(July 1975)

Marvel, 1974 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.25 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Marvel Comics Group
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [entire top banner]
Barcode
?
Editing
Len Wein
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
newsprint
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

The Threat of the Torrid Twosome! (Table of Contents)

Human Torch / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Len Wein ?
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Vince Colletta
Colors
?
Letters
Danny Crespi ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; The Acrobat [Carl Zante]; Invisble Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Thing [Ben Grimm]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Carl Zante known as "The World's Greatest Acrobat" in the story; never actually referred to as "The Acrobat" except on this cover and in the sequel in STRANGE TALES #114 (November 1963).

The Threat of the Torrid Twosome (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
Stan Lee (Plot); Larry Lieber
Pencils
Dick Ayers
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
?
Letters
John Duffy
Editing
Stan Lee (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Carl Zante [Acrobat] (Intro); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Miracle Man (flashback); Sub-Mariner (flashback); Dr. Doom (flashback)
Synopsis
Carl Zante, "The world's greatest acrobat," visits Sue, seeking The Human Torch. Johnny wonders how Zante knew his identity; the acrobat tells him everyone knows he is the Torch. Sue explains that Glenville residents left him alone because they assumed he valued his privacy. Zante tries to convince Johnny that he is the FF's most valuable member and persuades him to join him in fighting crime. In actuality Zante only wants Johnny to help him rob a bank. With a little help from his partners Johnny nabs Zante, explaining he suspected Zante all along but wanted to uncover his scheme.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

First appearance of Carl Zante ("The World's Greatest Acrobat"). Zante would return in STRANGE TALES #114 (November 1963). First appearance of Johnny's obstacle training course. Last story in which Johnny worries about having a "secret identity." Splash page reformatted with art added, "Stan Lee presents" added, and page numbers removed for this reprint.

Flame On! (Table of Contents: 2)

The Original Human Torch / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Hank Chapman
Pencils
Dick Ayers
Inks
Ernie Bache
Colors
?
Letters
Dick Ayers
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Job Number
E-590
Genre
superhero
Characters
Original Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro; Intro: Captain Fred Jory (US Air Force jet pilot); Colonel Frost; Lotty Frost; Villains: The Communists
Synopsis
Air Force pilot Fred Jory nearly crashes his jet into the heart of New York due to an empty fuel tank (and a death-wish) but is saved by The Torch and Toro. Jory reveals he's a coward, and will never be able to marry his girl Lotty, the daughter of Colonel Frost. The Torch promises to help build his confidence up.Later Frost is at the mercy of Communist spies who steal a Super-Jet and kidnap Lotty. The Torch and Jory pursue them and bring both back safely. When the spies strike again Jory lashes out, and only afterwards realizes he's beaten the spies this time without help.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

"The Original" added to reprint splash to distinguish story from lead feature. Inks credit and job number from the Atlas tales website, original indexer credited Dick Ayers for inks.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Threat of the Torrid Twosome!
    Human Torch
  2. 1. The Threat of the Torrid Twosome
    Human Torch
  3. 2. Flame On!
    The Original Human Torch
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