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Strange Suspense Stories (1952 Fawcett/Charlton) comic books 1958

  • Issue #36
    Strange Suspense Stories (1952 Fawcett/Charlton) 36
    Auction opens April 22
    • 5" spine split from bottom (partially taped). Only one staple (manufacturing). Glue at spine. Cover oxidation.
    • Water damage.

    Cover art by Maurice Whitman. Edited by Pat Masulli. "The Elixir," art by Steve Ditko; Ezra Benton is given a youth elixir by aliens but when his wife ruins his chance to make his fortune with it he finally decides to live for himself. "The Shadow," art by Steve Ditko; A shadow follows a double-crossing criminal. "The Egg and...!", art by Don Perlin; A scientist dreams worlds are like fish eggs. "The Best Policy," pencils by Charles Nicholas. "Great Performance"; Inspector Faine intends to expose the killer of actor Jerome Travis by hiring someone to impersonate him at a séance. "But for Bluey" text story. "Granny Broomstick's Tales for Taller Tots! -- Jack Spratt"; A circusman hires Jack Spratt and his wife, but when they refuse to work together, he arranges to have them hypnotized to love each other. "Mystery Planet," art by Steve Ditko. "The Ghostly Wanderer," art by Maurice Whitman; Long lost at sea, the Wanderer finally arrives at port without a soul aboard and no clue as to the fate of the crew. "The Thing in the Swamp," pencils by Bill Molno, inks by Sal Trapani; John Stanton secretly bases his theory of parallel evolution on an encounter in a swamp. "The Strange World: The Thinking Ape," art by Maurice Whitman; The true story of Johann Gregor Mendel, the "father of genetics." "Paul's Pills" text story. "Failure," art by Steve Ditko; Karl Phalen creates a machine to see the future, but to avoid the future he sees he must keep the machine a secret. "The Living Monsters"; Brief, true story of the dinosaurs. "The Strange Package!", art by Gene Colan; A doctor is sent a medical bag from the future. 68 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #38
    Strange Suspense Stories (1952 Fawcett/Charlton) 38

    Cover by Dick Giordano. Stories and art by Bill Molno, Vince Alascia, and Sal Trapani. Short tales of science fiction, fantasy and horror with twist endings. Jack and Helen are on a pleasure drive in the country when a dirt road takes them back to colonial days. Oliver finds a magic ring that gives him a second chance at life...if he dares take it. Vikings land on pre-Columbian Nova Scotia and meet mysterious beings who are definitely not Native Americans, in a story with some nice Viking art by Bill Molno and Vince Alascia. Plus a look at the real-life mystery around divining rods. Country Road; The Man Who Wasn't!; The Professor's Visitors; Water Witching; Second Chance; Specimen. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #39
    Strange Suspense Stories (1952 Fawcett/Charlton) 39
    • 1" Cumulative spine split.
    • Centerfold detached. Water damage.
    • 1 3/4" Cumulative spine split. Centerfold detached. Oxidation.

    Cover by Rocco "Rocke" Mastroserio. Stories and art by Steve Ditko and others. Short tales of science fiction, fantasy and horror with twist endings. All the stories in this issue feature early art by Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko. A thief gains access to a time machine, but doesn't understand enough about paradoxes. A scientist employs his robot servant while trying to build a new kind of bomb. A family moves into a house that seems to be haunted, and not for the first time. Mystery from Mars; Glow of Woe; Orgo Serves!; They Won't Listen; Doorway into Tomorrow; They Say It's Haunted. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.