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From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"Yet all I need is a little mystic light...something to show me the way...wait! My amulet!!"

-- Dr. Strange, page 8

Who is the mystery woman?


Doctor Strange from Strange Tales #124
September 1964 9 pages

Script: Stan Lee Letters: Sam Rosen
Pencils: Steve Ditko Inks: George Roussos

Title: "The Lady From Nowhere!

Villain/First Appearance: Zota

Guest Appearance: Ancient One, Cleopatra, Marc Antony

Cameo: Wong

Letters Page: No letters page in this issue!

Synopsis: While flying across town in his astral form, Doctor Strange detects an evil mist developing below him. From the mist comes a woman who seems disoriented and unaware of her surroundings. Sensing she is not part of the evil, but only a victim of it, he guides her toward his home. There, he peers into her mind with the enchanted eye of his amulet. He learns of her origins and realizes he must seek advice from the Ancient One to help solve her problem! The Ancient One reveals to Dr. Strange that he will have to go back in time to save her, but that he must finish his business and return before a mystic candle burns out. The candle is lit, and Dr. Strange goes back in time to make things safe for the woman's return.

Meanwhile, in that ancient place, an evil despot named Zota is humiliating a chained warrior when Dr. Strange begins to transport himself into their dimension. Zota is waiting for him, trapping his astral form in a cage made out of a beam of light. Dr. Strange is stuck inside until he is able to divert some smoke from a torch that helps dissipate the light beams, freeing him. He uses his amulet to quickly overpower Zota and force him to free his prisoners, allowing them to restore order in the kingdom. Then, Dr. Strange hurries back into the time stream to go forward to his home. Only seconds remain on the candle, and as it burns out, the Ancient One is pained to think that he has lost his disciple forever. But Dr. Strange resourcefully employs the light from his amulet to keep the waning path home bright enough to follow, and he makes it back just in time. He returns to his corporeal body and frees the young woman from her spell. He sends the woman back in time to return to the arms of the chained warrior, Mark Antony, for she is Cleopatra, and she does not belong in the future.

--synopsis and panel images by Gormuu

Issues Reprinted
Doctor Strange from Strange Tales #110-111, 114-141

Click on cover image to learn more about each issue.

ST #110 ST #111 ST #114 ST #115 ST #116 ST #117
ST #118 ST #119 ST #120 ST #121 ST #122 ST #123
ST #124 ST #125 ST #126 ST #127 ST #128 ST #129
ST #130 ST #131 ST #132 ST #133 ST #134 ST #135
ST #136 ST #137 ST #138 ST #139 ST #140 ST #141


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