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 1960's Silver Age 

Dr. Strange:

Steve Ditko; Gene Colan, Marie Severin,  John Severin, Bill Everett, Dan Adkins...+ other creator's.

Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD:

Jim Steranko; Jack Kirby...+ other artists & writers.

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This great silver age Marvel title STRANGE TALES was very exciting both for the continuity of storyline and the use of the artist.   Coloring and even placement of word balloons is an art!  Exceptional inking & pencils.  Incredible stories! 

Both Dr. Strange (by Ditko or Gene Colan) and Nick Fury (which I especially loved when illustrated and written by Kirby, Steranko and Lee)  are among my favorite comics -- ever.    Surprisingly this series remains undervalued. 

Incredibly great comics!  First series -- originals,  graded accurately,  are now available here. 

I  have doubles of a few issues.  Get em while they are hot! 

And when the films come out these comics can only increase in value.)  Tune in for Tales to Astonish, Tales of Suspense and Journey Into Mystery.   Silver Age Marvel's here in future ads (will add links).   Visit my webpage to see more comics for sale.

Read Dr. Strange article below.

  Prices subject to change frequently, inquire. Many unlisted.  
Old Comics For Sale All First Series and 1st prints        
Strange Tales #103 1962 Larry Leiber, Jack Kirby; Dick Ayers.  Some wear.  Looks nice. No Dr. Strange in this issue.

$29. to $375.00 in Overstreet

There is a Ditko Fantasy Story though! VG $58.00
Strange Tales #127 Ditko on Dr. Strange Lee, Ayers art, Reinman on Torch / Thing half VG+ $25.
Strange Tales #128 3 bends, wear at bottom of spine, Ditko Dr. Strange Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver mutants Dick Ayers Thing Torch FF members star in 1/2 the comic      
Strange Tales #129 Ditko on Strange, Thing Human Torch vg Dick Ayers  $29.00 bend
Strange Tales #132

Ditko Dr. Strange; Human Torch & Thing

VG+ 1965
" Dup VG $30.
Strange Tales #133 Human Torch & The Thing: Powell /Demeo, Ditko: Dr. Strange $30. High Grade, small ding bottom right corner
Strange Tales #134 Thing/Torch: Watcher, Bob Powell/Wallace Wood art! Steve Ditko on Dr. Strange VG or better, minor wear $30.
Strange Tales # 138 dup vf/exFine inquire
Strange Tales # 138 Kirby/Severin; Ditko Dr. Strange vg+ $25.00
Strange Tales #139 Strange by Ditko, Kirby /Sinnott on Shield vg $25.00
Strange Tales #139 Fine/VF  dup
Strange Tales #140  The End of Hydra 1966 Jack Kirby / Don Heck Joe Sinnott inks w.d. (water damage) Great color and gloss though Awesome Dr. Strange VG +
Strange Tales #142 Chip top of cover Kirby art dup, Overall tight!  Ditko on Dr. Strange
Strange Tales #142 Kirby /Demeao; Steve Ditko
Strange Tales #142 1966 dup 1st print High Grade Personal Collection, minor wear, tiny chip back cover, still Extra Fine or better; Jack Kirby Penciller!!!! Ditko on Dr. Strange High Grade $25. or higher P
Strange Tales #144 Ditko, Kirby/ Purcell  vg+/+ $25.00
Strange Tales #144 " Dr. Strange, Shield, nice cover too ExFine/NM $40.00
Strange Tales #145 Ditko, Kirby/Heck $25.00
Strange Tales # 145 Kirby - Heck, Ditko center loose silver age
Strange Tales #145 " Dup ExFine $30.00 P
Strange Tales #146 Last Ditko on ST, Nick Fury SHIELD by  Jack Kirby/Heck NFS vg++/F
Strange Tales #146 Dup Last Ditko -- great!! $25.00
Strange Tales #148 Minor stress vertically at spine but overall this is a Extra Fine copy -- or better.  Minor wear.  Like new luster and bright vivid color. Everett Dr. Strange Cover & interiors, Jack Kirby helps with writing and Kirby/Heck illustrate the Shield half of the comic.  $27.00 or higher P+ Persoanl Collection
Strange Tales #149 

VG + or better Kirby Layouts "The End Of AIM" Art by Ogden Whitney.  1966 Silver Age

