cataclysm which destroys most alien life; centuries later, Xoldis' log is found on Earth.

Ninety-Nine (February, 1951)

Title: "The Wax Museum"
Story: Don Rico
Art: Don Rico
Heroes: Albert Simms [sculptor]
Villains: Samuel Hokinson [wax museum sculptor]
Others: Brent [art exhibitor], Lucrezia Borgia, Jack the Ripper, Judge Harper [people turned into wax statues]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Simms hears Hokinson is a great sculptor; his secret is that he freezes people solid then covers them in wax.
Notes: Rip-off of Nelson S. Bond's short story "The Mask of Medusa."

Title: "The Man Who Couldn't Die!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Blake [murderous scientist]
Others: Dr. Thorton [scientist, dies], Simmons [Blake's butler]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Blake kills Thorton to have his elixir of eternal life, but the unperfected formula causes complete paralysis; Blake is believed dead and buried alive, unable to ever escape his paralyzed state.

Title: "Terror in the Streets!"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art:
Heroes: Warren Kellner [science fiction author, dies]
Villains: Two muggers
Others: Natalie Hartley [Warren's girlfriend, descendant of paranomal researcher], Wally [bartender], Donald Mencken [publisher]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Warren finds the secret of telepathy, but he can only hear people's evil thoughts. He manages to hear two muggers' murderous thoughts moments before they kill him.

Title: "The Brain!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Roby [robot based on the mind of Harley, destroyed]
Others: Professor Harley [roboticist, dies], Professor Powell [scientist, dies], Cromwell [Harley's assistant], Jim [police detective]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Harley builds a robot to help him perform calculations but the machine they design to capture solar energy has an error in its calculations and overheats the laboratory, destroying it.

One Hundred

Title: "Vampire"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Dean Phillips [hunter]
Villains: Dina Dracko [vampire]
Others: Jeff Phillips [Dean's brother, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Darwin Penitentiary; Transylvania
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#14
Synopsis: Dean and Jeff visit Transylvania on vacation and Dean captures a bat; the bat becomes Dina and uses hypnotic powers to control them. Dean realizes what Dina is and fashions a silver bullet, but she feeds on Jeff. Dean seals up Dina within a cave using a cross and then shoots Jeff's body with a silver bullet to keep him from becoming a vampire. Thus, Dean is arrested for Jeff's death.
"The Strange Machine"
"The Man Who Wasn't There"
"Eyes of Doom"

One Hundred One

"Voice of Doom"
"The Man Who Died Twice"
"The Hidden Men"
"The Spider"

One Hundred Two (February, 1951)

"A Witch is Among Us"
"The Man Who Dreamed"

Title: "The End of the World"
Story:
Art: Basil Wolverton
Heroes: Julius Kane [scientist]
Villains: General Alexander [military leader]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2453
Reprinted In: Curse of the Weird#4
Synopsis: Kane discovers an immensely powerful explosive the military wants for interplanetary war; to avert this, Kane causes the warhead to detonate near the moon, shifting it out of orbit, ravaging Earth; only Kane himself survives, on a desolate, volcanic, shattered world.
"The Island"

One Hundred Three

"A Touch of Death"
"Behind the Mask"
"When Time Stood Still"
"The Ink Blots"

One Hundred Four

Title: "The Murder Mirror!"
Story:
Art: Morris Weiss
Villains: Captain Morgan [sea captain, thief], a demonic mirror
Others: Charlie [hotel clerk, dies], Mike [policeman], an old man [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#9
Synopsis: Morgan wants the contents of an old man's chest so he murders him and discovers the chest contains a mirror; within the mirror dwells a creature who promises to help Morgan by exiting the glass in the form of Morgan's reflection. The reflection commits robberies on Morgan's behalf, but Morgan's friend Charlie becomes curious and tries to blackmail him; the reflection kills Charlie, leaving Morgan to be discovered over the body, accused of his murder.

Title: "Freddy's Friend!"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Freddy Walker [greedy man]
Villains: Tabor [insane robot]
Others: Helen Walker [Freddy's wife]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA, Angolia
Synopsis: Freddy meets Tabor, a remarkable robot who can supply anything he's asked to obtain. Freddy thinks if he learns Tabor's secret he can become the most powerful man on Earth. Tabor agrees to tell him and switches bodies with Freddy and then directs him to a warehouse district. Freddy goes, but other robots ambush him and, mistaking him for the insane Tabor, bring him back to their home planet and throw him in an asylum.

Title: "Gateway to Horror"
Story:
Art: Basil Wolverton
Heroes: Vic, Sam Baxter [land surveyors]
Villains: Green humanoid creatures from beneath Earth
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1949, Nevada desert, USA
Synopsis: Vic and Sam explore part of the Nevada desert and meet a prospector who exposes them to gravity-enhancing liquid which forces them to the ground; Vic forces the liquid on the prospector, destroying the human-like mask he wore and exposing him a dweller from beneath Earth's surface. Vic uses explosives to destroy the creatures' intended invasion force.

Title: "I Saw Tomorrow!"
Story:
Art: Norman Steinberg
Heroes: Professor Peter Marsden [scientist, dies]
Villains: Robots
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1951 New York, USA; 6951
Synopsis: Marsden builds a robot-like time machine and journeys to 6951 to find robots have replaced humanity; he travels back to warn 1951 of this future, only to discover his time machine is the first robot and it kills Marsden to pave the way for humanity's downfall.

One Hundred Five

Title: "The Drop of Water"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: Albert
Villains: Statue of the Midgard Serpent
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Vienna
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#21
Synopsis: Albert finds the statue of the Midgard Serpent is shedding tears. He collects them, but the tears dissolve through anything-- and threaten to dissolve Earth.

Title: "In Little Pieces"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Ben Maijus [business man, dies]
Others: Verna Maijus
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#21
Synopsis: Ben discovers when he tears up a picture, the person in it dies 24 hours later. He tries this on his wife, but accidentally tears his own picture instead.

Title: "The Red Face"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Maurice Vallou, Babaro [Maurice's servant], the Devil
Others: Claude Vallou [Maurice's cousin], Cecile [Claude's fiancée], Raveau [hired killer]
Genre: Horror
Setting: New Orleans
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#18
Synopsis: Vallou is angered when Claude falls for his lover, Cecile and hires Raveau to kill Claude. Raveau says he'll attend Mardi Gras as the Devil so he can point Claude out, but Maurice winds up meeting the true Devil and is taken away by him.

Title: "The Man Who Vanished"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Willis Striker
Villains: A hunchbacked man
Genre: Horror
Setting: Catskills
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#18
Synopsis: Striker takes over a cabin an old man is in and tries to destroy a tree outside the man's cabin, but is cut doing so. The next day, he finds he has become a tree himself and is rooted to the spot.

Title: "The Spider Waits"
Story:
Art: Fred Kida
Heroes: Sven [janitor]
Villains: A giant lady spider
Others: Mr. O'Toole [Sven's boss], Leif [Sven's father]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Fear#11
Synopsis: Sven has hated and feared spiders since his parents locked him inside a closet with spiders; he gets over his fear to save his job and boasts about it at a bar; a lady offers Sven $10 to eliminate her spiders and he agrees, but in the lady's home, she becomes a giant spider who captures him in an immense web.

One Hundred Six

"The Monster"
"Don't Turn Around"
"Two's a Crowd"
"The Grinning Skull"
"Dead of Night"

One Hundred Seven

Title: "The Glass Eye"
Story:
Art: Allen Bellman
Villains: Charlie Hull, Harry Perkins [museum guards]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Charlie and Harry plan to steal the ruby eyes from a statue and replace them with fakes, but when they try to they're transformed into the statue's new eyes.
"Trapped by the Dead"
"The Thing in the Sewer"

Title: "Going My Way?"
Story:
Art: Bernie Krigstein
Heroes: Mr. Mack [salesman, dies]
Villains: A ghost
Others: Ellen Mack [Mack's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Shrub Oak, Mahoyac, Carmel, New York
Reprinted In: Message in a Bottle
Synopsis: Mack is taking a long car trip and keeps seeing a dead man hitchhiking on the side of the road. He finally calls home and learns he's dead; he decides to accept the ghostly hitchhiker.
Notes: Rip-off of Lucille Fletcher's the Hitchhiker.
"The Man With the Whip"

One Hundred Eight

Title: "Horror in the Moonlight"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: A husband [werewolf]
Villains: A wife [vampire, dies]
Others: The wife's lover [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Manor
Synopsis: Man finds his wife with another man-- drinking his blood! Husband kills her, revealing himself to be werewolf.
Notes: No dialogue.
"The Terrible Tunnel"
"The Guillotine"
"Pain in the Neck"
"Hate"

One Hundred Nine (October, 1952)

Title: "The Cave of Death"
Story:
Art: Stan Goldberg
Villains: Brute Dorne [convict]
Others: Nelson, other policemen
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1950s swamp
Synopsis: Brute hides from the police in a cave for days with a boulder covering the entrance, but when he's ready to depart he finds he no longer has the strength to move the boulder.
"The Dragon"

Title: "When the Vampire Strikes"
Story:
Art: Syd Shores
Villains: Dracula [vampire lord], vampires [Michael], Rennick [a maniac vampire, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; Sverna, Hungary
Synopsis: Reporters go to see Rennick, an institutionalized maniac who claims to be a vampire; after hearing his story of how Dracula led the vampires to the USA, the reporters kill him; they and their editor are also vampires and need to protect their existence from men like Rennick, who became drunk on American blood.
"The House of Skulls"

Title: "A Sight for Sore Eyes"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Luther Cain [businessman, poor eyesight]
Others: Miss Price [Cain's secretary], Marge [Price's friend], Caleb Randall [owes money to Cain], an eye doctor, Emma Randall [Caleb's wife, has four eyes]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#6
Synopsis: Cain is mocked for his poor eyesight; when he goes to collect what Caleb owes, he learns Caleb has had to pay an eye doctor for his wife; wishing a similar treatment, Cain agrees to call off the debt if he can use Caleb's doctor; Caleb agrees, but the doctor gives Cain four eyes - just as he did for Emma.

One Hundred Ten (December, 1952)

Title: "The Empty Bus!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Big Nick [killer]
Others: Danny [ex-criminal], Joan [his girlfriend], a ghoul, bus driver
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Plottstown; Plainsville, USA
Reprinted In: Dead of Night #9
Synopsis: A ghoul rides with Nick on the bus; he tells Nick a story about him getting off the bus at Plainville to kill his reformed pal Danny and being shot himself; Nick doesn't take the story to heart and is killed by Danny, just as the ghoul said.
"Harry's Hobby!"
"Foolproof!"

Title: "Peter and the Puppet!"
Story:
Art: Bill Benulis, Jack Abel
Heroes: Peter Phillips [ventriloquist]
Others: Oscar [living puppet, Peter's partner, dies], Mary Brown [journalist, living puppet]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#9
Synopsis: Oscar pretends to be a dummy so Peter can help protect him from curiosity seekers; both Peter and Oscar fall in love with Mary so Peter kills Oscar, but Mary is upset, being a living puppet herself and begins to throttle Peter.

Title: "A Coffin for Carlos"
Story:
Art: Don Perlin, Abe Simon
Villains: Carlos Lopez [criminal on death row], a hunchbacked man
Others: Ricardo Lopez [Carlos' brother], Joe [prison guard]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#18
Synopsis: Carlos is visited by a hunchback who claims he can provide a pill which will simulate death so Carlos can be buried then dug up and revived; however, the man demands $500 for the pill. Carlos orders Ricardo to obtain $500 by any means; when the money arrives, Carlos obtains the pill and ingests it, but instead of being buried is sent to surgeons for dissection - Ricardo sold Carlos' body to science for $500.

One Hundred Eleven

"Horror Under the Earth"
"At First Sight"
"The Man Who Searched for Satan"
"Martian in the Kitchen"
"I Can't Stop Changing"

One Hundred Twelve

"The House that Death Built!"
"Jonah!!"
"I'm Waiting for You!"
"The Third Ghost"

One Hundred Thirteen

Title: "Terror Tale"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Russ Heath
Villains: Kruzak [vampire], Beast-Man [werewolf]
Others: Vampires
Genre: Horror
Setting: Hungary
Reprinted In: Curse of the Weird#2; Chamber of Chills#23
Synopsis: Kruzak captures a lone man to make a meal of him, but this man is the Beast-Man-- a monster himself.
Notes: Retitled "Bat's Tale" in reprints.

Title: "The Man Who Isn't There"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Villains: Marty Mallen [crook, dies]
Others: Mrs. Foley [landlady] Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#24
Synopsis: Marty steals a coat which grants invisibility; he performs grand thefts, but while hiding from his landlady to avoid rent, he winds up trapped in his apartment as it is sprayed for rats.

Title: "Brother of a Monster"
Story: Stan Lee
Art:
Villains: Leslie Lawson [good-looking twin brother]
Others: Mrs. Lawson [mother of Hans and Leslie], Hans Lawson [deformed twin, dies], Mr. Dunlap [gardener]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#22
Synopsis: From birth, Hans is ugly while Leslie is handsome; when police come in search of a murderer, Hans flees; eventually Mrs. Lawson feels forced to kill Hans, only to discover Leslie was the killer and had framed his brother for his crimes.

Title: "Iron Lady"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Agatha [robot woman], Mr. Brewster [Agatha's promoter, husband, robot]
Villains: Elmer Purdy [farmer, dies]
Others: Mirandy [farmhand]
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Elmer hires Brewster to use his robot Agatha as a farmhand, but Brewster won't let Agatha work at night. Determined to save money, Elmer shoots Brewster, but Brewster reveals he's really a robot and Agatha's husband; he kills Elmer for breaking their deal.

Title: "What's New?"
Story: Stan Lee
Art:
Heroes: Jim Mulligan [talent agent]
Others: Harry [fake two-headed man], a fortune teller [time traveler]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Mulligan has no luck with his various acts because people see through the deceptions; he outright rejects a fortune teller, only to learn she's genuine, having come from the future to tell people about their futures; she goes back to her own time because Mulligan didn't believe her; Mulligan is saved from suicide by a janitor, but after hearing Mulligan's life story decides to give Mulligan back his noose.

One Hundred Fourteen

Title: "Fifty-Fifty!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Steve Corby [put-upon husband, foreman]
Others: Verna Corby [Steve's wife], Rick Corby [Steve's teenage stepson, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#31
Synopsis: Verna and Rick are always bleeding Steve dry of what little money he makes; when he finally has enough of it and divorces Verna, the judge splits their possessions 50-50. Steve takes an axe and begins chopping everything he owns in half - including Rick!

Title: "The Terrible Teeth!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Jimmy Willis [thief, dies]
Others: Porter [gambler]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Journey Into Mystery#13
Synopsis: Willis plots to rob Porter by grinding sleeping powder into Porter's toothpaste, but during the robbery Porter is awake and shoots Willis; Porter wears dentures.

Title: "The Little Monsters"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Villains: Harry Kendall [debt-ridden man, dies]
Others: Andrew Carewe [plantation owner, Harry's uncle, dies], Miguel Carera [plantation foreman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Brazil
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#3
Synopsis: Harry visits his his uncle hoping to obtain money to pay his debts, but his uncle is distracted by the impending assault of ants on his plantation. Harry finally kills his uncle and dumps his body in the river, but the ants are headed to the plantation and all the workers have evacuated with the boats; Harry tries to flood the plantation to save himself, but his uncle's body has jammed in the gears; the ants swarm over Harry's body.
Notes: Partially derived from Carl Stephenson's "Leiningen Versus the Ants."

Title: "Waitin' For Satan"
Story:
Art: George Tuska
Heroes: Mathews
Villains: Satan
Others: A beautiful woman
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s, island area
Reprinted In: Dead of Night #3
Synopsis: Mathews thinks he needs money to win a beautiful woman and promises his soul to the devil, on the conditions if he is ever cheated, the devil will have him immediately and if the devil comes for him falsely, his soul is free; he asks for only $1000 and makes enough money to have the woman, marries her and amasses a fortune, but she turns out to be shrewish; when he's cheated buying her a fur coat, Satan comes, but Mathews reveals the money he used to buy the coat with was the $1000 Satan gave him-- not his own. He escapes on a loophole, but Satan promises to have him when he dies anyway.

Title: "Dial 'Z' for Zombie"
Story:
Art: Jim Mooney
Villains: Oscar Bellows [museum professor, dies], zombies
Others: Professor Adam Sparks [museum employee, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s, Haiti
Synopsis: Bellows is frustrated his rival Sparks makes all the great finds. While in Haiti, he discovers a Voodoo Phone which can summon up a zombie to kill someone by dialling 'z.' He brings it back and uses it to kill Sparks. When the police go to investigate the murders they accidentally use the Voodoo Phone and it sends a zombie to kill Bellows.

One Hundred Fifteen

Title: "The Man With No Face!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Bill Bowles [ambulance driver]
Villains: Renegade surgeons
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Bill is called to help doctors transport patients with bandaged faces and wonders where the injuries came from. Examining their hospital, he discovers the patients are old men with no faces and the surgeons are giving them the faces of young men. Discovering Bill, they prepare to use him as a donor.
"In The Bag"
"The Hunter of Men"
"The Two Dollar Bill"
"A Thousand Years Later"

One Hundred Sixteen (July, 1953)

"Won't You Step Into My Parlor?"
"The Final Payment"
"When Billy Says Bang"

Title: "Werewolf by Night!"
Story:
Art: Jack Abel
Heroes: Johan Bauer [clerk, robber]
Villains: Mr. Lascher [werewolf]
Others: Bettina Lascher [werewolf, lover of Johan]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1890, Vienna, Austria
Synopsis: Johan loves Bettina but fears he can't afford a wife. He turns to robbery, but his first attempted victim is attacked by a werewolf. Johan escapes, but the werewolf follows him and forces Johan to shelter him. Eventually, Bettina comes to visit Johan and he's mortified to learn the werewolf he's been hiding is her father.

Title: "Not Wanted!"
Story:
Art: Sam Kweskin
Heroes: A dog [performer]
Others: J.N. Burkell [talent night]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A dog tells Burkell he can play instruments, dance and perform acrobatic manoeuvres, but Burkell, not looking at him, thinks his act sounds old hat and ignores it.

One Hundred Seventeen

Title: "Red Tape"
Story:
Art: Sam Kweskin
Villains: Russian soldiers [Koroff]
Others: Feodor Kazlisky [Russian prisoner, dies], a woodsman
Genre: Horror
Setting: March, 1923-April 15, 1953, Stalingrad, USSR
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#8
Synopsis: Feodor escapes a prison camp and switches clothes with a woodsman. The woodsman is arrested and placed in solitary confinement. When the real Feodor dies 20 years later, the authorities realize their error and release the woodsman from solitary, who has become literally a walking skeleton.
Notes: Titled "I Wait in the Dungeon!" in reprint.

Title: "Jerry's New Job"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: Jerry Johnson [new employee at Avernus]
Villains: Mr. Eblis [Satan, CEO of Avernus]
Others: Megara [Avernus employee]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#8
Synopsis: Jerry goes to work for Avernus as a file clerk and wonders what the company's real business is; from what he overhears, he thinks they're assassins; when he tries to blackmail Mr. Eblis with what he suspects, Eblis reveals he's Satan and Jerry was the only human working for the firm.

Title: "Terror in the North!"
Story:
Art: Don Perlin
Heroes: Phillip Marsh [hunter, dies]
Others: Pierre [French hunter], Paul DuBois [man killed by wolves]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Canada
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#8
Synopsis: Phillip finds Paul's body and the locals think the wolf which killed him was a werewolf. Marsh agrees to hunt the wolf, doubting the beliefs, but when he sees a wolf in the reflection of his own mirror, he thinks he's becoming a werewolf and commits suicide, not realizing it was the reflection of the wolf he was hunting.

Title: "A Little Pain Never Hurt Anybody"
Story:
Art: Gil Kane
Villains: Simon Tolliver [corrupt dentist]
Others: Martha Tolliver [dental assistant, Simon's wife], John Bainbridge [brain surgeon, Martha's lover]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#5
Synopsis: Simon is cheap with supplies for his patients, never providing pain-killers before surgery. Simon suffers from fainting spells. When Simon finds Martha with John he tries to kill John, but John overpowers Simon when a fainting spell occurs. Simon awakes to find John ready to cure his fainting spells through brain surgery - but John wants Simon to remain conscious through the procedure.

Title: "Uncle Gideon's Gold"
Story:
Art: Louis Ravielli
Villains: Bert Rogan [greedy nephew, dies]
Others: Gideon [rich uncle]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#10
Synopsis: Bert tortures his uncle to find out where he's hidden his gold; Gideon admits it's hidden in a safe, but when Bert opens it he finds the gold is kept molten as it boils over him.

One Hundred Eighteen (September, 1953)

"Moon Madness"

Title: "Typhoid"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Joseph Simpson [con man], Mamie Simpson [Joseph's wife], Dr. Mortimer Brown [Mamie's cousin]
Others: Mrs. Mulrooney, Lillie, Francis [Chicago residents], John [typhoid carrier] and his wife
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1875, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Synopsis: Joseph plans an insurance scam by having Mortimer help drum up evidence of him having typhoid, kill a homeless man and then collect his insurance money. The plot works and the three lawbreakers head for California, but while on their train they spend some time with John, not realizing John is a contagious typhoid carrier.
"Noah"

Title: "The Magic Word"
Story:
Art: Dick Briefer
Villains: A white man [dies]
Others: Rashu [Indian mystic], Mallu [Indian guide]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Calcutta, India
Synopsis: A white man tries to learn the secrets of Rashu, including his levitation trick. Rashu refuses until the white man draws a gun on him. Rashu gives the man the magic word to levitate, but not the word to cancel the spell so the man levitates into orbit and dies.

Title: "When a World Went Mad!"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: Jordan Craig [scientist]
Others: Simon Doring [sick man], Sue Craig [Jordan's wife]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s New York City, USA; Paris, France
Synopsis: Jordan creates a formula for immortal life and shares it with the entire world, but it causes people to become callous toward danger; atomic war erupts because the fear of death is gone; Jordan finally decides to share an antidote with people, but although his own extra dose has kept him intact, everyone else has become primtive, neanderthal-like creatures; human civilization is over.

One Hundred Nineteen

Title: "The New Life!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: George [amateur inventor]
Others: Lena [George's wife], Spotty [George and Lena's dog], various women [all resemble Marilyn Marlow]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: George creates a life-selector machine which transforms people into what they truly wish to be; Lena lets others know and soon there are life-selector machines on every corner; George uses it in on himself to become President of the USA, but finds it unsatisfying now that there are more than a hundred men with the same title!

Title: "Collector's Item!"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Villains: Zorna [diamond-hungry woman], Mr. Collins [ugly but wealthy man]
Others: George Fedwick, Mr. Bretworm, Arnold, Harry, Dodsworth [Zorna's husbands, all die]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Zorna marries men only to collect diamonds from them, then kills each husband, burying them in her basement. Spying one particularly handsome ring being bought by Mr. Collins, Zorna takes up his acquaintence and they seem to hit it off; indeed, Collins would like to place his diamond on Zorna's finger - so he chops off her hand; like her, he's a collector.

Title: "When the Mummies Rise"
Story:
Art: Russ Heath
Villains: Aliens from Feru, Otar [Feruians' leader], Katan [Feruian watchman]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 6000 BC-1952, Egypt; Mount Everest, Tibet; Arizona, USA
Synopsis: Otar leads his people to Earth around 6000 BC; finding humans primitive, they decide to slumber until humans have reached their level of culture, wrapped up mummies, awaiting the day when their watchman Katan will awaken them. The time finally arrives in 1952 and the sleeping "mummies" awaken then assemble in the Arizona desert for combat, but an atomic bomb test wipes out their entire army.

Title: "They Can't Burn Blackie"
Story:
Art: Mac Pakula
Villains: Blackie Radburn [death row inmate, dies]
Others: Professor Whiteside [astronomer]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; a rogue planet
Synopsis: Blackie is given a chance to escape the electric chair by agreeing to journey aboard a rocket to investigate a rogue planet; people are outraged, but Blackie is liberated from the death house. Journeying to the rogue planet, Blackie takes one step out of the rocket and dies instantly; the electrical build-up on the rogue planet electrocutes him to death.

Title: "They Gave Him a Grave"
Story:
Art: Lawrence Dromay
Villains: Bull Becker [robber], Duke [Bull's partner, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Bull and Duke steal a small fortune but Duke is wounded; after digging a hole to hide the money, Bull kills Duke and buries him with the funds. As six months go by, Bull is haunted by dreams of Duke spending their money on women, gambling and drinks; finally returning to the site, Bull digs up Duke to find the money gone and Duke's grave now includes a woman's skeleton, playing cards and empty bottles - Duke's ghost spent everything.

One Hundred Twenty

"The Commissar"
"Nothing Ever Changes"
"Too Smart for his Age"
"What Would You Do?"
"The Baby-Sitter"

One Hundred Twenty-One (March, 1954)

Title: "The Voice From the Grave"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: Ruby's first husband
Villains: Ruby Clifton [murderous wife]
Others: Mr. Clifton [Ruby's second husband]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Ruby buries her husband alive, but another man saves him and helps him get revenge by burying Ruby alive; the man then reveals he was Ruby's first husband and Ruby buried him alive too; he may be a ghost.

Title: "The Cannibals"
Story:
Art: Mac Pakula
Heroes: Mark Day [Stephan's son, dies], Cabot [Mark's guide, dies]
Villains: Dr. Stephan Day [white witch doctor], tribe of cannibals
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Africa
Synopsis: Mark journeys into Africa with Cabot to find his father, hoping to collect a $10,000 reward. Cabot fears Stephan will turn out to have been eaten by cannibals, but when cannibals capture them, they discover Stephan is their witch doctor, now entirely converted to the cannibals' way of life; both men die at Stephan's hand.
"The Gamble"
"Appointment with Death"

Title: "Down Down Down"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Professor Gran [underwater explorer, dies]
Villains: Sea creatures
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s
Synopsis: While diving in a bathysphere, Gran sees a humanoid sea creature. He dives down deep to try and catch a sample, but the creatures catch his bathysphere in a net, hoping to examine him. When they open the bathysphere, the sudden pressure change kills Gran.

One Hundred Twenty-Two

"Man Without a Body!"
"The Baby Sitter"
"The Last Gesture!"
"The Glasses!"

Title: "Keep Out"
Story:
Art: Al Gordon
Heroes: An alien immigrant
Villains: Lee Baldwin [last human]
Others: United Nations delegates [aliens]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: UN Building, New York
Synopsis: Baldwin fear mongers against aliens as the UN votes on an immigration bill. An alien who disguised himself so he could immigrate secretly exposes Baldwin as the last human - all the other humans on Earth are really aliens in disguise; they allow immigration.

One Hundred Twenty-Three

"The Lonely Road"

Title: "The Vampire's Victim"
Story:
Art: Mannie Banks
Heroes: Hugh Harris [supposed vampire victim, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Hugh believes he's been attacked by a vampire. Thinking he has a compulsion for blood he attacks a man and is finally shot to death by a policeman. The "vampire" which attacked Hugh was simply a child wearing a costume.
"George!"
"Defense Witness"
"No Way Out"

One Hundred Twenty-Four

Title: "He Waits at the Tombstone"
Story:
Art: Joe Maneely
Villains: Harry Dalton [Lola's lover, dies]
Others: Lola Torrance [Craig Torrance's wife], Craig, Jeff and Arthur Torrance [twin brothers, all die]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Harry kidnaps Lola and lures her husband into a cemetery to murder him. He succeeds in killing Craig, but sees an identical man after leaving the cemetery. Preparing to abscond with Lola, Harry sees a third "Craig" and thinks he's haunted; he kills the third man while running for his life and is hit by a car, not realizing he'd run into Craig's two brothers.
"Behind The Door!"
"The Man With Wings!"
"A Box Is A Box!"
"He Died Too Soon!"

One Hundred Twenty-Five (July, 1954)

Title: "The Horror House"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: John and Mary Decker [couple]
Villains: Venusians [come to capture humans]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Dead of Night #2
Synopsis: John and Mary become curious about the new house built across the street overnight and the strange lights inside; they go over and are captured by Venusians and then forced to lead others there to be captured as well.
Notes: Retitled "the House That Fear Built" in reprint.

Title: "The Dictator!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Zinyov [European dictator, dies]
Others: Panef [brain specialist], Rakov, Lernitz [Zinyov's aides]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s, unidentified European nation
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#9
Synopsis: Zinyov asks Panef to create a weapon to destroy all traitors in his nation. Panef agrees, but when Zinyov releases the germ he finds all of his people are loyal - the only person who doesn't believe in Zinyov is Zinyov himself, who dissolves into mist.

Title: "Where Monsters Prowl"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Fred Crandall [unwitting alien host, dies]
Villains: Zirtalx and other aliens
Others: Harry and his wife [passerbys], reporters
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#28
Synopsis: Fred tells reporters how he spied on aliens discussing their invasion plans, which involved taking over the body of a reporter to help control information. The aliens discovered Fred before he could escape them and, unknown to Fred, made him a host; Fred dies, having apparently made one of the reporters a host, as the aliens planned.

Title: "The Unwanted!"
Story:
Art: Bill Walton
Heroes: Mark, Derk [Martian colonists]
Villains: Martians, Cavemen [remnants of Earthmen], Neils [dies]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Mars and Earth, distant future
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#2
Synopsis: Colonists on Mars are ordered to leave the planet or be destroyed by the Martians. They comply, but find in the 90 years since they were last in contact with Earth, humans had an atomic war and descended into a caveman-like state. The cavemen refuse to let the colonists settle with them, so the colonists return to their rocket and set it in a permanent orbit around Earth, waiting until they can rejoin an evolved humanity.
Note: Titled changed to "I Was Kidnapped by a Flying Saucer" in reprint.

Title: "Murder!"
Story:
Art: Doug Wildey
Villains: Rodney [murderer, dies], Eric [accomplice, dies]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#9
Synopsis: Eric advises Rodney in how to kill his uncle. Rodney kills his uncle, but discovers his uncle buried all of his money in his grave. Rodney and Eric dig up the money and then go into hiding. Driven to despise his partner, Rodney poisons Eric to death one morning, but Eric had the same idea and had poisoned Rodney.

One Hundred Twenty-Six (August, 1954)

Title: "The Death of Me!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Joe [dies]
Villains: An evil reflection
Others: Betty [Joe's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Dead of Night#4
Synopsis: Joe sees an evil face in his mirrors; one day he leaves a tape recorder running while he's gone and in the recording hears voices from his mirrors discussing Joe's death. Joe destroys his mirrors but is sent to an asylum where he continues to destroy mirrors. When he knocks over a pitcher of water, an evil reflection emerges from the puddle of water and strangles Joe.

Title: "The Graves That Moved"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Pierre Duclos [landlord]
Others: Francois, Jacques [grave diggers]
Genre: Horror
Setting: March, 1832, Paris, France
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#2
Synopsis: Graves in a cemetery keep moving and appear outside the home of Duclos, the former landlord of the graves' occupants. Pierre tries to flee but the graves pursue him and he is pulled underground, buried alive.

Title: "Murdock's Brain!"
Story:
Art: Joe Maneely
Villains: Murdock [great scientist]
Others: Hastings [Murdock's assistant]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales #2
Synopsis: Murdock is researching for a longevity serum and finds a way to preserve the brain; he conceals the information and uses it on himself to spite the world he hates, committing suicide; however, Murdock's death causes nations to align themselves in grief and push to find a solution to the longevity serum; Hastings finds the secret of eternal life only years later, as Murdock, his brain still alive, lies silently screaming.

Title: "The Lonely Man"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Norton Dunlap [panhandler, "Cyclops"]
Others: Dr. Konda [psychiatrist, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Beware#7
Synopsis: Dunlap wanders the streets begging people to be his friends, but somehow his friends always die. Dr. Konda is interested in his behaviour and tries to analyze him, finding him a perfectly peaceful man. When he asks to see a picture of Dunlap's father, he learns his father was a Cyclops; Dunlap is also a Cyclops and removes his dark glasses, accidentally killing Konda with his gaze as he always does to his friends. Dunlap goes back to begging for friends.

Title: "It Came From Nowhere"
Story:
Art: Doug Wildey
Heroes: Dr. Malt [scientist], Ralph Collins [chemist]
Villains: Xyl [alien invader]
Others: Felix [Malt's dog]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Journey into Mystery#14
Synopsis: Dr. Malt finds a pool of black matter which devours all living matter. While studying it, Collins accidentally drops some into his sink and fears it will continue to grow from the ocean until it eventually covers Earth. The black pool was created when an alien ship burned up and crashed on Earth; another one is preparing to land as the pool spreads...

One Hundred Twenty-Seven

Title: "Vampires Also Die"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Villains: A vampire [Igor's brother, dies]
Others: Igor [vampire, dies], vampire parents, a witch
Genre: Horror
Setting: Europe
Synopsis: A vampire resents his younger brother Igor, who seems superior to him from birth; he finally has a witch supply him a magic powder to stiffen Igor's wings, rendering him helpless before a mob of humans who stake Igor through the heart. However, the vampire learns from his parents how he required extra blood which Igor procured and supply intravenously; realizing he's now due for a slow death, the vampire chooses to commit suicide with a piece of wood.
"Gone is the Gargoyle"

Title: "Buried Alive!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Nick Jenner [the Great Galdoni, stage magician]
Others: Lila [Nick's assistant, dies], Mrs. Folsom [wealthy woman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Lila threatens to give away Nick's secrets unless he marries her, so he arranges an "accident" during a performance so she drowns to death inside a locked safe. Later, Nick plans to escape from being buried alive inside a coffin, but Lila rises from her grave and drugs the man supposed to dig Nick out. As Nick's air runs out, Lila burrows into Nick's coffin and proclaims now they can be together.
"He Walks Through Walls"

Title: "Skrak's Secret!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Andre [frustrated artist]
Villains: Skrak [painter]
Others: Francois [Andre's friend], Pierre [waiter], Duval [art agent]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Paris, France
Synopsis: Andre wants to know how Skrak paints such fascinating modern art and tries to spy on him. When Skrak discovers Andre he reveals he uses live models, using plastic surgery to transform them into grotesque creatures. Andre will be his next subject.

One Hundred Twenty-Eight (November, 1954)

Title: "Walking Horror!"
Story:
Art: Tom Cooke
Heroes: Hiram Wolf [ugly, deformed man]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA [alternate reality]
Reprinted In: Amazing Adventures#23
Synopsis: All his life, Hiram hides his ugly face from others. Finally, his seclusion drives him into anger and he accidentally causes a fire. When his lifeless body is pulled from the blaze, we see he is a normal man-- but everyone else is a monster.
Notes: Retitled "Face of Fear!" in reprint.

Title: "Emily"
Story:
Art: Pete Tumlinson
Heroes: Emily [spinster]
Villains: An alien
Others: Doris, Rose, Joe [Emily's friends]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#14
Synopsis: Emily is mocked by her friends for being unattractive and unloved. One day, Emily sees a flying saucer and an alien emerges to place a ring on her finger, claiming her for himself and declaring when he returns to Earth with a fleet to conquer the planet, the ring will spare her life. Emily happily keeps this secret from her friends.

Title: "When a Vampire Dies"
Story:
Art: Sid Greene
Heroes: Jeff Collins [reporter]
Villains: Krushak [mob leader], a vampire
Others: Shar [friendly vampire, dies], Hans [shepherd]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Europe
Reprinted In: Dracula Lives#5
Synopsis: Collins is surprised to meet Shar, a friendly vampire who villagers supply with sheep as his source of blood. The locals even visit him to play checkers. Krushak hates Shar and riles up other villagers against him, saying they should be freed from the vampire's power. Collins goes to warn Shar, who sadly remarks they don't know what happens when a vampire dies. Krushak's mob kills Shar, only to find a new vampire has been "promoted" to Shar's district...and he won't settle for sheep's blood.

Title: "Oh, Baby"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Heroes: Jim Dean [scientist]
Villains: Jim's son [super-intelligent baby]
Others: Martha Dean [Jim's wife], Dr. Hinton [scientist, dies]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: After his son is born, Jim notices the baby has abnormal intelligence. He calls in Dr. Hinton who confirms the baby has a dangerous amount of psychic power, but then the baby kills Hinton with his mind. Jim confronts the baby to destroy him, but the baby wipes out Jim's memories of his powers.

Title: "The Man Who Meddled!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Dr. Paul Hartwick [scientist]
Others: Phyllis Hartwick [Paul's wife]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#33
Synopsis: Paul experiments with accelerating the life cycles of mice, but accidentally exposes himself in an accident. Subsequently, Paul's son is born, but grows old and dies within two weeks. And now Paul is aging very rapidly...

One Hundred Twenty-Nine (December, 1954)

Title: "You Can't Touch Bottom"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Dr. Morton [criminal scientist], a shoplifter
Others: Dr. Tenser [scientists], policemen
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#10
Synopsis: A shoplifter wears a mysterious coat with a bottomless pocket. The police bring in scientists to investigate it and discover it's a miniature portal into another dimension. Morton steals the coat, hoping to be the first to contact an alien dimension, but while peering inside the pocket he falls through and is lost; the pocket is sealed behind him.

Title: "Dog-Gone!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Lenny Sager [writer]
Villains: Lenny's wife
Others: Mr. Foster [publisher], Joe King [writer, friend of Lenny], Pooch [Lenny's dog]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#23
Synopsis: Lenny's stories don't sell so he looks for inspiration by bringing home a dog; soon, Lenny is selling plenty of stories and makes a fine home for himself, Pooch and his new wife; however, the wife doesn't like Pooch and decides to poison him, only to discover Pooch is the one writing all the stories, not Lenny.

Title: "The Assassin!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Josef Silov [Russian spy], Ivan [Soviet agent], General Vayeslav [Soviet officer, dies]
Genre: Spy
Setting: 1951, Moscow, USSR; Siberia, USSR; East Berlin, Germany
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#17
Synopsis: General Vayeslav hires Josef to murder a Soviet general as a means of stirring up sentiment against the Allies, but after Silov's trial, imprisonment and eventual dispatch to East Berlin, he winds up killing General Vayeslav; without the general to vouch for him, Josef is arrested as a traitor.

