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400: Strange Tales #137 (v1) [B Story]

" When Meet the Mystic Minds! "
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Strange Tales #137b (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, John Severin
Writers: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Pencilers: Steve Ditko
Inkers: Steve Ditko
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Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: October 1965
Release Date: July 1965
Story Arc: -
Pages: 10
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 695                 Times Rated: 398
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Dr. Strange enters the Ancient One's mind in search of Eternity's location.
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Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange last appeared in Strange Tales #136b (v1). Doctor Strange next appears in Strange Tales #138b (v1).
     
Supporting Characters
  The Ancient One
The Ancient One last appeared in Strange Tales #136b (v1). The Ancient One next appears in Strange Tales #138b (v1).
     
  Hamir the Hermit
Hamir the Hermit last appeared in Strange Tales #136b (v1). Hamir the Hermit next appears in Strange Tales #138b (v1).
     
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  Baron Mordo
Baron Mordo last appeared in Strange Tales #136b (v1). Baron Mordo next appears in Strange Tales #138b (v1).
     
 
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Eye of Agamotto
Eye of Agamotto last appeared in Strange Tales #136b (v1). Eye of Agamotto next appears in Strange Tales #138b (v1).
 
     
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specialque
   July 30, 2014
Now we're talking. After a slow, mind-probing start, this Dr. Strange story does a fantastic job in the last two pages of setting up what's coming ahead. I'm not sure what's ahead, but I'm looking forward to it.
 
 
 
 
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  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-08-23 17:16:12  
  This one was great! One can see that Steve Ditko worked with special care here, the pencils and colors are awesome, full in the detail, Strange's cloak is colorful against the cave surroundings. The plot yet very simple is true to the characters, and I like this slow developing path of Dr. Strange.  
 
 

  spencer617 Says:    
  2013-04-15 23:57:32  
  We get the point, the Ancient One has strong defenses... This entire issue could have been done in about 4 panels.  
 
 

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-05 13:34:49  
  Now can we get this quest moving again?
In all of these long story arcs, it seems like there is always an issue or 2 that just tread water. Hulk did it, Thor did it, now Dr Strange. If you're going to tell an epic story, keep the momentum going.
 
 
 

  dpaone Says:    
  2013-12-16 21:28:07  
  This issues seems to be mostly filler. Only 2 stars for this one I'm afraid.  
 
 

  Alex Daily Says:    
  2014-01-24 14:39:52  
  Ten pages of Dr Strange sitting on a bed staring at a comatose old man.  
 
 

  Durango55 Says:    
  2014-04-01 14:38:27  
  2 stars (grudgingly).
This was (barely) two pages of story stretched out to fill the page quota.

If you need to find Eternity, just start reading this storyline. It's endless...
 
 
 

  TheGrandIgloo Says:    
  2014-04-01 21:54:23  
  This issue was totally rad.  
 
 

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-07-03 19:52:30  
  Decent art...decent story. The Ancient One is super powerful...even when he's in a coma on the brink of death. I can't wait to see the introduction of Eternity next issue.
 
 
 

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2014-07-19 12:10:50  
  Look at the imagery we are given when Doctor Strange is probing the Ancient One's mind. Even just the image on the splash page. Contrast that art with what we see when Professor X probes a mind or uses his mental powers. He might grab his head and shoot out some yellow squiggly lines, telling everyone to be silent. Sometimes we aren't even shown or told that he was using his powers on people, we just have to sort of figure that out.

Kirby is the King with good reason and Marvel is the house that Jack built. But Steve Ditko did some really neat stuff as well.



 
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-08-02 22:18:16  
  2 stars for playing those mind games together!

Jammies - On page 4, panel 5 the Ancient One looks a little long in the tooth...

'Nuff Said - "Salaam, man of mystery!"-Hamir the Hermit
 
 
 

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-10 20:54:54  
  Battle of the minds... Strange vs. the Ancient One.

Why wait for eternity... When you can go right to eternity instead.

3 stars for this issue not sucking and somewhat keeping me entertained.
 
 
 

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-09-07 09:01:37  
  Ditko finally getting some recognition for his writing, as at this point he has contributed more than half of the writing and plots to Spider-Man.  
 
 

  phogbear Says:    
  2014-09-15 22:28:30  
  The story was just okay. If Ditko wasn't drawing, then I agree with it being to long. He really shined on this one, especially on page 6. An extra star for the art.  
 
 

  CosmicCostello Says:    
  2014-10-21 16:37:41  
  I'm not a SHIELD fan. They're ok, just not my cuppa. But this issue's tale really pulled me in, so I'm adding an extra star.

