(October 1964)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
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

Distributed to newstands in July 1964. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

Additional and updated information for this index supplied by Henry Kujawa via GCD Errors list (August 2007). Distribution date from Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website.


The Sensational Sub-Mariner (Table of Contents)

The Human Torch and the Ever-Lovin' Thing; Doctor Strange / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Sub-Mariner [Namor McKenzie]; Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]
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Indexer Notes

Ayers inks per Nick Caputo. previous indexer credited Frank Giacoia. Inset panel at lower right illustrates Doctor Strange.

The Sub-Mariner Must Be Stopped! (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Dick Ayers
Inks
Paul Reinman
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Job Number
X-772
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Sub-Mariner [Namor McKenzie]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo); Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo)
Synopsis
Ben and Johnny's hi-jinks are interrupted by the arrival of a pair of LIFE Magazine reporters, who are there to interview Reed and Sue. When the news reports Sub-Mariner is heading for NYC, Ben and Johnny figure they can make an impression by tackling him on their own. Taking out the "U-Car," they find Namor, who seems to be expecting them. A fight breaks out, ending when Namor leaves, feeling he's been "lied to." Reed and Sue arrive and Ben and Johnny are chastising for ruining the peace talk Reed spent weeks to set up. A betrayed Namor vows that their next fight will be to the finish.
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Indexer Notes

Sub-Mariner last appears in X-Men #6 (July 1964) and next appears in Fantastic Four #33 (December 1964). Namor's "electric eel" power crops up again, for the last time. The reporters from LIFE suspiciously resemble Jack Kirby and Larry Lieber.

More Triumphs for Marvel..! (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

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

Mordo Must Not Catch Me! (Table of Contents: 3)

Doctor Strange / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee; Steve Ditko (co-plot)
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
George Roussos [as Geo. Bell]
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
X-773
Genre
superhero
Characters
Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]; Baron Mordo [Karl Amadeus Mordo]; Ancient One [Yao]
Synopsis
Three followers of Mordo attack Strange in his sanctum. After dispatching them, he uses the Eye of Agamotto and his amulet to contact his mentor, but to no avail! Mordo appears saying he's captured The Ancient One. In their ectoplasmic forms, a running battle begins that takes them halfway around the world, until Strange locates his mentor in a half-hidden jungle somewhere in Tibet. The battle continues, until the light of Strange's amulet forces Mordo to give in and free The Ancient One. With Mordo apparently beaten "for a long time," Strange heads back to NYC.
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Indexer Notes

Sixth appearance of Baron Mordo; Mordo last appears in issue #121 (June 1964) and next appears in issue #130 (March 1965). Doctor Strange guest-stars in Journey Into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #108 (September 1964), and has a cameo in Amazing Spider-Man Annual (Marvel, 1964 series) #1 (1964) shortly before this story. This episode leads directly into Strange's first encounter with Dormammu in the next issue.

The Message (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
[H-729]
Genre
adventure
Characters
Bill Benson
Synopsis
An unhappy foundry worker finds a message from a prisoner and rushes to help, finding that the message was merely a test of courage, and that his actions have gained him his dream job.
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Indexer Notes

"Continued next issue..." is written at the bottom of the page, but the second page was not reprinted in subsequent issues. Printed between the pages of the Dr. Strange story. This is the last text story page in Strange Tales. The synopsis describes the whole story, but only those characters that appear on this page are listed here.

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Sensational Sub-Mariner
    The Human Torch and the Ever-Lovin' Thing; Doctor Strange
  2. 1. The Sub-Mariner Must Be Stopped!
    Human Torch and Thing
  3. 2. More Triumphs for Marvel..!
  4. 3. Mordo Must Not Catch Me!
    Doctor Strange
  5. 4. The Message
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Thomas G. Lammers
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