Strange Tales #117

United States

Marvel Comics

United States

Published
February 1964
Page count
36
Cover price
0.12 USD
Colour
Colour
Size
Standard size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/18242

Credits

Editing
Stan Lee, Editor

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover The Return of the Eel! (Human Torch) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Human Torch
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Eel [Leopold Stryke]

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter
Art
Jack Kirby, penciller
 
Steve Ditko, penciller (Eel figure)
 
Sol Brodsky, inker
 
Steve Ditko, inker (Eel Figure)
Colours
Stan Goldberg, colourist
Text
Sam Rosen, letterer

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Strange Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1978 series) #4 ([July 1980?])
The Return of the Eel!
 
United States
Essential Dr. Strange (Marvel, 2001 series) #1 (December 2001)
Strange Tales #117  (black & white)
 
United States
Essential Human Torch (Marvel, 2003 series) #1 ([October] 2003)
"The Return of the Eel!"  (black & white)
Printed in
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange (Marvel, 2010 series) #1 ([December] 2010)
 
Doctor Strange Omnibus (Marvel, 2016 series) #1 (2016)
 
Marvel Masterworks: The Human Torch (Marvel, 2006 series) #1 ([September] 2006)
 
The Human Torch & The Thing: Strange Tales - The Complete Collection (Marvel, 2018 series) #[nn] (2018)
 
Doctor Strange Epic Collection (Marvel, 2016 series) #1 (2018)

Notes

Ditko credits supplied by Nick Caputo and Mark Elstob.

Show/hide 1. The Return of the Eel! (Human Torch) Comic story, 14 pages

Featuring

Feature
Human Torch
Genre
Superhero
Code
X-546
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Eel [Leopold Stryke]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo)

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter [credited] (co-plot, script)
 
Dick Ayers, scripter [credited] (co-plot, un-credited)
Art
Dick Ayers, line art [credited]
Colours
Stan Goldberg , colourist
Text
Artie Simek, letterer [credited]

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Strange Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1978 series) #4 ([July 1980?])
The Return of the Eel!
 
United States
Essential Human Torch (Marvel, 2003 series) #1 ([October] 2003)
The Return of the Eel!  (black & white)
Printed in
Uncanny Tales (Alan Class, 1963 series) #70 (?)
 
I Fantastici Quattro (Editoriale Corno, 1971 series) #17 (16 Novembre 1971)
 
Nova (Editions Lug, 1978 series) #86 (5 mars 1985)
 
Marvel Masterworks: The Human Torch (Marvel, 2006 series) #1 ([September] 2006)
 
The Human Torch & The Thing: Strange Tales - The Complete Collection (Marvel, 2018 series) #[nn] (2018)
 
Astounding Stories (Alan Class, 1966 series) #6

Synopsis

Having served his time, The Eel is released from jail, but Johnny's suspicious because he left prison wearing his Eel costume. Taking a security guard job at an aquarium, The Eel begins pulling crimes, but eventually, Johnny tracks him down and defeats him again.

Notes

Second appearance of The Eel; previous appearance in issue #112 (September 1963); Eel has a 2-panel cameo in Fantastic Four Annual (Marvel, 1963 series) #3 (1965), then returns in X-Men (Marvel, 1963 series) #22 (July 1966). Story not reprinted in Marvel Tales run.

Show/hide 2. From Outer Space Text story, 2 pages

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Code
9498
Characters
Jonathan Ditmar

Credits

Writing
, author
Art
, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
, typeset

Reprint history

Original
Mystery Tales (Marvel, 1952 series) #26 (February 1955)

Synopsis

When hostile aliens come to Earth of the future they are persuaded not to enslave humanity because of Earth's music.

Notes

Text story with illustration.

Show/hide 3. Another Marvel Masterpiece Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter
Art
Jack Kirby, penciller
 
Sol Brodsky, inker
Colours
, colourist
Text
, typeset

Notes

Promo for X-Men (Marvel, 1963 series) #3 (January 1964) including cover repro. Printed between the pages of the Human Torch story.

Show/hide 4. The Many Traps of Baron Mordo! (Doctor Strange) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Doctor Strange
Genre
Superhero
Code
X-557
Characters
Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]; Baron Mordo [Karl Amadeus Mordo]; Ancient One [Yao]

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter [credited]
 
Steve Ditko, scripter [credited] (co-plot)
Art
Steve Ditko, line art [credited]
Colours
, colourist
Text
Sam Rosen, letterer [credited]

Reprint history

Also printed
United States
Marvel Premiere (Marvel, 1972 series) #11 (October 1973)
The Many Traps of Baron Mordo
 
Australia
Strange Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1978 series) #4 ([July 1980?])
The Many Traps of Baron Mordo!
 
United States
Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #23 (1992)
The Many Traps of Baron Mordo
 
United States
Essential Dr. Strange (Marvel, 2001 series) #1 (December 2001)
The Many Traps of Baron Mordo!  (black & white)
Printed in
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange (Marvel, 2010 series) #1 ([December] 2010)
 
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange (Marvel, 2003 series) #1 ([September] 2003)
 
Marvel Collectors' Item Classics (Marvel, 1965 series) #7 (February 1967)
 
Capitaine America (Editions Héritage, 1970 series) #80/81 ([Mai 1978])
 
Terrific! (IPC, 1967 series) #6 (20 May 1967)
 
Uncanny Tales (Alan Class, 1963 series) #61 ([circa 1969-1970])
 
Doctor Strange Omnibus (Marvel, 2016 series) #1 (2016)
 
Uncanny Tales (Alan Class, 1963 series) #6
 
Etranges Aventures (Arédit-Artima, 1966 series) #23 (novembre 1971)
 
Doktor Strange der Magier (BSV - Williams, 1975 series) #9
 
Doctor Strange Epic Collection (Marvel, 2016 series) #1 (2018)
 
Doctor Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts (Pocket Books, 1978 series) #[1] (June 1978)
 
The Avengers (Marvel UK, 1973 series) #6 (October 27, 1973)

Synopsis

Mordo places a spell over Strange's house that causes it to vanish to another dimension. Strange manages to track Mordo down using his ethereal form, but it becomes trapped in Mordo's lair. Mordo goes to see The Ancient One, claiming he's changed his way, just so he can attack him unawares. But Strange had found a way to escape by going straight thru the center of the Earth itself, and warned his mentor in advance. Though defeated, both Strange and The Ancient One know Mordo is becoming more powerful all the time.

Notes

This is the fourth appearance of Baron Mordo; his last chronological appearance is in issue #114 (November 1963); he next appears in issue #121 (June 1964).


Notes

Includes 10 pages of paid advertisements. On-sale date from 1963 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

Status

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  • 106803

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