Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction #3 Cover by Michael Whelan

Issue 3, May 1975, Marvel Comics ($1.00)

editor, Roy Thomas; associate editor, Gerry Conway; cover, Michael Whelan

“Repent Harlequin, Said the Tick-Tock Man”

adaptation, Roy Thomas; art, Alex Nino


Unknown Worlds was one of many black and white magazines Marvel put out in the seventies to compete with similar magazines from Warren and other publishers. This one featured original and adapted Science Fiction stories. Other stories from this issue include an adaption of Larry Niven’s “Not Long Before The End” by Doug Moench and Vicente Alcazar, Frank Herbert’s “Occupation Force” adapted by Gerry Conway and George Pérez and original stories by Bruce Jones and Tony Isabella & Gene Colan.

The contents page describes the Ellison story the following way:

The Hugo- and Nebula-winning tale of a funny man – in a most unfunny future! Harlan Ellison’s most celebrated story.

Original Story

“Repent Harlequin, Said the Tick-Tock Man” first appeared in Galaxy, December 1965.

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Repent Harlequin!