Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Dick Ayers (first story) Steve Ditko (second story)
Publication Date: January 1963
The Puppet Master is getting more clever, this time tugging the heart strings (there's a pun in there, I think, sadly) to cause his mischief. He is also willing once more to involve his step-daughter in his crimes. Alicia is the one who catches on to the Pupper Master's trick of pitting Thing against Torch. Again, Stan loves to have his heroes throw down, finding more excuses to get them to fight than their are communist super villains.
In the back up Dr. Strange story, we got a better sense of the villain Nightmare, who also appeared in the first Strange story.
- Strange lives in Greenwich Village.
- The police approach Strange to solve a crime.
- Dormammu is referenced once again in an incantation.
Nightmare should probably have a scarier creature than this little fella batting lead off in his promises to torture Dr. Strange.
X-Men # 3