(February 1965)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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0.12 USD
Pages:
36
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Editing:
Stan Lee
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age and Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

The Terrible Trio (Table of Contents)

Human Torch; Thing / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Chic Stone
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Yogi Dakkor; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Handsome Harry Phillips; Bull Brogin; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]
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The Terrible Trio! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee (co-plot, dialogue); Dick Ayers (co-plot)
Pencils:
Dick Ayers
Inks:
Frank Giacoia [as Frankie Ray]
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Art Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Doris Evans ("Dorrie"); Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Yogi Dakkor; Handsome Harry Phillips; Bull Brogin; Thing [Ben Grimm]
Synopsis:
On the golf course, Doris nags Johnny by comparing him to "gentlemanly" Peter Parker. When the latest emergency arises, she says a girl like her should have her head examined. Johnny falls into a trap of The Terrible Trio, but manages to send out a distress signal to Ben, who takes on these losers and saves Johnny's life in a railway yard. "Dr. Doom would be so proud of us!" Yogi Dakkor said...guess again!
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Indexer Notes

Third (and final) appearance of "The Terrible Trio"; previous appearance in STRANGE TALES #122 (July 1964). With his costume and flying carpet, Yogi Dakkor may have served as the inspiration for the 1967 SPIDER-MAN cartoon villain, "The Fabulous Fakir." Johnny & Doris have a run-in with The Beetle, Peter Parker (and Spider-Man) in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21 (February 1965) shortly before this story.

Beware...Tiboro! The Tyrant of the Sixth Dimension! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Steve Ditko (plot); Don Rico (script)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Strange; Dr. Green (scientist); Schuyler (scientist); Mr. James (producer, "The Twelth Hour" TV show); The Ancient One; Tiboro
Synopsis:
Despite repeated requests, Strange refuses to appear on the TV program, "The Twelth Hour." As a result, the panel of 3 scientists who do appear "reject" him as an authority on the supernatural. They continue to narrow-mindedly dismiss all magic as superstition, until in the middle of the show, the lights briefly go out and all three mysteriously vanish! When the police can find nothing, the show's producer calls Strange, this time for help! He arrives, and quickly discerns the "pagan idol" they were debunking is really a gateway to the dimension of Tiboro, an extrememly powerful entity who is ready to strike against Earth, as he did before, ages ago. After consulting his mentor, Strange goes to Tiboro's dimension to confront him directly, and a fierce, deadly battle commences! Strange manages to triumph, and returns with the three kidnapped men. But now that they have "proof" of the existence of magic, they want to do a TV show about it, with Strange as the star. Instead, he uses a "spell of forgetfullness," which actually causes time to unwind to the moment when the lights went out. As before, they arrogantly refuse to believe there's any such thing as magic.
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Indexer Notes

Steve Ditko's art seems to take a leap forward with this episode. Without Stan Lee's dialogue, the tone and character of this story is much closer to Ditko's solo works from the 1970's and later. Similar to this story's ending, the 3rd-season cliffhanger-finale of CHARMED involved the media exposing the existence of magic, the chaos and danger it involved, and a spell turning back time to prevent it from happening. On this issue's letters page, Stan says he "asked Steve to come up with something really different for next issue," indicating that Ditko may have been plotting the series solo for some time.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Terrible Trio
    Human Torch; Thing
  2. 1. The Terrible Trio!
    Human Torch; Thing
  3. 2. Beware...Tiboro! The Tyrant of the Sixth Dimension!
    Dr. Strange
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