(August 1964)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1964-05-12
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

Issue Notes

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

The Beetle!; Loki! (Table of Contents)

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

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Beetle [Abner Jenkins]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Loki; Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]; Thor
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inks credit per Nick Caputo (26 July 2005); previous indexer credited George Roussos.

The Birth of the Beetle! (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Carl Burgos (credited)
Inks
Dick Ayers (credited)
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited)

Job Number
X-717
Genre
superhero
Characters
Johnny Storm [Human Torch]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Beetle [Abner Jenkins] (introduction, origin); Alicia Masters; Doris Evans
Synopsis
Mechanic-inventor Abner Jenkins creates the identity of The Beetle. While taking the Fantasti-Car for a double-date, Johnny & Ben wind up being humiliated by The Beetle. But when he tries to rip off the NY World's Fair, the rematch goes the other way.
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Indexer Notes

Carl Burgos was the creator of the original Human Torch! The Beetle next appears in Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel, 1963 series) #21 (February 1965).

The Challenge of Loki! (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
George Roussos (credited as George Bell)
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as Art Simek)

Job Number
X-715
Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]; Loki; Thor [Donald Blake]; Odin (cameo)
Synopsis
Strange practices the art of levitation. Meanwhile, in faraway Asgard, home of the Norse Gods, Loki, God of Mischief, plots as always. He contacts Strange and tries to convince him that he is a prisoner of Thor, who is evil and deceiving his father. Strange uses a spell to take Thor's hammer, but on examining it, can sense no trace of evil. Realizing he's been had, Strange battle Loki, who later swears vengeance against the mage.
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Indexer Notes

Loki would seek revenge against Strange the very next month in Journey Into Mystery #108 (September 1964).

Two More Triumphs for Marvel..! (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

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

[Strange Mission] (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Maneely
Inks
Joe Maneely
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
K-440
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Alfred Pook; Harold; Dr. Smith
Synopsis
A man becomes confused over directions to the dentist and as a result accidentally pilots an expedition to claim a new planet.
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Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration. Printed after Dr. Strange story. Continues from last issue but with no indication that it is a continued story.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Beetle!; Loki!
    Doctor Strange; Human Torch
  2. 1. The Birth of the Beetle!
    Human Torch
  3. 2. The Challenge of Loki!
    Doctor Strange
  4. 3. Two More Triumphs for Marvel..!
  5. 4. [Strange Mission]
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