Saturday, May 14, 2011

Marvel History Post 94: Strange Tales # 114

Issue: Strange Tales # 114
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: November 1963

Brief Summary:

http://marvel.wikia.com/Strange_Tales_114

Commentary:

Torch's hot headed lifestyle gets the best of him again, this time getting him into a fight with what he assumes to be Captain America. Torch is pretty upset that Cap steals his
thunder.

It's amazing how popular Torch was in the early days given how much of a jackass he can be at times. Dude is making Thor look humble.

The stories of Dr. Strange return this issue. We seem him refuse to offer training to a young lady with some talent for the mystic arts. He's apparently not quite ready to start taking on disciples.

Quick Thoughts:
  • Asbestos is back. Great.
  • Stan keeps bringing back the villains, really trying to establish a rogue's gallery for Torch that's unique from the Fan 4's enemies.
  • Torch reads some old Captain America comics
  • This story was a "test" by Stan to see if readers wanted the real Cap back in action.
Favorite Panel:


It looks like he's cracking into some bubbly to me. Torch getting his party on like it's 1999. Which at the point this was published was like, thirty six years away. Even the Prince song was about twenty years away. I'm getting off track...

Next:

Tales of Suspense # 47