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From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"Stand aside, creatures of the nether world! I am about to cast a spell - - one such as you have never dreamed of!"

-- Baron Mordo, page 7

The spirit wraiths fly onward. Their target? Dr. Strange!


Doctor Strange from Strange Tales #130
March 1965 • 10 pages

Script: Stan Lee • Letters: Artie Simek
Pencils: Steve Ditko • Inks: Steve Ditko

Title: "The Defeat of Doctor Strange”

First Appearance: Spirit Wraiths, Hamir (unnamed), Sen-Yu

Villain: Baron Mordo, Dormammu, Spirit Wraiths

Guest Appearance: Ancient One, Hamir, Sen-Yu

Letters Page: Page One

Synopsis: Baron Mordo has received augmented powers from an unknown source, and along with two accomplices, he uses those powers to attack Dr. Strange at the Ancient One's home in Tibet. Dr. Strange realizes Mordo's powers have been significantly increased somehow, and he must retreat with the Ancient One rather than face Mordo at a disadvantage. As he flies in retreat, Dr. Strange is followed by Mordo, but he is able to give him the slip when the powerful being who helped Mordo exhausts his abilities to help any further. The powerful being? Dormammu, who, though he agreed to never directly attack Earth's dimension, never agreed to not attack indirectly!

Dormammu commands Mordo to find Strange and not let him escape in the next battle. He sends along a few dozen spirits to help with the search. Dr. Strange leaves the Ancient One in the care of a friendly Tibetan hermit and then carries on with his escape from Mordo, in order to rest and research how he can beat his ultimate foe. He makes it to Hong Kong and lies low with long-time friend Sen-Yu. He decides to change into street clothes and keep a low profile, but as he tries to escape Hong Kong, he is spotted by Mordo's agents. He defeats them easily enough, but realizes that he must live life on the run for a time, until he can figure out how to beat Mordo.

(continued in ST #131.)

--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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