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71: Strange Tales #110 (v1) [A Story]

" The Human Torch vs. the Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete! "
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Strange Tales #110a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
Writers: Stan Lee, H.E. Huntley
Pencilers: Dick Ayers
Inkers: Steve Ditko
Letterers: John Duffy
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: July 1963
Release Date: April 1963
Story Arc: -
Pages: 13
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,239                 Times Rated: 639
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Tales to Astonish #44 (v1)
Tales of Suspense #42 (v1)
Strange Tales #110a (v1)
Strange Tales #110c (v1)
Journey into Mystery #94 (v1)
69: Tales to Asto...
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70: Tales of Susp...
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72: Strange Tales
#110c (v1)
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Two of the Human Torches worst enemies, Paste-Pot Pete and the Wizard, team up to defeat their nemesis once and for all. An ingenious trap and deadly weapons could spill doom for the youngest member of the Fantastic Four!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Strange Tales #109 (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Fantastic Four #15 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  The Invisible Girl
Cameo Appearance
The Invisible Girl last appeared in Strange Tales #109 (v1). The Invisible Girl next appears in Fantastic Four #15 (v1). This is a cameo appearance.
  Mr. Fantastic
Cameo Appearance
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Strange Tales #109 (v1). Mr. Fantastic next appears in Fantastic Four #15 (v1). This is a cameo appearance.
  The Thing
Cameo Appearance
The Thing last appeared in Strange Tales #109 (v1). The Thing next appears in Fantastic Four #15 (v1). This is a cameo appearance.
Wizard last appeared in Strange Tales #105 (v1). Wizard next appears in Strange Tales #112 (v1).
  Paste-Pot Pete
Paste-Pot Pete last appeared in Strange Tales #104a (v1). Paste-Pot Pete next appears in Avengers #6 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Paste-Gun last appeared in Strange Tales #104a (v1).
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   August 12, 2013
Again, Steve Ditko is the star of this Comic. This time though, we witness the birth of Marvel mainstay, Doctor Strange.

The first story is Human Torch. The best part of this Human Torch story is the script. Characters have "unique" tone of voice, which helps us to not be tied down to explaining every action. The knucklehead plans of the antagonists are almost comedy....ALMOST! Actually, if they were being truly funny, this would have read better. I do like Dick Ayers' work of this... (continued)
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  price2606 Says:    
  2011-11-18 14:54:15  
  The Dr Strange bit is very good, the Human Torch stuff is simply not.  

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-20 22:28:33  
  Couldn't agree more. Four stars for Strange and two for Torch equal a three star average.

"two almost unbeatable criminals who together are the most dangerous combination he has ever battled!" Every issue is the most dangerous. Are you telling me that the Wizard and Paste Pot Pete are more dangerous than Dr. Doom and Namor teaming up? C'mon Stan.

Wouldn't compressed oxygen cause Torch to flame even more? Paste Pot Pete: "Do you always have to make a speech when you do something?" That's my philosophy on all of these early comics. haha

Johnny: "I'll shoot myself." No drugs and can't talk bad about authority figures, but I guess teen suicide jokes weren't on the radar for the comics code in 1963.

Liked the storytelling in the Strange story because it was more narration than dialog.

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-04-09 07:24:39  
  Sryously, Paste Pot Pete is back???? This is for sure a Super-Villain, with big S!!!! Same as you thomas, compressed oxygen would make th Torch Super powerful, now with a truly deserved big S!!

And so Dr. Strange is born. His way could be a novelty to the Marvel Universe itself, but this morale was already there on those Tales to Astonish, of Suspence, Strange ones, Amazing Fantasys and so on. Here the victim turns out to be the villain, but the big add on was the continuity started, Steve Ditko put his job to MU once more!

  lmcontaldi Says:    
  2012-05-16 00:38:42  
  I have no affinity to Dr. Strange so far, the story seems pretty lack luster (although it was done in about 5 pages which would explain that).

