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Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales to Astonish - Volume 1 Hardcover – Jan 25 2006

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Monsters running wild!!! Sept. 27 2007
By Riley0091 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales to Astonish Volume I April 27 2011
By rg655 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I buy these books for my son-in-law, and he loves them. I even had it in time for his birthday which made it even better. Jack Kerby is his favorite so I really couldn't go wrong with this.
13 of 20 people found the following review helpful
There's no place to hide! April 17 2006
By Johnny Heering - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
At long last, Marvel Masterworks finally reprints some non-superhero comics! This book features the first 10 issues of Tales To Astonish, which was a sci-fi/fantasy anthology. Beginning with the fifth issue, the comic began to regularly feature giant monsters on the cover. Most of the stories are five pages long, and feature a "twist" ending. Some of the twists are predictable, and some of them make no sense, but they are still fun to read, usually with good artwork by a comics legend. As Stan Lee points out, nearly all of the stories are told in the first person. This allowed the comic to use attention grabbing titles like "I am the Giant From Outer Space!", "I Became a Human Bomb!" and "I Dared Defy the Floating Head!". Reproduction of the comics is good. If you are interested in pre-hero Marvel Comics, you should consider getting this book.
8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful volume of early work by many soon-to-be greats Feb. 28 2006
By R. Gale - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most beautifully produced volumes in the Marvel Masterworks Series. The art reproduction and restoration is outstanding, so if you're at all hesitant about buying it on that level, don't be. My 4 star rating is simply because a lot of the stories are not very good...and some are pretty awful. That, of course, comes with the territory, as this title was an exploitation book: monsters were the ticket in the mid-to-late 1950s after the comics code was initiated. Many of the stories are shameless ripoffs of monster movies, including a "King Kong" copy with a giant turtle! Nevertheless, as comics history, it's fascinating to watch the evolution of writer Stan Lee, and to enjoy some early work of Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Don Heck, John Buscema and others. There are some minor gems in here which, if you're a fan of this type of material, you've probably seen in other reprints. Nevertheless, they have never been presented better than in this volume. The text stories are also reprinted (not that they're all that good), which makes this an excellent document of the Atlas age of Marvel Comics.
7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A worthy addition to the Marvel Masterworks series! Feb. 22 2006
By comicsatemybrain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Marvel has picked up a lot of criticism for the reproduction quality in some of its reprintings of pre-Silver Age material (esp. its Golden Age volumes in the Masterworks series), but little if any of that is evident here. Very few of the pages have blotchiness in the inks. And very few if any of the pages have line dropouts; in most cases, the light fine-line feathering textures in the inking come out very clearly. The stories are primarily in the same vein as B-movie monsters and SF, and the variety is fun. Fans of Marvel's Silver Age fans will also find "prototypes" of the Stone Men of Saturn (which battled Thor in his debut in Journey Into Mystery #83) and the Toad Men (which showed up in Hulk #2). These prototype stories are alleged to be try-out stories for particular concepts that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby would eventually insert into the super-hero comics that would soon be coming. A number of the stories in this volume have never been reprinted, not even in Marvel's monster reprint comics from the 1970's. Highly recommended!