Strange Tales #139 [Regular Edition]
(December 1965)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
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 has variants.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

The Brave Die Hard! (Table of Contents)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Kirby (layouts); Joe Sinnott; Marie Severin (Dr. Strange figure)
Inks
Joe Sinnott; Marie Severin (Dr. Strange figure)
Colors
Marie Severin ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
spy; superhero
Characters
Dr. Strange; Nick Fury
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Dr. Strange figure by Marie Severin; credits from Nick Caputo via the GCD Error List (26 July 2005); original indexer credited Steve Ditko. SHIELD panel taken from splash of interior story.

The Brave Die Hard! (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); Joe Sinnott
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
spy
Characters
Nick Fury; HYDRA; Supreme Hydra (?); Tony Stark [Iron Man]; Dum Dum Dugan; Gabe Jones; Agent G [Laura Brown] (unnamed); Leslie Farrington; Wilson; Vincent Vandergill; Arnold Brown
Synopsis
Hydra fails to learn the location of the Braino-Saur despite their Image-Inducer. Stark tells SHIELD's directors it was designed to disarm Hydra's Betratron Bomb orbiting above Earth. Agent G helps Fury escape but he refuses to promise not to harm her father, the Supreme Hydra. Dum Dum, Gabe and a SHIELD squad use the captured Hydra saucer to locate their HQ. In the Imperial Industries boardroom tremors shake the building forcing everyone to flee. Below, Supreme Hydra learns of his daughters treachery. SHIELD attacks and he sends his Tiger Squad aware that it may mean his own daughter's death.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Part 5 of 7. Name of HYDRA's leader changed from "Imperial Hydra" to "Supreme Hydra" in this episode.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

Marvel Bullpen Bulletins / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Beware...! Dormammu is Watching! (Table of Contents: 3)

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
Dr. Strange; Baron Mordo; Dormammu; The Ancient One; Clea (unnamed)
Synopsis
The Ancient One is revealed to be Dormammu's captive. Dr. Strange's mentor tells Strange he must fight on but can only expect token aid. Dormammu forces Clea to watch Strange's defeat. Strange and Mordo square off and battle. After a time, Dormammu grows frustrated at how Mordo has been out-fought and prepares to strike personally.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Part 10 of 17.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
Stan Lee ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (illustration)
Inks
Steve Ditko (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters from John Edelkamp, Terry Levin, Ralph Sizer, Henry Bergman.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Brave Die Hard!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Dr. Strange
  2. 1. The Brave Die Hard!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Marvel Bullpen Bulletins
  4. 3. Beware...! Dormammu is Watching!
    Dr. Strange
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Strange Mails
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Derek Reinhard
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Nick Caputo
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Chris Boyko
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Henry R. Kujawa
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Thomas G. Lammers