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89: Strange Tales Annual #2

" On the Trail of the Amazing Spider-Man! "
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Strange Tales #2
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Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Steve Ditko
Letterers: Artie Simek
Cover Date: October 1963
Release Date: June 1963
Story Arc: -
Pages: 18
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 1,184                 Times Rated: 624
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Universes:   Earth-616  

Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1)
Strange Tales #112 (v1)
Strange Tales #2
Fantastic Four  Annual #1a
Fantastic Four  Annual #1b
87: Amazing Spide...
#5 (v1)
88: Strange Tales
#112 (v1)
90: Fantastic Fou...
#1a Annual
91: Fantastic Fou...
#1b Annual
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Spider-man is framed for the theft of a Da Vinci painting and seeks the help of the Human Torch in order to find the true criminal responsible. Unfortunately Spider-man realizes that the hot-head hero will take some convincing before he will help.
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Main Characters
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Strange Tales #112 (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Fantastic Four Annual #1a.
Spider-Man last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Fantastic Four Annual #1b.
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  The Invisible Girl
The Invisible Girl last appeared in Strange Tales #112 (v1). The Invisible Girl next appears in Fantastic Four Annual #1a.
  The Fox
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by The Fox in the mainstream continuity. The Fox next appears in Spider-Man Unlimited #5a (v1).
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The Fantastic Four (Roster I)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Strange Tales #112 (v1). The Fantastic Four next appears in Fantastic Four Annual #1a.
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Web-Shooters last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1). Web-Shooters next appears in Fantastic Four Annual #1b.
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  Pyro Says:    
  2011-10-22 23:47:29  
  I have to comment. The Fantastic Four has the Fantasticar, healing rays and a ECBM passenger rocket....but Susan Storm has to turn Johnny's obstacle course machine?! The can't put an electrical rotor in that thing? I mean come on...  

  Redsvetz Says:    
  2011-11-21 09:54:47  
  As far as The Torch's solo stories go, this one is surprisingly tolerable.  

  Safis Says:    
  2012-02-26 19:49:42  
  Hm... the Human Torch story was good. A couple of the other sci-fi shorts were all right, but most of them were pretty boring. Especially when the same formula was repeated over and over again: The protagonist is introducing the scene right before the main action. But wait, let's go back to how it all started. Action occurs. Preachy, semi-ironic, groaner of an ending  

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-04-14 05:33:44  
  Got a point for being the settlement of Spidey-Torch friendship, as for the story is ok being a Strange Tales one.  

  darkdragonne Says:    
  2012-06-05 09:52:26  
  I have to say that this was quite enjoyable. Especially for the Torch series. (and the Spidey-Torch interaction was fun as well)  

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-07-04 13:03:40  
  Well, after the last issue tried to show Human Torch isn't a glory hound, he throws a little baby temper tantrum when Spider-Man gets more of the limelight then he does.

"What can he do that I can't?" "Well he can get more headlines." Sue, you're a troll lol.

Other than that it was nice to see Human Torch beaten twice in one issue. Maybe they will finally start writing Torch as a little bit more mature now.

  Agrippina Says:    
  2012-07-20 21:24:16  
  Not a very exciting tale, but I quite enjoyed the dynamic between Peter and Johnny.  

  instantdeath999 Says:    
  2012-07-25 00:45:48  
  You can tell Spider-man is really catching on. He practically upstages Torch in his own comic.

I really enjoyed this one. Surprise surprise, Spidey and Torch have some good bickering.

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2012-08-01 13:34:29  
  Entertaining for a Strange Tales, if only for Spider-Man's and Torch's wit.  

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2012-08-31 09:13:16  
  I thought the Spidey/Torch story was okay. Then I read the invisible man story (kind of like The Flash meets The Twilight Zone) then I looked at the page count and realized I wasn't even halfway done with the issue and just paged through the rest to make sure I wasn't missing anymore Spidey stuff.  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-16 21:58:31  
  This is one case where the reading order really hurt this story. This one starts out with Torch bitching about not getting any press, but in the previous comic in "the order" he already had multiple TV specials dedicated to him, with the last one being a gushing eulogy.

Anyhow, there's a lot of stuff here that makes no sense. Spidey's "ice web" is beyond stupid, and I'm sorry Torch, but just because stealing a painting "sounds like" the Fox's type of caper doesn't mean that you have a lead. Yet, this was an entertaining story to read, and it went by pretty fast. Spidey always gives stories a bump, and the Human Torch was pretty tolerable here. Finally, I always thought that Torch's "Spider-Man Let's Work Together" sign in the air was very, very cute, and very indicative of a teenager. I can't explain it. It just looks innocent to me.

  sputnix Says:    
  2012-09-24 20:30:00  
  Enjoyed this issue, the banter between Spiderman and torch was decent and the ice web was hilarious  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-30 19:41:29  
  I quite liked the fight between The Torch and Spidey in this, as well as their dynamic when they start to get along.  

