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STRANGE TALES (1951-76) #78
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Kirby cvr and pencils in lead story; Ant-Man prototype (11/60) in story w/ Ditko art.
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ow/white pgs
Kirby cvr and pencils in lead story; Ant-Man prototype (11/60) in story w/ Ditko art.
Cover pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by George Klein. "A Martian Walks Among Us!", pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Dick Ayers; A man spots upon a Martian in human form scouting for an invasion; The police wont believe him, so he finds and kills the spy himself, revealing that he is a Venusian in disguise working to protect Earth. "Trouble Bubble," art by Joe Maneely; A boy discovers a formula to blow unbreakable bubbles and accidentally entraps his father's boss. "The Fantastic Menace of Mento the Mighty," art by Don Heck; A scientist discovers his own innate psychic power and builds a machine to slowly enhance it; He is nearly omnipotent after more than a decade. "The Gargoyle!", art by Paul Reinman; An ugly man rejected by society applies for a job at a circus; It turns out to be a ruse by aliens who are uniformly gorgeous, and so want a man with an ugly face they find fascinating to marry their queen. "Dear Reader: What Would You Have Done if You Were the… Worm Man," art by Steve Ditko (Ant-Man prototype); A spy calling himself 'Worm Man' uses shrinking pills to easily discover military secrets; On a crucial mission, he is attacked by a rat and loses his growth pills, trapping him forever in his tiny form.

Artists Information

Jack Kirby is called 'The King of Comics' for a reason, during his career that spanned six decades he gave us many of the most iconic characters the medium would ever see. From his introduction of Captain America at the height of World War II it was clear he wasn't your ordinary comics artist. But it was his creative explosion at Marvel Comics in the 1960's that cemented his legacy, over a short period of time Kirby would give us The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, The Hulk, The X-Men, Thor, Ant-Man and Nick Fury just to name a few. Kirby would then go to DC and create his Fourth World, introducing Darkseid, Mister Miracle, The New Gods and a host of cosmic supporting players. Long live The King.

Richard "Dick" Ayers was an American comic book artist and cartoonist best known for his work as one of the main inkers during the late-1950's and 1960's Silver Age of Comics, including some of the earliest issues of Marvel Comics' including Jack Kirby's The Fantastic Four. He is the signature penciler of Marvel's World War II comic Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos, drawing it for a 10-year run, and he co-created Magazine Enterprises' 1950s Western-horror character the Ghost Rider, a version of which he would draw for Marvel in the 1960s. His career would span 7 decades until his death in 2014.

Don Heck was an American comics artist best known for co-creating the Marvel Comics characters Iron Man and the Wasp, and for his long run penciling The Avengers during the Silver Age.

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