Strange Tales #102 continues with Human Torch solo adventures. In this issue we’re introduced to the genius known as the Wizard, who invents incredible things and fancies himself as the greatest person on Earth. However, he decides to test his abilities against the Human Torch and find out his identity. Can the Human Torch withstand the Wizard’s onslaught.
Once again in this series the Human Torch has a secret identity, which conflicts with the Fantastic Four series. It’ll be interesting to see how that works out once the Wizard shows up in the other series. Aside from that issue, the poor writing in this series continues again. The major issue this time is the Wizard completely douses the Human Torch, extinguishing his flame, except for his head. Then he decides to lock him in a room and not extinguish the flame on this head, even though his goal is to reveal his identity. Also, the way his flame was extinguished makes it pretty unbelievable that his head would’ve been untouched.
In the end Strange Tales #102 suffers from sloppy writing and a half-assed storyline. Although I have to admit the ending was pretty well-done and the artwork was pretty well-done throughout. Still, not worth reading really.
- Editor: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
- Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Letterers: Artie Simek