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103: Strange Tales #114 (v1) [A Story]

" The Human Torch Meets... Captain America "
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Strange Tales #114a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Dick Ayers
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: November 1963
Release Date: August 1963
Story Arc: -
Pages: 18
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,119                 Times Rated: 602
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Tales of Suspense #46 (v1)
Tales to Astonish #48 (v1)
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Fantastic Four #20 (v1)
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After many years Captain America has returned but why is he calling out the Human Torch?! Johnny Storm will have to test his might against the red, white and blue hero in order to determine the truth.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Fantastic Four #19 (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Fantastic Four #20 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  The Invisible Girl
The Invisible Girl last appeared in Fantastic Four #19 (v1). The Invisible Girl next appears in Fantastic Four #20 (v1).
  Doris Evans
Doris Evans last appeared in Strange Tales #113 (v1). Doris Evans next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #8b (v1).
  The Acrobat
The Acrobat last appeared in Strange Tales #106 (v1). The Acrobat next appears in Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #11.
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The Fantastic Four (Roster I)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Fantastic Four #19 (v1). The Fantastic Four next appears in Fantastic Four #20 (v1).
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Although Captain America is featured on the cover of this issue, this is not the first appearance of the character in the Silver Age.
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  Shark Says:    
  2011-10-21 11:13:01  
  The plot twist is long previsible and disappoints a bit, still... yeah, who cares, CAPTAIN AMERICA!  

  TStarnes Says:    
  2011-10-21 11:48:38  
  Except that isn't Captain America.....  

  Shark Says:    
  2011-10-21 12:20:58  
  I'm just anticipatin'! Man, lemme be!
Nah, I just try to get into the skin of the year 63' readers, of course in that moment it was totally different. CAPITÁN!

  Lister Says:    
  2011-10-24 15:00:16  
  Beautiful cover, weak story. Avengers #4 isn't too far off though.  

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-23 11:08:42  
  Wish they hadn't used the whole "don't give away the twist ending" angle. For one thing, Stevie Wonder could have seen it coming, and two, it took away any potential element of surprise.

Never realized that silver age "Cap" made an appearance before Avengers 4.

  TStarnes Says:    
  2011-11-23 11:14:56  
  He didn't make an appearance.....thats not Cap...  

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-24 14:14:19  
  Stan was just as much of a business man as a comic creator....always testing the market before doing something.  

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-24 14:14:31  
  Yeah, that was why I used the quotes. But it still brought the character back to the public's attention.  

  TStarnes Says:    
  2011-11-24 18:39:55  
  Ohh...well never mind then.  

  Safis Says:    
  2012-03-04 17:06:27  
  Welcome to the 60's, "Captain"! :)

The plot may have been predictable, but the action was there, and there was some great art in this one too.

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-04-22 17:26:45  
  I really liked this one, both Torch and Strange came with good storytelling.  

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-07-07 16:18:08  
  Don't reveal the twist? That's kinda revealing the twist in itself isn't Stan? It was also a pretty bland story as well. The Dr. Strange story was okay, but the "I was a mental projection the entire time" irritated me.  

  Agrippina Says:    
  2012-07-25 02:01:34  
  Wow, the windmill in the Torch story was RANDOM. As for Dr Strange, I'm really not feeling his stories so far. A little too magical for my liking, which doesn't auger well for me liking him much as a character.  

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2012-08-01 23:25:09  
  Man, I really wish Marvel included the whole issue with the Dr. Strange part included in the online version!  

  pik.asso Says:    
  2012-08-02 10:57:37  
  I hope, Stan will write a little summary of where Captain America oringinally came from etc in one of the next issues in which he really appears, for I don't know the early Cap-Comics. (Well, I watched the movie... but reading about it in the comics would be great too.)  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-18 15:38:23  
  This was a good story with a weak ending. I'm glad that this was a test run and not Cap's real debut. Having him come back in Strange Tales would be like Apple debuting the new iPhone on the friggin' E! network. The Dr. Strange story was OK, but if that wasn't really him in the room, why the frantic need to get the candles snuffed out?  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-11-02 19:14:31  
  I only read the Torch story in this issue, so I'm not marking the whole issue as read, but I wanted to comment to remind myself to come back to this issue. This story is pretty damn lame, but it still isn't as bad as, say, Strange Tales #101. Man am I looking forward to becoming better acquainted with the REAL Captain America.  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2012-11-06 17:27:06  
  The doctor strange story is not appearing in the read it now marvel digital comic link. it only has te human torch story. is there a way to fix that?  

  sbcolt15 Says:    
  2013-01-22 15:20:09  
  I had the same problem with the MDCU version of the comic. They mention Dr. Strange in their own descriptions of the comic, so it's odd that they only digitized the Human Torch part of the comic.  

  Robareid Says:    
  2013-02-06 14:45:40  
  When fire is in an enclosed space, it turns into gas? So energy into matter inside a van... Right

Also, if "Cap" knew Torch was going to follow him, why didn't he finish him off when he had him down and out?

