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Strange Tales #127
Duel with the Dread Dormammu!

October 27, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

After reviewing the story from Strange Tales #126 that featured Dr. Strange, I  found my self all to eager to read the second part; to bare witness to the conflict between the Doctor and the Dreaded Dormammu.  In fact, in the early pages of this adventure, we learn that this Duel does come with a high cost, win or lose.  We already knew from the last adventure, that if Dr. Strange lost, Dormammu intends to invade earth.  It is in these pages that we learn that if Dormammu looses, that his realm will face great danger from the mindless ones;  Thus putting Dr. Strange in the mental realm of not just a hard, but complex ethical conflict, even before the magical duel begins.

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Strange Tales # 126
The Domain Of the Dread Dormammu

October 24, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

While yesterday I established that the first tale from Strange Tales #126, left me lacking; today we explore the Realm of Darkness and face off against Dormammu himself with none other than Dr. Strange. This story starts off, with The Ancient One summing Strange just a short time after the events of the last story,  then informing him of Dormammu’s plans, as relayed from a messenger sent by the Dormammu himself.   What we have here, is Doctor Strange needing to take up a quest to another dimention to save earth from a great and powerful threat. (more…)

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Strange Tales # 126
Pawns of The Deadly Due!

October 23, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

The first story of Strange Tales #126 features The Human Torch and The Thing, but this time with a bit more Fantastic Four support then we are used to.   Of course the Duo are taking on another Duo of Former fantastic Four Villains, The Puppet Master and The Mad Thinker.   In this story the Puppet Master and Mad Thinker team up, and have a plan to take out the Fantastic Four, part by part; first by getting the thing to destroy the human torch.   But then, like all plans, nothing is ever as perfect as it seems.

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Strange Tales #125
Mordo Must Not Catch Me

October 15, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

The tale of Doctor Strange from Strange Tales #125 is one of an epic battle between Dr. Strange and Baron Mordo, his often repeated nemesis. This time Mordo traps The Ancient One first, before attempting to take on Doctor Strange. leaving our hero with the daunting task of fighting Mordo while finding and freeing his Mentor. (more…)

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Strange Tales #125
The Sub-Mariner Must Be Stopped

October 14, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

In Strange Tales #125 we have the Human Torch and the Thing, being there usual rough housing selves; before learning about the approach  of the Namor the sub-mariner on the shores of New York.   Eager to prove themselves, and impress some reporters whom had just left, they decide to take on the powerful advisory without the aid of the remaining two members of the Fanatic Four.    How well do these two heroes fare against Namor?  and what are the consequences of there actions. I suggest you read the issue, then read on to see just what I thought of this volume.  (more…)

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Strange tales # 124
The lady from nowhere

March 14, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

In this mystic Dr. strange tale, we have a special guest appearance I character not only from history but was also been seen in a previous Marvel comic. In Dr. strange tales so far we have seen him go to Great Plains to help those in need. But this is the first time we have seen him travel through time self to the distant past to help free a trapped soul of the present. The traveling to the past for the mystic dr. strange is not without risk. For if he stays there too long he’ll be trapped in time forever (more…)

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Strange tales #124
The Human Torch and The Thing team up to battle the menace of... Paste-Pot Pete

March 12, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

The first story in strange tales #124 features the human torch and the thing – starting this issue his permanent partner for this feature – working together the face-off against a newly improved Paste-pot Pete.

In this issue to meet up with a recently freed Paste-pot Pete, whom was given early release for helping the Avengers. With his newfound freedom – in typical super villain fashion – he chooses to pursue vengeance against human torch for his prior defeats.

But what makes him think he can defeat his old rival? That’s simple a newly revised suit and some newly revised paste. (more…)

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Strange Tales #123
The Challenge Of Loki

October 29, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

 

For the first time that I recall seeing,  Dr. Strange stole half the cover away from The Human Torch;  to promote his feature, guest starring Thor. In this tale, Loki aims to trick Dr. Strange into helping him defeat Thor, but can such a trick work, or will Dr. Strange realize the truth in time to stop the evil plan?

