([October] 2003)

Marvel, 2003 Series
 
Volume
1
Price
14.99 USD; 24.00 CAD
Pages
508
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Marvel Comics
Brand
Marvel Comics
ISBN
0-7851-1309-6 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9780785113096 51499; 759606113095 00111
Editing
Jeff Youngquist (credited) (collection editor); Cory Sedlmeier (credited) (associate editor); Jennifer Grünwald (credited) (assistant editor)

Issue Notes

Reprints the Human Torch stories from Strange Tales #101-134 and Strange Tales Annual #2.

[untitled] (Table of Contents)

Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
Chic Stone
Colors
Avalon Studios (credited)
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
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Graphic Novels (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

credits, title page / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Title page and credits.

Starring: the Fabulous Human Torch! (Table of Contents: 3)

Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Letters
?
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Destroyer [Charles Stanton]
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The Human Torch (Table of Contents: 4)

Human Torch / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby (Plot); Larry Lieber (credited) (Dialogue); Stan Lee (credited) (plot)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art Simek)
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Job Number
v-846
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (flashback); Thing [Ben Grimm] (flashback); Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards] (flashback); Destroyer [Charles Stanton] (Intro)
Synopsis
In Glenville, Johnny lives with his sister Sue. While she's known as a member of the Fantastic Four, he tries to keep a low profile. We get to see the house, much of which is chemically fire-resistant, and equipped with various crime-fighting equipment. But even in the suburbs danger lurks, as someone called The Destroyer is hell-bent on wrecking a local amusement park nearing completion.
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Indexer Notes

Part 1 of 2. Contains diagram of Sue & Johnny's house & brief recap of the Fantastic Four's origin.

Part 2: "The Flaming Fury Strikes Back!!" (Table of Contents: 5)

Human Torch / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby (Plot); Larry Lieber (credited) (Dialogue); Stan Lee (credited) (plot)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art Simek)
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Destroyer [Charles Stanton]
Synopsis
Ben shows up, but Johnny refuses help, saying it's his fight. After another encounter with The Destroyer, Johnny gets a hunch when he realizes the targets so far have been the roller coaster and the parachute jump. Atop the coaster, he looks out to sea and spots a Commie sub! The Destroyer turns out to be Charles Stanton, publisher of the town's newspaper, who'd been smuggling info to the Reds until the building of the amusement park increased the risk that the submarine might been seen.
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Indexer Notes

Part 2 of 2. Destroyer no relation to the Stan Lee character from Mystic Comics #6 (October 1941), the Lee-Kirby character from Journey Into Mystery #118 (July 1965) or the Jim Starlin character from Iron Man #55 (February 1973).

"Who Needs You"? [panel 1] / "Secret of the Hidden Planet"? [panel 2] / "Prisoner of the Wizard"! [panel 3] (Table of Contents: 6)

Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard
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Indexer Notes

Cover divided into 3 panels.

Part 1: "Prisoner of the Wizard" (Table of Contents: 7)

Human Torch / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby (Plot); Larry Lieber (credited) (Dialogue); Stan Lee (credited) (plot)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art Simek)
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard (Origin, Intro); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Destroyer (cameo)
Synopsis
The Human Torch is tricked and trapped by the renowned genius the Wizard, who impersonates the Torch to frame him for crimes. The Torch escapes, captures the Wizard and clears his name with the help of his sister the Invisible Girl.
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Indexer Notes

Part 1 of 2. 1st appearance (and origin) of The Wizard.

Part 2: "Wizard's Wiles!" (Table of Contents: 8)

Human Torch / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby (Plot); Larry Lieber (credited) (Dialogue); Stan Lee (credited) (plot)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art Simek)
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]
Synopsis
The Wizard makes Johnny a prisoner, and with a special suit he commits crimes all over town in order to make The Torch appear a criminal, and "prove" that he is superior to him. Later, The Wizard shows Johnny photos that prove he committed the crimes Johnny appears guilty of, but as Johnny won't kill an unarmed man, he'll have no choice but to watch as The Wizard burns the evidence. But the photos fly from The Wizard's hands on their own, and Johnny calls the police, turning over the pictures and the Wizard. After they leave, we find he beat the Wizard with help-- from his sister!
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Indexer Notes

Part 2 of 2. The Wizard's next appearance in Strange Tales #105 (February 1963).

Prisoner of the 5th Dimension! (Table of Contents: 9)

Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed as Kirby)
Inks
Dick Ayers (signed as Ayers)
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Zemu
Reprints

Prisoner of the 5th Dimension! (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
Jack Kirby (Plot); Larry Lieber (credited) (Dialogue); Stan Lee (credited) (plot)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art 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.

Part 2: Trapped in Another World! (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
Jack Kirby (Plot); Larry Lieber (credited) (Dialogue); Stan Lee (credited) (plot)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art 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 appearances of Zemu, Valeria, Phineas & Theos.

Part 3: The End of Zemu! (Table of Contents: 12)

Human Torch / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby (Plot); Larry Lieber (credited) (Dialogue); Stan Lee (credited) (plot)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art 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).

