It was a long, convoluted path for Bill Everett's hero SUB-MARINER to get his own book again.
After being revived in FANTASTIC FOUR #4, he became one of the recurring villains (or was that anti-hero?), appearing in F.F. #6, 9, 14, STRANGE TALES #107, F.F. ANNUAL #1, THE AVENGERS #3 & 4, F.F. #27, X-MEN #6, STRANGE TALES #125, F.F. #33, THE AVENGERS #16, and DAREDEVIL #7, before being awarded his own series in TALES TO ASTONISH #70.
His series in ASTONISH lasted all the way to the end of the title. In early 1968, Martin Goodman sold Marvel Comics to Perfect Film, and as a result was able to switch distibutors. No longer limited to 8 books a month, Goodman began an expansion, which included taking all 3 "split books", ASTONISH, SUSPENSE and STRANGE TALES and spinning them off into 6 solo titles-- CAPTAIN AMERICA, NICK FURY, AGENT OF SHIELD, DR. STRANGE, THE INCREDIBLE HULK (which continued the numbering of ASTONISH for Postal permit reasons), IRON MAN and SUB-MARINER. Due to some almost-inexplicable schedule problems, the last 2 were delayed by 1 month, their final half-book episodes appeared together in a one-shot. Contrary to what the cover might suggest, they didn't meet, team-up or fight on the inside.
art by Gene Colan & Bill Everett (April 1968)
Artwork Copyright (C) Marvel Comics /
Raw scans for #1, 2, & 3 supplied by Barry Pearl /
Restorations by Henry Kujawa