Strange Tales #154 [Regular Edition]
(March 1967)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1966-12-06
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 (editor)

Issue Notes

Probable arrival date based on front cover stamp of indexer's copy.
This issue has variants:

Clea Must Die! (Table of Contents)

Doctor Strange / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Marie Severin
Inks
Marie Severin
Colors
Marie Severin ?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Dr. Strange; Veritas
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Possible Severin colors per Nick Caputo, who notes that Marie has mentioned in interviews that she usually colored most of the work she drew.

Beware... the Deadly Dreadnought! (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
Jim Steranko (credited) (plot); Roy Thomas (credited) (dialogue)
Pencils
Jim Steranko (credited)
Inks
Jim Steranko (credited)
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited)

Genre
spy; superhero
Characters
Dum Dum Dugan; Nick Fury; Laura Brown; Gabe Jones; Supreme Hydra ["Agent Bronson" (alias)]; Jasper Sitwell; HYDRA; Boothroyd (Personal Effects Dept.); The Dreadnought (HYDRA Robot)
Synopsis
While the AUTOFAC computer works out the true identity of the Supreme Hydra, Fury plans to have Bronson transport Laura to SHIELD's West coast HQ. In the Personal Effects Dept. Fury is given a new weapons-laden outfit. Moments later he's attacked by The Dreadnought, a deadly 8-foot-tall HYDRA killer robot. Laura suspects Bronson may be the Supreme Hydra himself, and her suspicions are confirmed by AUTOFAC, but before she can pass on the info, Bronson overpowers her. Fury just barely manages to beat The Dreadnought, but finds Laura is missing-- and AUTOFAC names her as the Supreme Hydra!
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Indexer Notes

Part 5 of 9. Fury's "Repulsor Watch," capable of deflecting bullets, later turned up in the film LIVE AND LET DIE (1973), though in the movie, it was only used to attract metal, not deflect it. SHIELD would build their own "Dreadnought," a tunneling machine, which would turn up in STRANGE TALES #167 (April 1968). HYDRA's "Dreadnought" would turn up again in DAREDEVIL #121 (May 1975).

Nutty Notes and Nonsensical Name-Dropping, Featuring Naturally Non-Essential News of the Nation's Top Non-Entities! (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

Bullpen Bulletins / in-house column / 1 page (report information)

More Marvel Masterpieces... (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Marvel Collectors' Item Classics; Amazing Spider-Man; Marvel Tales / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Clea Must Die! (Table of Contents: 4)

Doctor Strange / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited); Marie Severin (credited) (co-plot)
Pencils
Marie Severin (credited)
Inks
Marie Severin (credited)
Colors
Marie Severin ? (credited)
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited)

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
The Mindless Ones; Dr. Strange; Umar; Veritas (Embodiment of Truth Incarnate); Clea (image only)
Synopsis
Thru trickery Strange manages to escape The Mindless One. Using the Eye of Agamotto, he spies on Umar in her castle, as she plots to grind each dimension in turn under her heel. Seeking to free the prisoners in Umar's dungeon, Strange encounters Veritas, the "Embodiment of Truth Incarnate", and takes him to the castle past as swarm of flying demons. Umar is shocked and cannot bear the sight of herself as she really is (thanks to Veritas), but as Strange confronts her, she sends forth a mystic bolt of death-- toward Clea!
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Indexer Notes

Part 8 of 22; part 4 of Umar sequence. The flying demons around Umar's castle are strikingly similar to those seen in the 1968 SPIDER-MAN cartoon, "The Evil Sorcerer". Cover story.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Roy Thomas ?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dear Stan, Allow me to be the first...
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Indexer Notes

Letters of comment from Bruce Long; Kenneth Sneyd; Karen Bower; and Bill Homah.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Clea Must Die!
    Doctor Strange
  2. 1. Beware... the Deadly Dreadnought!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  3. 2. Nutty Notes and Nonsensical Name-Dropping, Featuring Naturally Non-Essential News of the Nation's Top Non-Entities!
    Bullpen Bulletins
  4. 3. More Marvel Masterpieces...
    Marvel Collectors' Item Classics; Amazing Spider-Man; Marvel Tales
  5. 4. Clea Must Die!
    Doctor Strange
  6. 5. ["Dear Stan, Allow me to be the first..."]
    Strange Mails
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Derek Reinhard
  • Bruno Andreacchi
  • Nick Caputo
  • David Bruce
  • Steve Jenner
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Chris Boyko
  • Henry R. Kujawa