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Quote1 Arise! Arise against tyranny! Defeat Zemu! Quote2
-- Human Torch

Appearing in "Prisoner of the 5th Dimension!"Edit

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Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • Zemu Next (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • George Bentley (First appearance)
  • Mr. Harris (Johnny's teacher) (First appearance)
    • Old Man from the Swamp and Unnamed Others

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Synopsis for "Prisoner of the 5th Dimension!"Edit

When newly built houses in the area have been found to sink into their foundations, Reed Richards sends Johnny to go and investigate. What Johnny stumbles upon is somebody from the 5th Dimension, who has been involved in these incidents, when Johnny learns the truth, he finds himself suddenly transported to the 5th Dimension.

In the 5th Dimension, Johnny is taken before Xemu a dictator who rules the dimension and plots to take over Earth, and he discovers that the area where the houses were being built is where they materialize when they travel to Earth's dimension. Put in a wet prison to prevent his flame powers, Johnny is freed by Valeria who is the daughter of Phineas, who used to be the ruler before Xemu overthrew his rule.

With the help of the Human Torch the people of the 5th Dimension are able to overthrow Xemu and retake their realm. After Johnny returns home, he has trouble focusing on his study because his thoughts keep on turning to Valeria.

Appearing in "Lady Luck"Edit

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Synopsis for "Lady Luck"Edit

Text story

Appearing in "The Little People"Edit

Featured Characters:

  • Lemuel Gulliver

Supporting Characters:

  • Little People

Other Characters:

  • Emma Gulliver

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Synopsis for "The Little People"Edit

A man gets lost in Europe and stumbles across of group of tiny people of proclaim he was there two centuries ago. He disbelieves them and flees home to America and does not believe what happened is real. There it is revealed that he is in fact Lemuel Gulliver, the protagonist from Gulliver's Travels.

Appearing in "Jasper's Jalopy"Edit

Featured Characters:

  • Jasper

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  • Jalopy

Synopsis for "Jasper's Jalopy"Edit

Jasper owns an old car for 30 years that he thinks of as a friend. One day when approaching a bridge the car stalls with a line of drivers behind it. The annoyed motorists get out to see what is the matter with the car they mock as decrepit and Jasper is perplexed as his car has not stalled on him for 30 years. The motorists attempt to push it over the bridge with Jasper inside since the road is too narrow for them to go around, but they find themselves unable to move the car. When Jasper leaves the car, the car moves forward by itself and the bridge collapses. The motorists realize Jasper's old friend sacrificed itself to save all of their lives.

Continuity Notes

Prisoner of the 5th Dimension!

  • This story states that Johnny's public identity is secret. This was a pretense that the Torch put up for himself as revealed in Human Torch Vol 2 #1 Johnny did this to cover his bruised ego when nobody in Glenville initially believed he was the Human Torch. The Fantastic Four publicly revealed themselves just prior to Fantastic Four #3 as explained in Fantastic Four #543. Strange Tales #106 reveals that everyone knew about Johnny's "double identity" and were just humoring him.
  • Johnny never follows up on his romantic interest in Valeria until years later in Fantastic Four #160-163, however his romantic interest never went anywhere.

The Little People

  • There is no indication that this story is part of the Earth-616 universe.

Jasper's Jalopy

  • There is no indication that this story is part of the Earth-616 universe.

Publication Notes

  • This issue is reprinted in other comics and books, see references for more info.[1]


  • No trivia.


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