Origins of Marvel Comics #[nn] [First Print]
(1974)

Simon and Schuster, 1974 Series
 
Price
5.95 USD
Pages
264
On-sale date
1974 ?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Simon and Schuster
Brand
A Fireside Book
ISBN
0-671-21863-8 Search at WorldCat
Editing
Linda Sunshine
Color
color
Binding
squarebound; trade paperback

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Fantastic Four; Spider-Man; Doctor Strange; Thor; Sub-Mariner; Hulk / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Romita (painting)
Inks
John Romita (painting)
Colors
John Romita (painting)
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Fantastic Four [Human Torch; Thing]; Spider-Man; Doctor Strange; Thor; Sub-Mariner; Hulk; Stan Lee (hands at typewriter)
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Indexer Notes

Cover credits confirmed by John Romita via email 6/2015.

Origins of Marvel Comics (Table of Contents: 1)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

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Indexer Notes

Title page.

Prologue (Table of Contents: 2)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

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Stan Lee
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typeset

Part One: If One Is Good, Four Will Be Better (Table of Contents: 3)

text article / 8 pages (report information)

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Stan Lee
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Typeset

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Indexer Notes

Stan describes his early career and his creation, with Jack Kirby, of the Fantastic Four.

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

Fantastic Four / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Klein
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
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The Fantastic Four! (Table of Contents: 5)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Klein; Sol Brodsky ? (alterations)
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Invisible Girl [Susan Storm]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]
Synopsis
Dr. Reed Richards takes his friends on a rocket trip that changes their lives forever.
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The Fantastic Four Meet the Mole Man! (Table of Contents: 6)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
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Jack Kirby
Inks
George Klein; Sol Brodsky ? (alterations)
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?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Moleman [a.k.a. Mole Man] (intro and origin); Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic; Human Torch; Invisible Girl; Thing]
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The Moleman's Secret! (Table of Contents: 7)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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Stan Lee
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Jack Kirby
Inks
George Klein; Sol Brodsky ? (alterations)
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?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
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Moleman [a.k.a. Mole Man] (intro and origin); Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic; Human Torch; Invisible Girl; Thing]
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[Introduction to Fantastic Four #55] (Table of Contents: 8)

Fantastic Four / text article / 1 page (report information)

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Stan Lee
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typeset

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superhero
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

Fantastic Four / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
Thing; Silver Surfer
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When Strikes the Silver Surfer! (Table of Contents: 10)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

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Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Sinnott
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?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic; Invisible Girl; Thing; Human Torch]; Silver Surfer; Wyatt Wingfoot; Lockjaw
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Part Two: There Shall Come a Jolly Green Giant (Table of Contents: 11)

Hulk / text article / 9 pages (report information)

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Stan Lee
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typeset

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superhero
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Indexer Notes

Stan discusses the creation of The Hulk and his inspirations.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

Hulk / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby ?
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk; Bruce Banner; Thunderbolt Ross; Betty Ross
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Part 1: The Coming of the Hulk (Table of Contents: 13)

Hulk / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Paul Reinman
Colors
?
Letters
Ray Holloway; Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Rick Jones; Thunderbolt Ross; Betty Ross; Igor; Gargoyle
Synopsis
Scientist Bruce Banner saves a young boy from being killed by a nuclear blast but absorbs deadly amounts of gamma radiation which transforms him into a monster dubbed the Hulk.
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Part 2: The Hulk Strikes! (Table of Contents: 14)

Hulk / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Paul Reinman
Colors
?
Letters
Ray Holloway; Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk; Rick Jones
Synopsis
Rick accompanies The Hulk until he reverts back to Bruce Banner.
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Part 3: The Search for the Hulk (Table of Contents: 15)

Hulk / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Paul Reinman
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek; Ray Holloway

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk; Rick Jones; Betty Ross
Synopsis
Rick helps cover for Banner and explains to the scientist what happened.
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Part 4: Enter...the Gargoyle (Table of Contents: 16)

Hulk / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Paul Reinman
Colors
?
Letters
Ray Holloway; Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk; Rick Jones; Betty Ross; General Thunderbolt Ross; Gargoyle
Synopsis
The Gargoyle hears about The Hulk and heads out to find and capture him.
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Part 5: The Hulk Triumphant! (Table of Contents: 17)

