Another in Marvel's line of 1950s comics collections hits comic stores this October. Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Journey Into Mystery reprints the first ten issues of the horror comic from 1952/53.
The book features numerous short stories (approximately 5 pages each) with artwork by John Romita, Joe Maneely, Gene Colan, and many more from the pre-code days of Fifties horror. All the covers to the comics will of course be included and the colouring is meticulously based on that of the original stories. This is the closest fans can get to obtaining these classic issues, most of which have never been reprinted before.
With Tales to Astonish Volume 2 published recently, another volume of early Tales of Suspense stories due soon, and an Atlas Era Sub-Mariner book, this Journey Into Mystery collection is the 9th book in this growing series of mid-late 1950s Marvel reprints. At $59.99 each the books aren't cheap, but the quality is high and they do showcase an era of Marvel history that is sometimes overlooked.
Visit Marvel.Com for a preview of the rest of their comics scheduled for October.
Below: From the mind-blowingly excellent Atlastales website, a page from one of the typically dark and sinister Journey Into Mystery strips. Death of a Puppet from issue 7, April 1953. When this (and other) stories are reprinted in the book, the remastered pages will be sharp and clear and won't have off-register colour.
Update 31/7/2008: Marvel have announced that they will be reprinting The Black Knight and The Yellow Claw in one volume as Atlas Era Heroes vol 4 next year! Classic Joe Maneely and Jack Kirby material in one book.