Bill Everett Art Tag inside cover, writing top splash small pen, 
Strange Tales #150 Personal Collection Kirby BUSCEMA on Shield, Severin on Dr. Strange VF/ExFine some yellowing otherwise really nice Inquire
Strange Tales #151 Kirby/ Steranko Cover & Interiors;  Bill Everett on Dr. Strange (Exceptional work by this Golden Age Artist)
Strange Tales #156 Great Gloss and Color, Marie Severin on Dr. Strange, water damage stains on back cover, The best Steranko on Shield ever! Looks nice VG/++ $18.
Strange Tales #150

Dr. Strange Everett Kirby Buscema SHIELD

g/vg 1966

Strange Tales #150

Kirby Layout/John Buscema; Bill Everett VF

Strange Tales #151 Kirby/Steranko; Golden Age Bill Everett on Strange, one bend Fine or better
Strange Tales #153 Thomas, Jack Kirby/Jim Steranko on Shield/Nick Fury Cover by Sternako lean and mean.  Grease pencil, chip, minor wear.  Wear top of cover small area still overall looks Fine VG+ Nice Gloss and color Dr. Strange by Severin
Strange Tales #154 Thomas, Lee, Steranko on Shield, lower staple missing when published Overall tight and clean, few small bends, grade is VG+/Fine or better, nice gloss and color.   Severin's Dr. Strange is strangely compelling.
Strange Tales #157 Steranko Cover Shield, Sterano Art on Nick Fury inside!!! Quality; Marie Severin Dr. Strange Art Some yellowing and wear back cover, chips, flaking VG or better nice gloss and color $18.00
Strange Tales #161  Starts getting perfect here.  Steranko's best work in this time period on Shield/Fury. Even minor wear FINE or better great gloss ad color, beautiful work. Dan Adkins on Doc Strange 1967 A+ for Content (SHIELD)
Strange Tales #164 Steranko; Adkins rip back cover middle big g++/vg
Strange Tales #166

       Steranko Nick Fury

VG+ 1968
Doctor Strange #170 wear, w.d., VG (Looks VF) Dan Adkins controversial art, great cover, 1968
Dr. Strange #171 Begins all Dr. Strange vg+/F+ $38.00
" Dup Tom Palmer art Fine, Adkins cover, minor wear
Dr. Strange #172 Gene Colan Dormmamu VG+/F $35.

$38.00 marked on bag


Dup WOW Quality art  $45.00

Dr. Strange #173 

 Dr. Strange Colan art

VG+/fine hard grader meaning most are in better shape than stated $38.00

Dr. Strange #173

Colan Art VF/ExFine++ $40.

Dr Strange #174

Roy Thomas Gene Colan


nice color


Dr Strange #174

       Roy Thomas 

Gene Colan

Fine-; bent corner

nice color $25.00

 wrinkles bottom right cover

Dr. Strange #175 Gene Colan entirely --awesome art! Super High Grade. Some stress lines but otherwise ExFine+ or better!!!!!   Sharp, tight, great gloss and color.  Excellent lok. $38.00P
Dr. Strange #176 Gene Colan Art!!! ExFine +++ $40.
Dr. Strange #177 Colan art nice  fine, minor wear $38.00
Dr. Strange #177 Colan VF/ExFine  $40.
Dr. Strange # 178 Gene Colan Black Knight wow ExFine $40.
Dr. Strange #179 Interiors Reprint of Dr. Strange STEVE DITKO Annual #2 VF or better, minor wear, nice gloss and color $38.00
Dr. Strange #180 Gene Colan nice art and story

Entirely Dr.Strange


" Duplicate Eternity Palmer inks wonderfully! VF or better $35.00
Dr. Strange #180 Gene Colan nice art and story

Entirely Dr.Strange



Dr. Strange #181




Dr. Strange #182

Colan art nice,  Juggernaut



Dr. Strange #182 1962  dup  all 1st prints Marvel $35.00

Marvel Premiere #3

Dr. Strange Master Of The Mystic Arts Barry Windsor Smith Fine or better Nice Art

Marvel Premiere #4

" Barry Smith and Frank Brunner WOW! Fine or better "

Marvel Premiere #5

" g-

Marvel Premiere #8

" Jim Starlin

Dr. Strange #1

 in his own series!

Signed by the Artist of this issue Frank Brunner; Autographed my comic at an event I threw $55.00 Fine, wear, sub fold 1974 One bend
Doctor Strange #4 Frank Brunner art: also signed by the artist (at my old store) Awesome, Nice shape VF or better  $50.00
Doctor Strange #4 unsigned Frank Brunner Art few bends $15.
Doctor Strange #5 Autographed "
Doctor Strange #7 Gene Colan Bend

Doctor Strange #8



Colan wear at spine minor $8.

