Friday, April 15, 2011

Marvel History Post 66: Strange Tales # 110

Issue: Strange Tales # 110
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Dick Ayers / Steve Ditko (Ditko on Strange)
Publication Date: July 1963
Brief Summary:
  http://marvel.wikia.com/Strange_Tales_110

 Commentary:
Well, glue gun Gary, or whatever the hell his name is, has returned (who woulda thunk it?). And, he's teamed up with another of Torch's rogues, the Wizard. Stan loves bringing back rogues, trying to establish them as worthy foes for our heroes. Sometimes Stan's villains work, and sometimes they're named Paste Pot Pete.
Like a lot of super villains, Paste Pot Pete becomes obsessed with the hero who previously defeated him. Some super villains, it seems, forget the original intent of their villainy, becoming consumed with their foe. Whether Paste Pot Pete is obsessed with Torch or just stuck on a feeling will be seen perhaps in future tales.
One of the other stories in this issue features the first appearance of Dr. Strange, Marvel's most of the time Sorcerer Supreme. He has a rather drastically different costume from his iconic one. He is also referred to as the master of black magic. His foe Nightmare makes an appearance as well. It's funny how many different characters Stan really did create in these early Marvel books, and how many of them have managed to stick around.

 Quick Thoughts:
  • The Human Torch keeps a scrapbook. With photos of weird old men that tried to fight him.
Favorite Panel:
So this is Pete sneaking into a prison by pretending to be the food delivery service. So, what kind of outfits is the food delivery service man normally wearing?
Next: Tales of Suspense # 43