Paste-Pot Pete (Table of Contents: 13)

Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Paste-Pot Pete
Reprints

The Human Torch Meets Paste-Pot Pete! (Table of Contents: 14)

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

Script
Jack Kirby (Plot); Larry Lieber (credited) (Dialogue); Stan Lee (credited) (plot)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Artie Simek (as Art Simek) (credited as A. Simek)
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Job Number
v-377
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Paste-Pot Pete ("Master Criminal") (Intro)
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Indexer Notes

1st appearance of Paste-Pot Pete. Next appearance in STRANGE TALES #110 (July 1963). Pete became The Trapster in FANTASTIC FOUR #38 (May 1965).

"The Return of the Wizard!" (Table of Contents: 15)

Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard
Reprints

"The Return of the Wizard!" (Table of Contents: 16)

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

Script
Jack Kirby (Plot); Larry Lieber (credited) (Dialogue); Stan Lee (credited) (plot)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art Simek)
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo)
Synopsis
Johnny and Sue team-up to battle the Wizard.
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"The Threat of the Torrid Twosome!" (Table of Contents: 17)

Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Acrobat [Carl Zante]
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Indexer Notes

Dick Ayers per Henry Kujawa (22 August 2007). Originally listed George Roussos.

The Threat of the Torrid Twosome (Table of Contents: 18)

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

Script
Larry Lieber (credited); Stan Lee (credited) (plot)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
John Duffy (credited)
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

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)
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Indexer Notes

The Acrobat (1st app.; villain; next appears in #114, disguised as Captain America)

[untitled] (Table of Contents: 19)

Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]
Reprints

The Master of Flame Vs. the Monarch of the Sea!! (Table of Contents: 20)

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

Script
Larry Lieber (credited); Stan Lee (credited) (plot)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art Simek)
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Job Number
x-88
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor]; Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo); Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo)
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Indexer Notes

A SILVER Age Sub-Mariner/Human Torch battle.

"The Painter of a Thousand Perils!" (Table of Contents: 21)

Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

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

"The Painter of a Thousand Perils!" (Table of Contents: 22)

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

Script
Jack Kirby (Plot); Robert Bernstein (credited as R. Berns) (Dialogue); Stan Lee (credited) (plot)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Terry Szenics (credited)
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); Illusions created by Wilhelm Van Vile, the "Painter of a Thousand Perils": Mr. Fantastic; Invisible Girl; Thing
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Imps from Pandora's Box! (Table of Contents: 23)

Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Letters
Artie Simek; ?
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Genre
superhero
Reprints

The Sorcerer and Pandora's Box (Table of Contents: 24)

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

Script
Jack Kirby (plot); Robert Bernstein (credited as R. Berns) (dialogue); Stan Lee (credited) (plot)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Marty Epp (credited)
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Mr. Fantastic; Invisible Girl; Thing
Reprints

The Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete (Table of Contents: 25)

Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Paste-Pot Pete; Wizard
Reprints

The Human Torch Vs. the Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete! (Table of Contents: 26)

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

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Dick Ayers (plot); Ernie Hart (credited as H. E. Huntley)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
John Duffy (credited)
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Job Number
x-218a
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard; Paste-Pot Pete; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo)
Reprints

[untitled] (Table of Contents: 27)

Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Asbestos Man [Professor Orson Kasloff]
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"Fighting to the Death with the Asbestos Man!" (Table of Contents: 28)

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

Script
Stan Lee (credited) (plot); Ernie Hart (credited as H. Huntley)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited as Sam Harold)
Editing
Stan Lee (credited) (Original Editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Asbestos Man [Professor Orson Kasloff] (Intro, Origin); Blackie Backer (racketeer, Intro); Thing [Ben Grimm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (out of costume)
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"The Living Bomb!" (Table of Contents: 29)

Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; The Eel [Leopold Stryke]
Reprints

"The Living Bomb!" (Table of Contents: 30)

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

Script
Jerry Siegel (credited as Joe Carter); Stan Lee (credited) (story plot)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited as S. Rosen)
Editing
Stan Lee (credited) (editor)

Job Number
x-365
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Ted Braddock (TV commentator); The Eel [Leopold Stryke] (Intro); Charles Lawson (inventor); Moxie Gahagan (fence); Wizard (cameo); Thing [Ben Grimm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Baldy (gangster, cameo)
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Indexer Notes

A Marvel Comics story written by Superman's co-creator!

The Amazing Spider-Man Face-to-Face with... the Human Torch (Table of Contents: 31)

Human Torch; Spider-Man / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Sol Brodsky ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Spider-Man [Peter Parker]
Reprints

Human Torch, on the Trail of the Amazing Spider-Man! (Table of Contents: 32)

Human Torch; Spider-Man / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby (plot); Stan Lee (credited) (dialogue)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
Steve Ditko (credited)
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art Simek)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Spider-Man [Peter Parker]; Fox [Reynard Slinker] (introduction); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Deputy Police Inspector Rudd
Synopsis
An art thief frames Spider-Man and the Human Torch tries to hunt him down. Spider-Man convinces the Torch of his innocence, and the two track down the thief together.
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Indexer Notes

Spider-Man's first guest appearance (published the same month as Amazing Spider-Man #5) and the first of many Spider-Man/Human Torch team-ups. They had previously met in Amazing Spider-Man #1 and 3, but this is the first time they joined forces to fight crime.

[untitled] (Table of Contents: 33)

Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby; Sol Brodsky ? (alterations)
Inks
Don Heck; Sol Brodsky ? (alterations)
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Plantman [Sam Smithers]
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Indexer Notes

Sol Brodsky likely altered the Human Torch figure. Info per Nick Caputo, August 2014. Don Heck inks also per Nick. Previous indexer credited Dick Ayers. An unaltered cover with different lettering and art on the trees was published in Creepy Worlds #51.

