(February 1964)

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

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


The Return of the Eel! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby; Steve Ditko (Eel figure)
Inks:
Sol Brodsky; Steve Ditko (Eel Figure)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Eel [Leopold Stryke]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ditko credits supplied by Nick Caputo and Mark Elstob.

The Return of the Eel! (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / comic story / 14 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
Job Number:
X-546

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Eel [Leopold Stryke]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo)
Synopsis:
Having served his time, The Eel is released from jail, but Johnny's suspicious because he left prison wearing his Eel costume. Taking a security guard job at an aquarium, The Eel begins pulling crimes, but eventually, Johnny tracks him down and defeats him again.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Second appearance of The Eel; previous appearance in issue #112 (September 1963); Eel has a 2-panel cameo in Fantastic Four Annual (Marvel, 1963 series) #3 (1965), then returns in X-Men (Marvel, 1963 series) #22 (July 1966). Story not reprinted in Marvel Tales run.

From Outer Space (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
9498

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Jonathan Ditmar
Synopsis:
When hostile aliens come to Earth of the future they are persuaded not to enslave humanity because of Earth's music.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

Another Marvel Masterpiece (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Sol Brodsky
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Rosen; Artie Simek; typeset

Indexer Notes

Promo for X-Men (Marvel, 1963 series) #3 (January 1964) including cover repro. Printed between the pages of the Human Torch story.

The Many Traps of Baron Mordo! (Table of Contents)

Doctor Strange / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee; Steve Ditko (co-plot)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Job Number:
X-557

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]; Baron Mordo [Karl Amadeus Mordo]; Ancient One [Yao]
Synopsis:
Mordo places a spell over Strange's house that causes it to vanish to another dimension. Strange manages to track Mordo down using his ethereal form, but it becomes trapped in Mordo's lair. Mordo goes to see The Ancient One, claiming he's changed his way, just so he can attack him unawares. But Strange had found a way to escape by going straight thru the center of the Earth itself, and warned his mentor in advance. Though defeated, both Strange and The Ancient One know Mordo is becoming more powerful all the time.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This is the fourth appearance of Baron Mordo; his last chronological appearance is in issue #114 (November 1963); he next appears in issue #121 (June 1964).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Return of the Eel!
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. The Return of the Eel!
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. From Outer Space
  4. 3. Another Marvel Masterpiece
  5. 4. The Many Traps of Baron Mordo!
    Doctor Strange
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