Wrapping up our countdown of the Top 10 issues of Dr. Strange by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko:
#1 - Strange Tales 141 - “Let There Be Victory!”
This explosive issue featured the end of Lee and Ditko's year-long continued story with a final confrontation between Dr. Strange and the Dread Dormammu.
This is the second part of that battle, as Dormammu decides to humiliate Strange by fighting him in hand-to-hand combat, using only mystic pincers as weapons.
(The pincers fit on each combatant’s hands, extending foot-long energy pincers that can grasp or paralyze.)
Strange is weakened by last issue’s cowardly strike by Mordo, and the battle rolls back and forth.
It’s a hard-fought battle that pushes Strange to the limit - which makes the finale even more satisfying.
But the celebration is short-lived, and Dormammu demonstrates why he is s force to be reckoned with.
(I should also note that Ditko has fine-tuned his visuals for the Dreaded one, giving his stylized head a red hue and designing an arcane framework (of sorts) for his floating head - it’s stunning.)
A great story requires a powerhouse finale, and this issue provides that in spades.
This is Lee and Ditko at their finest - truly impressive and inspired storytelling!