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Human Torch (Jim Hammond)

Appearing in "The Origin of the Human Torch"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Comics #1
(originally printed as The Human Torch)

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Synopsis for "The Origin of the Human Torch"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Comics #1
(originally printed as The Human Torch)

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Professor Horton is holding a conference with the press, ready to reveal his creation to the world - the first android. He reveals that there is a difficult problem with his discovery. Leading the press into the lab, Horton points to a man in an air-tight, glass cage whom he calls The Human Torch. When air is let into the chamber, the man's entire body catches fire. The press in the room demand him to destroy his creation "before some madman can grasp its principles and hurl it against our civilization!" Horton refuses. Later, he is contacted and visited by the Scientist Guild. They also recommend destruction of the android since the flames cannot be controlled.

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They come to a compromise. The Human Torch is sealed within a steel tube which is then sealed in a block of concrete. Horton vows to find the secret to controlling the flame.

However, some time later there is an explosion outside Horton's bedroom window. He finds the Torch gone. It is revealed that there was a slow oxygen leak in the steel tube. The Torch runs through the streets of the city, confused as to why everything he touches catches on fire. Some firemen douse him with water, but it just turns into steam. Realizing he is causing damage, the Torch dives into a pool in an effort to put out the flame.

Inside the house with the pool, there are two men: Sardo, a racketeer, and Red, his not-so-smart lieutenant. Sardo realizes the Torch could be worth a lot of money, if used correctly. The two men go to Acmen Warehouses - Inc. to sell some fire insurance. Sardo threatens that if the company doesn't buy it, they won't have any steel left. Mr. Harris, the company's president, refuses the offer and kicks the man out.

Sardo and Red place The Human Torch in a glass tube filled with water and transport him to a warehouse. There, they place him inside and throw a weight at the glass. As it shatters, the Torch bursts into flame. He quickly realizes what they are up to, and escapes with a mighty leap. The flames make him lighter than air.

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He burns Sardo's house down, but can't seem to find the criminal himself, who is hiding in the steel underground lab. After taking care of Sardo's men, the Torch locates the lab. Sirens catch the attention of both men.

Horton and the firemen arrive on the scene. The professor notices a nitrogen tank in the flames and rushes towards it, but the Torch gets there first and melts it before it can explode. The gas puts out his flames. The fire chief fires a gun at him, but the bullet melts on his super-heated skin. The Torch returns to Sardo, who attempts to bargain for his life. The man ends up throwing a tank of sulfuric acid at the flaming android, but it backfires and explodes before even reaching the target. Sardo is killed in the blast.

After using another tank of nitro, The Torch discovers he can now control the flames and throw fireballs. While walking down the street, covered in flames, he is surrounded by the police. The Torch apologizes and demonstrates his control over the fire. The police take him to headquarters where he explains Sardo's evil plans. They let him live with Professor Horton, who takes full responsibility. The Torch explains his control over the fire to Horton, who sees it as a money-making opportunity. The Torch realizes that humans will only continue to use him for their selfish purposes and escapes through the ceiling to be free.

Appearing in "The Sub-Mariner"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Mystery Comics #4
(originally printed as New York Hit by Green Flame)

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    • Inspector Reiss

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Synopsis for "The Sub-Mariner"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Mystery Comics #4
(originally printed as New York Hit by Green Flame)
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After reports of a strange army of "Green Flames" attacking New York, the Human Torch is called into the city by his friend Johnson to face a new threat. Asked to take on an alias, the Torch decides on Jim Hamond. Arriving on Broadway, he is stopped by the police who tell him the city (which is in ruins) is under martial law. The police demand to know his identity when suddenly, a Green Flame arrives. The Torch flames on and battles the foe, realizing that green flame is freezing cold. Pouring on the heat, the Torch kills the Green Flame before he can give any information. Thinking the Torch had killed Jim Hamond, the police attempts to arrest him, however, the Torch manages to escape.

Meeting up with Johnson and his colleague Maizie, the Torch learns that the chaos has been caused by Dr. Manyac. He is threatening to destroy New York City if his demands of ransom are not met. When the city refuses to comply, he sends an army of Green Flames to take out the slums of New York. The Torch goes into action, and when Manyac takes Maizie hostage, the Torch frees her and easily defeats Manyac, turning him over to the authorities. When Inspector Reiss tries to arrest him for the murder of "Jim Hamond", the Torch flames off and reveals that they are the same man.