Doctor Strange #9

Gene Colan interiors

Doctor Strange #10

Colan art (great) Fine $8.00

Doctor Strange #11

" NM/M

Doctor Strange #12

" NM

Doctor Strange #13

" NM

Doctor Strange #14

" vg bends $7.50 Dracula

Doctor Strange #15

" NM/M


My Article:


"Realms Between -- 

The interdimensional exploits of Dr. Stephen Strange."

A Deeper Foundational Beginning Than Previously Imagined.



Dr. Strange was always a good guy Mystical Super Hero type but Dr. Stephen Strange wasn't.  

Coming from  Atlas Comics (Pre-Marvel -- post Timely) of the 1950's -- the fantasy series by Ditko and Kirby appealed greatly to most of my friends and acquaintances (in my Comic / SF circles) growing up.  The natural evolution of this form -- Strange Tales the fantasy comic series-- became Strange Tales the Super Hero series.  

Once Thing and Human Torch took over it wasn't long until Dr. Strange became a wondrous back up event.  (For me the main course).

But Stan Lee originally called Dr. Strange  master of black magic.  Unfortunately black magic is evil (consequences of those who practice it are intensely severe ((the evil they do comes back to them at least 3 times --  they can hide but not forever))).  Luckily Stan changed Dr. Stephen Strange's nomenclature to The Master of the Mystic Arts.  

Stephen Strange was a  greedy surgeon who lost his ability to operate on patients after a tragic car accident.  He then sought help from the Ancient One living in the Himalayan mountains.  Finally he becomes a metaphysical metaphysician.   

Dr. Strange's practice of the occult* (it means hidden knowledge*) leads him on many wonderful fun adventures.  

Without the inspiration of Steve Ditko and Gene Colan and others Strange would not have been as great as he was and is.  Truly a marvelous creation.  

The short TV series did not do him justice.  (But was better than nothing -- and at some levels it captured a small percentage of the feel of some of the early Dr. Strange comics.  

Still if I had a desire it would be to create a Dr. Strange film and bring him to life in a combo of animation, special effects and as an actual live action movie).   

Dr. Strange discovered God in Eternity and merged with him (Later the character, Eternity,  was cheapened, I feel).  

Dr. Strange only practiced White Magic during the 1960's.  In the 1990's he practiced techno magic (whatever that is).

The Master of Mystic Arts is a great character.  Be sure to start with Ditko's version for full appreciation of this astounding character.  

Marvel comic artist Marie Severin says the Kabala (Cabala --Jewish Mystical System) was a source of material for certain issues of  Dr. Strange that she worked on.

But what did Stan Lee, Steve Ditko & Gene Colan tap into?  What made Marvel & Dr. Strange so great?  

Dr. Strange meditates and sits in a lotus position.  (Dr. Strange 3rd series #49 see cover and many other issues.) 

Dr. Strange and rock stars often hold their hands in the gesture of the anti-evil eye.  In sign language it means:  "Love."  (Probably depends on which hand one holds up).  

So if you need advice on where to begin reading or collecting send me an email.  I recommend starting with Strange Tales #110 -- 146 (most of) which contain Steve Ditko's Dr. Strange!


 Beyond Fantasy and SF: 

Note:  A Guru is a darkness dispeller...(If your Spiritual leader does not dispel darkness then he or she is not a spiritual leader.)  

One must be wary of glorification in the little self (ego -- aka persona).

Harvey Kurtzman was a Yogi (I think).  Yoga means Union.

There are many forms of Yoga and Meditation. 

Meditation means God Contact in Stillness Deep with focus upon the Divine One (aka) "I die daily."

There is a Psychic and Mystical side to unusual performances in sports.

Then of course there is the idea and then there is the practice of it.  Some things cannot be attained via intellectualizing about it.  They must be experienced first hand.  To emulate the teachings of the great masters is superior to preaching about it, obviously.  In this world of maya (illusion) where we live -- this then is the battle.  Do you choose ego (and the slavery that comes with it) or Spiritualized Soul (that which you really are).

Truth Will Set You Free.  Spirit is Truth (naught else is).

This article Copyright 2002, 2006 -- Robert Gustaveson all rights reserved.

1-13-2002, 12-2002, 10-2003, 10-2006, June 27,2009


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King Size Special #1

Jim Steranko cover art, Marie Severin interior art. Inhumans.


Top of spine of this annual sized Marvel comic book has a small split.  Still overall is Fine.  Nice Gloss and color with a few bends lower right corner frayed.

1968 $60.00

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(I do this now for fun)

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Religion was made by Man for Man.

True Spirituality Lived is far superior

to religion and all belief systems.  --RG



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