STRANGE TALES (1951) (#1-85 ATLAS, #86-188 MARVEL) #123 - Descriptive Bibliography

Plot Synopsis: Strange Tales #123
Marvel's limited contract for distribution in the '60s forced them to double up on comics-presenting two stories for the price of one. For the reader now as then--Marvel's problem was the fan's delight! Within the pages of one comic are two titanic tales as different as night from day, as science is from sorcery. The split cover, a classic example of the versatile imagination of Jack Kirby, captures the parallel excitement.

Strange Tales, like Tales to Astonish and Tales of Suspense, featured two heroes. The Human Torch, popular enough to warrant his own stories outside the Fantastic Four, encounters a thief whose super-gadgetry gives him the right to call himself the Beetle. Fans of The Thunderbolts will recognize this is the debut of Abe Jenkins, the man who become the hero Mach-One. Stan "The Man" Lee provides the prose while Dick Ayers gives Johnny Storm the tossed hair look of a hot rod driving youth who just happened to possess the power of living flame. Guest-starring that idol of millions-the Thing!

In the second tale, Lee and visionary artist Steve Ditko once again weave an entangled tale of deceit on a godly scale. Loki, the Asgardian God of Mischief and Lies, turns his sorcerous power on Doctor Strange, in yet another attempt to strike out against his hated half-brother, the heroic Thor. Will Strange, the Master of the Mystic Arts who is not yet Sorcerer Supreme, be able to stand against the arcane magic of a god? No artist was more appropriate or adept at portraying the bizarre and supernatural than Ditko.

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Title: The Birth of the Beetle

Featuring: Human Torch

Credits: Stan Lee (Script), Carl Burgos (Pencils), Dick Ayers (Inks), Sam Rosen (Letters).

Title: The Challenge of Loki

Featuring: Dr. Strange

Credits: Stan Lee (Script), Steve Ditko (Pencils), George Roussos (as George Bell) (Inks), Artie Simek (Letters).

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Publisher: MarvelTitle: STRANGE TALES (1951) (#1-85 ATLAS, #86-188 MARVEL)
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