(June 1965)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
?
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:

A Nameless Land, a Timeless Land!; The Terrible Toys! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Mike Esposito
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
occult; superhero
Characters:
Dr. Strange; Shazana; Shazana's sister; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Ice Queen
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The Terrible Toys! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee (plot, dialogue); Bob Powell (plot)
Pencils:
Bob Powell
Inks:
Mike Esposito [as Mick Demeo]
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Ice Queen (robot); Puppet Master; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Doris Evans; Alicia Masters
Synopsis:
Deciding to switch his M.O., The Puppet Master builds robotic "statues" he can control, and undergoes plastic surgery so no one will recognize him. The masquerade is short-lived, as he lures Johnny & Ben into a trap in a department store.
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Indexer Notes

Puppet Master's previous appearance in FANTASTIC FOUR #28 (July 1964); next appearance in FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #3 (November 1965), with his original face incorrectly shown intact. Puppet Master's appearance would remain altered for several years, before he eventually restored his original face.

A Nameless Land, a Timeless Land! (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:
occult
Characters:
Dr. Strange; Baron Mordo; Dormammu; Clea (unnamed); Shazana; Shazana's sister (unnamed); The Ancient One; Hamir (unnamed)
Synopsis:
While Mordo gloats at his apparent triumph, Dormammu tells him that Strange still lives-- and has really escaped! Clea wishes she could warn Strange about Dormamu. Strange plummets thru dimension after dimension, finally coming to a stop in a world ruled by Shazana, a female tyrant who once conned a wizard into giving her some of his powers, which she repaid by destroying him. Believing her sister has recruited Strange to overthrow her, she battles Strange into submission. Allowing himself to be imprisoned so he can recover from his earlier battle with Mordo, Strange gets the lay of the land, then helps Shazana's sister overcome the evil ruler, destroying the source of her power even as he uses it to begin his journey back home.
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Indexer Notes

Part 4 of 17. The sisters in this story apparently served as the inspiration for Craig Russell's later Strange epic, a virtual remake of this story, which he did twice-- in DR. STRANGE ANNUAL #1 (December 1976), and DR. STRANGE: WHAT IS IT THAT DISTURBS YOU, STEVEN? (October 1997).

Editing
This Issue is currently being edited by Bruno Andreacchi (since 2014-04-05, last edit 2014-04-05)

Table of Contents

  1. 0. A Nameless Land, a Timeless Land!; The Terrible Toys!
    Dr. Strange; Human Torch and the Thing
  2. 1. The Terrible Toys!
    Human Torch and Thing
  3. 2. A Nameless Land, a Timeless Land!
    Dr. Strange
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