(September 1963)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1963-06-11
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 (credited)

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 and is the first issue of Strange Tales to be published without text pages.

The Living Bomb! (Table of Contents)

Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

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

Indexer Notes

Possible Kirby inks per Nick Caputo based on an examination at his blog: http://nick-caputo.blogspot.com/2011/09/kirby-inking-kirby.html. Previous indexer credited Dick Ayers.

The Living Bomb! (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Jerry Siegel (as Joe Carter) (script)
Pencils
Dick Ayers
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Job Number
X-365
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Eel [Leopold Stryke] (introduction, origin); Ted Braddock (TV commentator); Charles Lawson; Moxie Gahagan; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo); Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo); Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Wizard (cameo)
Synopsis
A TV host starts a public campaign against the Human Torch. The Torch’s efforts to regain his popularity fail, but when he stops the high tech thief the Eel from detonating a powerful bomb he is redeemed.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Eel next appears in issue #117 (February 1964). The Eel, with his blueish-purple costume and oily-slick coating may have inspired the villain on the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon, "The Slippery Doctor Von Schlick". Charles Lawson, an atomic scientist, may have been related to Walter Lawson, an expert in guided missiles, who died in Marvel Super-Heroes (Marvel, 1967 series) #13 (March 1968). The plot about a miniature atomic pile which eventually explodes is similar to the Mike Hammer film, "Kiss Me Deadly" (1955).

Don't Miss Another Big One from Marvel! (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

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

The Man Who Dared! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Ray Holloway

Job Number
[X-367 ?]
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Karl King; Tibo
Synopsis
A gem merchant hears of the world's largest ruby guarded by a legendary giant statue in Tibet. He travels to Tibet and steals the ruby, but his escape is cut off by a boulder as he drives his jeep down the mountain pass and he is startled to see the giant statue is alive and pursuing him.
Reprints

Marvel Comics Group Ushers in the Marvel Age of Comics! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

I Saw the Impossible World! (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Larry Lieber
Inks
Paul Reinman
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
X-368
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Tom Bronson
Synopsis
A deserter from the Space Corps of the future finds a replica of his home town and friends on an alien world. A stranger reveals that they are illusions created from the imagination of those who visit this planet and that they disappear. The man is horrified to find that he too is only a figment of the stranger's imagination.
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Living Bomb!
    Human Torch
  2. 1. The Living Bomb!
    Human Torch
  3. 2. Don't Miss Another Big One from Marvel!
  4. 3. The Man Who Dared!
  5. 4. Marvel Comics Group Ushers in the Marvel Age of Comics!
  6. 5. I Saw the Impossible World!
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