Strange Tales #110 (07/10/1963)

detail.jpgStrange Tales #110 is split into two stories this time. The first one, “The Human Torch vs. the Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete,” sees Paste-Pot Pete bust the Wizard out of jail so that they can team up to take out the Human Torch. The second story, “Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic,” features the one and only Dr. Strange, well except for the other one from earlier. In this issue a man is haunted in his dreams by a strange figure bound in chains. Thus he seeks out the help of Dr. Strange. Can Dr. Strange solve this mystery?

The Human Torch story in this issue is pretty poor, which is to be expected with a villain like Paste-Pot Pete. The plot, once again, is pretty flimsy, with such gems as making their headquarters the Wizard’s home because the police will never check there, even though that’s exactly where he went the last time he busted out of jail, and let’s make a trap that is ineffective against the Human Torch. While the Dr. Strange story is definitely the better of the two, and has a better villain in Nightmare, the brevity of the story prevents it from being anything special. Definitely potential there though. Also, the panels of Dr. Strange in the nightmare realm were just awesome.

Strange Tales #110 is worth a read simply for the Dr. Strange tale alone. The Human Torch tale, on the other hand, is much harder to recommend because of the flawed ending and the villains involved.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Creators:

    • Editor: Stan Lee
    • Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
    • Writers: Stan Lee, H.E. Huntley
    • Pencilers: Dick Ayers
    • Inkers: Steve Ditko
    • Colourists:
    • Letterers: John Duffy, Terry Szenics

 

 

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