Characters Appearing: Human Torch (Golden Age), Toro
Men's Adventures #28 (Human Torch)
Issue(s): Men's Adventures #28 (Human Torch story only)
The story is introduced as "a story of terror... terror that swept a country! A world! Terror that turned a thinking people into a terrified mob, an instrument of destruction, molded to viciousness and intolerance! This is a story that could happen... tomorrow!". The plot is very much in the Twilight Zone genre that will be the basis of a lot of Marvel's output during the early 60s.
The Earth has an alien encounter. Human Torch and Toro investigate and find that the aliens are friendly.
Unfortunately, the people of Earth are afflicted by a cosmic plague.
The aliens are here to help cure it, but of course the Earthlings find their arrival suspicious. In a scene that anticipates anti-mutant hysteria, when the Torches try to convince the crowd of the aliens' good intentions, the mob quickly turns on them and points out their non-human nature.
That's something we haven't seen much of in the Golden Age.
Ultimately the aliens give up the cure even as they are beaten to death.
The story ends with the Torch saying that "man must learn humility".
An unusually progressive story for the anti-commie period.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Super-Heroes #17
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