Tales to Astonish Volume 2 (1979): 1-14

Tales to Astonish V2 reprinted Sub-Mariner (1968) #1-14. Issues 1 and 12 have three pages cut, issues 2-11 and 13 have two pages cut, and issue 14 is complete. Fortunately, all of these stories have now been reprinted in the Masterworks books.

Sub-Mariner #8 was also reprinted completely in Marvel Treasury Edition #9 (Giant Superhero Team-Up) and as a J. C. Penney reprint. It reminds me of a Highlander episode.

Starting with issue 12, Marvel raised the page count. So issues 12-14 could have been reprinted completely. Unfortunately, new stories were added to issues 12 and 13 so these reprints are still incomplete. The same thing happened at the end of Marvel's Greatest Comics.

Roy Thomas was the writer and the great John Buscema illustrated the first eight issues. Issues 9 & 12-14 were drawn by Marie Severin while issues 10-11 were drawn by Gene Colan. Issue 9 introduces the Serpent Crown, which was disguised as the Helmet of Power.

This was a great run by Big John when his artistic skills were at their peak. You meet Destiny, Triton, Plantman, Attuma, Tiger Shark, and the Thing.

Imperius Rex!

updated 15 Mar 2013


Tales to Astonish #1 (12/1979)
	Reprint: Sub-Mariner #1
	(-3 pgs: panels 1-2 of 6, panel 1 of 7, 16, 18; panel 2 of 7 cropped at bottom)

Tales to Astonish #2 (1/1980)
	Reprint: Sub-Mariner #2
	(-2 pgs: panels 3-4 of 7, panels 1-2 of 8, panels 2, 4 of 14, panels 1-2 of 15)

Tales to Astonish #3 (2/1980)
	Reprint: Sub-Mariner #3 (-2 pgs: 7, 10)

Tales to Astonish #4 (3/1980)
	Reprint: Sub-Mariner #4 
	(-2 pgs: panel 3 of 6, panels 2-3 of 7, panel 3 of 10, panels 1-2 of 11)

Tales to Astonish #5 (4/1980)
	Reprint: Sub-Mariner #5
	(-2 pgs: panels 1-3, 5 of 2, panel 1 of 3, 8; panel 4 of 2 slightly widened)

Tales to Astonish #6 (5/1980)
	Reprint: Sub-Mariner #6 
	(-2 pgs: panels 1-2, 4 of 4, panels 1-2 of 9; panels 2-5 of 5, panel 3 of 9, 
	 panels 1-3 of 10 all cropped at bottom and shrunk to fit)

Tales to Astonish #7 (6/1980)
	Reprint: Sub-Mariner #7 (-2 pgs: 11, 14)

Tales to Astonish #8 (7/1980)
	Reprint: Sub-Mariner #8 (-2 pgs: 9, 16)

Tales to Astonish #9 (8/1980)
	Reprint: Sub-Mariner #9
	(-2 pgs: 14, panels 1-2 of 16, panel 1 of 17; panels 2 & 4 of 17 are cropped at the bottom)

Tales to Astonish #10 (9/1980)
	Reprint: Sub-Mariner #10 (-2 pgs: 3, 12)

Tales to Astonish #11 (10/1980)
	Reprint: Sub-Mariner #11 
	(-2 pgs: panels 4-5 of 8, panel 3 of 9, 17; panels 1-3 of 8 cropped at bottom to match
	 panels 1-2 of 9 below; panels 1-2 of 9 cropped at bottom.)

Tales to Astonish #12 (11/1980)
	Reprint: Sub-Mariner #12
	(-3 pgs: 3-4, panels 1-4 of 5; panel 5 of 5 and panels 1-5 of 6 cropped at bottom to fit 
	 onto one page)
	NEW: Vision story (6 pgs)

Tales to Astonish #13 (12/1980)
	Reprint: Sub-Mariner #13
	(-2 pgs: 7, panel 1 of 9, panels 1-2 of 10; panel 2 of 9 & panel 4 of 10 cropped at top;
	 panel 3 of 10 cropped at bottom.)
	NEW: Nighthawk story (5 pgs)

Tales to Astonish #14 (1/1981)
	Reprint: Sub-Mariner #14
	Reprint: Sub-Mariner vs. Original Human Torch Pin-up (Marvel Mystery Comics #9, 7/1940)
			(Bill Everett/Carl Burgos)
	Reprint: Regal Sub-Mariner Pin-Up from Fantastic Four #33
		 	(Jack Kirby/Sol Brodsky)
	NEW: Spider-Man webbing up Sub-Mariner Pin-up (Alan Weiss)

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