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Strange Tales #123
The Birth Of The Beetle

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the first story I am reviewing from Strange Tales #123 is “The Birth Of the Beetle” ,  The title given to the human torch feature; but for the first time in a while, equal featuring The Thing! but more than just that, this tale was illustrated by Carl Burgos, whom created the original golden age Human Torch! while this one is not the same character  there is something to be said for him illustrating one of his tales.  but is a classic Illustrated  heroic team ups, and a new foe named the beetle enough to make this comic book worth the read? I hope to address my thoughts on that below in my comic book review. (more…)

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Strange Tales #122
The World Beyond

October 18, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

In this Dr. Strange tale Nightmare is back, and seeking vengeance on Dr. Strange.  In fact, it is likely the ruler of the world of nightmares has waited some time to extract his vengeance.  Until now however, Dr. Strange has not let his guard down, making it a possibility.  But in this story, as an exhausted Dr. Strange drifts off to sleep, Nightmare gains the chance he has waited for, to imprison Strange without his magic or powers.  But without wasting more words, let’s get on to my comic book review. (more…)

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Strange Tales #122
3 Against The Torch

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As I sit down to review  the Human Torch feature from strange tales #122, titled “3 Against The Torch” I think back to the last volume where we seen those three. (despite the fact that it is printed as Fantastic Four #22, it was really Fantastic Four #23. )  This tale, right from the start does a tribute to, and a good job of summarizing the prior adventure.  But then we are off and running with the plan of Dr. Dooms Henchmen in stopping the Fantastic Four, Starting with the Human Torch. (more…)

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Strange Tales #121
Witchcraft In The Wax Museum

August 15, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

For this comic book review, i have read the Dr. Strange feature from Strange Tales #121 titled “Witchcraft In The Wax Museum“.  In this tale we see Doctor strange given a nine page feature to face off once again against the evil Baron Mordo, but in this battle the fate of Doctor strange’s life seems to be at stake, as he has but 24 hours to find and reclaim his own body for to die.  (more…)

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Strange Tales #121
Prisoner Of The Plantman

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The first tale from Strange Tales that I am going to review is “Prisoner Of the PlantMan!” The Human Torch feature of that issue. This tale is a follow-up to Strange Tales #113 where we first seen plant-man, but never fear, the first page gives a good recap for those whom have not been reading all along.  so without much  more of an introduction, let’s get on with the comic book review: (more…)

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Strange Tales #120
The House Of Shadows!

May 16, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)

The second tale from Strange Tales #120 i am going to review is “The House Of Shadows!” featuring Dr. Strange master of the mystic arts.  this comic book story according to its title page is “A tale of eerie enchantment told in the marvel manner!” but can it live up to this and the recent tales of Dr. Strange? (more…)

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Strange Tales #120
The Torch meets The Iceman!

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This review is for the human torch feature in Strange Tales #120, where we have him side by side with the Iceman for the first time. But two questions come to mind right away:  what brings the two hero’s together? and can they get along any better than The torch and spider-man?

In fact, the human torch has ever been much of one for sharing the spot light with anyone, even his own team,  in particularly in Strange Tales.  leading me further to wonder how this comic book story would play out. (more…)

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Strange Tales #119
Doctor Strange Dares To Go... Beyond The Purple Veil!

April 11, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

This comic book review is of The Doctor Strange tale from Strange Tales #119,  In this tale he goes beyond the Purple veil, and risks his own life to save the lives of two human’s whom only got in danger by daring to rob him.   But can Doctor Strange defeat what he finds, and is it worth his time to save two petty criminals? (more…)

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Strange Tales #119
The Torch Goes Wild!

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This comic book review is for the Human Torch Story from Strange Tales #119, Titled “The Torch Goes Wild!”.  But is this tale, featuring the unheard of Rabble Rouser good, or just Strange?

To summarize the tale, we have the Rabble Rouser, whom gets the city to turn against the torch, and if that’s not enough, it seems like everything in Johnny Storms personal life has been going wrong, making him not himself.   But what is really at work, and at play behind the scenes here? you will have to read it to find out. (more…)

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Strange Tales #118
The Possessed!

April 9, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

In today’s review I cover the Dr. Strange story from Strange Tales #118. This tale is the first to offer a new foe seen Dr. Strange’s second story. But does this new story, and twist make for a good read? or does the tale of “the Possessed” not have the magic we would hope for? read on to see.  (more…)

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Strange Tales #118
The Man Who Became The Torch

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Again, we are presented with another tale of the Wizard; whom has failed to impress me thus far.  But will this time, be any different for the evil mastermind? Or  is this one menace whom should be never seen again?  (more…)

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Strange Tales #117
The Many Traps Of Baron Mordo

March 22, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

For this comic book review I read Strange Tales #117  and the story featuring Dr. Strange Titled “The Many Traps Of Baron Mordo” In this issue, we have a near foolproof plan of Baron Mordo to trap Dr. Strange and his home in another dimension.  Then while he is trapped, the Barren plans to face and eliminate the ancient one.

