([September] 2006)

Marvel, 2006 Series
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Volume
1
Price
49.99 USD
Pages
280 ?
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ISBN
0-7851-2070-X Search at WorldCat
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Color
color
Binding
hardcover with dust jacket
Publishing Format
collected edition

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.

As of 5 May 2018, this is an incomplete index. See Change History for details.

Reprints Human Torch stories from Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 Series) #101-117 and Strange Tales Annual (Marvel, 1962 Series) #2.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Destroyer [Charles Stanton]
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

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typeset

Indexer Notes

Cover under dust jacket.

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

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

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Introduction (Table of Contents: 4)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Dick Ayers
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction

Starring: the Fabulous Human Torch! (Table of Contents: 5)

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Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Destroyer [Charles Stanton]
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The Human Torch (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
V-846
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Destroyer [Charles Stanton]; Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (flashback); Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (flashback)
Synopsis
In his home town of Glenville, Johnny Storm investigates sabotage at an amusement park. He finds that the sabotage was aimed at a structure that blocked messages to a Communist submarine. The messages were from the editor of the newspaper, a Communist spy.
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Indexer Notes

First Silver Age Human Torch solo story. This story is divided into two parts: an untitled part one (7pp) and Part 2–"The Flaming Fury Strikes Back!" (6 pp). Contains diagram of Sue & Johnny's house & brief recap of the Fantastic Four's origin. Splash bills Johnny as "America's Favorite Superhero".

This spin-off series no doubt the result of publisher Martin Goodman feeling that "The Human Torch" has been good luck for him, dating all the way back to Marvel Comics #1 (October 1939). The plot about spies trying to scare townsfolk away from where a submarine is docking may have served as the inspiration for the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon, "Return Of The Flying Dutchman".

Prisoner of the Wizard! / Who Needs You? / What Was the Dreaded Secret of the Hidden Planet? (Table of Contents: 7)

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Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
science fiction; superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard [Bentley Wittman]
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Indexer Notes

Cover divided into 3 panels.

Prisoner of the Wizard (Table of Contents: 8)

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Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Jon D'Agostino

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard (introduction, origin) [Bentley Wittman]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]
Synopsis
The Human Torch is tricked and trapped by the renowned genius the Wizard, who impersonates the Torch to frame him for crimes. The Torch escapes, captures the Wizard and clears his name with the help of his sister the Invisible Girl.
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Indexer Notes

This story is divided into two parts: an untitled part one (7pp) and Part 2–"Wizard's Wiles!" (6pp). The last page includes an advertisement for Strange Tales Annual (Marvel, 1962 series) #1 (1962).

Prisoner of the 5th Dimension! (Table of Contents: 9)

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Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Zemu
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Prisoner of the 5th Dimension! (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
V-823
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Zemu [later spelled "Xemu"] (introduction); Valeria (introduction); Phineas (introduction); Theos; George Bentley; Mr. Harris (cameo); Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo)
Synopsis
The Human Torch discovers an impending invasion from the 5th Dimension, but he is captured by that dimension’s tyrannical ruler. The Torch is freed by the tyrant’s opponents and helps them his troops, freeing his subjects and saving Earth from invasion.
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Indexer Notes

This story is divided into three parts: an untitled part one (5pp), Part 2—"Trapped in Another World!" (5pp) and Part 3—"The End of Zemu!" (3pp). Zemu next appears in Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #158 (May 1975) as "Xemu". Valeria and Phineas next appear in Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #159 (June 1975).

Paste-Pot Pete (Table of Contents: 11)

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Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Paste-Pot Pete [Peter Petruski]
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Indexer Notes

Stan Goldberg colorist credit removed due to lack of attribution. (16/03/2010)

Paste-Pot Pete! (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
V-977
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Paste-Pot Pete [Peter Petruski] (introduction)
Synopsis
Human Torch stops Paste-Pot Pete from stealing an experimental missile from the military.
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Indexer Notes

Paste-Pot Pete next appears in issue #110 (July 1963). Pete became The Trapster in Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #38 (May 1965). This is the first time a villain in this series escaped at the end. A genuine animosity seems to have developed very quickly, perhaps as a result of such a "ridiculous" looking baddie almost killing Johnny during their fight. Don Simpson paid tribute to Pete (and Spider-Man) with his character "The Slick" in Bizarre Heroes.