Hulk / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Paul Reinman
Colors
?
Letters
Ray Holloway; Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk; Rick Jones; Betty Ross; General Thunderbolt Ross; Gargoyle
Synopsis
Banner helps restore the Gargoyle, who turns against his masters.
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[Introduction to The Incredible Hulk #118] (Table of Contents: 18)

Hulk / text article / 1 page (report information)

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Stan Lee
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typeset

Genre
superhero
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19)

Hulk / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Herb Trimpe
Inks
Herb Trimpe
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk; Namor, the Sub-Mariner; Dorma
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A Clash of Titans (Table of Contents: 20)

Hulk / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Herb Trimpe [as Herbie Trimpe]
Inks
Herb Trimpe [as Herbie Trimpe]
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk; Namor, the Sub-Mariner; Lord Vashti; Lady Dorma; Fara
Synopsis
Dorma finds Bruce Banner floating in the ocean and brings him down to Atlantis where, inevitably, the Hulk and the Sub-Mariner battle.
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Part Three: The World's Best-Selling Swinger (Table of Contents: 21)

Spider-Man / text article / 10 pages (report information)

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Stan Lee
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typeset

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superhero
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Indexer Notes

Stan describes the improbable creation of Spider-Man.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 22)

Spider-Man / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Spider-Man
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Spider-Man! (Table of Contents: 23)

Spider-Man / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Steve Ditko
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Steve Ditko
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?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Spider-Man; Aunt May; Uncle Ben; Flash Thompson
Synopsis
Peter Parker finds that with great power comes great responsibility.
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[Introduction to The Amazing Spider-Man #72] (Table of Contents: 24)

Spider-Man / text article / 1 page (report information)

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Stan Lee
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typeset

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superhero
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 25)

Spider-Man / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Romita
Inks
John Romita
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
Shocker
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Rocked by..the Shocker! (Table of Contents: 26)

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

Script
Stan Lee; John Buscema (plot)
Pencils
John Buscema (layouts); John Romita (finishes)
Inks
Jim Mooney
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
Spider-Man; Shocker; Gwen Stacy; Captain George Stacy; Aunt May; J. Jonah Jameson; Lizard (flashback); Flash Thompson
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Part Four: Meanwhile, Back in Asgard... (Table of Contents: 27)

Thor / text article / 9 pages (report information)

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Stan Lee
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superhero
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Stan describes the creation of Thor and the involvement of his brother Larry Lieber, along with Jack Kirby.

Introducing... the Mighty Thor! (Table of Contents: 28)

Thor / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Thor
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"The Stone Men from Saturn!" (Table of Contents: 29)

Thor / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (Plot); Larry Lieber (Script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
V-786
Genre
superhero
Characters
Thor (I)(O); Don Blake (I); Gorr (I)
Synopsis
After witnessing the beginnings of an alien invasion, Don Blake discovers the hammer of Thor, and becomes the Norse god.
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Indexer Notes

First appearance of Thor, Don Blake and Gorr, origin of Thor.

Part 2: The Power of Thor! (Table of Contents: 30)

Thor / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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Stan Lee (Plot); Larry Lieber (Script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
V-786
Genre
superhero
Characters
Thor; Don Blake; Gorr
Synopsis
Don Blake explores his new abilities.
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Part 3: Thor the Mighty Strikes Back! (Table of Contents: 31)

Thor / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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Stan Lee (Plot); Larry Lieber (Script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Thor; Gorr
Synopsis
Thor repels the alien invasion.
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[Introduction to Thor #143] (Table of Contents: 32)

Thor / text article / 1 page (report information)

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Stan Lee
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typeset

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superhero
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 33)

Thor / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Vince Colletta
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Thor; Balder; Sif; Brona; Magnir
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"--And, Soon Shall Come: the Enchanters!" (Table of Contents: 34)

Thor / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Bill Everett
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?
Letters
Sam Rosen
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Thor; Heimdall; Don Blake; Mr. Markham; Balder; Sif; Enchanters Three [Magnir; Forsung; Brona] (I); Living Talisman (I)
Synopsis
Sif and Balder face The Enchanters Three, possessors of the Living Talismen.
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Indexer Notes

First appearances of the Enchanters Three (Magnir, Forsung and Brona), the Living Talisman and the land of Ringsfjord.

