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From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"I am stronger than he...but never before have I seen such courage...such valor!"

-- Dormammu, on Dr. Strange, page 3

Look close, folks, this is one heck of a mystical event, the kind mere mortals are not likely to see too often!


Doctor Strange from Strange Tales #127
December 1964 10 pages

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

Title: "Duel With the Dread Dormammu!

Villain: Dormammu, the Mindless Ones

First Appearance: Mindless Ones

Guest Appearance: Clea, Ancient One

Innovation: Dr. Strange receives new cape, new amulet from Ancient One

Letters Page: Page One

Synopsis: (continued from ST #126.)

Dormammu would rather face the Ancient One than the man he considers to be his rank emissary, so he tells Dr. Strange to go back home. Strange refuses, and Dormammu gives him some time to rethink his charge to battle him, so confident is Dormammu in his strength. While he waits, the young woman comes back to warn him to run away. She takes Strange to the far reaches of her home dimension to show him "the Mindless Ones", a race of primitive savages that live only to fight and destroy. She says that even if he were to defeat Dormammu, it would set up a chain reaction that would annihilate her dimension, since Dormammu is all that stands between her race of people and the Mindless Ones.

They return, and Dormammu takes the young girl prisoner for betrayal. Strange realizes he must fight him to the end, as he must remain loyal to Earth foremost. Dr. Strange pits his energies against Dormammu, and the fight rages on with such intensity that the evil one's grip on the powers that hold the Mindless Ones at bay begins to slip. They make their way past the protective shield and begin to menace the dimension. Dormammu must turn his attention to saving his kingdom from the Mindless Ones, and Dr. Strange helps him by augmenting his power to drive them back. Together, they defeat the Mindless Ones, and an infuriated Dormammu realizes he is in Dr. Strange's debt. He agrees to release the young woman from her death penalty, and agrees as well to not invade Earth.

Dr. Strange returns home to the glad tidings of a newly energized Ancient One, who has had a curse lifted from him since the defeat of Dormammu! He gives Dr. Strange a gift- a new, flowing red cape and a powerful new amulet.

--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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