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TALES TO ASTONISH

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Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1 2 3 4

One

Title: "I Know the Secret of the Poltergeist!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: A paranormal investigator [poltergeist]
Others: Mr. and Mrs. Winter [new home owners], poltergeists
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA; England; Egypt
Reprinted In: Strange Tales Annual#1; Uncanny Tales From the Grave#6; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: An investigator proves to the Winters their home doesn't have a poltergeist, thus helping to preserve the secrecy of he and his fellow poltergeists' existence.

Title: "We Found the Ninth Wonder of the World"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby, Christopher Rule
Heroes: Captain Kane [sea captain]
Villains: Giant lobster, giant turtles
Others: Sailors [Simmons], Professor Briggs, Dr. Parker [scientists]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: A Pacific island
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#4; Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl#1; Marvel Monsters TPB; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: Kane and Briggs go looking for Parker and find him in a region populated with giant sea creatures; on an island, they see a giant turtle, but the island itself turns out to be an even bigger turtle; the men evacuate the turtle in a boat.

Title: "I Was the First Man to Set Foot On... the Mystery Planet!"
Story:
Art: Carl Burgos
Heroes: Tom Jonson [city designer]
Others: Robot servants, Hank Jordan [Tom's partner], yellow-skinned extraterrestrials, Azka [alien robot, destroyed]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: June 30-July 29, 2095, an alien world
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales34; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: When his robots break down during construction of an underground city, Tom declares he hates all robots; discovering atomic oil on an alien world, Tom goes on an expedition with the aliens but the oil is like a thing alive and nearly kills Tom; Azka sacrifices his life to save Tom and only then does Tom learn Azka was a robot. Seeing the prejudice Azka's people have to him, Tom realizes he was wrong to hate his own robots.

Title: "I Foiled an Enemy Invasion!"
Story:
Art: Jack Davis
Heroes: Mark Briton [reporter]
Villains: Otherwordly invaders
Others: Frank [television producer]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2008, Center City, USA; Hollywood, California, USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterowrks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1
Synopsis: Mark sees soldiers being advertised on billboards, but no one in advertising or entertainment knows anything about them. Mark realizes the figures are actually invaders from another world who have disguised themselves as 2-dimensional images. With the aid of the army, the soldiers are caught.

Two

"When Aliens Meet"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1
"I Fell to the Center of the Earth"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1
"I Was a Man in Hiding"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1

Title: "I Spent Eternity in a Deep Freeze!"
Story: Carl Wessler
Art: Carl Burgos
Villains: Joe Sykes [thief, test pilot]
Others: Martha Sykes [Joe's wife]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future, Earth
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1
Synopsis: Joe agrees to become a pilot aboard a ship which will journey to the end of the universe, keeping him in deep freeze. However, the journey becomes instanteous as Joe returns to the same spot he started from, but spatially reoriented so that he cannot interact with anyone else.
"My Job: Capture a Martian"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1

Three (May, 1959)

"I Am the Giant From Outer Space"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1

Title: "I Journeyed Back to the 20th Century!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Arro Goron [scientist from 2469]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2469 Earth; 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: Arro journeys back in time and begins stealing gold, but his time machine vanishes due to a paradox; Arro realizes he's stranded in the past.
"I Discovered the Man From Mars"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1

Title: "I Found the Perfect Hiding Place in Space!"
Story:
Art: Carl Burgos
Heroes: Zachariah Stubbs [miser]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 29th century, Earth; an asteroid
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1
Synopsis: Zachariah hides his money on an asteroid but later finds its among so many other asteroids he'll never be able to guess his money's location.
"I Escaped to the Stars"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1

Four (July, 1959)

Title: "I Love a Mermaid!"
Story:
Art: Carl Burgos
Heroes: A sailor [merman]
Others: Alethea [mermaid]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s Venezuela; an underwater city
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Chillers#2; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: A sailor meets Alethea and falls in love with her, but she doesn't think they could be togehter. However, he proves her wrong - he's a merman who's longed to be amongst others of his kind.

Title: "I Was a Prisoner of the Martians!"
Story:
Art: Joe Sinnott
Villains: Martians
Others: Darius Wolfe [annoying film director]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Earth, Mars, distant future
Reprinted In: Creatures on the Loose#21; Star Wars Weekly#139; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1
Synopsis: Martians see Wolfe commanding actors on his set and take him hostage because he's a leader; everyone thinks it's part of Wolfe's script.

Title: "I Made Time Stand Still"
Story:
Art:
Villains: Sydney Barr [scientist]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#20; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: Sydney Barr creates a machine which stops time; he goes on a crime spree, but when time is restored, everyone who was frozen in time turns out to remember what happened while immobilized so Sydney is easily apprehended.
"My Forbidden Paintings"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1

Title: "The Man Who Floats in Space!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Captain Racer and his men [Space Patrol members]
Villains: Bogane [Martian space pirate] and his crew
Others:
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: Bogane uses an adrift spacesuit to trap rescue ships into entering a vortex where he can capture their vessels and plunder them, but Captain Racer leads his Space Patrol to wreck Bogane's operation.

Five (September, 1959)

Title: "I Was Trapped by the Things on Easter Island!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby, Christopher Rule
Heroes: A pilot
Villains: Easter Island statues [alien invaders]
Genre: Science Fiction, Monster
Setting: 1960s Easter Island; a US Naval base
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#24; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: A pilot relates to US Navy personnel how he crashed on Easter Island and observed the giant heads rise up from the ground, revealing themselves to possess complete bodies. The statues talked of their plans to invade Earth before noticing the pilot spying on them; the pilot escaped, but can't get the Navy to believe him; the statues are pleased to learn no one believes him and continue with their plans.
"Menace From Outer Space"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1
"I Can See Tomorrow"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1
"I Found the Nightmare Note"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1

Title: "I Landed on the Forbidden Planet!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Tim Korey [starship freightline owner]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 23rd century, Earth
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: Korey goes to the "forbidden planet" to explore and finds it populated by giant insects; he leaves, not realizing the planet is Earth and he's simply very tiny compared to humans.

Six (November, 1959)

Title: "I Saw the Invasion of the Stone Men"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Professor George Ailen [geologist]
Villains: Stone men [creatures from beneath the Earth]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Strange Tales Annual#1; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: The Stone Men invade Earth, but eventually return to their underground world, being unsuited to life on the surface.
"I Became a Human Bomb"
Reprinted In: Strange Tales Annual#1; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1

Title: "I Laughed at the Great God, Pan!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby, Christopher Rule
Others: Norman [critic], Diane [girlfriend], Pan [Greek god, disguised as museum guard], Dionysus, Titans, Olympians [flashback]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1
Synopsis: Norman makes light of Pan when he sees his painting, but is then cursed to loose some of his hair. Could the museum guard with hooves be responsible?
"I Was the Man Under Glass"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1

Title: "I Was a Prisoner of the Living Statues!"
Story:
Art: John Forte
Heroes: Ngami [African villager]
Villains: Alien invaders
Others: Kisumu [African]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1950s Africa
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1
Synopsis: Aliens who look like African wood carvings plot to invade the Earth by imitating statues so as to invade people's homes, but Ngami puts varnish on the "statues" which freezes them into immobility.

Seven (January, 1960)

Title: "I Spent Midnight With The Monster On Bald Mountain!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: "Good" [living statue, destroyed]
Villains: "Evil" [living statue]
Others: Anton Gorge [sculptor]
Genre: Fantasy, Monster
Setting: 1960s Mountain castle, Europe
Reprinted In: Monster Menace#1; Where Creatures Roam#2; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1
Synopsis: Lightning brings statues of good and evil to life; "Evil" attacks sculptor, but "Good" defends him and both are seemingly destroyed in the struggle.
Notes: The Evil Statue returns in #8

Title: "We Met In The Swamp"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Heroes: Lem Whipple [old hermit]
Others: unnamed reporter, aliens
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s Black Tree Swamp, USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#5; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1
Synopsis: Whipple relates to a reporter how decades ago he met aliens and helped them remove their saucer from a bog. In return, they gave him a chest of their most precious substance and promised to return with an invasion force. When the reporter opens the chest, it turns out to contain nothing but air-- the most precious thing to a space traveler.

Title: "I Lived A Ghost Story"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Mr. Howard
Villains: A realtor [ghost]
Others: Ghosts
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s Greenwood Manor
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#5; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1
Synopsis: Howard buys an old manor, finds it's haunted and leaves. Turns out the realtor is a ghost and wants to keep the place vacant for him and his pals.

Title: "He Waits for Us in the Glacier"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: A submarine captain
Villains: A giant ice-like creature
Genre: Science Fiction, Monster
Setting: 1959, North Pole
Reprinted In: Strange Tales Annual#1; Where Creatures Roam#2; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: A submarine crew meet a giant ice-like creature at the North Pole; he reveals he's been monitoring humanity's progress and plans to conquer Earth, but not until after humans have decimated themselves with atomic weapons.

