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Quote1 You must obey me! Quote2
-- Puppet Master

Appearing in "In the Clutches of the Puppet Master!"Edit

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Synopsis for "In the Clutches of the Puppet Master!"Edit

Having survived his last battle with the Fantastic Four, the Puppet Master plans to get revenge on the group. Creating puppets of both the Human Torch and the Thing, and using his step-daughter Alicia as the catalyst the Puppet Master manipulates the two into fighting each other.

The fight takes them across the city, where the Puppet Master goes in for an up close view of the fight. Spotted by Alicia, she informs the Torch of the Puppet Masters machinations, and the Torch uses his flame powers to destroy the puppets he's using to control them. The Thing is about to pummel the Puppet Master until Alicia talks him into letting him go.

Appearing in "Return to the Nightmare World!"Edit

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  • Previous Wong Next (Unnamed)

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Synopsis for "Return to the Nightmare World!"Edit

In the Dream Dimension Nightmare has prepared a potion that will bring humans into his dimension and trap them while they sleep. Dr. Strange is contacted by the police to solve a case where people can not be awakened after falling asleep. Dr. Strange discover that the sleeping people are under a spell. Using a chant found in the Book of Vishanti Dr. Strange is able to enter the Dream Dimension. Inside Dr. Strange evades the first traps of Nightmare and free the imprisoned men, but is then himself trapped. However using his amulet Strange defeats Nightmare's minion, the Spinybeast and escapes to the mortal world.

Appearing in "The Radio"Edit

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  • Bill Barton
  • Mr. Sparks

Synopsis for "The Radio"Edit

Two page Text Story A ham radio operator is granted three wishes by the person he is communicating with. However, his greed and an argument with his neighbor causes him to squander his opportunity.

Continuity Notes

In the Clutches of the Puppet Master!

  • The Puppet Master was last seen in Fantastic Four #14, how he escaped death in that story is revealed in this issue.
  • The narrative of this story states that the Human Torch is returning from his battle against the Sandman, which occurred in Strange Tales #115, however continuity wise this story took place between Fantastic Four #21 and 22

Return to the Nightmare World!

  • The amulet that Doctor Strange is wearing here is the Amulet of Agamotto, it should not be confused with the Eye of Agamotto which is gifted to Strange in Strange Tales #126.
  • Doctor Strange's assistant Wong is not named here, and remains unnamed until Strange Tales #119.
  • To enter the Dream Dimension Dr. Strange calls upon the Dread Dormammu, the All-Seeing Agamotto and the Hosts of Hoggoth. This is the first mention of the last two entities.

Publication Notes

  • This issue is reprinted in other comics and books, see references for more info.[2]


  • As seen on page one, Story One is "Based upon an idea by Tommy and Jimmy Goodkind, Hewelett Harbor, N.Y."
  • As also seen on page one, Story One is Job#X-515.


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