But can the evil man’s plan work, or will Dr. Strange find a way to stand in the face of evil once again? (more…)

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Strange Tales #117
The Return Of The Eel

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For today’s comic book review, I read the Human Torch Feature from Strange Tales #117 titled “The Return Of The Eel“. In this classic tale we have the return of the Eel, whom you may remember from Strange Tales #112 the issue where the human torch came the closest to being finished.   But is does this tale live up to the five stars that the eel pulled on his last performance with the living bomb?  (more…)

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Strange Tales #116
Return To The Nightmare World

March 5, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

The second tale that I reviewed today from Strange Tales #116 is Dr. Strange’s tale, titled “Return To The Nightmare World” and in this mystic story we have a feature length thriller that is reminiscent of the first appearance of Dr. Strange back in Strange Tales #110.

In this tale, we have nightmare trapping people in their sleep into the nightmare dimension so that they never wake up. Thus it is left to Dr. Strange, to do what only he can, stop nightmare and rescue the sleeping victims so that they can awaken.  (more…)

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Strange Tales #116
The Human Torch In The Clutches Of The Puppet Master!

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For today’s comic book review I read Strange Tales #116,  for this first post, I am reviewing “The Human Torch In The Clutches Of The Puppet Master!”  in this Strange tale,  we have the human torch falling under the effects of a surprisingly alive Puppet Master, and forced to hit on Alicia, so that the Puppet Master can get the two to fight against each other. With no surprise the Puppet Masters plan seems to be working, what can possibly go wrong?  (more…)

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Strange Tales #115
The Origin of Dr. Strange

February 21, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

That’s right, after having several Dr. Strange stories under our belt, today we get to the origin of our Strange hero. but before i dive into that, if your here looking for the Human Torch story of this issue, please click here for my review of that one.

Dr. Strange is not so unlike our other marvel hero’s , and in fact may have a lot in common with the now cancelled  Dr. Droom stories.   He was a normal man, a surgeon, with very normal motives. Then like most Marvel comic hero’s  a tragic event put him though is paces and lead him down the path that changed his life forever.

But I am not going to spoil the origin for you, it is good enough to be worth reading yourself, so I suggest that you pick it up in reprint, you can get it here:Doctor Strange, Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks) (more…)

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Strange Tales #115
The Sandman Strikes

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Today’s comic book reviews focus on Strange Tales #115,  You can find the review of Dr. Strange’s story here, but this review focuses on the Human Torch as he faces Spider-Man’s foe Sandman, alone.

This comic starts, with the human torch being summoned back to Fantastic Four’s Headquarters by Mr. Fantastic, to be sent on a mission.  he is informed of Sandman’s escape from prison, and sent off to find Spider-Man!   The torch does not take a liking to this, and ends up finding an excuse to seek out the Sandman himself,  but can our teenage hotshot handle the criminal by himself?

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Strange Tales #114
The Return Of The Omnipotent Baron Mordo!

February 3, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

After being gone for a couple month, Dr. Strange returns, and not without editorial explanation on its first page. and I quote:

In Strange Tales #110 and #111 we introduced the mystifying Dr. Strange! Then, we waited to receive your letters, to see if you would want him continued! Well, your enthusiastic mail left us only one choice, and so… We proudly present the third in our newest series…

Now to summarize the story, Dr. Strange is contacted by Sir Clive Bentley, seeking an imitate need for help, despite how odd it is, he is unable to refuse the call, and shows up, little does he know he is walking right into a trap set by Baron Mordo! (more…)

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Strange Tales #114
Captain America*

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That is right, you read the cover right, likely after looking at the stunning image of Captain America standing there, and his shield deflecting fireballs from the human Torch.  The cover indeed does say, im the big White and Yellow letters just what you think it did. “From out of the Golden Age of Comics into the Marvel Age, Captain America Returns To Challenge The Human Torch!”

It is the kind of cover, that would make anyone who had an inkling of an idea of the old great hero want to thumb though the comic magazine and see just what happens.  So As such, todays comic review is for The story titled “Captain America*

I do not feel that this story needs any further summery then what the cover and what I already said offers,  that in this issue we get to see two legendary characters, together at last*.

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Strange Tales #113
The Coming Of The Plantman!

January 31, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

Today’s Comic book review is of the story “The Coming Of The Plantman!” that was published in Strange Tales #113. This story featuring the human torch is in some ways a milestone for the character and the series.  Because it is with  this issue, and story that he gain’s his first supporting character other than the Fantastic Four.  In this issue we are introduced to  Doris Evans, his current girlfriend, and flame of the human torch.

