…but Spider-Man was headed to a Giant-Size Spider-Man book, so they needed a new lead for MTU!
For a few issues in the early days, it was the Human Torch of the Fantastic Four who was meeting with other Marvelous co-stars!
These issues are as follows…
The Torch meets the Jade Giant
This little gem was written by Len Wein, and featured art by Gil Kane in "Where Bursts the Bomb"!
Fire vs. Ice
Except Equinox had already faced Spider-Man (who was too busy to fight him for long, as he was meeting Dracula in Giant-Size Spider-Man #1, which also came out that month…and had the X-Men preparing for their own explosion in popularity with Giant-Size X-Men #1).
All these tales were written by Len Wein, and the art in the MTU issue was by Gil Kane!
Flames Meet Weather’s Fury
These foes had a rock hard tenacity!
The Asgardian and the young flaming one did well against these foes, in this tale entitled "The Fire This Time" written by Len Wein and drawn by artist Jim Mooney!
Burn After Reading
This team faced off against a new villain, Infinitus, the Reincarnated Man. Oddly, Infinitus hasn’t found his way back into any stories as of yet…so he didn’t seem to make any impression on the fans…even with the title of the story..."Beware The Coming of...Infinitus! Or How Can You Stop the Reincarnated Man?"
So Hot With Twice the Flame
This also features the first team-up where Johnny met his co-star for the first time within the pages of MTU!
This tale entitled "All The Fires In Hell...!" was written by Gerry Conway and drawn by Sal Buscema had the two facing off against Dryminextes (a demon who had possessed members of Wyatt Wingfoot’s tribe).
An Odd Pairing
This story was by Gerry Conway and Sal Buscema. and came out at the same time as Giant-Size Spider-Man #5 (the last of the original stories in the Giant-Size Spider-Man run, as #6 was a reprint…of a team-up of Spider-Man…and the Human Torch!).
The Fire Still Burns
Flame on, Johnny Storm!