And for as much as I hate Paste-Pot Pete, i do love compilation team-ups between Super Villians, even if they are the most ridiculous ones of the series.

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2012-06-26 21:35:28  
  Good lord these Torch solos are terrible but I did enjoy Dr. Strange. I'm not sure it was particularly compelling on its own ground but among the context of the other comics in the order thus far it's one of the more imaginative stories we've seen. Definitely not fitting the model.  

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2012-06-26 21:40:15  
  By the way, is this Dr. Strange related in some way to Doctor Strange Tales of Suspense #41? They clearly seem different in power, attitude and appearance but it seems like an odd oversight if there were to coincidental characters by the same name two months apart.  

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2012-06-26 21:54:15  
  "Two months before the debut of the sorcerer-hero Doctor Strange, Stan Lee (editor and story-plotter), Robert Bernstein (scripter, under the pseudonym "R. Berns"), and Jack Kirby (artist) introduced a criminal scientist and Ph.D. with the same surname (called "Carl Strange"). Making his sole appearance in the Iron Man story "The Stronghold of Dr. Strange" in Tales of Suspense #41 (May 1963), the character gained mental powers in a freak lightning strike." (From Wikipedia)  

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-07-02 22:24:02  
  Let's see, The Wizard plans to discredit the Human Torch and make everyone hate him. Then plans to lure him into his mansion that is loaded with traps, including a trapdoor which Torch can float over. Where have I seen this before? Oh yeah the last two Wizard appearances. Two stars for Torch's story, as always.

Dr. Strange's story however will add one star to the issue overall for it's original premise within the Marvel U.

  aramina Says:    
  2012-07-02 23:11:39  
  Is it just me or does Johnny Storm look like he's 30? It's quite a dramatic shift, lol  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-15 11:21:50  
  Paste Pot Pete is a character so stupid that I'm delighted to see him back. However, as always, that Torch story blew. It was still better than the last one though.

Doctor Strange was awesome, and I loved his debut here. I'm giving this one a high rating just because of how much I enjoyed his story.

  cmp_doctor Says:    
  2012-10-13 22:45:08  
  I'm very happy to be getting to Dr. Strange since it's a nice change from the comics from this time period.  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-26 15:05:37  
  The Torch segment of this issue is somewhat lackluster, but better than a lot of his solo stories in this run. The Dr. Strange segment, however, is extremely interesting and fairly dark for being written and published in the 1960s. I give the Human Torch story 3 stars and the Dr. Strange story 5 stars, averaging out to 4 stars for the issue.  

  Maidel Says:    
  2012-12-08 04:15:49  
  Really difficult to rate this one because of the split in the issue. Doctor strange was a good start, human torch dull as ever.  

  metsguy Says:    
  2012-12-23 20:49:47  
  I actually thought the interaction between Past Pot Pete and the Wizard was great. Almost felt like it was straight out of the Venture Bros.  

  edgar987 Says:    
  2012-12-25 10:10:16  
  Our headquarter will be my house!The police would never dream I'd go there!
wow.1 for torch story (just cancel him)5 for Dr. Strange (love the art)brings me to a 3 star issue.

  Dopey Says:    
  2012-12-30 17:19:21  
  Strange Tales has finally brought in Dr. Strange!

I'll start with the Torch story:

Personally I didn't have much problems with it. I enjoyed the first ever team-up of PPP and the Wizard, who make up the most solid half of the Frightful Four - who in the future will torment the Fantastic Four a number of times.

Loved the dialogue between Paste Pot Pete and Wizard, I thought Ernie Hart did great with that. It gives me a real sense of the Wizard's bossy attitude.

The story itself wasn't too strong, and personally I enjoy Ayers' Torch. Kirby does a much better Wizard however.

All of this adds up to two stars for me. One star for a solid villain team-up. One star for police not checking an escaped convict's abode after the initial escape.

