Strange Tales #142 [Regular Edition]
(March 1966)

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.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Sam Rosen

First Line of Dialogue or Text
We do have a title for this thriller... honest!!
Genre
spy
Characters
The Fixer; Mentallo; SHIELD; Nick Fury
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Who Strikes at --- SHIELD? (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
Inks
Mike Esposito [as Mike Demeo]
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
spy
Characters
Nick Fury; "Wild Bill" Robot; E.S.P. Division; Mentallo; The Fixer
Synopsis
Fury checks out the Encephalogram-Inducer which, when hooked into the Brainwave Stimulator transforms the ESP Divisions' thoughts into images. Mentallo breaches The Fixer's underwater base, convincing him to join forces. They travel underground to SHIELD HQ in a Thru-The-Ground Tank which The Fixer mentions was supplied by THEM. Inside SHIELD HQ, the Fixer uses a Static Distorter to cut off outside communications. Mentallo & The Fixer take on Fury & SHIELD using Element Z to render everyone unconscious. Placing an electronic mask on Fury's face, The Fixer turns him into a mindless slave.
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Indexer Notes

Part 2 of 3. Story occurs concurrently with TALES OF SUSPENSE #75 (March 1966). First mention of "THEM." Fixer's "Thru-The-Ground-Tank" strikingly similar to the ones used by The Hate Monger in FANTASTIC FOUR #21 (December 1963) and The Rabble Rouser in STRANGE TALES #119 (April 1964), suggesting a connection between them and "THEM."

The Latest Gossip, Gags, and Gizmos From Your Bullpen to You! (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

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

Those Who Would Destroy Me! (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; The Demon (Demonicus, unnamed); The Ancient One; The Witch (Adria, unnamed); Kaecilius (unnamed)
Synopsis
Realizing Mordo's presence has been erased from his sanctum Strange suspects foul play, disposing of a hidden bomb just before it explodes. Stunned by the blast Mordo's minions imprison him so that he cannot use his magic. Strange attempts to telepathically contact The Ancient One, but fails because his spirit form is searching for the missing Clea. While Mordo's minions study Strange's cloak & amulet The Demon tries to probe his mind, but Strange is stronger and instead takes control of him. Fighting desperately Strange barely escapes his captors and remains virtually helpless in spirit form.
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Indexer Notes

Part 13 of 17. The Witch, Kaecilius, and the Demon names revealed in DOCTOR STRANGE #56 (December 1982); info from http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/Mordomin.htm (submitted by Darci 2/25/2007).

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

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

Script
Stan Lee ?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dear Stan, James Bond, Agent 007...
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Indexer Notes

Letters of comment from Leonard Tirado, Ron Harris, Peter Petroski, Bill Kahles, and Robert G. Dorobis; house ad for Fantasy Masterpieces #1.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["We do have a title for this thriller... honest!!"]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  2. 1. Who Strikes at --- SHIELD?
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  3. 2. The Latest Gossip, Gags, and Gizmos From Your Bullpen to You!
    Marvel Bullpen Bulletins
  4. 3. Those Who Would Destroy Me!
    Dr. Strange
  5. 4. ["Dear Stan, James Bond, Agent 007..."]
    Strange Mails
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