Strange Tales #108 (05/10/1963)

detailWilhelm van Vile, a counterfeiter put away by the Human Torch discovers an alien artifact, magical paint that makes the user’s paintings come to life. Naturally, he seeks to get revenge on the Human Torch for pointing out Abe Lincoln’s sideburns and the only limits are his imagination. Will the Human Torch be able to stop him before it’s too late?

Wow, was this issue, outside of the art, just incredibly bad. First off, van Vile is probably the lamest villain since the Puppet Master. I mean let’s take away the fact that he was able to surmise the art style of aliens and age it at a million years, let’s forget about the highly doubtful fact that he’d be able paint anything before the goons would’ve gotten him, how is he able to time events to affect the Human Torch when he can’t see him? In addition, how the heck was the Human Torch even able to find him? This might possibly be the worst issue thus far.

Rating: 1.0/5.0


  • Editor:
  • Writers: Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein
  • Pencilers: Jack Kirby
  • Inkers: Dick Ayers
  • Colorists:
  • Letterers: Terry Szenics

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