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Episode 124: Magic and/or Super-fraud? (Strange Tales #120 Part 3) -- April 1964

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Edward Nevraumont
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In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss the recent appearance of Dr. Strange. Mike argues that “magic” may all be a fraud. Ed believes that magic is just science we do not yet understand. Maybe both are right? In either case, why is Dr. Strange the only magic-powered superhero? Is his magic just an application of mutant powers? And what are his powers exactly?

Strange Tales (1951) #120 | Comic Issues | Marvel

In this issue:

Dr. Strange walks around town dressed as, well, Dr. Strange, with his cape billowing in the breeze and his brightly coloured sash matching his brightly coloured gloves. But that isn’t the story. There is an allegedly haunted house in town, and a local TV reporter takes up the challenge to prove it is not haunted by spending the night in it. Dr. Strange tries to send his astral form into the house, but is rebuffed. He then uses his enchanted amulet to peer into the house, whereupon he sees the reporter inside the house overwhelmed by his view into the supernatural inside the home. Dr. Strange heads into the house to rescue the reporter, and negotiates with the otherworldly spirit to release the reporter in exchange for Dr. Strange remaining in the house. Dr. Strange then speaks with the spirit. It turns out that the house is actually alive, having come from another dimension to observe humanity, and is pretending to be a haunted house. Dr. Strange agrees to keep the secret of the “house”, and then banishes the house to the shadow world from whence it came.

Assumed before the next episode:

People are still trying to figure out how Dr. Strange made the “haunted house” disappear.

This episode takes place:

After Dr. Strange made the “haunted house” disappear.