*Marvel: Not one, but two premier issues for Marvel’s Master of the Mystic Arts! Following the relaxation of distribution regulations in 1968, Marvel gave Doctor Strange, former star of Strange Tales, his own series, continuing the numbering of Strange Tales, with #169. This opening issue of Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme was a book-length retelling of his origins, scripted by Roy Thomas and lavishly illustrated by Dan Adkins, normally regarded only as an inker but here supplying full artwork. After a significant hiatus, Doctor Strange returned to the Marvel Universe with the Defenders, followed by a run as the lead in Marvel Premiere, which proved so successful that his own series was relaunched with a new #1 (back in the days when that sort of thing didn’t happen every other week, you understand). The team of Steve Englehart and Frank Brunner, who had done such outstanding work in returning the Doc to form, continued on into the new series. Doctor Strange #169 is VG+ at £70. Doctor Strange #1 is VF+ at £75.