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1129: Doctor Strange #183 (v1)

" They Walk by Night! "
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Doctor Strange #183 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Gene Colan
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: Gene Colan
Inkers: Tom Palmer
Letterers: Jean Izzo (Jean Simek)
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: November 1969
Release Date: August 1969
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.15
Times Read: 338                 Times Rated: 211
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Doctor Strange #181 (v1)
Doctor Strange #182 (v1)
Doctor Strange #183 (v1)
Sub-Mariner #22 (v1)
Incredible Hulk #125 (v1)
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#22 (v1)
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#125 (v1)
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Issue Blurb
Doctor Strange visits an old friend who is dying. Soon Strange learns the deadly illness of his long time friend is due to the Undying One, and a sinister plot is set in motion.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange last appeared in Doctor Strange #182 (v1). Doctor Strange next appears in Sub-Mariner #22 (v1).
Supporting Characters
Wong last appeared in Doctor Strange #182 (v1). Wong next appears in Marvel Feature #1c (v1).
Clea last appeared in Doctor Strange #182 (v1). Clea next appears in Marvel Feature #2 (v1).
  Kenneth Ward
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Kenneth Ward in the mainstream continuity. Dies in this issue.
Group Appearances
The Undying Ones
This is the first appearance by The Undying Ones in the mainstream continuity. The Undying Ones next appears in Sub-Mariner #22 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Cloak of Levitation
Cloak of Levitation last appeared in Doctor Strange #182 (v1). Cloak of Levitation next appears in Marvel Feature #1c (v1).
Eye of Agamotto
Eye of Agamotto last appeared in Doctor Strange #182 (v1). Eye of Agamotto next appears in Marvel Feature #1c (v1).
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Issue Notes
  • This is the final issue of Doctor Strange volume 1. This plotline is finished in Sub-Mariner #22 and Incredible Hulk #126.
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Issue Review
   September 27, 2013
A moody and very engrossing final issue.

Continuity is strong as Strange and Clea talk about recent events and changes in their lives. A telegram arrives and Strange is summoned to meet an old friend who needs his help. But when Strange goes to visit the man at his home, all is not as it seems and demons lie in wait.

The art is fantastic. Dynamic poses and layouts abound, even when there is nothing very exciting happening.

Strange is an interesting character, he really seems to shoulder the weight of the world on his shoulders. You could say that he takes himself far too seriously, but - based on what we are told in this story - he has every right to. Clea is a bit of a weakling here, but we must presume that recent events have left her that way.

I loved this issue. It takes place on a dark and stormy night and everything is dark and foreboding. Great stuff. 10/10
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  Kez Says:    
  2012-01-15 13:55:48  
  I believe this is the last comic in the order from the 1960s (Could be wrong)! Wahey!

Still, shame they cancelled Doctor Strange. Not sure what it is about him, but he's one of my favourite characters - though not with this silly getup.

I look forward to seeing more of him.

  Canuck Says:    
  2012-11-19 11:44:24  
  It's disappointing to see a good series end. The art and stories were very good and very different. New costume aside, there was nothing wrong with Dr. Strange.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-23 08:56:02  
  There is no indication anywhere in the issue indicating it's the last one. In fact, in answer to one of the letters, Stan writes "we're up to our 14th issue of Dr Strange. We must be doing something right."
Sadly, both spinoffs from Strange Tales failed to make it in their initial runs.

  Magik_Rune Says:    
  2014-02-09 11:35:12  
  The Lovecraftian vibe is strong in this one. And it really works with Dr. Strange.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-11-02 20:26:09  
  I think Strange works best in smaller doses. He's a great character and all, but it gets to be a bit much when the planet is in danger of being wiped out every... single... issue. I think he works best as a support character that helps out during times of great crisis, or doing solo work once in a while.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-11-06 12:02:40  
  Wow, I was looking forward to what was coming next. The plot seemed very intriguing.  

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2014-11-11 12:51:17  
  funny, I didn't even realized it was cancelled..... lol...... I must have missed a footnote or something..... oh, well, by Strange, see you when I hit Defenders......  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-12-21 10:22:20  
  And thus ends the 60s and one of the best comics of that decade. Though it never quite hit the heights of Spidey, the FF or Thor, Doctor Strange was reliably trippy, fun and exciting. I honestly didn't expect it to maintain any quality after Ditko left, but the title stayed entertaining right up until this final, somewhat disappointing issue. I'm not sure what happens next (aside from the next couple of guest spots), but I hope eventually that secret identity crap gets ditched.  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2015-02-20 08:55:12  
  How essentially this group can turn out such rubbish Daredevil and produce these masterpieces in Doctor Strange is baffling. The only difference is the inker & Palmer does turn in some top class work more often than not. Maybe Shores is too exacting, and Palmer cleans things up, or understands better what Colan envisaged when he was slamming these pencils out. I should have thought it was audience response over all else, cuz DD continues & Stephen Sanders' title is finished with this book. It's a shame cuz this title had some great potential. (4-)  

  illcom94 Says:    
  2015-04-25 12:10:00  
  I think it would be easier for Eternity to wipe the memory of Dr. strange from a couple dozen people, then to retroactively change Dr. Strange's identity. What a show off!  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2015-08-11 07:01:13  
  It's STRANGE they would end this series in such a way.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-11-08 11:45:54  
  3 stars for the 1st app of the Undying Ones!!!

Credit Due - Like others have said. Colan & Palmer go great together!!

Women - Is this the same Clea that had to remind Strange that she stood up to Dormammu just a couple of issues ago!?