Doc Strange continues to be top notch as Ditko can do very little wrong on this strip, imo. How he seems to lose almost all plotting ability shortly after he leaves Marvel, I don't know, but he is aces on Strange.
 
 
 

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-10-26 00:47:31  
  1. More fantastic art. This series is not the most exciting in terms of writing but I think it has the best artwork in the MU at this time
2. One of the more interesting Dr. Strange issues.
 
 
 

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-01-28 09:17:01  
  Loved the artwork in this one.

This is a good example of how different the Doctor Strange title is compared to the others. Here we have what could ostensibly by a "filler" issue, in which the main action is essentially one guy just staring at the other guy for pretty much the whole issue, and yet, all sorts of action is happening throughout. Pretty cool.

Nice lead-in to the next issue too.
 
 
 

  Russ Says:    
  2016-09-01 02:09:16  
  This might be a filler issue, but for the most part even the filler issues work well within the narrative of this story arc. Of all the arcs we've seen in the Order so far, this one is easily the best in spite of its flaws. Maybe this seems to be drawn out longer than reasonable, but I'd rather have this over mediocre to bad one-shot stories.  
 
 

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2016-11-08 17:31:10  
  An interesting change of pace. Nice to see some of the Ancient One's powers for a change.  
 
 

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-12-01 20:40:22  
 
  • That's my line – "Even in a coma, hovering on the brink of the death... The Power of the Ancient One is virtually beyond belief!" (Doctor Strange) – That's why HE's the Master! This is some serious firewall he's got!

  • Very nice splash again. And page 6 is simply gorgeous! WOW!

  • Only Ditko could come up with drawings strong enough so that a story with basically two men sitting on a bed can actually feel like a lot is going on. The artist put a lot of efforts in creating beautifully detailed panels so it balances for a plot that would have otherwise been pretty boring. That is some accomplishment right there! The artwork itself is worth 4 stars. I loved it and I'm really looking forward to next issue.
 
 
 

  bill_the_cat Says:    
  2018-01-24 21:04:58  
  A lot of nothing happened.  
 
 

 
 
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Essential Doctor Strange, Volume 1
 
This collection includes Strange Tales #136b (v1), Strange Tales #145b (v1), Strange Tales #146a (v1), Strange Tales #147a (v1), Strange Tales #148a (v1), Strange Tales #149a (v1), Strange Tales #150a (v1), Strange Tales #151b (v1), Strange Tales #152b (v1), Strange Tales #153b (v1), Strange Tales #154b (v1), Strange Tales #155b (v1), Strange Tales #157b (v1), Strange Tales #158b (v1), Strange Tales #159b (v1), Strange Tales #160b (v1), Strange Tales #161b (v1), Strange Tales #162a (v1), Strange Tales #163b (v1), Strange Tales #110c (v1), Strange Tales #111c (v1), Strange Tales #115b (v1), Strange Tales #116b (v1), Strange Tales #117b (v1), Strange Tales #118a (v1), Strange Tales #119b (v1), Strange Tales #120b (v1), Strange Tales #121b (v1), Strange Tales #122b (v1), Strange Tales #123b (v1), Strange Tales #124b (v1), Strange Tales #125b (v1), Strange Tales #126a (v1), Strange Tales #127a (v1), Strange Tales #128b (v1), Strange Tales #129b (v1), Strange Tales #130b (v1), Strange Tales #131a (v1), Strange Tales #132b (v1), Strange Tales #133b (v1), Strange Tales #134b (v1), Strange Tales #135b (v1), Strange Tales #137b (v1), Strange Tales #138b (v1), Strange Tales #139b (v1), Strange Tales #140b (v1), Strange Tales #141b (v1), Strange Tales #142b (v1), Strange Tales #144b (v1), Strange Tales #143b (v1), Fantastic Four #16 (v1)
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange, Volume 1
 
This collection includes Strange Tales #110c (v1), Strange Tales #111c (v1), Strange Tales #114b (v1), Strange Tales #115b (v1), Strange Tales #116b (v1), Strange Tales #117b (v1), Strange Tales #118a (v1), Strange Tales #119b (v1), Strange Tales #121b (v1), Strange Tales #122b (v1), Strange Tales #123b (v1), Strange Tales #124b (v1), Strange Tales #125b (v1), Strange Tales #126a (v1), Strange Tales #127a (v1), Strange Tales #128b (v1), Strange Tales #129b (v1), Strange Tales #130b (v1), Strange Tales #131a (v1), Strange Tales #132b (v1), Strange Tales #133b (v1), Strange Tales #134b (v1), Strange Tales #135b (v1), Strange Tales #136b (v1), Strange Tales #137b (v1), Strange Tales #138b (v1), Strange Tales #139b (v1), Strange Tales #140b (v1), Strange Tales #141b (v1), Strange Tales #120b (v1), Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2
     