Title: "I Saw the Other World!"
Story:
Art: Dick Ayers
Heroes: A photographer
Others: People from another dimension
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Fantasy Masterpieces#1; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1
Synopsis: A man snaps photos and when he develops them, he finds images of another world. He becomes convinced another dimension exists parallel to Earth's and tries to prove it to another man but suddenly, a bolt of lightning strikes a tree and the man and camera vanish. The photographer goes home, not certain of what to believe, while the man shows the photos to the people of his dimension, who refuse to believe in earth.

Eight

Title: "I Live Again!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: "Evil" [from #7]
Others: Military
Genre: Fantasy, Monster
Setting: 1960s Europe; USA
Reprinted In: Where Creatures Roam#3; Monster Menace#3; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1
Synopsis: The Evil statue returns and goes on a rampage leading to the USA, virtually unstoppable; climbing within an object to plan his next move, he finds himself aboard a rocket, being shot out into space-- forever.

Title: "I Dared Defy the Floating Head!"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Bruce, Hank Rogers [teenage friends]
Villains: A gang of criminals
Others: Mayor of New York
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1965, New York City, New York, USA
Reprinted In: Where Creatures Roam#2; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: A giant floating head claims to be an alien power and demands New York be evacuated. Bruce and Hank realize the head is really just a projection; they find the site where the projector is held and switch off the head.

Title: "I-Am-the-Genie!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Freddy Sykes [criminal]
Others: A winged horse, a Genie
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Fear#1; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: Freddy finds a Genie and uses its power to grant himself wealth and a flying horse, then dissolves the oceans and blocks out the sun; finally he asks to have the Genie's power; the Genie complies, but consequently Freddy is trapped within the Genie's bottle, no longer having a will of his own.
Notes: Freddy returns next issue.

Title: "Mummex -- King of the Mummies!"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: Paul Fleming [archaeologist]
Villains: Mummex [Raaka, giant extraterrestrial mummy]
Others: Dr. Fleming [Paul's father], Sara [Paul's girlfriend]
Genre: Science Fiction, Monster
Setting: 1960s Cairo, Egypt; Andromida, Seventh Galaxy
Reprinted In: Fear#1; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: Paul's expedition awakens Mummex, who quickly locates his starship and returns to his homeworld, his bandages being used for protection during space travel.

Nine (May, 1960)

Title: "I Saw Droom the living Lizard!"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: Henry Gordon [scientist]
Villains: Droom [Droomedia Rex, lizard that grows]
Others: US military
Genre: Monster, Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Fantasy Masterpieces#8; Where Monsters Dwell#28; Marvel Monsters TPB; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1
Synopsis: Gordon is experimenting with a growth serum to solve hunger problems, but it accidentally splashes on a lizard, who continues to grow and grow, until he threatens the entire country. Finally, soldiers strap rockets onto Droom and launch him into outer space. 10 million years later, Droom becomes the first of his species on a world that would one day be known as... Earth.

Title: "Return of the Genie!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Villains: Freddy Sykes [from last issue]
Others: The Genie [in flashback to last issue]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s New York City
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#11; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: After spending months trapped within the Genie's bottle in the swamp, Freddy is released by a passerby who doesn't realize what's inside the bottle. Freddy emerges, now able to use all of the Genie powers he inherited and quickly dominates mankind, shrinking people, growing animals, releasing gravity, drawing the moon to Earth, fashioning armies and conquering every continent. Finally, he decides to conquer other worlds but as he leaves Earth with a fleet his powers fade as they only work on Earth; all his effects are undone and he's returned to the bottle, but this time the passerby in the swamp doesn't set him free.

Title: "No Way Out"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Dr. Harris [scientist]
Others: Amy Harris [doctor's wife], a robot pilot
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 21st century
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#34; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: Despite many attempts to exit Earth's solar system, no vessel can depart, not even robot-piloted crafts. Dr. Harris theorizes some entity is intentionally sealing them within the system.

Title: "Fangs of the Bear"
Story:
Art:
Villains: An inventor
Others: Bobby [crippled little boy], a robot teddy bear
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#13; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: An inventor creates a robot teddy bear he can control to rob people's homes; it works well the first time, but the second people to take the bear home give him to Bobby and the inventor can't get the bear to return to him. The inventor invades the family's home to recover the bear, but the bear mysteriously comes to life and defends the family from the inventor, who is ultimately arrested.

Ten

Title: "I Was Trapped by Titano the Monster That Time Forgot!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby, Joe Sinnott
Heroes: Dirk Hartnell [US Navy commander]
Villains: Titano [massive crab]
Others: Makau [Pacific islander], US Navy [Bob, Holmes, Johnson]
Genre: Science Fiction, Monster
Setting: 1960s Japan; Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Reprinted In: Tower of Shadows#7; Marvel Monsters: Where Monsters Dwell#1; Marvel Monsters TPB; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: Titano begins threatening islands and ships at sea, but Hartnell tricks Titano into pursuing his submarine, leading the creature into a glacier where it's frozen.

Title: "Something Lurks Inside!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Ted Karson [astronaut]
Villains: Insectoid creatures
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1959 USA; Planet X
Reprinted In: Fear#1; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: Ted journeys into outer space and winds up on Planet X where he discovers powerful insectoid creatures; discovering he's carrying a disease which would harm mankind, Ted sends a message detailing what he's done and remains in quarantine on Planet X; the people of Earth name Ted a hero.

Title: "What Was the Strange Power of Simon Drudd!!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Villains: Simon Drudd [scientist, dies]
Others: Policemen [O'Keefe], Drudd's assistant
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Fear#1; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: Drudd invents a youth potion and intends to use immortality to conquer the Earth, but he becomes so young he regresses out of existence.

Title: "Only I Know When the World Will End!!!"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: Kartu [alien from Tertius Major, tourist]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: March 27-28, 1960, Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia, USA; USSR; Africa; China; Sertius Major
Reprinted In: Fear#1; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.1
Synopsis: Kartu accidentally teleports to Earth; he tries to warn people a runaway planet will destroy Earth in one day but no one believes him; when the day arrives, the runaway planet destroys a second runaway planet; people realize Kartu's story was true but now he's gone into hiding.

Eleven (September, 1960)

Title: "I Dared to Look Into the Beyond!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Heroes: Derek [time traveler]
Others: Marcus [ancient Roman]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2050 USA; ancient Rome; 3045 Earth
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#6; Crypt of Shadows#18; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.2
Synopsis: In 2050, humans can travel to the past but not the future. Derek is determined to solve this, against the wishes of others. He finally heads into the future, but finds an uninhabited world he assumes is the past; he doesn't realize by 3045, all humans had evacuated Earth.
Notes: Retold from "Journey into Nowhere!" in Strange Tales#69.

Title: "I Wore the Mask of Drothar!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: A mask-maker
Others: Drothar [sorcerer, dies in flashback]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA; Medieval past
Reprinted In: Chamber of Darkness#7; Dead of Night#10; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.2
Synopsis: A mask-maker knows of the legends of the sorcerer Drothar and fashions a mask based on him; he decides to commit robberies wearing the mask, but afterwards when he removes the mask, his face still looks like Drothar, enabling the police to catch him.
Notes: Plot recycled from "the Mask of the Mind!" in Marvel Tales#96 and "Who Hides Beneath My Mask" in Tales of Suspense#6.

Title: "I Was Face-to-Face With the Forbidden Robot!"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: Ralph [restless man]
Others: Anne [Ralph's wife], robots
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1967 USA
Reprinted In: Fear#1; Dead of Night#10; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.2
Synopsis: In a world where the use of robots has been abandoned by men, Ralph decides to become a great man by reactivating a robot and defeating it. However, the robot withstands his efforts to destroy it and ultimately saves his life from a fire; Ralph shares this with the world and people decide to give robots another chance.

Title: "I Found Monstrom! The Dweller in the Black Swamp!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: John [writer]
Others: Monstrom [monstrous alien], Billy [John's son], Sara [John's wife]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: The Bayous of New Orleans
Reprinted In: Fear#1; Chamber of Chills#18; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 2
Synopsis: John finds Monstrom in the swamp and leads the townspeople against him, driving him below the swamp; Monstrom returns to his spacecraft to wait until humans are no longer fearful of those who are different.

Twelve (October, 1960)

Title: "My Nightmare Has No End!"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: A convict
Villains: Alien from Zendu
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Prison; Dimension of Zendu
Reprinted In: Fantasy Masterpieces#4; Fear#4; Tomb of Darkness#19; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 2
Synopsis: A man is visited in his dreams by an alien from Zendu, who proposes they trade bodies. The man agrees and the alien believes he will experience all Earth has to offer, only to find the man was sleeping in a cell on death row.
Notes: Titled "I am the Beast Man!" in Fantasy Masterpieces#4.

Title: "A Monster Waits Outside!!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Major Ford [astronaut]
Villains: An alien creature [hallucination?]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Fear#3; Chamber of Chills#24; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 2
Synopsis: Ford is launched into space and is attacked by a creature, but then awakens to find no evidence of being attacked...except for a claw attached to the outer hull of his vessel.

