(June 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 March 1964. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


Prisoner of the Plantman!; Witchcraft in the Wax Museum (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Sol Brodsky (upper image); Steve Ditko (bottom image)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Plantman [Sam Smithers]; Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]; Baron Mordo [Karl Amadeus Mordo]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Corrected art credits from Nick Caputo via the GCD Errors list, December 2008. Original indexer credited Ditko with inks for the upper part and pencils for the lower.

Prisoner of the Plantman! (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:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Plantman [Sam Smithers]; Doris Evans; Mr. Evans (flashback); Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo)
Synopsis:
After improving his plant ray, The Plantman captures Johnny to get him out of the way while he pulls a robbery. After, Doris, worried about her father, begs Johnny to stop the villain. They have a duel at the Botanical Gardens...with predictable results.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Second appearance of Plantman; last appears in issue #113 (October 1963) and next appears in X-Men (Marvel, 1963 series) #22 (July 1966). Plantman redesigns his costume in this episode, going from "mystery man" to "super-villain" in style. Colors credit for Stan Goldberg removed due to lack of attribution.

Witchcraft in the Wax Museum! (Table of Contents)

Doctor Strange / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Ditko (plot, un-credited); Stan Lee (script)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
X-665

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Strange [Stephen Strange]; Baron Mordo [Karl Amadeus Mordo]
Synopsis:
A phone call lures Strange away in his ectoplasmic form, so Baron Mordo can steal his body. Knowing that if the two are not reunited in 24 hours Strange is doomed, Mordo places a spell over the body so Strange cannot return to it. Using his amulet to retrace Mordo's steps, he finds Mordo, and his own body, in a wax museum. Tricking Mordo into fighting him in his ectoplasmic form, Strange turns the tables by trapping Mordo outside his body, and with Mordo held thus, is able to return to his own. Mordo warns Strange his unwillingness to finish him will be his undoing.
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Indexer Notes

This is the fifth appearance of Baron Mordo; he last appears in issue #117 (February 1964) and next appears in issue #125 (October 1964). Doctor Strange guest-stars in Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #27 (June 1964) shortly after this story. Colors credit for Stan Goldberg removed due to lack of attribution. (26/03/2010)

Now on Sale (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.8 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Advertises the Avengers (Marvel, 1963 series) #5 (May 1964). Printed between the pages of the Dr. Strange story. This shares the page with the statement of ownership.

Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.2 page (report information)

Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Average monthly paid circulation/print run October 1962–September 1963 (issues #104–115): 189,160/321,212. Paid circulation/print run for issue #115: 190,820/317,493. This shares the page with the promo.

The Salesman (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
[K-141]

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Mr. Frankel; Mr. Karl; Red Mop
Synopsis:
A dull salesman gets some zing from a famous clown's laughing powder, but learns that confidence is its own magic.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration. Continues from last issue. Printed after the Dr. Strange story.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Prisoner of the Plantman!; Witchcraft in the Wax Museum
    Human Torch; Dr. Strange
  2. 1. Prisoner of the Plantman!
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. Witchcraft in the Wax Museum!
    Doctor Strange
  4. 3. Now on Sale
  5. 4. Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation
  6. 5. The Salesman
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
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Thomas G. Lammers