The Return of the Wizard! (Table of Contents: 13)

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Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard
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The Return of the Wizard! (Table of Contents: 14)

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

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
X-8
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard [Bentley Wittman]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo)
Synopsis
In prison, The Wizard becomes a model prisoner—just so he can become a trustee, work in the hospital, have access to chemicals...and break jail! The police soon have him surrounded in his house, but can't get in because of its defenses. He challenges the Torch to a battle to decide who is the better man. Against Sue's advice Johnny accepts the challenge, and he does pretty well until Sue shows up to "help" him. Thanks to her, he's caught, and both are almost killed in a bomb blast. But Johnny manages to free them both, get rid of the bomb, and corral the "superior intellect".
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Indexer Notes

This is the second appearance of The Wizard (who last appears in issue #102 (November 1962). This is the first time a "Human Torch" villain returned; Wizard would go on to a very long career, mostly with "The Frightful Four". He next appears in issue #110 (July 1963), where he teams with Paste-Pot Pete for the first time.

The Threat of the Torrid Twosome! (Table of Contents: 15)

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Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Acrobat [Carl Zante]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Thing [Ben Grimm]
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Indexer Notes

Dick Ayers per Henry Kujawa (22 August 2007). Previous indexer credited George Roussos.

The Threat of the Torrid Twosome (Table of Contents: 16)

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

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Dick Ayers
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
John Duffy

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Acrobat [Carl Zante] (introduction); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Miracle Man [Joshua Ayers] (flashback); Sub-Mariner [Namor McKenzie] (flashback); Doctor Doom [Victor von Doom] (flashback)
Synopsis
The Acrobat tricks the Human Torch into helping him rob a bank before double crossing him. The Torch chases and captures the thief with the help of the Fantastic Four.
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Indexer Notes

The Acrobat next appears in issue #114 (November 1963). This is the first appearance of Johnny's obstacle training course and the last story in which Johnny worries about having a "secret identity".

The Human Torch vs. the Mighty Sub-Mariner (Table of Contents: 17)

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Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Sub-Mariner [Namor McKenzie]
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Indexer Notes

Pays tribute to the various Torch/Sub-Mariner battles of the early 1940's!

The Master of Flame vs. The Monarch of the Sea!! (Table of Contents: 18)

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Script
Stan Lee (plot); Larry Lieber (script)
Pencils
Dick Ayers
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
X-88
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Sub-Mariner [Namor McKenzie]; Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo); Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo)
Synopsis
The Human Torch goes looking for Sub-Mariner in order to beat him and win more respect. He traps Sub-Mariner beneath the ocean floor and returns to the surface.
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Indexer Notes

Sub-Mariner last appears in Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #9 (December 1963), and next appears in Fantastic Four Annual (Marvel, 1963 series) #1 (1963). This is the first Sub-Mariner story of the 1960s not drawn by Jack Kirby. Sub-Mariner exhibits the powers of a puffer fish and an electric eel, never seen again after this story!

The Painter of a Thousand Perils (Table of Contents: 19)

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Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing (image); Invisible Girl (image); Mister Fantastic (image); The Painter [Wilhelm Van Vile]
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The Painter of a Thousand Perils! (Table of Contents: 20)

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

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Robert Bernstein [as R. Berns] (script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Terry Szenics

Job Number
X-145
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Painter [Wilhelm Van Vile] (introduction); "Scar" Tobin; Scar's Gang [Nick; Sam; Eddie]; Mister Fantastic (image); Invisible Girl (image); Thing (image); Wizard (flashback); Zemu (flashback)
Synopsis
A counterfeiter caught by the Human Torch finds magic paints and uses them to escape from prison and strike back at the Torch. The Torch realizes what is happening and uses the magic paints to fool the Painter and defeat him.
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Indexer Notes

Kirby draws one of the henchmen in the Iron Man story in this month's Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 1959 series) #41 (May 1963) with the same face as Scar Tobin.

