(February 1963)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1962-11-08
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Vista Publications, Inc.
Brand
MC
Editing
Stan Lee
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age and Silver Age US
Paper Stock
Newsprint
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in U. S. Copyright Office filings.

Distributed to newstands in November 1962. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

Distribution date from Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website.


The Return of the Wizard! (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
X-8
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard [Bentley Wittman]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo)
Synopsis
In prison, The Wizard becomes a model prisoner—just so he can become a trustee, work in the hospital, have access to chemicals...and break jail! The police soon have him surrounded in his house, but can't get in because of its defenses. He challenges the Torch to a battle to decide who is the better man. Against Sue's advice Johnny accepts the challenge, and he does pretty well until Sue shows up to "help" him. Thanks to her, he's caught, and both are almost killed in a bomb blast. But Johnny manages to free them both, get rid of the bomb, and corral the "superior intellect".
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Indexer Notes

This is the second appearance of The Wizard (who last appears in issue #102 (November 1962). This is the first time a "Human Torch" villain returned; Wizard would go on to a very long career, mostly with "The Frightful Four". He next appears in issue #110 (July 1963), where he teams with Paste-Pot Pete for the first time.

Discovery (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Maneely
Inks
Joe Maneely
Letters
typeset

Job Number
K-479
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Chauncey; Zeke; Muscles Magee
Synopsis
A scrawny man is given a magic candy bar that confers great strength, but he discovers that he already posesses more strength than he suspects.
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Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

Man Alone! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Don Heck
Inks
Don Heck
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Ray Holloway

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Fate; Robinson Crusoe
Synopsis
A man has recurring dreams of solitary confinement and goes to sea to escape this fate. He is shipwrecked and left alone on a desert island, unaware that this is the solitude he was destined for.
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Indexer Notes

Letters credit by Barry Pearl.

The Supernatural! (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis
A house appears to be magically dismantled by wisps of smoke, but it is only a girl playing with her dollhouse while her father smokes.
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Indexer Notes

Letters credit by Barry Pearl.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Return of the Wizard!
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. The Return of the Wizard!
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. Discovery
  4. 3. Man Alone!
  5. 4. The Supernatural!
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