(September 1968)

Marvel, 1966 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.25 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
Marvel Comics Group
Editing:
Roy Thomas; Gary Friedrich
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age, then Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched (#1-33 squarebound)
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

The Serpent Strikes (Table of Contents)

Spider-Man / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
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Where Flies the Beetle...! (Table of Contents)

Spider-Man / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
superhero
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The Serpent Strikes (Table of Contents)

Marvel Boy / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Everett
Inks:
Bill Everett
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
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"The Coming of the Plantman!" (Table of Contents)

Human Torch [Johnny Storm] / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (Plot); Jerry Siegel [as Joe Carter] (Script)
Pencils:
Dick Ayers
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Doris Evans (Intro); Plantman [Sam Smithers] (gardener) (Intro); Mr. Evans (Doris' father) (Intro)
Synopsis:
Johnny has a date with Doris Evans, who drives him crazy as she's the only girl he's gone out with who's not impressed with his being The Torch, and prefers him as "Johnny". He sees her father fire his gardener, Sam Smithers, for "fooling around" with an invention designed to increase the intelligence of plant life. Shortly, in a "million-to-one freak accident", lightnight strikes and alters Sam's device so "it works!" Not only does it increase plants' intelligence, they also follow his mental commands. Donning a costume, he robs the store where Doris' father works and plants evidence to frame him for the crime. Johnny swears to clear Evans' name. Soon Johnny & The Plantman are engaged in battle, and The Plantman demands the city be turned over to him! (Talk about rising megalomania.) Johnny manages to break the plant-device, but The Plantman gets away, promising himself, "Next time my plan will be foolproof!!"
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Indexer Notes

1st appearance of The Plantman, whose costume resembles that worn by The Shadow; he would redesign his costume & return in STRANGE TALES #121 (June 1964). 1st appearance of Doris Evans, who would continue as Johnny's semi-reluctant girlfriend until the end of his solo series.

"Slave of Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man!" (Table of Contents)

Thor / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Chic Stone
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek
Editing:
Stan Lee (Original Editor)
Job Number:
X-573

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Thor; Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man; Loki; Odin
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Roy Thomas ?
Pencils:
Steve Ditko; Jack Kirby; Dick Ayers; Bill Everett; John Verpoorten (graytones)
Inks:
Steve Ditko; Chic Stone; Dick Ayers; Bill Everett; John Verpoorten (graytones)
Letters:
Artie Simek

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover featuring scenes from interior stories, with graytones and corrections by John Verpoorten.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Serpent Strikes
    Spider-Man
  2. 1. Where Flies the Beetle...!
    Spider-Man
  3. 2. The Serpent Strikes
    Marvel Boy
  4. 3. "The Coming of the Plantman!"
    Human Torch [Johnny Storm]
  5. 4. "Slave of Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man!"
    Thor
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
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