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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Doctor Strange Key Issues Part 3

Here's Part 3 to the Doctor Strange Key Issues list and we are almost near the end. Only one more part to this series to go after this one. Let's stop wasting time and get to it.

Strange Tales #150 comic cover
Strange Tales #150
  • First appearance of Umar
  • First John Buscema work at Marvel
Dormammu has a sister and her name Umar. This character resides in the Dark Dimension and has been a common foe of Doctor Strange since her first appearance in Strange Tales #150.

Umar is a powerful sorceress and a higher dimensional being of energy trapped in human form. Oh, yes, she is also the mother of Doctor Strange's wife, Clea. That would definitely make the holidays awkward at the Strange's Sanctum.

Strange Tales #150 is also an important key for another major reason. This reason being it's legendary comic artist John Buscema's first Marvel work in comics. This is definitely one of the Doctor Strange key issues to greatly consider snagging.

eBay - Another sleeper key issue. CGC 9.2 is under $130! For the first John Buscema Marvel work? Wow! CGC 8.0 located at the time of this writing for under $100? Unbelievable! Lots of unslabbed copies as well. 

mycomicshop - CGC 9.2 and 8.0 copies available here. Lower grade unslabbed copies also.

ComicConnect - CGC 8.0 here. High grade unslabbed 9.0 up for auction. More unslabbed options. 

NewKadia - More unslabbed goodness. Highest here is a low VF or 7.5 copy. Also a FN+ copy in stock as well. 

Strange Tales #157
  • First appearance of Living Tribunal
Another all powerful and omnipotent character, the Living Tribunal is entity that oversees and maintains the balance in the realities of the Marvel Universe. That means the mainstream reality as well as all alternate realities. Of course, Doctor Strange is the first to meet this entity.

mycomicshop - Two unslabbed copies. Highest is a FN. 

eBay - Lacking on the CGC for this issue but not surprising since it's not that well-known as of yet. Quite a few unslabbed copies to choose from. One CGC 7.5 Signature Series signed by Stan Lee.

NewKadia - Four unslabbed copies. Highest is a VF. Pretty affordable copies.

Strange Tales #168
  • Last Strange Tales issue
Looks like Nick Fury will soon get nudged off. This is the last issue to official carry the Strange Tales title. The next issue becomes the first issue that just features Doctor Strange as the titular character. Not much else to say about this Doctor Strange key comic except for that. Well, okay, it's a minor key issue, but still a silver age key issue comic to consider.

mycomicshop - PGX 8.5 and two unslabbed copies available to be snagged here.

eBay - CGC 8.0 VF copy for under a hundred. Also a PGX 8.5 at the same price. Quite a few high grade unslabbed copies if you believe they grade accurately.

NewKadia - Unslabbed VF copy here and a low VF. 

Doctor Strange #169
  • Becomes first issue to Doctor Strange first titled series
It seems Doctor Strange was popular enough for those at Marvel Comics to believe that the Master of the Mystic Arts was due his own title. This issue is the first comic to be branded with the Doctor Strange title and takes up after Strange Tales #168.  

Definitely no sleeper. This silver age key issue is of moderate demand. It will cost you quite a bit of ducats, but it is a Doctor Strange key issue worth considering adding to your vault. 

mycomicshop - Four unslabbed copies. No CGC. Highest is a FN. 

eBay - Not surprised that there are more CGC options for this key issue available. CGC 9.6 and 9.4 were spotted, as well as four or five 7.5s. One of the 7.5s is a Signature Series. 

ComicLink - Two CGC 9.4s located here.

Dr. Strange #177
  • New Costume
As with most Marvel characters, it seems that a new look and new costume was in order for Doctor Strange. Pretty much a minor key issue. 

mycomicshop - Only one VG/FN copy in stock. 

eBay - One CGC 6.5, super cheap! Loads of unslabbed copies super cheap as well. 

NewKadia - Few unslabbed copies. Highest is a 9.2 or low Near Mint.

Part 4 to this series is ready to go so just click the NEXT link to check out more Doctor Strange key comics, or if you missed Part 2, click the PREVIOUS link to head back.

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