(July 1975)

Marvel, 1974 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.25 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Marvel Comics Group
Brand:
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
Barcode:
?
Editing:
Len Wein
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

The Threat of the Torrid Twosome! (Table of Contents)

Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Len Wein ?
Pencils:
Gil Kane
Inks:
Vince Colletta
Colors:
?
Letters:
Gaspar Saladino

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; The Acrobat [Carl Zante]; Invisble Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Thing [Ben Grimm]

Indexer Notes

Carl Zante known as "The World's Greatest Acrobat" in the story; never actually referred to as "The Acrobat" except on this cover and in the sequel in STRANGE TALES #114 (November 1963).

The Threat of the Torrid Twosome (Table of Contents)

Human Torch / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee (Plot); Larry Lieber
Pencils:
Dick Ayers
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
?
Letters:
John Duffy
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Carl Zante [Acrobat] (Intro); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Miracle Man (flashback); Sub-Mariner (flashback); Dr. Doom (flashback)
Synopsis:
Carl Zante, "The world's greatest acrobat," visits Sue, seeking The Human Torch. Johnny wonders how Zante knew his identity; the acrobat tells him everyone knows he is the Torch. Sue explains that Glenville residents left him alone because they assumed he valued his privacy. Zante tries to convince Johnny that he is the FF's most valuable member and persuades him to join him in fighting crime. In actuality Zante only wants Johnny to help him rob a bank. With a little help from his partners Johnny nabs Zante, explaining he suspected Zante all along but wanted to uncover his scheme.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First appearance of Carl Zante ("The World's Greatest Acrobat"). Zante would return in STRANGE TALES #114 (November 1963). First appearance of Johnny's obstacle training course. Last story in which Johnny worries about having a "secret identity." Splash page reformatted with art added, "Stan Lee presents" added, and page numbers removed for this reprint.

Flame On! (Table of Contents)

The Original Human Torch / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Hank Chapman
Pencils:
Dick Ayers
Inks:
Ernie Bache
Colors:
?
Letters:
Dick Ayers
Editing:
Stan Lee (Original Editor)
Job Number:
E-590

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Original Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro; Intro: Captain Fred Jory (US Air Force jet pilot); Colonel Frost; Lotty Frost; Villains: The Communists
Synopsis:
Air Force pilot Fred Jory nearly crashes his jet into the heart of New York due to an empty fuel tank (and a death-wish) but is saved by The Torch and Toro. Jory reveals he's a coward, and will never be able to marry his girl Lotty, the daughter of Colonel Frost. The Torch promises to help build his confidence up.Later Frost is at the mercy of Communist spies who steal a Super-Jet and kidnap Lotty. The Torch and Jory pursue them and bring both back safely. When the spies strike again Jory lashes out, and only afterwards realizes he's beaten the spies this time without help.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

"The Original" added to reprint splash to distinguish story from lead feature. Inks credit and job number from the Atlas tales website, original indexer credited Dick Ayers for inks.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Threat of the Torrid Twosome!
    Human Torch
  2. 1. The Threat of the Torrid Twosome
    Human Torch
  3. 2. Flame On!
    The Original Human Torch
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  • Henry R. Kujawa
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