Title: "Save Me! Save Me!"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Villains: Albert Poole [scientist]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Fear#3; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 2
Synopsis: Poole alters his atoms so he can walk on water in order to steal government plans, but then finds he can't walk on land anymore.

Title: "I Discovered Gorgilla"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Heroes: Scotty [aka Dr. Druid; anthropologist]
Villains: Gorgilla [giant ape], a tyrannosaurus rex, hostile natives
Others: Frank, other explorers
Genre: Monster, Fantasy
Setting: Midnight Mountain, Borneo
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#9; Weird Wonder Tales#21; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 2
Synopsis: Scotty's party travels to Midnight Mountain in search of the missing link and find Gorgilla; Gorgilla attacks them, but then assaults a T-rex. They escape and leave Gorgilla where he is.
Notes: Gorgilla returns in Tales to Astonish#18; Dr. Druid retconned into being Scotty in Weird Wonder Tales#21.

Thirteen

Title: "I Challenged...Groot! The Monster From Planet X!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: Leslie Evans [scientist]
Villains: Groot [tree-like alien, ruler of "Planet X", dies]
Others: Alice Evans [Leslie's wife]
Genre: Science Fiction, Monster
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Monster Masterworks; Where Monsters Dwell#6; Weird Wonder Tales#19; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 2
Synopsis: Monstrous Groot invades earth, intending to bring specimens back to Planet X with him, sends trees to attack humans. Killed by termites sent by Leslie Evans.
Notes: Helped inspire story of Gormuu in Fantastic Four#271; Groot returns in Incredible Hulk Annual#5.

Title: "I Found the Abominable Snowman!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Villains: Carl Hanson [explorer]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s Calcutta, India; Tibet
Reprinted In: Tomb of Darkness#19; Chamber of Darkness#7; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 2
Synopsis: Hanson goes looking for the abominable snowman, only to learn of the curse which transforms those who search into the Abominable Snowman themselves.

Title: "My Friend Is...Not Quite Human
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Gustav [woodcarver]
Others: Napoleon Bonaparte, wooden statue of a woman, gypsy
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1799, Amiens, France
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#6; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 2
Synopsis: Gustav, who carves gargoyles, is forced by Napoleon to carve him a woman; he falls in love with the statue and when it briefly comes to life one evening, he decides to become a wooden man so they can be together; he takes a potion from a gypsy without paying to be transformed, but the gypsy has her revenge by turning the statue into a woman.
Notes: Retold from "the Wooden Woman" in Menace#8.

Title: "I Found the Hidden World"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: Joey [former crook]
Villains: Frankie [Joey's old partner], creatures from other dimension
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Tower of Shadows#8; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 2
Synopsis: Joey tries to find out if other dimensions can be reached through television; his one-time partner Frankie appears to enact revenge, but is pulled into another dimension by a creature there, never to return.

Fourteen

Title: "Behold! I Am the Master of Time!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: An antique collector
Others: Father Time, an angry mob
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA; 18th century Europe
Reprinted In: Tower of Shadows#8; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.2
Synopsis: To complete his antique collection, a collector builds a time machine and goes to the 18th century to gather what he needs. An angry mob follows him, but he finds he can't return to the 20th century - his machine ran on electricity and now has no power source.
Notes: Retelling of "What Happened to Harry?" from Tales to Astonish#29.

Title: "Krang!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: Professor Carter [scientist]
Villains: Krang [ant grown to immense size and intellect, dies]
Others: An anteater, Ludwig [hunchback caretaker]
Genre: Science Fiction, Monster
Setting: Europe
Reprinted In: Fear#4; Weird Wonder Tales#18; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 2
Synopsis: Carter develops a growth serum, but his jealous assistant Ludwig pours a vial onto an ant, who becomes gigantic and demands Carter give him the formula. Carter defeats Krang by growing an anteater to an immense size.

Title: "The Thing in Human Form"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Villains: Ogor [Martian spy]
Others: Zeno [Jupiter spy disguised as John Cummings]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Darkness#8; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 2
Synopsis: Ogor goes to Earth to capture scientist John Cummings so his people can use his atomic weapons, but Cummings overpowers Ogor and captures him-- he's actually Zeno, a spy from Jupiter.
Notes: Title changed to "The Beast That Walks Like a Man" in reprint.

Fifteen

Title: "I Learned The Dread Secret of The Blip!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: unnamed radio operator, the Blip [benevolent electrical alien]
Villains: townspeople of Oakville
Genre: Science Fiction, Monster
Setting: 1960s Oakville, USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Monster Masterworks; Giant-Size Man-Thing#2; Fear#2; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 2
Synopsis: The Blip, a benevolent alien arrives on earth, draining electricity from the town of Oakville to recharge itself after being trapped in a space/time warp. Frightened humans attack the Blip, so he departs without sharing his knowledge with them.
Notes: The Blip returns in Incredible Hulk Annual#5 and Fantastic Four Unlimited#7.

Title: "I Dared Enter the Forbidden World!"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Villains: Derek [ivory hunter]
Others: Martians [Uxmal, Antogg], John [ivory hunter]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s Africa
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Man-Thing#2; Fear#2; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 2
Synopsis: Derek and John are close to finding the elephant graveyard, but Derek shoots John in the leg to keep him from sharing in the wealth. At the gravesite, Derek is captured by Martians, who reveal they bred the mastodon to Earth and have been bringing ivory back to Mars for centuries. They put Derek to work as their slave.

Title: "I am the Invisible"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Karlos Konak [would-be conqueror]
Others: Zuka [gypsy woman]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: Black Thunder Mountain, Europe
Reprinted In: Chamber of Darkness#8; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 2
Synopsis: Konak has Zuka give him a lens which will turn objects invisible and uses it on himself, but when he becomes invisible to the world, the world becomes invisible to him likewise.

Title: "I Defied the Curse of Tut-Ah-Anka!"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Villains: A criminal
Others: Egyptian police
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s Egypt
Reprinted In: Fear#2; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.2
Synopsis: A criminal enters the tomb of Tut-Ah-Anka to hide from the police, ignoring warnings of a curse. Evading the police he returns to the USA and becomes successful in everything he does; however, this escape is a delusion of his mind - since entering the tomb he's been a raving maniac.

Sixteen

Title: "My Touch Means... Doom!"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: Bill Howard [bank teller]
Others: Martha Howard [Bill's wife], Johnson [bank guard, hypnotist]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s Meadowfield, USA; New Mexico, USA
Reprinted In: Tower of Shadows#8; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.2
Synopsis: Bill needs money for Martha's operation; he steals a fortune from the bank and flees to New Mexico, but is exposed to radiation from a test site and tries to kill himself by leaping from a cliff. Suddenly, Bill wakes up in the bank; the entire episode was created by the bank guard, a hypnotist. Martha is ultimately saved by an operation which the doctor performs for free.

Title: "I am the Victim of the Sorcerer!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: A figure from a painting
Villains: A sorcerer from a painting
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Where Creatures Roam#3; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.2
Synopsis: A man without memories wanders through the streets, resisting a compulsion; finally giving it, he follows his senses to an art gallery where he merges with a painting; the man was enchanted by a sorcerer to live on a piece of canvas as punishment for betraying him.

Title: "Here Comes... Thorr the Unbelieveable"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: Linus [archaeologist]
Villains: Thorr [giant stone alien] and his people [all seemingly die]
Others: Helen [Linus' wife], Polynesian natives
Genre: Science Fiction, Monster
Setting: 1960s South Pacific island
Reprinted In: Where Creatures Roam#3; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.2
Synopsis: On a volcanic island, Linus finds a crashed spaceship and awakens its pilot, Thorr. Thorr summons the rest of his people to begin an invasion of Earth, but Linus uses dynamite to set off the island's volcano, destroying the island, Thorr and his people.
Notes: Retitled "Here Comes... Thorg the Unbelieveable" in reprint.

Title: "Save Me From the Mole Men!"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Crusher [boxer]
Villains: Mole Men [underground-dwelling creatures]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s Fairfax Laboratories, USA
Reprinted In: Where Creatures Roam#3; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.2
Synopsis: Crusher hears about a formula which increases men's weight; he steals it and ingests so much he falls through the ground; winding up deep beneath the surface, Crusher is found by Mole Men who decide to use Crusher as their sparring partner in exercises.

Seventeen

Title: "Vandoom, the Man Who Made a Creature!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: Vandoom [wax sculptor], Vandoom's Creature [wax creature brought to life]
Villains: Martians
Others: Transylvanians
Genre: Science Fiction, Monster
Setting: 1960s Transylvania
Reprinted In: Marvel Monster Masterworks; Where Creatures Roam#4; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 2
Synopsis: Vandoom makes an immense wax statue, which lightning brings to life; villagers try to destroy it, but it winds up saving them from Martian invaders, exhausting its energy, becoming inert again. The creature is returned to the museum, honoured by the village.

