Strange Tales #105 sees the return of the fearsome Wizard, who since he was bested by the Human Torch a couple of issues ago has been cooling off in jail. Luckily for the Wizard, the jail is run by incompetents, as they let him work with a bunch of chemicals. Soon after the Wizard creates of formula that will burn through anything, except for his test tube (darn, plot problem number one). In short order he decides to use the formula to burn a whole through the wall of his cell. He then proceeds to hide in the corner of the cell while all the prison guards rush through the hole after them. Seriously, how did not one of them not notice him (plot problem two). Anyways, afterwards he strolls out through the open cell door and out of the prison, which assumes that all the other guards are gone and all the other doors through the prison were also left unlocked (plot problem number three).
Besides plot holes, there’s also the issue with the Human Torch’s ever expanding powers, which now also include flame shield, flame catapult, and flame saw. Also, why is the Invisible Girl always portrayed as pretty much useless, except for getting caught? Finally, the last several issues the Human Torch has been super concerned about his secret identity but in this issue he flames off without a second thought. Also, what’s the deal with the shifting look of the Wizard?
In the end the Strange Tales series is quickly becoming a series with little to no redeeming qualities and is running the Human Torch into the ground. Only read if you are the world’s biggest Human Torch fan.
- Editor: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
- Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers
- Letterers: Artie Simek