  Dopey Says:    
  2013-02-14 19:34:21  
  Because that would make the acquisition of his asbestos lined tractor trailer null and void, duh!

They really did ruin the surprise ending, and it's obvious that the populace would want Cap to turn up in these mags in the future. I feel that this was just a way to bring the Acrobat back in a new light. Not too bad an idea, really, when all is said and done. The only part that leaves me scratching my head is the unexplained spaceship that the acrobat had gotten his hands on. Where in the heck did that come from?

Dr. Strange is back after a two month hiatus, which makes me look forward to Strange Tales a bit more. This was probably his weakest outing yet though. Baron Mordo is solidified as Strange's nemesis. Victoria Bentley - rawr - comes into the scene too, which I'm definitely not going to complain about.

As for the Acrobat, it's tough to slander a guy in a Captain America outfit, so I'll applaud his plan.

One star for Vic B. One star for Stan on the script.

  rebelmswar Says:    
  2013-03-11 20:13:22  
  Human Torch story was marginally okay, as far as Human Torch stories go. There are many Torch issues that I would rather watch my cat strain in his litter box than read again so that is really not saying much.

Strange is bloody odd and slightly boring this time.

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2013-03-14 19:28:17  
  Man, Doris must have the linoleum guy on speed dial or something! In the very same panel where torch is running through the house and ruining the floor, she is on the phone and in a panic telling someone to send over new linoleum  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-25 17:47:15  
  No Stan, I won't reveal that the surprise ending is the old "bait and switch', but it was all in a good cause-testing the water for areal Cap comeback. The Doctor Strange story was slight, but welcome. He appears to be a much older man of Asian descent in these early stories.  

  wedgeskywalker9 Says:    
  2013-09-24 15:21:53  
  This one had the requisite amount of Strange Tales dumbness (I did a double take at the asbestos lined interior of the truck), but I'm pretty sure that Johnny being a bit of an a-hole is intentional at this point and I'm starting to enjoy his jerkiness, and the faux Captain America had some good action scenes. If I was a reader way back in the 60s, this definitely would have gotten me asking for more of him (especially if his solo series replaced Strange Tales in the lineup!). 2/5.  

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-10-20 08:04:21  
  Average Torch story, I liked the return of Captain even if it's a fake one can't wait for the real deal to appear! The Strange story was cool... the "projection image all this time" was a bit annoying but the character develops a lot... Mordo could be a cool Arch Enemy and Doris Evans as the potential to make a great Sidekick or Character on it's own....  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-23 08:09:21  
  The Torch was full of thrills, but I wasn't a huge fan of the story and I certainly didn't care for the ending. Torch only gets two stars this time.

I don't know if it's the excitement of a new character or the interesting premise, but Doctor Strange gets a high three from me pushing this whole issue up into the three star category.

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-11-17 23:04:22  
  I liked the fighting between the Acrobat and Torch. Story was not good. Doctor Strange was ok. I'm interested in seeing more of Victoria Bentley.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-02-07 17:45:28  
  2 stars for Faux Cap/Acrobat!

Cover Me - Now that's a cover! King Kirby rules!! It looks like Faux Cap had red shorts that were colored over in blue!!!

Surly - Sue would act differently if the boy's were talking about a Namor comic book.

Continuity - I wonder if those are the same antique cars from FF 3?

Whatchamacallit - I agree with Dopey; where did Faux Cap find that thing? I had to look up the Aerobee Rocket.

At The Bijou - The Deserted Windmill, directed by BJ Cosmos, produced by SM Studios!

You're All Wet - I guess Faux Cap really MOPPED up the floor with Johnny!

'Nuff Said - "It's a shame to tarnish the Captain America Legend..."-Acrobat

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-03-14 02:48:11  
  1. It is very cool to see an image of Cap and Torch on the cover. Very nostalgic.
2. Mentioning comics inside comics always seems to blow the suspension of disbelief
3. Nice fights between the two
4. Page 7 panel 1 - Doris is a looker
1. The Dr Strange story is much too wordy
2. The mental battle was cool
Overall the issue gets 3 stars

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-03-17 21:59:58  
  Good fake introduction of Cap. Action-packed story, with good humor and great art. Kirby really seems to love drawing Captain America. He always has the most dynamic poses.

The online version is missing the Dr. Strange story. :-(

  zengosm Says:    
  2014-05-01 17:51:00  
  This was great, even if Cap was a fake.  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-07-09 10:11:38  
  Lost a star for the whole 'Deserted Windmill' rubbish.

Who makes a huge prop for a film that is only showing 'today'?

Pretty good ish otherwise.

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-24 19:05:14  
  Wow, was mentioning that there's a surprise twist twice on the first page really necessary? All the same, I really enjoyed this issue! Nice to see Captain America (even if it's not the real one) and I loved the Dr. Strange story. Dr. Strange is so different from everything else they have going on, it's really refreshing.  

  Ryumit Says:    
  2014-08-26 16:21:21  
  Enjoyed reading that story, will only give it 3 stars because of the points already mentioned.

