Doctor Strange (vol. 1) #169 (June 1968):
“The Coming of... Dr. Strange”
by Roy Thomas, Dan Adkins

Doctor Strange (vol. 1) #169

Title: “The Coming of... Dr. Strange”

Medium: comic

Cover date: June 1968

Publisher: Marvel
Written by: Roy Thomas
Art by: Dan Adkins

3 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
Doctor Strange Doctor Strange (Dr. Stephen Strange)
(lead character)
hero clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: D occult
Illuminati; Midnight Sons...  Marvel 1,687
Dr. Charles Benton villain clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: M occult; Sons of Satannish (Satanism, leader)
[doctor] Marvel 7
Sons of Satannish Sons of Satannish
(behind the scenes) 
villain group
CBR Scale: D Sons of Satannish (Satanism); occult
[1st app: Doctor Strange (vol. 1) #175 (Dec. 1968)] Marvel 8

This publication is also known as: Doctor Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts #1.

The "first volume" of Doctor Strange comics actually begins with issue #169. This is because the Doctor Strange series continued directly from Strange Tales #168. The Strange Tales comic book series had for many years (since issue #135) been a "split book" format, featuring stories about "Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D." as well as Doctor Strange.

Doctor Strange #169 (June 1968) marks the first time the Sorcerer Supreme starred in his own self-titled series.

The covers of this series feature a sub-title under the "Doctor Strange" logo: "Master of the Mystic Arts." It might be possible to construe the title of this issue as Doctor Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts #1, but the actual title of the series is simply Doctor Strange.