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Quote1 As for you, Torch, your days of meddling are over! Quote2
-- Destroyer

Appearing in "The Human Torch"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Other Characters:

Locations: Locations:


  • Communist Submarine

Synopsis for "The Human Torch"Edit

Johnny Storm and his sister Sue have taken up residence in Glenville, New York, where nobody is aware that they are members of the Fantastic Four. The town has recently began construction of a new amusement park which has been the target of sabotage, by somebody who has also been sending threatening letters to the local newspaper, calling himself the Destroyer.

Johnny, as the Human Torch decides to get to the bottom of things and find out why this is happening. He foils a number of acts of sabotage and saves people from getting hurt. His efforts net him a challenge being issued by the Destroyer through the newspaper. When the Thing arrives to give the Torch some help thinking that Johnny is in over his head, the Torch refuses.

Going to the meeting place, a cabin in the woods, the Torch has his flame doused with a bucket of water and is easily duped by the Destroyer who manages to escape. Johnny later decides to see why the Destroyer is targeting the amusement park. Upon closer inspection he finds that there is a Soviet submarine off the coast. With the help of the US military he captures the spies, and the Torch learns the hide out of the Destroyer.

The Torch easily defeats the Destroyer this time, and reveals him to be Charles Stanton, editor of the newspaper company which published the Destroyer's letters. He was working for a newspaper to learn what he could about the goings on in America to report back to his superiors, and he targeted the amusement park because it's construction near the waterway would have made the Soviet sub visible to others.

Appearing in "The Impossible Space Ship"Edit

Featured Characters:

  • Several unnamed humans
  • The alien visitor
  • Other aliens


  • Earth
  • Unnamed alien planet

Synopsis for "The Impossible Space Ship"Edit

A spacecraft arrives on earth and after a thorough investigation the humans deem it empty. However, after it returns to its home planet it is revealed that it was the ship itself that was alive.

Appearing in "What Is X-35?"Edit

Featured Characters:

  • Archie Craig

Supporting Characters:

  • Cops
    • Bill
  • Ticket seller



  • S.S. Palace
  • Car

Synopsis for "What Is X-35?"Edit

A criminal attempts to avoid the police by getting a ticket on a tramp steamer out of port. When he looks at the ticket the seller gives him it reads X-35. He angrily heads back to the ticket seller who apologizes and hands him the ticket which he verifies standing there. When he is back in his hideout, he glances at the ticket again and sees it says X-35. He thinks the ticket seller is having some sort of gag on him, so he goes down to have it out with him and pulls his gun. The ticket seller is frightened and runs out of the building and across the street pursued by the criminal who is struck and killed by a car with the license plate...X-35.

Continuity Notes

The Human Torch

  • The editor's note states that Johnny's identity as the Human Torch is secret. It is later identified in Human Torch Vol 2 #1 that Johnny initially tried to brag about being the Human Torch and nobody believed him. The "secret identity" business was all to save his bruised ego until people couldn't deny that he was actually the Human Torch. Strange Tales #106 reveals that everyone knew about Johnny's "double identity" and were just humoring him.
  • Johnny recaps the origins of the Fantastic Four as the tale was originally told in Fantastic Four #1. The purpose of the space flight and the technology used here are not specified but these facts are subject to the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. Originally in Fantastic Four #1 it is stated that the Fantastic Four were trying to beat the Soviets in the space race. In Fantastic Four #2 it is stated the group were trying to reach Mars. The story has been frequently updated since. Particularly in Fantastic Four #197, Fantastic Four #236, Fantastic Four #358. Current versions of the Fantastic Four's origins now state they were attempting to travel beyond the solar system with a prototype star drive.

The Impossible Ship

  • It cannot be confirmed if this story takes place in the Earth-616 universe or not.

What is X-35?

  • It cannot be confirmed if this story takes place in the Earth-616 universe or not.

Publication Notes

  • This issue is reprinted in other comics and books, see references for more info.[2]

  • No trivia.

See AlsoEdit

  • None.


  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. The first story is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:

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