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Tales to Astonish (1959) 13-A

Comic Book by Marvel, Nov 1960

     
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Number:13
Variant:A
Printing:1st
Cover Price:$.10
Publish Date:NOV 1960
Content:CCA Approved
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Tales to Astonish (1959) 13-A by Marvel
Tales to Astonish (1959) 13-A by Marvel
Item Bio
"I Challenged...Groot! The Monster from Planet X!"
An extraterrestrial falls to Earth. He uses his immense size and ability to control all things made of wood in an attempt to take the townspeople back to his home-world for experimentation. Is the townspeople' fight against the monster hopeless, or can a lone scientist save the day?
-First appearance of Groot.
-Story drawn by Jack Kirby, and inked by Dick Ayers. 7 pages (T-839).
-Reprinted in Where Monsters Dwell #6, Weird Wonder Tales #19, and Annihilation Classic.

"Special Sale" (J-932) 2 pages, text with spot illustration.

"I Found the Abominable Snowman!"
In a bar in Calcutta, Big Carl overhears a man brag about owning a photo of the elusive Abominable Snowman. Seeing an opportunity to make money, he robs the man of the photo. Everywhere he goes, he is warned that the photo is cursed, but he is now intent on capturing the Snowman, tracking it to the Himalayas. Dogged in his pursuit, he becomes wilder, shaggier, ever unaware that he has become his own quarry. He drops the photo and it blows away in the wind, looking for the next victim.
-Story illustrated by Steve Ditko; 6 pages (T-838).
-Reprinted in Chamber of Darkness #7 and Tomb of Darkness #19.

"My Friend is...Not Quite Human!"
A French woodcarver is famous for his grotesque carvings for the figureheads of pirate ships. When Napoleon calls upon him to carve a figure of Josephine for his ship, the woodcarver balks, as he hates the way women have shunned him his entire life. Napoleon will not take his refusal, and so the man works, and under the full moon the sculpture comes to life and pledges her love to the sculptor. He finds a gypsy who will turn him to wood so that he and his new love will be together forever. He fails to pay the gypsy the agree-upon sum, and she leaves him as wood, but his lover is made flesh.
-Story illustrated by Steve Ditko; 5 pages.
-Reprinted in Where Monsters Dwell #6.

"I Found the Hidden World!"
A top scientist theorizes that another dimension exists alongside ours, and that the electrical systems in our TV sets might act as portals between the worlds. As the scientist works late in his lab to try to open the portal, he is visited by a thug from his past life who seeks revenge. Before the thug can act, monsters from the other dimension emerge through the portal to drag the thug back as a specimen. The scientist disconnects the TV and wonders if it was all a dream.
-Story illustrated by Don Heck. 5 pages (T-837).
-Reprinted in Tower of Shadows #8.

Cover drawn by Jack Kirby, and inked by Steve Ditko.
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