(June 1965)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1965-03-11
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

On-sale date from 1965 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

A Nameless Land! A Timeless Time!; The Terrible Toys! (Table of Contents)

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

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Dr. Strange; Shazana; Shazana's sister; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Ice Queen
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The Terrible Toys! (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
Stan Lee (credited) (plot, dialogue); Bob Powell (credited) (plot)
Pencils
Bob Powell (credited)
Inks
Mike Esposito (credited as Mick Demeo)
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Ice Queen (robot); Puppet Master; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Doris Evans; Alicia Masters
Synopsis
Deciding to switch his M.O., The Puppet Master builds robotic "statues" he can control, and undergoes plastic surgery so no one will recognize him. The masquerade is short-lived, as he lures Johnny & Ben into a trap in a department store.
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Indexer Notes

Puppet Master's previous appearance in FANTASTIC FOUR #28 (July 1964); next appearance in FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #3 (November 1965), with his original face incorrectly shown intact. Puppet Master's appearance would remain altered for several years, before he eventually restored his original face.

A Nameless Land, a Timeless Time! (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Steve Ditko (plot, uncredited); Stan Lee (credited) (dialogue)
Pencils
Steve Ditko (credited)
Inks
Steve Ditko (credited)
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited as S. Rosen)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Dr. Strange; Baron Mordo; Dormammu; Clea (unnamed); Shazana; Shazana's sister (unnamed); The Ancient One; Hamir (unnamed)
Synopsis
After escaping from Mordo, Strange plummets thru dimension after dimension, finally coming to a stop in a world ruled by Shazana, a female tyrant who once conned a wizard into giving her some of his powers, which she repaid by destroying him. Believing her sister has recruited Strange to overthrow her she battles Strange into submission. Allowing himself to be imprisoned so he can recover from his earlier battle with Mordo, Strange gets the lay of the land, then helps Shazana's sister overcome the evil ruler, destroying the source of her power even as he uses it to begin his journey back home.
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Indexer Notes

Part 4 of 17. The sisters in this story apparently served as the inspiration for Craig Russell's later Strange epic, a virtual remake of this story, which he did twice-- in DR. STRANGE ANNUAL #1 (December 1976), and DR. STRANGE: WHAT IS IT THAT DISTURBS YOU, STEVEN? (October 1997).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Never mind how much you liked the stories!
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Indexer Notes

Letters of comment from Dale Palof; Frank Mastropolo; Joe Hartlaub; and Willie Woodruff, as well as The Mighty Marvel Checklist.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. A Nameless Land! A Timeless Time!; The Terrible Toys!
    Doctor Strange; Human Torch; The Thing
  2. 1. The Terrible Toys!
    Human Torch; The Thing
  3. 2. A Nameless Land, a Timeless Time!
    Dr. Strange
  4. 3. ["Never mind how much you liked the stories!"]
    Strange Mails
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