"The Coming of the Plantman!" (Table of Contents: 34)

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

Script
Jerry Siegel (credited as Joe Carter); Stan Lee (credited) (story plot)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited as S. Rosen)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Doris Evans (Intro); Plantman [Sam Smithers] (gardener, Intro); Mr. Evans (Doris' father, Intro)
Synopsis
The Human Torch saves his new girlfriend Doris’s father from a disgruntled gardener who gains the ability to control plants.
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Indexer Notes

Jerry Siegel's 2nd Human Torch story. Plantman's costume resembles that worn by The Shadow; he next appears, in a new costume, in issue #121 (June 1964). Doris Evans would continue as Johnny's semi-reluctant girlfriend until the end of his solo series.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 35)

Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Letters
Artie Simek; ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Captain America [Carl Zante; also as The Acrobat]
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The Human Torch Meets... "Captain America" (Table of Contents: 36)

Human Torch / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby (Plot); Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited as S. Rosen)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Job Number
X-449
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Captain America [Carl Zante; also as The Acrobat]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Doris Evans; Captain America [Steve Rogers] (cameo)
Synopsis
The Human Torch is upstaged by the return of Captain America, but the Torch realizes that it is his old enemy the Acrobat in disguise and defeats him.
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Indexer Notes

Acrobat last appears in issue #106 (March 1963). This story involving a Captain America imposter was a try-out to test the idea of reviving him. The real Cap would return only 4 months later in Avengers, The (Marvel, 1963 series) #4 (March 1964).

[untitled] (Table of Contents: 37)

Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Steve Ditko
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Sandman [Flint Marko]; Spider-Man [Peter Parker]
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The Sandman Strikes! (Table of Contents: 38)

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

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art Simek)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Sandman (2nd app., 3 months after Amazing Spider-Man #4); Mr. Fantastic; Spider-Man (flashback, cameo)
Synopsis
The Human Torch fights and defeats Spider-Man’s old enemy Sandman.
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Indexer Notes

This story takes place after Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #20 (November 1963). This is the second appearance of Sandman; he last appears in Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel, 1963 series) #4 (September 1963); he next appears in Amazing Spider-Man Annual (Marvel, 1964 series) #1 (1964). This is the first time that Sandman, originally Spider-Man's foe, fought the Torch. He would eventually team-up with two other Torch villains, Wizard & Paste-Pot Pete, to form the Frightful Four, in Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #36 (March 1965). Torch & Spidey last crossed paths in Strange Tales Annual (Marvel, 1962 series) #2 (1963); they would do so again the very next month in Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel, 1963 series) #8 (January 1964).

The Human Torch Battles the Thing! (Table of Contents: 39)

Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Roussos
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Puppet Master; Alicia Masters
Reprints

In the Clutches of the Puppet Master! (Table of Contents: 40)

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

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (credited)
Inks
George Roussos (credited as Geo. Bell)
Letters
Ray Holloway (credited as R. Holloway)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Job Number
X-515
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Puppet Master; Alicia Masters; Reed Richards [Mr. Fantastic] (cameo); Sue Storm [Invisible Girl] (cameo)
Synopsis
We learn in flashback how the Puppet Master escaped death at the tentacles of a giant octopus. He then takes control of Johnny, and sends him after Alicia romantically, in order to set him and Ben against each other. 8-page fight ensues!
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Indexer Notes

1st Human Torch/Thing team-up in Strange Tales. The story was "Based upon an idea by Tommy and Jimmy Goodkind, Hewlett Harbor, New York".

"The Return of the Eel!" (Table of Contents: 41)

Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby; Steve Ditko (Eel figure)
Inks
George Roussos; Steve Ditko (Eel figure)
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Eel
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Indexer Notes

Ditko credits supplied by Nick Caputo and Mark Elstob.

The Return of the Eel! (Table of Contents: 42)

Human Torch / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art Simek)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Job Number
x-546
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Eel [Leopold Stryke]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo)
Synopsis
Having served his time, The Eel is released from jail, but Johnny's suspicious because he left prison wearing his Eel costume. Taking a security guard job at an aquarium, The Eel begins pulling crimes, but eventually, Johnny tracks him down and defeats him again.
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Indexer Notes

Second appearance of The Eel; previous appearance in issue #112 (September 1963); Eel has a 2-panel cameo in Fantastic Four Annual (Marvel, 1963 series) #3 (1965), then returns in X-Men (Marvel, 1963 series) #22 (July 1966). Story not reprinted in Marvel Tales run.

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Doctor Strange; Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby; Steve Ditko (Dr. Strange)
Inks
Chic Stone; Steve Ditko (Dr. Strange)
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Wizard [Bentley Wittman] (disguised as the Human Torch); Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]
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Indexer Notes

Dr. Strange's 1st cover appearance. Inks credit from Nick Caputo via the GCD Error List (26 July 2005); the original indexer credited George Roussos.

