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Appearing in "The Human Torch Meets Paste-Pot Pete!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #104.

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Synopsis for "The Human Torch Meets Paste-Pot Pete!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #104.

While at the bank, Johnny Storm is witness to a robbery by a new costumed criminal named Paste-Pot Pete, a criminal that uses specially made paste to trap his victim. After Paste-Pot robs the bank, Johnny tries to stop him, however Pete manages to escape when he gets on a motorcycle as an escape vehicle.

The Torch catches up with Paste-Pot just as he has succeeded in stealing a missile from the military in the hopes of selling it to foreign powers. The Torch is unable to stop Paste-Pot initially because he over taxed his flame powers, allowing Paste-Pot to capture the Torch and bind him to the rocket he stole. He launches it, hoping to kill the Torch.

Johnny's powers revive enough for him to free himself and get back on the trail of Paste-Pot Pete. The Torch tracks him down and manages to stop him by melting his truck. However, Paste-Pot manages to escape when he uses a paste line to hitch a ride on an airplane. However, his escape is a hollow victory, as he ends up falling out in the middle of the ocean.

The Torch meanwhile wonders if he's ever going to meet Paste-Pot Pete again.

Appearing in "The World's End"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Human Torch Comics #38.

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Synopsis for "The World's End"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Human Torch Comics #38.

Some mysterious force is causing all the oxygen on Earth to disappear, threatening to destroy all life on Earth. Also effected are the Human Torch and Toro who do not have enough oxygen to full flame on. Falling out of the sky, the pair land in the harbor and swim to shore. There they spot two men wearing breathing masks who are witness the slow suffocation of the city. The pair overhear how they wonder why their master sucks the air away slowly, and attack the two men. They easily subdue them and remove their oxygen masks and learn that they are under the employ of Professor Marko who is trying to remove all the air from the Earth.

Taking the men's oxygen tanks and using them to provide enough oxygen to flame on, the Torch and Toro head to the professors lab where they spot a giant vacuum sucking in all the air around it. Flying in the vacuum's path, their flames are snuffed out and they are sucked into the massive device. They land inside the lab of Professor Marko and his ally a Communist spy named Gorodok. With the lab filled with oxygen, the pair are able to flame on again and fend off Gorodok's bullets, but Professor Marko manages to douse them with a fire hose and they are knocked out.

The flaming duo are placed in glass tubes with just enough oxygen to allow them to live, but not flame on. Professor Marko explains that he is trying to deprive the world of oxygen in revenge for his daughter being crippled so that he can make her queen of the world. However, Marko's daughter has no wish to follow her father's mad dreams and uses a fire axe to free the Torch and Toro. Gorodok attempts to escape outside in an oxygen mask, but the Torch follows after him and knocks him back into the lab, there Gorodok shoots Professor Marko dead as he himself dies from his injuries from the fall.

With the world on the brink of global extinction, the Professor's daughter surprises everyone when she suddenly gets out of her wheelchair to run to the controls and reverse the flow of oxygen. However the Torch pulls the switch first, restoring the world's oxygen supply. Stella thanks the Torch and Toro for their help and the two heroes fly off.

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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