(June 1964)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1964-03-10
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 (editor)

Issue Notes

Includes 10 pages of paid advertisements. On-sale date from 1964 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.
This issue has variants:

Prisoner of the Plantman!; Witchcraft in the Wax Museum (Table of Contents)

Doctor Strange; Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Steve Ditko (bottom image); Sol Brodsky ? (top image)
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Plantman [Sam Smithers]; Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]; Baron Mordo [Karl Amadeus Mordo]
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Indexer Notes

Corrected art credits from Nick Caputo via the GCD Errors list, December 2008. Original indexer credited Ditko with inks for the upper part and pencils for the lower.

Prisoner of the Plantman! (Table of Contents: 1)

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

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

Job Number
X-666
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Plantman [Sam Smithers]; Doris Evans; Mr. Evans (flashback); Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo)
Synopsis
After improving his plant ray, The Plantman captures Johnny to get him out of the way while he pulls a robbery. After, Doris, worried about her father, begs Johnny to stop the villain. They have a duel at the Botanical Gardens...with predictable results.
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Indexer Notes

Second appearance of Plantman; last appears in issue #113 (October 1963) and next appears in X-Men (Marvel, 1963 series) #22 (July 1966). Plantman redesigns his costume in this episode, going from "mystery man" to "super-villain" in style.

Witchcraft in the Wax Museum! (Table of Contents: 2)

Doctor Strange / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited); Steve Ditko (co-plot, uncredited)
Pencils
Steve Ditko (credited)
Inks
Steve Ditko (credited)
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art Simek)

Job Number
X-665
Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Dr. Strange [Stephen Strange]; Baron Mordo [Karl Amadeus Mordo]
Synopsis
A phone call lures Strange away in his ectoplasmic form, so Baron Mordo can steal his body. Knowing that if the two are not reunited in 24 hours Strange is doomed, Mordo places a spell over the body so Strange cannot return to it. Using his amulet to retrace Mordo's steps, he finds Mordo, and his own body, in a wax museum. Tricking Mordo into fighting him in his ectoplasmic form, Strange turns the tables by trapping Mordo outside his body, and with Mordo held thus, is able to return to his own. Mordo warns Strange his unwillingness to finish him will be his undoing.
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Indexer Notes

This is the fifth appearance of Baron Mordo; he last appears in issue #117 (February 1964) and next appears in issue #125 (October 1964). Doctor Strange guest-stars in Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #27 (June 1964) shortly after this story.

Now on Sale (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.8 page (report information)

Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation (Table of Contents: 4)

statement of ownership / 0.2 page (report information)

Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Average monthly paid circulation/print run October 1962–September 1963 (issues #104–115): 189,160/321,212. Paid circulation/print run for issue #115: 190,820/317,493. This shares the page with the promo.

The Salesman (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
[K-141]
Genre
humor
Characters
Mr. Frankel; Mr. Karl; Red Mop
Synopsis
A dull salesman gets some zing from a famous clown's laughing powder, but learns that confidence is its own magic.
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Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration. Continues from last issue. Printed after the Dr. Strange story.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Prisoner of the Plantman!; Witchcraft in the Wax Museum
    Doctor Strange; Human Torch
  2. 1. Prisoner of the Plantman!
    Human Torch
  3. 2. Witchcraft in the Wax Museum!
    Doctor Strange
  4. 3. Now on Sale
  5. 4. Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation
  6. 5. The Salesman
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