Title: "The Helping Hand!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: George Robbins [escaped criminal]
Others: Hank [policeman], Jean Robbons [George's wife]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Maine, USA
Reprinted In: Beware#8
Synopsis: George hides out in Maine but finds his neighbours seem to know everything going on in his house and anticipate his every need; fearing they possess supernatural knowledge, George surrenders to the police, only to learn his neighbours were simply busybodies, spying at him from their windows.

Title: "Just Suppose..."
Story:
Art: Tony Mortellaro
Heroes: A writer
Others: Animal-like extraterrestrials
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#30
Synopsis: Desperate for ideas, a writer thinks he sees a flying saucer; while pondering ideas, he finds a strange little animal and takes it home, supposing it to be an escaped lab animal but uses the incident to inspire the idea of a creature arriving from the supposed saucer. Over time the creature grows in size and is soon joined by more of its kind; the creature brings the writer with him into the flying saucer and finally speaks, explaining to the writer it loves him like a pet and wants to keep him; as the saucer leaves Earth the writer finally realizes he has a great story.

One Hundred Thirty (January, 1955)

Title: "The Next World!"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Heroes: Alan Denis [suicide victim]
Others: Backward-walking people, a giant turkey
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Chillers#2
Synopsis: Alan kills himself and finds himself in a world where people walk backwards and houses are built on their sides; unable to bear it Alan kills himself again and finds himself in a world where houses are upside down and turkeys hunt humans.

Title: "Tornado"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Tony Anders [friend of a tornado]
Others: Lem [townsperson], Karl [military adviser], Arak [extraterrestrial]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#7
Synopsis: Tony encounters a twister which mysteriously doesn't harm him but follows him wherever he goes and brings him whatever he desires. Tony goes on a crime spree with the twister until one day it suddenly swallows him up; the twister was being used by aliens to study Earth and they scoop up Tony when they're finished with him.

Title: "Willie! Or Won't He?"
Story:
Art: Paul Hodge
Heroes: Willie Carter [misbehaving child]
Others: Jim and Mary Carter [Willie's parents], Willie's psychologist, Willie's teacher
Genre: Comedy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Willie constantly misbehaves, drawing on walls. A psychologist says Willie really wants a bicycle, so they give it to him. After this, Willie's behaviour becomes impressively polite, until his parents find he drew an unflattering picture of his teacher, so they destroy the bicycle. Only then do they learn the teacher looks just like the picture Willie drew.

Title: "The Threat!"
Story:
Art: Mort Lawrence
Heroes: King Holihowli [Polynesian monarch]
Villains: Soviet soldiers
Others: Toas [Polynesian scientist]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2000, US Congress, Washington DC, USA; White House, Washington DC, USA; Kremlin, USSR; Tobli, Pacific Ocean; Paris, France; England
Synopsis: The inhabitants of Tobli buy up the world's stockpiles of outmoded TNT bombs, then issue an ultimatum to force peace on all countries in the world; when the nations refuse to disarm their nuclear weapons, the islanders activate a machine which renders all radioactive material on Earth inert; atomic war is thus averted.

Title: "The Giant Killer"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Colonel Fang [Soviet officer], a giant cricket [dies]
Others: Dr. Tybol [scientist], four mutated giants [all die]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USSR
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#9
Synopsis: Near the site of the first atomic bomb test, giant creatures begin appearing, including four giant humans. Assuming the humans to be hostile, Fang begins killing them; Tybol learns the giants have superhuman intelligence and the last surviving giant warns of deadly atomic radiation which will destroy mankind, but Fang kills the giant before he can share his cure.

One Hundred Thirty-One (February, 1955)

Title: "Five Fingers"
Story:
Art: Paul Hodge
Villains: Ned Field [pickpocket, dies]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#21
Synopsis: Ned uses a wax arm as a decoy to help him pick pockets. When one victim confronts Ned, Ned allows the man to break his right arm, knowing he can always repair the wax dummy. However, the wax arm harbours a grudge and grabs a pistol from a policeman without Ned realizing it; another policeman shoots Ned dead.

Title: "Farewell-Moon"
Story:
Art: Howie Post
Heroes: Grull [werewolf, nicknamed "Pal"]
Villains: Werewolves [moon-dwelling invaders]
Others: A girl and her family
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; Moon
Synopsis: Grull is sent by his leader to begin an invasion of Earth. Landing his rocket, he meets a little girl who mistakes him for a dog. Adopted as "Pal," Grull finds himself loving the child and finally destroys his rocket to end the invasion plot and stay on Earth.

Title: "The Man Who Bought a Dingbat"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Honest Ernest [used car dealer]
Others: An alien
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; an alien world
Synopsis: Ernest cheats his customers; when an unusual man sells a strange car to him he discovers the car can travel to another planet made of gold. He starts making trips to collect gold, but suddenly runs out of fuel and realizes he's been sold a lemon; Ernest is stranded on the planet with its vicious monkey-like inhabitants.

Title: "The Rookie!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Jed Broome [would-be baseball pitcher]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Florida, USA
Synopsis: Jed dreams of becoming a baseball player but has to give it up after realizing his fastball is so powerful it could kill the catcher.
Notes: Retold as "Frankie's Fast Ball!" in Tales to Astonish#43.

Title: "While Death Waits"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: McKay, Jonesy, Mike, Eddie [miners]
Villains: Grogan [criminal, miner]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Miners are caught in a collapsed mine; unable to escape, they talk about their lives and regrets; Grogan reveals he has no regrets and admits he committed several crimes and murders. However, a rescue crew comes to save the trapped men - so Grogan will have to face justice.

One Hundred Thirty-Two

Title: "The Old Couple!"
Story:
Art:
Others: Bessy and John [old couple, die]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness #23
Synopsis: When John dies, Bessy has visions of him, progressively younger; she finally goes to him, dying herself and the two of them are united in eternity.
"The Man Who Wasn't"
"The Poison Penn"
"Hail the Hero"
"Man Who Lost Yesterday"

One Hundred Thirty-Three

"Meet Maggie"
"Lonely Little Boy"
"Inside the Box"
"The Coward"

Title: "The Talking Dog"
Story:
Art: Bob Powell
Heroes: Rover [dog]
Others: Rover's master
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Rover likes his master and reveals to him all dogs can speak; the master wants to exhibit Rover and reveal this to everyone, but Rover refuses; the master goes insane trying to force Rover to speak, leaving him in the care of an asylum while Rover is homeless.

One Hundred Thirty-Four

Title: "The Strange Ones"
Story:
Art: Joe Kubert, Seymor Moskowitz
Others: Alien convicts, Alien wardens, Dr. Stern [scientist]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Sahara Desert; Colorado, USA
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#22
Synopsis: When aliens begin to appear on Earth, humans wonder why they've come, but the aliens' minds are almost blank. They're really prisoners being dumped on Earth for use as a penal colony - just as contemporary humans are descended from earlier prisoners.
"And a Little Child"
"No Time Like the Future"
"Little Black Bag"
"The Lonely House"

One Hundred Thirty-Five

"Mr. Dugan's Dragon"
"Joes Jalopy"
"The One They Spared"
"Wings on his Feet"
"Worlds Apart"

One Hundred Thirty-Six

"Mystery of the Blocks"
"Ceiling Zero"
"The Thing That Wouldn't Stop"
"The Man From Nowhere"
"And There You Are"

One Hundred Thirty-Seven (August, 1955)

"Lost One Robot"
"The Door That Wouldn't Stay Shut"
"He Came From Nowhere"

Title: "King of the World!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Lynn Marks [scientist]
Others: Ben Marks [Lynn's brother], John Anderson and his wife [couple]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Lynn is old but ambitious, certain with his intellect he could rule the world. Discovering his brother has invented a youth serum, Lynn steals it for himself, but it transforms him into an infant. The Andersons discover him on their doorstep and adopt him.

Title: "A Jinn Named Joe!"
Story:
Art: John Tartaglione
Heroes: Rupert Dale
Others: Joe [a Jinn], Claire Norris [Rupert's fiancée], Eddie, Tom [Rupert's co-workers], Merton [pharmacist], Mr. Franklin [Rupert's boss]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Rupert is well liked but unambitious, which holds him back. Buying a new shaving cream, Rupert discovers the jinn Joe lives inside the bottle and offers him wishes. Rupert uses the wishes to become successful, but he loses his friendships as a result. After using up the shaving cream he loses all he gained and goes back to normal, happy to be where he is. However, opening a new shaving cream bottle, Joe reappears.

One Hundred Thirty-Eight

Title: "Tomorrow"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Harry Dunston [former mechanic]
Others: The Protector [head of Dunston's organization], Masters [Dunston's ex-boss]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#9
Synopsis: Dunston is hired by the Protector to use glasses that can see into the future to record accidents so they can prevented before they occur; after seeing his ex-boss drowning, he doesn't report it and is fired; the next day, he finds himself the man drowning, with Masters saving him, thanks to the Protector's intervention on his behalf.

Title: "Crack-up!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Doug Wildey
Heroes: Jayson [would-be astronaut]
Others: The head of the space institute
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 22nd century
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales #2
Synopsis: Jayson dreams of being an astronaut, but the head of the institute fears he may not be suited for it; he lets Jayson take a flight and Jayson looses control, forced to set down on the moon; he then learns it was a simulated flight-- he never left Earth. Jayson finally accepts he is not cut out for space and accepts a research position.

Title: "Last Seen Climbing a Ladder!"
Story:
Art: Vic Carrabotta
Heroes: Daniel Farley [scientist]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; an asteroid
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#2
Synopsis: When a mysterious asteroid appears above Earth, scientists begin designing rockets to explore it but Daniel reaches it first using an immense ladder. He radios back to Earth, claiming friendly aliens inhabit the asteroid and would be happy to meet other humans, but the people on the ground are skeptical; the ladder is drawn up to the asteroid before anyone else can use it and Daniel is never seen again.

Title: "The Little Men"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Frank Ferris [sideshow owner]
Villains: Aliens
Others: Carla Ferris [Frank's wife] junior [Frank's son], Marvin [sideshow giant]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Ferris Carnival
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#2
Synopsis: Frank is afraid his sideshow may go out of business when he hears how midgets are becoming more and more common throughout the world; he then encounters aliens, who are responsible for the increase in midgets, intending to invade Earth and replace its people once they're all the same size; Frank tricks them into thinking their chemicals have failed by showing them Marvin, at which point they retreat from Earth.

Title: "When Warren Woke Up!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Matt Warren [sleeping man]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Beware#7
Synopsis: Matt dreams of man's struggle against plant life and imagines plant life is growing so fast it threatens mankind. When Matt awakens, he's shocked to see his house covered in plant growth as his dream is coming true.

One Hundred Thirty-Nine

"The Nothing Man"
"Danger From Nowhere"
"The Sleeper"
"The Talking Box"
"The Unseen"

One Hundred Forty

Title: "The Man Who Followed!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: An inventor [interplanetary hunter] and his assistant [dies]
Villains: Martian apes
Others: Kransloth [Jovian creature], Flame-tongued lizard [Venusian creature], Horned Quinped [Saturnian creature], Javarra [Plutonian creature], Blicc [Uranian creature]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2223 Jupiter; Venus; Saturn
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#26
Synopsis: An inventor hunts a variety of creatures across several planets but can't find a quarry dangerous enough for his liking. He finally uses a time machine to expand his Martian Apes' development by generations and then goes hunting them with his assistant, each armed with neutron rays. However, the assistant is killed because the Apes have evolved immunity to the weapon; they take the assistant's gun and prepare to kill the inventor.
"Man Without Fear"
"The Wings"
"Who Goes There?"
"In the Dark"

One Hundred Forty-One (December, 1955)

"From Out of Nowhere"
"The Last Chance"
"The Iron Brain"

Title: "Swap Shop"
Story:
Art: Manny Stallman
Heroes: John and Alice Marston [couple]
Others: Dr. Stevens [scientist]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA, Pluto
Synopsis: John and Alice find a tank of water which replaces everything set inside with a similar object of alien origin. They bring it to Dr. Stevens and he discovers it came from Pluto. With Pluto surrounded by a terrible cloud, Stevens sends a piece of uranium through tank and the Plutonians use it to clear the atmosphere and then reclaim their tank.

Title: "The Spelunker!"
Story:
Art: Mort Drucker
Heroes: Jeff Cord [spelunker]
Others: Underground citizens [Leander named], spelunkers [Hank named]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s
Synopsis: Jeff likes being underground to escape the world's problems; down below, he finds a civilization of men who have built a utopia and he joins them, but realizes having a perfect world they have no problems to solve. No longer wanting perfection, Jeff flees to the surface.

One Hundred Forty-Two

"The Vanishing Boy"
"The Man Who Shrunk"
"Man on Mars"
"It Wouldn't Let Go"
"The Thing in the Crate"

One Hundred Forty-Three

"The House on the Hill"
"The Greed of Silas Plunkett"
"Louie's Leprechaun"
"It Tolls by Night"

Title: "Where Dinosaurs Dwell!"
Story:
Art: Bob Forgione, Jack Abel
Heroes: Bob [businessman]
Others: A fortune teller, Mr. Chaucer [Bob's boss], Mrs. Chaucer [boss' wife], Tommy [Chaucer's cat], an inventor
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; Prehistory
Synopsis: Bob sees a fortune teller who tells him new places lie ahead but to beware of animals. Feeling dazed from the encounter, Bob runs into a scientist who has him test drive his time machine, sending Bob back to the age of dinosaurs. Returning to the present, Bob wanders off, still dazed and wondering if it really happened. He receives a new assignment at work to move to their Brazil offices and Chaucer's cat takes a swipe at him, which also seems to verify the fortune teller's prophecy. He learns the fortune teller was hired by Chaucer as a gag, but they know nothing of the scientist.

One Hundred Forty-Four

Title: "The City That Time Forgot!"
Story:
Art: Al Williamson, Roy Krenkel
Heroes: Joe, Andy [explorers]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Para-Diss, Mu
Reprinted In: Al Williamson: Hidden Lands
Synopsis: Joe and Andy discover the abandoned Para-Diss and find the city somehow provides all their needs, but they grow homesick for their families and depart; the city collapses, having no one to care for.
"Nine Days Wonder"
"The Unseen World"
"It is Written in the Stars"
"Make a Wish"
"The Missing Ingredient"

One Hundred Forty-Five

"Run All The Way"
"Philander's Last Performance"
"No Turning Back"
"The Never-Ending Dream"
"The Last of Angus Merriwell"
"The Machine That Failed"

One Hundred Forty-Six (May, 1956)

Title: "Address Unknown"
Story:
Art:
Others: Herman [scientist], Sarah Milsworth [landlady]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Thorndale
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness #23
Synopsis: Herman creates a machine in his boarding room to turn rocks into diamonds; he intends for his landlady to benefit from it, but when it fails, he runs off and becomes a beggar; unknown to him, the machine did work, but Milsworth can't send him his fortunes -- he has no address.

Title: "One Man's Leprechaun"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Leo Loomis [would-be mayor]
Others: A Leprechaun
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Marshville
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#20
Synopsis: Leo wants to be mayor of Marshville, but no one takes him seriously; after freeing a leprechaun from a cave, the leprechaun gives him magical tools to vivify the town, making it wonderful to behold. Leo is finally taken seriously by the townsfolk-- but now they think the town is too beautiful for someone like him to be mayor! He sends the leprechaun back to the cave and goes into hiding with him.
"The Lost World"
"Reach for the Stars"
"As the Crowd Roars"
"The Secret Land"

One Hundred Forty-Seven (June, 1956)

"Frozen Alive"
"The Trouble with Marcus"
"It Happened to the Captain"

Title: "The Vanishing Martians"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Matt Lawson [fortune hunter]
Others: Mr. Farr [assayer], Jovians, Martians [rock-like creatures]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; Mars
Synopsis: Lawson sees Jovians land their ship and from their telepathic communications learns they recently defeated Mars at war; stealing the Jovian rocket, Lawson finds only radioactive rocks on Mars and brings them back to Earth, but they vanish from his rocket after landing, then a nearby town vanishes; Lawson returns to Mars to find more rocks, only to discover the missing town is on Mars now - the rocks were Martians all along and used their powers to send the town to Mars to rebuild it.
"The Perilous Prize"
"Voices in the Night"

One Hundred Forty-Eight

"Where Did They Go?"
"The Many Worlds of Henry Adams"
"The Hollow Suit"
"Earthquake"
"Scared Away"
"The Despot"

One Hundred Forty-Nine

"Among the Missing"
"The Last Warning"
"Charlie's Choice"
"The Broken Man"
"Stop us if You've Read This Before"
"The Thief"

One Hundred Fifty

"I Plunged into Darkness"
"The House of Shadows"
"The Shrinking Man"
"The Man From Nowhere"
"Ultimate Weapon"
"Ill Live Forever"

One Hundred Fifty-One

"Barely Human"
"Secret Weapon"
"A Phantom in the Sky"
"Who Walks in the Ruins"
"Its Alive"
"The Parasite"

One Hundred Fifty-Two

"Trapped in the Chinese Garden"
"When the Bubble Burst"
"When Mongorr Appeared"
"Beware the Invisible Trap"
"The Menace of the Mole Men"
"The People That Never Were"

One Hundred Fifty-Three

"They Prowl on Earth"
"No One Can See Me"
"It Cant be Done"
"The Last Man Alive"
"Scare at Sea"
"Saucer in the Sky"

One Hundred Fifty-Four

"Something in the Sea"
"I Live in Fear"
"The Mystery of the Black Box"
"The Hidden Man"
"The Strangers Suitcase"
"The Black Raven"

One Hundred Fifty-Five

"I Walk Through Glass"
"Forbidden Fruit"
"When I Close my Eyes"
"Man in a Trance"
"The Saucer That Couldn't Fly"
"The Lost Million"

One Hundred Fifty-Six

"How High is High"
"The Door To?"
"Which Face is Mine?"
"The Secret Formula"
"Sounds in the Night"
"Forbidden Keep Out"

One Hundred Fifty-Seven

"Impossible Island"
"Secret of Murdock Farm"
"Black Blob"
"Man Who Was Replaced"
"Man Who Changed"
"It Waits in the Dark"

One Hundred Fifty-Eight

Title: "Lost... One World"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: James Blaine [time traveler]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Worlds Unknown#4
Synopsis: Everything about the world seems unfamiliar to James; he doesn't realize he built a time machine, but instead of going back in time he was transformed into a younger version of himself with none of his older memories.
"I Saw the Hidden People"
"Secret of the Black Stone"
"The Man Who Moved"
"Nightmares End"
"They Think I'm Dead"

One Hundred Fifty-Nine (August, 1957)

Title: "The Terrible Touch!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Si [old prospector]
Others: Midas [man with golden touch]
Genre: Fantasy, Western
Setting: Old West
Reprinted In: Journey into Mystery#17
Synopsis: Si goes looking for a legendary gold mine, which turns out to be the property of Midas himself. When Si tries to force Midas out of his way, Midas turns Si's hands into gold; Si relates the story as he lies on his deathbed.

Title: "Wish You Were Here!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Franz Necco [greeting card artist]
Others: George [Franz's friend], an old man
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Greenwich Village, New York, USA
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#14
Synopsis: Franz discovers an old man sells paper which makes whatever he publishes come true, such as get-well cards curing the patients who receive them. Franz decides to draw himself within a room full of gold, but he forgets to draw a door out of the room.
"The Man Who Believed"

Title: "The Last Look!"
Story:
Art: Bernie Krigstein
Villains: Ross [fake swami]
Others: Cooper [Ross' partner]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: B. Krigstein Comics; Message in a Bottle
Synopsis: Ross carries on a fake swami act, but has a vision of the future in his crystal showing a man in Cooper's suit arrested for murder. Fearing for his life, Ross alerts the police about Cooper's whereabouts and flees in the night. However, Cooper catches him and they fight; Ross thinks he's about to die, but winds up killing Cooper. As the police arrest Ross, Ross discovers he put on Cooper's suit without realizing it.
"Four Who Vanished"
"Behind the Iron Gate"


Two

"A Monster Among Us" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#8

Eighty-Three

"Goodbye to Linda Brown" from Strange Tales#97

MARVEL VISIONARIES

Jim Steranko Jack Kirby Stan Lee Steve Ditko John Romita, Sr. Roy Thomas

Jim Steranko (2002)

"At the Stroke of Midnight" from Tower of Shadows#1

Jack Kirby (2004)

"I Defied Pildorr, the Plunderer From Outer Space!" from Strange Tales#94
"Fin Fang Foom!" from Strange Tales#89
"I Am the Amazing Dr. Droom" from Amazing Adventures#1
"Beware the Rawhide Kid!" from Rawhide Kid#17

Stan Lee (2005)

"The Raving Madman" from Suspense#29
"Where Walks the Ghost" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#11

Steve Ditko (2005)

"Dream World" from Tales to Astonish#26
"Help!" from Strange Tales#94
"Goodbye to Linda Brown" from Strange Tales#97
"I Am Not Human!" from Tales to Astonish#42
"Why Won't They Believe Me?" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#7
"Journey's End" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#7
"Those Who Change" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#10
"No Sign of Life" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#10
"Something Fantastic" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#12
"The Unsuspecting" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#13
"The Man in the Sky" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#14

John Romita, Sr. (2005)

"It" from Strange Tales#4
"Flying Saucer" from Menace#6
"I, the Robot" from Menace#11
untitled from Western Kid#12

Roy Thomas (2006)

"Starr the Slayer" from Chamber of Darkness#4

MASTERS OF TERROR

1 2

One

"The Horror From the Mound" from Chamber of Chills#2
"The Shambler From the Stars" from Journey Into Mystery#3
"The Terrible Old Man" from Tower of Shadows#3
"Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper!" from Journey Into Mystery#2

Two (September, 1975)

"Pickman's Model" from Tower of Shadows#9
"Dig Me No Grave" from Journey Into Mystery#1
"The Music of Erich Zann" from Chamber of Darkness#5

MEN'S ADVENTURES

Continued from True Adventures.

4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26

Four (August, 1950)

Title: "He Called Me a Coward!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Ronald Lippincott [picked-upon young man]
Villains: Elliot Chambers Lippincott [Ronald's wealthy, abusive father], a lion [dies], a gorilla [dies]
Others: Margaret Lippincott [Ronald's mother], Zumbo [Sudanese guide]
Genre: Jungle
Setting: July 17, 1949, New York City, New York, USA; Dakar, Senegal; Sudan
Synopsis: Ronald goes on a safari with his father in the Sudan, hoping to finally win his approval; however, he hesitates when it comes to killing animals and when a gorilla attacks, Ronald's father is dragged away. Ronald saves his father from the creature, finally winning his respect.

Title: "Johnny Orchid"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Johnny Orchid [flower-loving gangster, dies], Angel Serkin, Charlie [gangsters, both die], Klem [gunman, rival of Angel], George Fagin [gangster], Pete Flavia [mob boss, dies], Tony Nicola [Flavia's rival, dies], Marco [Nicola's man], Moretti [gangster, enemy of Orchid], Pop Lang [rival gangster to Orchid, dies]
Others: Oliver Brown [Johnny's adopted father], Cora [Johnny Orchid's wife], Nick Vendredes [junk peddlar]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1927-May 3, 1934-December 31, 1939, St. Louis Missouri, USA; Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Synopsis: Recounts the life of Johnny Orchid and how he ultimately killed his rival Pop Lang with a suicide attack.

Title: "A Boy and His Dog"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Jimmy Kovacs [young boy, dies]
Others: Herman Kovacs [Jimmy's father]
Genre: Drama
Setting: 1946, Clark City, Montana, USA
Synopsis: Jimmy finds a dog which his father doesn't like, but the dog warns Herman of a fire in their house and dies trying to save Jimmy.
Notes: Retold as "The Fire" in 3-D Action#1.

Title: "The Payoff!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Neil Jordan [18, hot rod driver]
Others: Cathy Burrows [17, Neil's girlfriend], Bob Burrows [Cathy's brother], Red, Rocky, Tony [Neil's mechanic friends], Mr. Jordan [Neil's father]
Genre: Drama
Setting: Daytonville, USA
Synopsis: Neil enjoys driving his hot rod at high speeds but after causing an accident where Bob is badly injured, Cathy breaks up with him. Neil later becomes a taxi driver but has become a responsible driver.

Title: "Trapped!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Dan Monroe [FBI agent]
Villains: Ferdinand D. Carson [wealthy man, counterfeiter], Jimmy De Angelus [mobster], Doc Barkley [forger], Judy Queen [Barkley's daughter, singer]
Genre: Crime
Setting: September 7, 1949
Synopsis: Monroe searches for the source of counterfeit money which Carson had passed; Carson himself turns out be in league with the counterfeiters, but Judy Queen falls in love with Dan, helps him survive a death trap Carson leaves him in. The gang is rounded up and Judy marries Monroe.

Five (November, 1950)

Title: "Brother Act"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Tim Andrews [young boy]
Villains: Michael Andrews [Tim's brother, becomes criminal, dies], Mushy [loan shark gang lord], Cock-Eye [Mushy's agent]
Others: Mrs. Andrews [Tim's mother, dies], Mr. Hastings [welfare board representative], Miss Somers [school principal]
Genre: Crime
Setting: July, 1945-1947, New York City, New York, USA
Synopsis: After their mother dies, Michael goes to work for a mob to support Tim. However, after discovering Tim idolizes his criminal behavior Michael allows himself to be caught and shot to death so Tim will learn a lesson about crime.

Title: "The Secret of the Flying Saucer"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Terry [reporter]
Villains: Alien scout [from planet Xeno, dies]
Others: Jim, Bill [scoffers], Tompkins [US Air Force pilot, dies]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1948, USA
Synopsis: Terry tells Jim and Bill how Tompkins found a crashed flying saucer and its pilot told him his people were planning an invasion. Radium rays from the alien's body produced a green glow which spread to Tompkins and finally killed him. Terry learned the story from Tompkins before he died - now Terry glows green.

Title: "Dead End"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Stan [young man]
Others: Bob [Stan's brother, dies], George Colby [makes bet with Stan]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Stan agrees to spend a night in a supposedly haunted house. His brother Bob shows up to stay with him, but the next morning Stan learns Bob had died earlier in the evening.

Title: "I Was Called a Weak Sister"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Glenn Ludder [non-athletic college student]
Villains: Micky Lawrence [athletic college student]
Others: Gloria Reed [college student, Micky's girlfriend], Diane [college student]
Genre: Sports
Setting: 1950s Rutledge, USA
Synopsis: Micky looks down on Glenn for being unathletic, but he saves his college at a track meet by filling in at the last moment for a pole vault and dash.

Six

"Heat of Battle"
"Escape"
"Lust For Gold"
"Second Chance"

Seven

"The Walking Death"
"And Still Champ"
"I Was Buried Alive"
"The Window of Horror"

Eight (June, 1951)

Title: "Journey into Death!"
Story:
Art: Russ Heath
Heroes: Professor Bernard Cerdan [scientist], John Peters [Cerdan's blind assistant]
Others: Major Carlson [Cerdan's military aide]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1946, upper New York, USA
Synopsis: After successful test flights into space with their remote disc plane Cerdan and Peters bring in the army, but Carlson removes Peters from the project because he's blind; when a manned version of the disc plane is ready Carlson fears sending a man up inside it and orders the project scrapped, but Peters breaks into the plane and takes off into space, demonstrating his faith in the project.

Title: "My Flesh and Blood"
Story:
Art: Dan Loprino
Heroes: John Finch [farmer, brother of Stephen]
Villains: Douglas Finch [rebellious youngster, dies], Joe Massari [racketeer, dies], Ray Lowry [Douglas' friend, dies], Mike Redmond [Massari's gunman], Luke [machinist, Massari employee]
Others: Stephen Finch [farmer, father of Douglas, dies], Ezrah Ward [shopkeeper], Constable Smathers [policeman], Clem [farmer]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1934, Philipston, New Hampshire; New York City, USA
Synopsis: Douglas becomes a thief at a young age, yet his father always makes excuses for him; Douglas later drops out of college and his friend Ray helps get him into Massari's mob; Douglas' first assignment is to kill Ray, which he does; some time later, Douglas kills Massari, but the rest of Massari's mob refuse to cover up for him and he flees back to the family farm; when his father finally realizes his son is a true criminal he refuses to turn him over to the police - instead shooting his son to death, then committing suicide.

Title: "The Wolf Pack"
Story:
Art: John Tartaglione
Heroes: George Thompson [young man]
Villains: Ben Thompson [George's uncle, trading post owner, dies], Squint and another man [killers, thieves], trained wolves
Others: Jim Lombard [wolf trainer], Patricia Lombard [Jim's daughter, marries George], Nanook [Inuit man]
Genre: Adventure
Setting: Kalmath, Alaska, USA
Synopsis: Ben accuses Jim of using his wolves to kill trappers and steal their skins; George promises Patricia he'll investigate and discovers two men have been dousing victims with wolf bait then siccing wolves on them; they douse George, but George is saved when the wolves are distracted by a grizzly bear. George runs back to his uncle, only to learn his uncle had hired the killers; when the RCMP move in, George claims to be the killer to protect his uncle; Ben suffers a heart attack at the news and dies; Patricia forces the true killers to confess and she later marries George.

Title: "The Road Back"
Story:
Art: Vernon Henkel
Heroes: Phil Ransom [World War II veteran, mechanic]
Others: Charlie [Phil's foreman], Mr. Johnson [Phil's boss], Susan Walker [Phil's girlfriend], a crippled real estate agent [World War II veteran], Phil and Susan's daughter
Genre: Crime
Setting: November, 1945, USA
Synopsis: Phil is troubled since his return from the war and in a poor temper, quits his job; determined to provide for Susan so he can marry her he plans to rob a real estate agent, but discovers the man is crippled; the agent turns out to be a veteran and he helps Phil come to terms with life back in the USA; Phil turns his life around, marries Susan and eventually buys a house from the agent.

Nine

"I Waited For Death"
"Call of Duty"
"The Man in the Grave"
"Bullets, Blades and Blood"

Ten (October, 1951)

"The Education of Thomas Dillon"

Title: "One Way Ticket"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Harry "Boss" Chaney [crime boss], Chico [criminal]
Others: Nick Stellanic [poisoner, dies], Doc Brandt [surgeon, dies]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Harry wants to get out of crime and tries to take over Stellanic's life; he has a surgeon change their faces then murders Nick and takes over Nick's life, only to be arrested for a murder Nick committed.

Title: "Simon's Blood"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Simon Thomas [playboy, dies]
Others: Manuel [Peruvian villager, dies], Dr. Samuel Peters [Simon's doctor]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1950s USA; Peru
Synopsis: Simon is dying of a blood disease; he finds the means for a cure in Peru and forces Manuel into a transfusion, killing him for his blood. However, he discovers upon his return to USA Manuel transmitted a tropical disease to him and there is no cure; he jumps out a window to die.

Title: "Drive of Death"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Bill Pierce [trucker]
Villains: Weasel Colluci [informant], Slavin [corrupt trucker]
Others: Big Jim Forbes [trucking boss], Nan Forbes [Bill's lover, Jim's daughter]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Bill is on the outs with Forbes and being targeted by Slavin, who tries to prevent Bill from completing his jobs. When Slavin cuts Bill's brakes, Nan warns Bill in time to save him and Forbes repairs his relationship with Bill.

Eleven

"Death of a Soldier"
"Guard Duty"
"Retreat"

Title: "Captive City"
Story:
Art: Russ Heath
Villains: Chinese soldiers
Others: Citizens of Goreu, US soldiers, Mayor Tsachi [dies]
Genre: War
Setting: August 2, 1950, August 10, 1950, August 14, 1950, Goreu, Korea, Korean War
Synopsis: Goreu is taken over by the Chinese, who put the mayor to death. The US captures the town, but it's badly damaged by the fighting. The civilians resent the US, thinking them as bad as the Chinese. The Chinese finally retake Goreu and order a 10th of the population killed. The US takes Goreu back and they help rebuild it, proving to the people they are their true friends.

Twelve

"Firing Squad"
"Kill or Be Killed"
"Combat Veteran"
"The Enemy Strikes"

Thirteen

"The Three Stripes"
"Chow"
"The Symbol"
"Tank Trap"

Fourteen

"The Coffin"
"Insane"
"Name, Rank, and Serial Number"

Title: "Retreat!"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: Ross and other US soldiers
Villains: North Korean soldiers
Genre: War
Setting: Tuan River, Korea, Korean War
Synopsis: US soldiers retreat from the North Korean forces in order to draw the enemy out, then beat them in a counter-attack.

Fifteen

"This is What the Army Calls Heroism"
"Anti-Tank"
"Cry in the Night"
"Tension"

Sixteen (October, 1952)

Title: "Slaughter at Pukchang Pass!"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Gorski [US Marine]
Villains: Chinese soldiers and pilots
Others: US Marines [Corporal Brant]
Genre: War
Setting: December 7, 1950, Koto-Ri, Yalu River, Hill 1081, Korean War
Synopsis: Gorski is a new Marine and doesn't believe his comrades' speeches about brotherhood, but while on a mission to take Hill 1081, the Marines' weapons freeze up. Gorski leads a bayonet and grenade charge at the Chinese, defeating them. Gorski proudly explains he now understands brotherhood and led the charge to save his fellow Marines.

Title: "It Happened in Chungsan!"
Story:
Art: Jay Scott Pike
Heroes: San Tu [old Korean man, dies]
Villains: Chinese soldiers
Others: US soldiers [Barnes]
Genre: War
Setting: Korean War, Chungsan, Korea
Synopsis: North Korean forces occupy Chungsan and pose as villagers to deceive the US forces, but San Tu gives his life to expose them so the Americans will drive them away.

Title: "The New Guy"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Private William "Bill" Gillis [new arrival in F Company]
Villains: Chinese soldiers
Others: F Company [Mac, Sam, Nick, Hudder]
Genre: War
Setting: Korean War, Korea
Synopsis: Gillis is treated as an outsider in F Company, but after fighting alongside the others in combat he finally fits in.

Title: "The Big Guns!"
Story:
Art: Allen Bellman
Heroes: Company A [US soldiers, Bailey named]
Villains: Captain Chang [Chinese artillery commander, dies], Chinese soldiers
Genre: War
Setting: Korea, Korean War
Synopsis: As Chang uses his artillery to blast US forces, Company A serve as a decoy to keep him in one place long enough for their jets to bomb his weaponry.

Seventeen

"Night Attack"
"Margin For Error"
"Sgt. Brody Takes Five"
"They Came Back"

Eighteen

"The Farmer Takes a Gun!"
"Tanks, Attack"
"The Big Brass!"
"Where's Johnny?"

Nineteen (March, 1953)

Title: "Tank Killer Platoon"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: Lt. Cary [carbine officer], Ben [bazooka man, dies], Kippy [Ben's assistant], Marsh [rifle grenadier], Jeff [automatic rifleman]
Villains: A Chinese tank
Genre: War
Setting: Korea, Korean War
Synopsis: A squad goes hunting for an enemy tank and succeeds at destroying it at the cost of their bazooka man's life.

Title: "Vikings!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Ben [a lame shepherd]
Villains: Viking warriors
Others: Alfred the Great [king of England]
Genre: War
Setting: 880, Serlin, England
Synopsis: When the Vikings invade England, Ben befriends an anonymous Alfred the Great and when the king is ready to face the hordes at Serlin he has Ben join him in the fight.

Title: "The Hero!"
Story:
Art: Hy Rosen
Heroes: Ted Monroe [young soldier, always talking up his family]
Villains: Chinese soldiers
Others: Sgt. Hatton, Higgins, Doughton, Sampson [US soldiers]
Genre: War
Setting: Korea, Korean War
Synopsis: Ted irritates his fellow soldiers by constantly talking up his relatives and their wartime heroics. Ted winds up dying gallantly to save the others from a machine gun nest and in his dying moment admits none of his family had been soldiers.

Title: "Germ Warfare"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: P.F.C. Hal Carling [germ specialist]
Villains: North Korean soldiers
Genre: War
Setting: Kasui, Korea, Korean War
Synopsis: Carling is sent to investigate if the North Koreans are using germ warfare. The North Koreans mistakenly think he's carrying his own germ weapons, particularly because of his hay fever. When they confront Carling, he realizes their error and tricks them into thinking a gas grenade contains a germ weapon; the soldiers all surrender to receive his "antidote."

Twenty

"Communist"
"The Commandos Strike"
"Escape"
"Outpost"

Twenty-One (May, 1953)

"The Eye of Maru"

Title: "My Brother Must Die"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Carmine Infantino
Villains: Schmink [Soviet inspector]
Others: Ivan, Yussof and Vladimir Petroff [brothers, all die]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USSR
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#19
Synopsis: Schmink tests the Petroff brothers by offering one work if he kills one of his brothers; after two of the brothers have killed each other, Schmink kills the last, noting no one could trust a man who'd kil his own brother. Now ghosts, the brothers continue to quarrel with each other, but conclude being dead is better than living in the USSR.
"The Silent One"
"The Secret of the Flying Saucer"
Notes: Retold as "I Discovered the Secret of the Flying Saucers!" in Strange Worlds#1, "I Know the Secret of the Flying Saucer!" in Tales of Suspense#11, and "the Impossible Spaceship" in Strange Tales#101.
"He Makes me Kill"

Twenty-Two

Title: "The Mark of the Witch!"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: A time traveler and his son [27th century]
Villains: Bridget Hobbs [thief, becomes witch, dies]
Others: Jonathan, William, Bess [Salem residents]
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Setting: 27th century; 1692, Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Synopsis: In the 27th century, a boy sends a witch's kit back in time to 1692; Bridget finds it and uses it to become a witch, terrorizing Salem. However, the boy's father ultimately retrieves the kit, trapping Bridget in the form of a witch and defenceless against the people of Salem, who put her to death.
"Deadline"
"Beware the Chair"
"Stranger on a Bridge"

Twenty-Three

"Nothing Is Left Alive"
"The Bones"
"Drowning Witch"
"The Wrong Body"
"The Thief"

Twenty-Four (December, 1953)

Title: "First Moon-Walk"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Villains: Lance Tate and King Phillips [lifelong rivals, both die]
Others: Mr. Tate [Lance's father, dies], a scientist [builds rocket, dies]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#17
Synopsis: Tate and Phillips hate each other throughout their lives, especially after Tate's father kills himself because of Phillips' father. Always competing against one another as businessmen, they race to the moon, each one wanting to beat the other there. They destroy each other's rockets and are stranded on the moon, where they perish.

