Friday, April 18, 2014

Doctor Strange Key Issues Part 2

Rolling right along with Part 2 to this Doctor Strange Key Issues series. If you missed the previous part, you can click this Part 1 blue link to go back and read it. Otherwise, here's more Doctor Strange key comics to be on the hunt for.

Strange Tales #126 image
Strange Tales #126
  • First appearance of Clea
  • First appearance of Dormammu
A character that would become Doctor Strange's lover, Clea would be an important supporting character in the Doctor Strange comic world. Although this issue has the first appearance of Clea, it's more sought out because it also hold the first appearance of Dormammu.

No doubt that Dormammu is one of Doctor Strange's more popular foes in the comics, and there's little doubt that he will show up within one of the Doctor Strange flicks that Marvel plans to turn into a movie franchise.

This is a double whammy key issue and one of the more high demand Doctor Strange key comics, especially recently.

eBay - No problem finding low grade unslabbed copies here. One CGC 7.0 and a CGC 9.6 Signature Series double signed by Dick Ayers and Stan Lee.

mycomicshop - CGC 7.0 and two lower grade unslabbed copies all primed and ready to go. Not sure if the CGC 7.0 is the same copy up on eBay or not. If so, best to see what option is cheaper. There is a buyer's premium if bought at mycomicshop.

Strange Tales #127 picture
Strange Tales #127
  • First appearance of Cloak of Levitation (Red)
  • First appearance of Eye of Agamotto
  • First appearance of the Mindless Ones

Okay, here's where others get it completely wrong when dealing with the first appearance of the Eye of Agamotto. Some sources say that it's first seen in Strange Tales #110, but it was just referred to as an amulet. The earlier amulet Strange had is not the same amulet.

Here's what separates the old amulet from the actual Eye of Agamotto. In issue #127, Doctor Strange is rewarded with a new cloak and a new more powerful amulet. Though the amulet is not mentioned as the Eye of Agamotto, it is referred to as such in the next issue of Strange Tales.

It's this amulet given here that ends up being the Eye of Agamotto, so technically, isn't the first appearance of the Eye of Agamotto in Strange Tales #127? I would say so, but some sources say it's actually #128.

Doctor Strange gets a new cloak, the actual Cloak of Levitation, the famous red one, in this issue and we see the first appearance of the Mindless Ones

Can we say sleeper or not a well-known key issue silver age comic? Best time to snag them cheap.

eBay - Lacking on high grade for both unslabbed and slabbed comics as of this writing. CGC 8.0 Signature Series signed by Stan Lee for pretty cheap.

mycomicshop - Only one unslabbed GD copy for those who just want a copy. This could change by the time you check it out though, and there may be some better options for those who want an investment copy.

NewKadia - Two unslabbed copies in stock. Highest is a low FINE 5.5. Other is a GD+.

Strange Tales #128 pic
Strange Tales #128
  • First time new amulet is referred to as Eye of Agamotto

This is the issue that finally gives the amulet it's famous name that we all know of today. Some source this as the first appearance of the Eye of Agamotto, but I don't think that makes sense since it's given to Doctor Strange in issue #127.

However, like most mess ups with first appearances, I suppose someone will straighten it out by saying the first brief appearance of the Eye of Agamotto is Strange Tales #127, and the first full appearance is in this issue.

eBay - CGC 9.2 for under $400! Not bad! A few CGC options. Limited on the high grade copies. No problem finding unslabbed copies here, of course.

mycomicshop - Unslabbed VG/FN copy available. 

ComicConnect - More unslabbed options. Highest is a 9.0.

Strange Tales #134 image
Strange Tales #134
  • Eternity first mentioned
An extremely well-known character within the cosmic Marvel comic titles, the cosmic entity known as Eternity is first mentioned in this issue. This character can manipulate the universe to achieve any result Eternity desires. Pretty hard-core.

eBay - CGC 8.0 for under $150! Wow, not a well-known key issue, which is good news for you. Not easy finding cheap silver age high grade key issues. Tons of unslabbed copies. Few CGC graded copies as of this writing.

mycomicshop - CGC 8.0 Pedigree from the White Mountain collection. Not sure if this is the same one on eBay or not, but it's $30 dollars cheaper. $3.60 buyer's premium. Two low grade raw copies also available.

ComicConnect - If you're looking for affordable unslabbed options, ComicConnect brings the goodness. Higest is an 8.0, though. 

NewKadia - Four copies available. Highest is a low FINE 5.5. Second highest is VG+.

Strange Tales #138 comic image
Strange Tales #138
  • First appearance of Eternity
Here we are with the first appearance of Eternity in Strange Tales #138. Since, the character has been in numerous titles such as Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer, and most other Marvel "Cosmic" titles. Yes, the first Marvel character to ever encounter Eternity was none other than Doctor Strange himself.

eBay - CGC 9.4 for under $200! That copy is a steal and cheaper than the CGC 9.2 up there at the time of this writing. Another CGC 9.4 for under $250. PGX 9.8 and a CGC 9.6. Lots of high grade options for this key issue. Quite a bit of unslabbed high grade options also. Nice selection for Strange Tales #138 on eBay.

mycomicshop - 4 unslabbed copies. Highest is a VG 4.0.

ComicConnect - Higher grade unslabbed options here. No CGC so far. 

NewKadia - Four copies. Highest is a VF! Second highest is a mid-grade FINE copy.

Strange Tales #148
  • Origin of the Ancient One
  • First appearance of Kaluu
In this Doctor Strange key issue we finally see the origin of the Ancient One. In his origin, we see the first appearance of Kaluu, a boy who grew up with the Ancient One and studied magic together. Much like Baron Mordo, Kaluu wanted to use the magic to serve his own ego. Of course, Kaluu becomes a foe of the Ancient One and warns Doctor Strange that he may soon face this threat.

eBay - Two CGC copies available so far. One's a gorgeous 9.6. The other is 7.5 Signature Series signed by Stan Lee. Quite a few unslabbed copies.

mycomicshop - Three unslabbed copies in stock. Highest is a FN and it just keeps getting lower from there. At least at the time of this writing. It could change by the time you check it out.

ComicConnect - CGC 9.2 copy and an unslabbed 9.4 in stock and ready to be added to your collection! 

Stay tuned. Part 3 is coming soon! If you missed Part 1, just click the PREVIOUS link below.