The Man Who Became the Torch! (Table of Contents: 44)

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

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited as S. Rosen)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Job Number
x-593
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard [Bentley Wittman]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Thing [Ben Grimm]
Synopsis
The Wizard breaks jail, and begins pulling crimes using a new anti-gravity flying device he's invented. Via trickery and disguise, he captures Johnny, then Sue, and begins impersonating Johnny, while planning bigger and bolder crimes with which to use his anti-gravity device. With the help of Reed and Ben, Sue and Johnny escape, and Johnny goes after The Wizard, who attempts to escape by flying higher and higher with his anti-grav disc. But it malfunctions, and, unable to control it, he just keeps going higher and higher...
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Indexer Notes

This is the fourth appearance of The Wizard; he last appears in issue #110 (July 1963) and he next appears in Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #36 (March 1965), when he was rescued by Paste-Pot Pete and The Sandman. The time-frame is a bit off, as Pete and the Sandman broke jail sometime after Pete's appearance in issue #124 (September 1964), and most or all of the remaining Torch solo stories up to Strange Tales #134 (July 1965) take place before the formation of the Frightful Four! (How long was he up there in the atmosphere?).

The Rabble Rouser! (Table of Contents: 45)

Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Roussos
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Rabble Rouser
Reprints

The Torch Goes Wild! (Table of Contents: 46)

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

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Job Number
x-605
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Rabble Rouser [Vitold Niyazov, later called Weinberg]; Prince Nagamo; Doris Evans (cameo); The Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo); Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Spider-Man [Peter Parker] (cameo)
Synopsis
A demagogue drums up public opinion against the Torch, as part of a communist plot against an American ally. The Torch regains the public trust by stopping him and using his own mind control devices to turn him to the American side.
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Indexer Notes

The Rabble Rouser next appears, still rehabilitated, in Wolverine (Marvel, 2003 series) #26 (May 2005). It has been suggested in The Jack Kirby Collector that this story began as a sequel. The identical piece of equipment, a "Thru-The-Ground Tank," was used by The Hate Monger in Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #21 (December 1963), by The Rabble Rouser in this story, and by The Fixer in Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #142 (March 1966), suggesting HYDRA supplied all 3 of them with equipment!

The Human Torch Meets the Iceman! (Table of Contents: 47)

Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Roussos
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Iceman [Bobby Drake]; Barracuda
Reprints

The Torch Meets the Iceman! (Table of Contents: 48)

Human Torch / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby (plot); Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited as S. Rosen)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Iceman [Bobby Drake]; Doris Evans; Barracuda; Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo); The Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo); Angel [Warren Worthington III] (cameo); Marvel Girl [Jean Grey] (cameo); Professor X [Charles Xavier] (cameo))
Synopsis
Johnny's riled because a newspaper compares Iceman (of The X-Men) to him. On a cruise liner, Bobby tries to pick up Doris, until Johnny arrives. Before the potential rivalry goes too far, The Barracuda (a modern-day pirate) and his men arrive and take over the ship. Johnny & Bobby team up to stop them.
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Indexer Notes

Early X-Men guest appearance (same month as X-Men #5, May, 1964).
Barracuda next appears in Sub-Mariner (Marvel, 1968 series) #10 (February 1969).

Prisoner of the Plantman! (Table of Contents: 49)

Doctor Strange; Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Steve Ditko (Dr. Strange section); Sol Brodsky ? (Human Torch section)
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Plantman [Sam Smithers]; Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]; Baron Mordo [Karl Amadeus Mordo]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Corrected art credits from Nick Caputo via the GCD Errors list, December 2008. Original indexer credited Ditko with inks for the upper part and pencils for the lower.

Prisoner of the Plantman! (Table of Contents: 50)

Human Torch / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art Simek)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Plantman [Sam Smithers]; Doris Evans; Mr. Evans (flashback); Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo)
Synopsis
After improving his plant ray, The Plantman captures Johnny to get him out of the way while he pulls a robbery. After, Doris, worried about her father, begs Johnny to stop the villain. They have a duel at the Botanical Gardens...with predictable results.
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Indexer Notes

Second appearance of Plantman; last appears in issue #113 (October 1963) and next appears in X-Men (Marvel, 1963 series) #22 (July 1966). Plantman redesigns his costume in this episode, going from "mystery man" to "super-villain" in style.

3 Against the Torch! (Table of Contents: 51)

Doctor Strange; Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby; Steve Ditko (Dr. Strange); Sol Brodsky ?
Inks
George Roussos; Steve Ditko (Dr. Strange); Sol Brodsky ?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Terrible Trio [Handsome Harry Phillips; Yogi Dakor; Bull Brogin]; Doctor Doom [Victor von Doom]; Dr. Strange [Stephen Strange]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Possible Brodsky alterations on Torch and Handsome Harry per Nick Caputo via the GCD Errors list, July 2005 and December 2008. Henry Kujawa previously credited Chic Stone on inks. Dr. Strange vignette taken from interior panel.

3 Against the Torch! (Table of Contents: 52)

Human Torch / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (credited)
Inks
George Roussos (credited as Geo. Bell)
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited as S. Rosen)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Job Number
x-703
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Terrible Trio [Handsome Harry Phillips; Yogi Dakor; Bull Brogin]; Doctor Doom [Victor von Doom] (flashback); Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (flashback); Thing [Ben Grimm] (flashback); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo)
Synopsis
In flashback we see the how Dr. Doom used "The Terrible Trio" to trap the Fantastic Four, then discarded his underlings by sending them into another dimension! With Doom gone, the three return to Earth, where they're foolish enough to try taking on The Torch again, figuring 3 against 1 would be no contest. WRONG! After, Sue gives Johnny hell for how his "roughneck" friends must have messed up "her" house.
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Indexer Notes

Second appearance of "The Terrible Trio"; they last appear in Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #23 (February 1964) and they next appear in issue #129 (February 1965). Handsome Harry resembles actor Tony Franciosa.