Now, this is my first ever foray into the pages of Dr. Strange. My first impression is that Ditko is amazing. Strange looks very exotic and sophisticated and I feel that this is what is meant to be.

The story itself is also very exotic, and I enjoy it. The first appearances of Dr. Strange, the Ancient One, Wong, and Nightmare - all whom I've never before heard of or seen - should account for something. I am very interested in Strange's amulet, and am excited to see what else it can do. The only problem that I have with this story is that it is only five pages long.

One star for the first appearances. One star for psychedelic Ditko art.

The average rating between the two stories stays at two stars.

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2013-01-17 23:54:52  
  Couldn't really figure out what to rate because of the split issue so I just went with a 3 as well  

  TaoTaomona Says:    
  2013-02-14 12:29:57  
  Hooray, Dr.Stange is here! Now a reason for the Strange Tales to exist. The only reason why this issue is a three (Dr. Strange: 4 stars - Torch: 2 stars) "FLAME OFF" these solo stories  

  rebelmswar Says:    
  2013-02-23 18:44:24  
  The Wizard is a bit of a douche. Pete is a bit of an old hen; seriously together they reminded me of that bit with Burt and Ernie from Sesame Street when Ernie had cookies in the bed with them.

Discrediting the Torch wouldn't be hard for the Wizard to do, all that is needed is to report his vandalism of elderly peoples property and blatant xenophobic tendencies toward Submariner to the press. I also agree with some of the above comments about the Torches appearance in this book - positively neanderthalic.

Dr Strange seems okay, will have to see on that one.

  minicheddaz Says:    
  2013-03-08 16:05:44  
  i'm not bothering with the torch book but i really enjoyed dr strange. great art too.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-21 07:45:57  
  An OK story for the Torch which isn't saying much. (Shield in #135!) Dr strange doesn't even merit a cover mention? Good intro for the Doc. The amulet will become his "can do anything the plot requires" device, much like transistors, magnets, radioactivity and exotic fish in the Marvel Universe.  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2013-08-07 18:31:14  
  I read the whole book...even the text only story...pretty good....felt like being a kid in 1963. Ratings: I never average a rating; I always use the highest. DS debut is a 5 for me....the whole book gets a 5....that's how I roll  

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-09-11 13:26:01  
  I'm beginning to find those Torch issue boring... liked the appearance by Pete Pot and The Wizard! I didn't knew Dr Strange at all and I'm liking him... he sure is different from the other super-heros so far.

Also: The Wizard trapping Torch with compressed oxygen? Only to remove the oxygen from the room a couple panel later?? I'm glad Stan wrote comics and didn't teach science!

  Anonymous Says:    
  2013-09-19 13:00:07  
  why would the escaped convict's home be the last place the police would look for him?  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-09 20:42:15  
  This whole Human Torch story seems strangely convenient. Johnny is just conveniently thinking about the exact two villains that are about to team up against him? I understand the practical reason for the memories, so they can give back story to new readers, but it was awkwardly presented.

The premier Doctor Strange story, on the other hand, is a very interesting new concept. I'm really looking forward to seeing where this character goes and what he encounters.

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-09 20:47:57  
  Another thing to note about the Doctor Strange story. It reminded me a lot of the second Ace Ventura movie, with the amulet and the master and astral projection. Am I the only one that noticed the similarities?  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-11-06 00:12:57  
  Gosh, reading these old comics makes me soooo sleepy. I want to just jump ahead to the good stuff, but I've sworn to myself I'll read through the order. On a good note, I'm happy to see Dr. Strange and Nightmare. As far as the solo Torch stories go...God help me.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-01-22 05:41:40  
  Just 1 star for the Human Torch Story.

Cover Me - You know a villain means business when he shakes both hands at you!

Memories - A pink scrapbook Johnny? I guess he borrowed it from his sister.

Showoff - Paste Pot Pete doesn't just use regular binoculars...He uses clear paste lensed binoculars!!!

