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
Comic Creator Database
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: Marvel||Title: STRANGE TALES (1951) (#1-85 ATLAS, #86-188 MARVEL)
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