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Doctor Strange; Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Letters
Sam Rosen; ?

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Thing (left half); Loki (right half); Thor (right half)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Split cover. The left half features the Human Torch, and the right half features Dr. Strange.
Inks credit per Nick Caputo (26 July 2005); previous indexer credited George Roussos.

The Birth of the Beetle! (Table of Contents: 54)

Human Torch / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Carl Burgos (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Job Number
x-717
Genre
superhero
Characters
Johnny Storm [Human Torch]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Beetle [Abner Jenkins] (introduction, origin); Alicia Masters; Doris Evanssos.
Synopsis
Mechanic-inventor Abner Jenkins creates the identity of The Beetle. While taking the Fantasti-Car for a double-date, Johnny & Ben wind up being humiliated by The Beetle. But when he tries to rip off the NY World's Fair, the rematch goes the other way.
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Indexer Notes

A Silver Age Human Torch story pencilled by Carl Burgos, the creator of the Golden Age Human Torch. Human Torch/Thing team-ups begin. The Thing is billed as a guest-star in this story. He officially becomes co-star next issue. The Beetle next appears in Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel, 1963 series) #21 (February 1965).

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Doctor Strange; Human Torch; The Thing / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Dick Ayers (upper section); Steve Ditko (lower section)
Inks
Dick Ayers (upper section); George Roussos (lower section)
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Thing [Ben Grimm]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Paste-Pot Pete [Peter Petruski]; Cleopatra VII; Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Doctor Strange portion of the cover consists of two images taken from the interior story by Ditko and Roussos, per Rob Allen, via the GCD Errors list, August 2009.

Paste-Pot Pete (Table of Contents: 56)

Human Torch; The Thing / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (credited)
Inks
Paul Reinman (credited as P. Reinman)
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art Simek)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Job Number
x-752
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Paste-Pot Pete [Peter Petruski]; Doris Evans
Synopsis
Trying to tell Johnny that Paste-Pot Pete was paroled (for helping The Avengers), Ben & Johnny get into a brawl. Tired of being thought of as a clown, Pete completely redesigns his costume, then takes on The Thing while he's flying his part of the Fantasti-Car. As he's about to go help Ben, Johnny's told by Doris that if he leaves in the middle of their date, he needn't bother returning. After a fierce battle, Ben & Johnny triumph, and after an "explanation," Doris forgives Johnny.
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Indexer Notes

This is the third appearance of Paste-Pot Pete; he last appears in the Avengers (Marvel, 1963 series) #6 (July 1964)—where he was incorrectly drawn as The Wizard—he next appears in Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #36 (March 1965). Stan announces that due to popular demand, Johnny and Ben will co-star in every issue from now on.

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Doctor Strange; Human Torch; The Thing / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Sub-Mariner [Namor McKenzie]; Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Ayers inks per Nick Caputo. previous indexer credited Frank Giacoia. Inset panel at lower right illustrates Doctor Strange.

The Sub-Mariner Must Be Stopped! (Table of Contents: 58)

Human Torch; The Thing / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (credited)
Inks
Paul Reinman (credited)
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited as S. Rosen)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Job Number
x-772
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Sub-Mariner [Namor McKenzie]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo); Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo)
Synopsis
Ben and Johnny's hi-jinks are interrupted by the arrival of a pair of LIFE Magazine reporters, who are there to interview Reed and Sue. When the news reports Sub-Mariner is heading for NYC, Ben and Johnny figure they can make an impression by tackling him on their own. Taking out the "U-Car," they find Namor, who seems to be expecting them. A fight breaks out, ending when Namor leaves, feeling he's been "lied to." Reed and Sue arrive and Ben and Johnny are chastising for ruining the peace talk Reed spent weeks to set up. A betrayed Namor vows that their next fight will be to the finish.
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Indexer Notes

Sub-Mariner last appears in X-Men #6 (July 1964) and next appears in Fantastic Four #33 (December 1964). Namor's "electric eel" power crops up again, for the last time. The reporters from LIFE suspiciously resemble Jack Kirby and Larry Lieber.

Pawns of the Deadly Duo! (Table of Contents: 59)

Doctor Strange; Human Torch; The Thing / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Chic Stone
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Mad Thinker; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Puppet Master; Dormammu; Dr. Strange
Reprints

Pawns of the Deadly Duo! (Table of Contents: 60)

Human Torch; The Thing / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (credited)
Inks
Paul Reinman (credited)
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited as S. Rosen)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Job Number
x-788
Genre
superhero
Characters
Mad Thinker; Puppet Master; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo)
Synopsis
The Mad Thinker once again wants to tackle the F.F., though The Puppet Master at first wants nothing to do with it. Under mind-control, Ben fights Johnny while in mid-flight. However, the shock of seeing Johnny falling to his death causes The Thing to change back to Ben Grimm, freeing him from control. He rescues Johnny, then gets help from Reed. A specially-designed helmet worn by Ben causes psychic feedback. Reed hopes The Puppet Master, knowing they have a defense against him, will never strike at them again.
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Indexer Notes

Mad Thinker & Puppet Master last seen in FANTASTIC FOUR #28 (July 1964). Mad Thinker's next appearance in STRANGE TALES #131 (April 1965); Puppet Master's next appearance in STRANGE TALES #133 (June 1965).

