STRANGE TALES #124-127 (1964)

Okay, time to bundle some issues because it’s a half-a-comic per character each issue, which really isn’t time to tell a good story.  On the Dr. Strange side, the material isn’t that bad.

Issue #125 features Baron Mordo.  Issues #126 and 127 have the first two part Dr. Strange story, and it’s pretty good.

We meet Clea and Dormammu, and see The Mindless Ones for the first time.

These are the Strange stories I really enjoy.

But the Human Torch stories are just awful.  It’s basically become a team-up book for Torch and The Thing, and every issue is the same: They tease each other, they meet a bad guy, and they beat him up.  In #124, it’s Paste Pot Pete.

In #125, it’s Namor.

In #126, it’s Mad Thinker and Puppet Master, and Thing reverts to human again.  For one story.  And then in #127, Willie Lumpkin makes an appearance.

Creators: Torch stories: Lee/Ayers
Grade: F
Creators: Dr. Strange stories: Lee/Ditko
Grade: A- for issues #126-127; the rest get a C.

For the complete history of the MU, year by year, go here.

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