To summarize the story, a mad gardener invents a device that increases the IQ of plants but also make them his slave,  using the device he both frames his former employer whom happens to be Doris’s father, and then heads down a path to conquer the city, then the universe! (more…)

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Strange Tales #112
The Living Bomb!

December 21, 2011 | Drew | (1 Comment)

Today, i sat down to review the human torch story from Strange Tales #112, if you are looking for the review of the Doctor Strange story for this issue,  i regret to inform you that for Strange Tales #112 and #113 the doctor, and his stories where nonexistent.

But as for the human torch, can the story of the Human Torch Faces The Threat Of “the Living Bomb!”  end up being a great tale, or will the ell’s first issue be a slippery slope.

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Strange Tales #111
Face-To-Face With The Magic Of Baron Mordo!

December 15, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
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Today’s Comic book review is of Strange Tales #111; and it contains two stories that I have reviewed; This post is for the Dr. Strange story Titled: “Face-To-Face With The Magic Of Baron Mordo!“. For the Human Torch Story, please click here.
In our second tale of Dr. Strange, we have him face to face with Baron Mordo, or at least trance image to face.  Just as the first Dr. Strange tale, this is but 5 short pages, but what it offers in just a few pages is a good story and good character.

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Strange Tales #111
Fighting To The Death With The Asbestos Man!

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This is a comic book review of the Human Torches story in Strange Tales #111, titled “Fighting To The Death With The Asbestos Man!“, but today I also reviewed the Dr. Strange story, and you can find that review by clicking here.

But for a short summary of today’s story, we have a brilliant scientist who feels under appreciated, and decides to turn to a life of crime. Unfortunately for him, there is just one problem, he has no idea how to do it.

Upon failing to make the appropriate network connection’s he decides his path into the criminal underworld is by defeating the human torch, so he makes himself the one nemesis that is immune to everything the torch is, Asbestos Man!

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Strange Tales #110
The Human Torch Vs. The Wizard And Paste-Pot Pete!

December 10, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
Strange Tales 110

I should start by saying in Strange Tales #110, the Human Torch began sharing the pages of this volume with another marvel legend, Dr. Strange, and you can read the review of his Strange Tale at this link.   This is a review of “The Human Torch Vs. The Wizard And Paste-Pot Pete!“. where before I even begin reading it i ask myself,  can The Wizard at last have a good story?

Our tale begins off with an editors warning and I will quote it all for you here:

Warning!! if you have ha weak heart, don’t read this story! for when the Human Torch pits his fiery weapons against that evil genius of crime, The Wizard, and his new partner, Paste-Pot Pete, in a titanic struggle, defeat means death for the Torch!! there are no holds barred, so hold your breath for here we go!!

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Strange Tales #110
Dr. Strange Master Of Black Magic

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Strange Tales 110

In Strange Tales #110,  a second key marvel character graced the pages with his own story. This will lead me to review not only the Human Torch Tale, but a tale by another key figure.  Who is this character? Why none other than Dr. Strange, a character much more suited to fill the pages of a comic book magazine titled Strange.

Just because his name does not grace the cover of this comic, The Human Torch is still the star story and character of Strange Tales; this would be the beginning of a game changer for the marvel universe. As such it is that much more important that I do a comic book review of it.  Worry not Torch fans, you can find his strange Tales #10 Review here as well.

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Strange Tales Annual #2
Human Torch On The Trail Of The Amazing Spider-Man!

November 30, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
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Today I sit down to review one of the stories that appeared in Strange Tales Annual #2, this tale was the Human Torches feature for that extra long issue, and it too is longer then what he is normally given.  But perhaps of just as much importance is the Human Torches guest star, Spider-Man!

This 18 page story features the two hero’s in a Team up & match up like none other.  as first in a classic hero fashion they face off against each other before teaming up to track down the real criminal, a guy known as the Fox.

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Strange Tales #109
The Sorcerer and Pandora's Box

November 22, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
Strange Tales #109

Today I review the human torches story in Strange Tales #109, titled.  “The Sorcerer and Pandora’s Box”. I think the title alone, combined with the cover can easily give you a good idea of what this comic book’s story is all about. but lets give just one more quote to build upon that.

In this world of scientific marvels, the power of black magic and sorcery is largely scorned and ridiculed! But one day The Human Torch makes the spine-chilling discovery that sorcery is far from  an old wives’ tale when he encounters… the sorcerer and Pandora’s box

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Strange Tales #108
The Human Torch is destaned to become the still-life victim of The Painter of A Thousand Perils!

