Synopsis: A monstrous sea creature emerges from the depths, seeking a human who will give the Atlanteans information that will enable them to conquer the world. On the understanding that if the information fails to ensure their success, he will be killed, business tycoon John Cartwright volunteers, and is taken to Atlantis. Shocked by the betrayal, the nations of the world put aside their differences and unite to prepare for the imminent attack. In Atlantis Cartwright describes humanity as possessing powerful disintegrator rays that would render any attack impossible. The Atlanteans believe him and call off the invasion: Cartwright is killed. "How tragic that humanity will never know that the man whose name it despises has made the supreme sacrifice to save his fellow men!"
Synopsis: Washed up on Easter Island, an escaped convict is asked by an elderly islander to help search for a lost parchment containing the words to awaken the half-buried statues. Thinking to harness the power of the statues for his own purposes the convict gains the parchment and raises the giants. Finding they do not obey him, he turns to the islander for help but the old man refuses. Removing the rubber mask that covers his elongated, stony face he reveals that he is the captain of this advance troop of alien invaders, which has been waiting here for centuries in suspended animation.
Notes: Jack Kirby's depiction of the Easter Island statues as invading aliens first appeared in DC's House of Mystery #85 April '59 ("The Stone Sentinels of Giant Island"), probably inspired by the publication of anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl's book "Aku-Aku: The Secret of Easter Island" the previous year.
Moving to Timely he revisited the idea for "The Things on Easter Island" (Tales to Astonish #5, Sept '59), "Thorr the Unbelievable" (Tales to Astonish #16, Feb '61) before pencilling "Back From the Dead".
He also drew them as the Saturnian Stone Men that the Mighty Thor defeated in his first, origin, appearance in Journey into Mystery #83 (Aug '62).
Finally, he drew them for DC's Super Powers #3 ("Time upon Time upon Time", Nov '85) where they menaced Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Dr Fate.
Synopsis: Herman, the dummy of ventriloquist The Great Gregory, is so lifelike that he is taken for a midget. Gregory proves Hugo is made of wood - but when they are alone reveals that he, too, is wooden: they are both spies from the planet Uranus.
Notes: Joe Sinnott is credited with pencils in Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales of Suspense (2006) vol. 3.
Synopsis: A prisoner escapes from a penal colony on a remote planet, and makes his way across the alien landscape towards the silhouette of a waiting rocket ship. As he approaches the open cargo bay he realises too late that it is the open mouth of one of the rocket-shaped monsters that inhabit the Black Planet.