The Human Torch #5

United States

Marvel Comics

United States

Published
May 1975
Page count
36
Cover price
0.25 USD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/28567

Credits

Editing
Len Wein

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Wrath of the Wizard! (Human Torch [Johnny Storm]) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

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

Credits

Script
Len Wein
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Al Milgrom ?
Pablo Marcos ?
Editing
Len Wein

Notes

Credits originally listed Wilson & Giacoia; Kane & Milgrom credits by Nick Caputo Aug 07; Marcos suggested by Henry Kujawa Aug 07

Show/hide 1. "The Return of the Wizard!" (Human Torch [Johnny Storm]) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Wizard; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards] (cameo); Thing [Ben Grimm] (cameo)

Credits

Script
Stan Lee (Plot)
Larry Lieber (Script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #105 (February 1963)
"The Return of the Wizard!"
Also printed
Australia
Strange Tales (Horwitz, 1963 series) #1 ([March 1963?])
 
Australia
Strange Tales (Horwitz, 1963 series) #1 ([March 1963?])
The Return of the Wizard
 
United States
Marvel Tales (Marvel, 1949 series) #7 (March 1967)
"he Return of the Wizard!
 
United States
Essential Human Torch (Marvel, 2003 series) #1 ([October] 2003)
"The Return of the Wizard!"

Synopsis

In prison, The Wizard becomes a model prisoner-- just so he can become a trustee, work in the hospital, have access to chemicals... and break jail! The police soon have him surrounded in his house, but can't get in because of its defenses. He challenges the Torch to a battle to decide who is the better man. Against Sue's advice Johnny accepts the challenge, and he does pretty well until Sue shows up to "help" him (again!). Thanks to her, he's caught, and both are almost killed in a bomb blast. But Johnny manages to free them both, getr rid of the bomb, and corral the "superior intellect."

Notes

Second appearance of The Wizard. First time a "Human Torch" villain returned; Wizard would go on to a very long career, mostly with "The Frightful Four." Next appearance in STRANGE TALES #110 (July 1963), where he teams with Paste-Pot Pete for the 1st time. Wizard resembles actor Vincent Price; also resembles actor Ron Perlman (who was not around back then-- see page 9 panel 2). Credits moved on splash to accomodate reprint info. Page numbers removed. Panel 5 of page 12 & panels 2-6 of page 13 cut; Johnny's pointing out that Sue almost got him killed missing from the reprint as a result!

Show/hide 2. "In Korea!" (The Original Human Torch [Jim Hammond]) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
The Original Human Torch [Jim Hammond]
Genre
Superhero
Code
E-572
Characters
Original Human Torch [Jim Hammond]; Toro; Colonel Kung (Red spy) (Intro)

Credits

Pencils
Dick Ayers
Inks
Ernie Bache
Editing
Stan Lee (Original Editor)

Synopsis

The Torch and Toro fight Communists in North Korea to rescue a US General & his daughter and prevent the secret of an "atomic cannon" from falling into Red hands.

Notes

"The Original" added to reprint splash to distinguish story from lead feature. Inks credit and job number from the Atlas tales website, original indexer credited Dick Ayers for inks.


Notes

Credits originally listed Wilson & Giacoia; Kane & Milgrom credits by Nick Caputo Aug 07; Marcos suggested by Henry Kujawa Aug 07

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 54072

Cover added

Index completed