(November 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 August 1963. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


Captain America (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]; Captain America [Carl Zante; also as The Acrobat]
Reprints:

The Human Torch Meets...Captain America (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (co-plot, dialogue); Jack Kirby (co-plot, uncredited)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Job Number:
[X-449]

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Acrobat [Carl Zante; disguised as Captain America]; Doris Evans; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo)
Synopsis:
The Human Torch is upstaged by the return of Captain America, but the Torch realizes that it is his old enemy the Acrobat in disguise and defeats him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Acrobat last appears in issue #106 (March 1963). This story involving a Captain America imposter was a try-out to test the idea of reviving him. The real Cap would return only 4 months later in Avengers, The (Marvel, 1963 series) #4 (March 1964).

Winner of the 1963 "Favorite Short Story" Alley Award.

The Bridge (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
[J-707]

Genre:
spy; occult
Characters:
Dr. Title; Douglas Jenks
Synopsis:
A government agent retrieves a classified microfilm stolen to be given to enemy agents, and is helped by a magic bridge.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

The Return of the Omnipotent Baron Mordo! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Steve Ditko (plot, uncredited); Stan Lee (script)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
George Roussos (uncredited)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Job Number:
X-450

Genre:
Superhero; Occult
Characters:
Baron Mordo [Karl Amadeus Mordo, also as Sir Clive Bentley]; Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]; Ancient One [Yao]; Victoria Bentley (introduction, origin)
Synopsis:
Strange is lured into a trap in England by Baron Mordo, but defeats him with the help of a woman with latent magical talents.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Baron Mordo last appears in issue #111 (August 1963) and, not counting next issue's flashback, Mordo next appears in issue #117 (February 1964). Victoria Bentley next appears in issue #160 (September 1967). Inker is obviously George Roussos, though not credited on artwork. Stan Lee notes he was waiting for reader feedback after Strange's first appearances; this suggests Roussos may have inked this episode because of a very last-minute decision to begin running the series regularly.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Captain America
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. The Human Torch Meets...Captain America
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. The Bridge
  4. 3. The Return of the Omnipotent Baron Mordo!
    Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic
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