Title: "Beware! Of the Ghastly Glass!
Story:
Art: Seve Ditko
Villains: An old man, Bruno [old man's bodyguard]
Others: A curio shop owner
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s China; an alien world
Reprinted In: Where Creatures Roam#4; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.2
Synopsis: An old man searches across the globe for a crystal which allows the wielder to make wishes. He finally locates it and ignores the curio shop owner's warnings of the crystal turning wishes against people. The old man wishes to be 20 years old, with a long, healthy life ahead, to be free from arrest and be the richest man in the world; all these wishes come true, but the man didn't specify which planet he would be the richest man on - he now lives on an alien world.

Title: "I Dared to Enter the Haunted Room!"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: Mr. Smith [bomb-maker]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s Elmwood Falls, USA; New York, New York, USA
Reprinted In: Tower of Shadows#9; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.2
Synopsis: Mr. Smith goes to Elmwood Falls to hide his nuclear bomb; he chooses a supposed haunted house as the hiding place and spends the night in a haunted room. The next day, Smith goes to New York to issue an ultimatum to the United Nations, but discovers sleeping in the haunted room has made him a ghost; no one can see him.

Eighteen (April, 1961)

Title: "Monsteroso!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Monsteroso [monstrous creature, dies]
Others: Professor, Smith
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Microscopic alien world
Reprinted In: Fantasy Masterpieces#9; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 2
Synopsis: Monsteroso hatches from an egg and grows rapidly, intending to become so powerful he will conquer the stars-- but he is killed by a sudden flood, caused in a laboratory, as a professor cleans the slide Monsteroso's world lay upon.

Title: "Gorgilla Strikes Again!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Heroes: Scotty
Villains: Gorgilla [from #12, dies], three Soviet spies
Others: Scotty's wife, policemen
Genre: Monster, Fantasy
Setting: 1957, Borneo; Statue of Liberty; Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, USA
Reprinted In: Where Creatures Roam#5; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.2
Synopsis: Gorgilla hitches a ride aboard a boat to New York and goes on a rampage; three spies try to use the opportunity to bomb an African head of state, hoping to cause chaos in the USA, but Gorgilla stops the spies; chasing the chief spy to the top of the Statue of Libery, Gorgilla is shot down by the police, falls and dies. Only after Gorgilla's death do the police realize he was helping them.
Notes: Partially retold in Marvel Universe#5; Gorgilla returns in Marvel Universe#4-7.

Title: "Robot on the Rampage"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: A lighthouse keeper
Villains: A berserk robot
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: "A few years in the future"
Reprinted In: Marvel Super-Heroes#31; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 2
Synopsis: A robot turns against the lighthouse keeper he works with; he plans to starve his master out of the lighthouse, but is exposed to so much salt water he rusts immobile.

Nineteen (May, 1961)

"Rommbu!"
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#7; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 2

Title: "The Thing With Red Eyes"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Villains: Vince Kane and his Yellow Spider gang [gangsters]; Al Rocco [rival gangster]
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1920s
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#7; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.2
Synopsis: Vince buys a doll with red eyes, thinking it looks like Rocco; Vince soon discovers the doll works like a voodoo doll against Rocco. He plans to kill Rocco by throwing the doll out a window, but Rocco secretly alters the doll to resemble Vince; Vince doesn't notice the change until the doll is headed to the ground.

Title: "The Terrible Trap!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Bart Magor [ruthless hunter], extraterrestrial hunters [Zomok]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s Africa
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#7; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.2
Synopsis: Magor enjoys placing small animals inside a maze. He's ruthless in collecting animals on safari, but winds up captured by alien hunters who place Magor in a maze for their amusement.

Twenty

Title: "What was 'X' The Thing That Lived!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: Charles Bentley [Marvel Comics writer]
Villains: X [shape shifter], sea serpent, two-headed flying lizard [all created by typewriter, all destroyed]
Others: Marvel Comics' editor [Stan Lee?]
Genre: Science Fiction, Monster
Setting: 1960s New York, USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Monster Masterworks; Fear#2; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 2
Synopsis: Charles Bentley, Marvel monster comic writer, discovers his creations are coming to life-- including the most powerful of them all, X. Only by smashing his typewriter is X finally destroyed.
Notes: X returns in Alpha Flight#17.

Title: "One-Way Journey!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Adam Gree [corporation owner, inventor]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1981; 2021, USA
Reprinted In: Fear#2; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.2
Synopsis: Adam believes in 40 years humans will live in a paradise but he'll be too old to enjoy it; Gree throws everything into building a time machine and travels 40 years into the future, only to find he's become 40 years older.

Twenty-One

Title: "Trull the Unhuman"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: Phil [architect]
Villains: Trull [disembodied alien from Delta Centurius Galaxy]
Others: Gloria [Phil's ex-lover], Bart Hanson [Phil's rival], Rajah [elephant]
Genre: Science Fiction, Monster
Setting: 1960s Africa
Reprinted In: Creatures on the Loose#10; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 3
Synopsis: Trull dies when his ship crashes on earth, but he takes possession of a steam shovel. Supposed coward Phil defeats Trull with the aid of an elephant.

Title: "It Happened on 'the Silent Screen'"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: The Glop [movie monster]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#8; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.3
Synopsis: The Glop seems to emerge from the movie screen to menace the audience; but what is real and what is fiction?
Notes: Sequel is "Dream World!" in Tales to Astonish#26.
"Open Wider Please"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 3

Twenty-Two

Title: "I Dared to Battle the Crawling Creature!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Heroes: Walter Carter [high school student]
Villains: The Crawling Creature [a giant lizard]
Others: A tribe of cavemen
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#13; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.3
Synopsis: Walter is jeered by classmates for being a dreamer; he volunteers to journey beneath the earth near the Grand Canyon aboard a drilling machine; below he discovers a tribe of cavemen menaced by the Crawling Creature; Walter bravely distracts the creature and makes it follow him to the surface, then traps it within the Grand Canyon.

Title: "For Whom the Drum Beats!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Max Kole [drummer]
Others: "Taps" [drummer], Grimm the gypsy [gypsy sorceress]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s Rangoon; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Transylvania
Reprinted In: Creatures on the Loose#20; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.3
Synopsis: Desperate to become a better drummer, Kole demands Grimm cast a spell on him; Grimm agrees and gives him enchanted drumsticks, but soon the drumsticks take over Kole, forcing him to play the drums at all times, never resting.

Title: "Help!"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: A writer
Others: A motorist
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Creatures on the Loose#15; Crypt of Shadows#21; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.3
Synopsis: A writer buys a second-hand typewriter; instead of printing what he intends to write, the typewriter reads out a distress message with an address. The writer investigates and finds a motorist whose car has almost fallen over the edge of a ravine. After saving the motorist, the writer learns the typewriter he bought used to belong the motorist.

Twenty-Three

Title: "Moomba"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Heroes: Frank [hunter], Katu [African witch doctor]
Villains: Moomba [wooden extraterrestrial invader], living statues
Others: African pygmies, John [statue owner]
Genre: Science Fiction, Monster
Setting: 1960s Central Africa; USA; USSR; China
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#25; Creatures on the Loose#11; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.3
Synopsis: Frank is hired to obtain wooden statutes in Africa; he doubts the local superstitions until he finds Moomba, a living statue come to invade Earth. Moomba summons all of his fellow "statues" to come to life and begin their conquest. However, Katu uses his potions to immobilize Moomba and forces him to leave Earth with his army, erasing all memory of their existence from humanity. Moomba and his army merge into a spaceship and depart, while Frank eventually regains knowledge of the story by reading his diary.

Title: "The Voice From Nowhere!"
Story:
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: A spaceman
Others: Alien asteroid [from the fourth galaxy]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: The future, outer space
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#14; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 3
Synopsis: A spaceman lands on an asteroid to make repairs and hears a voice calling for help, wanting to know where the fourth galaxy is; he directs it and learns the voice comes from the asteroid itself.

Title: "Less Than Human"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: John Harris [anti-robot activist]
Others: Alice Harris [John's wife], Billy Harris [John's son], Roby [robot servant, destroyed], various robots
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Distant future
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#22; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.3
Synopsis: John campaigns against introducing robots in every level of society, but can't make his voice heard - even his wife buys Roby to help care for their son. One day, Billy is nearly struck by a car, but Roby sacrifices himself to save the child; John decides he was wrong about robots.
Notes: Retelling of "the Robot Hater" from Tales of Suspense#3.

Twenty-Four

Title: "I Found the Abominable Snowman"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: Victor Cartwright [producer of "So You Want To See It"]
Villains: Lizard Men [masquerade as abominable snowman], Octo-Monster
Others: Fred Cooper [Victor's assistant], Don Jordan [Victor's rival at another network]
Genre: Monster, Fantasy
Setting: 1960s, Himalayas
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 3 Synopsis: Cartwright responds to a challenge from Jordan by going to the Himalayas to find the abominable snowman; he discovers the underground-dwelling Lizard Men are responsible and seals them within their caves.
Notes: The Lizard Men return in Marvel Universe#6.