Imps from Pandora's Box! (Table of Contents: 21)

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Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Sorcerer [Dorian Murdstone]
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The Sorcerer and Pandora's Box (Table of Contents: 22)

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

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Robert Bernstein [as R. Berns] (script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Marty Epp

Job Number
[X-183 ?]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Sorcerer [Dorian Murdstone] (introduction); Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo); Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo); Pandora (flashback); Circe (flashback)
Synopsis
The Human Torch fights a sorcerer that unleashes the evils imprisoned in Pandora’s Box for his own profit.
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Indexer Notes

The Sorcerer and his mansion in the country appears to be a tribute to Dr. Julian Karswell (Niall MacGinnis) from the film Night of the Demon (1957). A woman who used "Pandora's Box" to commit crimes turned up in the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon, "Here Comes Trubble".

The Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete (Table of Contents: 23)

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Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Paste-Pot Pete [Peter Petruski]; Wizard [Bentley Wittman]
Reprints

The Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete! (Table of Contents: 24)

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

Script
Stan Lee (plot) Ernie Hart [as H. E. Huntley] (script)
Pencils
Dick Ayers
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
John Duffy

Job Number
X-218A
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard [Bentley Wittman]; Paste-Pot Pete [Peter Petruski]; Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo)
Synopsis
Johnny practices on his obstacle course, then thinks back on his adventures with The Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete. By a wild coincidence, Pete breaks The Wizard out of jail and the two join forces. They frame Johnny as a spy, but their partnership is strained by Wiz's megalomania. "I'm a partner, not a servant, you know!" says Pete.
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Indexer Notes

The Wizard last appears in issue #105 (February 1963), he next appears in a cameo in issue #112, before appearing in issue #118 (March 1964). Paste-Pot Pete last appears in issue #104 (January 1963), he next appears in a cameo in Avengers (Marvel, 1963 series) #6 (July 1964), before appearing in Strange Tales #124 (September 1964).

More humor than usual in this issue. First time these two villains teamed up in what would become pretty much a lifelong partnership!

How Can the Human Torch Defend Himself against the Attacks of the Asbestos Man? (Table of Contents: 25)

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Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Asbestos Man [Professor Orson Kasloff]
Reprints
Keywords
asbestos; gas masks; nets; shields

Fighting to the Death with the Asbestos Man! (Table of Contents: 26)

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

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Ernie Hart [as H. Huntley] (script)
Pencils
Dick Ayers
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Sam Rosen [as Sam Harold]

Job Number
[X-309 ?]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Asbestos Man [Orson Kasloff] (introduction, origin); Blackie Barker; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo); Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo)
Synopsis
A frustrated scientist invents a fireproof suit in order to impress underworld hoods and become their partner in crime. The Torch is at first unable to defeat him, but with the advice of his sister he calms down and outsmarts the Asbestos Man.
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Indexer Notes

Letterer identified as Sam Rosen under a pseudonym by Jerry Bails.

The Living Bomb! (Table of Contents: 27)

The Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby ?; Dick Ayers ?
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Eel [Leopold Stryke]
Reprints
Keywords
helicopters

Indexer Notes

Possible Kirby inks per Nick Caputo based on an examination at his blog: http://nick-caputo.blogspot.com/2011/09/kirby-inking-kirby.html. Previous indexer credited Dick Ayers.

The Living Bomb! (Table of Contents: 28)

The 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

Job Number
X-365
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Eel [Leopold Stryke] (introduction, origin); Ted Braddock (TV commentator); Charles Lawson; Moxie Gahagan; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo); Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo); Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Wizard (cameo)
Synopsis
A TV host starts a public campaign against the Human Torch. The Torch’s efforts to regain his popularity fail, but when he stops the high tech thief the Eel from detonating a powerful bomb he is redeemed.
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Indexer Notes

The Eel next appears in issue #117 (February 1964). The Eel, with his blueish-purple costume and oily-slick coating may have inspired the villain on the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon, "The Slippery Doctor Von Schlick". Charles Lawson, an atomic scientist, may have been related to Walter Lawson, an expert in guided missiles, who died in Marvel Super-Heroes (Marvel, 1967 series) #13 (March 1968). The plot about a miniature atomic pile which eventually explodes is similar to the Mike Hammer film, "Kiss Me Deadly" (1955).

The Amazing Spider-Man Face-to-Face With... The Human Torch (Table of Contents: 29)

Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Sol Brodsky?
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

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

Indexer Notes

Nick Caputo says "Cover inks are not by Ditko, according to Ditko himself. Neither are they by Ayers, according to his record books. I suspect the inking is by Sol Brodsky."

