(July 1963)

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:
Marvel Comics Group
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 April 1963. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


The Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete (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]; Paste-Pot Pete [Peter Petruski]; Wizard [Bentley Wittman]
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The Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee (plot) Ernie Hart [as H.E. Huntley] (script)
Pencils:
Dick Ayers
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
John Duffy
Job Number:
X-218A

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard [Bentley Wittman]; Paste-Pot Pete [Peter Petruski]; Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo)
Synopsis:
Johnny practices on his obstacle course, then thinks back on his adventures with The Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete. By a wild coincidence, Pete breaks The Wizard out of jail and the two join forces. They frame Johnny as a spy, but their partnership is strained by Wiz's megalomania. "I'm a partner, not a servant, you know!" says Pete.
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Indexer Notes

The Wizard last appears in issue #105 (February 1963), he next appears in a cameo in issue #112, before appearing in issue #118 (March 1964). Paste-Pot Pete last appears in issue #104 (January 1963), he next appears in a cameo in Avengers (Marvel, 1963 series) #6 (July 1964), before appearing in Strange Tales #124 (September 1964).

More humor than usual in this issue. First time these two villains teamed up in what would become pretty much a lifelong partnership!

Silent Stranger (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
K-306

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Hank; Tom Carter; Mike
Synopsis:
A quiet new worker at the plant turns out to be a friendly alien who finds mechanical work easy to learn after walking through space.
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Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

We Search the Stars! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils:
Larry Lieber
Inks:
Matt Fox
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
X-220

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Sir Edward Ramsay
Synopsis:
A space expedition discovers what they believe is a savage human-like species and flee, not suspecting that they are an advanced psychic race able to meet all their needs through thought.
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Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic! (Table of Contents)

Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Ditko (plot); Stan Lee (script)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
Terry Szenics
Job Number:
[X-221 ?]

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Strange [Stephen Strange] (introduction); Wong (introduction, unnamed); Ancient One [Yao] (introduction, called "the Master"); Nightmare (introduction)
Synopsis:
Doctor Strange is called on by a man having bad dreams, and confronts Nightmare. The man’s dreams reveal that he is guilty of fraud and Strange makes him confess.
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Indexer Notes

This is the first Doctor Strange story. It's clear there's a lot of history between Strange and Nightmare. Doctor Strange resembles Vincent Price, who played a magician in the Roger Corman-Edgar Allan Poe film, The Raven (1963).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. The Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete!
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. Silent Stranger
  4. 3. We Search the Stars!
  5. 4. Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic!
    Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic
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