Strange Tales #4

Published
July 1980
Page count
68
Cover price
0.60 AUD; 0.70 NZD
Colour
Black & white
Size
Pocket size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
Branding
None

Credits

Editing
, editor

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Untitled (The Human Torch) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
The Human Torch
Genre
Superhero
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

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter (Co-Plot, Dialogue)
 
Dick Ayers, scripter (Co-Plot)
Art
Dick Ayers, line art
Text
Artie Simek, letterer [as Art Simek]
Editing
Stan Lee, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #115 (December 1963)
The Sandman Strikes!
Also printed
United States
Essential Human Torch (Marvel, 2003 series) #1 ([October] 2003)
The Sandman Strikes!

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.

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

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter (co-plot, dialogue)
 
Steve Ditko, scripter (co-plot)
Art
Steve Ditko, line art
Text
Sam Rosen, letterer
Editing
Stan Lee, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #115 (December 1963)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
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
Origins of Marvel Comics (Simon and Schuster, 1974 series) (1974)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
Australia
The Avengers (Newton, 1975 series) #1 ([28 June 1975])
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
Australia
Origins of Great Marvel Comics Heroes (Newton, 1975?) ([1975])
 
Australia
Origins of Great Marvel Comics Heroes (Newton, 1975?) ([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) #2 ([1979?])
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Marvel Tales (Marvel, 1966 series) #137 (March 1982)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Marvel Tales (Marvel, 1949 series) #137 (March 1982)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #23 (1992)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Spider-Man Classics (Marvel, 1993 series) #1 (April 1993)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Origins of Marvel Comics Revised Edition (Marvel, 1997 series) (September 1997)
The Origin of Dr. Strange
 
United States
Essential Dr. Strange (Marvel, 2001 series) #1 (December 2001)
The Origin of Dr. Strange

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!

Show/hide 3. The Human Torch Battles the Thing! (Human Torch) Comic story, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Human Torch
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Puppet Master [Philip Masters]; Alicia Masters

Credits

Art
Jack Kirby, penciller
 
George Roussos, inker
Colours
Stan Goldberg, colourist
Text
Artie Simek, letterer
Editing
Stan Lee, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #116 (January 1964)
The Human Torch Battles the Thing!
Also printed
United States
Essential Dr. Strange (Marvel, 2001 series) #1 (December 2001)
Strange Tales #116  (black & white)
 
United States
Essential Human Torch (Marvel, 2003 series) #1 ([October] 2003)
The Human Torch Battles the Thing!  (black & white)
 
United States
Essential Human Torch (Marvel, 2003 series) #1 ([October] 2003)
Untitled  (cover)
Show/hide 4. In the Clutches of the Puppet Master! (Human Torch) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Human Torch
Genre
Superhero
Code
X-515
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Puppet Master [Philip Masters]; Alicia Masters

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter [credited]
Art
Dick Ayers, penciller [credited]
 
George Roussos, inker [credited]
Text
Ray Holloway, letterer [credited]
Editing
Stan Lee, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #116 (January 1964)
The Human Torch in the Clutches of the Puppet Master!
Also printed
United States
Essential Human Torch (Marvel, 2003 series) #1 ([October] 2003)
In the Clutches of the Puppet Master!  (black & white)

Synopsis

The Puppet Master manipulates the Thing into fighting the Human Torch, hoping to pick off the Fantastic Four one at a time.

Show/hide 5. Return to the Nightmare World! (Doctor Strange) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Doctor Strange
Genre
Superhero
Code
X-517
Characters
Nightmare; Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]; Ancient One [Yao] (cameo); Wong (unnamed); Dr. Warren

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter [credited]
 
Steve Ditko, scripter [credited] (co-plot)
Art
Steve Ditko, line art [credited]
Text
Artie Simek, letterer [credited]
Editing
Stan Lee, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #116 (January 1964)
Return to the Nightmare World!
Also printed
United States
Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #23 (1992)
Return to the Nightmare World
 
United States
Essential Dr. Strange (Marvel, 2001 series) #1 (December 2001)
Nightmare World!  (black & white)

Synopsis

Nightmare has discovered the ability to capture humans and bring them to his world for study while they sleep. The police ask Strange's help, as a "last resort," to discover the cause behind a rash of people unable to awaken. Strange tracks the cause down to the Nightmare World, and has a rematch with his old foe.

Show/hide 6. The Return of the Eel! (Human Torch) Comic story, 1 page

Featuring

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

Credits

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
Editing
Stan Lee, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #117 (February 1964)
The Return of the Eel!
Also printed
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)
Show/hide 7. 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]
Text
Artie Simek, letterer [credited]
Editing
Stan Lee, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #117 (February 1964)
The Return of the Eel!
Also printed
United States
Essential Human Torch (Marvel, 2003 series) #1 ([October] 2003)
The Return of the Eel!  (black & white)

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 8. 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]
Text
Sam Rosen, letterer [credited]
Editing
Stan Lee, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #117 (February 1964)
The Many Traps of Baron Mordo!
Also printed
United States
Marvel Premiere (Marvel, 1972 series) #11 (October 1973)
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)

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.


Status

This issue includes help from

  • James McIntosh

AusReprints ID

  • 70220

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