(October 1962)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1962-07-10
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Vista Publications, Inc.
Brand:
MC
Editing:
Stan Lee
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age and Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in U. S. Copyright Office filings.

Distributed to newstands in July 1962. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

Distribution date from Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website.


Starring: the Fabulous Human Torch! (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Destroyer [Charles Stanton]
Reprints:

The Human Torch (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
V-846

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Destroyer [Charles Stanton]; Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (flashback); Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (flashback)
Synopsis:
In his home town of Glenville, Johnny Storm investigates sabotage at an amusement park. He finds that the sabotage was aimed at a structure that blocked messages to a Communist submarine. The messages were from the editor of the newspaper, a Communist spy.
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Indexer Notes

First Silver Age Human Torch solo story. This story is divided into two parts: an untitled part one (7pp) and Part 2–"The Flaming Fury Strikes Back!" (6 pp). Contains diagram of Sue & Johnny's house & brief recap of the Fantastic Four's origin. Splash bills Johnny as "America's Favorite Superhero".

This spin-off series no doubt the result of publisher Martin Goodman feeling that "The Human Torch" has been good luck for him, dating all the way back to Marvel Comics #1 (October 1939). The plot about spies trying to scare townsfolk away from where a submarine is docking may have served as the inspiration for the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon, "Return Of The Flying Dutchman".

Skrawkcab (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
John Tartaglione
Inks:
John Tartaglione
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
K-18

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Oston Trams; Mrs. Trams; Laer Trams; Mike Ross
Synopsis:
An extraordiinary child excells at sports and school, but does it all backwards.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

The Impossible Spaceship! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils:
Don Heck
Inks:
Don Heck
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Terry Szenics

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
An empty spaceship arrives on Earth, confusing everyone. The ship lands and stays for a time before leaving, disappointed that the humans couldn’t realize that the ship itself was alive.
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Indexer Notes

The last page includes an advertisement for Strange Tales Annual (Marvel, 1962 series) #1 (1962). Writer credits per Barry Pearl.

The plot of this story is the same as the plot in Men's Adventures #21 (1953), Strange Worlds #1 (1958) and Tales of Suspense #11 (1960)

What Is X-35? (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Archie Craig
Synopsis:
A criminal trying to escape is repeatedly confronted with the number X-35. He is run over and killed by a car bearing the license plate number X-35.
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Indexer Notes

The last page includes an advertisement for Strange Tales Annual (Marvel, 1962 series) #1 (1962). Writer credits per Barry Pearl.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Starring: the Fabulous Human Torch!
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. The Human Torch
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. Skrawkcab
  4. 3. The Impossible Spaceship!
  5. 4. What Is X-35?
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