Sunday, June 26, 2011

Marvel History Post 103: Strange Tales # 115

Issue: Strange Tales # 115
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Dick Ayers (story one) Steve Ditko (story two)
Publication Date: December 1963


Brief Summary:

http://marvel.wikia.com/Strange_Tales_115


Commentary:


Sandman's back, after getting beat up by Spidey.  They had him locked up in a jail cell with bars.  He's the Sandman.  Didn't they think he might be able to make a play to escape from such a place?


We also learn the origin of Dr. Strange in the backup story.  Dormammu is referenced, although not seen.  


Quick Thoughts:
  • Stan writes that the Sandman story comes via special arrangement with Spider-Man's mag, given that he's a Spidey villain and all. 
  • Torch pretends to be Spidey, his noted rival, in order to lure the Sandman to him.
Favorite Panel:


Dr. Strange before he took up black magic.  A jerk, and a cigarette smoking doctor.  For shame!


Next:


Tales of Suspense # 48