Houses are mysteriously sinking in a swampy area, even as they are being reinforced to prevent that, although I’m not sure why they would be building in a swamp in the first place. Soon the Human Torch stumbles upon a plot involving a dictator, Zemu, from the 5th Dimension planning on invading the Earth. It is up to the Human Torch to stop the invasion.
Overall Strange Tales #103 is one of the better issues so far, which is not saying much. Again, in this issue the artwork is fine, even if the 5th dimension residents aren’t very imaginative. However, the story has it’s problem, but thankfully the whole secret identity isn’t one of them. Probably the biggest issue is the fact that 5th dimension’s weapons are fireproof, which is a weird thing to do, unless they were preparing specifically for the Human Torch. If that’s the case then this story makes no sense.
In the end, Strange Tales #103 is an okay issue, but you’re not going to be missing anything if you don’t read it.
- Editor: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
- Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers
- Letterers: Artie Simek