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By next issue, we’ll have received your first comments on Nick Fury, Agent of Shield, so we’ll be able to hash out all your knocks and boosts with you. (That’s the one difficult thing about publishing a monthly mag—there’s always a three month interval between the time we write it, and the time we receive your mail about it). Anyway, we’re pretty sure that ol’ Nick is a smash hit—the only thing that remains to be seen is—how much of a smash is he? But, while we wait for your verdict to reach us, let’s muddle thru this month’s merry mail . . .

 
Dear Stan and Bob,

      STRANGE TALES #134 was an above-average issue. I really enjoyed "The Challenge of the Watcher." I was wondering where he had been all this time and was glad to see him again. I also enjoyed seeing Kang, who, in my opinion, is tops as a villain. It was also great to see Wally Wood inking Bob's pencils. Since this was the last Torch-Thing strip, l hope the Nick Fury strip will be as good; it has big shoes to fill. As for Doc Strange, I don't see how Steve can do such a good job on it with all those dimensions floating around. I think I’d go amulet-happy!

Joe Hartlaub, 113 Blue Hill La.
Arkon, Ohio 44313

And what makes you think he hasn’t?

 
We've only room to tell you that most of our great '65 Annuals are now on sale! They include the sensational FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL, the spectacular SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL, the smashing SGT. FURY ANNUAL, and the startling THOR ANNUAL—with the star-studded MARVEL ANNUAL going on sale any day now! Okay, we told you—from here on in, it's up to you!

 
Dear Stan,

      Boyoboyoboy! You’ve outdone yourselves in the latest issues. I found absolutely nothing wrong (my eyesight must be failing!) except for one grave mistake—why must you use that abominable phrase “I should have known . . .” over and over again? That phrase is your one downfall as it appears in practically every issue every month! Aside from that, everything was just stupendous. THOR #117 was great, AVENGERS #17 will never be surpassed, DR. STRANGE is getting better with each new issue of STRANGE TALES. The M.M.M.S. is just great and I suggest that you fellas at the bullpen join it!

Michael Woodhead, 683 Talbot Blvd.
Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada

We should have known someone would make that suggestion sooner or later—!

 
CHEE! Have you noticed the sorry mess of Marvel IMITATIONS making the scene lately? Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery and all that jazz, but we wanna make darn sure no dyed-in-the-wool Marvel madman gets stuck with one of those inferior “Brand Ecch” versions of the real thing!

So lull yourself to sleep each night with these imperishable words: “It isn’t a Marvel masterpiece unless it SAYS Marvel on the cover trademark!” Don’t ever settle for less—you’re too important to us! Remember—we found you first!


 
Dear Stan and Steve,

      If Dr. Strange had his own mag, it would be the best comic ever, but I guess I'll have to remain content relishing his appearances in STRANGE TALES. The sense of wonder, awe, mystery and the unknown that I get by gazing at every panel by that genius Steve Ditko knows no bounds. Nobody by Steve could do the strip. Ever since I first experienced his work before you introduced superheroes, I’ve felt he was one of the all-time greats. I won’t say anything about the writing of Dr. Strange because anything written by Stan Lee is automatically deserving of the Nobel Prize. Keep up the awesomely superb work on Dr. Strange!

Michael Arden, Jr., 5645 N. Muscatel
San Gabriel, Calif. 91775

We’ll try, Mike, but in the meantime, Stan wants to know what’s happening to all those Nobel prizes he’s so deserving of!

 
Next ish we’ll bring you the newest, and possibly the greatest Shield epic of all. You‘ll see an entire world threatened by Hydra, as a desperate Nick Fury fights back as only he can—aided by the dedicated agents of Shield, and by some of the most fantastic secret inventions you’ve ever seen! Also, of course, there’ll be the latest adventure of Dr. Strange, the only character in fiction whose exploits are so far-out we can’t even describe them to you! You’ve got to read the story to know what’s going on—unless you're like Stan—he gets confused even while he‘s reading it! Anyway, be with us next ish for more fun and games, and till then, remember—you’re just like Nick Fury—you’ve got priority A-1 with us!

 
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