(October 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 July 1964. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

Additional and updated information for this index supplied by Henry Kujawa via GCD Errors list (August 2007). Distribution date from Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website.


The Sensational Sub-Mariner (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch and the Ever-Lovin' Thing; Doctor Strange / 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]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Sub-Mariner [Namor McKenzie]; Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

After looking over the artwork Nick Caputo believes Dick Ayers is the cover inker. His original attribution was Sol Brodsky; the original indexer of this issue credited Frank Giacoia. Inset panel at lower right illustrates Doctor Strange.

The Sub-Mariner Must Be Stopped! (Table of Contents)

Human Torch and Thing / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Dick Ayers
Inks:
Paul Reinman
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Job Number:
X-772

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Sub-Mariner [Namor McKenzie]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo); Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo)
Synopsis:
The latest fight between Ben and Johnny is interrupted by the arrival of a pair of reporters from LIFE Magazine, but it turns ugly when they find out it's Reed and Sue the reporters want to interview! When the news reports Sub-Mariner is heading for NYC, Ben and Johnny figure they can make an impression by tackling him on their own. Taking out the "U-Car," they soon find Namor, who seems to be expecting them. A big fight breaks out, ending when the Sub-Mariner leaves, feeling he's been "lied to." Reed and Sue arrive, with Reed chastising Ben and Johnny for ruining the peace talk he'd spent weeks trying to set up. Feeling betrayed, Namor promises himself that their next fight will be to the finish.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sub-Mariner last appears in X-Men #6 (July 1964) and next appears in Fantastic Four #33 (December 1964). Namor's "electric eel" power crops up again, for the last time. The reporters from LIFE suspiciously resemble Jack Kirby and Larry Lieber. Colors credit for Stan Goldberg removed due to lack of attribution (31/03/2010).

More Triumphs for Marvel..! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
? (promo copy)
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Advertises Marvel Tales Annual (Marvel, 1964 series) #1 (1964), Amazing Spider-Man Annual (Marvel, 1964 series) #1 (1964) and Fantastic Four Annual (Marvel, 1963 series) #2 (1964). Printed between the pages of the Human Torch and Thing story.

Mordo Must Not Catch Me! (Table of Contents)

Doctor Strange / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
George Roussos [as Geo. Bell]
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
X-773

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]; Baron Mordo [Karl Amadeus Mordo]; Ancient One [Yao]
Synopsis:
Three followers of Mordo attack Strange in his sanctum. After dispatching them, he uses the Eye of Agamotto and his amulet to contact his mentor, but to no avail! Mordo appears saying he's captured The Ancient One. In their ectoplasmic forms, a running battle begins that takes them halfway around the world, until Strange locates his mentor in a half-hidden jungle somewhere in Tibet. The battle continues, until the light of Strange's amulet forces Mordo to give in and free The Ancient One. With Mordo apparently beaten "for a long time," Strange heads back to NYC.
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Indexer Notes

Sixth appearance of Baron Mordo; Mordo last appears in issue #121 (June 1964) and next appears in issue #130 (March 1965). Doctor Strange guest-stars in Journey Into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #108 (September 1964), and has a cameo in Amazing Spider-Man Annual (Marvel, 1964 series) #1 (1964) shortly before this story. This episode leads directly into Strange's first encounter with Dormammu in the next issue. Stan Goldberg colors credit removed due to lack of attribution. (31/03/2010).

The Message (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
[H-729]

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Bill Benson
Synopsis:
An unhappy foundry worker finds a message from a prisoner and rushes to help, finding that the message was merely a test of courage, and that his actions have gained him his dream job.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

"Continued next issue..." is written at the bottom of the page, but the second page was not reprinted in subsequent issues. Printed between the pages of the Dr. Strange story. This is the last text story page in Strange Tales. The synopsis describes the whole story, but only those characters that appear on this page are listed here.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Sensational Sub-Mariner
    The Human Torch and the Ever-Lovin' Thing; Doctor Strange
  2. 1. The Sub-Mariner Must Be Stopped!
    Human Torch and Thing
  3. 2. More Triumphs for Marvel..!
  4. 3. Mordo Must Not Catch Me!
    Doctor Strange
  5. 4. The Message
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ethan Hoddes
  • Thomas G. Lammers
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Nick Caputo
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ramon Schenk
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