November 18, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
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The Human Torches stories in Strange Tales have been on a high note since my bad review of Strange Tales #105, But can Strange Tales #108 continue the trend, or is this one going to be the next one to burn out.

It is hard for me to enter high hopes for these stories even with the last few being good, i have yet to cover from my viewpoint on the early issues. But as you will soon read, The Human Torch story here was not a let down.

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Strange Tales #107
The Master of Flame Vs. The Monarch of the Sea!!

November 9, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

As you know from my comic book review  Strange Tales #106 had left me on such a high note, and unusual feet for the Solo tales of The Human Torch, it left me wondering what to expect in Strange Tales #107.  Then As I sat down to read this months issue and took in the cover for the first time, it began to speak volumes.

Before even reading let alone  reviewing the comic book. you see the cover.  and this one was amazing.  the blue sea backed by the lighter blue sky.  with the human torch and the sub-mariner facing off on the cover.  It left no doubt on what kind of story I would find on the pages in between.

But would this story be as hot as the cover suggest, or would it be a wash? that is what was left for me to decide as I read and review strange tales #107 (more…)

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Strange Tales #106
The Threat of the Torrid Twosome

October 21, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

As I am sure you already know, I been less than thrilled with some aspects of the human torch stories in the strange tales comic books up to this issue. Mostly in relation to the other members of the Fantastic Four, how they treat the Torch, and on the Torches issue of secret identity.

This issue however, does do a bit of a Retcon and helps to address  the issue of identity. Read on and I will tell you what I think.
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Strange Tales #105
The Return of the Wizard!

October 15, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

On September 28Th you got my review of Strange Tales #102: Prisoner of the Wizard. It was the worst review I have given to date! As promised then, Today, we have the wizards return, is the 2nd story featuring our evil genius any better?

I will save you time of even reading my review, by saying No, it’s not now. but for those whom really wish to know why this Strange Tale was not a burning sensation, I welcome you to read my review just the same! I will try to give my review a little more quality then was given to this tale. (more…)

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Strange Tales #104
the Human Torch Meets Paste-Pot Pete!

October 12, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

In this issue of Strange Tales we have Paste Pot Pete making his sticky debut. Combined with the human torch still trying to keep his identity a secret as the Pete robs a bank and then tries to steal a new government missile. is this story a stuck to your seat success? or just a sticky mess? Stick around and read my review to find out.
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Strange Tales #103
Prisoner of the 5th Dimension

September 30, 2011 | Drew | (2 Comments)

Strange tales #103 where the human Torch is the prisoner of the 5th dimension, was a well written, and fairly well drawn story.  This time, the little care needed to explain why he is investigating this alone is taken.

just 1 panel, greatly helped this story fit in with a level of acceptability with the other Fantastic Four stories.  everything from there falls into place.
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Strange Tales #102
Prisoner of the Wizard

September 28, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

A week ago I brought you a review of one of the stories in Strange Tales #101. This week, The Human Torch continues being the star of the featured story.  This time we have him in “Prisoner of the Wizard”

The story is an enjoyable read, however I do feel it overlooks an all important fact about our hero, on the part of our antagonist.  That is, he is apart of a team, whom he can call on for help. I do feel this is also overlooked at least in part by the writers in the issue, as I will explain as I review. (more…)

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Strange Tales #101
The Human Torch

September 21, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

It is October of 1962 when this issue was released.  in the middle of that month, when someone, somewhere may have been reading this for the first time. The US entered the Nuclear weapon’s stand-off that we know as the Cuban Missile Crisis.  On a lighter note, The New York Yankee’s would have been playing the San Francisco Giants for that years World Series, the 7 games took place over a long 12 nights. The Yankees won it in the 7th game, bringing home there 20th in 40 years.

What does any of this have to do with this comic? Both of these events would have been in the future at the time of writing, inking and publishing. So while some may say it has nothing to do with them, I feel its good to put history and the minds of people of the time in perspective sometimes when doing a comic Review. Given the tough times the kid’s, teens, and even adults needed an escape, Hero’s even unreal ones that they can turn too.

With much more relevance, The Fantastic Four became a monthly magazine this month, and here one of its members Gains his own regular feature in Strange Tales, also quite ironically. in a month when the real world is worried about a threat from communist that are so close, this issue lets our hero foil a plot of communist that are even closer.  (more…)

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