The Human Torch #2

Marvel Comics

United States

Published
November 1974
Page count
36
Cover price
0.25 USD
Colour
Colour
Size
Modern Age size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/27933

Credits

Editing
Roy Thomas, Editor

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover The Human Torch Goes Wild! (Human Torch) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Human Torch
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Wizard (disguised as Human Torch)

Credits

Art
Larry Lieber, penciller
 
John Romita, inker
Colours
, colourist
Text
Gaspar Saladino, letterer

Reprint history

Adapted
Australia
Marvel Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1977? series) #3 ([February 1982?])
Untitled
Printed in
The Human Torch & The Thing: Strange Tales - The Complete Collection (Marvel, 2018 series) #[nn] (2018)

Notes

Cover pencil credits from Nick Caputo (April 5, 2004). Original pencil credits went to: Gil Kane.

Show/hide 1. Part 1: "Prisoner of the Wizard" (Human Torch) Comic story, 7 pages

Featuring

Feature
Human Torch
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard (Origin, Intro); Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Destroyer (cameo)

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, plotter
 
Larry Lieber, scripter (Script)
Art
Jack Kirby, penciller
 
Dick Ayers, inker
Colours
, colourist
Text
Artie Simek, letterer [as Jon D'Agostino]
Editing
Stan Lee, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #102 (November 1962)
Part 1: "Prisoner of the Wizard"
Also printed
Australia
Marvel Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1977? series) #3 ([February 1982?])
Prisoner of the Wizard Part 1
From GCD
from Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #102 (November 1962)

Synopsis

watching a newsreel about the Torch, The Wizard thinks it would be a great challenge to match his skills against him. The Wizard considers himself the world's greatest brain. He sees beating Johnny as somehow "the ultimate achievement," and tricks Johnny into rescuing him when a digging machine he's trying out appears to go wrong. Showing off his home in gratitude, he suddenly douses Johnny with flame-retarding chemicals.

Notes

Part 1 of 2. First appearance (and origin) of The Wizard. Credits added, splash page reformatted and page numbers removed for this reprint.

Show/hide 2. Part 2: "Wizard's Wiles!" (Human Torch) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Human Torch
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, plotter
 
Larry Lieber, scripter (Script)
Art
Jack Kirby, penciller
 
Dick Ayers, inker
Colours
, colourist
Text
Artie Simek, letterer [as Jon D'Agostino]
Editing
Stan Lee, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #102 (November 1962)
Part 1: "Prisoner of the Wizard"
Also printed
Australia
Marvel Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1977? series) #3 ([February 1982?])
Prisoner of the Wizard Part 1
From GCD
from Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #102 (November 1962)

Synopsis

The Wizard makes Johnny a prisoner and with a special suit impersonates him, commits a bank robbery, performs a mass jail-break, extorts money from commuters on a bridge, all to make The Torch appear a criminal, and "prove" he is superior. Later, The Wizard shows Johnny photos that prove he committed the crimes but since Johnny won't kill an unarmed man he'll have no choice but to watch as The Wizard burns the evidence but the photos fly from The Wizard's hands. Johnny calls the police, turning over the pics and the Wizard. We discover he beat the Wizard with help from Sue.

Notes

Part 2 of 2. With so much going for him, the only explanation for The Wizard turning to crime is what Johnny suggested-- he's nuts! Next appearance in Strange Tales #105 (February 1963).

Show/hide 3. The Hyena Strikes! (Original Human Torch) Comic story, 7 pages

Featuring

Feature
Original Human Torch
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Original Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro; Hyena (Intro); Lorraine Miller (owner, Miller Trucking); Mr. Lennox (manager)

Credits

Writing
Bill Woolfolk, scripter
Art
, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
, letterer
Editing
Stan Lee, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Human Torch (Marvel, 1940 series) #30 (May 1948)
The Hyena Strikes!
Also printed
Australia
The Human Torch (Yaffa, 1977? series) #3 (1980)
The Hyena Strikes

Synopsis

A criminal called The Hyena is causing truck crashes, the latest of which resulted in the driver being killed. Although Lennox, the manager, advises Lorraine Miller, the company owner, to sell out, she's determined not to, and accepts help from The Torch and Toro. Following another crash, they capture 2 of the hijackers, and Lorraine figures someone inside the company tipped them to the truck's secret route. The Torch and Toro barely manage to save her life and capture the villains. After, The Torch says of Lorraine, "She's got everything it takes-- plus!"

Notes

The Hyena's next appearance is in The Invaders Annual #1 (1977). The method of using a mirror to make vehicles crash was used in the Lon Chaney film The Monster (1925), and later reused in the 007 film Goldfinger (1964).


Status

AusReprints ID

  • 45662

Cover added

  • 05/05/2010

Index completed

  • 25/10/2021

Last updated

  • 25/10/2021