On the Trail of the Amazing Spider-Man! (Table of Contents: 30)

Human Torch / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
X-356
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Spider-Man [Peter Parker]; Fox [Reynard Slinker] (introduction); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Deputy Police Inspector Rudd
Synopsis
An art thief frames Spider-Man and the Human Torch tries to hunt him down. Spider-Man convinces the Torch of his innocence, and the two track down the thief together.
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Indexer Notes

Features Spider-Man's first rendezvous with the Torch on top of the Statue of Liberty, which was referenced many times since.

Plantman! (Table of Contents: 31)

The Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby; Sol Brodsky ? (alterations)
Inks
Don Heck; Sol Brodsky ? (alterations)
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Plantman [Sam Smithers]
Reprints
Keywords
dew

Indexer Notes

Sol Brodsky likely altered the Human Torch figure. Info per Nick Caputo, August 2014. Don Heck inks also per Nick. Previous indexer credited Dick Ayers. An unaltered cover with different lettering and art on the trees was published in Creepy Worlds #51.

The Coming of the Plantman! (Table of Contents: 32)

The 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

Job Number
[X-398 ?]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Plantman [Sam Smithers] (introduction, origin); Doris Evans (introduction); Mr. Evans (introduction)
Synopsis
The Human Torch saves his new girlfriend Doris’s father from a disgruntled gardener who gains the ability to control plants.
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Indexer Notes

Plantman's costume resembles that worn by The Shadow; he next appears, in a new costume, in issue #121 (June 1964). Doris Evans would continue as Johnny's semi-reluctant girlfriend until the end of his solo series.

Captain America Returns to Challenge the Human Torch! (Table of Contents: 33)

The Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Captain America [Carl Zante; also as The Acrobat]
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The Human Torch Meets... "Captain America" (Table of Contents: 34)

The Human Torch / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (co-plot, dialogue); Jack Kirby (co-plot, uncredited)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Job Number
X-449
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Acrobat [Carl Zante; disguised as Captain America]; Doris Evans; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm] (cameo)
Synopsis
The Human Torch is upstaged by the return of Captain America, but the Torch realizes that it is his old enemy the Acrobat in disguise and defeats him.
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Indexer Notes

Acrobat last appears in issue #106 (March 1963). This story involving a Captain America imposter was a try-out to test the idea of reviving him. The real Cap would return only 4 months later in Avengers, The (Marvel, 1963 series) #4 (March 1964).

Winner of the 1963 "Favorite Short Story" Alley Award.

The Uncanny Sandman! (Table of Contents: 35)

The Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Sandman [Flint Marko]; Spider-Man [Peter Parker] (inset)
Reprints

The Sandman Strikes! (Table of Contents: 36)

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

Script
Stan Lee (co-plot, script); Dick Ayers (co-plot, un-credited)
Pencils
Dick Ayers
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Sandman [Flint Marko]; Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Spider-Man [Peter Parker] (flashback, cameo)
Synopsis
The Human Torch fights and defeats Spider-Man’s old enemy Sandman.
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Indexer Notes

This story takes place after Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #20 (November 1963). This is the second appearance of Sandman; he last appears in Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel, 1963 series) #4 (September 1963); he next appears in Amazing Spider-Man Annual (Marvel, 1964 series) #1 (1964). This is the first time that Sandman, originally Spider-Man's foe, fought the Torch. He would eventually team-up with two other Torch villains, Wizard & Paste-Pot Pete, to form the Frightful Four, in Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #36 (March 1965). Torch & Spidey last crossed paths in Strange Tales Annual (Marvel, 1962 series) #2 (1963); they would do so again the very next month in Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel, 1963 series) #8 (January 1964).

The Human Torch Battles the Thing! (Table of Contents: 37)

The Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Roussos
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Puppet Master [Philip Masters]; Alicia Masters
Reprints

In the Clutches of the Puppet Master! (Table of Contents: 38)

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

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Dick Ayers
Inks
George Roussos [as Geo. Bell]
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Ray Holloway

Job Number
X-515
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Puppet Master [Philip Masters]; Alicia Masters
Synopsis
The Puppet Master manipulates the Thing into fighting the Human Torch, hoping to pick off the Fantastic Four one at a time.
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Indexer Notes

Puppet Master last appears in Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #14 (May 1963), he next appears in Fantastic Four #28 (July 1964). The story was "Based upon an idea by Tommy and Jimmy Goodkind, Hewlett Harbor, New York".

