Strange Tales #104 (01/10/1963)

detail2Strange Tales #104 features Paste Pot Pete robbing banks and military institutes with the aid of his handy dandy paste gun. It is now up to the Human Torch to stop this newest threat before he can cause any more damage.

Outside of the artwork this issue is garbage. Where to begin? Well first of all the villain is Paste Pot Pete whose power is a paste gun, which is apparently enough to take down a military base. In addition, the Human Torch now has the ability to create a heat seeking double that can follow a villain. In addition, apparently the Human Torch’s flame runs out just for a few seconds to create some forced tension. Also, doesn’t this mean the Human Torch’s identity was revealed? Finally the way this ends would be entirely dependent on Paste Pot Pete knowing exactly what was going to happen.

In the end Strange Tales #104 features a poor though and probably one of the weakest villains this side of the Porcupine, which makes for an issue that should just be avoided. Also, the are totally messing up the Human Torch’s character with all these inconsistent powers.

Rating: 1.0/5.0


  • Editor: Stan Lee
  • Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
  • Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
  • Pencilers: Jack Kirby
  • Inkers: Dick Ayers
  • Colorists:
  • Letterers: Artie Simek

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