(December 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

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:

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:
Art Simek

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 & Johnny complain to Reed that they've done pretty good on their own, and he tells them the FF "isn't a prison." They reply to an invitation to take part in a high-speed race, but discover on arrival that they're the only 2 contestants! On the salt flats, they suddenly find out their cars are running out of control, and it looks like someone's suckered them in for a big fall. However, 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).

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Strange; Dormammu; Clea (unnamed); The Mindless Ones; The Ancient One
Synopsis:
Dormamu says he no longer derives pleasure from beating weak opponents, and gives Strange an hour to reconsider the challenge. As Strange ponders Dormammu's overwhelming confidence, the mysterious girl appears again and takes him to The Mindless Ones-- a horde of aggressive, destructive creatures, who are only held back from killing all in their paths by the will-power of Dormammu! Still, his first duty is to Earth. Strange finds the girl imprisoned for "betraying" Dormammu-- and the battle begins! They seem almost evenly matched, until, with Dormammu's focus entirely on the battle, the barrier holding back The Mindless Ones collapses, and they rampage forward. As they're about to kill the girl, Dormammu turns and holds them back-- but they're too many coming too fast-- until Strange adds his power to Dormammu's! His domain safe once more, Dormammu is enraged that he should be in debt to a human! Strange extracts a vow that no harm shall come to the girl-- and that Dormammu must never set foot on Earth. He agrees-- but vows he will never rest until he has avenged this indignity. As Strange departs, the girl tells him she must stay, for it's her home-- "No matter where my heart shall be." On his return, The Ancient One gives Strange a new cape, and a "more wondrous" amulet. His mentor reminds Strange that one day, when he's gone, it will be Strange who will become "The Master".
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).

Editing

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. Duel with the Dread Dormammu!
    Dr. Strange
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