Publication Dates: August 1949 – August 1957
Number of Issues Published: 67 (#93 – #159)
Dimensions: standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock: glossy cover; newsprint interior
Publishing Format: was ongoing series
Publication Type: magazine
Numbering continues from Marvel Mystery Comics (Marvel, 1939 series) #92
SF/Horror anthology continuing from Timely’s flagship Golden Age superhero anthology. This book ran until the collapse of Atlas’s distributor and the subsequent restructuring known as the “Atlas Implosion”.
Information thanks to the Grand Comic Database
Marvel Tales ran 67 issues, through #159 (Aug. 1957), and included among its contributors writer and editor-in-chief Stan Lee and such comics artists as Golden Age veterans Harry Anderson, Carl Burgos, Bill Everett, Fred Kida, Mike Sekowsky, Syd Shores, and Ogden Whitney, and, early in their careers, Dick Ayers, Gene Colan, Tony DiPreta, Mort Drucker, Russ Heath, Bernard Krigstein, Joe Maneely, Joe Sinnott, and Basil Wolverton, among others.
Marvel Tales ran until the collapse of Atlas’s distributor, American News Company, and the subsequent restructuring known as the “Atlas Implosion.”
Beginning with issue #3 (July 1966), the title was published bimonthly, continuing in the 25¢-giant format through #33. Through issue #12, Marvel Tales reprinted some of the earliest issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, as well as some of the earliest stories of Thor, Ant-Man, and Fantastic Four member the Human Torch (from his solo feature in Strange Tales).
The Ant-Man stories were replaced after a few issues by anthological science-fiction stories framed as “Tales of the Wasp”, introduced by Ant-Man’s female partner. These in turn were replaced by 1950s Atlas Comics reprints of the superhero Marvel Boy in issues #13-16. That was dropped with #17, when 18-page Thor reprints replaced the earlier 13-page reprints.
The series was revamped to feature two Spider-Man reprints and one Dr. Strange from #28-31 — with the exception of #30, where the Dr. Strange backup was replaced by an original story featuring the X-Men member the Angel, written by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel in one of his very rare Marvel outings. An Iron Man story served as backup in #32, after which Marvel Tales became a standard-priced series reprinting a single Spider-Man story each issue, very occasionally with a new or reprinted backup story featuring anyone from the Inhumans to Spider-Ham.
The series was canceled with issue #291 cover dated Nov. 1994.