(September 1968)

Marvel, 1966 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.25 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Non-Pareil Publishing Corp.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
Editing
Stan Lee
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age, then Modern Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched (#1-33 squarebound)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

The Serpent Strikes (Table of Contents)

Spider-Man / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Spider-Man [Peter Parker]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Beetle
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
Roy Thomas ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko; Jack Kirby; Dick Ayers; Bill Everett; John Verpoorten (graytones)
Inks
Steve Ditko; Chic Stone; Dick Ayers; Bill Everett; John Verpoorten (graytones)
Letters
Artie Simek

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover featuring scenes from interior stories, with graytones and corrections by John Verpoorten.

Where Flies the Beetle...! (Table of Contents: 2)

Spider-Man / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
Spider-Man [Peter Parker]; the Beetle [Abner Jenkins]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Betty Brant; Flash Thompson; Aunt May Parker; Doris Evans; J. Jonah Jameson
Synopsis
When the Beetle is released from prison he plans to take his revenge on the Human Torch and ends up fighting both the Torch and Spider-Man.
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The Serpent Strikes (Table of Contents: 3)

Marvel Boy / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Everett
Inks
Bill Everett
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Bill Everett

Genre
superhero
Characters
Marvel Boy [Bob Grayson]; a snake worshiper (introduction, death, villain)
Synopsis
A woman from an Indian snake worshiping cult follows a stolen snake to the United States and takes revenge on the zoo that has it.
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The Coming of the Plantman! (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Jerry Siegel [as Joe Carter] (script)
Pencils
Dick Ayers
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Doris Evans (introduction); Plantman [Sam Smithers] (gardener) (introduction); Mr. Evans (Doris' father) (introduction)
Synopsis
Johnny has a date with Doris Evans, who drives him crazy as she's the only girl he's gone out with who's not impressed with his being The Torch, and prefers him as "Johnny". He sees her father fire his gardener, Sam Smithers, for "fooling around" with an invention designed to increase the intelligence of plant life. Shortly, in a "million-to-one freak accident", lightnight strikes and alters Sam's device so "it works!" Not only does it increase plants' intelligence, they also follow his mental commands. Donning a costume, he robs the store where Doris' father works and plants evidence to frame him for the crime. Johnny swears to clear Evans' name. Soon Johnny & The Plantman are engaged in battle, and The Plantman demands the city be turned over to him! (Talk about rising megalomania.) Johnny manages to break the plant-device, but The Plantman gets away, promising himself, "Next time my plan will be foolproof!!"
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Indexer Notes

1st appearance of The Plantman, whose costume resembles that worn by The Shadow; he would redesign his costume & return in STRANGE TALES #121 (June 1964). 1st appearance of Doris Evans, who would continue as Johnny's semi-reluctant girlfriend until the end of his solo series.

Slave of Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man! (Table of Contents: 5)

Thor / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Chic Stone
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee (original editor)

Job Number
X-573
Genre
superhero
Characters
Thor; Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man; Loki; Odin
Synopsis
Thor helps Zarrko conquer the 23rd century world, but then turns on him and defeats him, winning back Odin's favour.
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Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Serpent Strikes
    Spider-Man
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. Where Flies the Beetle...!
    Spider-Man
  4. 3. The Serpent Strikes
    Marvel Boy
  5. 4. The Coming of the Plantman!
    Human Torch
  6. 5. Slave of Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man!
    Thor
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