Title: "Something Missing!!"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: Astronauts [Tom, Baker]
Villains: Mercurians [advanced species]
Others: Sally [Tom's girlfriend]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1971, USA; Mercury
Reprinted In: Where Creatures Roam#5; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.3
Synopsis: Sally stows away on the first rocket to Mercury, much to the crew's annoyance. On Mercury, the Mercurians have no interest in anything the humans offer them, being more advanced than humanity already. Finally, the Mercurians decide to simply kill the humans but when they learn Sally is in love with Tom they're mystified: they have no such emotion as love. Curious, they ask to learn more about love and enter into friendly relations with Earth.

Title: "He Waits in the Dark!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: A heartless landlord
Others: A mysterious janitor
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s Europe
Reprinted In: Where Creatures Roam#5; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.3
Synopsis: A landlord is cruel to his tenants; the new janitor monitors the situation carefully, then one day tells the tenants to leave and causes the building and landlord to vanish with him; but where did the janitor come from?

Twenty-Five (November, 1961)

Title: "I Was Captured By The Creature From Krogarr!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: Joe Hanson [loafer]
Villains: Creatures From Krogarr [hostile aliens]
Others: Clara Hanson [Joe's wife]
Genre: Science Fiction, Monster
Setting: 1960s USA, planet of Krogarr
Reprinted In: Marvel Monster Masterworks; Creatures On the Loose#13; Weird Wonder Tales#17; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 3
Synopsis: Joe Hanson is taken to the world of Krogarr through his television set and learns they intend to use his TV to invade humanity, but because Joe didn't pay his TV bill, the service is cut off and he returns home, having saved humanity.

Title: "Where Lurks the Ghost!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Mike [disbelieving sort]
Others: Joe [ghost expert], the caretaker of Brent Mansion
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s Brent Mansion, USA
Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills#23; Creatures on the Loose#15; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 3
Synopsis: Mike spends a night in Brent Mansion, reputed to be haunted, but finds only the friendly caretaker; the next morning he learns the caretaker has been dead for 50 years-- he is the ghost of Brent Mansion!

Title: "Behold Him! He is the Martian!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Heroes: Agent X [Venusian spy]
Villains: Dan Blake [astronaut, Martian invader]
Others: other Venusians
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA; Venus
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#15; Where Creatures Roam#8; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 3
Synopsis: Agent X unmasks Blake as a Martian invader and thwarts his plot to end earth's space program.
Notes: Same plot as "A Martian Walks Among Us" from Strange Tales #78.

Title: "The Gypsy's Revenge"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Villains: Monk Morgan [robber]
Others: old gypsy man
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s Europe
Reprinted In: Monsters On the Prowl#14; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 3
Synopsis: Morgan kills an old gypsy for his jewels, but then while having his fortune told in the states is confronted by the same gypsy and finds he has trapped him within a void.

Twenty-Six (December, 1961)

Title: "Look Out!! Here Come the... Four-Armed Men!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Heroes: William Cartwright [explorer]
Villains: The Four-Armed Men [four-armed aliens disguised as humans]: Nurse Anne Morgan
Others: Brunno [Cartwright's bodyguard]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s Amazon, Brazil; USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#8; Chamber of Chills#19; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.3
Synopsis: William sends for a nurse; he tells Anne how he encountered four-armed aliens in the Amazon and escaped them, but fears they may still be amongst humans; Brunno then traps Anne in a locked room, having baited this trap with his master expecting one of the aliens to come after William.
Notes: Retold from "the Madman" in Menace#4; told again as "Forewarned is Four-Armed!" in Chamber of Darkness#2.

Title: "He Walked Through Walls"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Villains: Silas Birch [clerk], a black magician
Others: Charles J. Cragmore [Silas' employer]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 19th century England
Reprinted In: Fear#4; Chamber of Chills#22; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.3
Synopsis: After Silas sees a stranger perform magical deeds he asks to learn his secrets, even though it means writing a contract which allows the stranger to claim his soul. Because the stranger promises no one will ever imprison him, Silas takes the contract and uses his new magic powers to walk through walls and steal money. Fleeing the country, Silas' boat sinks; he finds himself on a deserted island with the useless money, awaiting the day the stranger claims his soul.

Title: "Run, Rocky, Run!"
Story:
Art: Bob Forgione
Villains: Rocky Jordan [convict]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#8; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 3
Synopsis: Desperate to escape the law, Rocky hears of a rocket being launched and decides to hide aboard it, but it turns out to be a remote-controlled rocket only inches tall.
Notes: Recycled from "Escape!" in Menace#4. Retold as "Run, Roco, Run" in Silver Surfer#5.

Title: "Dream World!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: A sleeping man
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#8; Chamber of Chills#19; Marvel Visionaries: Steve Ditko; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.3
Synopsis: A man trying to sleep has dreams of flying in his bed; or are they dreams? What is reality?
Notes: Written as a sequel to "It Happened on the Silent Screen" from Tales to Astonish#21.

Twenty-Seven (January, 1962)

Title: "The Man in the Ant Hill!"
Story: Stan Lee, Larry Leiber
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: Hank Pym [bio-chemist]
Villains: Ants
Others: Pym's scientific colleagues
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Pym's laboratory, New Jersey, USA
Reprinted In: The Essential Ant-Man; Marvel Collector's Item Classics#22; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 3
Synopsis: Pym's formula shrinks him down smaller than an ant; ants chase him through an ant hill, though one helps him escape; after returning to normal size, he gives up on his research and gains new appreciation for ants.
Notes: Pym returns in Tales To Astonish#35.

Title: "Dead Planet!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Mopox [Komok warrior, dies], other Komok warriors [Grokor]
Others: Rock-like aliens
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Komok; other alien worlds
Reprinted In: Journey into Mystery#19; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.3
Synopsis: Komok warriors are so powerful a single one can conquer an entire world. Mopox invades one inhabited world but cannot find any trace of life; unable to sustain himself without combat, Mopox dies without realizing the lifeforms on this world look like rocks.

Title: "Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall..."
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: Bill Carter
Villains: An evil sorcerer [dies]
Others: Anne Carter [Bill's wife]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Vault of Evil#23; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.3
Synopsis: Bill buys Anne a mirror but it was enchanted by a sorcerer who sealed himself within the glass; the sorcerer entrances Anne to have her perform the rites which will set him free, but Bill succeeds in breaking the mirror before the spell finishes, freeing Anne and destroying the magician.
"The Talking Horse"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 3

Twenty-Eight (February, 1962)

Title: "The Frightening Fog"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Mongoors [alien planet raiders]
Others: Benevolent aliens
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s Earth
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#13; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.3
Synopsis: Earth is surrounded by a mysterious fog, but it vanishes after some time; it was put up by friendly aliens to obscure the planet from notice by the Mongoors.

Title: "Midnight on Haunted Hill"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Heroes: Billy Jones [teenager]
Others: Rex [Billy's dog], Sam and Mrs. Jones [Billy's parents], Joe [reporter], a tree-like alien
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Creatures on the Loose#13; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.3
Synopsis: Billy sees a flying saucer land on Haunted Hill and hears aliens exile one of their own on Earth for one year, but Billy can't find the alien. Billy tells the story to others, but no one will believe him. A year later, a crowd gathers at Haunted Hill in a mock celebration of Billy's story, only to see the saucer land and retrieve the alien, who looked just like a tree.

Title: "I Am the... Gorilla-Man"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Villains: Gorilla-Man [Frank Radzik, scientist, becomes gorilla]
Others: A gorilla
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s Transylvania
Reprinted In: Fear#5; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.3; Gorilla-Man#2
Synopsis: Radzik develops the means to transfer his mind into an animal's body, testing it out on a cat; he chooses a gorilla so he can become all-powerful, but when the gorilla enters Radzik's body it takes Radzik prisoner, forcing him into the zoo; the gorilla's intelligence was just great enough to know Radzik was evil.
Notes: Returns in Tales to Astonish#30. Retold as "Grayson's Gorilla" in Tales to Astonish#48.

"The Scheme"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 3

Twenty-Nine (March, 1962)

Title: "What Happened to Harry?"
Story:
Art:
Heroes: Albert Poole [inventor]
Villains: Harry Brown [company president]
Others: Cavemen, dinosaurs
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA; prehistoric past
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#20; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.3
Synopsis: Harry is always taking credit for Albert's inventions; when Albert builds a time machine and wants it patented in his own name, Harry decides to travel back in time with the machine and claim it for himself. However, Harry doesn't understand the device and winds up in prehistory, surrounded by cavemen and dinosaurs; the time machine won't work because there's no electricity.
Notes: Retold from "Behold! I Am the Master of Time!" in Tales to Astonish#14.

Title: "The Man Who Blew Up The Earth"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Villains: Elias Cragstone [scientist, ugly man, dies]
Others: A female scientist
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 3
Synopsis: Spurned by a scientist he loved, Cragstone builds a cobalt bomb to destroy Earth from orbit so only he will survive, but accidentally kills himself; the blast creates a glow the woman scientist finds beautiful.

