(October 1962)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
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

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.
Reprints:

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.
Reprints:

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.

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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