Title: "Buried Alive!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Clyde Warwick [mine owner's noble son, dies]
Villains: Titus Warwick [miserly mine owner, dies]
Others: Coal mine workers [Johnson, Mort], British soldiers
Genre: Horror
Setting: April 17-December 24, 1907, Warwick, England
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#12
Synopsis: Titus cares little for the men in his employ, refusing to make rescue attempts when some are buried alive; Clyde goes to help the men, but is constantly hampered by his father's lack of support. The father and son wind up quarreling and going separate ways, with Clyde secretly aiding the mine workers. Titus goes on to put down worker riots by sending in the army. Finally, Clyde is wounded in a cave-in and Titus is shocked to see his son die before his eyes; Titus carries Clyde's body into a mine while his lamp is lit; this ignites a gas leak and kills Titus. Titus and Clyde are buried side-by-side.

Title: "The Torture Master!"
Story:
Art: Russ Heath
Heroes: Professor Pulaski [prisoner]
Villains: Heinrich von Brenner [camp commandant, dies], Heinrich Himmler
Others: Paul, Otto [prisoners]
Genre: Horror, War
Setting: Kesselwald Camp, Germany, 1944, World War II
Synopsis: Von Brenner is cruel to his prisoners, making lampshades of their flesh. However, the Americans in the camp plant evidence on him to make Himmler identify him as a spy. Himmler throws von Brenner into his own camp, where the prisoners kill him.

Title: "The Screaming Beasts!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Carl Braun [hunter, dies]
Others: Mambu [African, gun bearer to Carl Braun], Carlson [supply man]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Bukavu; Lake Tanganyika, Congo, Africa
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#20
Synopsis: Braun prizes his captured animals over his own servants, whom he kicks off his boat, only for him to be overwhelmed and devoured by baboons.

Title: "No Guts"
Story:
Art: Joe Maneely
Heroes: Johnny Hoyt [young, eager boxer, dies]
Others: Pop West [Johnny's manager], Joe Cullen, Torpedo Tate [boxers]
Genre: Sports
Setting: 1935, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Synopsis: After losing a fight to Cullen, Hoyt is determined to prove he has guts and gets a new manager, but only wins fights because his manager pays them off; fighting against Tate, Hoyt struggles beyond his ability and finally dies from his injuries sustained in the ring.

Twenty-Five (January, 1954)

Title: "The Roof of the World!"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Bonn, Alex, Stanislaw [mountain climbers, all die]
Villains: Thorn Keller, Petro [rival climbers, all die]
Genre: Adventure
Setting: Himalayas
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness #23
Synopsis: Keller names a mountain he flew over in World War II after himself and when his co-pilot Bonn leads a climbing party, he sets out to kill Bonn and all his men; finally, only Keller and Alex are left and they kill each other on the top of the mountain.
Notes: Retitled "Death is a Mountain!" in reprint.

Title: "The Shark"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Heroes: "Harpoon" McKay [shark hunter]
Villains: Jewel thieves
Others: A woman [dies]
Genre: Adventure
Setting: 1950s, Ceylon, India
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#16
Synopsis: McKay is hired by a woman to kill "the Devil Shark", but other men try to stop him and kill her; on a second attempt at the Devil Shark McKay loses his right leg, but learns the shark has a fortune in jewels inside of its body; he kills one of the thieves with his harpoon and earns the gratitude of the police.

Title: "The Shrunken Head"
Story:
Art: Mac Pakula
Heroes: A commissioner
Villains: Carl Brunner [cruel hunter, dies]
Others: Billy [guide]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Chucta Country, South America
Synopsis: Billy brings a shrunken head adorned with jewels to the commissioner. Brunner forces Billy to show him where it came from and he uses an alcohol flame to fool the natives into thinking he's immune to fire. Brunner lords over the natives, forcing them to mine all of their jewels for him, but when he decides to kill Billy and return, his machete blow strikes a lantern and sets himself on fire. When the natives see he can be harmed by fire they turn on him and Billy returns to civilization with Brunner's shrunken head.

Title: "The 3rd Corpse"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Villains: Pepi, Zucca, Duval [three convicts, all die]
Others: Zugg cannibals, Cezanne [French guard], Greifelt [sailor]
Genre: Horror
Setting: St. Lazaire, French Guiana
Synopsis: Pepi, Zucca and Duval escape from St. Lazaire, but the guards hire Zuggs to capture them. They escape on a raft to rendezvous with a schooner, but en route they use up their water too quickly, turn on each other and eventually die. The schooner captain happily collects their bodies from the raft, since the warrant on them was "dead or alive."
Notes: Uncredited adaptation of John Russell's the Fourth Man.

Twenty-Six (March, 1954)

Title: "Gorilla Man"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Ken Hale [average man]
Villains: The Gorilla Man [man turned into gorilla who passes his curse to whoever slays him]
Others: Lil Hale [Ken's wife], Benson [hunter, old friend of Ken's]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA; Kenya
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#23; Agents of Atlas
Synopsis: Hale is haunted in his dreams by the Gorilla Man, so seeks him out in Kenya; to his horror, after slaying him, he finds he has become the new Gorilla Man.
Notes: Hale returns as Gorilla Man in What If#9.

Title: "The Burning Sands!"
Story:
Art: George Evans
Villains: Cabe [outlaw, dies]
Genre: Western
Setting: Old West
Reprinted In: Kid Colt, Outlaw#213
Synopsis: Cabe escapes a posse into the desert but runs out of water and suffers through mirages; he finally refuses to believe he's found water and dies in the sand, not realizing the pool of water is real.

Title: "Midnight in the Morgue!"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Villains: Joey Bolero [hitman]
Others: Joey's victim [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#20
Synopsis: Joey kills a man then has to hide; he winds up in a morgue, despite his fear of corpses. Joey imagines the corpses coming to life and is driven out of his mind when he discovers the body of the man he just killed; at midnight, a morgue attendant finds Joey lying amongst the bodies, calling himself a dead man.
"I Walked on the Moon"


MENACE

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1

One

Title: "Poor Mister Watkins"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Werner Roth
Heroes: Harry Higgins [town jerk]
Villains: Mr. Watkins [librarian, werewolf]
Others: Cathy [librarian]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#1; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Higgins likes annoying people and trying to pick up Cathy, the local librarian; when she quits in frustration, he starts bothering her replacement, the timid Mr. Watkins; finally, he shows up at Watkins' door pretending to be the police, but the joke is on him-- Watkins is a werewolf.

Title: "The Man Who Couldn't Move"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: George Tuska
Villains: Mrs. Hunt [scheming woman], Willie Luke [hired hand]
Others: Philip Hunt [wealthy man, paralyzed]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#2; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Mrs. Hunt hires Willie as a chauffeur and then asks him to help plot her husband's death. He agrees and arranges to crash the car, but is caught inside in the crash and paralyzed. Mrs. Hunt takes care of Willie by hiring a new chauffeur...

Title: "They Wait in Their... Dungeon!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Russ Heath
Villains: Warden Drury [brutal prison warden]
Others: Prisoners, prison guards
Genre: Horror
Setting: "Drury's Dungeon," 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#1; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Drury is a tyrant at his island prison, punishing prisoners and taking delight in viewing executions. Finally, the prisoners rise up and chase Drury through the prison to kill him.

Title: "One Head Too Many!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Lou Briggs [Moon-Man disguised as human]
Villains: Ro, other Martians [two-headed aliens]
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Manhattan, New York, USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Lou sees a flying saucer land in Central Park and is abducted by Ro, who explains the Martians are planning to invade Earth and wants Lou to deliver his ultimatum for peace; Lou is sent back but doesn't plan to deliver Ro's ultimatum - Lou is really a Moon-Man and wants Earth and Mars at war so his people can conquer them both.

Two (April, 1953)

Title: "On With the Dance!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Russ Heath
Villains: Stella Scheele [dancer, dies]
Others: Mr. Harmon [dance producer], Jack Waters [Stella's lover, dies], Mona Durell [witch]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Dracula#2; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Stella is so cruel she doesn't even care when her lover kills himself; she's determined to get a big part, but it goes to Durell. Stella decides to kill Durell, but Durell casts a spell upon her, causing her to dance for all eternity, even after becoming a skeleton.

Title: "The Man in Black"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: George Tuska
Villains: Karl Muloff [Russian spy]
Others: Boris [Soviet soldier], Professor Otto Ochnig [Agent X, Soviet spy, dies]
Genre: Spy, Horror
Setting: 1950s USSR; Long Island, New York, USA
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#5; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: After extensive training, Karl is sent to Long Island to capture secret plans by aiding Agent X. When Agent X doesn't contact him, Karl moves in on Professor Ochnig and kills him to steal the plans; however, back in the USSR, Karl is sent to be tortured - Ochnig was Agent X.

Title: "Burton's Blood!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Bill Everett
Villains: John Burton [vampire]
Others: Robots
Genre: Science Fiction, Horror
Setting: 1998, distant future, Earth
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#11; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: In 1998, Earth is decimated by atomic war and Burton feasts on the victims. After resting for generation in his crypt, he emerges to find the world has advanced. He goes looking for a victim and chooses a fat-looking man, but the intended victim shows no fear and his bite draw no blood; all humans died while Burton slept, only robots inhabit Earth now as the robot draws a stake to kill Burton.

Title: "Rocket to the Moon"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Joe Sinnott
Heroes: Lars Sugger [scientist]
Villains: A professor [Lars' former boss]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: While working for the professor, Lars endures his insults; later, on his own, Lars builds a working rocket and prepares for a flight to the moon; the professor wants the glory and steals the rocket, but he doesn't realize it's fueled for a one-way trip.

Three (May, 1953)

Title: "You're Gonna Live Forever"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Joe Maneely
Villains: Harry Sikes [wanted man, becomes invulnerable]
Others: Steve [policeman], a scientist [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s New York; Louisiana
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#8; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Running from the police, Harry meets a scientist which makes people invulnerable; Harry takes it and discovers he's become immune to all harm and can easily survive fatal gunshots from the police. Harry flees to Louisiana to hide out but in the swamps, sinks into a bog; he'll live forever beneath the muck.
Notes: Harry returns in Wolverine: The Best There Is#1.

Title: "Werewolf!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Waldo Forrest [werewolf lore lover, dies]
Villains: Matt Collins [werewolf imposter, dies]
Others: Emily Forrest [Waldo's wife, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#11; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Waldo is hen-pecked by his wife while trying to prove werewolves exist. He believes they're behind animal slaughtering in the village, but a farmer turns out to be masquerading and Waldo kills him. However, he is then bitten by a werewolf, becomes one himself and he and his wife die killing each other.

Title: "Men in Black"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: John Romita
Villains: Jim Horton [bigot], black-robed followers
Others: Gonzales [factory worker], Marion Horton [Jim's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#4; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Horton is bigoted against all foreigners and dresses like-minded people in black to take revenge on Gonzales, the man who took his job; when he tries to remove his mask afterwards, he finds more and more masks beneath, hallucinating; the police find him after he has torn his own face to shreds.
Notes: Retold as "I am the Man Without a Face!" in Strange Tales#71 and "The Hidden Face" in Tales of Suspense#25.

Title: "Rodeo!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Russ Heath
Villains: Wes Kincaid [rode clown, dies]
Others: Tex Robbins [rodeo cowboy], Sue Conway [Tex's girlfriend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#15; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Wes is jealous of Tex; he tricks Tex into entering a bull-riding competition, hoping Tex will be killed, but the bull is drawn to Wes because of his outfit and it winds up killing him.

Four (June, 1953)

Title: "Genius!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Joe Maneely
Villains: Gerald Morsden [genius]
Others: Saturnian, Morsden's parents
Genre: Science-Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#35; Journey Into Mystery#3; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Gerald is an incredibly brilliant child, graduating university at 6 and excelling at every field of interest with his telepathy, even turning to crime; after being contacted by a telepathic woman from Saturn, he builds a ship to be with her, but finds she's really a hideous creature.

Title: "The Madman"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Bill Everett
Villains: Jane Bryant [nurse, subterranean]
Others: Dr. Brimm [psychiatric doctor, dies], Thorn [coal miner, dies], four-armed subterraneans
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA, Hagstone Sanatorium
Reprinted In: Monsters Unleashed#2; Vault of Evil#13; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Jane goes to work for Brimm, who shows her Thorn, a man who insists four-armed men plot to conquer the surface and Brimm is with them. She finally kills Brimm and then Thorn as well-- for she is actually one of the four-armed people.
Notes: Retold as "Look Out!! Here Come... the Four-Armed Men!" in Tales to Astonish#26 and again as "Forewarned is Four-Armed!" in Chamber of Darkness#2.

Title: "Escape!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Russ Heath
Heroes: Joe Borden [spy]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Chicago, Illinois, USA
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#11; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Joe flees capture by attempting to board a rocket, only to find the rocket is a mere model, not life size.
Notes: Retold as "Run, Rocky, Run!" in Tales to Astonish#26 and as "Run, Roco, Run" in Silver Surfer#5.

Title: "A Vampire Is Born"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Fred Kida
Villains: Josef Stalin [vampire]
Others: Napoleon Bonaparte, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd, Dracula
Genre: Horror
Setting: 20th century Europe
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: A vampire awakens after a 300 year slumber; insatiable with his bloodlust, in his human form he becomes known as Josef Stalin.

Five (July, 1953)

Title: "Zombie!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: The Zombie [Simon Garth]
Villains: Gyps [Zombie's master, dies]
Others: Sarah Garth [Zombie's daughter]
Genre: Horror
Setting: New Orleans bayou
Reprinted In: Tales of the Zombie#1; Tales of the Zombie Annual#1; Curse of the Weird#4; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Gyps sends the Zombie to kidnap Sarah Garth, but it turns upon him and kills him-- for Sarah was his daughter.
Notes: Returns in Tales of the Zombie#1.

Title: "Nightmare"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: George Tuska
Heroes: Hunk Gillem [thug, dies]
Villains: Curley [bartender, possibly Satan]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Tales of the Zombie#2; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Hunk has recurring nightmares where a man he murdered pours acid over him; Curley gives him a drink to prevent the nightmare from happening again. When it seems to recur, Hunk angrily confronts Curley, but Curley reveals it wasn't a nightmare - Hunk is a walking skeleton.
Notes: Retitled "Acid Test" in reprint.
"Crack-Down"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
"Rocket Ship"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1

Six (August, 1953)

Title: "Flying Saucer!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: John Romita, Sr.
Villains: Martians [flying saucers]
Others: Charlie, Louie [reporters]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Mars; Nevada, USA; distant future
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1; Marvel Visionaries: John Romita, Sr.
Synopsis: 184 flying saucers are sent to Earth from Mars but become inert after they land. Earth's greatest scientists try to analyze the ships, but cannot find a way to get inside. Finally, when the saucers open their doors, the scientists venture inside, only for the doors to close, capturing them. A complete fleet of saucers then invade and conquer humanity. In a distant future, Earth is now just a colony of Mars.

Title: "The Graymoor Ghost"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Hans Stueben [antique dealer, dies, becomes ghost]
Villains: The Graymoor Ghost [Scottish ghost]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; Graymoor Castle, Doonbry, Scotland
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Stueben sells fake antiques in his shop. Hearing Graymoor Castle is for sale, Stueben journeys to Scotland and buys it, ignoring stories about the castle being haunted. However, the ghost is real and kills Stueben, cursing him to become the castle's ghost.

Title: "Checkmate!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Gene Colan
Villains: Stefan Krag [chess master], Vossily [mafia]
Others: Carla Jenssen Krag [Stefan's wife, dies], Eric [Carla's lover, dies], Corzebetti [chess master], X-32 [chess computer], Sasha Horgarth [Stefan's landlady], Mayor Thule
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1950s Europe; Austria
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Stefan is the world's greatest chess player, but being absent from his wife on trips, he's surprised to come home and find her in the arms of Eric; Stefan kills them both, escapes to Austria, shaves his head, grows a beard, dons glasses then resumes living in his old village, posing as an amateur chess player. However, the mafia place a bet on Krag beating Corzebetti and threaten to kill him if he doesn't win. Realizing Corzebetti will recognize him if he does win, Krag decides he has no way to escape: he pulls out a gun and aims it at his own head.

Title: "The Corpse"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Russ Heath
Heroes: John [ghost]
Others: Diane [John's wife, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: When Diane dies suddenly, John leaves her body alone so she'll always be with him, but eventually people come to investigate and discover the body, removing it. John is left alone in the house, having been a lonely ghost all this time.

Seven (September, 1953)

Title: "Fresh Out of Flesh!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Syd Shores
Heroes: Glenn Towers [robot hunter, robot, destroyed]
Villains: Robots [Charlie, all destroyed]
Others: Professor Doremus Mark [robot inventor, dies], Norma Towers [Glenn's wife]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Near future, USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Glenn hunts robots to prevent an uprising, using a weapon which melts them; however, he doesn't realize even he is a robot; when the other robots are destroyed, Glenn is the last one to be melted down.

Title: "The Witch in the Woods"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Joe Sinnott
Others: A father and son; Hansel and Gretel, a witch
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: A father laments his son reading horror comic books, but after telling his son the story of Hansel and Gretel, he realizes fairy tales aren't much different.

Title: "Your Name Is Frankenstein"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Joe Maneely
Heroes: The Frankenstein's Monster
Others: Rudolf, Sonia [villagers]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Europe
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: The Frankenstein's Monster wanders about and frightens Rudolf and Sonia, unable to communicate with them. Soon, a mob forms against the monster and it is driven into a bog, but Rudolf and Sonia realize it never meant any harm.

Title: "The Planet of Living Death"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Russ Heath
Heroes: Derek Collin [spaceman]
Villains: Osirusians [aliens]
Others: John Wilson [captain of Space Queen], Mara [Jon's daughter], Space Queen crew [Tomm named]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Osirus
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: As the Space Queen rocket is hurtling toward Osirus, Derek goes drinking and ignores his responsibilities. The rocket crashes and the survivors are menaced by the locals, who demand the secret of atomic power. Derek agrees to supply it if he can have the captain's daughter. The aliens agree and he gives them what they need, but they give him their captain's daughter as "reward" instead.

Eight (October, 1953)

Title: "The Face of Horror"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Russ Heath
Villains: Derck Winters [ugly man]
Others: Janice [blind woman], Basil Blake [doctor, dies]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Fear#12; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Derck is ugly within and without, only loving Janice. He hopes Basil Blake might correct his face with plastic surgery, but can't afford his fees. When a car hits Derck, he threatens to sue the driver so the driver tries to pay him off. Seeing how much money the driver has, Derck kills him, only to discover he's just killed Basil Blake.

Title: "The Lizard-Man"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Joe Maneely
Villains: Zraa Zromm [giant green subterranean creature]
Genre: Monster, Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s New York, USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Zraa Zromm comes to Earth's surface and requests an audience with the people of Earth. At the United Nations, he reveals his people have run out of room and need to inhabit the surface, but the delegates reject his proposal. He threatens to unleash the "Munntosso" on them and returns below, activating the Munntosso - volcanoes. The surface population is seemingly destroyed.

Title: "The Werewolf Was Afraid"
Story:
Art: John Romita
Heroes: Eric Lanson [English hunter, dies]
Villains: A werewolf
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Austria; England
Reprinted In: Beware#1; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Eric is a great hunter who only attacks animals which fight back. While hunting werewolves in Austria, Eric discovers a werewolf quietly reading poetry. The creature refuses to attack him, causing Eric to grow angry; at this, the werewolf finally reacts, breaking Eric's gun and swiftly devouring him. The werewolf prefers a "hot" meal and wanted Eric to get angry first.

Title: "3-Dimensions"
Story:
Art: Russ Heath
Villains: Rudi the Great [hypnotist] and his gang
Genre: Fantasy, Crime
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Rudi runs a 3-D film in a theatre which hypnotizes the audience so his gang can rob them, but the film hypnotizes Rudi and the gang as well, causing them to abandon the loot and forget what happened.

Title: "The Wooden Woman"
Story:
Art: Bob Fujitani
Heroes: Gustav [woodcarver]
Villains: Napoleon Bonaparte and his soldiers
Others: A witch [dies], a wooden woman
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Setting: 1799, Amiens, France
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Napoleon forces Gustav to carve a wooden woman to adorn his ship and Gustav falls in love with his own carving. Discovering the carving can talk, but only at midnight, Gustav asks a witch to help him become wooden like his carving; he murders the witch to protect his secret, but the witch's spell turns Gustav into wood and the carved woman into flesh.
Notes: Retold in Tales to Astonish#13 as "My Friend is... Not Quite Human!"

Nine (January, 1954)

Title: "The Fangs of the Wolf"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Kenneth Long [hunter, becomes werewolf, dies]
Villains: A werewolf
Others: Hastings [Kenneth's butler], Lloyd Wayne [Kenneth's hired dog-killer]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vampire Tales#1; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: From his childhood on, Kenneth torments dogs. As an adult, he goes hunting for dogs but is attacked by a werewolf and bitten in the arm. After the attack, his arm starts to become wolfen so he has it amputated. Kenneth hires Lloyd to kill dogs for him, but when Kenneth's transformation into a werewolf resumes, Lloyd winds up murdering Kenneth.
Notes: Titled "To Kill a Werewolf" in reprint.
"Kill Me a Monster"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
"Blood Relation"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
"Symphony in Death"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
"The Walking Dead"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1

Ten (March, 1954)

Title: "Half Man, Half...?"
Story:
Art: Robert Q. Sale
Heroes: Nostrum [scientist, dies]
Villains: A spy, amphibious monsters
Others: Julia [Nostrum's wife], Timmy [Nostrum's son], Professor Forbes [scientist, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#5; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Nostrum designs a new cobalt bomb which he plans to sell to the Soviets, but the people who were with him during the tests start transforming into monsters. Nostrum kills the monsters and goes home, but seeing a monster in the mirror, he commits suicide; he doesn't realize the monster was just a picture his son taped to the mirror as a joke.
Notes: Spy made an agent of Hydra in reprint.

Title: "The Fake!"
Story:
Art: Al Eadeh
Villains: Agnes Carew [ugly woman disguised as beautiful woman]
Others: Robert [robot disguised as old man]
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Monsters Unleashed#1; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Agnes uses her make-up and wiles to attract Robert only so she can revel at his expression when he learns how ugly she is. But Robert doesn't care about appearances...he's a robot.

Title: "The Night Crawlers"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Villains: Dennis [fisherman, dies]
Others: Helen [Dennis' wife, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Dennis spends so much time hunting for worms to fish with Helen tries leaving him. He kills her in a fit of rage then buries her on his property. While looking for worms one night he finds them strangely scarce; he finally discovers a mass of worms but they overwhelm and devour him; they were on Helen's grave.
"The Plotters"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1

Title: "In the Cardboard Box"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Villains: Mr. Winters [invalid, serial killer]
Others: Freddy Peters [Winters' aide, dies], a police officer
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Mr. Winters notes his new aide carries a cardboard box while the papers speak of a murderer who beheads his victims. Winters alerts a policeman who kills Peters - but Winters has faked his immobility and is the real killer and now has the policeman where he wants him.

Eleven (May, 1954)

Title: "A Fate Worse Than Death"
Story:
Art: Seymour Moskowitz
Heroes: Matt Jordan [astronaut, dies]
Others: Llmr [Martian woman]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Mars
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#29; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Matt crashes on Mars and depends upon the hideous Llmar for survival. When he learns she is about to mature and wants him to be her mate, he takes a poison capsule-- just as she matures into a beautiful woman.

Title: "I, the Robot"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: John Romita
Villains: Human Robot [robot], inventor's business manager [dies]
Genre: Science-Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#5; Marvel Visionaries: John Romita, Sr.; Agents of Atlas; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: To get back at the inventor, his manager reprograms his robot with the command to "kill the man in the room". The Human Robot kills his creator-- then the manager. It then sets out to find more men in rooms for it to kill.
Notes: The Human Robot returns in What If#9.

Title: "My Other Body!"
Story:
Art: Jack Katz
Villains: Lily's boyfriend [dies]
Others: Lily [ambitious young woman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#17; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: Lily wants money and her boyfriend decides to rob for it after his "shadow" convinces him. He deposits the money in Lily's room, only for the police to pick up Lily as the thief; the robber blames his shadow and shoots it, only to fall over dead. Lily is booked for his murder; the "shadow" he quarreled with was his own conscience.

Title: "Only a Beast"
Story:
Art: Al Eadeh
Villains: An old paralyzed man, the "Beast"
Others: The paralyzed man's nephew [dies], nephew's wife [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#30; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1
Synopsis: A paralyzed man hates his nephew; using hypnosis, he controls his attendant, whom he calls a "Beast." He tells the Beast people harm those who love or hate them and directs the Beast in murdering his nephew and his wife. However, the Beast is traumatized by the murders and turns on the paralyzed man, preparing to tear out his throat.

Title: "Locked In!"
Story:
Art: Bob Powell
Villains: Jennifer Marlowe [journalist, interviews hermits]
Others: Mr. Johnson [Jennifer's editor], Carmody Sisters [hermits], Bill Marlowe [Jennifer's husband, bank robber, dies], ghosts
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Adirondacks, New York, USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#12; Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol,1
Synopsis: Jennifer's career is unearthing hermits and relating their stories. Hearing someone lives in a supposedly haunted house, Jennifer finds it's her husband, Bill, the one person she's been truly pursuing all along; Jennifer kills Bill so she can take the money they stole together 20 years earlier, but the house is haunted and the ghosts inside won't let Jennifer leave.

Marvel Masterworks: Menace Vol.1 (September, 2009)

"Poor Mister Watkins" from Menace#1
"The Man Who Couldn't Move" from Menace#1
"They Wait In Their...Dungeon!" from Menace#1
"One Head Too Many" from Menace#1
"On With the Dance!" from Menace#2
"The Man in Black" from Menace#2
"Burton's Blood" from Menace#2
"Rocket to the Moon" from Menace#2
"You're Gonna Live Forever" from Menace#3
"Werewolf!" from Menace#3
"Men in Black" from Menace#3
"Rodeo!" from Menace#3
"Genius!" from Menace#4
"The Madman" from Menace#4
"Escape!" from Menace#4
"A Vampire is Born" from Menace#4
"Zombie!" from Menace#5
"Nightmare" from Menace#5
"Crack-Down" from Menace#5
"Rocket Ship" from Menace#5
"Flying Saucer" from Menace#6
"The Graymoor Ghost" from Menace#6
"Checkmate!" from Menace#6
"The Corpse" from Menace#6
"Fresh out of Flesh!" from Menace#7
"The Witch in the Woods" from Menace#7
"Your Name is Frankenstein" from Menace#7
"The Planet of Living Death" from Menace#7
"The Face of Horror" from Menace#8
"The Lizard-Man" from Menace#8
"The Werewolf was Afraid" from Menace#8
"3-Dimensions" from Menace#8
"The Wooden Woman" from Menace#8
"The Fangs of the Wolf" from Menace#9
"Kill Me a Monster" from Menace#9
"Blood Relation" from Menace#9
"Symphony in Death" from Menace#9
"The Walking Dead" from Menace#9
"Half Man, Half...?" from Menace#10
"The Fake!" from Menace#10
"The Night Crawlers" from Menace#10
"The Plotters" from Menace#10
"In the Cardboard Box" from Menace#10
"A Fate Worse Than Death" from Menace#11
"I, the Robot" from Menace#11
"My Other Body" from Menace#11
"Only a Beast" from Menace#11
"Locked In" from Menace#11

MONSTER MENACE

1 2 3 4

One (December, 1993)

"The Terror of Tim Boo Ba" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#9
"The Monster on Bald Mountain" from Tales To Astonish#7
"What Lurks on Channel X?" from Journey Into Mystery#73
"I Fought The Molten Man-Thing" from Tales Of Suspense#7

Two (January, 1994)

"When The Totem Walks" from Strange Tales#74
"Save Me From The Weed!" from Strange Tales#94
"I Can't Escape From The Creeping Things!" from Journey Into Mystery#62
"I Fought The Colossus" from Strange Tales#72

Three (February, 1994)

"Zzutak, the Thing That Shouldn't Exist" from Strange Tales#88
"I Live Again" from Tales To Astonish#8
"The Stooge" from Uncanny Tales#6

Four (March, 1994)

"The Return of the Totem!" from Strange Tales#75
"Orrgo... the Unconquerable!" from Strange Tales#90
"I Dared to Battle Rorgg, King of the Spider-Men" from Journey Into Mystery#64

THE MONSTER OF FRANKENSTEIN

7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Seven

"The Executioner!" from Adventures Into Terror#16

Eight (January, 1974)

"The Man Who Can't Be Stopped" from Mystical Tales#7

Nine (March, 1974)

"Seeing Eye" from Uncanny Tales#22

Ten (May, 1974)

"The Face in the Glass" from World of Fantasy#12

Eleven (July, 1974)

"The Mad Scientist" from World of Fantasy#11

Twelve (September, 1974)

"Witch Hunt" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#7

Thirteen (November, 1974)

"Six Strange Words" from World of Suspense#6

Fourteen (January, 1975)

"They Don't Complain" from Adventures Into Terror#17

Fifteen (March, 1975)

"The Shadow" from Suspense#10

MONSTERS ON THE PROWL

Continued from Chamber of Darkness

9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Nine (February, 1971)

"Kraggoom" from Journey Into Mystery#78
"I Discovered Gorgilla! The Monster of Midnight Mountain" from Tales To Astonish#12

Title: "Desert Scream!!"
Story: Allyn Brodsky
Art: Jaw Hawk, Barry Windsor-Smith
Villains: Professor Egon Allov [archaeologist], Neron-Alak [alien disguised as Egyptian deity]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Egypt, Tomb of Neron-Alak
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Chillers#3
Synopsis: Allov finds the Tomb of Neron-Alak, but is sealed inside; Neron-Alak proves to be an alien and departs the tomb with Allov trapped inside.

Ten (April, 1971)

"I Brought the Roc to Life!" from Journey Into Mystery#71

Title: "One Last Wish!"
Story: Mike Friedrich
Art: Don Heck, George Tuska
Villains: Jay High [former soldier, petty thief, dies]
Others: Don Heck [host], Ray and Jenny High [Jay's parents]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1970s USA
Synopsis: Jay gives a supposed wishing pendant from Vietnam to his parents as a gift; Mrs. High wishes for money and Jay steals from a bank, giving the money to his parents but Jay dies when he flees out a window from the police and falls; Jenny wishes Jay would come back and when she realizes his resurrected corpse is now headed to their home, she wishes him back to his grave.
Notes: Uncredited version of W.W. Jacobs' "the Monkey's Paw."

Eleven (June, 1971)

"I Was a Slave of the Living Titan!" from Journey Into Mystery#62

Title: "Escape!"
Story: Ralph Reese
Art: Ralph Reese
Villains: Jim Lowrey [escaped convict]
Others: Ponce de Leon [flashback], a 400-year old man [dies]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1970s St. Cloud Prison, Florida, USA
Synopsis: Lowrey escapes from prison into the nearby swamps; he finds a cabin inhabited by a man who has lived there since he came as part of Ponce de Leon's quest for the Fountain of Youth. The man found the fountain and demonstrates its effects, but Lowrey just wants to get away and exploit the fountain later. However, as the man tries to lead Lowrey away he suddenly grows old and dies; when Lowrey begins to age rapidly, he realizes he'll have to live by the Fountain of Youth for the rest of his life or suffer the same fate.

Twelve (August, 1971)

"I Defied Gomdulla-- the Living Pharoah!" from Journey Into Mystery#61
"When the Space-Beasts Attack" from Tales To Astonish#29

Title: "The Maiden and the... Monster!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Sommer
Villains: Vannetta [witch], an aquarium guard [fish-man]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1970s USA
Synopsis: An aquarium hosts an almost human-like amphibious creature. One of the guards relates how a previous guard had been fish-like and begged Vannetta to make him fully human, but instead she made him even more fish-like. The woman who hears this story from the guard is really Vannetta in disguise.

Thirteen (October, 1971)

"It Fell From the Flying Saucer" from Tales To Astonish#31

Title: "In the Shadow of Tragg -- He Who Walks Beneath the Earth!"
Story: Gerry Conway
Art: Syd Shores
Heroes: Dave Arnstead [newspaper reporter]
Villains: Tragg [giant rat-like subway monster, dies]
Others: Mr. King [newspaper editor]
Genre: Monster, Science Fiction
Setting: 1970s New York City, New York, USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#33
Synopsis: Dave explores recent subway closures and discovers the mutated creature Tragg, who boasts of conquering the surface; Dave kills him by driving a subway train into the monster; Tragg is buried in a tunnel collapse.
Notes: Tragg returns in Marvel Monsters: Where Creatures Roam#1.
"The Sandman Cometh!" from Journey Into Mystery#70
"I Dared Enter the Haunted Forest!" from Journey Into Mystery#61
"The Thing From the Hidden Swamp" from Tales To Astonish#30

Fourteen (December, 1971)

"The Speed Demon" from Journey Into Mystery#79
"The Voice From Nowhere" from Tales To Astonish#23
"The Return of the Titan" from Journey Into Mystery#66
"The Gypsy's Revenge" from Tales to Astonish#25
"I Was Trapped by the Mole Men" from Journey into Mystery#63
"The Man Who Played Dead" from Journey Into Mystery#79

Fifteen (February, 1972)

"The Thing Called It" from Strange Tales#82
"The Man From Mars!" from Journey Into Mystery#68

Title: "Terror of the Pterodactyl!"
Story: Steve Englehart
Art: Syd Shores
Heroes: Henry, Thomas and George [scientists]
Villains: A pterodactyl [revived dinosaur, dies]
Others: Pete [construction worker]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1970s Manhattan, New York, USA
Synopsis: Pterodactyl bones are dug up in Manhattan and brought to scientists who reassemble them at the Lunar Research Centre. However, a fire breaks out and gases from moon rocks restore the Pterodactyl to life. The giant creature rampages through the skies of New York until it crashes into a giant mirror and dies; it was looking for others of its kind.

Sixteen (April, 1972)

"Where Walks the Ghost" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#11
"Mr. Morgan's Monster" from Strange Tales#99

Seventeen (June, 1972)

"I Created the Colossus" from Tales of Suspense#14
"Island of Fear" from Adventures Into Terror#11

Eighteen (August, 1972)

"Bruttu" from Tales Of Suspense#22
"The Anatomy of a Nightmare" from Tales Of Suspense#22
"The New Look" from Journey Into Mystery#11

Nineteen (October, 1972)

"The Creature From the Black Bog" from Tales of Suspense#23
"Ed's Young Wife" from Adventures Into Terror#11
"The Changeling" from Tales of Suspense#23
"The Ghost Rode a Roller Coaster" from Tales Of Suspense#30

Twenty (December, 1972)

"Enter the Robot" from Tales Of Suspense#18
"Oog Lives Again!" from Tales Of Suspense#27
"The Dangerous Doll" from Journey Into Mystery#63
"I Made Time Stand Still" from Tales To Astonish#4

Twenty-One (February, 1973)

"The Martian Whole Stole a City" from Tales Of Suspense#29
"Nothing Can Save Us" from Tales Of Suspense#29
"The Drop of Water" from Marvel Tales#105
"In Little Pieces" from Marvel Tales#105

Twenty-Two (April, 1973)

"The Wax People" from Strange Tales#93
"Trapped in the Room of Shadows" from Strange Tales#80
"When the Monster Strikes" from Strange Tales#93
"Less Than Human" from Tales To Astonish#23

Twenty-Three (June, 1973)

"The Return of Grogg" from Strange Tales#87
"He Kept Him in Stitches" from Adventures Into Terror#15
"The Macabre Mirror" from Strange Tales#87

Twenty-Four (August, 1973)

"They Met On Mars" from Strange Tales#84
"This is...Magnetor!" from Strange Tales#84
"Shangri-La" from Journey Into Unknown Worlds#55

Twenty-Five (September, 1973)

"Colossus Lives Again" from Tales Of Suspense#20
"The One Who Watches!" from Strange Stories of Suspense#13
"I'm Drowning" from Journey Into Mystery#4

Twenty-Six (October, 1973)

"Do Not Panic" from Strange Tales#95
"The Two-Headed Thing!!" from Strange Tales#95
"I Spent a Night in a Haunted House" from Journey Into Mystery#80
"Where?" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#5

Twenty-Seven (November, 1973)

"Sserpo, the Creature That Crushed the World" from Amazing Adventures#6
"Earth Will be Lost Tonight" from Strange Tales#93

Twenty-Eight (June, 1974)

"The Escape of Monsteroso" from Amazing Adventures#5
"They're Driving Me Crazy" from Adventures Into Terror#14

Twenty-Nine (August, 1974)

"The Joker" from Amazing Adventures#5
"A Monster at my Window" from Tales To Astonish#34
"A Monster Among Us" from Mystic#8
"The Spy" from World of Suspense#3

Thirty (October, 1974)

"I Saw Diablo! The Demon From the Fifth Dimension" from Tales Of Suspense#9
"The Strange Fate of the Statue Maker" from Tales To Astonish#34
"Only a Beast" from Menace#11
"The Little Men" from Uncanny Tales#42

MONSTERS UNLEASHED

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

One

"Vampire Tale" from Journey Into Mystery#16
"One Foot in the Grave" from Journey Into Mystery#1
"The Fake" from Menace#10

Two (September, 1973)

"The Madman" from Menace#4

Three (November, 1973)

"The Cyclops" from Journey Into Unknown Worlds#50
"Contact" from Tower of Shadows#6
"Swamp Girl" from Mystic#19

Four

"The Hands" from Adventures Into Terror#14
"The Killers" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#10

Five (April, 1974)

"The Dark Passage" from Adventures Into Terror#10
"Werewolf Tale to End all Werewolf Tales" from Journey Into Unknown Worlds#29

Six (June, 1974)

"The Strange Children" from Adventures Into Terror#19
"The Maggots!" from Adventures Into Terror#19

Seven (August, 1974)

"The Monster in the Mist" from Astonishing#60

Eight (October, 1974)

"One Hungers" from Tower of Shadows#2

MYSTERY TALES

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One

Title: "The Stroke of 12"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Villains: Carl Crowder [murderous servant, dies]
Others: Angus Dexter [miserly man, Carl's employer, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Carl kills Angus but when he thinks the police suspect him he hides in a graveyard; Angus' arms rise up from his grave and drag Carl down.

