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When We First Met #14

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Each day in June you’ll get an entry showing you the first appearance of seemingly minor characters, phrases, objects or events that later became notable parts of comic book lore. Not major stuff like “the first appearance of Superman,” but rather, “the first time someone said, ‘Avengers Assemble!'” or “the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny” or “the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth” or “the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter.” Stuff like that. Here is an archive of what I’ve featured so far.

Enjoy!

It’s an all Doctor Strange edition of When We First Met!! To save on me mentioning the year for each issue, take note of the following….

Strange Tales #110-115 are from 1963
Strange Tales #116-127 are from 1964
Strange Tales #128-139 are from 1965
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First time Strange said “By the hoary hosts of Hoggoth!”

Hoggoth is first referred to in Strange Tales #116…


And soon after, in #119, Strange begins working Hoggoth into his exclamations/incantations (note how Dormammu was not really developed into a villain yet)…


In #120, Strange comes SOO close to using the phrase….


Later in #120, he also comes close to the phrase…


For awhile, “hosts of Hoggoth” is the phrase that is used. Like here in #121 (as well as in Strange’s guest appearance in Fantastic Four #27)…


We see a twist on it when Baron Mordo tries to invoke Hoggoth in #125! Strange tells him why such an invocation is in vain…


Finally, in #126, Strange uses the phrase that would become his catch phrase, of sorts, in the future…


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First appearance of the Eye of Agamotto

As soon as Doctor Strange debuted in #110, he had an amulet that looks like the Eye of Agamotto…


And in #111, we see it in use and it sure does appear to be the Eye of Agamotto, at least as how we think of it today…


However, he kept just referring to it as his “amulet.” And he said it a lot, too. “I must use my amulet!” “You can’t stop my amulet!” etc. etc.

In #116, Agamotto is referenced for the first time…


But even as the amulet continues to act like the Eye of Agamotto (like in this scene from #120), it is not referred to as such…


In fact, in #125, we are even shown the ACTUAL Eye of Agamotto, and it is not an amulet…


In #127, Strange is given a more poweful amulet…


So you might think, “Oh, so THAT’s when he got the Eye of Agamotto!” But it is still just referred to as an amulet, and in fact, in #128, we see the “actual” Eye of Agamotto once again…


Finally, out of seemingly nowhere, in #135 the amulet has now officially become known as the Eye of Agamotto….


And it has remained as such ever since!
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First appearance of the cloak of levitation

Doctor Strange did not wear a cloak in the early issues.

His first cloak (the blue one) debuted in #114…


but it was not until #127 that he replaced it with a new cloak, one that contained the power of levitation!


Here it is in action for the first time in #128…


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Feel free to send in ideas for future debuts I should feature here to bcronin@comicbookresources.com!