(July 1963)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1963-04-09
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Vista Publications, Inc.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
Editing
Stan Lee

Issue Notes

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

This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.
This issue has variants:

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

Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Paste-Pot Pete [Peter Petruski]; Wizard [Bentley Wittman]
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The Human Torch vs. the Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete! (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
Stan Lee (credited) (plot); Ernie Hart (credited as H. E. Huntley)
Pencils
Dick Ayers (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
John Duffy (credited)

Job Number
X-218A
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard [Bentley Wittman]; Paste-Pot Pete [Peter Petruski]; Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo)
Synopsis
Johnny practices on his obstacle course, then thinks back on his adventures with The Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete. By a wild coincidence, Pete breaks The Wizard out of jail and the two join forces. They frame Johnny as a spy, but their partnership is strained by Wiz's megalomania. "I'm a partner, not a servant, you know!" says Pete.
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Indexer Notes

The Wizard last appears in issue #105 (February 1963), he next appears in a cameo in issue #112, before appearing in issue #118 (March 1964). Paste-Pot Pete last appears in issue #104 (January 1963), he next appears in a cameo in Avengers (Marvel, 1963 series) #6 (July 1964), before appearing in Strange Tales #124 (September 1964).

More humor than usual in this issue. First time these two villains teamed up in what would become pretty much a lifelong partnership!

Silent Stranger (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
K-306
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Hank; Tom Carter; Mike
Synopsis
A quiet new worker at the plant turns out to be a friendly alien who finds mechanical work easy to learn after walking through space.
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Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

We Search the Stars! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited) (plot); Larry Lieber (credited) (script)
Pencils
Larry Lieber (credited)
Inks
Matt Fox (credited)
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art Simek)

Job Number
X-220
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Sir Edward Ramsay
Synopsis
A space expedition discovers what they believe is a savage human-like species and flee, not suspecting that they are an advanced psychic race able to meet all their needs through thought.
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Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic! (Table of Contents: 4)

Doctor Strange / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Steve Ditko (credited) (plot); Stan Lee (credited) (script)
Pencils
Steve Ditko (credited)
Inks
Steve Ditko (credited)
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Terry Szenics (credited)

Job Number
[X-221 ?]
Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Dr. Strange [Stephen Strange] (introduction); Wong (introduction, unnamed); Ancient One [Yao] (introduction, called "the Master"); Nightmare (introduction)
Synopsis
Doctor Strange is called on by a man having bad dreams, and confronts Nightmare. The man’s dreams reveal that he is guilty of fraud and Strange makes him confess.
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Indexer Notes

This is the first Doctor Strange story. It's clear there's a lot of history between Strange and Nightmare. Doctor Strange resembles Vincent Price, who played a magician in the Roger Corman-Edgar Allan Poe film, The Raven (1963).

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete
    Human Torch
  2. 1. The Human Torch vs. the Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete!
    Human Torch
  3. 2. Silent Stranger
  4. 3. We Search the Stars!
  5. 4. Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic!
    Doctor Strange
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