  Maidel Says:    
  2012-12-11 12:42:10  
  It's a human torch issue that I didn't hate! Admittedly that's probably because it was 50% a Spider-Man issue, but all the same it was a massive improvement!  

  edgar987 Says:    
  2012-12-28 07:21:43  
  Still think its cool that Johnny is so totally a dick.

  Dopey Says:    
  2013-02-13 02:31:59  
  Aside from a few red flags, this issue was great. The 'ice cold silicone crystals' that improve Spidey's webs by making them impervious to hammer blows and generate snow when the Human Torch is caught in them was a bit flawed. I'll also never get used to Johnny's mirror image powers. Oh, and the whole cement bit... It's gonna be a long grind until this nonsense is over with.

Personally, I feel that this issue demonstrates why it was that Ditko was picked to pencil Spider-Man over Kirby. I love Kirby's backgrounds but I just can't stand the way he draws faces.

Edgar above said it about Torch. I'm real down with his character.

One star for the best Marvel team-up to date. One star for the start of a true friendship between the two heroes. One star for the first ever hang-out session between Torch and Spidey atop the Statue of Liberty!

  rebelmswar Says:    
  2013-03-10 08:21:56  
  Hate this flaming douche with a passion.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-23 19:33:50  
  At this early stage, Spidey is already showing he's more stable & mature than Johnny! Nicely done with a boost from Ditko's inks.  

  wedgeskywalker9 Says:    
  2013-09-08 15:18:19  
  I seem to like the Torch solo stories more than others, but I really wasn't feeling this one. Torch having problems with the press for two issues in a row was lame - it works better in Spider-Man, as he deals with the pressures of actually being a superhero, whereas with the Torch his future as a member of the FF is never really called into question. Its just a matter of bad PR, which isn't something I care about all too much in a superhero story. The Fox villain was entirely generic, and the Spider-Man vs Torch fight felt oddly reminiscent of the many Torch vs The Wizard battles rather than something original. 1/5.  

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-09-25 13:46:28  
  I liked the fight between the two and the two working together... but the Torch doesnt seem to remember Spider-Man was OK the first time they met and how The Torch helped Spider-Man in issue #3  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-16 10:27:39  
  I found this issue to be really enjoyable. I love the rivalry between the two leads. Spider-Man obviously steals the show, but Torch kept the fun dialogue going between the two of them. We also got to see a few more powers from each of them. I'd recommend this one easily.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-11-15 20:24:46  
  What..?!? That makes two Torch stories in a row that I kinda liked. It didn't hurt that Spidey was in this, which made it that much better. The villain was a throwaway of course and I'm not too fond of Kirby's Spidey and Torch, he does a great Thor though. Hard to believe Stan Lee wrote this one. 3 stars.  

  VenomousIntent Says:    
  2013-11-29 16:36:54  
  It was nice to see the Human Torch and Spider-Man square off, but that plot was like a bad episode of scooby-doo. "It's the fox guys ... I have no prior evidence or any evidence at the crime scene, but it's the fox" ... the heck.

I did like the development of Spider-Man's spider sense in this issue. It has been mentioned, and has showed up in the ASM here and there, but now it's finally becoming concrete.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-02-02 14:36:50  
  3 stars for only the teamup. The fox turned out to be a weasel!

Cover Me - Spidey looks a little pudgy on the cover!

Fickle - On page 2, panel 5 Sue finally has pic of Reed. Maybe she still has a pic of Namor and switches it out for whoever comes a callin'!

4 Marks The Spot - No wonder Spidey found their house so easy. A giant "4" is mowed into the yard!

Confused - On page 8, panel 4 Johnny thinks that Spidey has "spider vision"!

Fox Hole - On that same panel if you look behind Johnny, there is a Fox Bros. Store. Hmmm...and what is the villains name again?

Hog Wild - 1 star for Johnny having a Panhead!

Shine A Light - Loved the scene of Spidey using his spider signal on the Statue of Liberty's torch!

Fox Hole II - The Fox may not be much, but his lairs sure are!!!

'Nuff Said - "Nobody's ever out-tricked the Fox before!!"-Fox

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-03-05 05:17:58  
  The Fox must be a relative of Oswald Cobblepot. Just look at 'im.  

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-03-08 22:09:28  
  1. I can chalk up the first fight to two teenagers having a measuring contest.
2. The meeting at the statue of liberty is nice
I wasn't expecting much but it was standard quality...3 stars

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-22 23:06:09  
  Torch was more tolerable here than he has been for a long time... Probably because his banter with Spider-Man is actually fairly amusing. Thank God for Spider-Man...  

