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Issue Details

Issue #81
Published February 1961
Frequency monthly
Cover Price 0.10 USD
Pages 36
Editing Stan Lee
Notes Distributed to newstands in September 1960. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements. Some information on this issue supplied by Tom Lammers, Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, and others via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Distribution date from Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website.

Cover Details - "The Scarecrow Walks!"

Characters Scarecrow (irradiated monster)
Genre monsters
Pencils Jack Kirby
Inks Dick Ayers

7 page story "The Scarecrow Walks!"

Characters Scarecrow (irradiated monster); Jarvis Cragstone; Albert Smith; Martha Smith
Synopsis A landlord cheats poor farmers out of their land in order to sell it for nuclear tests. Radiation animates the farmers' abandoned scarecrow which tracks down the man and forces him to give his profits to the farmers before its life ebbs away.
Genre monsters
Pencils Jack Kirby
Inks Dick Ayers

2 page text story "Mystery Trip"

Characters Tommy Pidgeon; Goober Jones; Rosie; Uncle Pete
Synopsis Tommy's uncle returns from a space journey needing to re-learn how to walk on earth instead of floating.
Genre science fiction
Pencils Joe Maneely
Inks Joe Maneely
Letters typeset
Notes Text story with illustration.
Reprinted from Uncanny Tales (Marvel, 1952 series) #46 (August 1956)

6 page story "A Giant There Was!"

Characters Joe Farrow
Synopsis A criminal steals beans that grow into a beanstalk leading to the land of giants. He tries to rob a castle, but he is caught and imprisoned with other criminals, lured by the same beans to become slave laborers for the giant.
Genre occult
Pencils Don Heck
Inks Don Heck
Notes Inspired by "Jack and the Beanstalk".

5 page story "I Went Too Far Back!"

Characters Simon Burr
Synopsis A scientist's assistant travels to the past with a gun to rule a pre-technology world. Instead he finds that time is a loop, and when he travels back too far he finds himself a thousand years in the future, helpless before the psychic powers of future humans.
Genre science fiction
Pencils Paul Reinman
Inks Paul Reinman
Notes Narrated in the first person.

5 page story "The Thing in the Cell!"

Characters Hans Vogez
Synopsis A corrupt police chief uses fines to fund a giant prison in order to increase his prestige. He jails a passerby for no reason, but is shocked to find that he is an alien leader whose followers take the whole prison when they cannot open his cell, leaving the chief disgraced.
Genre science fiction
Pencils Steve Ditko
Inks Steve Ditko
Reprinted in Weird Wonder Tales (Marvel, 1973 series) #5 (August 1974) [as "The Thing in Cell 13"]