Title: "The Last Laugh!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Happy Harper [practical joker, dies], demons
Genre: Horror
Setting: 1960s USA; Hell
Reprinted In: Fear#6; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.3
Synopsis: Happy enjoys playing jokes on others, even though no one else appreciates his sense of humour. While planning to use TNT for a prank, Happy accidentally kills himself; he at first thinks he's in Heaven, but soon discovers he's in Hell and the demons were playing a joke on him.
Notes: Reuses the plot of "He Who Laughs Last" in Adventures into Weird Worlds#15.

Title: "When the Space Beasts Attack!!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Heroes: Jeb [farmer]
Villains: Space Beasts [extraterrestrial army]
Others: Jeb's wife and son
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA; an alien world
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#12; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.3
Synopsis: The Space Beasts invade Earth and easily destroy defense bases and vehicles using a disintegrator ray. Humanity surrenders, except for the farmer Jeb. When Jeb faces the Spce Beasts he discovers their weapons only affect metal; from Jeb's uprising, the rest of humanity is inspired and soon the Space Beasts flee Earth in terror.

Thirty (April, 1962)

Title: "Quogg!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: unnamed convict, Quogg [monster]
Others: Africans
Genre: Monster
Setting: 1960s Africa
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#12; Vault of Evil#20; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 3
Synopsis: A convict tries to hide where natives claim the creature Quogg lurks and sets up his base at an abandoned hut...but Quogg is the hut itself.

Title: "What Was the Staggering Secret of the 13th Floor"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: Willy Sloane [an elevator man]
Villains: A Communist agent
Others: Mr. Jordan [friend of Willy]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Creatures on the Loose#14; Crypt of Shadows#18; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 3
Synopsis: Willy believes everyone exists for a greater purpose; when a communist agent boards the elevator with a bomb, Willy lets him off on the 13th floor-- which doesn't exist! Willy then vanishes, having completed his task on earth.

Title: "The Thing From the Hidden Swamp"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: Mary Brown [plain-looking woman]
Others: An alien
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Caribbean island swamp
Reprinted In: Journey Into Mystery#18; Monsters on the Prowl#13; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol. 3
Synopsis: Mary helps an alien return to space and he rewards her by making her beautiful.

Title: "The Return of the Gorilla-Man"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Villains: Gorilla-Man [from Tales to Astonish#28]
Others: Professor Stuyvesant [scientist]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s Transylvania; USA
Reprinted In: Fear#5; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.3; Gorilla-Man#3
Synopsis: Gorilla-Man gets out of the zoo and demonstrates his intelligence, but cannot speak. Although his intellect is proven, humans decide the best use for him is to use him as a test pilot in an experimental rocket craft.

Thirty-One (May, 1962)

Title: "It Fell From The Flying Saucer!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby
Heroes: An artist
Others: Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Davy Crockett, alien
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Fantasy Masterpieces#5; Weird Wonder Tales#16; Monsters on the Prowl#13; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: An artist finds a paintbrush dropped from a flying saucer and uses it to bring whatever he draws to reality; he finally makes himself ruler of Earth, but no one believes him when he says he got the brush from aliens. To prove to them aliens exist, he draws the saucer, but an alien from inside takes the brush back and restores everything to normal.

Title: "The Pretender!"
Story:
Art: Paul Reinman
Heroes: Stephen Dwane
Villains: Kusoom [extraterrestrial invader, becomes Nikita Krushchev], others aliens
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#12; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: In an abandoned house, Dwane finds a log written in an extraterrestrial code. Deciphering it, he learns Kusoom was sent to prepare Earth for conquest using his power of shape shifting. Learning Kusoom became Nikita Krushchev to undermine Earth people, Dwane concludes there's no hope for Earth.

Title: "When the Mummy Walks"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Jack Kirby
Heroes: Paul Kentworth [archaeologist]
Villains: Jason Wilkes [Paul's assistant, dies], mummy [giant alien, dies]
Others: Gloria Carstairs [socialite]
Genre: Science Fiction, Monster
Setting: 1960s Egypt; USA
Reprinted In: Where Creatures Roam#8; Journey Into Mystery#19; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Paul discovers the mummy within a pyramid, but is an alien invader; his traitorous assistant Jason is killed by the mummy and then the mummy dies itself, unable to breathe Earth's atmosphere.

Title: "Man of Iron"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Nastiwell Snide [spoiled young man]
Others: Mr. Snide [Nastiwell's father], Bela [witch]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#13; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Nastiwell constantly abuses his family's position, but is extremely skinny; wishing to become strong without doing any work, Nastiwell demands Bela make him "like iron." Bela agrees and her magic potion makes Nastiwell so heavy he sinks through the earth.

Thirty-Two (June, 1962)

Title: "The Girl in the Black Hood!"
Story: Larry Lieber
Art: Don Heck
Villains: Mr. Jones [robber]
Others: May Dusa [photographer, Medusa]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1920s USA
Reprinted In: Giant-Size Dracula#2; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Jones hears of the reclusive photographer May Dusa, whose face has never been seen and decides to rob her, but when he sees her face, he turns to stone-- she's Medusa.

Title: "Quicksand"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: Geoffrey Wickshire [blind, wealthy man]
Villains: Sir Edmund Wickshire [Geoffrey's brother, dies]
Others: Leprechauns
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: England, moors
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Edmund tries to drown Geoffrey in quicksand, but Geoffrey is befriended by the Leprechauns who dwell there and goes home to tell Edmund he can have the estate; Edmund leaps from the window at the sight of him.

Title: "The Bully Boy"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman
Heroes: robot teacher
Others: Henry Fuller [picked-on kid]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: A robot teacher trains Fuller self-defence so he won't be picked on, but Fuller uses his training to bully others in return. The robot shuts itself off in despair.

Title: "I Am a Martian!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: A Martian [appears human]
Others: Kelly [policeman], Sam [reporter]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA; Mars
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: A man claims to be a Martian; a newspaper encourages this to drum up business and give him parts he requests; he builds a runabout and uses it to return to Mars; the humans are left to wonder how many more Martians could be on Earth.

Thirty-Three (July, 1962)

Title: "What Happened in...Dead Storage"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: Victor Marshall [retired actor]
Villains: Aliens including Koru [scout, dies]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Creatures on the Loose#14; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Marshall is entering an unhappy retirement, when he comes upon aliens plotting to invade earth; he kills Koru and takes his place, then convinces the aliens Earth's atmosphere is fatal to them; they flee and he retires happily.

Title: "The Voice of Fate!"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Villains: Walter Krugg [thief]
Others: The Fates
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: World War II, 1945, Hiroshima, Japan
Reprinted In: Fear#6; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: The Fates try to warn Krugg of his destiny as he flees from a robbery, but Krugg refuses to hear them; he hides from the police in Hiroshima, not long before its destruction.

Title: "The Frightened Man!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: John Bentley [scientist]
Villains: Spanish Inquisition, Roman gladiators
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA; French Revolution; 1588, Spain; 14th century, England; ancient Rome
Reprinted In: Creatures on the Loose#16; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: John fears atomic war so builds a time machine to escape it, only to find himself visiting the French Revolution, Spanish Inquisition, Black Plague and Roman gladiator combat; seeing this, he returns to his own time to face the future.

Title: "The Absent-Minded Professor"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Professor Blank [absent-minded lecturer, spy from Krumbo]
Others: Aliens from Krumbo
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#20; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Blank is always forgetting things; when aliens from Krumbo capture him, he finally remembers the most important thing: he's a spy from Krumbo.

Thirty-Four

Title: "The Strange Fate of the Statue Maker!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman
Villains: Luther Benedict [mad scientist]
Others: A beautiful model
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#30; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Benedict tires to make a growth ray but it turns things into stone. Deciding to become a master "sculptor" he places an ad for a model. When his model walks in he turns her into stone, but regrets it when he sees her beauty. He decides to revive her but the ray hits a mirror and turns him into stone as she revives.

Title: "A Monster at My Window!"
Story:
Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Heroes: Paul Marshall [science fiction author, alien in disguise]
Villains: An alien from the 6th Dimension
Genre: Science Fiction, Monster
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Monsters on the Prowl#29; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Paul keeps sighting a monster peering in his window at night; the monster finally addresses Paul and reveals it wants him to help prepare for an invasion from the 6th Dimension by using his fiction to spread propaganda. However, Paul is an alien too; assuming his true form, the two creatures prepare to fight.

Title: "The Invaders"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Alien invaders [die]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s Earth, unnamed alien planet
Reprinted In: Weird Wonder Tales#5; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Aliens invade Earth and land upon a deserted section of the planet to prepare. However, as their home world has no water, they mistake the Pacific Ocean for land and drown underwater.

Title: "Dance, You Fool"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: Carlos Carter [dancer]
Others: An old man
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1950s USA
Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows#12; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: A boarding house narrates (!) how Carlos was a terrible dancer; learning the old man in the room next to him had magic dancing shoes, Carlos stole the shoes, only to find they were cursed - now he can't stop dancing.

Thirty-Five

Title: "The Doorway to Nowhere"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Hugo Cragg [robber]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Synopsis: Cragg discovers a portal to another dimension in his closet and is brought into the other world.

