(November 1975)

Marvel, 1974 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.25 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
?
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 [Johnny Storm] / 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 Tartaglione credits 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 [Johnny Storm] / 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:
Johnny captures a gang of truck hijackers, and a gang robbing a costume party. Meanwhile, gang leader "Scar" Tobin is visited by counterfeiter Wilhelm Van Vile, a painter notorious for his carelessness, which causes Tobin to fear he's been followed by the cops, and tells him to hit the road! But Van Vile demonstrates his new "talent"--the ability to quickly make paintings which come magically to life, and follow his telepathic commands! These include a 3-headed gorilla, a gun that wears tons, and a flying carpet. While zooming over the city, Van Vile tells Tobin's gang how he found the paints, left behind by aliens from space, in an underground cavern while tunneling out of jail. His ambition is to create an army of crime, and he feels beating The Human Torch (who helped send him to jail) will be a good test-case. But despite sending painting-images of Reed, Sue and Ben to kill him, Johnny triumphs, destroys the alien paints and rounds up the gang.
Reprints: show reprint note before migration

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 [Jim Hammond] / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ?
Pencils:
Dick Ayers
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
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" saying the world will be destroyed as they need it for their growing population. A gigantic, monstrous creature with 8 heads parachutes from the craft and begins destroying the city! The Torch and Toro tackle it, but it appears fireproof. It also has a poisonous, fang-like tongue, which poisons Toro. The Torch rushes him to Dr. Carter, who says the only way to save Toro's life is with a transfusion, and The Torch is the only one with the same blood type. As buildings continue to be destroyed, The Torch uses the Doctor's chloroform to knock the creature out, then returns to give Toro the transfusion.
Reprints: show reprint note before migration

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