Strange Tales #123

Marvel Comics

United States

Published
August 1964
Page count
36
Cover price
0.12 USD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/18565

Credits

Editing
Stan Lee

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover The Beetle!/Loki! (The Human Torch; Dr. Strange) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
The Human Torch; Dr. Strange
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Beetle [Abner Jenkins]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Loki; Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]; Thor

Credits

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Colours
Stan Goldberg ?

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Strange Tales (Yaffa, 1978 series) #6 ([November 1980?])
Untitled
From GCD
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) #2 (2009)

Notes

Inks credit from Nick Caputo (26 July 2005); originally credited to George Roussos.

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

Featuring

Feature
The Human Torch
Genre
Superhero
Code
X-717
Characters
Johnny Storm [Human Torch]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Beetle [Abner Jenkins] (introduction, origin); Alicia Masters; Doris Evans

Credits

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Carl Burgos
Inks
Dick Ayers
Letters
Sam Rosen

Reprint history

From GCD
in Marvel Tales (Marvel, 1966 series) #25 (March 1970)
in Fantastici Quattro, I (Editoriale Corno, 1971 series) #24 (February 22, 1972) [as "La nascita del Coleottero!", Italian translation]
in Essential Human Torch (Marvel, 2003 series) #1 (2003) [black & white]
in Marvel Masterworks: The Human Torch (Marvel, 2006 series) #2 (2009)

Synopsis

Mechanic-inventor Abner Jenkins creates the identity of The Beetle. While taking the Fantasti-Car for a double-date, Johnny & Ben wind up being humiliated by The Beetle. But when he tries to rip off the NY World's Fair, the rematch goes the other way.

Notes

Carl Burgos was the creator of the original Human Torch! The Beetle next appears in Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel, 1963 series) #21 (February 1965). Colors credit for Stan Goldberg removed due to lack of attribution.

Show/hide 2. The Challenge of Loki! (Dr. Strange Master of the Mystic Arts!) Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Feature
Dr. Strange Master of the Mystic Arts!
Genre
Superhero
Code
X-715
Characters
Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]; Loki; Thor [Donald Blake]; Odin (cameo);

Credits

Script
Steve Ditko (plot, un-credited)
Stan Lee (script)
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
George Roussos [as George Bell]
Letters
Art Simek

Reprint history

From GCD
in Marvel Collectors' Item Classics (Marvel, 1965 series) #14 (April 1968)
in Giant-Size Marvel Triple Action (Marvel, 1975 series) #2 (July 1975)
in Strange Tales (Marvel, 1973 series) #182 (November 1975)
in Doctor Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts (Pocket Books, 1978 series) #nn [1]
in Doctor Strange Master of the Mystic Arts (Simon and Schuster, 1979 series) #nn
in Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #23 (1992)
in Essential Dr. Strange (Marvel, 2001 series) #1 (December 2001) [black & white]
in Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange (Marvel, 2003 series) #1 (2003)

Synopsis

Strange practices the art of levitation. Meanwhile, in faraway Asgard, home of the Norse Gods, Loki, God of Mischief, plots as always. He contacts Strange and tries to convince him that he is a prisoner of Thor, who is evil and deceiving his father. Strange uses a spell to take Thor's hammer, but on examining it, can sense no trace of evil. Realizing he's been had, Strange battle Loki, who later swears vengeance against the mage.

Notes

Loki would seek revenge against Strange the very next month in Journey Into Mystery #108 (September 1964).

Show/hide 3. Two More Triumphs for Marvel..! Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Notes

Advertises Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel, 1963 series) #15 (August 1964) and Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #29 (August 1964). Printed between the pages of the Dr. Strange story.

Show/hide 4. Strange Mission Text story, 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Code
K-440
Characters
Alfred Pook; Harold; Dr. Smith

Credits

Author
Art
Joe Maneely
Letters
typeset

Reprint history

From GCD
from Mystery Tales (Marvel, 1952 series) #45 (September 1956) [page 2]

Synopsis

A man becomes confused over directions to the dentist and as a result accidentally pilots an expedition to claim a new planet.

Notes

Text story with illustration. Printed after Dr. Strange story. Continues from last issue.


Notes

Distributed to newstands in May 1964. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

Distribution date from Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 70223

Index completed

  • 06/01/2012