The Mystery Villain! (Table of Contents: 61)

Doctor Strange; Human Torch; The Thing / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby; Steve Ditko (Dr. Strange inset)
Inks
Chic Stone; Steve Ditko (Dr. Strange inset)
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Mystery Villain; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Dr. Strange; Dormammu
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Dr. Strange image taken from interior story.

The Mystery Villain! (Table of Contents: 62)

Human Torch; The Thing / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (credited)
Inks
Paul Reinman (credited)
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art Simek)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Job Number
x-809
Genre
superhero
Characters
Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Wizard (flashback); Paste-Pot Pete (flashback); Sub-Mariner (flashback); Willie Lumpkin (mailman, cameo)
Synopsis
Following a race, Ben and Johnny complain to Reed that they've done pretty good and don't need a leader. Reed tells them they're free to work on their own. Ben and Johnny take part in a high-speed race, but discover on arrival that they're the only two contestants. On the salt flats they suddenly realize their cars are running out of control and it looks like they have been set up for a trap. They find themselves in an underground cavern facing an unknown villain with a question mark on his mask. Before it's over, they're ready to admit they're happy Reed is on their side.
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Indexer Notes

The "Mystery Villain" (or someone wearing the same costume) turns up in FANTASTIC FOUR #154 (January 1975).

A Marvel Masterwork Pin-Up (Table of Contents: 63)

The Thing / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Chic Stone
Letters
Sam Rosen
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Job Number
x-809
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Thing
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Credits per Nick Caputo, September 2016.

[untitled] (Table of Contents: 64)

Doctor Strange; Human Torch; The Thing / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Letters
Sam Rosen; ?

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Thing [Ben Grimm]; Quicksilver; Scarlet Witch; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Dr. Strange; The Demon
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Brodsky inks per Nick Caputo, May 2014.

Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch (Table of Contents: 65)

Human Torch; The Thing / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (credited)
Inks
Frank Giacoia (credited as Frank Ray)
Letters
Artie Simek (credited)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Quicksilver; Scarlet Witch; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Very Brief Cameo Flashbacks: Spider-Man [Peter Parker]; The Avengers [Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Giant-Man [Hank Pym]; Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Thor]; Daredevil [Matt Murdock]; Fantastic Four [Invisible Girl; Mr. Fantastic0; Mastermind; Magneto; Blob; X-Men [Angel [Warren Worthington III]; Beast; Cyclops; Iceman; Marvel Girl [Jean Grey]]
Synopsis
Quicksilver wants to leave Magneto's group but his sister Wanda reminds him that she is in his debt. The Scarlet Witch takes her brother's lead and they seek out the Fantastic Four for advice. They encounter Ben and Johnny at FF headquarters where a misunderstanding turns into a brawl. When it's over Quicksilver and his sister decide they cannot trust homo sapiens and return to Magneto.
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Indexer Notes

Previous appearance of Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch in X-MEN #7 (September 1964); next appearance in X-MEN #11 (May 1965).

The Terrible Trio (Table of Contents: 66)

Human Torch; The Thing / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Chic Stone
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
Yogi Dakkor; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Handsome Harry Phillips; Bull Brogin; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]
Reprints

The Terrible Trio! (Table of Contents: 67)

Human Torch; The Thing / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (credited)
Inks
Frank Giacoia (credited as Frankie Ray)
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art Simek)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Doris Evans ("Dorrie"); Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Yogi Dakkor; Handsome Harry Phillips; Bull Brogin; Thing [Ben Grimm]
Synopsis
On the golf course, Doris nags Johnny by comparing him to "gentlemanly" Peter Parker. When the latest emergency arises, she says a girl like her should have her head examined. Johnny falls into a trap of The Terrible Trio, but manages to send out a distress signal to Ben, who takes on these losers and saves Johnny's life in a railway yard.
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Indexer Notes

Third (and final) appearance of "The Terrible Trio"; previous appearance in STRANGE TALES #122 (July 1964). With his costume and flying carpet, Yogi Dakkor may have served as the inspiration for the 1967 SPIDER-MAN cartoon villain, "The Fabulous Fakir." Johnny & Doris have a run-in with The Beetle, Peter Parker (and Spider-Man) in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21 (February 1965) shortly before this story.

The Defeat of Dr. Strange! / Meet.. the Beatles! (Table of Contents: 68)

Doctor Strange; Human Torch; The Thing / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Chic Stone
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Dr. Strange; Baron Mordo; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

First cover to co-feature Dr. Strange. Split cover. Ben and Johnny wear Beatle wigs.

Meet the Beatles! (Table of Contents: 69)

Human Torch; The Thing / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Bob Powell (credited)
Inks
Chic Stone (credited)
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
John Lennon (The Beatles); Paul McCartney (The Beatles); George Harrison (The Beatles); Ringo Starr (The Beatles); Alicia Masters (cameo); Mr. Fantastic (cameo); Invisible Girl (cameo)
Synopsis
Ben and Johnny have another one of their "fights," then have to clean up Reed's lab as a result. They take Alicia and Doris on a double-date to see The Beatles, the girls getting to meet the rock stars in person and get autographs; but Ben and Johnny wind up having to go after some crooks who robbed the box-office. A wild free-for-all at Coney Island ensues, but by the time our heroes get back to the theatre, the show's over! Doris says, "Maybe someday I'll understand why anyone would want to be a super-hero!"
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Indexer Notes

Story takes it title from The Beatles 1st US Capitol LP (1964). Bob Powell takes over from Dick Ayers for the remaining 5 episodes of the series.

