This trio of pre-Marvel Atlas Comics Tales of Suspense comic books from 1959-1960 were prized possessions to me as a young collector in the ’80s. I always considered them my three favorite comics in my collection. Tales of Suspense issues 9, 10, and 17 were some of the oldest and rarest comic books I owned at the time. But I loved them mostly because the stories were genuinely weird, unsettling and creepy. I read them repeatedly.
My parents had a friend who would let me pick through his childhood collection. I would spend hours over there, picking comics out one at a time, using my allowance to buy them at 25 cents each. Eventually, he just gave me the whole box, but these issues of Tales of Suspense are some of the first I bought from him.
It is not easy to spot writing and artist credits in Tales of Suspense. Their title pages don’t have any credits, but you can sometimes spot the writer or artist name scrawled somewhere among the illustrations. All three of my issues featured art by who is probably my all-time favorite comic book artist, the great Jack “King” Kirby.
I believe most (if not all) of the unusual stories were written by Stan “The Man” Lee. Legendary comic illustrators Steve Ditko, Dick Ayers, Paul Reinman, and other greats appear in these pages.
The back covers of Tales of Suspense, where you can receive “real foreign coins” or learn to draw by mail!