How goes the old saying? “Strange is as strange does?” Well if that be the case then the comics discussed in this week’s episode of INTO THE WEIRD raises the bar on strangeness and catapults the hutzpah of writer Steve Englehart and artist Frank Brunner to new heights of breathtaking audacity.
Seriously, in all my nearly 40 years of reading Doctor Strange comics this has got to be the most awe-inducing and grandiose arc ever conceived in the annals of mystical Marveldom. For those of you who have not yet had a chance to listen to the latest episode (which can be found here) , Billy and I talked about Marvel Premiere #13 and #14, which wrapped up the title and continued the story of Stephen Strange, once again in his very own mag in Doctor Strange Vol. 2 (1974 – 1987).
Here are Frank Brunner’s covers. Drink them in, true believers!
As seen on both covers, these stories feature Stephen, Baron Mordo, Dracula’s old foe Cogliostro, and a man called Sise-Neg… who is in actual fact masquerading as Cogliostro for no apparent reason other than that he gets to call people “signore” all the time. But hey even Stephen is seduced by this apparent perk later in issue #13, so there must be something to it. Anyway ENOUGH RAMBLING. Let’s get this show on the road –