Jack Kirby created numerous monster stories for anthology titles at Marvel Comics. Jack Kirby’s monsters raged through the pages of Amazing Adventures, Tales to Astonish, and Strange Tales in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Many of them came back to life in Marvel reprint anthologies like Where Monsters Dwell in the early 1970s. We have a few of these gems in our collection, so get ready to rock! Here come the monsters!
– From Tower of Shadows #7; Marvel, 1970.
Many of these 1970s printings of Jack Kirby monster stories come from earlier issues of Tales to Astonish. The original 1959 series can be hard to find; but, in 2006, Marvel began printing them in hardcover format in the Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Tales to Astonish. Hardly ever in stock at My Comic Shop, you can sometimes find them on Amazon.
Many more of Jack Kirby’s monster stories first appeared in the original Strange Tales series. Strange Tales began in 1951 and featured some of the names we know from EC Comics, like Joe Orlando and Al Williamson. Jack Kirby joined the fun in #67 with “I Was the Invisible Man,” and soon brought to life Dragoom, Grottu, Taboo, Gorgola, and so on. Good luck finding the original issues without taking out a second mortgage! Marvel began collecting them in affordable hardcover in Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Strange Tales in 2007, but so far they haven’t made it to the issues with Jack Kirby.