Title: "The Little Black Box"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art: Joe Maneely
Villains: Luke Bramby [junk shop worker, dies], Seven Sisters of Evil [astral witches], a man made of ashes
Others: Mr. Kason [junk dealer, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: The Seven Sisters of Evil give Luke a black box which will do anything he asks for so long as he's lying; he uses it to kill his boss and become a millionaire, but when he finally gets the box open he discovers a man who had been cremated and trapped within the box, forced to deliver Luke's wishes. He burns Luke into ashes and Luke's remains take his place inside the box.

Title: "Horror on Channel 13"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Bruce Baxter [television producer, dies]
Villains: An animated creature suit
Others: Television actors
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Electricity brings Baxter's new monster to life on the air and it kills people with an electrified touch. Soon Baxter is dead and the creature continues its rampage...

Title: "The Dark Tunnel"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: Billy [cockroach lover]
Villains: Giant cockroaches
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Billy has liked cockroaches and other bugs since he was a child, even though his father was an exterminator. He fashions a spray which chases cockroaches away rather than killing them. When he ventures into a dark tunnel where the cockroaches evacuate to he discovers human bones; a giant cockroach captures him and brings him to the other roaches who finally reward him and allow him to live with them for sparing other roaches. He frantically sends a warning message to the outside because after a year of living and eating with roaches Billy has begun to transform into a giant roach himself.

Title: "The End of the World"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Charles Lane [dies]
Others: The Great Nikko [fortune teller], Nan [Charles' girlfriend]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: The Great Nikko foretells the world will end at midnight to Charles, but Charles doesn't believe him. He enjoys a night out with Nan, but on his way home is struck and killed by a car at midnight.

Two (May, 1952)

Title: "This Corpse is Mine"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Mr. Kovak [embalmer], a vampire, a werewolf
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Koavk is a heartless mortician. One night, he finds a vampire and werewolf arguing over a body in his mortuary. Thinking them fakes, Kovak tells the creatures to divide their victim evenly, the blood for the vampire, the flesh for the werewolf. They agree and reveal Kovak is the intended victim they've been arguing over.

Title: "The Crawling Horror"
Story:
Art: Ogden Whitney
Heroes: Dr. Frank Carson [scientist, dies]
Villains: Giant germs
Others: Ben [Frank's friend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Grief-stricken after his wife's death, Frank resolves to increase the size of germs to better study them; however, the germs grow into giant monsters who terrorize Frank; Frank burns down his house to destroy the creatures, but one survives, growing ever larger...
"He Went For a Train-Ride"
"The Gold Gorilla!"
"The Rat Race"

Three (July, 1952)

"...And Puppy Dogs' Tales!"
"When Murderers Meet!"

Title: "Alone With Death!"
Story:
Art: Jim Mooney
Heroes: Mary Callen [housewife]
Villains: A vicious insane asylum escapee [dies]
Others: Frank Callen [Mary's husband, dies], Anne, Callen [Mary's daughter]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Litchfield, USA
Synopsis: A mad killer escapes from an asylum and menaces Mary, but her husband Frank seemingly comes to the rescue and knocks the madman off a roof. However, afterward Mary learns Frank was struck and killed by a car leaving his office; it must have been his ghost which saved her.

Title: "The Vampire Strikes"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Russ Heath
Heroes: Herman [Austrian butcher]
Villains: A vampire
Others: Wilma Lincher [Herman's admirer], Police officers [Joe, Harry named], Eric [Herman's friend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: With a vampire on the loose, Wilma wants Herman to protect her. Herman can't stand her so he shuts himself in his shop's freezer, only to find the vampire has been using it as his crypt.

Four

"The Drink of Death!"
"Come To My Funeral!"
"The Black Book"
"Two New Eyes"
"The Hot Seat"

Five (November, 1952)

"Blackout At Midnight!"
"The Hand Is Quicker"
"The Mind Reader!"
"The Enemies"
"Beware Of The Beggar!"

Six (December, 1952)

Title: "Skull-Face"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: Tom Fenton [film producer, dies]
Villains: Skull-Face [demonic skeleton]
Others: Professor Thornton [scientist, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#20
Synopsis: To publicize his film "Skull-Face" Fenton has Thornton infuse the skeleton of a demon with electricity. However, the skeleton comes to life, and kills them both. The police believe it all to be part of their publicity campaign.
"Thief In the Night"
"The Face In the Mirror"
"The Old Hag!"
"The Traitor!"

Seven (January, 1953)

Title: "Rudolf's Revenge!"
Story:
Art: Jerry Robinson
Heroes: Rudolf Nubbs [tie salesman]
Villains: Charlie Filpool [clothing salesman, dies]
Others: Johnson [clerk]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Bowery, New York, USA
Synopsis: Rudolf dreams of earning enough money to buy a nice $20 suit; Charlie lets him have one for $19.75 and owe the quarter. However, in the first bout of rain, the suit shrinks. Rudolf tries to return it, but Charlies refuses and reminds Rudolf he still owes a quarter. Rudolf pays the debt with a necktie, which Charlie happily wears; when it rains next, the tie shrinks and strangles Charlie.
"The Ghost Hunter"
"Man Who Was a God"
"Iron Man"
"Grim Harvest"

Eight (February, 1953)

"A Killer In The Street"
"This House Is Haunted!"
"The Wooden Man"

Title: "The Madman!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: George Wright [actor]
Villains: Henry Roscoe [aspirant actor, dies]
Others: Mr. Gryan [director], Helen Wright [George's wife, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: George is a great Shakespearean actor playing Hamlet when producer's son Henry is brought in. Henry wants George's part and tries to kill him, but accidentally kills Helen. George kills Henry and uses his head as a prop in Hamlet.

Nine (March, 1953)

Title: "The Specimen"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Carl Melton [ichthyologist]
Villains: Miriam and the Fish People of Atlantis
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#18
Synopsis: Melton is introduced to a new species of fish by Miriam-- her own. Her people already acquired a female sample, which they used to disguise her as a human. Now they need a male...

Title: "Lost!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Blackie Baxter [bank robber, dies]
Villains: Tom Nolan and Nell Nolan [Baxter's allies, die], their son [monster]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1920s-1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#22
Synopsis: Baxter and the Nolans hide their money in a cave that Baxter can navigate; when he leaves for food, he is caught by the police and spends 20 years in jail; having finally gotten out, he goes to the cave and finds the Nolans have become monsters, which he kills. But then, he is attacked by their son-- an even more fearsome monster.

Title: "Hunger"
Story:
Art: Ben Brown and David Gantz
Villains: Herman Hendler [meat packer, dies]
Others: Hoffman [Hendler's partner]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#22
Synopsis: Hendler and Hoffman dissolve their partnership after Hendler steals and Hendler strikes back by poisoning all of Hoffman's meat; when days go by without anyone dying, Hendler goes back to the meat locker and is accidentally locked inside. He starves to death and is found days later by Hoffman, who wonders why Hendler didn't eat the meat-- the health inspector had had him replace the entire locker days earlier.

Title: "The Man in the Morgue"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Harry Gluck [hoodlum, dies]
Others: A fortune teller, Thomas Blake [lawyer, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#23
Synopsis: A fortune teller claims Harry will have a change of fortune. When he meets Blake he decides to rob and kill him, assuming it's the change he's waiting for. However, the police quickly catch Harry and kill him when he tries to fight back; Blake was coming to inform Harry he'd just won a huge inheritance.

Title: "Ashes to Ashes!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Helen [wicked niece], George [Helen's lover]
Others: Helen's uncle [wealthy man, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#21
Synopsis: Helen can't wait for her uncle to die so she can inherit his fortune; she finally burns his house down, only to learn her uncle's fortune was hidden and the only map was tattooed to his back.

Ten (April, 1953)

Title: "What Happened to Harry?"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: George Tuska
Villains: Harry Hoomple [scientist]
Others: Lucy [inventor, dies], cavemen
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1952 USA; prehistory
Synopsis: Harry completes his time machine using Lucy's plans. Lucy wants to go with him but he murders her. Going back in time, Harry is attacked by cavemen. He runs back to the time machine but it needs a source of electricity to function and there is none in the past.

Title: "The Door!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Lorenzo [duke's brother, dies], Francesca [Duke's wife, dies]
Others: Duke of Borazzio [Italian painter, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Venice, Italy
Synopsis: The Duke is poisoned by his brother and wife so they can claim his fortune, but he arranged the treasure room to fill with water once entered; although the room appears to have many exits, they all prove to be painted on the walls and Lorenzo and Francesca quickly drown.
"Too Lucky To Live!"
"The Phoney!"
"The Killer!"

Eleven (May, 1953)

Title: "Blackmail!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Henry Travis [ex-con]
Villains: Sanders [criminal, dies]
Others: Ella Travis [Henry's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA, small town
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Man-Thing#3
Synopsis: Sanders attempts to blackmail Henry over his past; he dies after Henry seemingly poisons his drink, but Henry only put a peppermint in the glass-- Sanders' imagination did the rest.

Title: "I Can't Stop Running!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Marty Sneed
Others: Jasper Kane [old man, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Winton, New England, USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#9
Synopsis: Sneed learns Kane has the valuable Flame of Midnight black diamond and tortures him into telling him where it is and then kills him. Entering the location, he finds the diamond-- but is trapped on a conveyer belt, with a spike-lined wall behind him.

Title: "Love Affair"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: George Carew [business man, dies]
Villains: Lew Ross [Diana's husband, convict]
Others: Diana Ross [George's secretary], Mrs. Carew [George's wife]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#16
Synopsis: George and Diana each secretly dream of falling in love with each other until their dreams synchronize; unfortunately, in the dream Lew Ross gets out of prison and murders George; instead of waking up, George is found with a bullet hole in his head.

Title: "The Spice of Life!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Ed Bean [wealthy man], an old man, zombies
Others: Smithers [Ed's chauffeur], Mrs. Bean [Ed's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; Mount Everest; Africa; Monte Carlo
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#24
Synopsis: Mr. Bean desperately wants something new and exciting, having conquered seemingly every challenge on Earth and even committed murders. He puts out an ad offering $1 million to whoever introduces something new to him. An old man takes Mr. Bean up on his offer; pulling out an axe, he tells Bean he's going to try dying.
"Hang Until Dead"

Twelve (June, 1953)

"The Room that Isn't There"
"It's Too Expensive to Die!"
"Assassination!"
"The Scavenger!"

Title: "Never Say Die!"
Story:
Art: Matt Fox
Heroes: Anton [farmer]
Villains: Kretchma [witch]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Europe
Synopsis: Anton's health is poor and he fears death. Turning to Kretchma, he begs her to help him cheat death. Kretchma grants him a potion which will increase his lifespan and at first it seems to work as he seems stronger than ever. However, he becomes ill and he confronts Kretchma, intending to kill her. Before Anton can kill her he transforms into a tree, just like the many other victims of Kretchma whose tree-bodies surround her hut. Just as Kretchma promised, he will live on for decades.

Thirteen

Title: "The Lucky Stiff!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Burt Logan [young man, dies]
Villains: Jasper Humphreys [mortician, zombie], Lisa Humphreys [Jasper's daughter], walking corpses
Others: Otto [morgue attendant], Dave [policeman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Dave relates Burt's story to Otto at the morgue; Dave fell in love with Lisa, who introduced Burt to her father, a mortician. However, the corpses in Humphrey's mortuary rise from their slabs and menace Burt; Burt falls out a window and dies; the Humphreys were already dead themselves.
"The Invisible Woman"
"Booby Trap"
"The Sure Thing"
"The Death of a Miser"

Fourteen

Title: "Listen, You Fool"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Villains: Albert Rudley [dies], Lorna Rudley [Albert's wife, dies], Vincent [Lorna's lover]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA, near Canada
Reprinted In: Fear#14
Synopsis: Albert learns his wife and her lover are planning to kill him, so he decides to get her first. When they go boating, he drugs her drink so she becomes paralyzed in the water and drowns. However, he ignores a warning from the shore and steers his boat straight over a waterfall.

Title: "Today I Am A Man"
Story:
Art: Joe Maneely
Heroes: Jim Carter [android duplicate of a security officer]
Villains: Android duplicates
Others: Al Hudson [scientist, dies], Flo [Jim's girlfriend, dies], US President [dies]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1970s USA
Reprinted In: Beware#3
Synopsis: The US adopts Hudson's androids to protect key officials, but Hudson is murdered by his own duplicate; Carter goes on a rampage, killing everyone who seems to be an android, only to finally learn he's an android after he kills the original Carter, thinking it was an android.

Title: "Don't Ever Gyp a Gypsy"
Story:
Art: Al Luster
Villains: Rita, Slade Currin [thieves]
Others: Madam Zarga [gypsy fortune teller], Satin [Zarga's black cat]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Beware#3
Synopsis: Rita and Slade discover Zarga can't be killed. She offers to sell the secret for $100,000. The duo steal the money, but Rita only gives Zarga $50,000. Zarga gives the potion to Slade, but he soon discovers only half of his body is immortal now - his skeleton. Now a living skeleton, he attacks Rita for revenge.

Title: "The Twin!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Pierre and Armand De Tours [twin brothers, Armand dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1756, Le Havre, France
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#7
Synopsis: In romance and business, Pierre always comes up with Armand's ideas first; Armand finally decides to murder Pierre, but Pierre thought of this first too and kills his brother.

Title: "Marion's Murderer"
Story:
Art: George Tuska
Villains: Edward Erraut [murderous husband]
Others: Marion Erraut [Edward's wife, dies], Mr. and Mrs. Millikens [friends of the Errauts]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Beware#3
Synopsis: Edward resents his wife's superior memory and finally kills her, but he's forgotten it's the day of their wedding anniversary and guests come over to surprise him just as he's removing Marion's body.

Fifteen (September, 1953)

Title: "Johnny's Last Jump!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Johnny and accomplice [two criminals, both die]
Others: Police officers
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#31
Synopsis: Johnny and his friend murder a man for his money then find themselves pursued by the police. When a bullet brings down their car, Johnny leads his friend to a nearby bridge and tells him to jump; when the friend refuses, Johnny kills him and jumps solo with the money, only to find the river below is frozen and he cracks his skull on the ice.

Title: "The Man in the Tank!"
Story:
Art: Everett Raymond Kinstler
Villains: Pete [thief, dies]
Others: Abernathy [shop owner], a posse [Tom]
Genre: Crime, Horror
Setting: 1950s, Pottsville, USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#10
Synopsis: Pete robs stores in small towns, but during one robbery he shoots Abernathy and posse forms to pursue him. Pete hides in a water tower by the train tracks, but a train stops and fills up on water; Pete is sucked through the water and drowned.

Title: "The Vampire's Coffin!"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Villains: Captain Banner [ship's captain, dies]
Others: Johnny [sailor, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s
Reprinted In: Vampire Tales#4; Tomb of Darkness#12
Synopsis: The crew of Banner's ship are superstitious when an alleged "vampire's coffin" is brought aboard. During the voyage, Banner holds a reign of terror over the crew, torturing them and denying them fresh food. When Johnny dies of scurvy, the crew mutiny, kill Banner then place him in the vampire's coffin with a stake through his heart.

Title: "The Little Monster"
Story:
Art: Bill Benulis, Jack Abel
Heroes: Helen and Joe [married couple]
Villains: An alien [from Centaurus]
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#28
Synopsis: An alien confronts Joe and Helen, asking to stay in their cellar. They agree and find it doesn't need any of their food and helps keep people from bothering them at home, while it can fashion anything for them using its mind. When the alien finally returns to space, it promises to tell its people how friendly humans are. Joe and Helen have no idea all this time the alien has been eating everyone who came to their house - the cellar is full of skeletons.

Title: "Shhhh!"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Villains: Two Soviet spies [Boris], Waldek Visnosky [Soviet soldier], Soviet colonel and other Soviets
Others: An insane scientist
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; USSR
Reprinted In: Journey into Mystery#10
Synopsis: Two spies kidnap a scientist and bring him to the USSR to learn what he's been working on. He explains he has a formula to create brawny fighters. He develops the formula under the Soviets' eyes and then injects a solider, transforming him into a gorilla. It turns out the scientist has already rendered his formula airborne, infecting all the Soviets; the spies grabbed the wrong scientist, he came from an insane asylum.

Sixteen (October, 1953)

"Wilfred Takes a...Wife!"
"How?"
"Genuine Alligator"
"Bring Back My Feet"
"There's No Pleasin' Some Gals!"

Seventeen (January, 1954)

Title: "The Movie House Horror!"
Story:
Art: Syd Shores
Villains: Bill Burton [theatre owner]
Others: Newton [theatre employee], a professor [dies], aliens
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Desperate to salvage his theatre's business, Burton experiments with "real dimensional" films which use giant props, but one of the props breaks during a picture, causing fatalities. When a professor remarks he's perfected 3-D film, Burton spies on him and then kills the professor to claim the machine, but the machine turns out to be a 3-D converter which transforms Burton into a motion picture and the aliens from his film into real people.
"What Happened Up There?"
"You Can't Twin!"

Title: "The Black Crows!"
Story:
Art: Dick Briefer
Heroes: Eli Zorn [composer]
Villains: Mysterious figure [dies], crows
Others: Seth [farmer]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Zorn is about to commit suicide when a mysterious man offers him one beautiful year in exchange for his soul. Crows visit Zorn and inspire him to write new music which makes him successful, but after a year the man returns. Zorn kills the man and buries him on a farm but the crows return and attack him, paralyzing him and turning his body into a scarecrow.

Title: "The Man Without Eyes"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Pierre Rochet [sculptor]
Villains: Medusa
Others: Medusa's husband, Henri [art judge]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Paris, France
Synopsis: Pierre enters his sculpture in the Grand Prix competition but loses to a blind sculptor. He confronts the blind man to learn his secret and is told his wife is the real artist. Pierre goes to see the wife but she's Medusa and her gaze makes him a statue.

Eighteen

Title: "The Graveyard!"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Villains: Reed, Dugger [poachers, ivory hunters, die]
Others: Elephants
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Africa
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#15
Synopsis: Reed and Dugger pursue a wounded elephant, hoping to find the elephant's graveyard, only to walk right into quicksand, where both men die.
"The Lonely Dungeon"
"Into the Fourth Dimension"
"Up!"
"Missing Persons!"

Nineteen (May, 1954)

Title: "The Room With No Door!"
Story:
Art: Carmine Infantino
Heroes: A hobo
Villains: A ghost
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A hobo answers an ad which leads him to a room that seals behind him, leaving just an open window. A ghost appears and explains dead people want to return to life so they can kill people, thus they choose the bodies of people no one will miss to inhabit. The hobo refuses to help the ghost and leaps out the window, but as he dies the ghost assumes the hobo's appearance.
"The Bitter Pill"
"Oh, Brother"

Title: "The Man in the Graveyard"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: George Masterson [cemetery watchman, dies]
Others: Ghosts
Genre: Horror
Setting: USA, 1950s
Synopsis: George is a clumsy, socially inept outcast who becomes a cemetery watchman to escape the jeers of others. He takes to conversing with the tombstones as though the dead were his friends. One evening, he sees the dead rise from their graves and cavort; he decides he'd be happier with them and kills himself. Unfortunately, even as a ghost George is an outcast and has no friends.

Title: "Gone!"
Story:
Art: Bill Walton
Heroes: Hans Enoch [recluse, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Europe, 1950s
Synopsis: Hans wishes he could be left alone. One day he ventures down into the village to find it deserted. He exults in being able to do as he pleases, but begins to develop an itch and grows sick. He discovers the village was the site of an atomic test and the radiation kills him.

Twenty (July, 1954)

"The Snake"
"The Stone Men!"
"Too Many Corpses!"
"Crime Wave"
"The Man On The Moon"

Twenty-One (August, 1954)

Title: "The 13th Floor!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Hugh Carter [business man]
Villains: Death
Others: Dr. Kessler [physician], Mary Carter [Hugh's wife], Bill [elevator operator]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Dead of Night#7
Synopsis: One night Hugh's elevator brings him to the non-existant 13th floor, where people are supposed to go when they die. Death tells Hugh he's not expected for 30 years and Hugh pleads to go back and be with his wife. Death agrees, but as Hugh leaves, his wife goes up to the 13th floor.

Title: "It Walks Erect!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Dr. Arthur Nagan [surgeon]
Villains: A tribe of gorillas
Others: Dr. Nagan's patients
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; Africa
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#7; Gorilla Man#1
Synopsis: Dr. Nagan perfects transplanting organs from animals into humans; he brings wealthy men in need of organs to Africa and captures a gorilla to use as their organ donor. However, after the operations the gorilla breaks out with Nagan; a rescue party assembles, but is attacked by the gorillas. They find Nagan has been operated on by the gorillas, with his head grafted upon a gorilla's body: now Nagan is guiding the gorillas as they prepare to operate on more humans.
Notes: Dr. Nagan appears next in Defenders#21.

Title: "Helen's Hubby!"
Story:
Art: Jay Scott Pike
Villains: Helen [George's wife]
Others: Carlo [medium], George [wealthy man, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#16
Synopsis: Helen can't wait for George to die and finally pushes him down a flight of stairs, but later finds George didn't sign his will; she asks Carlo to help get the will signed by conjuring George's spirit. The conjuring works and George signs the will, but rather than bring George to Helen, Carlo brought Helen to George; Helen is now buried alive in George's coffin.
"Nothing!"
"Hate!"

Twenty-Two (October, 1954)

"The Boy Who Believed"
"Wings In The Night!"
"The Rejected Robot!"
"Bottled Up!"

Title: "The Tiny Coffin!"
Story:
Art: Matt Fox
Villains: Bruno [scientist, dies]
Others: Katrinka [Bruno's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Europe
Synopsis: As Katrinka buries a tiny coffin the other villagers laugh and make sport of her. She recalls how it happened: Bruno had made a formula to make pests larger to smaller to render them easier to kill, but a spider got into the growth formula and Bruno was doused in the shrinking formula; the spider stepped on Bruno, so now Katrinka must bury his body.

Twenty-Three

Title: "Shrinko"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Smitty [conman] and Charley [midget]
Others: Tina [Charley's fiancée]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s New York
Synopsis: Smitty uses Charley's height to scam people into believing their shrinking potion "Shrinko" is real and make millions, but the potion turns out to be genuine-- shrinking all of New York save Charley and Smitty.

Title: "Fit For a Corpse"
Story:
Art: Carl Hubbell
Villains: Kirk Reed [escaped criminal, dies]
Others: A tailor, policemen
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Reed has a tailor make him a new suit, but he neglected to learn what the tailor's specialty was-- funeral shrouds. Reed is fitted for one.

Title: "Burning Truth"
Story:
Art: Mort Meskin and George Roussos
Heroes: Gerald Framson [English explorer]
Others: Besar [Gerald's native guide], Fire People [live within Krakatoa], Pyra [Fire People], Linda Framson [Gerald's wife], Roger [Linda's lover]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Krakatoa
Synopsis: Gerald journeys within Krakatoa and learns Fire People dwell within and eruptions are caused by crimes within their society. He falls in love with Pyra but returns to England, to find his wife is unfaithful. Having been exposed to the Fire People, Gerald is now one as well and he burns Linda to death when his flame senses her lies. He returns to the volcano to be with Pyra.

Title: "The Madman"
Story:
Art: Ed Winarski
Heroes: Standish [leader of team of scientists]
Villains: The Leader [Standish's future self, dies]
Others: Professor Martin [time machine builder], Dr. Kraus [brain surgeon and psychologist], Sike [physicist], Bell [historian], Taki [geneticist]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Standish bands together his colleagues with plans to rule the world justly with their intellect and each takes a formula so they will live for 200 years. Standish journeys to the future and sees they will destroy society and he kills The Leader, who turns out to be himself. When he returns to his own time, he is insane.

Title: "Violence"
Story:
Art:
Villains: A hunter
Others: Gorillas, snakes, slaves
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s, Lake Victoria
Synopsis: A hunter is cruel to the animals he's transporting; when his ship breaks up he finds himself consigned to either float on a crate full of snakes-- or on a raft with a gorilla.

Twenty-Four

"The Lady in Glass"

Title: "Cast of Characters!"
Story:
Art: Jay Scott Pike
Villains: A comic book author [vampire]
Others: Stan Lee [comic book editor]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A comic book creator pens believable yarns about vampires because he himself is a vampire.
"Down on the Farm"
"Stone Heads"
"Case Closed"

Twenty-Five (January, 1955)

Title: "Werewolf Beware"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Villains: Hugo von Stahl [werewolf, dies]
Others: Otto [werewolf's victim, dies], Erika Ludvig
Genre: Horror
Setting: Europe
Reprinted In: Dead of Night#4
Synopsis: Hugo falls in love with Erika but fears he'll kill her when he becomes a werewolf; he finally commits suicide to protect Erika.

Title: "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall!
Story:
Art: Ed Winiarski
Villains: Dan Maley [thief]
Others: Winters [pawnbroker]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Beware#6
Synopsis: Maley robs Winters; Winters claims his most valuable item is a mirror which has been painted over with black paint. Maley accidentally kills Winters and flees, but returns to the shop, curious to see why the mirror is valuable. He finds Winters' body is gone so he starts removing the black paint, only to find a reflection of Winters within the mirror; Winters pulls Maley inside the mirror, drawing himself through and back to life and then Winters paints over the mirror again, trapping Maley inside.

Title: "The Polka-Dot Man"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Heroes: Ben Morgan [polka-dot man]
Villains: Dr. Zorko [recruiter for striped men]
Others: John [polka-dot victim], Helen Morgan [Ben's wife]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Beware#6
Synopsis: Ben speaks with a polka-dotted man and suddenly finds he has polka-dots all over his body; everyone he speaks to is similarly transformed. Dr. Zorko offers to help Ben and by speaking to him transforms him into a striped man; Zorko reveals he's recruiting for an alien race of striped people who are enemies of polka-dot people; he tells Ben to make more people striped, but warns he can't change polka-dot people and must kill them instead; the next morning, Ben wakes up to find his wife is a polka-dot person!
Notes: Retitled "the Deadly Plague!" in reprint.

Title: "Hate!"
Story:
Art: Vince Colletta
Heroes: Gaines [paranoid man], Bow [cheated man], Miss Long [jilted woman]
Villains: Dr. Jonas [psychologist, dies]
Others: Kant [asylum manager], Dr. Lors [psychiatrist]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#13
Synopsis: Jonas claims to have new methods to cure Gaines, Bow and Lang; Gaines is convinced Jonas is the man who spied on him, Bow thinks Jonas is the cousin who took his fortune and Long thinks he's the man who jilted her. They finally gang up and kill Jonas by throwing him out a window. In the aftermath, psychiatrists discover all three patients are cured because Jonas really was the person behind their problems.

Title: "The Time Is Now"
Story:
Art: Bob Brown
Heroes: A Martian
Villains: Soviets
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1962, Red Square, Moscow, USSR; Berlin, Germany; Geneva, Switzerland; Mars
Synopsis: The US needs a "third power" to stand with them against the USSR; a Martian is ready to be that third power.

Twenty-Six

"The Tunnel To Nowhere"
"Eyes of the Cat!"
"I Married Cleopatra"
"The Census Taker"

Title: "The Other Face"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Jason Lucas [cheated-on husband]
Villains: Dr. Andrew Arnold [plastic surgeon, dies], Ruth Lucas [Jason's wife, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#6
Synopsis: Jason overhears his wife and Andrew plotting his death; Andrew eventually hits Jason over the head and then has plastic surgery performed so he and Jason have each other's faces, thinking it's a foolproof way to get rid of Jason. However, Ruth wasn't aware of the plan and kills Andrew, taking him for her husband; when she hands the murder weapon to Jason, Jason laughs hysterically and shoots Ruth dead.

Twenty-Seven

"The Building That Vanished"
"Lonely Hearts"
"Feet of Clay"
"Costume Party"

Title: "Welcome Home!"
Story:
Art: Al Hartley
Heroes: Captain Thomas Elwood
Others: An old man [heavenly figure], Captain Elwood's crew, Captain Elwood's parents, Mr. Trestle [drugist]
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Setting: Distant future; Greenville, Earth
Synopsis: Elwood's ship crashes and he finds himself in his hometown, Greenville, reunited with his dead parents; he soon learns he died in the crash; he becomes a little boy again to enjoy this heavenly life with his parents.

Twenty-Eight

"A Pair of Shoes!"
"Stop"
"The Brain"
"The Man In the Rain"
"The Unseen!"

Twenty-Nine

Title: "Honest Abe"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Dr. Abe Davis [clinic owner, admirer of Abraham Lincoln]
Villains: G.B. Ferrick [Davis' landlord]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: New York City
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#13
Synopsis: Davis needs $5,000 to save his clinic; he gives Ferrick all the money he has-- $5-- but Ferrick receives a $5,000 bill, saving the clinic. Davis suspected he had Lincoln himself to thank for this.
"Up In the Air!"

Title: "Mind Over Matter!"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Dr. Stevens [practitioner of mental powers]
Others: Professor Melton [scoffer]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Stevens believes through force of will anything can be done; Melton suggests Stevens mentally will himself to disappear. Stevens practices until he can do just that but realizes sharing this gift with humanity could enable tyrants to conquer the Earth so keeps it secret.

Title: "The Crooked Stick!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Elmer Bittle [water diviner]
Villains: Howe, Marley [thieves]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#14
Synopsis: Elmer surprises locals with his ability to divine water; no one else is able to use his rod to find water. When Elmer is hurt in an accident, doctors are surprised to find no blood in his veins - just water!
"Two Faces Have I"

Thirty

Title: "The Lady Vanished"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Heroes: Viola Adams [young spinster]
Villains: Pat [Viola's co-worker]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA; Heaven
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#8
Synopsis: Viola's co-workers note she doesn't date and ask how she'd feel if someone gave her a Valentine; when Viola says it would send her to "seventh Heaven," one of the women sends her a fake Valentine to see her reaction. However, they never see Viola again - she truly did go to seventh Heaven.
"The Boy Who Could Fly!"

Title: "The Warning!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Professor Ralph Field [astronomer]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; 1902, Arizona, USA; 1927, Siberia, USSR; 1029, Cairo, Egypt
Reprinted In: X-Men#92
Synopsis: After exploring a series of meteor crashes, Ralph believes meteors are being precisely aimed at Earth by alien forces who don't want humanity to enter space. Other scientists reject his theory, but their first rocket is struck down by a meteor.
"Too Late!"
"From Out Of Nowhere"

Thirty-One

"Two of a Kind!"
"The Man Who Never Came Back!"
"Danger Signal!"
"The Tree That Wouldn't Fall!"
"The Phone To Nowhere"

Thirty-Two

"The Bridge To Nowhere!"
"The Strange Seeds"
"The Unhappy Lions!"
"The Stranger!"
"Factory In the Sky!"

Thirty-Three

Title: "They Melt at Night!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Jeremy Miller [mad scientist]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Dead of Night #9
Synopsis: Miller creates a formula to dissolve metal all over the world to have his revenge, but has a change of heart and finally decides to help mankind.

Title: "The Time-Saver!"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: Phineas Purdy [United Casualty clerk]
Villains: A gang of bank robbers
Others: Alice [United Casualty staff], Mr. Travers [United Casualty office manager], Jasper Purdy [Phineas' youthful uncle], Mr. Minutes [Time Bank clerk]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#9
Synopsis: Phineas is particular about always being on time; he learns from his uncle Jasper about the Time Bank where one can bank unused time and obtain interest, enabling people to live longer and remain youthful. However, after 20 years of using the bank, one day all the depositors attend a party, only for the bank to be robbed; everyone rapidly ages.
"The Unseen!"
"The Locked Door"

Title: "The Voices!"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Carlson [radio enthusiast]
Villains: George [practical joker]
Others: Bill [restaurant owner]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; Floranus
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#14
Synopsis: Carlson claims his radio conversations with people from Floranus are real; George decides to play a joke and sends a fake message claiming the Floranians are coming to bring Carlson to their world, but when he goes to see Carlson finds he's gone - the aliens really did take him!

Thirty-Four (October, 1955)

"No Turning Back!"
"It Is Forbidden To Look"
"The Box That Wouldn't Open!"
"The Magic Spell!"
"Somebody's Watching!"

Thirty-Five

"It Walks By Night!"
"The Old Man!"
"The Wrong Face!"
"Something In the Sky!"

Title: "A Stranger in Our Midst!"
Story:
Art: Tom Scheuer
Heroes: An extraterrestrial
Others: Ken, Mr. Drexel [party-goers]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A man at a costume party keeps taking on the appearances of other guests and finally returns to his fellow aliens telling them they should just use their own appearance amongst humans.

Thirty-Six

"The Unseen Enemy!"
"What Am I?"
"The Strange Sink"
"Man In White"
"Eyes In the Night"

Thirty-Seven

"The Martians!"
"Afraid To Look!"
"The Man Who Moved"

Title: "The Evil Ones!"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Villains: Jim Anson, Von Nolte, Dukavitch, Fernandez, Van Donen and three others [millionaires]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, Earth; two nearby planets
Synopsis: Eight men are discovered trying to foment war to increase their wealth. To escape punishment they launch into space and soon find a planet teeming in mineral riches, but note another planet is bound to collide with it soon. Leaving that world they find another rich planet but crash upon it; then they realize they crashed upon the errant planet which is going to strike the first world.
"The Man Who Stopped Living"

Thirty-Eight

"The Man With Two Faces!"
"The Ice Man!"
"The Searching Wind!"
"The Globes That Vanished!"
"Lost In the Black Tunnel"

Thirty-Nine (March, 1956)

Title: "The House That Lived"
Story:
Art: Bernie Krigstein
Villains: Rufus Wilcox [real estate dealer]
Others: Jonathan and Elvira Gibbons [old couple], Hal and Diana Curtiss [young couple]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Message in a Bottle
Synopsis: The Gibbons sell their old house, which Wilcox plans to make into a hotel, but a lightning storm changes his mind; he sells the house to the Curtisses, who love it dearly, as the Gibbons had.
"The Unseen Ones!"
"They Walk Among Us!"
"Man Alive!"

Title: "Once Upon a Time"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Melissa [Princess], Sir Percival [knight]
Villains: An evil knight
Others: The King [Melissa's father], Rowena [Melissa's maid]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Fairyland
Synopsis: Melissa refuses to accept her responsibilities, preferring to indulge in the world of her books. When an evil knight attacks the kingdom, Sir Percival saves Melissa and she decides to give up her books, which told tales about Earth and humans.
"The Luck of Harry Hathaway"

Forty (April, 1956)

"The Hidden Land!"
"A Warning Voice!"
"Crossroads of Destiny!"

Title: "Sammy's Secret!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Sammy [Porok, Venusian raised on Earth]
Others: Kraal [Sammy's father], Venusians
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Earth; Venus
Synopsis: Sammy can fly and uses his power at night. One night, a flying saucer captures him and Venusians bring him to Venus, revealing Sammy is really Porok, one of them; Sammy is pleased to fly amongst those of his own kind.
"The Silent Stranger"

Title: "March Has 32 Days!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: John Billings [architecture inspector]
Others: Lisa Billings [John's wife]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Men puzzle over why last March had 32 days; on March 31st, John failed to inspect a bridge so he could see his wife off at the airport, only for the bridge to collapse. John relives that day and this time prevents the collapse, but as a result there is an extra day in the month.

Forty-One

Title: "The Mystery of the Doomed Derelict!"
Story:
Art: John Romita
Villains: Captain Josiah Wedgewood [cursed ship captain]
Others: 12 crewmen
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Wedgewood's ship; the common room at the Jolly Roger
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#4
Synopsis: Wedgewood uses magic to bring 12 crewmen to his ship to serve him, because no one will serve of their free will; the men agree to serve him at first, but he becomes cruel during a storm and the spell is broken, leaving him alone, until he can finally find a crew who like and respect him.

Title: "Out of the Darkness"
Story:
Art: Mort Drucker
Others: Leonardo da Vinci, Robots
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; 16th century Italy; a planet of robots
Synopsis: Scientists hope to conquer space travel, unaware it was already done by Leonardo da Vinci using robots.
"The Man in the Mirror!"

Title: "While the Town Sleeps!"
Story:
Art:
Others: A statue of a little Dutch boy
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Holland
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#20
Synopsis: Holland is again threatened by a hole in the dike, but a statue of the famous little Dutch boy comes to life and plugs with hole with part of its finger.
"Behind the Mask"
"This Primitive Planet!"

Forty-Two

"The Man Who Was Nowhere!"
"We Claim This Planet!"
"The Hidden One!"

Title: "The Captive"
Story:
Art: Jerry Robinson
Heroes: Brad French [scriptwriter]
Villains: Aliens [as Sir Robert de Quincey and Richard the Lion-Hearted]
Others: C.J. [Majestic Studios' filmmaker]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: French wants a true-to-life picture on Richard the Lion-Hearted, but C.J. disagrees. Brad is briefly caught by aliens who impersonated Richard during the Crusades and were responsible for his blunders; realizing they're out-of-date with Earth's progress they depart.

Title: "The Trap!"
Story:
Art: Bob Bean
Heroes: Julius Keaton [stage mentalist]
Villains: Roy Henry [spy], his two accomplices
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: During his act, Keaton reads Henry's mind and exposes him as a foreign agent. Henry and his men make various attempts on Keaton, but Keaton's mind-reading allows him to avoid them. They turn to H. Duval for the help of his hypnotic powers, but Duval is Keaton in disguise and he hypnotizes them into surrendering to the police with a full confession.

Title: "The Darkroom"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Heroes: Donald Short [photographer]
Others: Mrs. Short [Donald's wife]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Donald resents his wife for forgetting about him, especially on his birthday. Lightning strikes his darkroom and charges his developing fluid. He finds the fluid causes the people in his photos to come to life. He decides to use the formula to conquer the world, but his wife surprises him on his birthday by cleaning up the darkroom and throws out the formula.

Forty-Three

"The Idol"
"Punishment"
"Waiting Waiting"
"The Man Who Failed"
"The Silent Ones"
"I'm Afraid"

Forty-Four

Title: "Foolproof!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art:
Villains: Jack [building owner]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Strange Tales#174
Synopsis: Jack decides to burn down his old apartment building to collect insurance and sets things up so the firemen will arrive in time to rescue him and not suspect him of causing the fire. However, after starting the fire, he races up to the phone-- and finds it's a pay phone and he doesn't have any coins.
"Lost In the Labyrinth"

Title: "Menace From the Stars!"
Story:
Art: Al Williamson
Heroes: Commander Kit Boyd [space corps]
Others: Spacemen
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Earth, Mars, distant future
Reprinted In: The Al Williamson Reader
Synopsis: Boyd makes a voyage to Mars to stop the planet's attacks on Earth, making the voyage through a time jump. However, they arrive to find the Martians have already been wiped out by atomic war, their attacks were delayed by the time lag between worlds. Unable to repair their ship, Boyd's crew settles on Mars and learn a lesson about the futility of war.
"Danger In the Desert!"
"The Unsuspected!"
"Don't Let Them Catch Me!"

Forty-Five (September, 1956)

Title: "The Man in Black!"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Heroes: Lurton Gaxton [ruthless businessman]
Others: Tom Peters [business rival of Gaxton], "man in black"
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Gaxton lauds "thinking big" in business, but a man in black urges him to change his ways. After his elevator car crashes, Gaxton finds he's become a tiny man, menaced by children. He awakens in the crashed elevator car his normal size and realizes he should change his ways.
"Secret of the Old House"
"Shadow on the Sand"

Title: "He Stayed Down Too Long!"
Story:
Art: Robert Q. Sale
Heroes: Kor [water-breathing alien]
Villains: Mason [pearl hoarder]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s tropical island
Synopsis: Mason rules over the natives of a pearl-rich locale. When Kor appears, claiming to be a stranded alien, Mason thinks Kor wants the pearls. He challenges Kor to a pearl diving competition, but Kor wins as he possesses gills.

Title: "No Bars Could Hold Him"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: The Great Gordoni [escape artist, thief]
Others: Harper [policeman], Jim Terrill [prison warden], Aubrey Nebb [sheriff]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1950s Crystal River, USA
Reprinted In: Steve Ditko: Edge of Genius
Synopsis: The Great Gordoni never fears capture for his crimes because he can escape any cell; however, he finally is caught by sheriff Nebb, who locks Gordoni in a cell with hundreds of keys and locks; he estimates it will take 20 years for Gordoni to free himself.
"Secret of the Oraquiis"

Forty-Six

Title: "The Fake"
Story:
Art: Al Williamson
Heroes: Jim Carter [scientist]
Others: Men of Xyli [descendants of Atlanteans]
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Setting: Atlantis
Reprinted In: Al Williamson: Hidden Lands
Synopsis: Carter finds the isle of Atlantis and is visited by the land's descendants, who now live in space on Xyli. They reveal how they attained space travel by burning a rock found in Atlantis. Carter brings a rock back to demonstrate its power to his fellow scientists, but can't reproduce the results. He doesn't learn the rock needs to be doused in water before it conquers gravity.
"Forbidden!"
"Crisis!"
"Where Is Lola Drake?"
"The Strange Man"
"The Empty Room"

Forty-Seven (November, 1956)

"The Man With No Face!"

Title: "At the Stroke of Midnight!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Proctor [atomic scientist]
Others: Dagon [man from another dimension], Walters [Military Police]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Dagon visits Proctor to share his people's knowledge with Earth, but Proctor thinks Dagon is a spy; Dagon returns to his own dimension, while Proctor finds an x-ray which was accidentally taken of Dagon, revealing Dagon concealed wings beneath his clothes, proving his story.
"The Only Woman!"
"A Knock At the Door!"
"Something Strange About Smithtown!"

Title: "When They Wake Up!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Others: Norris, Crane [cave explorers], two million-year old men
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Exploring a cave, Norris and Crane find two old men who have slept for a million years; they decide to wake them and profit from the old men's knowledge, encouraging the old men to think they should solve the Earth's problems by taking over; the old men are so disturbed to hear what the world is like that they return to their slumber, taking the two explorers with them.

Forty-Eight (December, 1956)

"Inside the Silent Box!"
"The Hidden Man"
"Harmless!"
"When They Appear!"
"The Man Who Was Erased!"

Title: "They Took Me Away!"
Story:
Art: Al Williamson
Heroes: Dr. Carl Johnson [geneticist]
Others: Dr. Lars [time traveler], Maida [guide]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s; far future
Synopsis: Johnson writes a paper on genetics which he hopes will allow men to overcome their emotions and improve the species against the threat of the machine age. Dr. Lars appears in a time machine to tell Johnson his work creates a utopia and invites him to the far future to witness it. Johnson agrees and in the future Maida is assigned as his guide. Johnson falls in love with her but she has no emotions; realizing he has stripped mankind of their humanity, Johnson returns to his time and destroys his papers.

Forty-Nine (January, 1957)

"By the Light of the Moon"
"Something in the Fog"
"The Double Man"
"Time Without End"
"The Ice Man"
"Midnight on the Moors"
"The Tiger's Fangs"

Fifty (February, 1957)

Title: "The House of Evil!"
Story:
Art: Angelo Torres
Villains: Len Cowry [thief]
Others: Fred Ellis [cursed old man], Jean Ross [beautiful waitress]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Winterville, USA
Synopsis: Fred loves Jean but she fears the curse on his house. Len hears Fred has money and has Jean help him gain entrance to Fred's home so he can force Fred to give him the house, but when this is done the house's curse causes them to swap bodies; the now-youthful Fred leaves with Jean.
"The Little Black Box"
"Drawings of Doom!"
"The Man with Two Lives!"

Title: "When the World Vanished!"
Story:
Art: Gray Morrow
Heroes: Jack Colley [fisherman]
Others: Rush Colley [Jack's wife]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Jack returns from fishing to find everyone else has vanished; when his wife reappears Jack concludes they had been taking away for "cleaning" and he was overlooked.
"The Pyramid's Secret"

Fifty-One (March, 1957)

Title: "Inside the Mummy Case"
Story:
Art: Joe Orlando
Heroes: Joe Waters [museum security guard]
Others: Mr. Stern [museum curator]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Metro Museum, USA
Reprinted In: Journey into Mystery#16
Synopsis: Joe hears a voice calling him to take a jewel from a mummy case; the mummy inside is telepathic but actually wants Joe to set off a spring-loaded dagger; fortunately, Joe is warned about the dagger in time to save his life.

Title: "What World is This?"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Cole [escaped criminal]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Atom City, USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#18
Synopsis: Escaping the law, Cole finds a town where no one moves; believing he's passed into another world, Cole decides to remain there in safety, but when a plane flies overhead he suddenly realizes he's in a town of dummies - a town being used to test an atomic bomb.
"The Strange Seeds!"
"I'll Get You Later"

Title: "Four Empty Chairs!"
Story:
Art:
Others: Beings from another dimension
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#9
Synopsis: One night, a man's wife and three children disappear; there after, he doesn't talk to people but keeps four empty chairs at his table and from windows can be seen conversing with them. A man who can read lips reveals the family came from another dimension and the other four returned to their home; the lip reader also claims to be from the other dimension. Suddenly, lightning flashes and the silent man and lip reader vanish.

Title: "The Lizard"
Story:
Art: Al Williamson
Heroes: A scientist
Villains: A dragon
Others: Tensu [magician], Tibetan villagers
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Tibet
Reprinted In: The Art of Al Williamson
Synopsis: A scientist labours in Tibet to perfect his cellular growth formula on a lizard. When he hears about local legends of a dragon he realizes his test subject has escaped. In fact, his lizard was a dragon cast into miniature form by a sorcerer and his formula restored it to normal. The scientist wakes up, thinks his experience was a dream and then finds the lizard in his lab is breathing fire.

Fifty-Two

"Mystery of the Silent Fog!"
"The Fish Men!"
"The Betrayer"
"The Too-Perfect Crime!"
"The City That Died!"
"Midnight On the Moor!"

Fifty-Three

"The People That Couldn't Move"
"That's What You Think!"
"I Died Too Soon"
"The Hired Hand"
"He Lived Again"
"What Happened In Room 14?"

Fifty-Four

"The Last Lap"
"Prisoners of the Valley of Fear!"
"Death of a Gambling Man!"
"Can of Soup"
"Nobody!"
"The Labyrinth!"

MYSTIC

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One

Title: "The Strange Tree"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Roger Catlett [home owner]
Others: Dolly Catlett [Roger's wife], Dolly's mother [dies], Mr. Vander [home leaser]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Roger's wife and mother-in-law pressure him into buying a house with an old gnarled tree out front; Dolly's mother begins spending her time by the tree and seems to become tree-like; she finally flees from the tree and falls off a cliff. Dolly soon takes her mother's place by the tree and Roger realizes she's becoming absorbed by the tree when he strikes it with an axe to discover blood within the tree. Roger abandons Dolly, who ultimately becomes a tree herself; now Roger finds himself unable to move away from the tree...
"The Man Who Vanished"
"Trapped in Time"
"The Hollow Men"

Two

Title: "The Black Dungeon"
Story:
Art: Mike Sekowsky
Heroes: Helga Wolfe [young woman]
Villains: Konrad Gruber [wealthy tailor, dies]
Others: Otto [hunchback, dies], Mr. Wolfe [Helga's father]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Europe; USA
Reprinted In: Beware#8
Synopsis: Helga befriends Otto, but Gruber wants Helga for himself. Gruber winds up murdering Otto and then forcing Helga into marriage and bringing her to USA with him. Helga is locked up in Gruber's house, but finds a dummy which reminds her of Otto and befriends it. When Gruber finds her with the dummy he flies into a rage and attacks her; the dummy comes to life, apparently animated by Otto's spirit and kills Gruber; the dummy returns to normal and Helga keeps it with her, naming it "Otto."
"The Day I Died"
"The Faceless Man"

Title: "Forbidden Drink"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Philip Sanderson [aged actor]
Villains: Satan
Others: Rosalie Thorton [actress]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Dracula#4
Synopsis: Sanderson refuses to stop playing romantic leads in plays, even though he looks old enough to be Rosalie's great-grandfather and audiences heckle his performances. He proposes to Rosalie, but she laughs it off. In desperation, he claims he would give his soul for youth. A man then appears and gives him water from the fountain of youth. Philip takes it and becomes a handsome young man again. He immediately sets off to find Rosalie and proposes again-- but once more, she laughs. The water is continuing to regress Philip and is now only a young boy. As he scampers out of Rosalie's house in his over-sized clothes, the man who gave him the water appears-- the Devil himself, come to collect his soul.

Three

"The Jaws of Creeping Death!"

Title: "The Undead!"
Story:
Art: Allen Bellman
Heroes: Anthony Brenton [scientist]
Others: Ed [Anthony's friend], Alice Brenton [Anthony's dead wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: After Alice's death, Anthony is distraught and determines to revive her. Although his work requires years of research he succeeds - but the revived Alice is nothing more than an animated corpse.
"Dimension of Death"
"The Man in the Moon"

Title: "Beware the Eyes of Horror"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Villains: Joe Ravek [museum guard], a statue
Others: Mary Ravek [Joe's wife, dies], Pete [elderly guard]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Mary wants more money so Joe steals the ruby eyes from a statue. The statue follows him home and murders Mary, retrieving its eyes. Joe is arrested for Mary's murder.

Four

Title: "The Devil Birds"
Story:
Art: Basil Wolverton
Heroes: Brian Stover, Keith Adams [explorers]
Villains: Devil Birds [man-sized mutated creatures]
Others: Randy Benson [photographer]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Nevada
Synopsis: Randy goes missing while exploring the h-bomb cloud where the Devil Birds originate from. Brian and Keith go looking for Randy but the Devil Birds drive Brian into a crater where strange gases transform him into a Devil Bird; he recognizes Randy as one of the Devil Birds and they begin to turn Keith into one as well.
"The Man Who Cheated Death"
"The Stranger"

Title: "The Forest of the Living Dead"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: David Hale [Druselda's lover]
Villains: Ainsley Carson [madman, creates killer trees, dies]
Others: Roy Goodwin, Fred [hunters], Druselda Carson [Ainsley's stepdaughter]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Purple Forest, Shannon, Adirondacks, New York, USA
Synopsis: Ainsley creates trees which crush people to death; when David comes to ask for Druselda's hand in marriage, Ainsley orders the trees to kill David, but upon seeing Druselda Ainsley mistakes her for his dead wife, confuses the trees and the trees kill Ainsley instead as David escapes.

Five

"The Face in the Picture"
"It Creeps By Night"
"Trapped"

Title: "The City That Vanished"
Story:
Art: Jerry Robinson
Heroes: Colonel Ted Blake [military officer]
Villains: Aliens
Others: General Bates [Blake's superior], Judy [Blake's girlfriend], Mrs. Blake [Blake's mother]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Carson City, California; Washington, DC; 1950s
Synopsis: Carson City disappears and Blake theorizes aliens have been using a magnetic ray to attract Earth to them. He convinces the military to prepare a fake city loaded with h-bombs; when the aliens try to steal the city, it explodes and destroys them.

Six (January, 1952)

Title: "The Eye of Doom"
Story:
Art: Basil Wolverton
Heroes: Hoyt Gilpin [astronaut, dies]
Villains: Eyes of Venus [flying eyeballs that absorb humans]
Others: Ullrich [astronaut, dies], a moon weather station monitor [dies]
Genre: Science Fiction, Horror
Setting: Distant future; Earth's moon, Venus
Reprinted In: Curse of the Weird#1; Weird Wonder Tales#1
Synopsis: Gilpin arrives upon the moon decades after exploring space and tells how he and his partner were assaulted by "eyes" on Venus and Ullrich was killed; one of the eyes stowed aboard the ship with him, back to the moon and kills Gilpin and then engulfs the station monitor.

Title: "She Wouldn't Stay Dead!"
Story:
Art: Bill LaCava
Heroes: Walter Clark [delver into supernatural]
Others: Amanda Clark [Walter's wife, dies], Little Jolie [enchanted statue, destroyed], Elaine Somers [Walter's second wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Boston, Massachusetts
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#8
Synopsis: Amanda thinks she's a great operatic singer, but Walter can't stand her singing. When Amanda is dying, she asks Walter to perform rites so she will be reincarnated. He sends her spirit into a tiny statue and names it "Little Jolie." Walter and Jolie become close friends, much closer than he was to Amanda. However, on a business trip Walter meets Elaine and quickly falls in love and marries her. Returning home, he smashes Jolie to keep her from interfering, but discovers Elaine has taken on Amanda's characteristics. He learns from his landlord he accidentally broke Jolie while Walter was away - at the exact moment Walter met Elaine. Elaine is the new host of Amanda's spirit.

Title: "Nothing"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Professor Richard Phillips [scientist, dies]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1951, USA; 1961 USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#21
Synopsis: Phillips builds a time machine and test it out by traveling 10 years to the past; he accidentally goes 10 years to the future and finds the Earth is dead. Returning to the present, he kills himself to avoid having to see Earth's destruction.

Title: "The Old Lady's Son"
Story:
Art: Vernon Henkel
Heroes: Lily Wells [gold digger]
Villains: Mark Mason [monstrous son], Mrs. E. Mason [wealthy old woman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s London, England; Dartmouth, England
Reprinted In: Beware#5
Synopsis: Lily becomes Mrs. Mason's companion, hoping to ingratiate herself and obtain the lady's money; she suggests she could marry Mrs. Mason's son, which she agrees to, but only because her son is a blood-drinking monster.

Seven

Title: "The Tomb"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Villains: Silas Worth [wealthy old man, dies]
Others: George Worth [Silas' nephew], Alice Worth [George's wife], Teasle [Silas' butler]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#11
Synopsis: Silas thinks his family is only nice to him so they'll inherit his fortune when he dies. He decides to reveal what he thinks of them by faking his death with a drug then slipping out of his coffin before the funeral. After spying on his nephew planning to use the money he tries to reveal he's still alive, but to no avail; gradually, Silas realizes the drug killed him and he's been a ghost ever since, doomed to exist in loneliness.

Title: "Beware... the Bees!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes:
Villains: Casper Green [miser]
Others: Mrs. Hare [owes money to Green], Walter Blane [beekeeper]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Ellendale, USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#12
Synopsis: Casper is ruthless with his money; he goes to work for Blane to earn extra money but is annoyed at being stung by bees. Blane admits he has a formula which made him immune to their stings, but doesn't know what it will do to others. Green steals the formula and becomes immune to bee stings, but his head transforms into a bee's head.

Title: "Out of the Night"
Story:
Art: Jim Mooney
Heroes: Lee Duncan [writer, dies]
Villains: A giant fly
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Journey into Mystery#8
Synopsis: While trying to write on a hot day, Lee is bothered by a housefly. This inspires him to pen a tale about an immense fly, only to find his story come true as a huge fly attacks him.

Title: "The Man Who Made a Wish!"
Story:
Art: Vernon Henkel
Heroes: Clarence Hopkins [poor man]
Villains: The Devil
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#8
Synopsis: Clarence wishes he had more money; a man claiming to be the Devil offers to fulfill his wish without any obligations. Clarence agrees and asks for $10,000; he soon learns he has a rare disease worth $10,000 for studying, but there's no cure to save him.
"The Thinking Machines"

Eight

Title: "We Meet at Midnight!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Hugo Blore [ugly man, dies]
Others: The Sphinx
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA, Egypt
Reprinted In: Dead of Night#4
Synopsis: Hugo is ugly and disliked by everyone he's known since childhood. Learning secrets about the Sphinx from a book, Hugo goes to Egypt to verify his findings; a voice guides him to the centre of the Sphinx and he asks to learn Egypt's greatest secrets; it replies by transforming him into a mummy.

Title: "House for Sale"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Villains: Paul Harris [John Keystone, murderous real estate agent]
Others: Richard Burns, Charlie, Miss Dee [real estate agents], Jeb Treble [caretaker, dies], police inspector
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA, Keystone Manor
Reprinted In: Journey into Mystery#11
Synopsis: Harris offers to sell the reputed haunted house Keystone Manor. He meets with the caretaker who relates how John Keystone murdered his brother Tom and would return to murder anyone else who claimed the house. Jeb is killed and while the police are baffled, Harris has a missing index finger, just like John Keystone.

Title: "The Burning Flame"
Story:
Art: Gil Kane
Villains: A vagrant [dies]
Others: Police officers
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Journey into Mystery#11
Synopsis: A vagrant steals candles decorating a coffin. The police chase him in the dark but the candles stay lit, giving him away; he falls into a grave and dies - the grave dug for the man whose coffin he robbed.

Title: "A Monster Among Us"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Dan Harper [fisherman, dies]
Villains: Monster of Monterey [sea creature]
Others: Pedro [sailor, dies], Jose Mendez [fisherman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Monterey Bay, California, USA
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#29
Synopsis: Dan hates the stories about a "Monster of Monterey" who preys on sailors. He defies the superstitions and puts out to sea in a storm, but crashes his boat; finding a nearby lighthouse, Dan is befriended by the keeper, but the keeper turns out to be the monster in human form.

Title: "Sorry-- Mr. Hopkins!"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Villains: Timothy Hopkins
Others: An old gypsy, Mrs. Hopkins [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Fear#21
Synopsis: Mr. Hopkins loses his glasses while going to see an old gypsy at a carnival; she appears to him as a lovely young woman and convinces him to kill his wife so he can be with her; however, she exchanged his glasses for a different pair to disguise her looks and she turns out to be an ugly old hag.

Nine

Title: "In the Darkness!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: A film patron
Others: Teenor [female alien scout], Groorg [flying saucer pilot]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Teenor is interested in a man she meets at a horror film showing, but upon learning he doesn't believe in the supernatural she returns to her world, covninced humans aren't ready for her people.
"Man Who Couldn't Sleep"
"The Wax Man"
"The Sandwich"
"You'll Die Laughing"

Ten

Title: "They Called Her a Witch!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Russ Heath
Heroes: An American
Villains: Anna Nikhail [witch]
Others: Sonia Nikhail [Anna's daughter]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Liepzwig, Hungary
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#25
Synopsis: An American tourist refuses to believe Anna is truly a witch and visits her cottage, meeting her charming little daughter-- and then Anna flies in the window on a broomstick, pleased Sonia has found them some food.

Title: "Death Notice!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Mack Maxon [Daily star obituary editor, dies], Chiller Quade [racketeer]
Others: Anton Ames [Daily Star publisher, dies], ghosts
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#7
Synopsis: Maxon discovers by printing an obituary, he can cause the person to die; he starts hiring himself as a hitman to the mob and even kills Ames when Ames realizes what's happening. However, the ghosts of those Maxon killed rise up and take control of the paper, printing articles about how Maxon performed the murders. Maxon tries to flee, but the ghosts have also printed his obituary, causing him to die in a car accident.

Title: "The Haunting of Bluebeard!"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Villains: Zeke "Bluebeard" Bates [killer, dies]
Others: Ghosts of Bluebeard's victims
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#7
Synopsis: "Bluebeard" Bates kills men for their money; their ghosts haunt him, but don't scare him because they can't harm him. One night, Bluebeard kills a gangster and finds nitroglycerin among his possessions. While disposing of the nitro, Bluebeard accidentally kills himself; now that he's a ghost too, his victims want their revenge!

Title: "The Man Who Saw Tomorrow"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Heroes: Philbert Hooten
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#7
Synopsis: Hooten wants to take a picture unlike any other, so he invents a camera which will take a picture of the world one week later - but the picture is blank!

Title: "Detour!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: A motorist
Others: A train watchman [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#7
Synopsis: A motorist finds a watchman on the train tracks who explains a dying motorist cursed a watchman so that he would be forced to serve the tracks until he found a motorist to take his place; the watchman is killed by an oncoming train and the motorist is forced to become the new watchman.

Eleven

Title: "Not Flesh and Blood!"
Story:
Art: Myron Fass
Villains: Howard Walton [corrupt businessman], K. Luger [scientist, robot]
Others: Wilson [police photographer], Lester Caval [Howard's business parter, dies], Harkness [Howard's butler]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#7
Synopsis: Threatened by Caval with exposure of his embezzelment, Walton is inspired by reports of a robot mudering people to have a robot built and used to kill Caval. Walton hires Luger to build a robot similar to the one performing the murders; when he finds the robot completed, Walton sends it to kill Caval. However, the robot turns out to be the same one committing the earlier murders and Luger is just one of its disguises; the robot turns on Walton to kill him.

Title: "Horror in the City"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Perry Dedd [chivalrous man, dies]
Villains: A woman [Paladorn spy]
Others: Clabs [hairy men from beneath the surface]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Manhattan, New York, USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#7
Synopsis: Perry meets a beautiful woman who asks for protection from the Clabs, telling him how the Clabs and Paladorns are both trying to invade the surface. Perry enables the woman to escape while the Clabs capture him, but the Clabs have no quarrel with Perry and thought he was a Paladorn in disguise. The woman kills the Clabs and then reveals she's one of the lizard-like Paladorns, killing Perry to protect her secrets.

Title: "The Black Gloves"
Story:
Art: Ben Brown, David Gantz
Heroes: Harry Dobbs [man in boarding house]
Villains: Gamin [the Mad Killer]
Others: Marge Dobbs [Harry's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#7
Synopsis: Harry thinks Gamin could be "the Mad Killer" who's been strangling people, noticing Gamin never removes his black gloves. Harry snoops into Gamin's room and finds many extra pairs of gloves, some of them stained with blood. Before he can exit, Gamin arrives and reveals the reason why his victims' throats were so mutiliated is because his hands have mouths with razor-sharp teeth: he wants to feed them Harry next.

Title: "Death and Tommy Norton"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: John Romita
Heroes: Tommy Norton [little boy] and his toy soldier ["the captain"]
Villains: Elvira, Raymond [Tommy's guardians, both die]
Others: Milton [Tommy's friend], two policemen, medical examiner
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#7
Synopsis: Elvira wants to kill Tommy to obtain the money he's supposed to inherit, but Raymond is against it. Elvira finally kills Raymond, but as she prepares to strike Tommy with a poker, Tommy's toy soldier fires his cork gun at Elvira, killing her.

Twelve (September, 1952)

Title: "Corpse in the Streets"
Story:
Art:
Villains: John Riorden [reanimated dead man], Arnold Yorke [wicked physician, dies]
Others: Evalina Yorke [Arnold's wife], George Thrumbull [dead man]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Dead of Night#7
Synopsis: Arnold reanimates Riorden and orders him to murder people named on a list so he can harvest their organs on the black market. When Arnold accidentally puts Evalina's name on the list he fears Riorden will kill her, but instead Riorden kills Arnold: he's fallen in love with Evalina!

Title: "The Hooded Horror!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Carmine Infantino, Sy Barry
Villains: Hooded Horror [murderer]
Others: Thugs
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#23
Synopsis: The Hooded Horror launches a one-man crime wave and even other criminals are afraid of him. When he tries to take over the local gangs, they send a man to kill him-- but he finds beneath the hood, the Hooded Horror has no face.

Title: "Stop the Presses"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: Nolan [reporter]
Villains: Cy Ubert [tyrannical Daily Bulletin editor]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#13
Synopsis: Ubert is demanding on Nolan, always criticizing his work and demonstrating no empathy when Nolan arrives late to accidents or loses his camera; finally, Nolan writes up a story on a murder then makes it come true - by attacking Ubert with a hatchet!

Title: "The Man in the Tomb!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Muggs Vinetti [mobster]
Others: Jonsey [lodge member]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#13
Synopsis: Vinetti demands to join a lodge so they'll protect him from the law; they agree provided he pass an initiation test: Vinetti is locked inside a crypt with the key still in the outside lock. The lodge members don't intend to let him out and instead plan to leave town; when Vinetti tries to reach the key it falls out of the lock, trapping him forever.

Title: "The Dummy"
Story:
Art: Vic Carrabottta
Villains: Mark Elston [floorwalker, dies], Susan [Mark's thieving partner]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Mark is admired by all the women in the department store where he works, but he cares more for a mannequin. He helps Susan rob the store's jewelry department and hides the money in the mannequin as he leaves town, but the mannequin somehow wraps its arms around Mark as he drives, causing him to crash and die.

Thirteen (October, 1952)

"In the Dark"
"The Man With the Knife!"
"The Wrong Guy"
"The Trap That Jack Built!"
"Checkmate"

Fourteen (November, 1952)

"Hiding Place"

Title: "Guillotine!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Henri Blanchard [black marketeer, dies]
Others: Kiki Moreau [Henri's girlfriend, dies], a blackmailer [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Paris, France
Synopsis: When a man tries to blackmail Henri, he kills the blackmailer with a bomb. Realizing Kiki knows about his crimes now, Henri beats her to death, but a falling elevator car cuts off Henri's head, just like a guillotine.
"They Can't Catch Charlie!"
"The Corpse and I"
"The Reluctant Ghost!"

Fifteen (December, 1952)

"The Silent One"
"The Mark of Death"

Title: "The Man Who Closed His Eyes"
Story:
Art: George Tuska
Heroes: Frank Hanson [man who dreams]
Villains: Ghosts, a vampire, a werewolf
Others: Emma Hanson [Frank's wife], a psychiatrist
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: When Frank dreams of ghosts the dreams come true and ghosts appear; a psychiatrist cures him, but then Frank dreams of vampires and werewolves...
"House of Horror"
"No Trespassing"

Sixteen (January, 1953)

Title: "The Most Miserable Man in the World!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Ahab the Unlucky [rug maker]
Villains: Black Hassan [robber], Satan
Others: Samia [Ahab's wife]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Hades
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Werewolf By Night#5
Synopsis: Ahab loses the rugs he and his wife wove and none of his friends will lend him money. As a final indignity, he is beaten up by Hassan and Samia leaves him for Hassan as well. In desperation, he summons up the Devil and pleads for aid as, "things couldn't be worse in Hades." But Ahab has been in Hades all the time.

Title: "A Scream in the Dark!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Frank and Lenore [young lovers]
Others: Charlie [Lenore's husband]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#10
Synopsis: Frank and Lenore enter a Tunnel of Love where they see images of Lenore's husband; suddenly, they discover they've become old people; they go backwards through the tunnel, hoping to regain their youth, but remain elderly.

Title: "The Wooden Box"
Story:
Art:
Others: A pawn shop owner, skull-faced man
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#4
Synopsis: A man with a skull for a face leaves a wooden box at a pawn shop, ordering the man not to open it; when he does, his own face is turned into a skull.
"Birth of a Vampire"

Title: "Ghosts in the Night"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Carmine Infantino
Villains: Ivan Zaroff [Soviet officer], Soviets
Others: Nicholas Petrov [underground member, dies], ghosts
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USSR
Synopsis: Zaroff tortures Petrov to death, but afterwards is haunted by Petrov's ghost, who plants traitorous material on Zaroff until finally Zaroff is accused of treachery by his allies and sent to the torture room; there, the ghosts of Zaroff's victims begin an eternity of torture on Zaroff.

Seventeen (February, 1953)

Title: "The Vampire"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Ed Winiarski
Villains:: A vampire couple
Others: Teddy [son of vampires]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Teddy finds the body of a man killed by vampires. When he tries to tell his parents about it they dismiss him to his room for lying. Left alone, his parents reveal themselves as vampires, concerned Teddy might learn their secrets.

Title: "Hate!"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Mr. Crewe
Villains:: A hairy, hateful man
Genre: Horror
Setting: Sleepy Junction, Arizona, 1950s
Synopsis: Crewe has a hairy, unkempt neighbour who he hates on sight. He goes to Sleepy Junction to get away from him, only to find his roommate is the hairy man. He chokes him and then winds up in an insane asylum where the hairy man is his keeper.

Title: "Behind Locked Doors"
Story:
Art: Vic Carrabotta
Heroes: Roger Denby [psychiatrist]
Villains:: A vampire [son of Dracula]
Others: Hector [Denby's servant]
Genre: Horror
Setting: An Austrian hotel, 1950s
Synopsis: Denby is an elitist psychiatrist who only offers his services to those of great breeding. He meets a fellow boarder at his hotel who is of noble birth and drinks an odd red liquid; the man is upset because he feels he cannot live up to his father's successes. Denby offers to help him through hypnosis, instilling within his friend all the capability his father possessed. It's only then he learns his friend's father was Dracula - and his favoured beverage isn't wine...

Title: "The Silent Stranger"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: A mute man [vampire hunter]
Villains:: Emil Reiner [vampire]
Others: Anton Rovek [Borgy citizen]
Genre: Horror
Setting: November 1, 1951, Borgy, Hungary
Synopsis: As a vampire preys upon the fattest men of Borgy, people fear Emil will be next. A silent stranger with a violin case is suspected of being the vampire and he stalks Emil, terrifying him. Emil narrowly avoids the stranger, but in both instances people who cross his path are killed by the vampire. Finally, the stranger catches Emil in his home and runs a stake through his heart - the stranger is a vampire hunter and Emil is the real vampire.

Title: "Who Am I?"
Story:
Art:
Villains:: Ernest Waller [murderer]
Others: Mrs. Gafney [Waller's landlady], a private detective, Jacob Higgins [wealthy man]
Genre: Horror
Setting: USA, 1950s
Synopsis: Waller kills Higgins to take his money but fears the police are following him and has a doctor change his features. It turns out to be a detective come to tell Waller he inherited Higgins' estate, but now Waller cannot prove his identity to collect it.

Eighteen (March, 1953)

"The Russian Devil"
"Tom Tom"
"Charley's Crime"
"In Old Bagdad"
"The Drowning Man"

Nineteen (April, 1953)

Title: "Swamp Girl"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Jeb Townley [Union soldier, deserter, becomes cat]
Villains: The "swamp girl" [transforms into cat, dies]
Genre: Horror, War
Setting: US Civil War, 1863, Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
Reprinted In: Monsters Unleashed#3
Synopsis: Jeb deserts and runs into the swamp where he sees a cat transform into a woman; the woman leads him to a pool of water but Jeb thinks she's trying to kill him and shoots her. Jeb finally enters the pool to try and reach his forces, but is himself transformed into a cat.

Title: "Fast Freight"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Number 51764 [escaped convict]
Others: Mike [prison guard], Louis [train engineer]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#6
Synopsis: Number 51764 escapes prison and boards a train, but the train pulls in at the same prison he just came from.

Title: "Help Wanted!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Scrag [miserly department store owner, dies], a demon
Others: Hadley [salesman], Jenkins [sign printer]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: vault of Evil#6
Synopsis: Scrag is miserly to his employees, delaying their Christmas bonuses until Easter and then giving them just $0.10 each. To hire new employees, Scrag uses newspaper ads with abbreviated type, making it difficult for people to tell what jobs are to be filled; when he files for "demonstrator" as "demon," a real demon appears in Scrag's office and kills him.

Title: "They Dive By Night"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Jim Gerrick [pearl diver, dies] and his crew [most die], man-eating clams
Others: Kahola [chief] and his tribe
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s South Seas island
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#6
Synopsis: Kahola refuses to let his men dive for pearls at night; Gerrick decides to send his own crew to maximize profits, but they're devoured by man-eating clams, which only stir at night.

Title: "Bong!"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Villains: Hugo Walther [wealthy Hungarian man, dies]
Others: Katrine Lukas [Eric's lover], Eric Brawne [bell-maker]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Hungary
Reprinted In: Beware#5
Synopsis: Hugo can't bear loud noises. Determined to make Katrine his wife, Hugo attempts to kill Eric by hurling him into a vat of molten metal, but in the scuffle Hugo falls in and dies; his soul is bound to the bell cast from the metal, damning him to an eternity making loud noises.

Twenty (May, 1953)

"The Witch and I"
"The Door That Never Opens"
"The Slaves"

Title: "His Dead Wife!"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Villains: Herr Janush [wealthy man, spy, dies]
Others: Stashu [Janush's friend], Estella [Janush's wife, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1930s Balkans, Europe, World War II
Synopsis: The much-beloved Janush marries Estella just before a Nazi invasion; Estella seemingly falls to her death from Janush's castle during a storm and he becomes isolated in the castle. However, the police surmise the Nazis are receiving intelligence from someone in the area and single out Janush. When they confront him, Estella's ghost appears and reveals Janush pushed her to her death; her coffin contains the radio Janush has been using to contact the Nazis. The police hang Janush to death.

Title: "In the Wake of the Werewolf"
Story:
Art: Sam Kweskin
Heroes: Larry Coe [thief]
Villains: Frank, Minnie [werewolf couple], Beatrice [beautiful werewolf]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Larry is in the midst of a robbery when he finds Beatrice being chased by Frank and Minnie, who insist the beautiful woman is a vampire. Larry helps her escape from the couple and they hide in Beatrice steel-enforced room. As the moon rises, Larry sees the couple are werewolves; Beatrice was upset with them for calling her a vampire when she was just as good a werewolf as they were.

Twenty-One (July, 1953)

Title: "Homicide"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Jim [woodcutter]
Others: Peters [beggar, dies], Bill [Jim's friend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#6
Synopsis: Jim tires of Peters' pestering and gets so angry he murders him; Bill arrives just after the deed and Jim forces Bill to help him hide the body and incriminate himself so he can be sure Bill won't give him away as the killer. Once Bill is gone, Jim phones the police, claiming Bill killed Peters.

Title: "The Ghost Comes Back!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Julia [old woman]
Villains: An escaped convict
Others: Mary [Julia's friend], Aaron [sailor, Julia's husband]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Norchester, Texas, USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#13
Synopsis: An escaped convict tries to hide in Julia's house; she tells him a story about her dead husband whose ghost returns every year, calling her name; when the convict sees the "ghost" arrive he panics and runs. Aaron isn't actually dead and Julia was simply very clever at fooling the criminal.
Notes: Take-off of Saki's "the Open Window."

Title: "Dorothy's Doll"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Villains: Death
Others: Dorothy Bartlett [sick child], Clara and Fred Bartlett [Dorothy's parents]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#14
Synopsis: Dorothy is ill and near death; Fred buys Dorothy a doll which looks a lot like her; the doll even fools Death himself, who claims the doll, letting Dorothy live.

Title: "Zombie in the Streets"
Story:
Art: Manny Stallman
Villains: Arnold [zombie master, dies], John Riorden [zombie controlled by Arnold]
Others: Evalina Yorke [Arnold's wife], George Thrumbull [dead man]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Arnold revives John as a zombie and sends him to murder people so Arnold can sell the bodies for money to afford gifts for Evalina. Arnold accidentally sends John to kill Evalina, but John refuses the command and kills Arnold instead, claiming he's fallen in love with Evalina.

Title: "The Honeymooners"
Story:
Art: Tony Mortellaro
Villains: Karl [a ghost]
Others: Stella [Karl's wife, dies], Tony [fruit vendor]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Europe
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#16
Synopsis: When Karl marries Stella, the locals wonder if he'll be a good husband to her; he insists he will. That night, Karl murders Stella and reveals he's a ghost - he killed her so they could be ghosts together.

Twenty-Two (August, 1953)

Title: "Doom in the Tomb!"
Story:
Art: Joe Maneely
Heroes: Edmund Kleig [mortician]
Villains: Ramahi [Egyptian guide], walking dead men
Others: James August [museum curator]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; Cairo, Egypt
Synopsis: Kleig wants to learn the secrets of Egyptian mummification and hires Ramahi to lead him into a pyramid. They find the scroll of embalming and Ramahi reads it aloud; the incantation causes the dead to rise and removes the bones from Kleig's body; Kleig is still alive as the procedure commences.

