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From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"This world of yours is so evil, so foul, that I now understand why the Ancient One tried to destroy all knowledge of it!"

-- Dr. Strange, to the doppleganger demon, page 10

For what unearthly purpose? So Steve Ditko can creep the bejesus out of us!


Doctor Strange from Strange Tales #136
September 1965 10 pages

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

Title: "What Lurks Beneath The Mask?

First Appearance: Abu Ben Hakim, Rama Kaliph, Genghis, the Demon of "Eternity"

Villain: The Demon from Genghis' "Eternity", Baron Mordo, Dormammu

Guest Appearance: Abu Ben Hakim, Rama Kaliph, Genghis, Clea, Hamir

Letters Page: Page One

Synopsis: (continued from ST #135)

Dormammu captures the traitorous Clea and holds her prisoner, and rails against Mordo for once again losing Dr. Strange. They are more determined than ever to capture the heroic mystic. For his part, Dr. Strange is scouring the Earth, checking in on friendly mystics to ask what they know of Eternity. He finally meets with Abu Ben Hakim, a servant of the great Rama Kaliph, who has had a spell of silence cast on him by Mordo so he cannot reveal the secret of Eternity. Dr. Strange makes his way to Genghis, a crazy old mystic who claims to have the secret of Eternity. He rummages through his library and hands over a scroll to Dr. Strange, who uses the spells on it to open a portal which he thinks will take him to Eternity.

He walks through the portal and finds himself in a bizarre world where he sees a man bound in chains. The man begs Dr. Strange to release him from his bonds, and Strange begins by pulling off a mask that covered his eyes. Much to his surprise, the man is a demon who is able to switch bodies with Strange through his fierce gaze, leaving Dr. Strange in chains in his body while he roams free in Dr. Strange's body. Only by looking into the demon's eyes can Dr. Strange break the spell, so the demon covers his face with a mask, but Dr. Strange is still able to control his cloak of levitation. He uses it to bind and gag the demon, and unable to coordinate an effective attack, the demon switches bodies with Dr. Strange once again.

He then decides to release all his former victims and order them to attack Dr. Strange. The magician uses the light of his amulet to drive them back and return them to their homes, then destroys the demon and his evil kingdom. He returns to the Ancient One's bedside to continue his vigil. Worried that his quest for Eternity has produced no results, Dr. Strange determines that he now has no choice but to enter the mind of the comatose Ancient One to get the answers he seeks.

(continued in ST #137.)

--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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