(July 1965)

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

Enter: The Watcher! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Frank Giacoia
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Watcher; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]
Reprints:

The Challenge of...The Watcher! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee (co-plot, dialogue); Bob Powell (co-plot)
Pencils:
Bob Powell
Inks:
Wally Wood
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Art Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Watcher; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Kang; Merlin; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo)
Synopsis:
Though he is not permitted to interfere, The Watcher tells Ben & Johnny of how Kang time-travelled to the days of King Arthur, imprisoned Merlin, and took over the country. In order for the timestream to remain intact, The Watcher sends the pair back in time to defeat Kang. After a hard battle, they send Kang packing, and The Watcher returns them to the present. Later, relaxing after a hard day's fighting, Reed & Sue accuse them of being "loafers."
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Indexer Notes

Kang's previous appearance in THE AVENGERS #11 (December 1964); next appearance in THE AVENGERS #23 (December 1965). The Watcher's own series, where he sometimes acted merely as narrator, ran in TALES OF SUSPENSE #49-58 (January-October 1964); previous appearance apart from that in FANTASTIC FOUR #29 (August 1964); next appearance in FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #3 (November 1965). Last episode of the series. Next issue, "The Human Torch & The Ever-Lovin' Thing" would be replaced with "Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D." Torch's next "solo" series (of sorts) would be in MARVEL TEAM-UP #1 (March 1972), though he would be confined to occasional issues. The Thing, however, would fare better, getting his own (team-up) series in MARVEL FEATURE #11-12 (September-November 1973), then MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #1 (January 1974). Eventually, Ben would get a "solo" series in THE THING #1 (July 1983).

Earth Be My Battleground (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:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Strange; Hamir (unnamed); The Ancient One; Baron Mordo; Dormammu; Clea (unnamed); Mindless Ones
Synopsis:
Strange returns to our plane, in NYC, takes a room in a cheap motel and then uses his ectoplasmic form to check up on The Ancient One in Tibet. He then goes to his master's home to look thru the library, but forgets to drop the spell of visibility that allowed the hermit to see him and therefore Mordo's spirits are after him again! To distract Dormammu (who's feeding Mordo endless power), Clea uses a device that weakens the barrier holding back The Mindless Ones, and they attack, causing Dormammu to leave Mordo as he battles them. Strange flies into space and straight into the sun, the spirits fleeing and Mordo worried that it might spell his doom. Strange returns to The Ancient One, who in his weakened, delirious condition, speaks of "Eternity." Dormammu secures his domain, but wonders if someone has betrayed him. Clea fears she may be found out. Strange begins to search for "Eternity."
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Indexer Notes

Part 5 of 17. First mention of Eternity. Strange would finally find it in STRANGE TALES #138 (November 1965). This episode (and the next one) inexplicably NOT reprinted in MARVEL COLLECTORS' ITEM CLASSICS in 1970.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?; ? (promo copy)
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

includes letters by Robert Strezelecki, Jimmy Mills, Michael Arden, Richard Willis and the Might Marvel Checklist listing Fantastic Four #40, Spider-Man #26, Avengers #17, X-Men #11, Daredevil #8, Thor #117, Suspense #67, Astonish #69 and Sgt. Fury #19

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Enter: The Watcher!
    Human Torch and Thing
  2. 1. The Challenge of...The Watcher!
    Human Torch and Thing
  3. 2. Earth Be My Battleground
    Dr. Strange
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Strange Mails
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