(December 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 September 1963. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


The Uncanny Sandman! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Sandman [Flint Marko]; Spider-Man [Peter Parker] (inset)
Reprints:

The Sandman Strikes! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee (co-plot, script); Dick Ayers (co-plot, un-credited)
Pencils:
Dick Ayers
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Sandman [Flint Marko]; Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Spider-Man [Peter Parker] (flashback, cameo)
Synopsis:
The Human Torch fights and defeats Spider-Man’s old enemy Sandman.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This story takes place after Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #20 (November 1963). This is the second appearance of Sandman; he last appears in Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel, 1963 series) #4 (September 1963); he next appears in Amazing Spider-Man Annual (Marvel, 1964 series) #1 (1964). This is the first time that Sandman, originally Spider-Man's foe, fought the Torch. He would eventually team-up with two other Torch villains, Wizard & Paste-Pot Pete, to form the Frightful Four, in Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #36 (March 1965). Torch & Spidey last crossed paths in Strange Tales Annual (Marvel, 1962 series) #2 (1963); they would do so again the very next month in Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel, 1963 series) #8 (January 1964).

Another Marvel Masterpiece (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
George Roussos
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek; typeset

Synopsis:
Promo of Sgt. Fury (Marvel, 1963 series) #4 (November 1963) includes cover repro. Printed between the pages of the Human Torch story.

Zero of Time (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
[9689]

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
John Pearson; Prof. Thomas Benton; Father Time
Synopsis:
A scientist's machine transports him and a reporter outside of time and into the realm of Father Time.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

The Origin of Dr. Strange (Table of Contents)

Dr. Strange / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (co-plot, script); Steve Ditko (co-plot, un-credited)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange] (origin); Ancient One [Yao]; Baron Mordo [Karl Amadeus Mordo] (origin)
Synopsis:
Dr. Stephen Strange, a top neurosurgeon, damages his hands in an accident and seeks out a mystic for help. He saves the seer from his treacherous student, becoming his pupil and finding a new purpose.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This is the first mention of Dormammu. The Ancient One's home is said here to be in India, this is later changed to Tibet.

Stan Lee says they forgot to tell Strange's origin before this. Judging by the evolution of the artwork, it appears this was at least the ninth episode drawn! In all other episodes up to issue #120 (May 1964), Strange resembes Vincent Price; in this and later ones, he resembles Ronald Colman. Certain plot elements are somewhat similar to those in the Frank Capra film, Lost Horizon (1937).

Stan Goldberg credit removed due to lack of attribution. (20/03/2010)

Another Marvel Masterpiece (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek; typeset

Indexer Notes

Promo of Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel, 1963 series) #7 (December 1963) includes cover repro. Printed between the pages of the Dr. Strange story.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Uncanny Sandman!
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. The Sandman Strikes!
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. Another Marvel Masterpiece
  4. 3. Zero of Time
  5. 4. The Origin of Dr. Strange
    Dr. Strange
  6. 5. Another Marvel Masterpiece
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