(February 1964)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1963-11-12
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 (editor)

Issue Notes

Includes 10 pages of paid advertisements. On-sale date from 1963 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.
This issue has variants:

The Return of the Eel! (Table of Contents)

Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby; Steve Ditko (Eel figure)
Inks
Sol Brodsky; Steve Ditko (Eel Figure)
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Sam Rosen

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

Indexer Notes

Ditko credits supplied by Nick Caputo and Mark Elstob.

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

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

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

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.
Reprints

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.

From Outer Space (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
9498
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Jonathan Ditmar
Synopsis
When hostile aliens come to Earth of the future they are persuaded not to enslave humanity because of Earth's music.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

Another Marvel Masterpiece (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

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

The Many Traps of Baron Mordo! (Table of Contents: 4)

Doctor Strange / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited); Steve Ditko (credited) (co-plot)
Pencils
Steve Ditko (credited)
Inks
Steve Ditko (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited as S. Rosen)

Job Number
X-557
Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]; Baron Mordo [Karl Amadeus Mordo]; Ancient One [Yao]
Synopsis
Mordo places a spell over Strange's house that causes it to vanish to another dimension. Strange manages to track Mordo down using his ethereal form, but it becomes trapped in Mordo's lair. Mordo goes to see The Ancient One, claiming he's changed his way, just so he can attack him unawares. But Strange had found a way to escape by going straight thru the center of the Earth itself, and warned his mentor in advance. Though defeated, both Strange and The Ancient One know Mordo is becoming more powerful all the time.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This is the fourth appearance of Baron Mordo; his last chronological appearance is in issue #114 (November 1963); he next appears in issue #121 (June 1964).

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Return of the Eel!
    Human Torch
  2. 1. The Return of the Eel!
    Human Torch
  3. 2. From Outer Space
  4. 3. Another Marvel Masterpiece
  5. 4. The Many Traps of Baron Mordo!
    Doctor Strange
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