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? 


In fact, what we got was a story that showed no thought,  the wizard is back to impersonating the torch like he did in their first encounter,  and also able to earn the trust of the guards just like he did in his prior escape?   Do non hero, non-named characters like the warden not learn? I think not, and this is observed.

The only thing that could have made this story better was to not happen, an in fact the only thing good about the story is the ending, a glimmer of hope that we will have seen the last of the wizard, a Super Villain, whom from  my perspective has been shown time and again, not to have a good story.


it can be a trying task to appraise the artwork, when every page of the story is making you groan, yet I feel that this tale was drawn and inked quite well, offering us a great look both the characters and the world around them. 

Originality And Continuity

This story felt like every tale of the wizard, meshed up, offering much the same story with just different wording,  it is one thing to copy other stories, but its even worse if it’s just point black copying  his own story, it is only a few steps above being a reprint

Book Information:
Cover Date: Mar 1964
Read At:
  • Stan Lee
  • Dick Ayers
  • S. Rosen
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