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Special All Human Torch
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FLAME ON! Hi, I'm Johnny Storm, the Human Torch (a.k.a. actor Chris Evans). Welcome to this special HUMAN TORCH issue of Dial B for BLOG! While you wait for the big new Fantastic Four movie to open on July 15, here's your chance to study up on your Torch-lore, so you can impress your friends with useless Torch-trivia!


Q & A WITH THE TORCH
For The Civilians Among Us...

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FIRE VS. WATER
Two Torches Tackle One Subby

The original Human Torch was created in the Golden Age, and he had a habit of fighting Sub-Mariner. As the next-generation torch, I carried on that legacy proudly! Here an Original Torch/Subby duel from Marvel Mystery Comics #9 by Everett/Schomburg, and me battling Subby in Strange Tales #107 by Kirby/Ayers, and Sub-Mariner #44 by Kane/Esposito.


FF ANNUAL PRESENTS
Golden Age Torch vs. Modern Age Torch

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JOHNNY'S FAVORITE COVERS
A Flaming, Flying,
Fighting-mad Human Torch!


Here are my three favorite FF covers of all time. They all happen to feature great action shots of ME, Johnny Storm, but I'm not egotistical -- I swear! It's just a coincidence! Here are FF #54 by Kirby/Sinnott, FF #233 by John Byrne, and FF #364 by Walter Simonson.


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TORCH'S MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENTS
Joker-torch, Choco-torch, and Herbie the Robo-torch

That's not my normal expression on that doll -- I accidentally inhaled a whiff of Joker gas right before the modeling session, and they put the damn Joker smile I had then on the doll's face. Oh well, at least they enclosed a weird plastic piece of flame with my action figure.
Next, there's the FF candy bar. Man did I get screwed on THAT deal. I was supposed to get $10,000 up front, but somehow I wound up owing the company money. Guess the bar didn't do too well.
Finally -- did you know there was once a version of the FF without ME, the Human Torch? True! In the 1978 FF TV cartoon, they had the nerve to substitute a sickening little robot named "Herbie" for me! They weren't worried kids would try to ignite themselves, they just didn't have the rights to my character, which had been sold to the movies separately at this time. Well anyway, if kids had tried to imitate this lame robot, they would have turned themselves into mechanical assholes!
It gets worse. My REAL most embarrassing moment is yet to come. Keep reading.


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TEENS IN TROUBLE
Torch vs. Spidey

Hey! Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man here. You know, the world famous, mega-movie star? I've been friends with the Human Torch for about 40 years now -- not an easy feat, when you consider that both of us are only in our late 20's. Anyway, whenever we meet, we seem to fight. See above. Yes, that's my buddy the Torch going after me -- and in MY OWN title no less! And not just some satellite title like Strange Tales or Peter Parker. He tries hassles me right in my very own flagship title, AMAZING. What balls the guy has! No wonder he gets on Ben's nerves.

Pictured: Amazing Spider-Man #1 by Steve Ditko, ASM #17 by Ditko, and ASM #77 by John Romita Sr.


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TORCH'S MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT EVER
"I Married a Skrull!"

Look, I don't like talking about it... but yeah, I married a Skrull. I didn't know she was a Skrull at the time! She had taken the form of Alicia, Ben's old girlfriend, so I thought all I was doing was marrying my best friend's ex-girlfriend. THAT'S perfectly OK. But then Ben found out she was a skrull in FF # 337, written by Tom DeFalco, and forced her to change to her natural form right in front of me. We got a divorce on the grounds of the whole thing being too fucked up to bear, and to this day, we never speak of it. Please ... let's keep it that way!




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ANOTHER LITTLE-SEEN GEM
Unused Kirby Cover for
First Black Panther Appearance!


To end on a high note -- here's another unused cover by Jack Kirby, this one for Fantastic Four #52, featuring the first appearance of the Black Panther. It's also got ME, the Human Torch, on it, of course! Black Panther fans take note -- you're very lucky. Reed once told me that Stan and Jack's original name for the character was the "Coal Tiger." Very non-groovy, baby. Click the pic for a big version. FLAME OFF!

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