Tales of Suspense 10

Title Published
January 1959 to February 1963
Issue Numbers
1 to 38
Number of Issues
Issue Information
Cover Date
July 1960
Indicia Frequency
Indicia Publisher
Male Publishing Corp.
Cover Titles
I Brought Cyclops Back to Life!!
Cover Credits
Jack Kirby pencils unsigned
Steve Ditko inks attributed
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Cover Creator Credit
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Title Pages Credits
I Brought the Mighty Cyclops Back to Life!
7 pg art Jack Kirby pencils signed
Dick Ayers inks signed
Out of the Jungle
1 pg text
Statement Required by the Act of August 24, 1912
- pg public service
I Was Trapped In Nightmare Valley
6 pg art John Forte pencils guess
Paul Reinman inks signed

Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit
Behind My Door Waits...Medusa!

Notes: Three delightfully Ditkoesque characters cavort among an array of distinctively detailed scenery and curios. The characters, familiar archetypes from the Ditko playbook, are identified by their physical appearance, their clothes, and their hats: The "old man shopkeeper" in his vest and fez, the "small-time criminal" who believes in the force of physical intimidation with his underworld-style-cap, and the "Rich man" in his suit and bowler who believes in the power of the dollar.

Surrounded by dusty swords, totems, and taxidermy, a cobweb-covered realistic statue catches the eye of the "Rich man". The "old man shopkeeper" reveals the story of the man who became a statue, and so doing also reveals one of the most potent Ditko-objects of the canon: A door covered in faces, from behind which is housed the Medusa of legends, a gaze at whose visage will turn a man into stone. We are told how the "small-time criminal" forced the "old man shopkeeper" to open the door revealing Medusa, (fortunately for us only revealed from the back,) turning him to stone. The "Rich man" deciding he has more important things to do no longer wishes to press the issue, and departs leaving the "old man shopkeeper" alone with his enigmatic smile and his stone statue friend.

Ditko gives us several views of his delicious door, each one full of expressive faces.

Like many of the players from Ditko's troupe, the old man also did time as a scientist from an alien planet, in Charlton's Unusual Tales 22.

-the stikman
5 pg art Steve Ditko pencils and inks signed

the stikman: Creator Credit
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit
I Am The Shaggy Creature
5 pg art Don Heck pencils and inks unsigned

Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit