Characters Appearing: Ancient One, Baron Mordo, Dr. Strange
Strange Tales #125 (Dr. Strange)
Issue(s): Strange Tales #125 (Dr. Strange story only)
Review/plot: Dr. Strange vs. Baron Mordo in a mystic battle.
Mordo tries to call upon the Hoary Hand of Hoggoth, but as Strange points out, Hoggoth does not favor the wicked, and his attack fails. That's not fair! Strange has called upon Dormammu and his invocations have been successful.
We also have some Agamotto development. Strange uses the Eye of Agamotto - a device that will later be called the Orb of Agamotto. We also see his amulet functioning the way his Eye of Agamotto amulet will, but it's not until issue #127 that he'll receive the actual Eye of Agamotto amulet.
Just sort of working out all the abracadetails, i guess.
Some more magical developments: At the beginning of this issue, as some of Mordo's goons creep up on him, we see Dr. Strange still working on his abilities. Today he's focused on the supernatural spells of Oshtur.
And, as Nathan notes in the comments, this is the first time the powers of Cyttork are actually used in the more common way (by Baron Mordo, to bind the Ancient One), after being invoked by Dr. Strange while sending Cleopatra home last issue.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: This issue ends with Dr. Strange in his astral form. Strange Tales #126 begins with Dr. Strange returning to his body after the battle in this story.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Collectors' Item Classics #16
that flesh-toned skull cap is really not a good look for Mordo.
Posted by: min | August 6, 2012 1:20 PM
@fnord: This also marks the first time the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak are employed (after their first mention in the previous issue).
Posted by: Nathan Adler | January 15, 2015 11:26 PM
Thanks, Nathan. I've added a scan.
Posted by: fnord12 | January 16, 2015 9:28 AM
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