Title: "The Thing From Outer Space"
Story:
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: Colonel John Rogers [Space Corps]
Others: plant from Nyanthos
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2006, Earth and Nyanthos
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Rogers returns from Nyanthos with his mind in a plant and the plant in his body. When it is discovered this will happen to any human who visits Nyanthos, the planet is quarantined.

Thirty-Six (October, 1962)

"The Hands of Time"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4

Title: "The Search for Pan!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Others: A tourist, Franz [villager], Pan [poses as bartender]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s European town
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: A tourist goes looking for Pan, though doubting he exists; Pan scares the man into leaving, then resumes his guise as the village's bartender.

Thirty-Seven (November, 1962)

"Afraid to Dream!"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4

Title: "The Star Raiders"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Star Raiders [Brock; prisoners turned space pirates]
Others: Zenogg [resident of Zenn]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Torgo, the prison planet; Zenn; Quo
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Brock leads his fellow prisoners to escape and they become space pirates; Zenogg tells them to rob Quo because the people there are midgets, but it turns out Quo's people are larger than humans and Zenogg's larger still; only Brock is able to escape Quo's giant defenders.

Thirty-Eight (December, 1962)

Title: "I Found the Impossible World"
Story: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: John Fleming [scientist]
Villains: unnamed invaders
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Fleming journeys to the future and witnesses their marvels. He attempts to steal their treasures and is jailed for it; after 10 years, they wipe his memory and send him back to his own time.

Title: "Secret of the Statues!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Others: Gizzard [art critic], alien visitors
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Gizzard criticizes a new sculptor's work, causing the sculptor to reveal he's an alien visitor; thinking his inability to impress the critic meant his human disguise didn't work, the sculptor leaves Earth with his people.

Thirty-Nine (January, 1963)

Title: "Ozamm the Terrible!"
Story: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: Joe Baxter [engineer]
Villains: Ozamm [alien invader]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell#29; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Ozamm terrifies the nation with his astounding powers no one can defeat-- until Baxter cuts off his electrical supply from his ship, leaving him a sideshow attraction.

Title: "The Toy Soldiers"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Zogg [invader from other dimension]
Others: Billy Barton, his parents, toy soldiers
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Uncanny Tales From the Grave#8; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: When Zogg invades Earth, Billy's toy soldiers take him captive.

Forty (February, 1963)

Title: "I Was Trapped in the Mad Universe!"
Story: Stan Lee, Larry Leiber
Art: Don Heck
Heroes: Tommy Jordan [child]
Others: Ginger [Tommy's dog], Phil Jordan and his wife [Tommy's parents], man from the year 3,000 A.D., parallel world versions of Tommy, his parents, and Ginger
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Star Wars Weekly#129; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Tommy finds a marble which sends him to a parallel world where he meets his counterpart. The marble turns out to be an electronic dimension-breaker lost by a time traveler, who helps return Tommy to his own dimension.

Title: "The Worst Man on Earth!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Hogarr [criminal]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2000, Earth
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Hogarr is sent to a solitary prison; he breaks out, only to find it's a floating prison, high above Earth's atmosphere.

Forty-One (March, 1963)

"When the Beast Walks!"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4

Title: "The Curse!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Sebastian [Latin American dictator], the Vulture [ghost of pirate]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s Latin America
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Sebastian takes over his country but finds the money is gone; when peasants dig up treasure he claims its under the curse of the Vulture and takes it for himself. However, there really is a vulture and he sinks Sebastian's boat so he can have his chest back.

Forty-Two (April, 1963)

"The Eyes of the Mummy"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4

Title: "I Am Not Human!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Robot E-1 [experimental robot]
Others: Charlie [policeman]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Visionaries: Steve Ditko; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: E-1 disguises himself as a human, but quickly is so disgusted at the paranoia, warfare and violence amongst humans that he thinks he might be better off as a robot.

Forty-Three (May, 1963)

"Frankie's Fast Ball!"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Notes: Retold from "the Rookie" in Marvel Tales#131.

Title: "My Fatal Mistake!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Yates [janitor]
Others: Cosmo [supercomputer]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Yates resents Cosmo and decides to sabotage him; however, he breaks his leg during the task and can't get out of Cosmo's room; there's only 15 minutes of air and no one else is working to hear Yates' trouble.

Forty-Four

Title: "Hunted"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Others: A "plague-carrier" [man on the run]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: New York, USA, 2000 A.D.
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: A man is pursued across New York for carrying a "plague", but is finally caught and forced to surrender the plague-causing instrument known as a gun, which had been banned to prevent war.
Notes: Because, of course, we didn't have wars until guns arrived... Retold from "Plague!" in Uncanny Tales#38.

Forty-Five (July, 1963)

Title: "Bronson's Brain!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Boris Bronson [genius intellectual]
Others: An alien race
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Boris is born with higher intelligence and grows to become the smartest man on Earth; determined to find others as smart as he, he leaves Earth in a spaceship and finds another world, but the people there are so smart they consider Boris a moron.
"It Walks Like a Man"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4

Forty-Six (August, 1963)

"The Secret of the Swamp!"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4

Title: "The Most Dangerous Weapon!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Kowl Korgan [thief, dies]
Others: Earth's President
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 2050 Earth
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: In a utopian future, Kowl hears how a gun on display at a museum is the most dangerous weapon on Earth; Kowl steals it and tires to force Earth's President to abdicat to him; the President refuses and Kowl pulls the trigger, but the gun destroys Kowl, rather than the President.

Forty-Seven (September, 1963)

Title: "Target... Earth!"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Villains: Ba-Korr [Warlord of Klang], Klangian armies, Sagar [Klangian warrior]
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA; Klang
Reprinted In: Crazy#68; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Sagar is sent to scout Earth; he sees humans are inferior to Klangians, but accidentally parks his ship in quicksand, leaving him stranded; the Klangians assume the humans defeated Sagar.
"The Smiling Gods"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4

Forty-Eight

Title: "Grayson's Gorilla"
Story: Stan Lee, Larry Leiber
Art: Larry Leiber, Matt Fox
Heroes: Harvey Grayson [scientist]
Others: a gorilla
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Grayson wants the strength of a gorilla and attempts to transfer it to himself from a gorilla, but instead turns into the gorilla and the gorilla into him.
Notes: Retold from "I am... the Gorilla-Man" in Tales to Astonish#28.

Title: "The Little Green Man"
Story: Stan Lee
Art: Steve Ditko
Heroes: Jasper Jenks [pilot]
Others: An alien
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: 1960s USA
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: An alien asks Jenks for help repairing his radio and Jenks agrees provided the alien make his plane fly twice as fast; the alien agrees, but Jenks discards him before discovering he doesn't know how to land the newly-renovated plane-- and the plane will never run out of fuel.

Forty-Nine

"The End of the World"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4

Fifty

Title: "The Secret of Sagattus!"
Story: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
Art: Larry Lieber, Matt Fox
Villains: John and other conspirators
Others: King Sagattus [manikin], Quoquo [hunchback, dies]
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: A medieval kingdom
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: Jealous of Quoquo's close relationship to the king, John and others arrange his death, but learn the king was only a manikin which Quoquo controlled.
"No Ending"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4

Fifty-One

"No Place to Turn"
Reprinted In: Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4

Fifty-Four (April, 1964)

Title: "There Were Five Frightened Men...!"
Story: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
Art: Larry Lieber, Paul Reinman
Villains: Victor Conrad [art dealer, sells fakes]
Others: Mr. Smythe [painting owner], owner of "the Five Frightened Men"
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: 1960s USA; Europe
Reprinted In: Fantasy Masterpieces#10; Marvel Masterworks: Tales to Astonish Vol.4
Synopsis: After committing art fraud, Victor flees to Europe; he tries to steal the painting "Five Frightened Men" but the painting absorbs him inside; the owner renames it "Six Frightened Men."

