Continuing the battle against the villain Satannish, we see Gene Colan experimenting more and more with the kind of elaborate page designs that Jim Steranko was innovating. Steranko truly changed comics—but his style doesn’t always translate. The splash page to #176, which has the titular character interacting with the title sequence, is one of the better examples. Other places in these books the design becomes distracting—and doesn’t match up well with the otherworldliness of Strange’s stories. Not terrible, but not terribly good.
Also, the Doc gets a new costume…
Creators: Roy Thomas, Gene Colan