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 Strange Tales featuring
Dr. Strange
#121-130



June 1964
Strange Tales # 121: "Witchcraft in the Wax Museum!" 
Writer:  Stan Lee 
Artist: Steve Ditko
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ
Synopsis (9 pages):
Baron Mordo tricks Dr. Strange into his astral form and kidnaps Strange's body. Strange manages to track down Mordo despite the best efforts of his allies and traps. Strange in turn tricks Mordo out of his body and traps him. Strange returns to his body and teaches Mordo a lesson. 

Strange Tales # 122: "The World Beyond" 
Writer:  Stan Lee 
Artist: Steve Ditko
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ
Synopsis (9 pages):
Dr. Strange gets careless and forgets to cast his protective spells before sleeping which leaves him vulnerable to Nightmare's attack. Nightmare kidnaps Strange and gloats over his victory. However, Strange tricks Nightmare into freeing when he uses an illusion of Nightmare's greatest foe, a powerful being who never sleeps, to threaten him.

Strange Tales # 123: "The Challenge of Loki" 
Writer:  Stan Lee 
Penciller: Steve Ditko
Inker: George Bell
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ
Synopsis: (9 pages)
Loki tricks Dr. Strange into believing that Thor is evil and Dr. Strange casts a spell that whisks away Thor's away. However, Strange learns Loki's true nature and engages the god of mischief in mystical battle. Strange manages to release Thor's hammer and Loki is forced to flee as Thor approaches.

Jay's Notes:

  • Thor and Odin make brief cameo appearances. 

Strange Tales # 124: "The Mystery of the Lady from Nowhere!" 
Writer:  Stan Lee 
Penciller: Steve Ditko
Inker: George Bell
Jay's Rating:
JJJ
Synopsis: (9 pages)
Dr. Strange comes across a mysterious woman who has fallen under a powerful spell. Strange seeks the Ancient One's help and is sent into the past to discover the origin of this spell. He defeats the wizard and returns to the present and frees Cleopatra from the spell which allows her to return to her proper time. 

Strange Tales # 125: "Mordo Must Not Catch Me!" 
Writer:  Stan Lee 
Penciller: Steve Ditko
Inker: George Bell
Jay's Rating:
JJJ1/2
Synopsis:  (10 pages)
Baron Mordo has imprisoned the Ancient One and attacks Dr. Strange. Strange slips into his astral form and continues to battle Mordo while searching for the Ancient One. Strange finds the Ancient One and frees him after decisively defeating Mordo.

Strange Tales # 126: "The Domain of the Dread Dormammu!" 
Writer:  Stan Lee 
Artist: Steve Ditko
Jay's Rating:
JJJJJ
Synopsis:  (10 pages)
The Ancient One dispatches Dr. Strange to do battle with the lord of the Dark Dimension, Dormammu. Strange battles through Dormammu's mystical henchmen, and after a warning from a young woman (Clea) Strange confronts Dormammu.

Jay's Notes:

  • First appearance of Dormammu and Clea.

Strange Tales # 127: "Duel with Dormammu!" 
Writer:  Stan Lee 
Artist: Steve Ditko
Jay's Rating:
JJJJJ
Synopsis: (10 pages)
Dr. Strange engages Dormammu in mystical combat. Dormammu is impressed by Strange's abilities and is forced to uses all his magic to defend himself. However, this drain reduces the energy barrier which prevents the Mindless Ones from overwhelming the Dark Dimension. Strange helps Dormammu contain the Mindless One and Dormammu vows not to invade the Earth. Upon his return, the Ancient One rewards Strange with the Eye of Agamatto and a cloak of levitation.

Jay's Notes:

  • First appearance of the Mindless Ones, Eye of Agamatto, and the Cloak of Levitation.

Strange Tales # 128: "The Dilemma of the Demon's Disciple!" 
Writer:  Stan Lee 
Artist: Steve Ditko
Jay's Rating:
JJJ1/2
Synopsis: (10 pages)
The fleeing disciple of another sorcerer calling himself the Demon seeks Dr. Strange's help. The Demon whisks back his disciple and Strange follows only to be captured. However, Strange frees himself and ends the threat of the Demon.

Strange Tales # 129: "Beware ... Tiboro! The Tyrant of the Sixth Dimension!" 
Writer:  Stan Lee/Don Rico 
Artist: Steve Ditko
Jay's Rating:
JJJJJ
Synopsis: (10 pages)
Three scientists examining a strange pagan idol are mysteriously transported to the Sixth dimension. Dr. Strange investigates and travels to the Sixth dimension to confront its ruler Tiboro. A mystical battle ensues and Strange comes out on top. Dr. Strange returns to Earth with the scientists leaving behind Tiboro who vows to return.


Jay's Notes:
  • First appearance of Tiboro.

Strange Tales # 130: "The Defeat of Dr. Strange" 
Writer:  Stan Lee 
Artist: Steve Ditko
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ
Synopsis: (10 pages)
Dormammu and Baron Mordo forge an alliance to destroy Dr. Strange. Mordo and his underlings attack the Ancient One and Dr. Strange. Overwhelmed by Mordo's new powers, Strange is forced to flee with the Ancient One. Strange attempts to hide the Ancient One, but he's uncovered by Mordo's agents who've relayed his location to their master.

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