The Return of the Eel! (Table of Contents: 39)

The Human Torch / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby; Steve Ditko (Eel figure)
Inks
Sol Brodsky; Steve Ditko (Eel Figure)
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Eel [Leopold Stryke]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Ditko credits supplied by Nick Caputo and Mark Elstob.

The Return of the Eel! (Table of Contents: 40)

The Human Torch / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (co-plot, script); Dick Ayers (co-plot, un-credited)
Pencils
Dick Ayers
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
X-546
Genre
superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Eel [Leopold Stryke]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo)
Synopsis
Having served his time, The Eel is released from jail, but Johnny's suspicious because he left prison wearing his Eel costume. Taking a security guard job at an aquarium, The Eel begins pulling crimes, but eventually, Johnny tracks him down and defeats him again.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Second appearance of The Eel; previous appearance in issue #112 (September 1963); Eel has a 2-panel cameo in Fantastic Four Annual (Marvel, 1963 series) #3 (1965), then returns in X-Men (Marvel, 1963 series) #22 (July 1966). Story not reprinted in Marvel Tales run.

Biographies (Table of Contents: 41)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
John Rhett Thomas
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Biographies for Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers, Larry Lieber, and Jerry Siegel

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Human Torch
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
  5. 4. Introduction
  6. 5. Starring: the Fabulous Human Torch!
    The Human Torch
  7. 6. The Human Torch
    The Human Torch
  8. 7. Prisoner of the Wizard! / Who Needs You? / What Was the Dreaded Secret of the Hidden Planet?
    The Human Torch
  9. 8. Prisoner of the Wizard
    The Human Torch
  10. 9. Prisoner of the 5th Dimension!
    The Human Torch
  11. 10. Prisoner of the 5th Dimension!
    The Human Torch
  12. 11. Paste-Pot Pete
    The Human Torch
  13. 12. Paste-Pot Pete!
    The Human Torch
  14. 13. The Return of the Wizard!
    The Human Torch
  15. 14. The Return of the Wizard!
    The Human Torch
  16. 15. The Threat of the Torrid Twosome!
    The Human Torch
  17. 16. The Threat of the Torrid Twosome
    The Human Torch
  18. 17. The Human Torch vs. the Mighty Sub-Mariner
    The Human Torch
  19. 18. The Master of Flame vs. The Monarch of the Sea!!
    The Human Torch
  20. 19. The Painter of a Thousand Perils
    The Human Torch
  21. 20. The Painter of a Thousand Perils!
    The Human Torch
  22. 21. Imps from Pandora's Box!
    Human Torch
  23. 22. The Sorcerer and Pandora's Box
    Human Torch
  24. 23. The Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete
    The Human Torch
  25. 24. The Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete!
    The Human Torch
  26. 25. How Can the Human Torch Defend Himself against the Attacks of the Asbestos Man?
    The Human Torch
  27. 26. Fighting to the Death with the Asbestos Man!
    The Human Torch
  28. 27. The Living Bomb!
    The Human Torch
  29. 28. The Living Bomb!
    The Human Torch
  30. 29. The Amazing Spider-Man Face-to-Face With... The Human Torch
    Human Torch
  31. 30. On the Trail of the Amazing Spider-Man!
    Human Torch
  32. 31. Plantman!
    The Human Torch
  33. 32. The Coming of the Plantman!
    The Human Torch
  34. 33. Captain America Returns to Challenge the Human Torch!
    The Human Torch
  35. 34. The Human Torch Meets... "Captain America"
    The Human Torch
  36. 35. The Uncanny Sandman!
    The Human Torch
  37. 36. The Sandman Strikes!
    The Human Torch
  38. 37. The Human Torch Battles the Thing!
    The Human Torch
  39. 38. In the Clutches of the Puppet Master!
    The Human Torch
  40. 39. The Return of the Eel!
    The Human Torch
  41. 40. The Return of the Eel!
    The Human Torch
  42. 41. Biographies
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