Hidden Years - Yet another Fantastic Three adventure that we know nothing about. I smell a story here!

The Wizard's Abode - You think by now that the Glenville Police would of just bulldozed his house down!

Mutie - On page 13, panel 6 the girl with pink hair!

'Nuff Said - "Boy, did I make a mistake throwing in with you! I should've done it alone!"-Paste Pot Pete

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-01-24 18:00:13  
  1. No billing for the doctor on the cover. I guess they didn't know he was going to be popular
2. Fire extinguishing flame...just amazing
3. Why in the world does he need to make lenses out of paste
4. My house is the last place anyone looks for me
5. Pete is funny with his insecurities going throughout the story
3 stars for the Torch
1. Dr Strange is a cool cat
2. Im loving all the esoteric stuff.
Very different from all other characters thus far. 4 stars for this doctor.

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-02-15 09:39:19  
  Paste Pot Pete is great simply for the name alone. Any story with him gets an automatic boost from me! Although, from the way the story was going I was expecting Pete and the Wizard to start arguing amongst themselves, and eventually foiling their own plot through in-fighting while the Torch merely watched and cleaned up afterwards. Talk about a wasted opportunity.

And I'm glad to see Dr. Strange in the Order now. Way back in the day I had one of those little paperbacks of the first dozen or so stories of Dr. Strange, and they were totally unique and interesting.

I love how The Ancient One says "It is good that you have come, my son" and then says "Now go, for I am weary!" in the very next panel.

  gmonkey Says:    
  2014-03-19 08:25:43  
  Starting with this issue of Strange Tales my ratings are just for the Dr Strange stories. I just couldn't take anymore solo Human Torch. Not that the first outing of Dr. Strange as any good, though. In fact, I found it terrible.  

  AngryTree Says:    
  2014-05-12 01:36:19  
  Every time I see a Paste Pot Pete story, I can't help but think that would be a great name for a race horse.  

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2014-06-13 08:48:46  
  Paste-Pot Pete and his hot glue-gun of doom. A simpler villain, perhaps, but then it was a simpler time.  

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-07 18:51:54  
  Well the Human Torch story was bad, as usual, but I'll admit I found the dynamic between the Wizard and (awful awful) Paste-Pot Pete was amusing. That said, the Dr. Strange story was really good! And so different from the usual stuff! I don't know much about him but I'm looking forward to his next few appearances.  

  UncannySteven Says:    
  2014-10-20 18:08:23  
  I like how dark Torch got at the end of his story. I read it like he was actually super depressed and suicidal, Im going to read all the Torch stories like that from now on.  

  rodyoungerblood Says:    
  2015-05-26 19:11:31  
  Skip the Torch, head straight for the Strange.  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-23 10:55:33  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-16 20:32:08  
  • That’s my line – “Do you always have to make a speech when you do something?” (Paste-Pot Pete)

  • The Wizard really has a distinctively different face than Kirby’s initial villain, who was much better then. Why, come to think of it, he has a different face everywhere in this story!

  • It evaporates… oxygen?!?

  • For a moment, I thought Pete would paste the Wizard’s mouth shut!

  • Art was inconsistent. Story was meh! Though I did not expect much from these two idiots! 2 stars, because it was not as bad as most Human Torch past stories.

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-04-19 01:28:00  
  Villian team-up and flashbacks of other bad Torch stories. Not a great concept. Although we now have half of the Frightful Four.  

  Calion Says:    
  2016-06-10 19:30:01  

  1. So clear paste makes better lenses than carefully machined glass? Interesting.

  2. The police would never dream that the Wizard would be…in the first place they’d look?

  3. Every time I think how bad a writer Stan is, I’ll see a comic written by someone else that’s much worse. Such a one is this.

  4. The Wizard gets better-looking every time we see him. I liked him with the awful, misshapen face. Frankly, I thought he was very interesting…until he nonsensically decided to be the enemy of the Torch. 