But yes thwarted by a mop! Doesn't surprised me !

  rook420 Says:    
  2014-09-26 14:07:18  
  You gotta love Cap's red shorts in this issue! This is the second solo Torch story that I actually enjoyed. Seeing the test-run for Captain America was certainly fun. I wonder, though, maybe a twist ending would work better if you don't tell the reader that one is coming, TWICE, on the very first page. It kinda destroys the whole surprise, thing. And, the return of Doctor Strange is a welcome addition. Now he's back for 53 more consecutive issues. I look forward to his promotion to Sorcerer Supreme!  

  Aldous Says:    
  2015-05-01 22:53:14  
  "Hello, hello... send some new linoleum over right away!"  

  rodyoungerblood Says:    
  2015-06-09 10:24:54  

  Hovis Says:    
  2015-09-23 15:19:57  
  Not really digging Doctor Strange....at this moment. But I'm pretty sure it gets better in the future. He's one character I never really got into.  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-23 11:17:25  
  I wish it was actually Cap though.  

  Urgat @ chrisWhite (original post):    
  2015-11-29 09:01:55  
  it is included now!  

  wingot Says:    
  2015-12-06 04:37:11  
  Captain America isn't really Captain America and is instead of a crook that's just impersonating him? Man, I didn't see that coming back on page 5 ...  

  TonyRolloBrownTown Says:    
  2015-12-20 16:07:22  
  Found this comic really predictable.I saw the twist coming from a mile away.  

  gonzo Says:    
  2016-01-02 18:46:44  
  In the 1960s, could you really call someone to deliver emergency linoleum? Truly that was a magical time...  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-31 21:33:26  
  • That’s my line – “Send some new linoleum over right away!” (Doris)

  • ”Oh, it’s you again! We’re on our way!” (Floors “R” Us)

  • The device used for the Human Torch’s training looks more like modern art than anything remotely useful.

  • I thought it was public knowledge that Captain America had died.

  • The ending establishes that Cap’s secret identity is also public knowledge, right? Can’t wait to see how the creators will deal with it.

  • The writers really know how to spoil a surprise. I saw right through the test. But thanks for letting us know, Captain Obvious! We don’t feel used at all!

  • Art is below standard for me in this one (Cap in red shorts or with no stripes, etc.). So were the dialogs. Yet the whole story was less crappy than usual. 3 stars.

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-05-13 20:37:46  
  Lots of action so I liked this one even if it has some stuff that doesn't make sense.  

  Calion @ RobinHoodMtl (original post):    
  2016-05-25 21:26:33  
  >The ending establishes that Cap’s secret identity is also public knowledge, right? Can’t wait to see how the creators will deal with it.

Blargh! I didn't notice that! How does that make any sense at all? Doesn't that mean that everyone knew his secret identity at the time? And therefore he didn't have a secret identity? *brain exploding*

  Calion Says:    
  2016-05-25 21:29:04  
  I will give Stan points for subtlety in this one though. The crooks didn't shoot at Torch not because it was a waste of ammo, but because they were firing blanks or weakened rounds so they wouldn't hurt the Acrobat when they fired at him. And Stan never mentioned this! Impressive.  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-07-24 14:47:11  
  I know the main purpose of the story was to "test the waters" for Cap's return to Marvel, but this is actually one of the best issues of the Torch's run in Strange Tales so far, although still not quite on a par with the other series so far in the order. This one had plenty of action, and a conflict that made sense albeit in a weird way. And kudos to Stan for trying this in the Torch's series. Kind of odd, though, that nobody at this time has connected Timely's big three heroes as fighting Nazis together. They had some powerful amnesia going there!  

  KnuckIfYouBuckley Says:    
  2016-09-25 22:38:33  
  A little bit longer than past Torch solo stories and important as being the catalyst for bringing back Captain America, so I liked this one, but a couple of nitpicks - Cap's trunks are red (they should be blue) and Torch leave Doris' home in civilian clothes, flames on, and then is shown a little bit later depowered in his Fantastic Four uniform...yeah, it's not like he had time to change into that.  

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-06 23:53:11  
  I was a mere whey-faced lad of six when I first picked this book up from the comics spinner rack at my local drugstore, curiosity piqued by the eye-popping cover -- yes, I'm afraid I really am that old ;) -- so you'll all have to forgive me if I cannot judge this issue fairly, powerfully saturated as it is by all the rainbow colors of childhood nostalgia.

Four stars... because you never, EVER forget your first Kirby. ;)

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-06-11 21:05:44  
  The best solo Torch story so far in the order.  

  jennychan Says:    
  2018-01-13 19:16:09  
  Love this obscure test run of Cap's return.
Great action and tension.
I voted 4 stars, but could understand why the average is 3.
Either way, much better than most of Torch run in Strange Tales.

  ScottG12 Says:    
  2018-04-21 06:05:32  
  So the police department decided to send every cop in town to chase after TWO criminals?

Torch is at his best when he doesn't have to face against villains with powers, hoping Sandman will be good as he's a Spidey villain.

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