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Tales to Astonish (1959) - #21
Marvel


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  Editor(s):
Stan 'The Man' Lee - 'Stanley Martin Lieber'

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Richard 'Dick' Ayers - 'Richard B.'
Jack 'King' Kirby
 

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Cover Date: July 1961
Cover Price: US $ 0.10

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue

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Reprinted/Collected in:
Creatures on the Loose (1971) #10
Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales to Astonish (2006) HC vol. 03

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"Trull! The Inhuman!" - Edit this story

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Writer(s):
Stan 'The Man' Lee - 'Stanley Martin Lieber'

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Jack 'King' Kirby

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Richard 'Dick' Ayers - 'Richard B.'

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Stan 'The Man' Lee - 'Stanley Martin Lieber'

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A non-corporeal alien inhabits the "body" of a steam shovel at a jungle construction site in its bid for world domination. The hero defeats the rampaging monster by leaping into the cab and lashing the control levers together. Unable to manuever, the shovel careers off a cliff to its destruction. Hero wins girl and the approval of her father!

Notes:
Some resemblance to Theodore Sturgeon's Killdozer (Astounding Science Fiction magazine 1944), which was republished in Aliens4 in 1959. But then, in order to populate all of Timely's fantasy comics with three or four stories on a monthly basis Lee was drawing on every source available for inspiration!

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"It Happened on the Silent Screen" - Edit this story

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In a movie theatre the audience watches a monster film. The film ends, the screen goes dark and the audience leaves. But what is this? The darkened screen lights up again - the monster returns, and steps out from the screen into the auditorium! Ah, Wait! pulling back we see the whole thing is a film, being watched by an audience in a movie theatre. A movie about a monster that steps out of a movie. But in the next panel our perceptions change again, as the monster reaches out of the screen to threaten the terrified audience. As the monster emerges into the theatre where the patrons flee in panic, the caption poses the question "How can we really ever tell what is fantasy...And" as the monster stretches his arm out beyond the confines of the comic panel..."What is real?!"

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One of the best of the Lee and Ditko short shockers, the pictures just pulling back and back as the narration panels re-assess what is taking place.

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A dentist discovers his patient is a martian robot, and disables it, ensuring that earth will not be taken over by martians - "No," he adds, removing his rubber mask, "It will be conquered by us, the robots of Venus!"

Notes:
Never mind why a Venusian infiltrator has set up as a dentist - why would a martian robot (whose impenetrable metal teeth gave him away) visit a dentist in the first place? Not that I questioned any of it at the time.

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