(December 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

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

The Mystery Villain! (Table of Contents)

Human Torch and the Thing; Dr. Strange / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby; Steve Ditko (inset)
Inks
Chic Stone: Steve Ditko (inset)
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
Mystery Villain; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Dr. Strange; Dormammu
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Dr. Strange image taken from interior story.

The Mystery Villain! (Table of Contents: 1)

Human Torch and Thing / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (co-plot, dialogue); Dick Ayers (co-plot)
Pencils
Dick Ayers
Inks
Paul Reinman
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
X-809
Genre
superhero
Characters
Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Wizard (flashback); Paste-Pot Pete (flashback); Sub-Mariner (flashback); Willie Lumpkin (mailman, cameo)
Synopsis
Following a race, Ben and Johnny complain to Reed that they've done pretty good and don't need a leader. Reed tells them they're free to work on their own. Ben and Johnny take part in a high-speed race, but discover on arrival that they're the only two contestants. On the salt flats they suddenly realize their cars are running out of control and it looks like they have been set up for a trap. They find themselves in an underground cavern facing an unknown villain with a question mark on his mask. Before it's over, they're ready to admit they're happy Reed is on their side.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The "Mystery Villain" (or someone wearing the same costume) turns up in FANTASTIC FOUR #154 (January 1975).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

Strange Mails / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters from Rick Paul, Clyde Smith, Kristin Barrett, Chris Clark, Rita Hoard; includes Special Announcements Section and The Mighty Marvel Check List.

Duel with the Dread Dormammu! (Table of Contents: 3)

Dr. Strange / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Steve Ditko (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Sam Rosen

Job Number
X-813
Genre
superhero
Characters
Dr. Strange; Dormammu; Clea (unnamed); The Mindless Ones; The Ancient One
Synopsis
The mysterious girl appears and takes Strange to The Mindless Ones, destructive creatures who are held back from killing by Dormammu's willpower. Dormammu imprisons the girl for betraying him and the battle begins. With Dormammu concentrating on defeating his foe the barrier holding The Mindless Ones collapses; he is forced to join forces with Strange to stop them. Now indebted to Strange Dormammu accepts his terms: no harm shall come to the girl and he must never set foot on Earth. Upon Dr. Strange's return to earth The Ancient One rewards him with a new cloak of levitation and amulet.
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Indexer Notes

Episode #16. Part 2 of 2. First appearance of The Mindless Ones. First appearance of Strange's Cloak of Levitation. The origin of Strange's new amulet would be revealed in STRANGE TALES #138 (November 1965). Dormammu would find a way to strike back at Strange without breaking his vow in STRANGE TALES #130 (March 1965).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

A Marvel Masterwork Pin-Up / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Chic Stone
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Job Number
X-809
First Line of Dialogue or Text
It's Clobberin' Time!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Thing
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Credits per Nick Caputo, September 2016.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Mystery Villain!
    Human Torch and the Thing; Dr. Strange
  2. 1. The Mystery Villain!
    Human Torch and Thing
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Strange Mails
  4. 3. Duel with the Dread Dormammu!
    Dr. Strange
  5. 4. ["It's Clobberin' Time!"]
    A Marvel Masterwork Pin-Up
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Thomas Johnson
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Nick Caputo
  • Steve Jenner
  • Darrel McCann
  • Chris Boyko
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mark Gordon
  • Henry R. Kujawa
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr
  • Henry R. Kujawa
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