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Appearing in "The Threat of the Torrid Twosome"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #106.

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Synopsis for "The Threat of the Torrid Twosome"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #106.

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, 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 "Flame On!"

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

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  • Chinese soldiers

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  • Captain Fred Jory

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Synopsis for "Flame On!"

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

The Human Torch and Toro spot an American fighter plane heading for a crash landing toward the city and flame on to stop it. Seeing that the engine is out of fuel, the Torch flies into the afterburner of the plane and provides his flame to restore the plane's functions so it can land.

The question the pilot, a man named Captain Jory who is distraught that he is not allowed to marry Lotty, the girl he loves, because her father is the Colonel at the base and he thinks that Jory is a coward. The Torch convinces Jory that he can prove that he isn't a coward, and goes back with him to base while Toro flies back home.

At the base, the Torch and Jory overhear that the colonel is being roughed up by communist spies who want to know government secrets. Jory charges in with the Human Torch telling Jory that he will help. Jory believes that the Torch is invisibly helping him fight off the communist spies. Freeing the colonel, Jory learns that the spies are after a new super-jet being developed by the military. Jory rushes off to the airfield thinking that the Torch is still invisibly following him but the spies manage to get away in their jet.

The real Human Torch offers to help Jory capture them by lending his flame powers to give his own fighter plane an added boost to catch up to the highly advanced fighter plane. Catching up to the super-jet, Jory ejects from his own plane and boards the new advanced fighter and subdues the spy inside and returns it to base -- once more thinking that the Torch is invisibly assisting him. He lands the plane back at the airfield where both Lotty and her father are waiting for him and are proud of his displays of courage. Suddenly another communist spy appears and threatens to shoot the colonel in the back. Jory easily knocks him out, but then confesses that the Human Torch had been invisibly assisting him the whole time. However the Torch appears and tells Jory that he didn't help at all, Jory merely used his own courage in face of a major crisis.

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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