*Marvel: Let’s be honest, most of the Human Torch’s villains from his solo series in Strange Tales were a bit rubbish. Paste-Pot Pete? The Painter of a Thousand Perils? The Sorceror? The Plantman? While some of them later got makeovers, Johnny spent much of his time harassing a succession of burly beardies in overcoats, hardly striking terror into the hearts of comic readers. But the Wizard was an exception: a criminal genius akin to the likes of Doctor Doom or the Mad Thinker, he went on to form the Frightful Four, and spend decades as one of (well, one-quarter of) the Fantastic Four’s most notorious nemeses. In Strange Tales #102, by Lee and Kirby, the Human Torch (in his second solo outing) faced off against the Wizard for the very first time, and this cents copy, with no UK overprint or price stamp, is a beautiful copy with vivid deep colour, which we have graded as Apparent FN because there is evidence of slight trim to the right edge of the book, which does not impinge upon the story pages. In every other respect a superior copy, this is relatively bargainaceous at £65.