Monday, June 1, 2020

Marvel Immersion Project: Strange Tales #125-131

As discussed last week, even though conservative artist Steve Ditko probably wasn't too thrilled, the counter-culture of the 1960s was not shy about expressing its affection for Doctor Strange.  In 1965, Jefferson Airplane headlined one of the first big psychedelic music showcases, entitled "A Concert for Dr. Strange."

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In 1967, Pink Floyd included Strange's imagery on the cover of their album A Saucerful of Secrets:
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Strange Tales #125
Originally Published October 1, 1964
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Steve Ditko
  • Nemesis: Baron Mordo

Strange Tales #126
November 1, 1964
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  • Nemesis: Dormammu

Strange Tales #127
December 1, 1964
  • Part 2 of Dormammu story
  • First appearance of the Mindless Ones 
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Strange Tales #128
January 1, 1965
  • Primary story is now a joint Human Torch/Thing venture (artist: Dick Ayers)
    • Nemeses: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver
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  • Dr. Strange nemesis: Demonicus

Strange Tales #129
February 1, 1965
  • Nemesis: Tiboro

Strange Tales #130
March 1, 1965
  • His is still the secondary story but for the first time, Dr. Strange is the primary image on the cover.
  • The Torch/Thing story (artist: Bob Powell) features a special appearance by the Beatles!  That's right, no mere mention this time.  The Fab Four actually turn up on the page.  Most of the likenesses are pretty good.  John Lennon (second from left) isn't quite right...
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  • Dr. Strange nemeses: Dormammu and Baron Mordo, in tandem though Strange doesn't realize Dormammu's involvement

Strange Tales #131
April 1, 1965
  • Part 2 of the Mordo/Dormammu story.  Mordo's minions chase Strange through the streets of Hong Kong.


  1. The Beatles appearance got me curious: Would that increase the value of the issue?
    I have a price guide site I use, so I checked.
    Issue 130 has a lower value than all the issues surrounding it, which I have to think is a misprint of some kind.
    But maybe not.
    My curiosity is not satisfied.

    1. Poking around, I'm finding inconsistent information. Might it depend on who's buying? For a comic book collector, not such a big deal? Some I've seen make a bigger fuss over the fact that it's Dr. Strange's first cover. But Beatles collectors can be just as rabid. It might be priced quite differently at those conventions.

    2. The site I use is an aggregate site. It's not them pricing comics; they're taking data and arriving at selling prices based from across the world.
      So I think this issue's price must be a mistype, because it is noted for both the cover and the Beatles appearance on their site, then has a lower price.

    3. Well, if you learn more, let me know.

  2. Wasn't familiar with Dr. Strange until the MCU movie. It's now probably my favorite since I felt a Lovecraftian vibe with Strange and the other wizards protecting Earth from entities like Dormammu.

    1. I loved the movie. That one and Black Panther are probably my two favorites in the series.