Title: "Boy Meets Ghoul!"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Villains: Death
Others: Jinx [unlucky woman, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A lonely man meets Jinx, who repels people because of her supposed bad luck; she tells the man how someone she loved committed murders for her and wound up being executed for the crimes; the lonely man reveals he's lonely because he's Death; he takes Jinx's life.

Title: "Man-Eater!"
Story:
Art: Al Eadeh
Heroes: Gordon Jackson [young man, dies]
Villains: Captain Shay [tour boat operator], a man-eating shark
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1905, Caribbean island
Synopsis: Gordon takes a ride in Shay's glass-bottom boat and witnesses a man being eaten by a shark. This happens on each of Shay's voyages so Gordon asks to learn how the "trick" is done. Shay agrees, but there is no trick - he casts a person into the water for the shark to eat and now Gordon is the latest victim.
"Nothing Else to Write"
"The Maiden in the Iron Mask"

Twenty-Three (September, 1953)

Title: "Mother Knows Best"
Story:
Art: Sol Brodsky
Others: Gloria [child], Norstad [astronomer]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#10
Synopsis: Gloria's mother tells her about the man in the moon, but Gloria doesn't believe it. One day, a comet hits the moon and destroys it. 25 years later, a grown Gloria tells her own daughter about the moon; her daughter doesn't believe it ever existed.

Title: "Don't Shrink Sam's Head!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Sam Bonner [collector of horror items]
Villains: Jivaro headhunters
Others: A werewolf [stuffed in Sam's museum], Nero [hand only], Sitting Bull [skull only], Quasimodo [skeleton only], a vampire [petrified in Sam's museum], Professor Zukor [scientist]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; Ecuador
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#6
Synopsis: Guests at Sam's museum of horror note he doesn't have a shrunken head. Sam fears having his own head shrunk by Jivaros is he attempts to obtain one, but has Professor Zukor perform procedures to make his head unshrinkable. Journeying into Ecuador, Sam finds a Jivaro village and is captured; claiming they can't shrink his head, the Jivaros agree to let Sam keep a shrunken head if they fail to shrink his; when they do fail, he leaves with the head - but now the rest of Sam's body has been shrunk.
"Perfect Planet"
Notes: Sequel is "The Great Migration" in Astonishing #27
"Hugo"

Title: "Every Dog Has His Day!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Ebenezer Koch [miser, dies]
Others: Spats [dog, dies], Jimmy [Spats' owner, orphan boy]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#6
Synopsis: Koch hates dogs; he kills Spats, but other dogs take Koch's money. Pursuing the dogs, Koch trips and falls in the grave he dug for Spats, breaking his neck.

Twenty-Four (October, 1953)

"The Gargoyle!"
"Another Man's Shoes"
"His Wife Throws Things"
"How Many Times Can You Die?"

Title: "The Stranger From Space"
Story:
Art: Matt Fox, Gil Kane
Villains: A Plutonian
Others: Dr. Merle [scientist], Ludwig [Merle's assistant]
Genre: Science-Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Merle and Ludwig rescue an alien who crashes on Earth but Ludwig fears the creature. The alien claims to be a Martian fleeing from the flesh-eating Plutonians. Merle is fascinated by him and when Ludwig tries to kill the alien Merle disarms him; he and the alien escape in the alien's craft, but the alien reveals he is actually a man-eating Plutonian...

Twenty-Five (December, 1953)

Title: "The Couple Next Door"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Tom Slader [weak-willed husband]
Others: Sadie Slader [shewish wife, dies], Mr. Jones [next-door neighbour]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Chillers#2
Synopsis: Sadie always insists Tom get her whatever Mr. Jones obtains for his wife. When he sees Mr. Jones shoot his wife in the head, Tom does the same for Sadie.

Title: "Have You Ever Seen a Huge, Black Vampire"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: John Romita
Villains: Gustaf [vampire]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Burgov, Austria
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Chillers#1
Synopsis: The people of Burgov are terrified of the local vampire attacks, particularly when the chief of police is killed. Gustaf takes over his job and sets up measures to prevent further attacks, but knows they won't catch the vampire-- because it's him.

Title: "The Toy Train"
Story:
Art: Robert Q. Sale
Heroes: Teddy [child]
Villains: Jonas [Teddy's cruel uncle, dies], a ghost
Others: Bob Hammond [neighbour]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#12
Synopsis: Jonas is mean to his nephew, often destroying Teddy's toys. One night a ghost gives Teddy a train set which allows Teddy to shrink in size and ride it; when Jonas tries to take the train away, Teddy drives it right into him, killing him; Teddy thinks it was all a drea as Bob Hammond takes Teddy into his home.

Title: "A Fella Needs a Zombie"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Villains: Ziggy [criminal, dies], Mr. Kato [blackmailer, dies], a zombie, voodoo cultists
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s New York City; Haiti
Synopsis: Ziggy is hiding out in Haiti to escape murder charges, but Kato recognizes him and threatens blackmail. Ziggy wants to arrange Kato's death through untraceable means so he overhears a voodoo ceremony and learns how to raise a dead man as a zombie to do his bidding. He summons up a dead man to kill Kato, only to find he chose Kato's grave, Kato having died two days earlier from fever; Kato kills Ziggy.
"Revolt of the Robots"

Twenty-Six (January, 1954)

Title: "The Strange Machine"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Alfonso [Spanish Inquisition officer, dies]
Others: Don Ferrer [inventor]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Toledo, Spain
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#5
Synopsis: Alfonso is cruel to the men who are brought before him; spying on Don Ferrer, he sees Ferrer has built a machine. Thinking Ferrer's machine is some kind of transportation device, Alfonso enters it for an examination, only to discover first-hand the machine is a new torture device made for the Inquisition - it performs all the acts of torture at once.

Title: "Good Morning, Mr. Smith!"
Story:
Art: Vic Carrabotta
Villains: Dr. Festa [surgeon], Paul [Festa's aide, dies]
Others: Mr. Smith [disembodied head]
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#9
Synopsis: Festa preserves a head with synthetic blood, calling it "Mr. Smith." However, the head develops psychic power and seizes control of Festa, forcing him to graft his head on Paul's body; Mr. Smith then removes Festa's head and hooks it up to Festa's own machines.
Notes: Rip-off of Curt Siodmak's "Donovan's Brain."

Title: "The Man in the Tomb!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Dr. Torgen [scientist]
Villains: Mouse-like creatures
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#9
Synopsis: Earth is ravaged by atomic war and humans live underground; Torgen looks for a way to save mankind and goes deeper underground, discovering mouse-like humanoids. Deeper still he finds a laboratory with a history of Earth; he learns Earth has been through calamities such as this before and humans had to devolve into the humanoids to survive; Torgen realizes he can save humanity by transforming them all into similar creatures or let humanity perish in atomic war; he chooses the atomic war.

Title: "The Living and the Dead!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Oscar Holmes [writer, doubts the supernatural]
Villains: Satan
Others: John Salem [condemned soul], ghosts
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#9
Synopsis: Oscar doesn't believe in the supernatural but John seems to and keeps feeding him ideas; Oscar tells John the ideas are no good, then steals them for his stories. On vacation, John enters a forbidden graveyard and is met by ghosts condemned to suffer an eternity for practicing witchcraft; among the ghosts is John, who has been trying to make Oscar believe in the supernatural so he can be freed. The ghosts beg Oscar to plead their case to Satan, but Oscar still refuses to believe in the supernatural, even as Satan cuts him off from the world of the living; John is trapped in the graveyard with the ghosts, still doubting the supernatural.

Title: "The Old Witch"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: George Bennet [married man]
Villains: Matilda [housekeeper, witch]
Others: Helen Bennet [George's wife, dies]
Genre:
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Dead of Night#8
Synopsis: George hates Matilda; spying on her, he learns she's a witch who plans to switch bodies with his wife. George kills and buries Matilda, but Helen calls the police, who dig up Matilda. However, the body they dig up is Helen's: Matilda used an illusion to make George kill his wife.

Twenty-Seven

Title: "The Furnace"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: John Thor [coal shoveller]
Villains: The skipper [wooden leg, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: August 13, 1881, England, USA
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#4
Synopsis: Thor is tormented by the skipper, intent on making a new record; when coal runs out, he strips the ship of wood; with no wood left he turns on Thor, but Thor throws him into the furnace, using his wooden leg to get them into port in a new record time.

Title: "Who Walks With a Zombie?"
Story:
Art: Russ Heath
Heroes: Ken Hardin [Jane's lover]
Villains: Dr. Peoule [evil physician]
Others: Jane Long [author, zombie], zombies
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s West Indian island
Reprinted In: Tales of the Zombie#5
Synopsis: Ken goes to see Jane after being told in a letter how she just finished her novel. He finds her in the care of Dr. Peoule, who says the book was never written. Ken gradually realizes Jane is a zombie; she digs up a copy of her book, which relates how Peoule has been raising an army of the undead. Before Ken can react, Peoule arrives to kill him, but Peoule's zombies turn on him and drag him beneath the ground; Jane goes with them and Ken is left alone.
"Survival"
"Where Dragons Swim!"

Title: "A Grave Mistake"
Story:
Art: Vic Carrabotta
Villains: Tony Rye [criminal, dies]
Others: Movie producer, actors
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1954, Los Angeles, California, USA
Synopsis: Tony is a superstitious man on the run from the law; he hides in a cemetery and sees men carrying his own body into a grave; mad with panic, Tony shoots himself in the head, not realizing he's stumbled into a movie set where a fictionalized version of his life was being made.

Twenty-Eight

"Too Human"

Title: "Not Dead Enough"
Story:
Art: Vince Colletta
Villains: Sheila McAllister [Jonas' second wife, dies], Alan [Sheila's lover, dies]
Others: Jonas McAllister [wealthy man, dies], Martha McAllister [Jonas' first wife, ghost]
Genre: Horror
Setting: October 3; 1950s USA
Synopsis: Sheila and Alan use a film of Martha to make Jonas think Martha's ghost is calling him to death; he finally does drink poison to be with Martha, but Martha's actual ghost opens up the gas jets in the house and kills Sheila and Alan before they can celebrate.
"Truth About the Flying Dutchman"
"Terrible Triangle"
"Forbidden"

Twenty-Nine (April, 1954)

"The Couple Next Door"
"No Exit"
"The Unseen"
"Rest in Peace"
"It Happened in the Lab"

Thirty

Title: "Double Feature"
Story:
Art: Al Eadeh
Villains: Warren Koster [museum employee]
Others: Mr. Blackton [museum manager, dies]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Beware#7
Synopsis: Koster wants to kill his boss, Mr. Blackton, so he creates an alibi by obtaining movie stubs to a film he's already seen which will be playing during the murder. However, when he presents his alibi the police, he learns the theatre playing the film burned down.

Title: "Beyond Death!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Ignatz Kossar [sculptor]
Villains: Louis Bonnard [Kossar's patron, dies]
Others: Flora Bonnard [Louis' daughter]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: France
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#9
Synopsis: Kossar is in love with Flora, but Louis loathes him; after Louis tries to inject Kossar with a chemical, Kossar decides to use it on him-- but injects Flora instead, turning her into a stone statue. Louis dies of a heart attack and Kossar marries Flora and then goes to live in an insane asylum with her.

Title: "The Monster Men"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Norton Nesbitt [scientist]
Villains: Robots
Others: Walt, Jim, Paul [Norton's co-workers]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1954, USA; 2454, USA
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#3
Synopsis: Norton slaves over his time machine, to the ridicule of his peers. On the night Norton tests the machine, three of his co-workers dress up as "future men" as a joke. Norton is disheartened by this and destroys his machine, not realizing they truly are in 2454 and an army of robots is closing in on them.

Title: "Wilson's Woman"
Story:
Art: Doug Wildey
Heroes: Paul Wilson [inventor, dies]
Villains: Mob of locals [Jeb]
Others: A robot woman
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Journey into Mystery#9
Synopsis: Wilson goes to a small town to perfect his robotic woman, but when a local sees him making repairs he thinks Wilson murdered a woman, a mob forms and Wilson is lynched.

Title: "Superstition"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Jacques le Brun, Pierre Vaquez, Hillaire Fleury [escaped convicts], Galjour [convicts' ally, dies]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s French Guiana
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#2
Synopsis: Three prisoners escape with the aid of Galjour and then turn on him and kill him. They demand natives assist them in escaping aboard a boat, but the natives fear "Kala Da No." The trio ignore the warnings, but find out the word means "end of the world" and they reach a point in the ocean where they sail into empty space.

Thirty-One (June, 1954)

"Clarence!"
"The Insult!"

Title: "The Werewolf's Victims"
Story:
Art: Sid Check
Heroes: Franz Marais [prisoner]
Villains: A werewolf [dies], three vampires
Others: The werewolf's prisoners
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Europe
Synopsis: Franz is one of many men held in a cavern by a werewolf to provide him with food. Franz pretends to be a coward and traitor to the others to win the werewolf's confidence; when the werewolf agrees to let Franz aid him, Franz escapes and tells three hunters about the werewolf. The hunters bring silver bullets and kill the werewolf, but then reveal they're all vampires - now they want the werewolf's prisoners for themselves.

Title: "The Last Look!"
Story:
Art: Robert Q. Sale
Villains: Dennis De Grigny [wealthy man, dies], ghosts
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Madrid, Spain
Synopsis:De Grigny will do anything for a valuable treasure, including murder the owner. In a curio shop he finds rose-colored glasses which let him see a version of the world which is much lovelier; from the on, he never takes the glasses off. At a party, a guest encourages him to share the glasses and when he takes them off he finds the party is actually in a cemetery and the guests are his dead victims; De Grigny is killed by the vengeful spirits.

Title: "How Deep is Death?"
Story:
Art: Jack Katz
Villains: Hal Burke [diver, dies]
Others: Mrs. Burke [Hal's wife, dies], Lewis [Hal's assistant], Jane Mason [Hal's lover]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Florida Coast
Synopsis: Mrs. Burke has a dream where Hal dies during a dive. She wakes up and Hal kills her to get her money to himself. Hal then dreams of himself diving and dies in his dream, dying in real life at the same time.

Thirty-Two (July, 1954)

"Bennett's Bride"
"The Survivor!"
"Death to the Witch!"

Title: "A Werewolf There Was"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Dr. Andre Lenz [psychiatrist, dies]
Villains: Jan ["werewolf," dies], aliens
Others: Rusak [Jan's father], Langer [townsperson], Carl Lenz [Andre's son, becomes "werewolf," dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Nayef, Hungary
Synopsis: Andre develops a formula to hypnotize werewolves, hoping to explain the weird epidemic of werewolves in Nayef, which the locals blame him for. When Carl becomes a werewolf Andre drugs him and learns they're actually possessed by a drug introduced into the water by invading aliens; Carl dies from the serum and Andre goes to warn the others about the aliens, but they murder Andre; at that moment, the aliens invade.

Title: "Terror Below!"
Story:
Art: Al Eadeh
Villains: Jim Daland [diver], an undersea monster
Others: Tom Evans [diver, dies], Gloria [Tom's girlfriend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s
Synopsis: Jim hates Tom for getting the woman he loves and murders him during a dive, only to be swallowed by a giant sea monster.

Thirty-Three (September, 1954)

Title: "Pain!"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Villains: Ralph Emery [scientist]
Others: Dr. John Marsh [physician, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Ralph invents a pain register which analyzes how much pain living things feel; using the device on trees and flowers, he finds they are able to sense pain, but Dr. Marsh refuses to believe Ralph's evidence; Ralph murders Marsh in anger but nearly escapes from being punished until the sight of cut flowers at Marsh's funeral causes him to break down and confess his crime; Ralph is sent to the electric chair.

Title: "The Part-Time Corpse!"
Story:
Art: Al Eadeh
Heroes: Jan Quilll [dead man who returns to life]
Others: Ellen [Jan's lover, sorceress, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Newgate, USA
Synopsis: A robed figure raises Jan from the dead, but Jan can only return to life on Tuesdays; at first he enjoys this, but after falling in love with Ellen demands the robed figure extend his life; the figure refuses to Jan kills it, only to learn the figure was Ellen; with Ellen dead, Jan returns to being dead.

Title: "The Man Who Vanished"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Abner Grinn [scientist]
Others: Hal [reporter], Kyli [reptillian future person]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; 25th century Earth
Synopsis: Abner is working on his time booth when the completed machine suddenly appears to him; he uses it to try and snap photographs of the future, but the images don't translate to film. At a demonstration, Hal enters the time-booth and winds up 500 years in the future, whereupon the reptillian people of that time destroy the time-booth, having invented it to "fish" for a human.

Title: "The Unexpected!"
Story:
Art: Ogden Whitney
Villains: Clyde Ramsey [psychology student, dies], Bruno [gambling collector]
Others: Helen [Clyde's aunt, dies], Richard Norville [Clyde's roommate, criminologist]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s New York, USA
Synopsis: Clyde owes money to Bruno, but Helen refuses to help her nephew. Clyde dreams up a perfect murder to inherit her money by giving Richard Helen's key and sending him to deliver flowers to her, then phones up Helen to claim he's coming upstairs to strangle her, thinking the fright Helen will feel upon hearing Richard open her door will kill her; however, Helen is so terrified by the noise she falls out her apartment window, lands on Clyde and crushes him to death.

Title: "It Happened 'Neath the Sphinx!"
Story:
Art: Jack Katz
Villains: Albert Darret [killer husband, dies], hired thugs, the Sphinx
Others: Elinor Darret [Albert's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Rome, Italy; Athens, Greece, Marseilles, France; Egypt
Synopsis: Albert decides to kill Elinor during their tour of Europe, but in each attempt his hired men fail. He finally decides to throw Elinor from the Sphinx when they visit Egypt, but the Sphinx comes to life and eats him.

Thirty-Four

"The Man Who Couldn't Come Back"
"Murder That Wasn't"
"Thing in Space"
"Why"
"Ivan the Terrible"

Thirty-Five

Title: "The Itch!"
Story:
Art: Al Hartley
Villains: Mortimer Scrogg [mortician]
Others: An unnamed doctor
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Feature#10
Synopsis: Scroggs, an evil mortician, develops a wicked itch that drives him crazy. A doctor promises him relief and does so-- by grafting two extra arms on to his body.
"You Are Me"
"Friend Or Foe"
"What Happened in Midville"
"Man Who Killed the Devil"

Thirty-Six

Title: "The Eavesdropper!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Tony Neely
Villains: Mrs. Neely [Tom's wife], a hired killer
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Dead of Night#8
Synopsis: Tom overhears two people plotting a murder and decides to follow, thinking he can blackmail them, but it turns out one of them is his wife - they were plotting his death.

Title: "Which Wish, Dish...?
Story:
Art: Jay Scott Pike
Heroes: Mary [greedy woman, becomes Marie Antoinette]
Others: Helen [Mary's friend], Adahn [blind beggar with the power to bestow wishes]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA; 18th century France, French Revolution
Reprinted In: Journey into Mystery#15
Synopsis: Mary wonders why Helen is suddenly gifted with wealth, but Helen won't explain. From spying, Mary learns Helen saved the life of a blind beggar; Mary arranges a fake accident so she can do the same and the beggar promises to grant one wish for her; Mary wishes to be the most powerful and wealthy queen on Earth. The wish is granted and Mary becomes Marie Antoinette - moments before being sent to the guillotinne.
"Hands of the Clock"
"The World Champion"
"The Warning"

Thirty-Seven (May, 1955)

Title: "There Grows a Rose"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: Mr. Mooney [florist]
Others: Mr. Casey [customer], Ryan [policeman], a psychiatrist
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#12
Synopsis: Mooney's roses begin stealing valuables for him; he returns to them the owners, but the owners assume Mooney is a thief and he's finally arrested. When the roses break Mooney out of his cell, he finally has proof of their abilities. A psychiatrist uses hypnosis to remove Mooney's feelings for flowers so they're no longer drawn to him; he allows his flowers to die and sells curios instead.

Title: "Man in the Dark"
Story:
Art: Mort Drucker
Villains: Mr. X [spy]
Others: Ray Anton Korbek, Emmet Marsden [scientists]
Genre: Mystery
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#14
Synopsis: Mr. X tries to steal valuable materials, but exposes himself to radiation, forcing him to surrender himself.

Title: "The Thing That Stalks Skull Valley!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: A giant creature
Others: Sam [Native American]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Skull Valley, USA
Reprinted In: Beware#8
Synopsis: Tourists scoff at Sam's tales of gods living in Skull Valley, but one night they glimpse the foot of an immense being and are stunned into silence.
"Mr. Meek"
"On the Air"

Thirty-Eight (July, 1955)

"The Man Who Listened"

Title: "When Time Stood Still!"
Story:
Art:
Others: Father Time, Jed Carson [farmer], Madge, Evelyn, Mr. Beckett, Jimmy
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Block City; Viona County
Synopsis: Time inexplicably stands still when Father Time stops for a nap in Carson's barn; when Carson wakes him up, clocks resume working.
"To Touch the Stars"
"The Man Who Mailed a Dollar"
"She Saw Tomorrow"

Thirty-Nine

"Twenty-One Footsteps"
"The Man Who Couldn't Die"
"The Fury"
"The Old Man"
"Return to Nowhere"

Forty

"The Impossible Man"
"The Dreadful Decision"
"Homeless Ones"
"A Million Years"
"One Who Was Nowhere"

Forty-One

Title: "One Who Dared"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Junar [child]
Others: Junar's parents
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#9
Synopsis: Mankind lives below ground, but Junar dreams of the surface. Slipping past the guards, he makes it to the surface to discover a paradise. Mankind returns to the surface thanks to Junar's beliefs.
"The Test"
"Man Who Took a Walk"

Title: "I Can Hear You Think!"
Story:
Art: Vic Carrabotta
Heroes: Johnny Downes [telepathic child]
Others: Dr. Wright [psychologist], Professor Grant [nuclear physicist], Mr. and Mrs. Downes [Johnny's parents], Zelda [telepathic child]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Washington DC, USA
Reprinted In: Journey into Mystery#9
Synopsis: The Armed Forces seek a means of combating atomic war; the solution arrives when they discover children like Johnny have telepathic powers and can sense incoming attacks; all of these children were born after the first atomic bomb test.
"They Pass By Night"

Forty-Two (December, 1955)

"Casting Problem"

Title: "The Man in the... Mummy Case"
Story:
Art: Bill Benulis
Villains: Luke Thomas, Chick, Jerry, Anton [gang of criminals]
Others: Ahmed El-Dur [pyramid caretaker], Captain Drew [transport ship captain]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Cairo, Egypt
Synopsis: To escape Egypt, Luke has Ahmed dress him up as a mummy; Captain Drew becomes suspicious about the mummy in his hold, but when he opens the case the bandages are empty; Luke is teleported back to Egypt, where Ahmed waits with the police for him.
"Where on Earth"
"At the Stroke of Midnight"
"One Who Lived"

Forty-Three (January, 1956)

"The Private World"
"It Happened at Night"
"The Man Who Watched"
"Jukebox!"
"In the Dark"

Forty-Four (February, 1956)

Title: "The Test!"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Heroes: Dr. Marshek [scientist]
Others: Hamsters
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#9
Synopsis: Marshek tests hamsters using electro-shocks and food in mazes, only to have a nightmare where the hamsters do the same to him. Awakening, he decides to sell all his hamsters.
"Man From the Saucer!"
"Those in Hiding!"
"The Footprints"
"Defeat!"
"Danger in the Night"

Forty-Five

"Suggestion Box"
"When the Ocean Vanished"
"A Trip to the Moon"
"The Darkness Outside"
"The Angry Pharaoh"

Forty-Six (April, 1956)

"The Mysterious Stranger"
"We Interrupt This Program!"
"The Secret of the Key that Lived!"
"The Man Who Found Himself!"
"The Magic Shoes!"
"For Whom the Sun Shines"

Forty-Seven (May, 1956)

Title: "The Man Who Could do Anything"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Heroes: Unidentified explorer
Others: Sram [alien]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA and Africa
Synopsis: A man meets Sram and in their travels marvels at Sram's incredible physical abilities and knowledge of the planet Mars. It isn't until his cottage is struck by lightning and Sram vanishes the man realizes Sram is from Mars.

Title: "The Magic Mixture!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Raymond Barton [dissatisfied man]
Others: A chemist
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA and Madrid, Spain
Synopsis: Barton meets a strange man who has bottles of magic mixtures which grant a heart's desire. Barton drinks wealth and gains money; unsatisfied, he drinks friendship and gains friends; unsatisfied he drinks travel and sees the world; finally he drinks truth and gives money to the needy, finally discovering satisfaction.

Title: "It Happened at Night"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Heroes: Ralph Doyle [fraternity inductee]
Others: Fraternity members, aliens
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Doyle is absconded with by fraternity members dressed as aliens for an initiation ritual; they seemingly board a ship and visit a civilization on the moon. However, they quickly discover the craft and moon civilization were real. Yeahbutwha--?

Title: "Just One More Chance"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Joan and Jack [young couple]
Others: A gypsy fortune teller
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Setting: 1956 USA; medieval era, far-off future
Synopsis: Joan and Jack don't think they can afford marriage; Joan wishes they lived in the past while Jack always looks to the future. Visiting a fortune teller, a special tea casts them back into the past and Jack is nearly killed by a knight for Joan's hand; then they travel to the future and Joan is almost forced into a computer-arranged marriage. Back in their own time, they decide to marry without delay.

Title: "The One They Left Behind!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Robot 84932
Others: Space explorers
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, Earth and Saturn
Synopsis: Explorers on Saturn discover one of their men is missing. He tries to enjoy his freedom on Saturn, but is driven to despair by loneliness. The men of Earth prepare to retrieve him, even though he's a robot.

Title: "The Eager Stranger"
Story:
Art: Bill Benulis
Heroes: A child [an angel]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A child tries to use his powers to help people but cannot make them truly happy; he returns to Heaven rather than alter people's destinies.

Forty-Eight (June, 1956)

"He Changed at Midnight"
"Across the Threshold"
"The Strange Switch!"
"Out of the Storm"
"The Matter with Harry!"
"The World That Vanished!"

Forty-Nine (July, 1956)

"They're Coming Closer"
"The Pushovers"
"Behind the Mask"
"Torn and Tattered"
"Girl in a Trance"
"Prisoner in Nowhere"

Fifty (August, 1956)

"Man of Mystery!"
"The Thing Called ... X!"
"Creature in Hiding!"
"The Master!"
"When the Door Opens"
"In the Darkness"

Fifty-One (September, 1956)

"Behind the Door"
"Man in the Dark"
"Wings in the Night"
"Think! If You Dare"
"Imperfect Plot"
"No One Will Ever Know"

Fifty-Two (October, 1956)

Title: "The Effigy!"
Story:
Art: Wally Wood
Villains: Vincent Durand [criminal]
Others: Papa Genoux [voodoo practitioner]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Synopsis: Papa Genoux's voodoo cult has helped hide Vincent from the police in the past but are finally compelled to make Vincent surrender himself; Vincent refuses, so Genoux creates an effigy of Vincent which he begins manipulating to force Vincent's capture; Vincent doesn't believe in the effigy's power but steals it with the intent of destroying it; after throwing it off a cliff, he's suddenly compelled to surrender to the police rather than take a chance on the effigy's power being real.
Notes: Climax obviously censored by CCA.

Title: "Iron Face!"
Story:
Art: Bob Powell
Heroes: Private Ian Jago [short US soldier]
Villains: Chinese military
Others: General Colin Ruddy, Colonel Arnell, Colonal Brian Scott [military staff], Sgt. Mike Halliday [Jago's superior]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1985, USA; China
Synopsis: US plans against the Chinese are discovered thanks to the "iron face," a helmet they place over captured officers' heads to draw our their memories of US strategies. Recruiting Jago and dressing him as a colonel, the US allow him to fall into their hands; the plan the Chinese receive from Jago leads them to defeat, whereupon they learn Jago had been wearing a plastic head over his own body and within the false head was a recording of the false plans.

Title: "The Secret of the Iron Needle!"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Heroes: Mason, Court, Fuller [explorers]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: An alien world, distant future
Synopsis: Explorers find a populated world with no sign of advanced life except a giant needle; they soon learn the 'needle' is really a massive wind-up key and fear what giant is responsible for 'winding up' this planet.

Title: "The Last Laugh!"
Story:
Art: Pete Morisi
Villains: Burton [ruthless businessman]
Others: Crane [Burton's former colleague]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA; medieval England
Synopsis: People compare Burton to a robber baron; he wills himself to time travel so he can become precisely that, but instead the people of the past assign him the role of court jester.

Title: "They Wait in the Caves!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Nolan [pearl diver]
Villains: John Panyard [thief]
Others: An unnamed island tribe
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Singapore; unnamed island
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#10
Synopsis: Panyard tries to kill Nolan to steal the pearls they found, but years later, Nolan turns up alive and much more wealthy than Panyard. He tells him about an island of friendly natives who gave him all the pearls he wanted. Panyard goes there and starts collecting pearls, but the natives destroy Panyard's boat, having been told to do so by Nolan.

Title: "The Land of Missing Persons"
Story:
Art: Carmine Infantino
Heroes: Jay Bourke [private detective]
Villains: Roland Cavell [master of hidden city], his robot servants
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Bourke investigates disappearing planes and finds they're being taken by Cavell to help him fashion his own sophisticated hidden city; Bourke destroys the city, liberating Cavell's prisoners.

Fifty-Three (November, 1956)

"Inside the Locked Trunk!"
"I Entered the Forbidden Lagoon!"
"The Threat!"
"The Man Who Wasn't!"
"He Walks in the Night!"
"The City That Sank!"

Fifty-Four

"The Thing"
"The Four Sam Smiths"
"Tyrant"
"The Face in the Air"
"Out of the Swamp"

Title: "Who Steals My Brain"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Heroes: Brad Forest [scientist]
Villains: Mr. Octi [alien from Orion II]
Others: Mary Forest [Brad's wife], Mrs. Tanley [Brad's mother-in-law], Brad's son
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Octi takes control of Brad's mind and plans to bring him back to Orion II. However, as he monitors Brad's life he sees the violent games children play, the meat humans consume and the violence on television. He decides Earth is too barbaric, releases his hold over Brad then leaves Earth.

Fifty-Five

"What Happened to Alice Prim"
"Out of the Fog"
"The Man Everybody Feared"
"The Folks Who Faded Away"
"Empty Cell"
"Whirlpool"

Fifty-Six

Title: "While the City Slumbers!"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Dan Smith
Villains: Mole men [underground dwellers]
Others: Ted Smith [Dan's son]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: April 18, 1906, San Francisco
Reprinted In: Dead of Night #3
Synopsis: Dan tells his son's friends about how in 1906, he learnt the mole men planned to invade San Francisco, using him as their spy; Dan drove them off, but their tunnels caused the 1906 earthquake.
"Man Who Went Too Far"
"Revenge of Kah Ming"
"Locked in the Silent Room"
"The Thing Behind the Wall"
"The Fish Man"

Fifty-Seven

Title: "The Strange Prison!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Tad Branton [skin diver]
Others: Pisca [underwater princess], underwater king
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s underwater city near Fiji
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#37
Synopsis: During a dive, Pisca saves Tad's life and enables him to breathe underwater; she shows him a chest containing her people's greatest treasure and he decides to agree to marry her so he can get close enough to steal it; however, reaching the surface Tad finds he can't breathe air any longer; Tad is recaptured and imprisoned by the king, who reveals their treasure was nothing more than seashells.
"The Room of Shadows"

Title: "The Midnight Visitor!"
Story:
Art: Mac Pakula
Heroes: Leon Aymler [author]
Villains: Allen Jasper [fictional character]
Others: FBI agents
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#20
Synopsis: Aymler is visited by Jasper, a villain he created in his books. Aymler writes a sequel as a last request and arranges for the FBI to appear and arrest Jasper before he can kill Aymler.
"Trapped in the Ant Hill"
"You Can't Hide From the Eye"
"He'd Rather Die Than Tell"

Fifty-Eight (April, 1957)

Title: "Dinosaur"
Story:
Art: Bernie Krigstein
Others: Jonathan, Osbourne, Parker and James [explorers]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: South America
Reprinted In: B. Krigstein Comics; Message in a Bottle
Synopsis: After discovering a dinosaur egg, Osbourne, desperate to return home, tricks the others into thinking dinosaurs still exist; it works all too well and they abandon him. Then he finds the egg has hatched...
"The Day the World Ended"
"Those Who Vanish"
"The Straw Man"
"The Swami Strikes Back"
"Maha the Demon"

Fifty-Nine (May, 1957)

Title: "Stormy Night!"
Story:
Art: Sam Kweskin
Heroes: A radio operator
Villains: Aliens
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s
Reprinted In: Beware#7
Synopsis: As a hurricane bears down on a ship at sea, aliens freeze everyone on the ship except the radio operator so he can record an account of how mighty they are. The radio man stalls for time until the hurricane catches the aliens' ship and pulls it below the ocean, saving Earth from the invasion.
Notes: Reprinted as "The Storm Walkers!"
"What Happened to Hassen"
"Fatal Words"
"Jigsaw"
"Something Waits on the Mountain"
"The Sleepwalker"

Sixty

"Mystery of the Tatooed Man"
"You Only Live Twice"
"Nothing Can Save Us"
"Children's Hour"
"Changing Man"

Title: "What Happened to Doctor Dorrm"
Story:
Art: Sid Check
Villains: Dr. Dorrm and other underwater soldiers [all die]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Africa
Synopsis: Dorrm leads his people in tanks from a lake over the surface to the seas so they can conquer it; however, they discover too late they can't survive in sea water and die.

Sixty-One

"The Thirteenth Floor"

Title: "Too Dangerous to Live"
Story:
Art: Carl Burgos
Heroes: Dr. Rajec [genius scientist]
Villains: Colonel Donev [Soviet official], Soviet soldiers
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USSR
Synopsis: Rajec is upset when his research is used to create a bomb but suffers a memory loss and has none of his notes written down. Donev allows Rajec to slowly remember his equations and Rajec rebuilds his experiment, but instead of a bomb builds an air purifier.
"Strange Sea"
"Mr. Backwards"
"Someday it Will Open"
"Face in the Mirror"


MYSTICAL TALES

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

One

"Just Say the Magic Words"
"Anyone Want a Jinni?"
"On a Lonely Planet"
"The Endless Search"
"The Man Who Saw Too Much"
"Nomad of Outer Space"

Two

"What Lurks Out There"
"The Black Blob"
"The Lizard!"
"Footprints in the Snow"
"No way Out"
"Behind the Veil"

Three

"Morton's Machine"
"Someone Behind Me"
"Four Doors To...?"
"Bedtime Story"
"Someone Stopped the Bus"
"Trapped in the Phantom Lighthouse"

Four

"When the Phantoms Speak"
"The Condemned Man"
"Invaders of Earth"
"He's Still Following"
"Fade-Out"
"The Other Me"

Five

"Meeting at Midnight"
"All of a Sudden, He's Gone"
"Stone Figure"
"Those Whom Time Forgot"
"Warning of Doom"

Title: "The Taboo!"
Story:
Art: Al Williamson
Heroes: Rex Ross [treasure hunter]
Others: Bororo Indians
Genre: Crime
Setting: South America
Synopsis: Ross sees the Bororo bringing treasures to a temple so he disguises himself as a native and sneaks inside, only to be sealed up with the treasures. Although he stays alive for a year in the darkness, when he finally escapes with the treasure he discovers it's only hand-crafted articles.

Six (April, 1957)

Title: "He Hides in the Tower"
Story:
Art: Bernie Krigstein
Villains: Tony Lund [thief], Arnold Dorwin [ghost]
Others: Madge [servant at Dorwin Manor]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Dorwin Manor, England
Synopsis: Lund wants the gold hidden in Dorwin Manor, so he romances Madge, but Arnold Dorwin's ghost still haunts the manor and in trying to escape it, he is locked inside the tower-- and Madge, angry for his duplicity, leaves him alone with the ghost.
"The Iron Trap"

Title: "The Forbidden Room"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Helen [old spinster]
Others: Tom [Helen's fiance]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#11
Synopsis: Helen finds herself in a house with a room which Tom doesn't want her to open; when she opens it, she finds Tom inside; a psychiatrist explains this was all a dream about her uncertainty in marrying Tom.
"The Sinking Man!"
"In the Dark Attic"
"The Clock Strikes Thirteen"

Seven (June, 1957)

Title: "Hide and Shriek"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: George Karus [joker]
Others: Joe Ricardo [stuntman hired by Karus to dress up as gorilla], Khala [voodoo head man]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Journey Into Mystery#12
Synopsis: Karus plays unfunny jokes on others to demean them and has guests at his party go on a scavenger hunt; he is then confronted by Khala, who promises a terrible fate for him unless he finds his guests before midnight. Karus fails because Khala hides them and he is spirited away.

Title: "The Man Who Can't Be Stopped"
Story:
Art: Joe Orlando
Heroes: Moore [Thornton's aide]
Villains: Thornton [inventor]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Monster of Frankenstein#8
Synopsis: Thornton creates a device to read the minds of every being on Earth, but receiving so much data leaves him in a permanent coma.

