Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we take a look at Steve Ditko and Stan Lee’s Doctor Strange run in Strange Tales…
Steve Ditko and Stan Lee’s run on Doctor Strange is one of the greatest single runs in comic book history, and I especially appreciate how the run actually had a real ENDING – that’s so rare to see in runs of the 1960s (Kirby and Lee never really had an ending, nor did Ditko and Lee on Amazing Spider-Man, heck, not even Lee and Romita on Amazing Spider-Man), and it’s really quite nice to see.
Doctor Strange first appears in Strange Tales #110, and when we see him, he’s already an established practitioner of magic…
After a two-issue break from #112-113, Strange then appeared from #115 through #146, with art (and plot) by Steve Ditko and script (and presumably early plotting) by Stan Lee – although Lee was replaced towards the end of the run as Ditko did not want to work with him anymore – after two issues by Roy Thomas, a young Denny O’Neil finished the run out with two issues.
In #115, Lee and Ditko debuted one of the great Marvel origins of all-time…
and after Strange finally resolves to help the Ancient One through magic…
The run got more complex and more intriguing and more dynamic as it went on, especially as Ditko got more and more creative with his page designs and the other characters.
A recurring character was a mysterious silver-haired woman who helped Strange when he was fighting against the Dread Dormammu.
In #146, everything comes to a head with a brilliant ending to the run by Ditko and O’Neil…
Amazing stuff, huh?
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