Nice Rack - Is that a deer's head mounted to the back of a door?? (p9,p2)

Valley Of The Idols - Creepy images of those evil geometric shapes!!!

'Nuff Said - "Three, did you say?"-Dr. Sanders MD

  yack Says:    
  2016-05-18 18:57:52  
  When did Clea become so emotional over him being Dr.Strange? She had way more attitude in the early issues not she is this weak please defend me girlfriend.  

  Antifa Says:    
  2016-07-03 15:05:41  
  this particular issue was strong but i agree with the previous poster about strange being best as a supporting character or member of the defenders than as a solo book star  

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-11-02 22:59:14  
  I'm kind of glad it got cancelled, if only so it gets rid of the secret identity thing. The guy goes walking around in a cloak, but a few people heard him call himself Dr Strange and he needs a new identity? Really?  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-12-26 13:46:59  
  This is indeed the final issues with a 1960s cover date in the Order. Everyone congratulate yourselves on completing the first decade of quite a journey that featured a few more downs than ups, but the ups were fantastic. Either way, the groundwork for greater things had been laid down effectively.

And again, like SHIELD, we see the cancellation of a book in mid-arc. It was shaping up to be quite an arc, too; the first appearance of the Undying Ones, the villains we know Marvel couldn't kill off even if they tried! We should've had these guys recruit Nathan Garrett, Janice Cord, or Uncle Ben.....

And finally, the story didn't waste any time in proving that the Dr. Sanders front Eternity set up for Dr. Strange fell apart very quickly; the Undying Ones knew who he was when they had Kenneth Ward contact him. On that note, here's the quick wrap-up of the title:

Dr. Strange lasted just 14 issues, not counting issue #179 which was a reprint of Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2 (missed deadline?). The stories were excellent and the art team of Gene Colan and Tom Palmer produced some of the most dazzling visuals we've seen in the Order, even on a par with Jim Steranko's work!

  Russ Says:    
  2016-12-26 13:57:56  
  The book just wasn't selling. That seems to be why they put Strange in that blue mask thing. I respect that they had to try different things with the character in order to move copies, but I think that just wasn't the way to go. It may not have hurt the character at the time, but it sure didn't help.

Final Grade: B+. SHIELD and Dr. Strange were two of the best anthology features Marvel had in 1968 when they split everything up into their own books; it's astonishing that both books ended the 1960s cancelled. But, the good Doctor has this arc continuing in Sub-Mariner's mag, laying the groundwork for a new super-team. That's not a bad trade-off.

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-04-08 19:55:48  
  The whole gang comes back for another stab at Strange later. I think Dr. Strange was one of the most consistently entertains books out there.  

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-08-23 09:23:34  
  I am really enjoying the art of the Doctor Strange comics recently. How to convey magic in a visual form? Gene Colan does it well. Too bad that it wasn't selling and would get canceled.  

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-09-29 07:57:28  
  This story had promise, but the wrap up felt rushed and unsatisfying. Sad to see Dr Strange go. Beyond being an intriguing book with great art, it's just so different from other contemporaneous books that it served as a nice way to break up the order. It's probably for the best, though, as the books was clearly tending towards a more standard super hero feel, what with the mask, and concerns over secret identities.  

  JonahBlack @ JonahBlack (original post):    
  2017-09-29 11:30:11  
  Ok, having read Sub-Mariner #22, I retract some of my criticism. The Story is wrapped up fairly well there, and, in fact, it serves as a far more fitting end to Dr Strange (V1) than this issue alone  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-10-12 12:24:08  
  We've reached the end of the first Marvel Flowering. At the end of 1969, Nick Fury, Doctor Strange and the X-Men would be cancelled and Captain Marvel would publish only four issues in the next couple of years.

But don't worry, both Strange Tales and Doctor Strange will be back...

  Marksman Says:    
  2017-12-30 23:11:50  
  Amazing how this comic as well as Dr Strange's next two guest spots leads into the great "non-team" of the 70s.  

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Essential Defenders, Volume 1
This collection includesMarvel Feature #2 (v1), Marvel Feature #3 (v1), Defenders #1 (v1), Defenders #2 (v1), Defenders #3 (v1), Defenders #4 (v1), Defenders #6 (v1), Defenders #5 (v1), Defenders #7 (v1), Defenders #8a (v1), Defenders #9 (v1), Defenders #10 (v1), Defenders #11 (v1), Defenders #12 (v1), Defenders #13 (v1), Defenders #14 (v1), Avengers #115a (v1), Avengers #116 (v1), Avengers #117 (v1), Avengers #118 (v1), Doctor Strange #183 (v1), Sub-Mariner #22 (v1), Sub-Mariner #34 (v1), Sub-Mariner #35 (v1), Incredible Hulk #126 (v1), Marvel Feature #1a (v1)
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Date User Name Update
   February 3, 2018 TStarnes Added Eye of Agamotto listing.
   February 3, 2018 TStarnes Added Cloak of Levitation listing.
   February 3, 2018 TStarnes
   February 3, 2018 TStarnes
   November 20, 2017 TStarnes
   May 30, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for The Undying Ones.
   April 4, 2016 Neskit Changed comic details.
   August 12, 2015 fragsel Added Kenneth Ward to the issue.
   October 28, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for The Undying Ones.
   October 28, 2013 Drax Added The Undying Ones to the issue.
   August 16, 2013 jfpj1991 Added blurb for this issue.
   May 4, 2013 TStarnes Changed comic details.
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