Title: "The Secret of the Haunted Picture"
Story:
Art: Angelo Torres
Heroes: Nelson Arne [artist]
Villains: A shadowy figure [the Devil?]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Beware#7
Synopsis: Nelson is upset at his failures in painting, but a shadowy man offers him success in return for turning over his life after a year. Nelson agrees and receives a window which magnifies the beauty of the outside world, allowing Nelson to paint successful pictures. After a year, the man returns for Nelson's life and Nelson tries to get away, eventually travelling through the window. Nelson winds up inside one of his own paintings.
"The Living Shadows!"
"It Happened in the Attic"
"Too Smart To Live"

Eight

"Stone Walls Can't Stop Him"
"The Dream People"
"The Lair of the Thunder Lizard"
"The Sleeping Man"
"Island of No Return"
"Try-Out"

SILVER SURFER

2 3 4 5 6 7 Silver Surfer vs. Dracula

Two

"The Coming of the Krills!" adapted from Amazing Adult Fantasy#8

Three (December, 1968)

"Why Won't They Believe Me?" adapted from Amazing Adult Fantasy#7

Four

"The Terror of Tim Boo Ba" adapted from Amazing Adult Fantasy#9

Five

"Run, Roco, Run" adapted from Tales to Astonish#26

Six (June, 1969)

"The Unsuspecting" adapted from Amazing Adult Fantasy#13

Seven (August, 1969)

"I, the Gargoyle" adapted from Amazing Adult Fantasy#12

Silver Surfer Vs. Dracula

"Box of Doom" from Venus#19

SPELLBOUND

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34

One

"Step into My Coffin"
"Stuffed Shirt"

Title: "The Eye That Never Closed!"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Villains: Ralph Trellis [haunted murderer]
Others: John Trellis [Ralph's rich uncle, dies], Mr. Howell [John's lawyer]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Ralph poisons his uncle to death but his uncle's eye still seems to stare at him; thereafter he thinks he sees the eye all over the house and confesses to his uncle's murder, only to learn his uncle had a glass eye and kept several replacements around the home.
Notes: Rip-off of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart."
"Man With Two Faces"
"Horror of Crag Island"

Two

"What's Wrong With Charlie Brown?"
"The End"
"The Last Tattoo"
"Horror Story"

Three (May, 1952)

Title: "The Thing Behind the Wall"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Nana [governess, dies]
Others: Johnny Niles [sheltered boy], Mrs. Niles [Johnny's mother, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: December 11, 1941, USA; 1945, USA
Synopsis: Mrs. Niles fears the coming World War and promises her fortune to Nana if she protects Johnny; Nana does so by feeding Johnny only vegetables to save money and then seals him up inside a wall. After the war ends, Nana goes back to where he sealed Johnny up so she can gloat, but Johnny tears open the wall, having become a monster from his incarceration. Desperate for meat, Johnny pounces on Nana and eats her.

Title: "The Worm"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Fred Kida
Villains: Casper [weakling, dies], Violet [Hugo's wife, dies]
Others: Hugo [Casper's millionaire brother, dies], Joe [policeman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Casper wishes Hugo were dead, but lacks the nerve to kill him; Violet goads Casper on, calling him a worm; Casper fantasizes transforming into a giant worm to menace Hugo & Violet. Finally, Casper draws up the strength to poison Hugo's rum; Hugo dies, but Violet betrays Casper and calls the police on him; Casper kills Violet but is grazed by a bullet; the police try to revive Casper with the rum, killing him; Casper is buried and consumed by worms.

Title: "The Flat Man"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art:
Villains: A criminal [dies]
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A criminal takes a pill which will make him "flat" for six hours until he takes an antidote pill at midnight. Rendered flat, he kills a guard and breaks into a bank vault, taking valuables away with him. With only 15 minutes left, the criminal takes the antidote but can't swallow it with his flattened throat and chokes to death.

Title: "Crazy Glass"
Story:
Art: Manny Stallman
Heroes: A carnival owner
Others: Skinny [carnival barker]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A carnival owner obtains new glass for his hall of mirrors, but the images transform him until he becomes the distorted creature in the reflection.

Title: "X"
Story:
Art: Cal Massey
Villains: Igor Cassel [businessman, dies]
Others: Jamison [Cassel's partner, dies], Hargrove [Cassel's partner dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Igor tricks Jamison and Hargrove into sending letters signed "X" to each other to compel them into committing suicide. However, Cassel receives an "X" letter himself and leaps to his death.

Four

"Knave of Diamonds"
"Mad Dog"
"Horrible House"

Title: "One-Way Ticket"
Story:
Art: Russ Heath
Villains: Harry Tremaine [murderous husband, dies]
Others: Martha Tremaine [Harry's doddering wife, dies], Bill [Harry's neighbor], John [train porter]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Harry resents how Martha always dotes on him, leaving him milk every night. He kills Martha and leaves on a train but when he finds a glass of milk left in his compartment by the porter he thinks Martha has returned from the dead and leaps off the train to his death.
"Man Who Loved To Kill"

Five (July, 1952)

Title: "In the Bag!"
Story:
Art: Jim Mooney
Villains: Claire [scheming wife]
Others: Jules [Claire's husband, public executioner], George [Jules' brother, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Paris, France
Synopsis: Claire married Jules for his money but she wonders where he goes every night, carrying a bag. With George making constant advances toward her, Claire convinces George to help her get the key to Jules' safe so she can open the bag. The plan works and Claire kills George, but Jules catches her in the act. It turns out Jules is the public executioner of Paris and now Claire must die at his hands.

Title: "Blackout at Midnight!"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Villains: Michael [occult researcher, monster]
Others: Stella Mason [Michael's fiancee, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: While researching the occult, Michael begins having blackouts, sometimes awakening to find himself in cemeteries or morgues. During one blackout, he kills Stella, but on seeing his reflection discovers he's transformed into a monster; Michael prepares to commit suicide to punish himself.

Title: "I Have to Kill!"
Story:
Art: Hy Rosen
Heroes: A man
Villains: Cattle
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A man has nightmares where he slaughters cattle; in other nightmares, he's a cow being slaughtered. Waking up, he finds himself surrounded by cattle who are apparently killing humans.

Title: "He Waved to Me"
Story:
Art: Jack Keller
Villains: Andre Masson [wealthy man, gambler]
Others: Clara [mentally ill woman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s
Synopsis: Andre keeps placing bets aboard his ship by cheating using insider knowledge. To win a bet on the boat's speed he throws himself overboard to slow the boat down, but the only witness, Clara, is a mental patient and can't convince anyone that he jumped out.
Notes: Rip-off of Roald Dahl's short story "Dip in the Pool."

Title: "Room of Shadows"
Story:
Art: Mike Sekowsky
Villains: Rita [fanciful woman]
Others: John [Rita's husband, dies]; Richy [Rita's lover]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Rita keeps having dreams of a "room of shadows" where she feels safe. She and Richy kill John but are found out; running from the police, Rita ducks into what she thinks is her "room of shadows," but it's the funeral home where John's body lies.

Six

"The Man Who Couldn't Be Killed"
"Close Your Eyes"
"Dirty Dog"
"Things in the Dark"

Seven

"The Last Body"
"The Vampire's Bride"
"The Dope Eloped!"

Title: "Don't Close the Door!"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Villains: Henri Arnaud [journalist, thief], Count de Valois [French castle keeper]
Others: Louis-Pierre [pool player], Renee Fouchette ["Silent Death," pool player]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s France
Synopsis: Henri seeks out Count de Valois' castle to steal his fortune but finds the vaults in which it is kept are full of doors and he can't find the right doors to escape.
"The Crank!"

Eight

"The Last Mile"
"The Operation"
"The Man Who Hated Children"
"Zzzp"
"Shock Treatment"

Nine (November, 1952)

Title: "The Vampire and the Lady!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Russ Heath
Villains: A vampire [dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A vampire needs to drink blood before sunrise and finally settles on a female victim, only to find she's a mannequin.

Title: "The Morgue!"
Story:
Art: Mike Sekowsky
Heroes: Henry Thompson [old man]
Others: Martha Thompson [Henry's wife, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Henry installs a telephone and tries to call his wife but keeps getting the city morgue. He finds out Martha was hit by a car and died and waits for him at the morgue.

Title: "The Death of Agatha Spurl!"
Story:
Art: Ed Goldfarb, Bob Baer
Heroes: Joe [a dog]
Villains: Agatha Spurl [cruel owner, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Agatha is cruel to Joe so Joe arranges her death.

Title: "The Millionaire!"
Story:
Art: George Roussos
Heroes: Spencer Van Lucre [millionaire]
Others: Cogwheel Collins [engineer] Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Spencer builds an unbreakable vault and seals up his fortune, but forgets the key inside.

Title: "At Your Service!"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Villains: A maid [zombie]
Others: Mrs. Cotsworth [wealthy woman, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Mrs. Cotsworth hires a new maid who seems perfect, but the maid is a zombie and when Mrs. Cotsworth idly wishes she were dead, the maid complies.

Ten (December, 1952)

Title: "The Living Mummy"
Story:
Art: Manny Stallman
Villains: A thief, Tut Al-Amaan [mummified Egyptian]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A thief steals Tut Al-Amaan from a museum and asks to learn the secret of mummifying; Tut agrees and turns the thief into a mummy, leaving him in his place at the exhibit.
Notes: Ending appears censored - artist like meant for the thief to be strangled to death.
"Where There's Smoke"
"When Grugg Goes to Sleep"
"Don't Turn Your Back"
"How Many Times Can You Die???"

Eleven

"The Empty Coffin"

Title: "The Madman"
Story: Stan Lee
Art:
Heroes: John Jones [dead man]
Others: Thelma [passerby], policemen
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: After checking into a flophouse, Jones becomes restless and races out into the night, finally remembering where he belongs - in a grave; he returns to the cemetery.
"Never Trust a Woman"

Title: "The Hypnotist!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Bill Benulis
Villains: Francois [stage hypnotist, dies]
Others: Yvette Dubrey [Francois' assistant, dies], Pierre [Francois' manager], a blind executioner
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Synopsis: Francois' hypnosis is so great he can cause people to kill themselves and command entire armies. He finally decides to turn himself over to the police so he can dramatically hypnotize his way out of the execution, but the state executioner is blind so he completes the chore.
"Watch the Birdie"

Twelve

Title: "My Friend the Ghost"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Villains: Kenneth Reese [rejected stepson, dies, becomes ghost], Dr. Brock [Reese family physician, dies]
Others: Lawrence Reese, Duncan Reese [Kenneth's stepbrothers, both die], Augustus Reese [Kenneth's stepfather, hypochondriac millionaire, dies], Jim [Reese family servant]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#5
Synopsis: As Kenneth is driven from the Reese family, he vows to return, even if it's as a ghost. On his way home, Kenneth hits a tree with his car and Dr. Brock pronounces him dead. Soon after, Kenneth's ghost assaults the Reese family until all three are dead. Afterward, Kenneth visits Dr. Brock to gloat about how they faked his death, but Brock reveals Kenneth really did die in the wreck; Kenneth angrily turns on Brock and Brock falls out a window to his death.

Title: "On the Spot!"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Villains: Lee King [theatrical actor, dies]
Others: Lorna [Lee's co-star], Danny [spotlight operator, dies], Jake [stagehand], Hartman [Lee's attorney], Herman [prison guard]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#5
Synopsis: Lee detests how Danny places the spotlight on Lorna instead of him; he angrily confronts and kills Danny in the heat of the moment. Lee is sentenced to death, but escapes his cell by disguising himself as his lawyer, Hartman. However, the guards soon realize what's happened and a spotlight catches Lee, enabling them to shoot Lee dead; the spotlight was operated by Danny's ghost.

Title: "What Happened to Mister Snively?"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Russ Heath
Heroes: Mr. Snively [butcher, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1983 USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#5
Synopsis: Snively secretly hoards food in his bomb shelter; when his city his bombed he hides in the shelter but ultimately dies of hunger - he forgot a can opener.

Title: "The Diet of Donald Moore"
Story:
Art: Sam Kweskin
Heroes: Donald Moore [dieting man]
Others: Martha Moore [Donald's wife]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#5
Synopsis: Donald keep trying new diets to become healthier and investigates chlorophyll, developing a homemade extract. Donald becomes healthier from drinking the formula, but also turns green and begins growing branches.
"The Gas Man"

Thirteen

Title: "A Sight For Sore Eyes"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Unnamed robber
Others: Scientists [die]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s New York
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Man-Thing#5
Synopsis: A robber is constantly ruining his own plans by his clumsiness, which he blames on his poor eyesight. When he hears about scientists who have developed an eyesight restorer, he breaks in and uses it, but it isn't a chemical for humans-- it's for bats and it makes him bat-like.

Title: "The Death of a Puppet!"
Story:
Art: Jim Mooney
Heroes: Zorasto [puppeteer, dies]
Villains: A puppet, puppeteer [hands seen]
Others: Clyde [Zorasto's agent]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#10
Synopsis: Zorasto performs puppet plays in which one puppet kills another; he becomes distressed when murders occur that mirror his plays, so he changes the scene of the crime and weapon used, only to find he is the next victim and his killer, a puppet-- controlled by monstrous hands which manipulate Zorasto as well.

Title: "Let's Face It"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Roger Brent [washed-up film star]
Others: Cora [Roger's girlfriend], unnamed scientist
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#10
Synopsis: Brent is unable to come to terms with aging and searches out a recluse in a swamp who is developing a pill to take 20 years off a man. Despite warnings it was only half finished, he takes it-- and only half his face becomes younger.

Title: "The Pitchman!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art:
Heroes: An unnamed pitchman
Others: Herman Hunkle [simple-minded man from Twin Falls]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s New York
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#10
Synopsis: Hunkle proves to be an easy patsy for the pitchman's techniques and he swindles Hunkle successfully several times, finally deciding to go for broke and sell him the Brooklyn Bridge. Hunkle buys the Bridge for $12.45, but the pitchman's laughs are cut short when Hunkle re-names the bridge "Hunkle Bridge" and sets up a toll booth.

Title: "The Dead Men"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: John Romita
Villains: Harry Snide [crooked politician], Shifty, Gas-Pipe [small-time crooks], Graveyard Society [ghouls including Sam Jones and Joe Dugan]
Others: Sadie [Harry's lover], Lewis Johnson [Reform Party candidate], Irwin [ballot tallier]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Dracula Lives#2
Synopsis: Snide collects the names of dead people and hires crooks to vote multiple times for him using their names. Harry is elected and then turns on the people who helped him. Receiving an invitation from the Graveyard Society, Harry winds up back at the cemetery where the dead men whose names he used rise up and drag him into a grave to join their club.
Notes: Retitled "One Corpse, One Vote" in reprint.

Fourteen

Title: "The Revolt of Wilbur Bixby!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Wilbur Bixby [hen-pecked husband]
Others: Grigelda Bixby [Wilbur's shrewish wife]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Louvre, Paris, France; Mt. Pelion, Greece; Parthenon, Athens, Greece
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#34
Synopsis: Wilbur wishes he could be rid of Grigelda; as they vacation in Greece, he discovers legends about an enchanted spring which turns men into centaurs; Wilbur drinks the water, transforms into a centaur and leaves Grigelda.

Title: "The Heat's On"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Russ Heath
Villains: Rock Zucco [brutal coal-stoker, dies]
Others: Gertie Zucco [Rock's wife], Demon woman [the Devil?]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#13
Synopsis: Zucco drives his men hard at work to keep their ship's fires stoked, even killing one of his workers. Returning home, he sees a beautiful woman across the street and decides to throw his wife out the window so he can have her; instead, he falls out the window and finds himself in Hell, where the beautiful woman forces him to keep Hell's fires burning.

Title: "Love Story"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Joe Maneely
Villains: A hunter [dies], a doctor [dies], the hunter's wife
Others: Mrumbi [African chief], Brolu [African guide], a witch doctor
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Kenya, Africa
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#12
Synopsis: A hunter and wife hate each other; after the hunter is wounded, a new doctor begins treating him; the wife falls in love with the doctor and they plot to kill the hunter. Although the plot succeeds, the hunter arranges for the locals to murder the doctor and see his wife marries the local witch doctor instead.
"The Saddest Story Ever Told!"

Title: "Close Shave!"
Story:
Art: Fred Kida
Villains: Crawfish Cobbs [meek man]
Others: Matilda Cobbs [Crawfish's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#12
Synopsis: Crawfish marries Matilda, but she immediately begins enforcing her will on him and belittling him. Finally when she complains about his shave, he shaves his own face off and then prepares to use the razor on Matilda.

Fifteen (June, 1953)

Title: "The Living Dead"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Carmine Infantino
Villains: Horace Norman [zombie, president of Horror Story Fans of America]
Others: Members of Horror Story Fans of America
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: At a meeting of the Horror Story Fans of America, some argue horror stories are failing because none of the monsters they write about are real. Norman claims otherwise and proves it by revealing himself to be a zombie.

Title: "Give Him Enough Rope!"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Villains: A jewel thief
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s India
Synopsis: A thief steals a ruby from an Indian museum and tries to hide by climbing up the rope of an Indian rope trick; he winds up imprisoned within the jewel on the turban of the rope's controller.

Title: "Lover Beware"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Villains: Angela Morse [beautiful woman], Noki [Indian demon fish]
Others: Chester Carleton [Angela's uncle], Dwight Morse [Angela's elderly husband], Joe [passerby]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Angela wishes she could be rid of Dwight; Chester shows her Noki, a fish reputed to become a demon when it sees people making love. As Chester and Angela begin to make out, the Noki becomes humanoid and Chester is injured. Angela decides to bring the fish to Dwight and romance him so the Noki will kill Dwight, but it turns out the Noki's intended target was Angela - it's female and always targets other females it views as rivals.
"The Miracle"

Title: "The Miracle!"
Story:
Art: Chuck Winter
Heroes: Akad [merchant]
Villains: Tu-Fang [land grabber], Krako [witch doctor, dies]
Others: Chu [laborer]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Pontong, Asia
Synopsis: Tu-Fang wants Akad's land and hires Krako to get rid of him; Krako conjures Akad's home into the air with a magic tornado, but Akad returns it to its place - he's evidently magical.

Title: "Get Out of My Graveyard!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Jim Reeves [cemetery guard]
Villains: George Matson [monster]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s
Synopsis: Reeves keeps finding Matson in his graveyard and accuses him of being a grave robber but Matson denies this. Finally he demands an answer and learns Matson lives there - he emerges to feed. Matson is a monster and he begins to transform so he can feed on Reeves.

Sixteen

Title: "When You Believe"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Billy [imaginative boy]
Villains: Big Jim Emmet [gunman, dies]
Others: Alexander, Clara [Billy's parents]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: December 25; 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#3
Synopsis: Billy pretends his "space-gun" really works; when Big Jim threatens Alexander and Clara, Billy comes to the rescue and disintegrates Big Jim with the gun; Alexander throws the gun into a lake.

Title: "Only a Rose!"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Villains: Helen Barrows [jealous wife, dies]
Others: Chester Barrows [Helen's husband]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Dead of Night #3
Synopsis: Helen sees her husband giving another woman flowers and candy, so she sends the woman poisoned candy; her husband doesn't react; she continues in this process, delivering poisoned candy to every woman she sees him with; finally she learns he's a flower delivery man, trying to earn extra money for her; unfortunately, he brings home some of the poisoned candy she had sent and she is killed by her own poison.

Title: "Behind the Door"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Heroes: Cyrus Clapper [old man, inventor, dies]
Villains: Death
Others: Wanda Clapper [Cyrus' niece, dies], Dr. Benton, Dr. Croft [physicianz], Watson [Cyrus' butler]
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Beware#1
Synopsis: Cyrus creates an Atom Beam which lets him see all things, even Death itself coming for him; using the beam, Cyrus sees Death when it's coming and seals it within a vault. However, when Wanda is horribly mangled in a car accident but unable to die, Cyrus realizes he loves her more than life; Cyrus sets Death free so he and Wanda can both die.

Title: "Too Human to Live!"
Story:
Art: Vic Carrabotta, Jack Abel
Heroes: Sam Brinker [human-looking robot factory worker, destroyed]
Others: Mary Jones [woman], Mr. Steele [robot factory manager]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, USA
Reprinted In: Beware#1
Synopsis: Sam resents the robots he works with and wants to live like a normal human; the robots at the plant refuse to let him leave and he finally falls to his death; Sam was a robot himself, just designed to look human, but Sam believed he was human.

Title: "A Very Grave Matter"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Russ Heath
Villains: Fenwick and Crockett Doone [brothers, both die]
Others: Jergens [shop owner]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s England
Synopsis: As policemen, Fenwick and Crockett abuse their powers until they're finally fired by the department. They take a job guarding a cemetery to prevent grave robberies. One night, Fenwick shoots and kills what he thinks is a grave robber. He puzzles over why Crockett is missing after the robber is killed, until one night Crockett returns, now a ghoul; Crockett explains the "robber" was trying to help him out of an open grave and when Fenwick killed the "robber," Crockett was left to die. Crockett throttles Fenwick to death.

Seventeen

"Goodbye Forever!"
"The White Bones!"

Title: "Fenton's Face!"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Villains: Fenton Feeney [would-be actor]
Others: Mr. Hutchins [acting instructor, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Hollywood, California, USA
Synopsis: Fenton wants his face to become well-known and trains as an actor but when Hutchins tells him he won't make it he kills Hutchins; Fenton's face is soon seen everywhere on wanted posters.
"The World Is Ours!"

Title: "Suppressed Desire"
Story:
Art: Bernie Krigstein
Heroes: Genevieve Browne [woman seeking couseling, dies]
Villains: Herbert Browne [monster in human form, Genevieve's wife]
Others: Dr. Hargreaves [psychoanalyst]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Genevieve asks Herbert to seeking counseling from Hargreaves, but Hargreaves accidentally unleashes the true person within Herbert - a monster who kills Genevieve.

Eighteen

"When the Martians Strike"
"The City"

Title: "Sleep, My Love!"
Story:
Art: Jim Mooney
Heroes: Ralph Durkin
Villains: Mrs. Durkin [witch, dies]
Others: Mr. Smollet [Ralph's boss], an Eskimo
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; Arctic
Synopsis: Ralph awakens one night to find his wife is a witch; he kills her, but she vows to return at night. Ralph switches to working evenings so he won't be asleep when she returns, but becomes weary as his wife's voice urges him to sleep. He takes a job shoveling coal on a ship bound for the Arctic to keep awake at night. When the ship sinks, an Eskimo saves Ralph but reveals in this part of the world, night lasts for six months.

Title: "Terror in Time"
Story:
Art: Al Eadeh
Villains: Gonar [would-be mystic, dies]
Others: Sir William Phips [governor of Massachusetts]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s; 1692 Salem, Massachusetts
Synopsis: Gonar performs ceremonies to obtain power from Satan and is transported back in time over 250 years. He uses his knowledge of the future to impress the locals, but too late he realizes he is in Salem, 1692; he is strung up and killed as the first victim of the Salem Witch Trials.

Title: "The Weaker Sex!"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Heroes: Michael Benson [hen-pecked husband]
Villains: Clara Benson [Mike's wife], Miss Wright [businesswoman], Helen and Edna [surgeons]
Others: Alice Benson [Mike's daughter], J.G. Wilson [Mike's boss]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Mike has to do the housework and care for his daughter because his wife is always out at political gatherings. After a woman takes his job away, he get angry at his wife and injures himself, leaving himself paralyzed. He suddenly realizes women are gradually outnumbering, outliving and replacing men. He warns his doctor about their plot, only to find the doctor is a woman; the female surgeons prepare to silence him permanently...

Nineteen

"Who's Knocking At My Door?"

Title: "Peek-a-Boo!"
Story:
Art: Bob Powell
Villains: Martians, Josef Stalin [dies], Communist spies and soldiers [all die]
Others: Crafton [astronaut, dies], Professor Brant, Dodd [astronauts]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1973, Mars; USA; Europe
Synopsis: Astronauts returning from Mars bring an unusual sample which they study carefully; a communist spy steals the material and brings it to Stalin, but the material is a disintegrative germ which destroys all the communist leaders.
"The Firing Squad"
"Off His Rocker!"

Title: "Witch Doctor"
Story:
Art: Tony DiPreta
Heroes: Emerson Hollis [wealthy man, dies]
Villains: Ma-Kwo-Ti [witch doctor]
Others: Ambler [perpetually young man]
Genre: Horror
Setting: A South Seas island
Synopsis: Hollis goes looking for paradise and on an island meets Ambler, who has been there since 1901 and looks 30 when he's really 90. He tells how the local witch doctor gave him a special treatment and Hollis asks for the same thing. However, the witch doctor's treatment is to drain blood from other people to keep himself and Ambler young; Hollis becomes the latest victim.

Twenty

"The Last Man"
"The Mongrel"
"The Things!"
"He Waits In the Dark"
"The Man With the Bomb!"

Twenty-One

"The Face of Death"
"The Night Caller"
"Too Bad, Ben"

Title: "Men From the Morgue"
Story:
Art: Bob Bean, Les Zakarin
Heroes: Charlie Blaine [husband]
Villains: Two ghoulish morticians
Others: Helen Blaine [Charlie's wife], Charlie and Helen's son
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Two morticians come to claim Charlie, declaring he was killed with an axe wielded by Helen. They finally realize their mistake - they came one day too soon. They depart, leaving Charlie and Helen to wonder if the prediction will come true.

Title: "Listen, Slave"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Villains: The Brain [Dr. Paul Kraus, mental powers, dies]
Others: Casey [policeman]
Genre: Science Fiction, Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Kraus lectures on how smarter men will take over the world; he consumes a formula regularly, making his brain more powerful and larger even as his body shrinks. Finally, he goes to address the world on television, planning to put everyone under his control at once, but suddenly transforms into a giant brain. The defenceless Kraus is beaten to death by the television host.

Twenty-Two

Title: "Worse Than Death!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Georges Ferdu [miserly landlord], Jacques [Ferdu's aide, dies]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1950s Paris, France
Reprinted In: Dead of Night#4
Synopsis: Ferdu squeezes his tenants for money and even causes a fire which kills 100 people to collect on insurance; however, the surviving husband of one of the victims invades Ferdu's office and throws his money out the window; Ferdu becomes a street person, peering into trashcans to find his lost money.

Title: "The Wedding Present"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Harry [ugly man]
Villains: A voodoo witch doctor
Others: Lila [singer], Dan Royal [Lila's lover]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Haiti
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Dracula#3
Synopsis: Harry is despondent Lila doesn't love him and turns to a voodoo doctor. He makes him a potion to make Lila love him, but Harry refuses to pay and knocks the doctor out. Lila does indeed fall in love with Harry and they are together for all eternity-- as plastic figures on a wedding cake.

Title: "The Mark of the Vampire!"
Story:
Art: Mac Pakula
Heroes: Frank Hagstrom
Villains: Rudolph Hagstrom [Frank's brother, vampire, dies]
Others: Helen Hagstrom [Frank's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Dracula#3; Dracula Lives#6
Synopsis: Frank realizes his brother is a vampire and that he must be destroyed. He stakes him through the heart, but as he dies, Rudolph makes Frank a vampire as well.

Title: "The Thing in the Mud!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: A beautiful woman
Others: A mud-dwlling creature
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#3
Synopsis: A woman is helped out of a muddy pit by a creature; it tells her how it came from below the surface but can't find its way home; she takes the creature home and it begins bringing her presents; eventually, police come to arrest it as the "presents" were stolen. In that moment, the woman realizes she's in love with the creature.

Title: "13 Years!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: A motorist
Villains: Two thieves
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1941-1954, New York, USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#30
Synopsis: A motorist is jumped by two crooks with a bag of jewels; he manages to shake both criminals loose and keeps the jewels for himself. For 13 years the man hides the jewels before bringing them to a dealer, but the dealer identifies them as fakes. Tormented at having wasted 13 years of his life, he uses the money from selling the fake jewels to buy a gun so he can commit suicide.

Twenty-Three

"First Prize"

Title: "The Day of the Vampire!"
Story:
Art: Bill Benulis
Heroes: Jan Rajeck [Hungarian man, dies]
Villains:A vampire
Others: Lena Rajeck [Jan's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: Near Budapest, Hungary
Synopsis: As a vampire nears a Hungarian village, the residents relocate to Budapest. Jan must remain because his wife is sick and cannot travel; everyone marvels at Jan's courage, but he finally decides he has to flee; Jan leaves his gun with Lena then runs out his front door, only to be killed by a vampire trap his thoughtful neighbours built to protect him.
"The Idiot Walks"
"Shweck's Bad Boy"

Title: "The Ape Man"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: An ape man [African scientist]
Villains: Satan, a witch [dies]
Others: Org [caveman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA; distant past
Synopsis: At a summit on evolution, one scientist from Africa declares the theory of evolution is wrong, telling how the caveman Org made a deal with a witch to restore his balding hair, but when he killed the witch, Satan cursed him, turning him into the first ape. Rather than apes evolving into men, the scientist declares apes are a sister species. The other scientists reject him and he departs, revealing himself to be one of the ape people.

Twenty-Four (October, 1955)

Title: "The Frightened Man"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Stefan Drujas [seeks eternal youth]
Others: Magdalena [gypsy fortune teller], Bela Hunyadi [painter, eternally young], Theresa Andrassy [Stefan's lover]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1600, Hungary
Synopsis: Stefan has Bela create a painting of him which will age over time, enabling Stefan to remain young. After years, Stefan is ready to marry Theresa but her family is suspicious about the sealed room containing the painting. Stefan has Bela paint over the portrait to make his painting seem young, but as a result Stefan reverts to his natural age.
Notes: Clearly taken from Oscar Wilde's "The Portrait of Dorian Gray."

Title: "Thelma!"
Story:
Art: John Romita
Heroes: Leslie [little girl]
Others: Thelma [talking doll], Mrs. Crane [nurse], Leslie's parents, Janie [little girl]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: While Leslie's mother is sick, her doll Thelma begins talking to keep company with Leslie. When the mother recovers, Thelma befriends Janie.

Title: "Eye Over the City"
Story:
Art: Bill Benulis
Heroes: Jack Rogers [police, video monitor]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; 1980s USA
Synopsis: Rogers is unsettled at how his job results in him monitoring people's private lives and wants to give up the job; while monitoring one street, Rogers sees 30 years into the future and learns his monitoring will eventually help save the country; he decides to remain with the force.

Title: "Where Did Danny Go?"
Story:
Art: Bob Forgione, Jack Abel
Heroes: Tina Jones [circus performer]
Others: Dan Cooper [Cupid], Al [circus publicity agent], Joe Malden [Tina's lover, circus performer]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Tina gives up her love for Joe upon meeting Dan, but Dan suddenly disappears, having been called to his duties as Cupid; Tina and Joe reconcile.

Title: "The Long Night"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Ralph, his wife, son and daughter
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Darkness suddenly strikes the entire globe as the night never ends; this causes people to lay aside their differences and end the Cold War, whereupon the sun rises again.

Twenty-Five

"Look Into My Eyes"
"Frozen Food"
"Want Ad"
"The Storm"
"The Hired Man!"

Twenty-Six (February, 1956)

"The Things in the Box"
"The Stranger's Eyes"
"The Brain"
"Prisoner of the Dwarfs!"
"Beware: the House!"

Twenty-Seven (April, 1956)

"Trapped in a Mirage"
"Doubting Thomas!"
"Where There's a Will!"
"He Saved the Earth"
"The Man Who Lost Tomorrow"
"The Day the Earth Stopped Turning!"

Twenty-Eight

"When Time Stood Still!"
"The Forbidden Garden"
"The Strange Guests"
"The Old Man of the Sea"
"Farewell To the Sun!"
"This Is the Forest Primeval"

Twenty-Nine

"The Man In the Cellar"
"He Walks Among Us"
"They Meet By Night!"
"Someone Is Following"
"The Hole In the Ground"

Title: "None Are so Blind"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Dave Miller [park ride operator]
Others: Alien refugees, Jean [Dave's girlfriend, eventual wife], Sgt. Walker [policeman], Larkley [Wakefield News editor]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s, Joyland Park, Wakefield, USA
Synopsis: Dave's ride at Joyland Park has gone out of business because he gives free rides to children. After seeing a flying saucer he tries to tell the authorities and newspapers, but they think he's trying to reinvigorate his business. Dave finds the aliens and decides to expose them to salvage his reputation, but learning the aliens are refugees with children he takes pity on them and makes them star attractions at his park instead, letting audiences think the aliens are actors.

Thirty

"He Must Be Destroyed"
"Homecoming"
"We're Going To Drown"
"Beware...the Giants"

Title: "What Lurks in the Fog?"
Story:
Art: Marvin Stein
Heroes: Ricky [Ricardo de Cervantes, man with no family]
Villains: Pirates
Others: Jessica Bentley, Don Ricardo de Cervantes [Spanish nobleman]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Ricky is in love with Jessica but has no family records of his own. Visiting a derlict ship, Ricky sees visions of the past and sees the courage of Don Ricardo de Cervantes; upon seeing Ricardo trade a medallion with his wife to pass on to their children, Ricky realizes he owns the medallion now, making him the Don's descendant.
"The Tyrant!"

Thirty-One (December, 1956)

"The Betrayer"
"Oh, Perfect Crime"
"He Won't Open the Door"
"The Man Who Didn't Belong"
"They Dare Not Come"
"Man in a Trance"

Thirty-Two (February, 1957)

"When the Finger Points"
"The Prisoner"
"Something in the Bottle"
"Where the Sorcerer Stalks"
"The Last Seconds of Ken Stewart"

Title: "Almost Human!"
Story:
Art: Angelo Torres
Heroes: Professor Drew [anthropologist]
Villains: Australpithecanthropus [primitive race related to humans, destroyed]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA, South Africa
Synopsis: Drew goes looking for the remains of Australpithecanthropus. The race is secretly still alive and unchanged after thousands of years, plotting to destroy humanity for supplanting them. As Drew uses dynamite to blast into their burial chambers, he accidentally sets off their nuclear reactor, destroying the civilization.

Thirty-Three

"At the End of the Dark Hall"
"Don't Throw That Switch"
"The Gypsies' Secret"
"No Way Out!"
"The Fury of Nick Foster!"
"The Unhuman"

Thirty-Four

"In the Room of Darkness"
"The Man Who Was Twice"
"The Missing Nail!"
"The Silent Shriek"
"The Mysterious Cargo"
"The Crooks Who Couldn't Be Caught!"

SPIDER-MAN VS. DRACULA (January, 1994)
"Vampire at the Window" from Astonishing#18
"I Was a Vampire" from Uncanny Tales#6

STAR WARS WEEKLY

61 89 93 129 139

Sixty-One (April, 1979)

"The Thing From Planet X" from Tales of Suspense#3

Eighty-Nine (November, 1979)

"Forbidden Planet" from Tales of Suspense#34

Ninety-Three (December, 1979)

"My Other Face" from Journey Into Mystery#54

One Hundred Twenty-Nine (August, 1980)

"I Was Trapped in the Mad Universe!" from Tales To Astonish#40

One Hundred Thirty-Nine (October, 1980)

"I Was a Prisoner of the Martians!" from Tales to Astonish#4

STEVE DITKO ARCHIVES

2

Two: Unexplored Worlds (November, 2010)
"There'll Be Some Changes Made" from Journey into Mystery#33
"Those Who Vanish!" from Journey into Mystery#38

STEVE DITKO: EDGE OF GENIUS
"There'll be Some Changes Made" from Journey into Mystery#33
"The Night Visitor" from Journey into Unknown Worlds#45
"Who Lurks Down There?" from World of Suspense#2
"No Bars Could Hold Him" from Mystery Tales#45

STRANGE STORIES OF SUSPENSE

Continued from Rugged Action

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Five (October, 1955)

"The Little Black Box!"
"The Prisoner!"
"Uncle Ed and the Man From Space"
"Magic Words!"
"Man of Mystery"

Six (December, 1955)

"The Illusion!"
"Power!"
"I Dare You to Look!"
"The Third Arm!"

Title: "The Totem!"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Villains: Al Clark [treasure hunter]
Others: Adams, Lew Grover, Pete Knowles [Clark's crew], alien totems
Genre: Horror
Setting: Alaska, Oregon Coast, Washington Coast, 1950s
Synopsis: Clark's men find an Inuit who has a golden totem pole. They take the pole, but when nearly home they awaken to find they've shrunk over night and the totem is gone. They return to reclaim the totem, but the same thing happens again as they near home; each of Clark's men abandon him as he becomes shorter until he's transformed into a face on the totem pole by aliens, friends of the Inuit man.

Seven

Title: "Old John's Secret"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Old John [riveter]
Villains: Mutants [alien invaders]
Genre: Science-Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Old John is approached by a mutant to rivet a piece of metal for his spacecraft, not knowing what it is for. He does a terrible job, but is afraid to let on. The aliens' craft is then destroyed when taking off, but John is so ashamed of the work he did he doesn't take credit.
"Closed In"
"The House That Wasn't"
"Turnabout"
"The Eyes!"

Eight

Title: "The Strange Crew of the Pegasus"
Story:
Art: Al Williamson
Villains: Captain Asa Conrad [sea captain]
Others: Jovians, Ferguson [sailor]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; Jupiter
Synopsis: Conrad has trouble finding willing crewmen; the crew who do volunteer are really Jovians who bring Conrad and his ship to Jupiter for a display.
"Don't Cross Your Bridges"
"Super-Salesman"
"The Man Who Knew Too Much"

Title: "Blind Alley"
Story:
Art: Ed Moore
Heroes: Ted and fellow scientist
Others: Xac-Shon [alien scientist]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Ted and his friend enter a funhouse and find themselves in a maze similar to those they use in the laboratory with rats; they finally get out, without realizing the funhouse maze was being used by alien scientists to study humans.
"Thumbs Down For the Gladiator"

Nine (June, 1956)

"Breaking Through The Time Barrier"
"Nightmare"
"Look To The Stars?"
"The Unknown Man"
"Flight From Mars!"
"The Man Who Knew!"

Ten

Title: "In the Shadows"
Story:
Art: Reed Crandall
Heroes: Brad Norton [aviator]
Others: Arla [woman from shadow dimension]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Brad crashes his plane and is revived by Arla. Arla romances him but reveals she's from a shadow dimension and wants him to return with her. Brad refuses and finds himself back at the crash site.
"Flee For Your Life"

Title: "The Secret of the Black Forest"
Story:
Art: Angelo Torres
Heroes: Hans Schmidt [German woodsman]
Others: Burgomeister Felix Mahr [German official], Freda Schmidt [Hans' wife], Captain Huber [policeman], Eric [villager], a small alien
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Grausburg, Germany
Synopsis: Strange alien towers appear in Grausburg just as Hans discovers a tiny alien whom he takes home as a pet. Eventually Hans decides the alien must be a mascot of the people who have built the towers and they set the creature loose so it will lead them to its masters, but the "pet" is in fact the architect of the towers and he thinks humans are too simple-minded to be more than pets to his people.

