Strange Tales #115 [Regular Edition]
(December 1963)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1963-09-10
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
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age and Silver Age US
Paper Stock
Newsprint
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.

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

Distributed to newstands in September 1963. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

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


The Uncanny Sandman! (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Sandman [Flint Marko]; Spider-Man [Peter Parker] (inset)
Reprints

The Sandman Strikes! (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
Stan Lee (co-plot, script); Dick Ayers (co-plot, un-credited)
Pencils
Dick Ayers
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Sandman [Flint Marko]; Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Spider-Man [Peter Parker] (flashback, cameo)
Synopsis
The Human Torch fights and defeats Spider-Man’s old enemy Sandman.
Reprints

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).

Another Marvel Masterpiece (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

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

Zero of Time (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
[9689]
Genre
science fiction
Characters
John Pearson; Prof. Thomas Benton; Father Time
Synopsis
A scientist's machine transports him and a reporter outside of time and into the realm of Father Time.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

The Origin of Dr. Strange (Table of Contents: 4)

Dr. Strange / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (co-plot, script); Steve Ditko (co-plot, un-credited)
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange] (origin); Ancient One [Yao]; Baron Mordo [Karl Amadeus Mordo] (origin)
Synopsis
Dr. Stephen Strange, a top neurosurgeon, damages his hands in an accident and seeks out a mystic for help. He saves the seer from his treacherous student, becoming his pupil and finding a new purpose.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This is the first mention of Dormammu. The Ancient One's home is said here to be in India, this is later changed to Tibet.

Stan Lee says they forgot to tell Strange's origin before this. Judging by the evolution of the artwork, it appears this was at least the ninth episode drawn! In all other episodes up to issue #120 (May 1964), Strange resembes Vincent Price; in this and later ones, he resembles Ronald Colman. Certain plot elements are somewhat similar to those in the Frank Capra film, Lost Horizon (1937).

Stan Goldberg credit removed due to lack of attribution. (20/03/2010)

Another Marvel Masterpiece (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

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

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Uncanny Sandman!
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. The Sandman Strikes!
    The Human Torch
  3. 2. Another Marvel Masterpiece
  4. 3. Zero of Time
  5. 4. The Origin of Dr. Strange
    Dr. Strange
  6. 5. Another Marvel Masterpiece
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