(1979)

Simon and Schuster, 1979 Series
 
Price:
3.95 USD
Pages:
132
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Brand:
A Fireside Book
ISBN:
0-671-24814-6 Search at WorldCat
Editing:
Stan Lee
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
7" x 10" (17.8 cm x 25.4 cm)
Paper Stock:
Matte interior
Binding:
Softcover
Publishing Format:
Collected Edition

Issue Notes

Reprints stories from 1963-72.


Doctor Strange Master Of The Mystic Arts (Table of Contents)

Dr. Strange / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bob Larkin (painted)
Inks:
Bob Larkin (painted)
Colors:
Bob Larkin (painted)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Strange

Dedication (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Dedicated to Steve Ditko (co-creator), and Phil De Guere (producer of the 1978 DR. STRANGE tv-movie).

Preface (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Letters:
typeset

Face-to-Face with the Magic of Baron Mordo! (Table of Contents)

Dr. Strange / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Ditko (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
Terry Szenics

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Baron Mordo; Hamir (unnamed); The Ancient One; Dr. Strange
Synopsis:
In his castle in Europe, Baron Mordo plots to steal the secrets of his former master, The Ancient One. Sending his spirit form to Tibet, he causes Hamir to poison The Ancient One's food. From his NYC sanctum, Strange senses his master's plight, and challenges Mordo to a battle in their spirit forms. After, The Ancient One warns Strange that Mordo will be a danger to them both, as long as he lives.
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Indexer Notes

Episode #2. 1st appearance of Baron Mordo.

Return to the Nightmare World! (Table of Contents)

Dr. Strange / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Ditko (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Nightmare; Dr. Strange; The Ancient One (cameo); Wong (unnamed); Dr. Warren
Synopsis:
Nightmare has discovered the ability to capture humans and bring them to his world while they sleep for study. The police ask Strange's help, as a "last resort", to discover the cause behind a rash of people unable to awaken. Strange tracks the cause down to the Nightmare World, and has a rematch with his old foe.
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Indexer Notes

Episode #5. 2nd appearance of Nightmare.

Beyond the Purple Veil! (Table of Contents)

Dr. Strange / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Ditko (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Strange; Wong; Aggamon
Synopsis:
While Strange tries to unravel the secrets of an unusual purple gem, a pair of petty crooks break into his sanctum, and he ejects them with ease. But later, after he gives Wong the rest of the night off, they return, and make a grab for the gem. Strange, sensing it's gone, follows its aura to the thieves' apartment, where he realizes they've been transported to another dimension. There, he faces Aggamon, and offers himself in place of the thieves. But instead of becoming a slave, Strange challenges Aggamon to a duel which can only end in surrender-- or death! After, a policeman tells Strange the thieves turned themselves in, rambling about a "purple veil". Strange replies, "Who can fathom the senseless ramblings of the criminal mind?"
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Indexer Notes

Episode #8.

The House of Shadows! (Table of Contents)

Dr. Strange / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Ditko (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Strange; Bill Bradley (TV reporter); Allan Stevens (TV reporter)
Synopsis:
Strange is on the scene to observe a TV crew as they prepare to enter and broadcast about a "Haunted House". Strange discovers something is amiss, as he is unable to enter via his spirit form. When the signal goes dead, Strange enters the house physically, and uncovers a surprising secret... the house is alive!
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Indexer Notes

Episode #9. The phrase, "The house is alive" is reportedly one of the things Roger Corman said in order to convince his bosses as AIP to allow him to film Poe's THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (1961). The origin of the house is strikingly similar to the one in THE OUTER LIMITS episode, "The Guests".

The Challenge of Loki! (Table of Contents)

Dr. Strange / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Ditko (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Strange; Loki; Odin (cameo); Thor
Synopsis:
Strange practices the art of levitation. Meanwhile, in faraway Asgard, home of the Norse Gods, Loki, God of Mischief, plots as always. He contacts Strange and tries to convince him that he is a prisoner of Thor, who is evil and deceiving his father. Strange uses a spell to take Thor's hammer, but on examining it, can sense no trace of evil. Realizing he's been had, Strange battles Loki, who later swears vengeance against the mage.
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Indexer Notes

Episode #12. Loki would seek revenge against Strange the very next month in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #108 (September 1964).

[introduction] (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Letters:
typeset

The Hunter and the Hunted! (Table of Contents)

Dr. Strange / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Ditko (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Strange; Baron Mordo; Dormammu
Synopsis:
In the far East, Strange is on the run from Mordo and his minions, unaware that Mordo's increased power comes from Dormammu. As Mordo forcibly recruits more followers to search for Strange, the mage makes plans to hop a plane to NYC. The Wraiths discover him, and only by conning them into believeing he's vanished is he able to make his getaway.
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Indexer Notes

Episode #20; Part 2 of 17.

