(November 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
Barcode:
?
Editing:
Marv Wolfman
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Painter of a 1000 Perils! (Table of Contents)

Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Marv Wolfman ?
Pencils:
Ron Wilson
Inks:
Frank Giacoia ; John Tartaglione ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Danny Crespi

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Invisible Girl (image); Mr. Fantastic (image); Thing (image); Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wilhelm Van Vile (hand)

Indexer Notes

Giacoia and possible Tartaglione inks per Nick Caputo, who notes that both men, along with Mike Esposito, often assisted on covers together.

"The Painter of a Thousand Perils!" (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee (Plot); Robert Bernstein [as R. Berns] (Script)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
?
Letters:
Terry Szenics
Editing:
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard (flashback); Zemu (flashback); "Scar" Tobin (gangster chief) (Intro); The Painter [Wilhelm Van Vile] (counterfeiter) (Intro); Nick (gangster); Sam (gangster); Eddie (gangster); Mr. Fantastic (image); Invisible Girl (image); Thing (image)
Synopsis:
Gang leader "Scar" Tobin is visited by counterfeiter Wilhelm Van Vile, a painter notorious for his carelessness. Van Vile demonstrates his new talent,the ability to make paintings magically come to life and follow his telepathic commands. Van Vile tells Tobin's gang how he found the paints, left behind by aliens in an underground cavern. He intends to create an army of criminals and defeating The Human Torch will be a good test-case. Despite sending painting-images of Reed, Sue and Ben to kill him Johnny triumphs, destroys the alien paints and rounds up the gang.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

"Scar" Tobin apparently makes a one-panel cameo appearance in the Iron Man story in this month's TALES OF SUSPENSE #41 (May 1963). Credits moved, splash page reformatted with extra art added and page numbers removed for reprint.

The Un-Human! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Dick Ayers
Inks:
Ernie Bache
Colors:
?
Letters:
Dick Ayers
Editing:
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Original Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro; The Un-Human (Introduction); Comrade X (Red Planet) (Introduction; no appearance); Dr. Carter
Synopsis:
A spaceship flies over the city dropping a message from Comrade X of the Red Planet, stating that the earth must be destroyed so that his world's growing population can survive. A gigantic, monstrous eight headed creature wreaks havoc on the city and the flaming duo tackle it, but the creature is fireproof. Its fang-like tongue poisons Toro but The Torch rushes him to Dr. Carter, who tells him the boy's life can only be saved by a blood transfusion; luckily the Torch has the same blood type. As buildings continue to be destroyed the Torch uses the Doctor's chloroform to knock the creature out.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

"The Original" added to reprint splash to distinguish story from lead feature.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Painter of a 1000 Perils!
    Human Torch
  2. 1. "The Painter of a Thousand Perils!"
    Human Torch
  3. 2. The Un-Human!
    The Original Human Torch
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Nick Caputo
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Henry R. Kujawa