Before Reed Richards and his stoic companions where belted by cosmic ray, or a young Peter Parker had a fateful run-in with a radioactive spider at Empire State University, and even before Marvel was Marvel, Stan Lee was in the monster business.
Under the banner of Atlas Comics, Lee and the amazing talents of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Matt Baker, Carl Burgos and Joe Sinnott assaulted young 1950s readers with bold five-page, nine-panel horror/sci-fi stories with surprise ending "inspired" by the Twilight Zone tv series. Some much so, Lee stated in an interview with Will Murray regarding his Amazing Fantasy scripts, "I used to get letters from readers `Hey, I just saw Twilight Zone, and they used one of your stories from issue so-and-so.'"
Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales to Astonish Volume 1 beautifully reprints the first 10 issues of the title and brings out face-to-face with captured Martians, Mummex- King of the Mummies, the sinister Floating Head, Droom- the living lizard, the Things from Easter Island and many more oddball and off-beat menaces from the four-color universe.
This collection is a must have for vintage monster comic book fans who have enjoyed Dick Briefer's The Monster of Frankenstein or Monster Masterworks.