Face-to-Face at Last with Baron Mordo! (Table of Contents)

Dr. Strange / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Ditko (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Strange; The Demon; The Ancient One; Hamir (unnamed); Baron Mordo; Dormammu; Clea (unnamed); Clea's father (unnamed)
Synopsis:
Strange reaches Greenwich Village safely, but discovers "one of Mordo's Demons" has taken over his sanctum! In a hidden cave in Tibet, The Ancient One's servant wonders what his near-unconscious master refers to by "Eternity". Using a disguise from a costume shop, Strange bluffs his way into his own house. But when he tries to consult the "All-Seeing Eye", he finds out it's been mystically booby-trapped, sending a signal to Mordo & Dormammu of his whereabouts! Clea wonders about the "Dread One"'s intentions, and senses Strange must be in danger. Mordo arrives and battles Strange fiercely. As Strange is about to use a potent spell, Dormammu speaks thru his "partner", and Strange suddenly realizes who is behind the attacks-- just before he vanishes from sight...
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Indexer Notes

Episode #21; Part 3 of 17. Though not indicated in the dialogue, The Demon is the same villain last seen in STRANGE TALES #128 (January 1965).

A Nameless Land, a Timeless Time! (Table of Contents)

Dr. Strange / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Ditko (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Strange; Baron Mordo; Dormammu; Clea (unnamed); Shazana; Shazana's sister (unnamed); The Ancient One; Hamir (unnamed)
Synopsis:
While Mordo gloats at his apparent triumph, Dormammu tells him that Strange still lives-- and has really escaped! Clea wishes she could warn Strange about Dormamu. Strange plummets thru dimension after dimension, finally coming to a stop in a world ruled by Shazana, a female tyrant who once conned a wizard into giving her some of his powers, which she repaid by destroying him. Believing her sister has recruited Strange to overthrow her, she battles Strange into submission. Allowing himself to be imprisoned so he can recover from his earlier battle with Mordo, Strange gets the lay of the land, then helps Shazana's sister overcome the evil ruler, destroying the source of her power even as he uses it to begin his journey back home.
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Indexer Notes

Episode #22; Part 4 of 17. The sisters in this story apparently served as the inspiration for Craig Russell's later Strange epic, a virtual remake of this story, which he did twice-- in DR. STRANGE ANNUAL #1 (December 1976), and DR. STRANGE: WHAT IS IT THAT DISTURBS YOU, STEVEN? (October 1997).

[introduction] (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Letters:
typeset

The Wondrous World of Dr. Strange! (Table of Contents)

Amazing Spider-Man; Dr. Strange / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Ditko (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Spider-Man; Xandu; Dr. Strange; barroom brawlers (unnamed)
Synopsis:
As Spidey swings on patrol, Xandu, a wizard, observes a barroom brawl, then hypnotically recruits the 2 toughest fighters to do his bidding. Breaking into Strange's sanctum, they overcome him due to their mindless state, and steal "The Wand Of Watoomb". Spidey happens across them as they exit, and is also beaten into submission. But he tosses a spider-tracer on one of them before they depart. Xandu uses the power of the Wand to observe anyone from a distance, deciding Strange will be his first victim. But Spidey arrives! Just as he's being sucked into another dimension, he grabs the Wand, hoping it'll force someone to come after him. Strange recovers and arrives at Xandu's home just as the two thugs are bringing Spidey back with the Wand. Spidey & Doc team-up to defeat Xandu, and Strange mystically erases Xandu's memories and evil ambitions. The two heroes part: "May the Vishanti watch over thee!" "And may your amulet never tickle!"
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Indexer Notes

1st recorded meeting of Spider-Man & Dr. Strange, Steve Ditko's 2 most famous creations. Xandu would return in MARVEL TEAM-UP #21 (May 1974). The scene of Spidey being sucked down thru the dimensional opening may have inspired a similar scene in the 1969 SPIDER-MAN cartoon, "Revolt In The Fifth Dimension".

[introduction] (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Letters:
typeset

While the World Spins Mad! (Table of Contents)

Dr. Strange / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script:
Barry Smith (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils:
Barry Smith
Inks:
Dan Adkins
Colors:
?
Letters:
John Costanza

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Strange; The Ancient One; Nightmare
Synopsis:
Sensing evil, Strange is so focused on seeking it out he's almost hit by a truck. He calls upon The Ancient One, who warns him of the nature of the evil, but is still mystified. Then he finds himself confronted by someone (or some thing) who takes his own form, and tells him he's "already defeated". Only when he discovers his oldest enemy is at the bottom of it does he also realize he was hit by the truck-- and has been in a hospital bed ever since! On recovering, he erases the memory of the night's events from the doctor's mind, as "Many things there are that mankind must not know..."
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Indexer Notes

1st episode of the revived series. Doc's previous appearances include MARVEL FEATURE #1 (January 1972) and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #109 (June 1972).

Epilogue (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Letters:
typeset
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Doctor Strange Master Of The Mystic Arts
    Dr. Strange
  2. 1. Dedication
  3. 2. Preface
  4. 3. Face-to-Face with the Magic of Baron Mordo!
    Dr. Strange
  5. 4. Return to the Nightmare World!
    Dr. Strange
  6. 5. Beyond the Purple Veil!
    Dr. Strange
  7. 6. The House of Shadows!
    Dr. Strange
  8. 7. The Challenge of Loki!
    Dr. Strange
  9. 8. [introduction]
  10. 9. The Hunter and the Hunted!
    Dr. Strange
  11. 10. Face-to-Face at Last with Baron Mordo!
    Dr. Strange
  12. 11. A Nameless Land, a Timeless Time!
    Dr. Strange
  13. 12. [introduction]
  14. 13. The Wondrous World of Dr. Strange!
    Amazing Spider-Man; Dr. Strange
  15. 14. [introduction]
  16. 15. While the World Spins Mad!
    Dr. Strange
  17. 16. Epilogue
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