(December 1964)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Vista Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
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

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

The Mystery Villain! (Table of Contents)

Human Torch and the Thing; 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:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Mystery Villain; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Dr. Strange; Dormammu
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Dr. Strange image taken from interior story.

The Mystery Villain! (Table of Contents)

Human Torch and Thing / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (co-plot, dialogue); Dick Ayers (co-plot)
Pencils:
Dick Ayers
Inks:
Paul Reinman
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
Artie Simek
Job Number:
X-809

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Wizard (flashback); Paste-Pot Pete (flashback); Sub-Mariner (flashback); Willie Lumpkin (mailman, cameo)
Synopsis:
Following a race, Ben and Johnny complain to Reed that they've done pretty good and don't need a leader. Reed tells them they're free to work on their own. Ben and Johnny take part in a high-speed race, but discover on arrival that they're the only two contestants. On the salt flats they suddenly realize their cars are running out of control and it looks like they have been set up for a trap. They find themselves in an underground cavern facing an unknown villain with a question mark on his mask. Before it's over, they're ready to admit they're happy Reed is on their side.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The "Mystery Villain" (or someone wearing the same costume) turns up in FANTASTIC FOUR #154 (January 1975).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Strange Mails / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Letters page includes Special Announcements Section and Marvel Checklist.

Duel with the Dread Dormammu! (Table of Contents)

Dr. Strange / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Ditko (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Job Number:
X-813

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Strange; Dormammu; Clea (unnamed); The Mindless Ones; The Ancient One
Synopsis:
The mysterious girl appears and takes Strange to The Mindless Ones, destructive creatures who are held back from killing by Dormammu's willpower. Dormammu imprisons the girl for betraying him and the battle begins. With Dormammu concentrating on defeating his foe the barrier holding The Mindless Ones collapses; he is forced to join forces with Strange to stop them. Now indebted to Strange Dormammu accepts his terms: no harm shall come to the girl and he must never set foot on Earth. Upon Dr. Strange's return to earth The Ancient One rewards him with a new cloak of levitation and amulet.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Episode #16. Part 2 of 2. First appearance of The Mindless Ones. First appearance of Strange's Cloak of Levitation. The origin of Strange's new amulet would be revealed in STRANGE TALES #138 (November 1965). Dormammu would find a way to strike back at Strange without breaking his vow in STRANGE TALES #130 (March 1965).

A Marvel Masterwork Pin-Up (Table of Contents)

The Thing / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Chic Stone
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Job Number:
X-809

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Credits per Nick Caputo, September 2016.

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Mystery Villain!
    Human Torch and the Thing; Dr. Strange
  2. 1. The Mystery Villain!
    Human Torch and Thing
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Strange Mails
  4. 3. Duel with the Dread Dormammu!
    Dr. Strange
  5. 4. A Marvel Masterwork Pin-Up
    The Thing
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Thomas Johnson
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Nick Caputo
  • Steve Jenner
  • Darrel McCann
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Henry R. Kujawa
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