Marvel Masterworks Vol. 1 (2005)

"I Know the Secret of the Poltergeist!" from Tales to Astonish#1
"We Found the Ninth Wonder of the World" from Tales to Astonish#1
"I Was the First Man to Set Foot on The Mystery Planet!" from Tales to Astonish#1
"I Foiled an Enemy Invasion" from Tales to Astonish#1
"When Aliens Meet" from Tales to Astonish#2
"I Fell to the Center of the Earth" from Tales to Astonish#2
"I Was a Man in Hiding" from Tales to Astonish#2
"I Spent Eternity in a Deep Freeze!" from Tales to Astonish#2
"My Job: Capture a Martian" from Tales to Astonish#2
"I Am the Giant From Outer Space" from Tales to Astonish#3
"I Journeyed Back to the 20th Century" from Tales to Astonish#3
"I Discovered the Man From Mars" from Tales to Astonish#3
"I Found the Perfect Hiding Place in Space!" from Tales to Astonish#3
"I Escaped to the Stars" from Tales to Astonish#3
"I Love a Mermaid!" from Tales to Astonish#4
"I Was a Prisoner of the Martians" from Tales to Astonish#4
"I Made Time Stand Still" from Tales to Astonish#4
"My Forbidden Paintings" from Tales to Astonish#4
"The Man Who Floats in Space" from Tales to Astonish#4
"I Was Trapped by the Things on Easter Island" from Tales to Astonish#5
"Menace From Outer Space" from Tales to Astonish#5
"I Can See Tomorrow" from Tales to Astonish#5
"I Found the Nightmare Note" from Tales to Astonish#5
"I Landed on the Forbidden Planet!" from Tales to Astonish#5
"I Saw the Invasion of the Stone Men" from Tales to Astonish#6
"I Became a Human Bomb" from Tales to Astonish#6
"I Laughed at the Great God, Pan!" from Tales to Astonish#6
"I Was the Man Under Glass" from Tales to Astonish#6
"I Was a Prisoner of the Living Statues" from Tales to Astonish#6
"I Spent Midnight With The Monster On Bald Mountain!" from Tales to Astonish#7
"We Met In The Swamp" from Tales to Astonish#7
"He Waits for Us in the Glacier!" from Tales to Astonish#7
"I Lived A Ghost Story" from Tales to Astonish#7
"I Saw the Other World!" from Tales to Astonish#7
"I Live Again!" from Tales to Astonish#8
"I Dared Defy the Floating Head" from Tales to Astonish#8
"I-Am-the-Genie!" from Tales to Astonish#8
"Mummex - King of the Mummies!" from Tales to Astonish#8
"I Saw Droom the living Lizard!" from Tales to Astonish#9
"Return of the Genie" from Tales to Astonish#9
"No Way Out" from Tales to Astonish#9
"Fangs of the Bear" from Tales to Astonish#9
"I Was Trapped by Titano the Monster That Time Forgot!" from Tales to Astonish#10
"Something Lurks Inside!" from Tales to Astonish#10
"What Was the Strange Power of Simon Drudd!!" from Tales to Astonish#10
"Only I Know When the World Will End!!!" from Tales to Astonish#10

Marvel Masterworks Vol. 2

"I Dared to Look into the Beyond" from Tales to Astonish#11
"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
"I Found Monstrom! The Dweller in the Black Swamp!" from Tales to Astonish#11
"My Nightmare Has No End!" from Tales to Astonish#12
"A Monster Waits Outside!!" from Tales to Astonish#12
"Save Me! Save Me!" from Tales to Astonish#12
"I Discovered Gorgilla" from Tales to Astonish#12
"I Challenged...Groot! The Monster From Planet X!" from Tales to Astonish#13
"I Found the Abominable Snowman!" from Tales to Astonish#13
"My Friend Is...Not Quite Human" from Tales to Astonish#13
"I Found the Hidden World" from Tales to Astonish#13
"Behold! I am the Master of Time!" from Tales to Astonish#14
"Krang!" from Tales to Astonish#14
"The Thing in Human Form" from Tales to Astonish#14
"I Learned The Dread Secret of The Blip!" from Tales to Astonish#15
"I Dared Enter the Forbidden World!" from Tales to Astonish#15
"I am the Invisible" from Tales to Astonish#15
"I Defied the Curse of Tut-Ah-Anka" from Tales to Astonish#15
"My Touch Means... Doom!" from Tales to Astonish#16
"I am the Victim of the Sorcerer" from Tales to Astonish#16
"Here Comes Thorr the Unbelieveable" from Tales to Astonish#16
"Save Me From the Mole Men" from Tales to Astonish#16
"Vandoom, the Man Who Made a Creature!" from Tales to Astonish#17
"Beware! Of the Ghastly Glass!" from Tales to Astonish#17
"I Dared to Enter the Haunted Room" from Tales to Astonish#17
"Monsteroso!" from Tales to Astonish#18
"Gorgilla Strikes Again!" from Tales to Astonish#18
"Robot on the Rampage" from Tales to Astonish#18
"Rommbu!" from Tales to Astonish#19
"The Thing With Red Eyes" from Tales to Astonish#19
"The Terrible Trap!" from Tales to Astonish#19
"What was 'X' The Thing That Lived!" from Tales to Astonish#20
"One-Way Journey!" from Tales to Astonish#20

Marvel Masterworks Vol. 3

"Trull the Unhuman" from Tales to Astonish#21
"It Happened on 'the Silent Screen'" from Tales to Astonish#21
"Open Wider Please" from Tales to Astonish#21
"I Dared to Battle the Crawling Creature!" from Tales to Astonish#22
"For Whom the Drum Beats!" from Tales to Astonish#22
"Help!" from Tales to Astonish#22
"Moomba" from Tales to Astonish#23
"The Voice From Nowhere!" from Tales to Astonish#23
"Less Than Human" from Tales to Astonish#23
"I Found the Abominable Snowman" from Tales to Astonish#24
"Something Missing" from Tales to Astonish#24
"He Waits in the Dark" from Tales to Astonish#24
"I Was Captured By The Creature From Krogarr!" from Tales to Astonish#25
"Where Lurks the Ghost!" from Tales to Astonish#25
"Behold Him! He is the Martian!" from Tales to Astonish#25
"The Gypsy's Revenge" from Tales to Astonish#25
"Look Out! Here Come the Four-Armed Men!" from Tales to Astonish#26
"He Walked Through Walls" from Tales to Astonish#26
"Run, Rocky, Run!" from Tales to Astonish#26
"Dream World" from Tales to Astonish#26
"The Man in the Ant Hill!" from Tales to Astonish#27
"Dead Planet!" from Tales to Astonish#27
"Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall..." from Tales to Astonish#27
"The Talking Horse" from Tales to Astonish#27
"The Frightening Fog" from Tales to Astonish#28
"Midnight on Haunted Hill" from Tales to Astonish#28
"I Am the Gorilla Man" from Tales to Astonish#28
"The Scheme" from Tales to Astonish#28
"What Happened to Harry" from Tales to Astonish#29
"The Man Who Blew Up The Earth" from Tales to Astonish#29
"The Last Laugh" from Tales to Astonish#29
"When the Space Beasts Attack" from Tales to Astonish#29
"Quogg!" from Tales to Astonish#30
"What Was the Staggering Secret of the 13th Floor" from Tales to Astonish#30
"The Thing From the Hidden Swamp" from Tales to Astonish#30
"The Return of the Gorilla Man" from Tales to Astonish#30

Marvel Masterworks Vol. 4 (January, 2012)

Thirty-One (May, 1962)

"It Fell From The Flying Saucer!" from Tales to Astonish#31
"The Pretender!" from Tales to Astonish#31
"When the Mummy Walks" from Tales to Astonish#31
"Man of Iron" from Tales to Astonish#31
"The Girl in the Black Hood!" from Tales to Astonish#32
"Quicksand" from Tales to Astonish#32
"The Bully Boy" Tales to Astonish#32
"I Am a Martian" from Tales to Astonish#32
"What Happened in...Dead Storage" from Tales to Astonish#33
"The Voice of Fate!" from Tales to Astonish#33
"The Frightened Man!" from Tales to Astonish#33
"The Absent-Minded Professor" from Tales to Astonish#33
"The Strange Fate of the Statue Maker!" from Tales to Astonish#34
"A Monster at my Window" from Tales to Astonish#34
"The Invaders" from Tales to Astonish#34
"Dance, You Fool" from Tales to Astonish#34
"The Doorway to Nowhere" from Tales to Astonish#35
"The Thing From Outer Space" from Tales to Astonish#35
"The Hands of Time" from Tales to Astonish#36
"The Search For Pan!" from Tales to Astonish#36
"Afraid to Dream!" from Tales to Astonish#37
"The Star Raiders" from Tales to Astonish#37
"I Found the Impossible World" from Tales to Astonish#38
"Secret of the Statues!" from Tales to Astonish#38
"Ozamm the Terrible!" from Tales to Astonish#39
"The Toy Soldiers" from Tales to Astonish#39
"I Was Trapped in the Mad Universe!" from Tales to Astonish#40
"The Worst Man on Earth!" from Tales to Astonish#40
"When the Beast Walks!" from Tales to Astonish#41
"The Curse!" from Tales to Astonish#41
"The Eyes of the Mummy" from Tales to Astonish#42
"I am Not Human!" from Tales to Astonish#42
"Frankie's Fast Ball!" from Tales to Astonish#43
"My Fatal Mistake!" from Tales to Astonish#43
"Hunted" from Tales to Astonish#44
"Bronson's Brain!" from Tales to Astonish#45
"It Walks Like a Man" from Tales to Astonish#45
"The Secret of the Swamp!" from Tales to Astonish#46
"The Most Dangerous Weapon!" from Tales to Astonish#46
"Target - Earth" from Tales to Astonish#47
"The Smiling Gods" from Tales to Astonish#47
"Grayson's Gorilla" from Tales to Astonish#48
"The Little Green Man" from Tales to Astonish#48
"The End of the World" from Tales to Astonish#49
"The Secret of Sagattus" from Tales to Astonish#50
"No Ending" from Tales to Astonish#50
"No Place to Turn" from Tales to Astonish#51
"There Were Five Frightened Men" from Tales to Astonish#54

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