Appearing in "Monsteroso!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Tales to Astonish #18
(originally printed as Gorgilla Strikes Again)

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  • Archaeologists

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  • Soviet Terrorists

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Synopsis for "Monsteroso!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Tales to Astonish #18
(originally printed as Gorgilla Strikes Again)

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After his last encounter with humans, Gorgilla escapes Borneo and travels to New York where people attack him because they think he's hostile. Escaping into the sewers he stumbles upon a Soviet plot to assassinate an African dignitary. Gorgilla stops them, but not before one escape onto Liberty Island and up th staute of liberty. When he follows the assassin he is shot and seemingly killed just as he catches up to the guy.

Appearing in "We Search the Stars"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Strange Tales #110
(originally printed as The Human Torch Vs. the Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete!)

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Synopsis for "We Search the Stars"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Strange Tales #110
(originally printed as The Human Torch Vs. the Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete!)

After a training session the Human Torch goes over his scrap book of past adventures, and recalls his previous battles against the Wizard and Paste Pot Pete, wondering what his old foes are up to today. Coincidentally enough, at that very moment Paste Pot Pete is busy breaking the Wizard out of prison so that the two may conspire on how to defeat their mutual foe.

Using the Wizard's suit that mimics the Human Torch's powers, the two begin to commit crimes that would cause the press to accuse the Human Torch of being a spy. However, when the Torch sets a trap to lure the two crooks to try and rob one of the world's richest men, the Torch himself gets captured and placed into a giant hall of mirrors by his foes. The Torch however uses his flame powers to break free and manages to capture the two crooks and turn them over to the police.

Appearing in "I Don't Believe in Ghosts!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Journey into Mystery #77
(originally printed as Beware! He Isn't Human!)

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  • Eric Krugg

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  • Diane Harper (A Robot)

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  • Krugg's Robot

Synopsis for "I Don't Believe in Ghosts!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Journey into Mystery #77
(originally printed as Beware! He Isn't Human!)

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A Hollywood special effects man builds an android to slay a woman who rejected his advances because she was "waiting". After he sends the robot to the museum where she works, he relaxes for a sufficient time, and then is startled when she appears at the door with the robot. She reveals that she too, is a robot, and she was "waiting" for a robot to be a mate. The two machines slowly approach him as he backs towards an open window which he falls through.

Appearing in "Spy Ambush"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Captain America Comics #10Spy Ambush

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  • Nazis
    • Countess Mara (Only appearance)[1]
    • Countess' henchmen (Only appearance)[1]
      • Franz (Only appearance; dies)[1]
      • Schultz (Only appearance)[1]
      • Klaus (Only appearance)[1]
      • Others unnamed (Only appearance)[1]

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Synopsis for "Spy Ambush"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Captain America Comics #10Spy Ambush

Steve Rogers and Bucky have been charged with transporting a secret weapon back to Camp Lehigh. On the way, a woman collapses in the middle of the road forcing them to stop. Steve sends Bucky off to get help, leaving him alone with the woman. This woman is Countess Mara, a Nazi spy who has set up an ambush to capture the secret weapon: a rapid firing grenade launcher. Blasting Steve with a grenade, the female spy and her henchmen capture the weapon and she sends one of her men to eliminate Bucky. Steve has survived the blast and changes into Captain America and goes to Bucky's rescue.

With Bucky saved, the two heroes follow after Countess Mara and her men to a nearby castle. Ramming the gates, they fight off Mara's men and attempt to take back the stolen army truck. The Countess is prepared for this and uses a gas gun to knock the two champions out. They revive shortly after to find their hands bound, and Mara explains her mission orders. To dispose of the two heroes, she has her men toss them in a room that is rigged with flame jets that will burn them alive. She decides to toy with them first, which proves to be her undoing as Captain America and Bucky manage to free themselves by escaping through a ceiling hatch in the room. As they battle, the Nazi spies again, the Countess unleashes her minion named Klaus, a seven foot tall man. Even he proves to be no match for Captain America and is easily beaten into submission.

Furious, the Countess attempts to blow up Captain America with a grenade fired from the stolen weapon. Seeing the attack, Cap deflects the launched grenade with his shield causing an explosion that kills all her men. Surviving the blast, the Countess begs Captain America not to torture and kill her. The Captain explains to her that Americans don't resort to the same tactics as the Nazis and will see her deported back to Germany with a message for Hitler himself: Americans will fight for freedom no matter what.

Notes

  • This issue debuts its new letters page, Fantasy Mail Bag. Letters are published from Albert Tindall and Ron Rencevicz.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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