Strange Tales #115

Marvel Comics

United States

Published
December 1963
Page count
36
Cover price
0.12 USD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/18058

Credits

Editing
Stan Lee

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover The Uncanny Sandman! (Human Torch [Johnny Storm]) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Sandman [Flint Marko]; Spider-Man [Peter Parker]

Credits

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colours
Stan Goldberg
Editing
Stan Lee

Reprint history

Printed in
in Essential Dr. Strange (Marvel, 2001 series) #1 (December 2001) [black & white]
in Essential Human Torch (Marvel, 2003 series) #1 (2003) [black & white]
in Marvel Masterworks: The Human Torch (Marvel, 2006 series) #1
in Marvel 70th Anniversary Collection (Marvel, 2009 series) #[nn]
Show/hide 1. The Sandman Strikes! (Human Torch [Johnny Storm]) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Sandman [Flint Marko]; Spider-Man [Peter Parker] (flashback, cameo)

Credits

Script
Stan Lee (Co-Plot, Dialogue)
Dick Ayers (Co-Plot)
Art
Dick Ayers
Colours
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Art Simek

Reprint history

From GCD
in Marvel Tales (Marvel, 1966 series) #18 (January 1969)
in Essential Human Torch (Marvel, 2003 series) #1 (2003) [black & white]
in Marvel Masterworks: The Human Torch (Marvel, 2006 series) #1
in Fantastici Quattro, I (Editoriale Corno, 1971 series) #14

Synopsis

Reed tells Johnny the news that The Sandman has broken jail, and he thinks of the villain's earlier battle with Spider-Man. Johnny runs across him on the George Washington Bridge, but Sandman eludes him. Meanwhile, atop the Empire State Building, Spider-Man uses a loudspeaker to send out a message daring Sandman to fight him! Before long, Sandman shows up and knocks Spidey right off the building. But the Torch also shows up, and he & Sandman battle inside the building. Running thru a set of sprinklers, Sandman figures the Torch's flame will be put out, but suddenly realizes he's turning to mud-- his own weakness! After clobbering Sandman & turning him over to the police, Johnny departs, while Spidey thinks he doesn't like the Torch cutting in on "his" action.

Notes

2nd appearance of Sandman; previous appearance in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4 (September 1963); next appearance in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 (September 1964). 1st time Sandman, originally Spider-Man's foe, fought the Torch. Sandman would eventually team-up with 2 other Torch villains, Wizard & Paste-Pot Pete, to form The Frightful Four, in FANTASTIC FOUR #36 (March 1965). Torch & Spidey last crossed paths in STRANGE TALES ANNUAL #2 (September 1963); would do so again the very next month in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8 (January 1964)

Show/hide 2. The Origin of Dr. Strange (Dr. Strange) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Dr. Strange
Genre
Occult; superhero
Characters
Dr. Strange [Stephen Strange]; The Ancient One; Baron Mordo

Credits

Script
Stan Lee (co-plot, dialogue)
Steve Ditko (co-plot)
Art
Steve Ditko
Colours
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Sam Rosen

Reprint history

Also printed
United States
Marvel Tales Annual (Marvel, 1964 series) #2 (1965)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Marvel Premiere (Marvel, 1972 series) #11 (October 1973)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Marvel Premiere (Marvel, 1972 series) #11 (October 1973)
 
United States
Origins of Marvel Comics (Simon and Schuster, 1974 series) (1974)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Origins of Marvel Comics (Simon and Schuster, 1974 series) (1974)
 
Australia
The Avengers (Newton, 1975 series) #1 ([28 June 1975])
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
Australia
Origins of Great Marvel Comics Heroes (Newton, 1975 series) ([1975])
 
Australia
Origins of Great Marvel Comics Heroes (Newton, 1975 series) ([1975])
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
Australia
Marvel Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1977? series) #1 ([1977?])
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
Australia
Marvel Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1977? series) #1 ([1977?])
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
Australia
Marvel Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1977? series) #2 ([1979?])
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
Australia
Marvel Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1977? series) #2 ([1979?])
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
Australia
Marvel Tales (Yaffa/Page, 1977? series) #2 ([1979?])
 
United States
Marvel Tales (Marvel, 1949 series) #137 (March 1982)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Marvel Tales (Marvel, 1949 series) #137 (March 1982)
 
United States
Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #23 (1992)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #23 (1992)
 
United States
Spider-Man Classics (Marvel, 1993 series) #1 (April 1993)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Spider-Man Classics (Marvel, 1993 series) #1 (April 1993)
 
United States
Origins of Marvel Comics Revised Edition (Marvel, 1997 series) (September 1997)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Origins of Marvel Comics Revised Edition (Marvel, 1997 series) (September 1997)
 
United States
Essential Dr. Strange (Marvel, 2001 series) #1 (December 2001)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Essential Dr. Strange (Marvel, 2001 series) #1 (December 2001)
From GCD
in Marvel Tales Annual (Marvel, 1964 series) #2 (1965)
in Marvel Premiere (Marvel, 1972 series) #11 (October 1973)
in Origins of Marvel Comics (Simon and Schuster, 1974 series) #nn
in Doctor Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts (Pocket Books, 1978 series) #nn [1]
in Marvel Tales (Marvel, 1966 series) #137 (March 1982)
in Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #23 (1992)
in Spider-Man Classics (Marvel, 1993 series) #1 (April 1993)
in Origins of Marvel Comics Revised Edition (Marvel, 1997 series) #nn
in Essential Dr. Strange (Marvel, 2001 series) #1 (December 2001) [black & white]
in Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange (Marvel, 2003 series) #1 (2003)
 
from Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #115
 
from Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #115
in Incroyable Hulk, L' (Editions Héritage, 1968 series) #76/77
 
from Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #115 (December 1963)

Synopsis

At the The Ancient One's mountain home somewhere in the Himalayas (in India), Dr. Stephen Strange arrives seeking healing. The aged mystic discovers Strange was a surgeon who cared only for money, nothing for humanity until one day he was in a car crash, which damaged the nerves in his hands, destroying his career. Rather than become a consultant, he wasted his life and money seeking a cure, finally searching out possible occult means of restoring his talents. Because his motives are selfish, The Ancient One refuses to help, but suggests if Strange remain and study with him, he may find a cure on his own. Snowbound, he's left no choice but to remain. Before long, he discovers Baron Mordo, The Ancient One's disciple, is trying to kill his mentor thru mystic means, with the aid of some being named "Dormammu." Unable to warn The Ancient One because of a spell, he suddenly realizes the terrible dangers threatening all humanity and offers to become a disciple, whereupon The Ancient One reveals he knew of Mordo's spell, and evil intent, and has been keeping a watch over him. Now, with Strange as his new disciple, there's hope that Mordo may one day be stopped. Strange begins years of study to become a Master of the Mystic Arts!

Notes

Episode #4. 1st mention of "Dormammu." "India" later changed to "Tibet." Stan Lee says they "forgot" to tell Strange's origin before this. Judging by the evolution of the artwork, it appears this was at least the 9th episode drawn! All other episodes up to STRANGE TALES #120 (May 1964), Strange resembes Vincent Price; in this and later ones, he resembles Ronald Colman. Certain plot elements somewhat similar to those in the Frank Capra film, LOST HORIZON (1937). This is the only episode in Steve Ditko's run that actually feels like a Stan Lee plot.

Show/hide 3. Zero of Time Text story, 2 pages

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Characters
John Pearson; Professor Thomas Benton; Father Time

Credits

Author
Letters
Typeset

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 51398

Cover added

  • 23/08/2010

Index completed

  • 23/08/2010

Last updated

  • 23/08/2010