Saturday, 14 January 2017
Spider-Man Comics Weekly #23 (Marvel UK/1973)
For me the best Spider-Man stories were the ones penned by Stan Lee and drawn by Steve Ditko from the early days of Marvel. In a tale reprinted from the US edition of The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2 Spidey meets another Lee/Ditko creation Doctor Strange.
The story The Wondrous Worlds of Doctor Strange sees our favourite master of the mystic arts clash with Xandu a villainous sorcerer who seeks the second half of the Wand of Watoomb to "possess the greatest power of them all as he muses out loud to himself after enslaving two bar-room brawlers.
Catching Doc Strange by surprise, the two mindless thugs overpower our hero and make off with his half of the wand. Just by chance a certain web-slinger happens to be passing and realises a crime is afoot. No match for the mystically enhanced villains it takes the combined efforts of Spidey and the good Doctor to overcome Xandu.
Published in black & white with added red colouring, this early Marvel UK edition introduces British readers to an early tale from 1965.
The second feature in Spider-Man Comics Weekly was Thor in an equally early adventure from Journey into Mystery in which everyone's favourite Asgardian clashes with The Cobra & Mr Hyde.