Tales to Astonish 26

Title Published
January 1959 to August 1962
Issue Numbers
1 to 34
Number of Issues
34
Issue Information
Cover Date
December 1961
Indicia Frequency
monthly
Indicia Publisher
Vista Publications, Inc.
 
 
Cover Titles
The Four Armed Things!
He Walked Through Walls!
 
 
Cover Credits
Jack Kirby pencils unsigned
Dick Ayers inks attributed
Contributions
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Cover Creator Credit
Stories
  Job
Number
Title Pages Credits
  V-402 Look Out!! Here Come The...Four-Armed Men!

Notes: Retold from C-683 "The Madman" in Menace 4 (June 1953).

Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills 19
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell 8
7 pg art Jack Kirby pencils unsigned
Dick Ayers inks unsigned

Contributors:
Doc V.: Creator Credit
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit
  K-71 The Weatherman 2 pg text Joe Maneely pencils and inks signed

Contributors:
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit
  V-403 He Walked Through Walls!

Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills 22
Reprinted In: Fear 4
6 pg art Jack Kirby pencils unsigned
Dick Ayers inks attributed

Contributors:
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit
V-405 Run, Rocky, Run!

Notes: (compare scan of printed version of the splash to a scan from original art!)

Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell 8
4 pg art Bob Forgione pencils and inks signed

Contributors:
the stikman: Creator Credit
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit
V-380 Dream World!

Notes: Lettering by Ditko.
The coloring, which appears to be from Ditko color guides, is almost completely expressionistic. We have a variety of blues, some yellow variations, and even a red; but no "flesh-color" symbolizing pink dots on the faces or hands after the first two panels on page 2.
This story is an homage to Winsor McCay's fantastic comic strip, Little Nemo in Slumberland. McCay's influence on Ditko can also be seen in his philosophical work such as Avenging World.
At the bottom of the splash page Stan Lee continues the conversation begun in Tales to Astonish 21 V-193 It Happened on the Silent Screen:
EDITOR'S NOTE: REMEMBER OUR SENSATIONAL TALE "THE SILENT SCREEN" A FEW ISSUES AGO? WE STILL GET LETTERS ASKING FOR ANOTHER SUCH UNUSUAL TALE...
AND NOW, IN RESPONSE TO ALL YOUR REQUESTS' HERE IT IS, BY THE SAME TALENTED ARTIST-WRITER TEAM WHO BROUGHT YOU THE NOW-CLASSIC "SILENT SCREEN"!
Stan gives himself credit for scripting the 5-months-past "Silent Screen" and gives artist, Ditko top billing in:"the...talented artist-writer team..."
At the bottom of page 5: LIKE THIS TYPE OF STORY? THEN DON'T MISS "AMAZING ADULT FANTASY" COMICS ON SALE NOW!
The first issue of "AMAZING ADULT FANTASY" hit the stands about 3 weeks later.
-the stikman.

Reprinted In: Chamber of Chills 19
Reprinted In: Where Monsters Dwell 8
5 pg art Stan Lee script signed
Steve Ditko pencils and inks signed
Steve Ditko letters attributed

Contributors:
the stikman: Creator Credit
Nick Caputo: Creator Credit
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit