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Quote1 Only one man knows more secrets of black magic than I do! And he is the one who taught me years ago --- he is the master!! But the time has come for me to wrest those secrets from him! For it is I, Baron Mordo, who must be the most powerful magician of all! Quote2
Baron Mordo (Karl Mordo)

Appearing in "Fighting to the Death with Asbestos Man!"

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Synopsis for "Fighting to the Death with Asbestos Man!"

While witnessing the Human Torch stopping a crime, Orson Kasloff dwells on the fact that he is an under appreciated scientist and that he could make a better living as a master criminal using his scientific mind to pull off perfect crimes. After his first attempt at burgling fails, he decides he'll end the threat of the Human Torch to criminals everywhere. Creating a chemically treated suit of armor and weapons made of asbestos, Kasloff becomes the Asbestos Man.

Challenging the Human Torch to a public battle, he manages to outsmart the Human Torch delivering a humiliating defeat to the hero and giving Asbestos Man the credentials to get hired on by a local crime boss. However, when he pulls off an actual crime, the Torch challenges Asbestos Man again, using his flame powers to eat all the oxygen around Asbestos Man instead of trying to burn him, forcing Asbestos Man and his crooks to surrender.

Appearing in "Masquerade"

Reprint of the 2nd story from
Journey Into Unknown Worlds #38

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Synopsis for "Masquerade"

Reprint of the 2nd story from
Journey Into Unknown Worlds #38

A too-serious boy named Tommy is taught that it's okay to have fun with make-belief by the girl of his dreams, Kitty Blake, who invites him to a costume party. He arrives at the wrong address without a costume and meets Old King Cole and other fairy tale characters who he thinks are just Kitty's friends acting the part. They call him a "Doubting Thomas" since he doesn't believe in fairy tales. When he leaves the party to phone Kitty to find out when she left (since he hadn't seen her yet), he found out he was at the wrong address. He arrives at the right address and everyone loves his "costume" which he notices is just his plain clothes but silver letters spelling "Doubting Thomas" had appeared.

Appearing in "Beware-- The Machine!!"

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  • Unnamed Organ Grinder

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  • Jocko (Monkey)

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  • X-200

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Synopsis for "Beware-- The Machine!!"

A super-intelligent computer is built by American scientists and attempts to conquer the world. It defends itself against humans, but an organ-grinder's monkey goes un-noticed and unplugs the machine.

Appearing in "Face-to-Face with the Magic of Baron Mordo!"

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  • Hamir  (Ancient One's Servant) (First appearance) (Unnamed)

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Synopsis for "Face-to-Face with the Magic of Baron Mordo!"

Mordo visits the Ancient One's home in astral form and compels the servant to put a drug in his food. Baron Mordo attempts to wring mystic secrets from him by threatening to let the poison kill him gradually. When Doctor Strange tries to contact the Ancient One and fails, he realizes something is wrong and visits in astral form. Strange and Mordo do battle. In desperation, Strange uses his amulet to transfer energy from himself to the Ancient One, thus weakening himself. He bluffs Mordo by telling him that he can keep Mordo's astral self from reuniting with his physical body. Mordo flees to his body and loses control over the servant. Strange follows and tells Mordo that his plot has failed.

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The Human Torch Fights to the Death with the Asbestos Man!

  • Orson Kasloff doesn't appear to be the genius he makes himself out to be, considering the fact that he doesn't realize how toxic asbestos is. He becomes a victim of his gimmick when he is later diagnosed with cancer, as revealed years later in Fear Itself: The Home Front #6, an illness he eventually succumbs to as mentioned in Fantastic Four (Vol. 5) #1.

Face-to-Face With the Black Magic of Baron Mordo!

  • Both Doctor Strange and Baron Mordo refer to the Ancient One as "The Master", his commonly used title is not used for the first time until Strange Tales #114.
  • The Ancient One's assistant Hamir is not named until Strange Tales #141.
  • The amulet being used here is the Amulet of Agamotto and should not be confused with the Eye of Agamotto which is not gifted to Doctor Strange until Strange Tales #128.

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  • Doctor Strange would be missing from the next two issues reappearing in Strange Tales #114.

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