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

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


The Return of the Wizard, Master of Evil!/The Possessed! (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch; Dr. Strange / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby; Steve Ditko (inset)
Inks:
Chic Stone; Steve Ditko (inset)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Wizard [Bentley Wittman] (disguised as the Human Torch); Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inks credit from Nick Caputo via the GCD Error List (26 July 2005); the original indexer credited George Roussos.

The Man Who Became the Torch! (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:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
X-593

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard [Bentley Wittman]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Thing [Ben Grimm]
Synopsis:
The Wizard breaks jail, and begins pulling crimes using a new anti-gravity flying device he's invented. Via trickery and disguise, he captures Johnny, then Sue, and begins impersonating Johnny, while planning bigger and bolder crimes with which to use his anti-gravity device. With the help of Reed and Ben, Sue and Johnny escape, and Johnny goes after The Wizard, who attempts to escape by flying higher and higher with his anti-grav disc. But it malfunctions, and, unable to control it, he just keeps going higher and higher...
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This is the fourth appearance of The Wizard; he last appears in issue #110 (July 1963) and he next appears in Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #36 (March 1965), when he was rescued by Paste-Pot Pete and The Sandman. The time-frame is a bit off, as Pete and the Sandman broke jail sometime after Pete's appearance in issue #124 (September 1964), and most or all of the remaining Torch solo stories up to Strange Tales #134 (July 1965) take place before the formation of the Frightful Four! (How long was he up there in the atmosphere?). Colors credit for Stan Goldberg removed due to lack of attribution. (26/03/2010)

Another Marvel Masterpiece (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Sol Brodsky
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek; Sam Rosen

Indexer Notes

promo for Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 1959 series) #53 (March 1964) includes cover repro. Printed between the pages of the Human Torch story.

The Weatherman (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Maneely
Inks:
Joe Maneely
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
K-71

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural; science fiction
Characters:
Willie Wimms; Hugh Wimms
Synopsis:
In the future, young boy's afternoon is nearly ruined by a scheduled rainstorm, but when he runs into the rainmaker's magical assistant, he gets a delay.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

The Possessed! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]; Herr Braun; Fraulein Lieber
Synopsis:
Using his "Earthly Scanner," in which is a small replica of the planet, Strange senses evil somewhere in Bavaria. In a remote village, he finds the townspeople the victims of some strange form of possession, and believes a supernatural force is at work. But he soon discovers it's really the work of aliens from another dimension. He sends them packing, and seals off the dimensional doorway forever.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This is the first appearance of The Orb Of Agamotto. The dimensional doorway which changes appearance to that of a large rock resembles the alien house in "The Outer Limits" episode, "The Guests."

Another Marvel Masterpiece (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
George Roussos
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek; Sam Rosen

Indexer Notes

Promo for Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #51 (March 1964) includes cover repro. Printed between the pages of the Dr. Strange story.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Return of the Wizard, Master of Evil!/The Possessed!
    The Human Torch; Dr. Strange
  2. 1. The Man Who Became the Torch!
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. Another Marvel Masterpiece
  4. 3. The Weatherman
  5. 4. The Possessed!
    Dr. Strange
  6. 5. Another Marvel Masterpiece
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Nick Caputo
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Thomas G. Lammers