Marvel's Silver Age
of Doctor Strange: Nightmare, Dormammu, and the Mindless
Dr. Strange, the Sorcerer
Supreme of Earth and the Master of the Mystical Arts of the Marvel
Universe now has his own movie, starring British actor Benedict
Cumberbatch as our good doctor. But what is a superhero, even one
with magical powers, without some villains to protect the world
Here we present the original
enemies and villains in what can be called Dr. Strange's Rogues
Gallery. They are listed in
the original order in which they appeared in Marvel Comics in the
For most of the Marvel Silver Age, (i.e. the 1960s), Dr.
Strange appeared in an anthology comic book called Strange
Tales, which was re-titled as Doctor Strange with issue
#169. Dr. Strange first appeared in
Strange Tales #110, appearing in the second story in that book
(the teen hero, the Human Torch of the Fantastic Four, had the first
part of that book). The villains and their appearances listed here go
through the end of the 1960s.
Dr. Strange's Enemies and
Nightmare --1st Appearance
in Strange Tales #110. Nightmare
is a demon from the Everinnye dimension.
He is the lord of a 'dream dimension' where human beings enter
while asleep. Nightmare roams his dream kingdom on a black horned
horse named Dreamstalker.
Appearances: Strange Tales #110, 116, 122
Doctor Strange (vol. 1)
Baron Mordo- 1st
Appearance in Strange Tales #111--Karl Amadeus Mordo
was a student of the Ancient One (the sorcerer who trained Dr.
Strange), but sought to betray the Ancient One, but this plot was
discovered and stopped by Strange. As a fellow student of the Ancient
One, Baron Mordo's abilities are similar to those of Dr. Strange, but
he has a particular strength in astral projection, hypnosis,
and mesmerism, and he is not hesitant to invoke black magic or
to summon demons.
Mordo Appearances: Strange Tales #111,
114, 115, 117, 121, 125, 130-141, 146, 147, 151, 159-162,
Doctor Strange (vol. 1)
#169 (in flashback)
Baron Mordo are a group of his apprentices
referred to as Mordo's Minions. Their first appearance was in
Strange Tales #125.
Appearance in Strange Tales #118--The Possessors were an alien
race from another dimension with the power to take astral forms (like
Strange and Mordo), as well as the ability
to possess humans. Dr. Strange
discovered their test takeover of a Bavarian village (as a precursor
to a full-scale invasion of Earth), defeated them, and then cast a
spell to prevent their return to Earth.
This appearance in Strange Tales #118 was the only
appearance of the Possessors.
Agammon--1st Appearance in
Strange Tales #119--Agammon is the ruler of the Purple
Dimension, and his first encounter with Dr. Strange came when two
burglars broke into Strange's home, and, while attempting to steal a
mystic jewel, were transported to the Purple Dimension, where Agammon
enslaved them. Dr. Strange
followed into Agammon's domain, and won the
freedom of the two criminals, who swore to leave their life of crime
Appearances: Strange Tales #119, 123, 140
House of Shadows-1st
Appearance in Strange Tales #120--The House of Shadows is a
being from another dimension (located near Limbo), that appears on
Earth to capture unsuspecting Humans. In the House's first appearance, it
takes the form of a Haunted House. Dr.
Strange banishes it back to its own dimension.
of Shadows Appearances: Strange Tales #120 (only Silver Age
of Namor, the Sub-Mariner (as an opponent of Dr. Strange), came in
the pages of Fantastic Four #27. Later in Marvel History, Namor would
team with Dr. Strange and the Hulk (and later, others), to form the
super-group, The Defenders. But
at first, they were opponents. Fantastic Four #27 also marks
the first time Dr. Strange met any of his fellow
Loki--1st Appearance (as a
foe of Dr. Strange), in Strange Tales #123--Loki, the brother
of the Mighty Thor, is the primary foe of Thor, and also a
significant villain in the Marvel Universe in general. Since Loki's powers are
magically/mystically based, a Loki vs. Dr. Strange battle only makes
sense. In their first magical throw-down,
Loki tricks Dr. Strange into helping him trap Thor.
Strange realizes what is going on and engages Loki in a
magical battle, and is losing, as Loki has more magical power than
Strange. Only the threat of an approaching
Thor forces Loki to break off the fight and escape.
Strange and Loki will meet again.
It should be noted, that Loki's fight with Dr. Strange in
Strange Tales #123 is the first villain crossover involving
Dr. Strange in his own books. The second Loki/Strange clash came soon
thereafter in the pages of Thor's book, Journey Into Mystery
#108, where the good Doctor helps the Thunder God save his girlfriend
Jane Foster from Loki.
Appearances (vs. Dr. Strange): Strange Tales #123, Journey
Into Mystery #108
Zota-1st Appearance in
Strange Tales #124--Zota was a wizard in Ancient Egypt who mystically
sends Cleopatra to the modern world for rejecting his romantic
advances. Dr. Strange travels back in time to
defeat Zota and save Cleopatra.
Zota Appearances: Strange Tales #124 (only
Silver Age appearance)
Dormammu-1st Appearance in
Strange Tales #126-The Dread Dormammu, the ruler of the Dark
Dimension, becomes, even above Mordo, Dr. Strange's primary and most dangerous
foe. Mordo and
Dormammu team up many times to battle Strange, but Dormammu is the
stronger of the two villains, and Mordo
usually works for the Dread One. Dormammu is a member of a race of
mystical entities called The Faltine
(including his sister, Umar). To
add to the complications, Dormammu's niece is the lovely Clea,
who becomes Stephen Strange's lover.
Appearances: Strange Tales #126-127, 130-136, 138-141, 144,
146, 147, 151, 158
Doctor Strange (vol. 1),
The Mindless Ones-1st
Appearance in Strange Tales #127-The Mindless Ones are
creatures from the Dark Dimension. They are savage, mindless, and like
to fight. They are often
controlled or prodded by others (usually magic users), to attack
various targets. Though in their first appearance, they battle both
Dr. Strange and Dormammu, over time they are often employed by
Dormammu to fight Dr. Strange and other Earth heroes.
Ones Appearances: Strange Tales #127, 134, 135, 140, 147, 150,
Kaecilius-1st Appearance in
Strange Tales #130-While the primary villain in the Doctor Strange
movie, Kaecilius is a minor henchman of Mordo in the comics.
Kaecilius Appearances: Strange
Tales #130, 131, 135, 136, 141, 142, 143
Strange Tales #144-Sole inhabitant of another dimension, Tazza
was tricked by Dormammu into attacking Dr. Strange as he transited
Tazza Appearances: Strange
Tales #144 (only Silver Age Appearance)
Strange Tales #150-The sister of Dormammu and the mother of
Strange's love-interest, Clea, Umar is a major foe of the Sorcerer
Umar Appearances: Strange
Tales #150-156, 158, 159
Doctor Strange (vol. 1),
Mister Rasputin -1st
Appearance Strange Tales #145-Believing himself to be the
descendent of the famous Russian mystic, Rasputin, Pavel Plotnick
develops basic magical skills and goes up against Dr. Strange. He
ends up in jail, and this is his only appearance in the Silver
Mister Rasputin Appearances:
Strange Tales #145
Resources and Links on Dr.
Strange and his villains:
Doctor Strange Story
Doctor Strange Chronology--