The Bouncing Ball of Doom! (Table of Contents: 70)

Doctor Strange; Human Torch; The Thing / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Bob Powell; Steve Ditko (Dr. Strange figure)
Inks
Mike Esposito; Steve Ditko (Dr. Strange figure)
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Mad Thinker; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Dr. Strange
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Mike Esposito credit from Nick Caputo via the GCD Errors list (December 2008); original indexer credited Dick Ayers.
Dr. Strange image taken from page 3; panel 9 of Strange Tales # 128. Thing figure possibly drawn by Jack Kirby.

The Bouncing Ball of Doom! (Table of Contents: 71)

Human Torch; The Thing / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Bob Powell (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited as S. Rosen)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; The Mad Thinker; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo); Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Dr. Vega (engineer)
Synopsis
The Mad Thinker's latest plot involves a flying, electronics-laden metal ball, which nearly manages to destroy a dam.
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Indexer Notes

Nick Caputo suspects that Jack Kirby provided alterations on many of the Thing figures.

The Sinister Spacetrap! (Table of Contents: 72)

Doctor Strange; Human Torch; The Thing / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby; Steve Ditko (insert)
Inks
Chic Stone ?; Steve Ditko (insert)
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Thing [Ben Grimm]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Prof. Jack; Dr. Strange; Baron Mordo
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Possible Stone inks per Nick Caputo, September 2016. Dr. Strange vignette taken from interior story.

The Sinister Space Trap! (Table of Contents: 73)

Human Torch; The Thing / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Ivie (credited)
Pencils
Bob Powell (credited)
Inks
Mike Esposito (credited as M. Demeo)
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited as S. Rosen)
Editing
Stan Lee (credited) (editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Mr. Pearson (N.A.S.A.); Professor Jack; Doris Evans
Synopsis
Sometime after the FF visit the Skrull home world, Mr. Pearson of NASA pays a visit to tell them of a security risk, Professor Jack. Doris gets upset after Johnny stands her up for the 113th time. Posing as "Doug Brown", Johnny acts as Jack's assistant, in order to keep an eye on him. Good thing, too, as sabotaging the space program is on his agenda.
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Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Mike Esposito
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Dr. Strange; Shazana; Shazana's sister; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Ice Queen
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Indexer Notes

Split cover.

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Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Bob Powell (credited)
Inks
Mike Esposito (credited as Mick Demeo)
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Ice Queen (robot); Puppet Master; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Doris Evans; Alicia Masters
Synopsis
Deciding to switch his M.O., The Puppet Master builds robotic "statues" he can control, and undergoes plastic surgery so no one will recognize him. The masquerade is short-lived, as he lures Johnny & Ben into a trap in a department store.
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Indexer Notes

Puppet Master's previous appearance in FANTASTIC FOUR #28 (July 1964); next appearance in FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #3 (November 1965), with his original face incorrectly shown intact. Puppet Master's appearance would remain altered for several years, before he eventually restored his original face.

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Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Watcher; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]
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The Challenge of... the Watcher! (Table of Contents: 77)

Human Torch; The Thing / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Bob Powell (credited)
Inks
Wally Wood (credited as Wallace Wood)
Letters
Artie Simek (credited)
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Watcher; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Kang; Merlin; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo)
Synopsis
Though he is not permitted to interfere, The Watcher tells Ben & Johnny of how Kang time-travelled to the days of King Arthur, imprisoned Merlin, and took over the country. In order for the timestream to remain intact, The Watcher sends the pair back in time to defeat Kang. After a hard battle, they send Kang packing, and The Watcher returns them to the present. Later, relaxing after a hard day's fighting, Reed & Sue accuse them of being "loafers."
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Indexer Notes

Kang's previous appearance in THE AVENGERS #11 (December 1964); next appearance in THE AVENGERS #23 (December 1965). The Watcher's own series, where he sometimes acted merely as narrator, ran in TALES OF SUSPENSE #49-58 (January-October 1964); previous appearance apart from that in FANTASTIC FOUR #29 (August 1964); next appearance in FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #3 (November 1965).

Last episode of the series. The Human Torch and the Thing would be replaced in the next issue with "Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D." The Torch later became an occasional co-star beginning in MARVEL TEAM-UP #1 (March 1972). The Thing received his own team-up series in MARVEL FEATURE #11-12 (September-November 1973), then MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #1 (January 1974). Eventually, Ben would get a solo series in THE THING #1 (July 1983).