Part Five: Mainly about a Master of the Mystic Arts (Table of Contents: 35)

Doctor Strange / text article / 8 pages (report information)

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Stan Lee
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superhero
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Stan describes the genesis of Dr. Strange.

Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic! (Table of Contents: 36)

Doctor Strange / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Steve Ditko (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
?
Letters
Terry Szenics

Genre
superhero
Characters
Doctor Strange; Nightmare; Ancient One
Synopsis
Dr. Strange enters a man's dreams.
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The Origin of Dr. Strange (Table of Contents: 37)

Doctor Strange / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Doctor Strange; Ancient One; Baron Mordo
Synopsis
Seeking healing, Stephen Strange stumbles onto the Ancient One and studies with him.
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[Introduction to "--The Fearful Finish--!"] (Table of Contents: 38)

Doctor Strange / text article / 1 page (report information)

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Stan Lee
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typeset

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superhero
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The Fearful Finish..! (Table of Contents: 39)

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

Script
Marie Severin (co-plot); Stan Lee (co-plot, dialogue)
Pencils
Marie Severin
Inks
Marie Severin
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Dr. Strange; Clea; Umar; Ancient One
Synopsis
Dr. Strange saves Clea.
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Epilogue (Table of Contents: 40)

Origins of Marvel Comics / text article / 2 pages (report information)

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Stan Lee
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Stan talks about the current new wave of Marvel talent.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Fantastic Four; Spider-Man; Doctor Strange; Thor; Sub-Mariner; Hulk
  2. 1. Origins of Marvel Comics
  3. 2. Prologue
  4. 3. Part One: If One Is Good, Four Will Be Better
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Fantastic Four
  6. 5. The Fantastic Four!
    Fantastic Four
  7. 6. The Fantastic Four Meet the Mole Man!
    Fantastic Four
  8. 7. The Moleman's Secret!
    Fantastic Four
  9. 8. [Introduction to Fantastic Four #55]
    Fantastic Four
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Fantastic Four
  11. 10. When Strikes the Silver Surfer!
    Fantastic Four
  12. 11. Part Two: There Shall Come a Jolly Green Giant
    Hulk
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Hulk
  14. 13. Part 1: The Coming of the Hulk
    Hulk
  15. 14. Part 2: The Hulk Strikes!
    Hulk
  16. 15. Part 3: The Search for the Hulk
    Hulk
  17. 16. Part 4: Enter...the Gargoyle
    Hulk
  18. 17. Part 5: The Hulk Triumphant!
    Hulk
  19. 18. [Introduction to The Incredible Hulk #118]
    Hulk
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Hulk
  21. 20. A Clash of Titans
    Hulk
  22. 21. Part Three: The World's Best-Selling Swinger
    Spider-Man
  23. 22. [no title indexed]
    Spider-Man
  24. 23. Spider-Man!
    Spider-Man
  25. 24. [Introduction to The Amazing Spider-Man #72]
    Spider-Man
  26. 25. [no title indexed]
    Spider-Man
  27. 26. Rocked by..the Shocker!
    Spider-Man
  28. 27. Part Four: Meanwhile, Back in Asgard...
    Thor
  29. 28. Introducing... the Mighty Thor!
    Thor
  30. 29. "The Stone Men from Saturn!"
    Thor
  31. 30. Part 2: The Power of Thor!
    Thor
  32. 31. Part 3: Thor the Mighty Strikes Back!
    Thor
  33. 32. [Introduction to Thor #143]
    Thor
  34. 33. [no title indexed]
    Thor
  35. 34. "--And, Soon Shall Come: the Enchanters!"
    Thor
  36. 35. Part Five: Mainly about a Master of the Mystic Arts
    Doctor Strange
  37. 36. Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic!
    Doctor Strange
  38. 37. The Origin of Dr. Strange
    Doctor Strange
  39. 38. [Introduction to "--The Fearful Finish--!"]
    Doctor Strange
  40. 39. The Fearful Finish..!
    Doctor Strange
  41. 40. Epilogue
    Origins of Marvel Comics
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