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Issue Details

Issue #123
Published August 1964
Frequency monthly
Cover Price 0.12 USD
Pages 36
Editing Stan Lee
Notes Distributed to newstands in May 1964. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements. Distribution date from Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website.

Cover Details - "The Beetle!/Loki!"

Characters Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Beetle [Abner Jenkins]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Loki; Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]; Thor
Genre superhero
Script Stan Lee
Pencils Jack Kirby
Inks Sol Brodsky
Colors Stan Goldberg ?
Notes Inks credit from Nick Caputo (26 July 2005); originally credited to George Roussos.
Reprinted in Essential Dr. Strange (Marvel, 2001 series) #1 (December 2001) [black & white]; in Essential Human Torch (Marvel, 2003 series) #1 (2003) [black & white]; in Marvel Masterworks: The Human Torch (Marvel, 2006 series) #2 (2009)

14 page The Human Torch story "The Birth of the Beetle!"

Characters Johnny Storm [Human Torch]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Beetle [Abner Jenkins] (introduction, origin); Alicia Masters; Doris Evans
Synopsis Mechanic-inventor Abner Jenkins creates the identity of The Beetle. While taking the Fantasti-Car for a double-date, Johnny & Ben wind up being humiliated by The Beetle. But when he tries to rip off the NY World's Fair, the rematch goes the other way.
Genre superhero
Script Stan Lee
Pencils Carl Burgos
Inks Dick Ayers
Letters Sam Rosen
Notes Carl Burgos was the creator of the original Human Torch! The Beetle next appears in Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel, 1963 series) #21 (February 1965). Colors credit for Stan Goldberg removed due to lack of attribution.
Reprinted in Marvel Tales (Marvel, 1966 series) #25 (March 1970); in Fantastici Quattro, I (Editoriale Corno, 1971 series) #24 (February 22, 1972) [as "La nascita del Coleottero!", Italian translation]; in Essential Human Torch (Marvel, 2003 series) #1 (2003) [black & white]; in Marvel Masterworks: The Human Torch (Marvel, 2006 series) #2 (2009)

9 page Dr. Strange Master of the Mystic Arts! story "The Challenge of Loki!"

Characters Doctor Strange [Stephen Strange]; Loki; Thor [Donald Blake]; Odin (cameo);
Synopsis Strange practices the art of levitation. Meanwhile, in faraway Asgard, home of the Norse Gods, Loki, God of Mischief, plots as always. He contacts Strange and tries to convince him that he is a prisoner of Thor, who is evil and deceiving his father. Strange uses a spell to take Thor's hammer, but on examining it, can sense no trace of evil. Realizing he's been had, Strange battle Loki, who later swears vengeance against the mage.
Genre superhero
Script Steve Ditko (plot, un-credited); Stan Lee (script)
Pencils Steve Ditko
Inks George Roussos [as George Bell]
Letters Art Simek
Notes Loki would seek revenge against Strange the very next month in Journey Into Mystery #108 (September 1964).
Reprinted in Marvel Collectors' Item Classics (Marvel, 1965 series) #14 (April 1968); in Giant-Size Marvel Triple Action (Marvel, 1975 series) #2 (July 1975); in Strange Tales (Marvel, 1973 series) #182 (November 1975); in Doctor Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts (Pocket Books, 1978 series) #nn [1]; in Doctor Strange Master of the Mystic Arts (Simon and Schuster, 1979 series) #nn; in Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #23 (1992); in Essential Dr. Strange (Marvel, 2001 series) #1 (December 2001) [black & white]; in Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange (Marvel, 2003 series) #1 (2003)

1 page promo (ad from the publisher) "Two More Triumphs for Marvel..!"

Notes Advertises Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel, 1963 series) #15 (August 1964) and Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #29 (August 1964). Printed between the pages of the Dr. Strange story.

1 page text story "Strange Mission"

Characters Alfred Pook; Harold; Dr. Smith
Synopsis A man becomes confused over directions to the dentist and as a result accidentally pilots an expedition to claim a new planet.
Genre science fiction
Pencils Joe Maneely
Inks Joe Maneely
Letters typeset
Notes Text story with illustration. Printed after Dr. Strange story. Continues from last issue.
Reprinted from Mystery Tales (Marvel, 1952 series) #45 (September 1956) [page 2]