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Appearing in "The Human Torch"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Strange Tales #101

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  • Communist Submarine

Synopsis for "The Human Torch"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Strange Tales #101

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 begun 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 netted 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 its construction near the waterway would have made the Soviet sub visible to others.

Appearing in "The Ray of Madness"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Human Torch #33

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Synopsis for "The Ray of Madness"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Human Torch #33

The Earth is suddenly effected by a series of strange animal attacks that increase in numbers over the course of days. Leading scientists begin examining the phenomenon and deduce that some kind of ray being fired from the planet Jupiter is the source of the problem. During a meeting with scientists and government officials they conclude that the ray must be stopped as it will soon effect humans before too long. Attending the meeting is Captain America who contacts his friend the Human Torch, the only man he believes is capable to carrying out the mission of flying to Jupiter and stopping the source of the ray. Captain America meets with the Torch and explains the situation and the Human Torch agrees to take on the mission despite the risks and the uncertainty that he will be able to make it back to Earth safely. At La Guardia airport the Torch bids farewell to Sun Girl and Captain America before flaming on and flying into space.

Meanwhile, on the planet Jupiter a race of Jovians led by Keezar detect the Torch's approach their Pool of Madness, the source of their power. In order to maintain their survival, the Jovians agree to hide back in the rocks and wait and see what this threat is that approaches them. Soon the Human Torch arrives on Jupiter and is soon besieged by Jovians. When the Human Torch tries to explain to them the effects the Pool of Madness is having on the Earth, Keezar scoffs at him and orders his minions to destroy the Torch. However they can the area is struck by meteors, killing all the Jovians but Keezar. When Keezar attempts to attack the Torch flames on and uses his flame powers send the nearby fire waters loose which flood the area and drown Keezar, ending his threat then uses his flame powers to destroy the Pool of Madness.

The Human Torch then makes his way back to Earth wondering if his flame will last. On Earth, Captain America and Sun Girl observe the Torch's return through a telescope. As the Torch enters Earth's atmosphere his powers being to fade causing him to fall to the Earth. Seeing this Cap and Sun Girl rush to his rescue. Captain America manages to catch the Torch and save him from a fatal fall. With the Torch safe, Sun Girl proclaims both the Torch and Cap as the bravest heroes alive.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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