Title: "The Crisis!"
Story:
Art: Vic Carrabotta
Heroes: Anti-bodies
Villains: Viruses
Others: Anderson [sick man]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Soldier anti-bodies defend Anderson from invading viruses.
"The Long Sleep"
"The Weeds"

Eleven

"The Professor's Prisoner"
"The Decoy"
"The Vault Opens"
"He Can't Stop Looking"
"The Mouse That Saved the World"

Title: "Someone Is Listening!"
Story:
Art: Bill Draut
Heroes: Ted Slade [amateur inventor]
Others: Mayor Lionel Marcy [Simmsville mayor], Norman Abbot [town council president], Richard Holmes [town defense], Nell Slade [Ted's wife]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Simmsville, USA
Synopsis: Ted invents a thoughtcaster which can broadcast people's thoughts and he comes to believe he's surrounded by killers and criminal schemers, but the thoughts all have innocent explanations. Ted discards the thoughtcaster.

Twelve

"The Changeling"
"The Secret of the Graveyard"
"What the Mirror Revealed"
"They Can't Resist"
"Fear Follows Fenton"

Title: "The Blank!"
Story:
Art: Angelo Torres
Heroes: Lee Tate [man from the future]
Others: Professor Marsh [scientist], Dora Marsh [professor's niece]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Lee stops Marsh from making a cobalt nuclear test and invites Dora to come with him to the future. She accepts and he hypnotizes her uncle to forget what happened.

Thirteen

Title: "The One Who Watches!"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: Ivan von Gent [paranormal explorer]
Villains: A monster
Others: An old man
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#25
Synopsis: An old man claims to see a monster in the fog, but no one believes him. Ivan investigates and develops a formula of eyedrops which allow him to see the monster too, but no one believes Ivan. The old man decides he's had enough of watching out for the monster and tells Ivan to take over the job.

Title: "The Black Beard!"
Story:
Art: Gray Morrow
Heroes: Mac Grant [thief, pilot]
Others: Ed Morgan, Tim Haley [police detectives], Lois Deane [Mac's girlfriend], Charlie [test pilot]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: On the run from the police, Mac waits for Lois at a diner but sees her go to over to a man with a black beard before the police arrest her. Mac flees and steals a test plane, but strangely finds himself back at the same airport after his flight. Returning to the diner, Mac encounters Lois and is arrested; he realizes the bearded man he saw was himself in the future - the experimental plane brought him back in time.
"When the Yogi Speaks!"
"The Strange Seed"
"Tachzillo the Terrible"

Title: "The Most Dangerous Man in the World!"
Story:
Art: Robert Q. Sale
Villains: Henry Dunn [bookkeeper]
Others: Ben [diner owner], Paul Berring [reporter], Jack [diner patron, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Dunn wants to be remembered by people and claims in front of Berring he can predict deaths, saying Jack will die. Jack is suddenly hit and killed by a car and Henry forces Paul to tell the story in the newspaper. Henry makes another prediction, this time targeting Paul, but when he tries to make it come true by attacking Paul in an alleyway, Paul overpowers him and Henry is sent to an asylum.

Fourteen

"When His World Vanished"
"Someone is in the Trunk"
"Beware a Martian"
"All Through the Night"
"Childs Play"
"Inside the Hidden Well"

Fifteen

Title: "Sinister Suit"
Story:
Art: Bernie Krigstein
Heroes: Danny [tramp]
Villains: Roger Billings [chauffer]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Danny buys a suit that belonged to the lost millionaire John Fletcher; he has a dream in which he learns how Fletcher dies and exposes the man's chauffeur.
"Doomsday"

Title: "The Liquid of Life!"
Story:
Art: Richard Doxsee
Heroes: Ralph Porter [deep sea diver]
Others: Teddy [Ralph's assistant], race of water-breathing humans [descended from Spaniards]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: An underwater city
Synopsis: While diving, Ralph finds an underwater city populated by Spanish descendants who found the Fountain of Youth, which gave them immortality. Ralph ingests some of the water and tries to broker a deal with the people, but they refuse. Ralph attempts to flee with a sample of the water, only to find its made him a water-breather - he can't go home, or back to the city.
"The Man Who Forgot"
"I Went Inside the Hidden World"
"The Terrible Timepiece"

Sixteen

"The Eighth Wonder of the World"
"Only One Returned"

Title: "The Swami's Secret!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: A swami [telepath]
Others: Mr. Crandall [swami's client], Jenkins [Crandall's aide], an actor, policemen
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#15
Synopsis: A swami is able to reveal knowledge about people; when he overhears an actor rehearing for a science fiction show, he thinks the man is an alien invader and reveals the secret of his powers to the police, accidentally ending the swami's career.
"The Second-Hand Man"
"The Missing Sun"
"Bewitched"


STRANGE TALES

STRANGE TALES OF THE UNUSUAL

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One (December, 1955)

Title: "Man Lost!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Al [Greg's brother]
Others: Greg [time machine inventor]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Dead of Night#7
Synopsis: Al decides to use Greg's time machine to become rich by traveling one day into the future to learn who wins the races, but discovers because the future doesn't exist yet, Al is the only mobile person there and he doesn't know how to go one day back.
"Who Walks in the Dark"
"The Gift"
"Cry for Help!"
"The Experiment That Failed"

Two (February, 1956)

"He Waits in the Dark Alley"
"Man Afraid"
"The Man Without a Heart"

Title: "Those Who Plan"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Heroes: An eavesdropper
Villains: Talking dogs
Others: Pedro [performer]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: A man overhears dogs plotting aloud about conquering the Earth; he tries to warn others but is locked away; the talking dogs he heard were performers, acting alongside Pedro.
"Lost on the Wrong World"

Three (April, 1956)

"The Man With the Little Black Box"
"The Invaders!"
"The Sea is Angry!"
"The Magic City"
"Someone is Watching"
"Lost in Another World!"

Four

"The Long Wait"
"Mission to Jupiter"
"The Warning Voice"
"The Life Saver"
"Flames of Fury"

Title: "The Talking Horse!"
Story:
Art: Bob Forgione, Jack Abel
Heroes: Billy Ross [imaginative boy]
Others: Jim Ross [farmer, Billy's father], Mike [Jim's farmhand], Conrad [centaur]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Billy claims he knows a horse which can talk, but no one believes him; the talking horse is his friend Conrad - a centaur.

Five (August, 1956)

Title: "The Moving Stairs!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Mallon [old department store detective]
Others: Abigail Simpson [spinster], John Dexter [engineer], Bill Miller [soldier]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: March 14-April 3, 1962, USA
Synopsis: Simpson, Dexter and Miller all disappear while riding the escalator; the police and FBI cannot solve it so Mallon investigates; learning each of the three people would have lost what they most cared for that day had they not vanished, Mallon wonders if they're happier now wherever they went; he takes a ride on the escalator and vanishes too, thus sparing him the news of his retirement.
"The Last Tomorrow"
"The Threat!"
"The Parrot Speaks!"
"Mary's Robot!"
"One Mistake!"

Six

"City in the Sky"
"Bring Me Back a Human"
"I Can't be Harmed"
"The Tree That Walked Like a Man"
"The Sound of Doom"
"Beware the Radioactive Man"

Seven

"The Man Who Feared Mirrors"
"Screams in the Night"
"No Place on Earth"
"The Man Who Never Returned"
"The Story Nobody Knows"

Title: "Poker Face!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Heroes: An alien from Zanda
Villains: Soviets
Others: A prospector
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Manhattan, New York; Nome, Alaska; USSR; India; Mojave Desert
Synopsis: An implacable alien from Zanda begins traveling across Earth, ignoring the humans who are threatened by his presence. He finally confronts a prospector who wants him off his land and explains to the man how he won Earth in a poker game, but finding no traces of the rare element Atrion has concluded Earth is worthless.

Eight

"Bullet-Proof Man"
"The Disappearance"
"Who Dwells Below"
"Nobody Will Ever Know"
"You Must Not Pass"

Title: "The Too-Perfect Crime!"
Story:
Art: John Tartaglione
Villains: Albert Evans [chemist, criminal]
Others: John Moore [Albert's co-worker, dies]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Evans and Moore create a formula for invisibility but Evans wants to use it to commit crimes. After successfully robbing a bank, Evans is confronted at home by the police, who accuse him of Moore's murder, Moore having left behind a note which implicated him. Evans tries to explain he had been robbing the bank at the time of Moore's death but the police don't believe him.

Nine

Title: "Prophet of Doom!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Drew [robber, foretells future]
Others: Morse [bank manager]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#14
Synopsis: Drew has mastered the means of foretelling the future and uses it to commit a bank robbery by predicting when Morse would faint, cause a diversion. As he flees with the money on a train, Drew foresees the train in a crash and pulls the emergency cord so he can escape, but flying debris hits and knocks him out. When he revives, the police arrest Drew and inform him the train wouldn't have wrecked if he hadn't pulled the cord.

Title: "A Matter of Life or Death!"
Story:
Art: Sol Brodsky
Heroes: Tom Baker [gardener]
Others: Death [host], Harry Parris [gardening supplier]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Creatures On the Loose#32
Synopsis: Baker buys a can of insecticide that proves to be filled with nitro-glycerine by accident. No matter how hard Baker strikes the can, it refuses to explode, because, as Death himself reveals, it wasn't Baker's time to die.

Title: "Mind Reader"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Bernie Krigstein
Heroes: PFC Eddie White [US soldier, mind reader]
Villains: Sgt. Hans Reuger ["Harry Judson," Nazi mind reader, dies], General Mahling [Reuger's superior]
Genre: Fantasy, War
Setting: 1942, Germany; USA
Synopsis: Reuger is sent undercover as "Harry Judson" to use his mind reading powers to fool the US Army into letting him into one of their bases so he can plant a bomb. Along the way he befriends Eddie White to help him blend in. After planting the bomb, he receives a gift from Eddie and returns to a German submarine, only to find his own bomb in the gift package; the bomb destroys the submarine while Eddie White goes to an appearance demonstrating his own mind reading powers.
"They Meet at Night"
"Stowaway in the Sky"
"Captured by the Cave Men"

Ten (June, 1957)

Title: "Menace of the Unseeen Man"
Story:
Art: Richard Doxsee
Villains: Barney Lowry [invisible criminal]
Others: Mike Fillmore [police chief]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Haysville, USA
Synopsis: Barney finds berries which turn him invisible. He goes on an unstoppable crime spree until finally going to sleep in a construction site he wakes up to find a prison has been built around him.

Title: "Mass Murder"
Story:
Art: Robert Q. Sale
Heroes: Dr. Peter Farnum [defense scientist]
Others: Harrison [defense department agent], Barnaby [inventor], Wilson, Andrews [scientists]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA; an atoll
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#18
Synopsis: Farnum tells Harrison how Barnaby built a machine which can create a duplicate of anyone; to increase the defense department's capabilities they doubled their scientists and sent them to two different locations. With the work done, Farnum destroys the duplicates. Harrison charges Farnum with mass murder and Farnum is put on trial.

Title: "The Man Who Said 'No'"
Story:
Art: Angelo Torres
Villains: Jonathan Bascombe [vain, wealthy man
Others: Max [scientist]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Journey into Mystery#16
Synopsis: Bascombe enjoys torturing ants by knocking them off their anthill so they must reclimb it; similarly, he enjoys tantalizing people with his money, but not giving it to them. While attempting to torture Max, Bascombe accidentally exposes himself to Max's shrinking formula and winds up on an anthill being tortured by a child just as Bascombe tortured ants.

Title: "Don't Answer the Phone!"
Story:
Art: Gray Morrow
Heroes: Hal Terrence [haunted man]
Others: Winston [business associate of Hal's], Vivian [Hal's girlfriend]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#9
Synopsis: Hal is haunted by phone calls from his dead wife Lydia; he finally confesses to the police he'd murdered Lydia years before.

Title: "The Threat!"
Story:
Art: Carl Burgos
Villains: Lester Harlow [frustrated descendant from another dimension, ceases to exist]
Others: Charles Gruder, Herbert Nostrand, Frank Hamlin [descendants of women from another dimension]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Mount Woodford, USA
Synopsis: Lester learns his father and three other men married women from another dimension and a machine his father left running can cause all the descendants of those women to cease to exist. Lester tries to blackmail the other men, but when he fools with the dial he causes himself to dissolve out of reality.

Title: "The Nightmare Men"
Story:
Art: Mac Pakula
Villains: A tyrant
Others: Peter Rostov [doctor]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USSR
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#9
Synopsis: A tyrant is haunted by nightmares where men carry him away to enact justice; he asks Rostov for help sleeping and Rostov complies, making the tyrant unable to awaken from his nightmare; that night, the tyrant goes missing from his bed - perhaps justice came for him?

Eleven

"The Five Sinister Statues"
"Untouched by Human Hands"
"Twenty Long Years"
"Isolation"

Title: "The Rag Doll!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Fred Miller [poor man]
Others: Alice Miller [Fred's wife], Fred and Alice's daughter
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Journey into Mystery#16
Synopsis: Fred has just taken out a major loan and doesn't want reminders of the past because his father's inheritance never appeared; Fred insists his daughter abandon the rag doll his father gave her, but no matter how many times Fred tries to dispose of the doll, it returns. Finally, Fred discovers the doll contains his father's fortune inside, which is why the doll kept following him.

Title: "The Perfect Hide-Out"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Jacques D'Indy [masked thief, dies]
Others: Pierre Gault [restaurant owner, dies], Madame Gault [crippled, mute woman, mother of Pierre], Clement [butcher]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Paris, France
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#18
Synopsis: During his crime spree, Jacques kills Pierre. Jacques decides Madame Gault's home is the perfect hiding place because she can't walk or speak, but she sews a message to the police and Pierre's ghost delivers it; the police kill Jacques when he tries to run away.


STRANGE WORLDS

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One (December, 1958)

Title: "I Discovered the Secret of the Flying Saucers!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Heroes: A UFO enthusiast
Others: A flying saucer [alien creature]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Northwest USA; an alien world
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#32
Synopsis: A man searches to find the story behind flying saucers; finally, he discovers one in the woods and it links minds with him, showing him its origins. He begs to know what the alien looks like but it explains its true form is the flying saucer. The saucer departs and the man shares his story with others, but people are skeptical.
Notes: Retold from "The Secret of the Flying Saucer" in Men's Adventures#21; told again as "I Know the Secret of the Flying Saucer" in Tales of Suspense#11 and "the Impossible Spaceship" in Strange Tales#101.

Title: "I Captured the Abominable Snowman!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: An explorer
Others: A lama, the Abominable Snowman [Yeti]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA; India
Reprinted In: Strange Tales Annual#2; Journey into Mystery#13
Synopsis: A man goes looking for the Abominable Snowman to win fame and fortune; he finds it stops at a lamastery and demands the Lama summon the Yeti to him, but when the Yeti arrives, the explorer learns it's really a man who's been cursed for being selfish; now the man is returned to normal and the explorer becomes the new Abominable Snowman until someone eventually takes his place.

Title: "I Am Robot"
Story:
Art: Bob Powell, Joe Sinnott
Heroes: A robot
Villains: Two aliens [Kara named]
Others: Dr. Thorne [scientist], Thorne's wife and son
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2468, Earth
Reprinted In: Strange Tales Annual#2
Synopsis: Thorne makes a robot which he believes is perfect. When Kara invades Earth, his people target Thorne's son while Thorne is away. The robot saves the child and scares away the invaders, but falls off a ravine. Thorne thinks the robot is the one who threatened his son and his creation was a failure.

Title: "I am the Last Man on Earth!"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: Adam and Eve [last people on Earth]
Others: Various Earthmen [Henry, Emma, Clem, Martha, Michel], Crusaders, Cavemen, Socrates, Thomas Edison
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2035, Earth; Xernes
Synopsis: In 2035, Earth discovers Xernes, where people can live 500 years. Everyone moves to Xernes in a mass exodus, all but two people: Adam and Eve.

Two (February, 1959)

"I Was Prisoner on the Planet of Plunder"
Reprinted In: Strange Tales Annual#2
"I am the Scourge of Atlantis"
Reprinted In: Strange Tales Annual#2

Title: "I Was the Miracle Man"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Bruno Storme [arrogant super-smart man]
Others: Henry Stubbs [Bruno's best friend], Miss Brown [Bruno's teacher], Sally [Bruno's classmate], Anne [Bruno's girlfriend], Ulthar, Kloron [telepathic aliens]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: August 18, 2000, Earth; an alien world
Synopsis: Bruno is the smartest man on Earth and decides to conquer an alien world but because he doesn't possess telepathy as the natives do they consider him a moron and place him in a zoo.
"I Saw the Day the World Ended"

Title: "The Little Lost Planet"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Others: A tiny rogue planet
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s India; Russia; Europe; a South Pacific island; USA
Synopsis: A tiny planet visits Earth and helps prevent catastrophes until it finally determines the way back to its home.

Three (April, 1959)

Title: "I Was the Man Who Lived Twice!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Gyor Kosice [man raised by gypsies]
Others: Maria [Gyor's beloved], Gretchen [Maria's aunt], Greta, Kosku [gypsies]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Bremena Forest, Germany; Vinnitsa; Irgiz
Reprinted In: Strange Tales Annual#2
Synopsis: Gyor disdains the labour-intensive life he's led as a gypsy and how he was denied the chance to marry Maria. He leaves the gypsies to try and be his own man, but finds few successes. Hearing of a magic mist which makes people young, Gyor enters it to reclaim his best years, but remains in the mist so long he regresses to infancy. He's found by a gypsy couple, starting the cycle anew.

Title: "I Fly To the Stars"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby, Christopher Rule
Heroes: Frank Coventry [pilot of the X-700]
Others: Sally Lang [Frank's girlfriend], Robert Lang [Sally's husband]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2389 Earth
Reprinted In: Strange Tales Annual#2
Synopsis: Frank leaves Earth for a 6 month flight and tells Sally not to wait for him; when he returns, 50 years have passed for her and she has married someone else and grown old in that time.

Title: "I Was Face-To-Face With the Creature From Planet X!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby, Christopher Rule
Heroes: Cynthia Adams [reporter from the Daily Cosmos]
Villains: A creature from Planet X
Others: Mr. Pike [publisher of the Daily Cosmos]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2165, Earth
Synopsis: Cynthia is locked in a zoo overnight with the creature from Planet X. It escapes its cage but falls unconscious immediately because it can't breathe out of its environment.

Title: "I Was a Human Satellite!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: A mechanic
Villains: Star Raiders [space pirates]
Others: Space Patrol [law enforcement]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, Earth; an alien planet
Synopsis: A mechanic suffers from claustrophobia but goes to work on a spaceship anyway; overwhelmed, he ejects from the ship and lands on an alien world where he finds Star Raiders and radios a warning to Space Patrol; Space Patrol arrests the pilots and the mechanic learns he can be valuable to others after all.
"My Job...Catch A Robot"

Four (June, 1959)

Title: "I Was the Changing Man!"
Story:
Art: Al Williamson, Roy Krenkel
Heroes: Duncan Sloan [inventor]
Others: Emerich Fabius [Earth's wealthiest man], Vincent Stalwart [famous movie star], Alfonso Galvez [South American dictator]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Hollywood, California, USA; South America
Reprinted In: Al Williamson: Hidden Lands
Synopsis: Duncan's device lets him take over the body of anyone; he tries to become Fabius, but Fabius loses his money; he becomes Stalwart, just as Stalwart is shot and wounded by a jealous girlfriend; he becomes Galvez just as a revolution breaks out; Duncan resolves to be content as himself.
"Journey To Jupiter"

Title: "A Magician Walks Among Us!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Professor Dolen [scientist, becomes Merlin]
Others: King Arthur Pendragon
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA; medieval Camelot, England
Synopsis: Dolen goes back in time to prove his theory Merlin was a time traveller; in the end, he becomes known as Merlin and enters King Arthur's court.
"A Man Without A Past"
"Manhunt On Mars"

Five (August, 1959)

"We Are the 3 Who Vanished"

Title: "I Couldn't Stop the Runaway Comet!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Victor Sage [scientist, politician]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2060 Earth
Synopsis: Sage runs to be Earth's President; when a comet which could destroy Earth comes towards it he intends to demonstrate science's might to stop it, but all his plans fail; finally, the people pray and the comet is brushed aside.
"I Am....Gorilla"

Title: "Don't Send Me... Out There!"
Story:
Art: Carl Burgos
Heroes: A robot pilot
Others: The pilot's owner, the owner's wife, Johnny, Kathy [owner's children]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2900, Earth
Synopsis: A robot pilot has lost his nerve and is afraid to continue travelling through space.
"They Call Me...Space Pirate"


SUPERNATURAL THRILLERS

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Seven (June, 1974)

"He Came From Nowhere" from Strange Tales#94

Eight (August, 1974)

"The Little Gypsy Tea Room" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#13

Nine (October, 1974)

"The Secret of the Universe" from Amazing Adult Fantasy#11

Ten (December, 1974)

"Flying Saucer" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds#16

Eleven

"Contact" from Tower of Shadows#6

SUSPENSE

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One (December, 1949)

Title: "The Graveyard Ghouls!"
Story: John Dickson Carr
Art:
Heroes: Dr. Arnold [physician]
Villains: Matt, Rob [grave robbers], Mrs. Slade [leader of robbers]
Others: Mrs. Tancred [Arnold's housekeeper], Inspector Stalker [police detective], Willie Kendrick [murdered man], Peggy [accomplice to Mrs. Slade]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 19th century, London, England
Synopsis: Dr. Arnold buys corpses from Mrs. Slade's gang; however, the police capture the gang in the act. The "dead body" they sold Arnold turns out to be Peggy, who was to rob the house during the night. Arnold falls in love with Peggy and decides to marry her while the rest of Mrs. Slade's gang are arrested.
Notes: Adapted from Suspense radio episode "the Body Snatchers."

Title: "The Corpse Came Back!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Henry Wilson [murderer, dies]
Others: Charles Dodds [Henry's boss, dies], Jim [elevator operator], Tom Higby [janitor], an actress [poses as Charles' wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1940s USA
Synopsis: Henry kills his boss at night, but Tom sees him leaving; Henry seemingly kills Tom and leaves his body in Charles' office, but the next day Henry keeps seeing Tom around the office; Henry is driven mad and leaps out the building to his death, not realizing the police arranged for Tom to ply at Henry's guilty conscience by posing as his own ghost.

Title: "The Bride Vanishes!"
Story: John Dickson Carr
Art:
Heroes: Tom, Lucy [couple]
Villains: Countess Nellie Luchesi [noblewoman]
Others: Mr. Granger [cowboy film star], Josephine Adams [vanished woman], Tiberius [Nellie's dog], Count Luchesi [Nellie's husband]
Genre: Crime
Setting: Naples, Italy; Blue Grotto
Synopsis: Tom and Lucy stay at a villa where Josephine Adams once mysteriously disappeared froma balcony; the same thing happens to Lucy, but she's found in the Blue Grotto below and saved in a boat; the boat tips over and Countess Luchesi drowns, but Count Luchesi admits his jealous wife was the person hurling women from the balconies.
Notes: Adapted from Suspense radio episode "the Bride Vanishes."

Title: "Here Comes the Hangman!"
Story: John Dickson Carr
Art:
Heroes: Helen Barton [woman accused of murder]
Villains: Herbert Gale [brother of murdered man]
Others: Hannah [prison matron], Philip Gale [Helen's fiance, dies], Dr. Wise [physician], Mrs. Barton [Helen's mother]
Genre: Horror
Setting: England
Synopsis: Helen is about to be hung for murdering Philip, but Dr. Wise proves the actual killer was Herbert.
Notes: Adapted from Suspense radio episode "the Hangman Won't Wait."

Title: "What Would You do if You Were... Alone With Murder!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Beth Hughes [young woman]
Others: Marty Grove [Beth's boyfriend]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1940s Coney Island, New York, USA
Synopsis: Beth mistakes Marty for the killer targeting women in New York.

Two (February, 1950)

Title: "I Bet With Death!"
Story: John Dickson Carr
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: Larry Windham [young heir]
Villains: Courtney Black [Larry's rich uncle, dies]
Others: Roerich [Larry's friend], Pat Quinn [Larry's secretary], Nina [Courtney's maid]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Coney Island, New York
Synopsis: Larry bets for $25,000 from his uncle, standing to inherit the money after a certain date, but his uncle begins sending false attempts on Larry's life to make him think he'll die first. Larry thinks Nina is Courtney's accomplice but she helps save him from his uncle's traps and Larry finds his uncle died of a heart attack, leaving Larry to inherit the fortune.
Notes: Adapted from "Will You Make a Bet With Death?" radio episode of Suspense.

Title: "Pursuit!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Eddie Fleming [struggling actor, thief, murderer, dies], Chuck and another gangster
Others: Mr. Evans [Broadway producer], Wilson, Anderson, Miss Smith [actors], Mr. Brown [soda shop owner], Emery Winston [former criminal, dies], Cathy Holmes [Emery's sister]
Genre: Crime
Setting: August 12, 1937, Havana, Cuba; New York, USA; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Synopsis: Unable to find work, Fleming murders Emery and takes his wallet; realizing Emery has access to a vast amount of money, Eddie draws it out but draws the attention of two gangsters; Fleming flees to Cuba and falls in love with Cathy, but she reveals Emery was her brother and he'd been hiding money on behalf of the mob; Fleming admits he killed Emery and tries to kill Cathy but falls out of a window; he confesses his crimes to a passerby, then dies.

Title: "The Man Who Lived Again!"
Story: John Dickson Carr
Art:
Heroes: Letty Wilson [aka Judith Ray, woman being blackmailed], Ron Gilbert [Letty's fiance]
Villains: The Markhams [twin brothers, curio shop owners, blackmailers, both die]
Others: Inspector Kimbell [Scotland Yard]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1910s London, England
Synopsis: Judith confronts Mr. Markham when he blackmails her; Ron follows Judith and draws a gun on Markham; Markham is shot and dies when his twin brother appears and begins to extort the couple, but Inspector Kimbell suddenly appears and says he saw Markham shoot his own brother - Ron is innocent. Markham commits suicide.
Notes: Adapted from the radio Suspense episode "The Dealings of Mr. Markham," which is only slight less convoluted than this.

Title: "When Time Stood Still!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Blackie Briggs [dying man, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1893, London, England
Synopsis: Learning he has just 24 hours to live, Blackie becomes desperate and kills a man for money; he becomes panicked, believing someone is following him and finally decides to stop Big Ben's hands from moving, thinking he won't die if time stands still; falling from Big Ben, Blackie dies.

Three (May, 1950)

Title: "The Man Who Lost His Head!"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan, Joe Maneely
Heroes: Kirk Hudson [explorer]
Villains: Napo [headshrinker, poses as guide]
Others: Mr. Lee [Marvel Publications]
Genre: Horror
Setting: June 12, 1949; New York; Quito, Rio Bamba, Rio Postaza, Puyo, Indyllama, Ecuador
Synopsis: Mr. Lee challenges Kirk to learn the secrets of Jivaro head shrinking. Kirk ventures to Ecuador and hires Napo to help him find the Jivaro, but Napo leads Kirk into a cave and reveals himself to be a Jivaro headshrinker and then shrinks Kirk's head while he's still alive.

Title: "The Black Pit"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Nelson Klee [mine foreman]
Villains: Ghosts
Others: Robert [old man], Simon Armbruster [old miner], Joe, Jim, Phil [miners], Nelda Armbruster [Simon's daughter, dead]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Nelson befriends Simon but as their mine tunnels under a cemetery the miners are haunted by spirits; Simon's daughter Nelda helps guide Nelson to safety after a mine collapse, even though Nelda is dead herself.

Title: "The Forbidden Room!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Sandor Dvorgy [ambitious businessman]
Others: Ilona [Sandor's secretary], Biro [old man], Count Lazlo Honved [owner of old castle]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Koztarsag, Hungary; Budapest, Hungary
Synopsis: Sandor wants to obtain Count Honved's castle. He finally succeeds but is told not to open a door; when he does, Sandor is transformed into a ghost and can't return to normal life.

Title: "The Creature Who Didn't Exist!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Charles Cavanaugh [mad scientist inventor], Mr. Blank [Charles' android killer, dies]
Others: Stella Cavanaugh [Charles' wife, dies], Mark [Stella's lover, dies]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Charles discovers Stella is cheating on him so creates Mr. Blank to murder her and Mark. However, Mr. Blank is troubled by being an instrument of death and frames Charles for the killings, then destroys himself.

Title: "Mind Over Murder!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Dave Rand [Morning Globe newspaper editor, killer]
Others: Captain Crane [police homicide officer], Dr. Evans [Rand's physician], Mason [police detective]
Genre: Crime
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Rand investigates a series of murders and finds he's the killer, suffering from memory lapses which caused him to forget what he'd done.

Four (August, 1950)

Title: "The Man in Black!"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Villains: Angus McTeague [Scottish landowner]
Others: Sandy and his parents [renters on McTeague property], Death
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1820, Scotland; 1950s Scotland
Synopsis: Angus is a cruel landlord, even killing Sandy's mother when Sandy tries to stand up to Angus' eviction. Finding Death squatting on one of his properties, Angus evicts him; Death vows Angus will never see him again and Angus thinks he's made a great bargain, but more than 100 years later he's immensely old and unable to die, desperately wishing Death would claim him.

Title: "The Closing Door"
Story:
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: Crane [archaeologist]
Others: Fleming [Crane's partner, dies], Bokan [beggar]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1936, Egypt
Synopsis: Bokan leads Crane and Fleming to El Jakum's crypt; Fleming ignores a warning on a door and enters it. Fleming is sealed inside and mysteriously transformed into a mummy as punishment.

Title: "Two Lives Had I"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Dr. Eric Cambell [psychiatrist]
Villains: Judith Hubbard [Cambell's nurse], Dr. Carl Kevitt [psychiatrist, Cambell's colleague]
Others: Mary Stuart [Carl's nurse], Mr. Brown [Cambell's patient], Claire Courtney [patient recommended to Cambell by Kevitt], John [doorman]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s San Francisco, California, USA
Synopsis: Cambell begins to think he's the schizophrenic killer loose in the area, but it turns out his colleague and rival Kevitt has been scheming with his nurse to make him think he's the killer.

Title: "The Victim!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Jim Martin [Farnsworth's chauffeur, dies], Lillian Farnsworth [Horace's wife, dies]
Others: Horace Farnsworth [wealthy man]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Jim goes to work for the Farnsworths; he and Lillian fall in love and plan to kill Horace so they can be together, but when Jim sabotages Horace's car it kills Lillian instead; Jim kills himself to be with Lillian.

Title: "The Man Who Refused to Die!"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Jonathan Storm [60 year old professor, regresses out of existence]
Villains: Hill bandits
Others: Dr. Curtis [Storm's physician], Chen Yu [Storm's guide, dies], the Highest One [lama]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA; Japan; Forbidden City, Tibet; Chungking, China; Shanghai, China; Chungtu, China
Synopsis: Storm journeys to Tibet hoping their Fountain of Youth will preserve his life. He ignores the Highest One's warnings and drinks from the Fountain but it causes Storm to regress in age until he no longer exists.

Title: "The Creature Who Followed!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: An escaped lunatic
Others: Inspector Carter [police detective]; Rawlins [policeman]
Genre: Crime
Setting: March 16, 1949, Stamwick, England
Synopsis: A man is chased through the fog by a mysterious figure; the figure turns out to be Inspector Carter, come to bring the man back to the asylum he escaped from.

Five (November, 1950)

Title: "Hangman's House"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Thomas Zane [black magician, dies], Satan, Ezekial Zoab [ghost of witches' executioner]
Others: Robert Kinsman [Thomas' rival], Mona Vincent [Robert's lover]
Genre: Horror
Setting: July, 1910, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Synopsis: Zane asks Satan for help destroying his rival, Kinsman. Satan guides Zane to bring Kinsman to Hangman's House, where the ghost of Zoab appears with a noose, but when Zane tries to hang Kinsman by the noose he accidentally hangs himself instead; unfortunately, Zane had told Satan he wanted Mona to have the better man - and that was Kinsman, not Zane.

Title: "Mark of the Witch"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Mayor of Channing [official, dies], a witch
Others: Anna Bolton [accused witch, dies], Spencer Walpole [old man, stands up to mayor]
Genre: Horror
Setting: October 22, 1564, Channing
Synopsis: The mayor uses his position to destroy enemies by accusing them of witchcraft; when Spencer stands up against the mayor, the mayor tries accusing him of witchcraft but Spencer inspires the people to oppose the mayor; the mayor asks an old woman to shelter him but she's a real witch and throttles him to death.

Title: "The Eyes That Stared!"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Nick Ames [thief]
Others: Mrs. Smith [boarding house owner], Mr. Kent [blind man, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Ames sees Kent has money so steals it, but thinks Kent is watching him intently for evidence of his guilt; driven mad by Ken't gaze, Ames murders Kent but is arrested almost immediately; only then he learns Kent was blind.

Title: "Return From the Grave"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Jorgens [ship captain, dies, returns as ghost]
Villains: Gorham Munson [ship captain, dies]
Others: Larson [Gorham's first mate, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: May 6, 1940, Maine, USA
Synopsis: Gorham arranges an accident on the S.S. Merchant while it's transporting gold; Gorham hires Jorgens to help salvage the ship, but Jorgens turns out to be the ghost of the Merchant's captain and while Gorham is diving in the wreck, Jorgens realizes who Gorham is and cuts the oxygen line to Gorham's suit.

Title: "The Painted Scarf"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Ernest Keller [painter, dies]
Villains: A woman with a red scarf [figure in painting]
Others: Mr. Varney [collector of supernatural tales], Mr. Keller [Ernest's father, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Varney relates how Ernest obtained the last painting his grandfather made, but his father tells Ernest his grandfather killed the model, a woman wearing a red scarf. Supposedly the model cursed their family before her death. Soon after, Ernest's father is found dead and Ernest runs to the police to protection; however, the woman gets into his cell and kills him, leaving behind her red scarf.

Title: "Even After Death"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Simon Coombs [poisoner, dies]
Others: Leticia Harvey Coombs [Simon's wife, wealthy woman, dies], Joseph [grave digger]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Simon poisons Leticia to death, but while her grave is being dug he slips and falls in; the grave diggers don't see him in the dark and bury him alive.

Six

Title: "I Deal in Murder!"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Heroes: Dr. Jon Byron [lab technician], Sergeant Blue [aka Dr. Rex, robot soldier]
Villains: Jacob Stalinov [aka Joseph Summers, Soviet spy], Pietro [Cuban spy]
Others: Dr. Paul Marco [robot inventor], Sue Marco [Paul's daughter]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Moscow, USSR; Cuba; Florida, USA; Washington D.C., USA
Synopsis: Stalinov is sent to infiltrate a US factory where robot soldiers are being built, but one of the technicians, Dr. Rex, is actually a robot soldier and he stops Stalinov from wrecking the factory.
"Frame-Up"
"The Dark Factory"
"Waiting Grave"

Title: "The Sinister Stone"
Story:
Art: Russ Heath
Heroes: Scott Mannion [businessman]
Others: An Indian sorcerer [dies], Mrs. Hodges [Mannion's secretary], Mr. Wetherby [lawyer], Dr. Prestwick [psychologist]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s Hyde Park, London, England, UK
Synopsis: Mannion finds the Stone of Miligna which will do whatever its owner asks but becomes terrified when his stray wishes cause thousands to die. Mannion turns himself over to the police but they lock him up in an insane asylum.

Title: "Felix the Great"
Story:
Art: Bill Everett
Villains: Felix the Great [Thornton Bros. Circus cat tamer, dies]
Others: Rajah [tiger], King [lion], Don [Felix's assistant, dies], Mr. Thornton [circus owner], Tina [panther], Paul [clown, dies], Sandra [Felix's wife]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Felix is jealous of the young men he trains for the circus and arranges for his cats to kill them in ways which look like accidents. When Sandra turns on Felix he tries to kill her with the panther Tina, but Tina kills Felix instead.

Seven

"I Was Locked in the Mansion with...Murder!"
"Dracula Lives"
"The Web"
"Behind the Mask"
"Terror in the Tent"
"The Phantom"

Eight

"Don't Open This Door!"

Title: "You Take a Pin..."
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Henry Parsons [businessman]
Villains: Charles Brousoir [Henry's business partner, dies], a shop owner
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Synopsis: Henry discovers Charles has been cheating on the business; a shop owner urges Henry to purchase a voodoo doll of Charles to punish him and Henry complies, but after seeing the doll truly works recoils and tries to return the doll, but the shop owner is gone. Charles attacks Henry, thinking Henry will give away his crimes and during the resulting scuffle, Charles throws the voodoo doll into a fireplace; Charles bursts into flame and dies.
"The Other Head"
"The Evil Eye"
"The Walking Ghost"
"The Maker of Dolls"
"The Picture"

Nine

Title: "Norman's Nightmare"
Story: Hank Chapman
Art: Gene Colan
Heroes: Norman
Villains: Halmar Sumac [dentist]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Norman is afraid of seeing a dentist but is reassured the dentist will use an anaesthetic. While under the gas, Norman has a nightmare where monsters try to turn him into a living "nightmare," but he awakens... unaware the dentist has transformed him into a monster.

Title: "Back From the Dead"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Sgt. Mike Carter [policeman, dies]
Villains: Egon Tarel [sorcerer, dies]
Others: Farley Marsden [Tarel's victim, dies]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Sgt. Carter catches Tarel as he uses magic to murder a man for his money; Carter has him sent to prison, but Tarel sends his astral form out and removes Carter's spirit from his body, killing him. However, before Tarel's spirit can rejoin his body Carter's spirit catches him and sends him into Limbo, leaving Tarel dead.

Title: "The Little Men"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Clem Ross [salesman]
Villains: Vivian Ross [Clem's shrewish wife]
Others: Lonny [toy mechanical man]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: Clem sells toy men and discovers they can communicate with him. Tired of his nagging wife he joins his friend Lonny, who shrinks him to miniature size; then they shrink Vivian down to size and leave her behind.

Title: "Step Into My Parlor!"
Story:
Art: Don Rico
Villains: The Collector
Others: A traveler
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1950s USA
Synopsis: The Collector shows a passerby his collection of memorabilia linked to murd