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [untitled]
    Human Torch
  2. 1. Graphic Novels
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. Starring: the Fabulous Human Torch!
    Human Torch
  5. 4. The Human Torch
    Human Torch
  6. 5. Part 2: "The Flaming Fury Strikes Back!!"
    Human Torch
  7. 6. "Who Needs You"? [panel 1] / "Secret of the Hidden Planet"? [panel 2] / "Prisoner of the Wizard"! [panel 3]
    Human Torch
  8. 7. Part 1: "Prisoner of the Wizard"
    Human Torch
  9. 8. Part 2: "Wizard's Wiles!"
    Human Torch
  10. 9. Prisoner of the 5th Dimension!
    Human Torch
  11. 10. Prisoner of the 5th Dimension!
    Human Torch
  12. 11. Part 2: Trapped in Another World!
    Human Torch
  13. 12. Part 3: The End of Zemu!
    Human Torch
  14. 13. Paste-Pot Pete
    Human Torch
  15. 14. The Human Torch Meets Paste-Pot Pete!
    Human Torch
  16. 15. "The Return of the Wizard!"
    Human Torch
  17. 16. "The Return of the Wizard!"
    Human Torch
  18. 17. "The Threat of the Torrid Twosome!"
    Human Torch
  19. 18. The Threat of the Torrid Twosome
    Human Torch
  20. 19. [untitled]
    Human Torch
  21. 20. The Master of Flame Vs. the Monarch of the Sea!!
    Human Torch
  22. 21. "The Painter of a Thousand Perils!"
    Human Torch
  23. 22. "The Painter of a Thousand Perils!"
    Human Torch
  24. 23. Imps from Pandora's Box!
    Human Torch
  25. 24. The Sorcerer and Pandora's Box
    Human Torch
  26. 25. The Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete
    Human Torch
  27. 26. The Human Torch Vs. the Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete!
    Human Torch
  28. 27. [untitled]
    Human Torch
  29. 28. "Fighting to the Death with the Asbestos Man!"
    Human Torch
  30. 29. "The Living Bomb!"
    Human Torch
  31. 30. "The Living Bomb!"
    Human Torch
  32. 31. The Amazing Spider-Man Face-to-Face with... the Human Torch
    Human Torch; Spider-Man
  33. 32. Human Torch, on the Trail of the Amazing Spider-Man!
    Human Torch; Spider-Man
  34. 33. [untitled]
    Human Torch
  35. 34. "The Coming of the Plantman!"
    Human Torch
  36. 35. [no title indexed]
    Human Torch
  37. 36. The Human Torch Meets... "Captain America"
    Human Torch
  38. 37. [untitled]
    Human Torch
  39. 38. The Sandman Strikes!
    Human Torch
  40. 39. The Human Torch Battles the Thing!
    Human Torch
  41. 40. In the Clutches of the Puppet Master!
    Human Torch
  42. 41. "The Return of the Eel!"
    Human Torch
  43. 42. The Return of the Eel!
    Human Torch
  44. 43. [untitled]
    Doctor Strange; Human Torch
  45. 44. The Man Who Became the Torch!
    Human Torch
  46. 45. The Rabble Rouser!
    Human Torch
  47. 46. The Torch Goes Wild!
    Human Torch
  48. 47. The Human Torch Meets the Iceman!
    Human Torch
  49. 48. The Torch Meets the Iceman!
    Human Torch
  50. 49. Prisoner of the Plantman!
    Doctor Strange; Human Torch
  51. 50. Prisoner of the Plantman!
    Human Torch
  52. 51. 3 Against the Torch!
    Doctor Strange; Human Torch
  53. 52. 3 Against the Torch!
    Human Torch
  54. 53. [untitled]
    Doctor Strange; Human Torch
  55. 54. The Birth of the Beetle!
    Human Torch
  56. 55. [untitled]
    Doctor Strange; Human Torch; The Thing
  57. 56. Paste-Pot Pete
    Human Torch; The Thing
  58. 57. [untitled]
    Doctor Strange; Human Torch; The Thing
  59. 58. The Sub-Mariner Must Be Stopped!
    Human Torch; The Thing
  60. 59. Pawns of the Deadly Duo!
    Doctor Strange; Human Torch; The Thing
  61. 60. Pawns of the Deadly Duo!
    Human Torch; The Thing
  62. 61. The Mystery Villain!
    Doctor Strange; Human Torch; The Thing
  63. 62. The Mystery Villain!
    Human Torch; The Thing
  64. 63. A Marvel Masterwork Pin-Up
    The Thing
  65. 64. [untitled]
    Doctor Strange; Human Torch; The Thing
  66. 65. Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch
    Human Torch; The Thing
  67. 66. The Terrible Trio
    Human Torch; The Thing
  68. 67. The Terrible Trio!
    Human Torch; The Thing
  69. 68. The Defeat of Dr. Strange! / Meet.. the Beatles!
    Doctor Strange; Human Torch; The Thing
  70. 69. Meet the Beatles!
    Human Torch; The Thing
  71. 70. The Bouncing Ball of Doom!
    Doctor Strange; Human Torch; The Thing
  72. 71. The Bouncing Ball of Doom!
    Human Torch; The Thing
  73. 72. The Sinister Spacetrap!
    Doctor Strange; Human Torch; The Thing
  74. 73. The Sinister Space Trap!
    Human Torch; The Thing
  75. 74. A Nameless Land! A Timeless Time! / The Terrible Toys!
    Doctor Strange; Human Torch; The Thing
  76. 75. The Terrible Toys!
    Human Torch; The Thing
  77. 76. Enter: The Watcher!
    Human Torch; The Thing
  78. 77. The Challenge of... the Watcher!
    Human Torch; The Thing
  79. 78. Subscribe and Save!
  80. 79. ["Johnny Storm is the youngest member of the world-famous Fantastic Four,"]
    Human Torch; The Thing
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