Strange Tales #137 [British]
(October 1965)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
10d [0-0-10 GBP]
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Vista Publications, Inc.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
Editing
Stan Lee
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age and Silver Age US
Paper Stock
Newsprint
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

This issue is a variant of Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #137 [Regular Edition].


The Prize Is.. Earth! (Table of Contents)

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Doctor Strange / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Severin (signed); Steve Ditko (lower tier)
Inks
John Severin (signed); Steve Ditko (lower tier)
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; spy
Characters
Imperial Hydra; Dum Dum Dugan; Nick Fury; Gabe Jones;
Doctor Strange; The Ancient One

Indexer Notes

Dr. Strange image taken from interior story.

The Prize Is... Earth! (Table of Contents: 1)

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee; Jack Kirby (co-plot)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (layouts); John Severin
Inks
John Severin
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
spy
Characters
Nick Fury; HYDRA; Dum Dum Dugan; Gabe Jones; Leslie Farrington (Chairman, Imperial Industries International); Arnold Brown (Farrington's secretary); Imperial Hydra ("Imperial Leader"); Agent "G" [Laura Brown] (unnamed)
Synopsis
SHIELD agents attempt to get microfilm to HQ but they fail, sacrificing themselves to prevent falling into HYDRA hands. The microfilm would have revealed the location of the Betratron Bomb, which Hydra will use to ransom the world. Leslie Farrington, chairmanship of Imperial Industries tells his assistant, Brown to track info on every board member, one of which is the Imperial Hydra. In a secret chamber below the boardroom Hydra's leader speaks to "Agent G", his daughter who begs him to end his mad plan, but he replies he is doing it for her benefit. The bomb launches without a hitch...
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Part 3 of 7. 1st appearance of the SHIELD Communication Center. The chase sequence, from train to car-turned-submarine vs. frogmen is strikingly similar to the one in the film THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977). 1st modern appearance of Dum Dum & Gabe (regular cast members in SGT. FURY AND HIS HOLWING COMMANDOS). The relationship between Imperial Hydra & Agent G pays tribute to that of Doctor Fu Manchu & Fah Lo Suee, or The Yellow Claw and his niece, Suwan.

When Meet the Mystic Minds! (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Ancient One; Dr. Strange; Hamir (unnamed); Baron Mordo
Synopsis
Desperate to learn the secret of "Eternity", Dr. Strange probes the unconscious mind of The Ancient One, meeting one deadly trap after another, until at last, he reaches the mind of his beloved Master, and convinces him of his identity and good intentions. After recovering, Strange departs, and high atop a Himalayan peak, recites "one of the most potent spells of all time". When he's finished, his amulet floats into the air, expands in size, and a doorway opens-- thru which Strange steps. Seconds after the amulet vanishes, Mordo appears, just barely too late to catch up with his mortal enemy.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Part 8 of 17.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

Strange Mails / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee ?
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters from Joe Hartlaub, Michael Woodhead, Michael Arden, Jr.; includes The Mighty Marvel Checklist and an order blank for the M.M.M.S.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Prize Is.. Earth!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Doctor Strange
  2. 1. The Prize Is... Earth!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  3. 2. When Meet the Mystic Minds!
    Dr. Strange
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Strange Mails
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