(January 1975)

Marvel, 1974 Series
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?
Price:
0.25 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
?
Barcode:
?
Editing:
Roy Thomas
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

To Die at the Hand of Xemu! (Table of Contents)

Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Roy Thomas ?
Pencils:
Ron Wilson
Inks:
Frank Giacoia
Colors:
?
Letters:
Danny Crespi

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Xemu [Zemu]; Valeria

Indexer Notes

Zemu changed on cover only to Xemu to reflect the change in FANTASTIC FOUR #158-159 (May-June 1975). Cover artist credits from Nick Caputo (April 5, 2004). Originally listed Gil Kane (pencils) & John Romita (inks).

Prisoner of the 5th Dimension! (Table of Contents)

Human Torch [Johnny Storm] / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (Plot); Larry Lieber (Script)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek
Editing:
Stan Lee (Original Editor)
Job Number:
V-823

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; George Bentley (real estate developer); Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo)
Synopsis:
Perfectly good houses sink into the ground after they're built. Reed suggests sabotage; a farmer blames "swamp demons." When Johnny investigates, he sees strange men with blue skin using an "electro gamma wave" ray gun to make the houses sink. The farmer, confronted, proves to be one of them as well, and he uses an "anti-matter electron" gun to make Johnny's flame go out!
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Indexer Notes

Part 1 of 3. Splash page reformatted & page numbers removed for this reprint.

Part 2: Trapped in Another World! (Table of Contents)

Human Torch [Johnny Storm] / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (Plot); Larry Lieber (Script)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek
Editing:
Stan Lee (Original Editor)
Job Number:
V-823

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Zemu (despot) (Intro); Valeria (Intro); Phineas (Intro); Theos (Intro)
Synopsis:
Johnny is transported to another dimension, where, in a futuristic city, he's taken before Zemu, a despot who plans to conquer Earth, and had been trying to drive away the real estate developers from the dimensional passageway. Imprisoned in a water tank, Johnny is freed by Valeria, whose father Phineas wishes to overthrow the tyrant. Zemu's troops attack, threatening to kill the others if Johnny doesn't surrender. But he frees his new friends...
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Indexer Notes

Part 2 of 3. 1st appearance of Zemu, Valeria, Phineas & Theos.

Part 3: The End of Zemu! (Table of Contents)

Human Torch [Johnny Storm] / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (Plot); Larry Lieber (Script)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek
Editing:
Stan Lee (Original Editor)
Job Number:
V-823

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Zemu; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Valeria; Phineas; Theos; Mr. Harris (teacher)
Synopsis:
Johnny uses his flames to create a tornado to take out the asbestos-covered armored tanks, then writes a message in the sky to inspire an uprising! Zemu is quickly overthrown, the people can now live free, and Valeria wishes Johnny could stay. Back in school, Johnny daydreams about her, thinking "I'll never be able to get her out of my mind..."
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Indexer Notes

Part 3 of 3. Zemu, Valeria & Phineas would return in Fantastic Four #158 (May 1975), just 4 months after this reprint.

"Reptile's Revenge!" (Table of Contents)

The Original Human Torch [Jim Hammond] / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee?
Pencils:
Al Bellman
Inks:
Al Bellman
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Stan Lee (Original Editor)
Job Number:
SL-1571

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Original Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro; Chloe; The Reptile [Webster]; Gus; Colonel Jackson
Synopsis:
The Torch & Toro reminisce about a case some time ago... On a rich estate in the Louisiana Bayou, Webster warns away Gus for "molesting" his fiancee Chloe. But on their wedding day, a creature called The Reptile begins a reign of terror and murder, warning all to abandon the estate. Answering Chloe's telegram, The Torch and Toro investigate, and find that not is all as obvious as it seems. At one point, trapped in quicksand, Toro asks "What are we gonna do?" and The Torch replies "It's a cinch we can't write to our congressman!"
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Indexer Notes

The Reptile bears a visual resemblance to the Spider-Man villain The Lizard from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6 (November 1963). The scene of The Torch and Toro trapped in quicksand is strikingly similar to that of Spidey and Billy Connors trapped in quicksand by Aussie hunter Oli Clivendon in the 1967 SPIDER-MAN cartoon "Fountain Of Terror." "The Original" added on reprint splash page to distinguish the story from the Johnny Storm lead feature. Job number added from the Atlas Tales website.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. To Die at the Hand of Xemu!
    Human Torch
  2. 1. Prisoner of the 5th Dimension!
    Human Torch [Johnny Storm]
  3. 2. Part 2: Trapped in Another World!
    Human Torch [Johnny Storm]
  4. 3. Part 3: The End of Zemu!
    Human Torch [Johnny Storm]
  5. 4. "Reptile's Revenge!"
    The Original Human Torch [Jim Hammond]
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