As usual for Strange Tales, this was pretty damned bad. Two stars. Maybe one and a half.

  KnuckIfYouBuckley Says:    
  2016-09-09 00:56:50  
  By my count, the most enjoyable solo Torch story since he faced off against the Sub-Mariner, but that's not saying too much given the quality of these stories thus far. Half of the Frightful Four forms here (the Terrifying Two?), but the Wizard has yet to get a better costume and Paste-Pot Pete has yet to become the Trapster. The most enjoyable aspect of this tale for me was the bickering between the two egos that were the villains. I'm looking forward to seeing the changes occur to those two characters and also how exactly they end up working together again.  

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-04 13:21:40  
  Every time Paste-Pot Pete appears in an issue of STRANGE TALES, an angel somewhere solemnly picks up a pearl-handled revolver and shoots itself through the head.  

  spb Says:    
  2017-01-20 01:37:59  
  can't get enough paste pot pete!

but this one was actually pretty bad

  CrazyforRAMU Says:    
  2017-04-30 21:27:35  
  "Well, the last time I busted out of prison, I headed straight back to my Glenville house and tried to get revenge on the Torch. Although that did get me re-arrested within hours, I'm confident that the exact same plan will work out this time!"  

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-10 10:40:06  
  The wizard is so smart that he found a way to evaporate oxygen...  

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-10 10:44:23  
  How did the CCA allow the torch to say that he'll shoot himself (page 13 panel 7)  

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-10 10:50:13  
  The B story "We Search The Stars" was good. The inks were especially great  

  jennychan Says:    
  2018-01-12 19:35:10  
  The first team up of one half of the Frightful Four was pretty good, prolly 2 stars but gave it three because of them.  

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Essential Human Torch, Volume 1
This collection includesStrange Tales #117a (v1), Strange Tales #101 (v1), Strange Tales #102 (v1), Strange Tales #103 (v1), Strange Tales #104a (v1), Strange Tales #105 (v1), Strange Tales #106 (v1), Strange Tales #107 (v1), Strange Tales #108a (v1), Strange Tales #109 (v1), Strange Tales #110a (v1), Strange Tales #111a (v1), Strange Tales #112 (v1), Strange Tales #113 (v1), Strange Tales #114a (v1), Strange Tales #115a (v1), Strange Tales #116a (v1), Strange Tales #118a (v1), Strange Tales #119a (v1), Strange Tales #120a (v1), Strange Tales #121a (v1), Strange Tales #122a (v1), Strange Tales #123a (v1), Strange Tales #124a (v1), Strange Tales #125a (v1), Strange Tales #126a (v1), Strange Tales #128a (v1), Strange Tales #129a (v1), Strange Tales #130a (v1), Strange Tales #131a (v1), Strange Tales #132a (v1), Strange Tales #133a (v1), Strange Tales #134a (v1), Strange Tales Annual #2
Fantastic Firsts
This collection includesFantastic Four #1 (v1), Tales to Astonish #27 (v1), Tales to Astonish #35 (v1), Incredible Hulk #1 (v1), Fantastic Four #4 (v1), Fantastic Four Annual #1a, Amazing Fantasy #15 (v1), Journey into Mystery #83 (v1), Tales of Suspense #39a (v1), Strange Tales #110a (v1), Strange Tales #115a (v1), Avengers #1 (v1), X-Men #1 (v1), Avengers #4 (v1), Tales of Suspense #63b (v1), Daredevil #1 (v1), Strange Tales #135a (v1), Silver Surfer #1a (v1)
Marvel Masterworks: The Human Torch, Volume 1
This collection includesStrange Tales #101 (v1), Strange Tales #102 (v1), Strange Tales #103 (v1), Strange Tales #104a (v1), Strange Tales #105 (v1), Strange Tales #106 (v1), Strange Tales #107 (v1), Strange Tales #108a (v1), Strange Tales #109 (v1), Strange Tales #110a (v1), Strange Tales Annual #2
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