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Strange Tales Vol 1 106


Strange Tales Vol 1 106

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The Acrobat
It's a pleasure to meet the famous Human Torch!
Conversation Tail
Jonathan Storm (Earth-616)
Human Torch
Torch!! But how--? How did you know who I was?
Conversation Tail

The Acrobat
Surely you jest! Everybody knows that Johnny Storm and the fabulous fire-boy are one and the same person!
Conversation Tail
Susan Storm (Earth-616) from Fantastic Four Vol 5 13 cover
Invisible Girl
Of course, Johnny! All of Glenville knows of your dual role!
Conversation Tail
Jonathan Storm (Earth-616)
Human Torch
Holy cow! And all this time I thought I was hiding it so cleverly! Well, I'll be--
Conversation Tail

Appearing in "The Threat of the Torrid Twosome"Edit

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Supporting Characters:


Other Characters:


Synopsis for "The Threat of the Torrid Twosome"Edit

After a training session, Johnny is visited by Carl Zante, the "world's greatest acrobat" to convince the Torch to join him. Convincing him that he is the most valuable member of the Fantastic Four and that he is could make a living working with the Acrobat, the two form a partnership as the Torrid Twosome.

Zante tricks the Torch into breaking into a bank vault telling him that somebody was trapped inside. However, the Torch realizes the truth and when he doesn't want to go along with Zante to rob the bank, the Acrobat uses a hose to douse the Torch's flame. However, when as the Acrobat is escaping the bank he is confronted by the other members of the Fantastic Four.

The Torch recovers his flame powers and helps his fellow Fantastic Four members in capturing Zante and turning him over to the police. Realizing that he made a mistake in teaming up with Zante, Johnny rejoins the Fantastic Four and is welcomed back with open arms.

Appearing in "Man on a Scaffold"Edit

  • Appearances not yet listed

Synopsis for "Man on a Scaffold"Edit

A teller of tall tales becomes the butt of some ribbing when he tries to tell his fellow painters that he has acquired some magic paints. When the cable of the scaffold they are working on breaks, the advertising poster the men were painting in comes to life and lowers them to the ground. The amazed painters feel they owe their lives to the magic paint, but our teller of tall tales is smug in the knowledge that the scaffold never really fell but his paint allowed him to hypnotize his coworkers into believing it did and that they were saved by the poster.

Appearing in "The Mystery of the Purple Planet"Edit

  • Appearances not yet listed

Synopsis for "The Mystery of the Purple Planet"Edit

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "The Recipe!"Edit

  • Appearances not yet listed

Synopsis for "The Recipe!"Edit

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Continuity Notes

The Threat of the Torrid Twosome

  • 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. This issue reveals that "everyone" in Glenville knows Johnny's "secret" identity.

Publication Notes

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

  • No trivia.

See AlsoEdit

  • None.

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

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