STRANGE TALES (1951) (#1-85 ATLAS, #86-188 MARVEL) #112 - Descriptive Bibliography

Plot Synopsis: Strange Tales #112
"The Living Bomb!" starring the Human Torch and guest-starring the Fantastic Four. Story by Stan Lee with art by Dick Ayers. Cover by Jack Kirby. First appearance of Leopold Stryke, the Eel. The Human Torch finds he's no longer as popular as he once was and not even fiery tricks in the sky can raise a smile from his normally adoring fans. The reason is crusading TV editorialist Ted Braddock, who resents the Torch for his showy behavior. Johnny Storm doesn't help his image when he storms onto Braddock's set and flames on in anger. Meanwhile, the Eel is starting his criminal career by burglarizing a secret lab and stealing the mysterious Project X.

With his electrical weapons, the Eel cannot be stopped. But what he doesn't know is that Project X is an unstable atomic pile that threatens to level the city unless its defused. A confrontation with between the Eel's electricity and the Torch's flame results in the deadly nuclear device being cast into atmosphere and the Torch siphoning off its intense energy. However, when the Torch releases the energy in a spectacular super-nova blast his flame is extinguished while he's still airborne. Only the FF can save him but his sacrifice turns public opinion back in his favor. Lee and Steve Ditko's macabre follow-up tale is "The Man Who Dared!" Karl King, the King of Gems, seeks the world's largest jewel guarded by the idol Tibo in Tibet. He'll stop at nothing to get it but is he ready to face the full fury of the god awakened? Then, "I Saw the Impossible World" by Lee and artist Larry Lieber, rocketeer Tom Bronson goes A.W.O.L. in the distant future and lands on an isolated planet where he miraculously finds all of the familiar people and places he left on Earth. Or does he merely imagine it all?

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Title: The Living Bomb

Featuring: Human Torch

Credits: Stan Lee (plot), Jerry Siegel (as "Joe Carter", script) (Script), Dick Ayers (Pencils), Dick Ayers (Inks), Sam Rosen (Letters).

Title: The Man Who Dared

Credits: Stan Lee (Script), Steve Ditko (Pencils), Steve Ditko (Inks), Ray Holloway (Letters).

Title: I Saw The Impossible World

Credits: Stan Lee (plot), Larry Lieber (script) (Script), Larry Lieber (Pencils), Paul Reinman (Inks), Artie Simek (Letters).

Comic Creator Database

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