Marvel Premiere #3
Issue(s): Marvel Premiere #3
Whatever the reasoning, we start off with a Barry Windsor-Smith story scripted by Stan Lee.
The plot is simple enough: Dr. Strange gets hit by a truck and while he's passed out he has a nightmare...
...which means he fights Nightmare.
The twist is that in the story we see Dr. Strange avoiding getting hit by the truck by using magic...
...so we're not quite sure what's going on until we reveal that was actually the start of the dream.
Beyond that, it's all about Windsor-Smith's art.
The story ends with a message that a more dangerous foe is waiting in the wings. We'll learn in the next few issues that the threat is Shuma-Gorath, and later issues will confirm that Nightmare was working with him here.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this between Defenders #6-8 (Doc doesn't appear in #7), which pushes it forward almost a year in publication time. The issue ends with a character lurking about Strange's house, and that will be picked up on directly in the next issue.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Windsor-Smith's version of Nightmare becomes the definitive look for him, lasting for at least a decade.
Barry stated in Comic Book Artist that he wrote this in stream-of-consciousness style, and Stan got it completetly wrong.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | March 16, 2013 5:10 PM
This link features a cool chronology of Shuma-Gorath, including scans of their Conan appearance, outside of the scope of fnord's coverage:
Posted by: cullen | October 27, 2016 1:59 AM
The plot of this instalment is similar to STRANGE TALES #122's.
Posted by: Luke Blanchard | December 22, 2016 4:44 AM
Presently GCD credits Windsor-Smith with plotting for this Dr. Strange story, and only credits Lee for dialogue. https://www.comics.org/issue/25280/ This is consistent with Lee's preference for working in the "Marvel method."
Posted by: Holt | January 23, 2018 12:28 PM
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