  Amanda Says:    
  2014-07-24 16:51:35  
  I love how this two like to provoke/fight each other, although it seems to be a recurrent theme with the Human Torch, to fight allies. Poor Peter can't catch a break, the world is always against him, surely the press has a big influence on how people see the heroes.  

  MattDog37 Says:    
  2014-12-07 14:01:27  
  Where is the spider on Spider-Man's costume on the cover?  

  J-Smack Says:    
  2015-01-29 00:30:26  
  Well, now I know where the "first meeting place" came from. Torch and Spidey frequently meet each other at the Statue of Liberty, sometimes giving each other a coded message to go where they first met, or something along those lines.  

  At The Gates of Dawn Says:    
  2015-03-17 07:40:17  
  Spidey and Torch...The Odd Couple of the Marvel Universe!  

  Aldous Says:    
  2015-04-30 19:01:43  
  If I was planning a city, I'd put the Master Wire a bit more out of reach.  

  rodyoungerblood Says:    
  2015-06-05 07:50:59  
  Spidey barely saved this story.  

  gonzo Says:    
  2015-07-03 22:22:43  
  The fight was a pale imitation of Torch's showdown with Namor. And, apparently, having Spidey and the Torch in the same place makes them both start talking like the Thing and lowers their collective IQ about 20 percent. Heck, if not for Detective Rudd, Spidey probably still would be wanted for stealing the Da Vinci painting.  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-23 11:09:45  
  I love how they now put spiderman in everything. It does make it better.  

  Urgat Says:    
  2015-11-24 15:52:16  
  Story Overall 2*
Spider-Man is in more then 50% of this issue +1*
The constant Battle with slander between the to +1*

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-23 12:37:39  
  Love spidey but the Torch can be annoying. The Fox is lame.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-26 00:15:05  
  • That’s my line – “Torch, you’re about as funny as a busted leg… And just as useful!” (Spider-Man)

  • Whatever device Sue is handling for Johnny’s training, it seems useless and out of scale! And poor Sue should consider training herself. Not that she could train her super-powers that much. You’re invisible or you’re not. But some more training on martial arts sure wouldn’t hurt and she could actually do something when she’s invisible!

  • Wow! Nice home, the Storms have!

  • I officially hate Johnny Storm! And you cannot blame teenage for that, because Peter Parker is also a teen and I love him!

  • I guess finding some webbing was sufficient to blame the hero and announce it to the press! What a thorough investigation!

  • The Fox’s real name is a play of words, “renard” (Reynard) being the French for fox. Fun fact: the X-Files once used the same play of word on Fox Mulder.

  • Hey, come to think of it, this story was not bad at all! 4 stars for a good team-up, a different kind of disposable villain, some nice art, and for the Torch getting his butt kicked by Spidey… twice!

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-04-26 01:26:42  
  Spidey and Torch battle and teamup. Spidey is an issue saver. Helped me make it through another Strange Tale.  

  Calion Says:    
  2016-05-25 09:09:53  
  So Spider-Man thinks he needs help to catch some art thieves, but not to fight Dr. Doom? You need to rethink your priorities there, Pete. And frankly, I think Ant-Man would be a better choice, with his ant-spy network. But perhaps Pete doesn't know that. But of course, this *is* Torch's mag.

One of the worst Spider-Man stories so far, just after the Tinkerer. But pretty darn good for a Torch Strange Tale. Three stars.

  Russ Says:    
  2016-07-23 13:12:29  
  This was almost a Spider-Man story with the Human Torch guest starring, instead of the other way around. Which is probably why this story is one of the best ones in Johnny's Strange Tales run so far.  

  KnuckIfYouBuckley Says:    
  2016-09-18 15:19:39  
  The Human Torch asks his sister of Spider-Man: "What can he do that I can't do better?" Let's see...maintain a secret identity, have better quips, have better villains, have better stories, be mature...'nuff said.

I really liked this issue, definitely my favorite of the solo Torch stories so far, albeit for it being more of a Spider-Man story than a torch one, the banter between the two teen superheroes, Spidey taking the Torch down a peg in their second encounter and finally for the story being a collaboration of the best of Marvel at the time - Lee, Kirby, Ditko and Simek.

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-05 17:33:50  
  The big question, re: this particular pairing, was:

#1: Would Spider-Man lift the Human Torch up to *his* level, story-wise; or --

#2: Would the Human Torch drag Spider-Man down, down, down to HIS subterranean depths of storytelling mediocrity?

SPOILER ALERT: The answer wasn't "#1."

  UncannyAddiction Says:    
  2018-01-27 21:59:30  
  One of the few times where I can say I like a Torch comic, but only because of Spidey. Spider-Man is just top notch and he makes anything with him in it better.  

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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
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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