Episode 113 - No Defense Against Magic (Strange Tales #118) -- February 1964
In this issue:
Mike and Ed discuss the Wizard’s most recent prison escape, but quickly move on to dive into the claim that Dr. Strange is possessing people in Germany. Does the claim hold up? Does Strange have a global reputation now? What does he do other than help police solve mysterious crimes? Is he a threat, and if so, what about all the other magicians pulling rabbits out of their hats?
In this issue:
In the first story, the Wizard escapes, again, this time having created a personal flying device while in prison. His plans for world domination are put on hold, though, as the Wizard decides to battle his arch-nemesis, the teenage hero the Human Torch. He kidnaps the Torch and then disguises himself as the young hero, mimicking his powers, and also somehow fooling his sister the Invisible Girl long enough to kidnap her too. He then tells Mr. Fantastic, as the Torch, that he and his sister are taking a vacation from the Fantastic Four. The Torch is able to send up a signal for help, and Mr. Fantastic and the Thing race to their aid and free their imprisoned colleagues. The Torch then goes to confront the Wizard, who flees with his personal flying device that malfunctions, taking him into the stratosphere.
In the second story, Dr. Strange detects dark supernatural forces at work in Germany. He heads there and learns that the townspeople have been bewitched by some dark power. It turns out malicious forces from another dimension have been possessing the townsfolk, but Strange is able to defeat them with his superior command of sorcery.
Assumed before the next episode:
People are not sure what to think about actual magic and sorcery being a part of everyday life.
This episode takes place:
After the Wizard has been defeated and tales of Dr. Strange’s adventure in Germany are reported.