Prior to this issue, the Phantom Stranger wore a trench coat rather than a cape. The gold fastener around his neck was also new this issue. Also, in Adams's art, the Phantom Stranger's eyes are consistently whited.
Synopsis: Terence and Maria Thirteen are vacationing in Haiti where they observe the strange worship of a being called Tala, whose name is repeatedly chanted while they are there. One man wants to give himself to Tala and dives into the water. Dr. Thirteen jumps in to rescue him and finds an underwater vortex. He does not succeed in rescuing the man, but is convinced that the vortex explains away the existence of Tala. Disgusted, he and Maria leave Haiti as soon as possible, unaware that they have released an actual being known as Tala, who rides on the wing of the airplane, which the Phantom Stranger helps to land in New York City.
In Brooklyn, four teenagers, Attila, Spartacus, Wild Rose, and Mister Square, are offered a book by Sharktooth, an unpleasant fellow who lives under the Brooklyn Bridge with whom they trade junk for extra cash.
Notes: Dr. Thirteen's first name is give as "Terence" throughout the story, the first of many variants in the spelling.
Synopsis: The Phantom Stranger introduces a brief story that begins the night of April 3, 1964. Paul Selden meets Mary Shaw this dark rainy night in a cemetery, where she says that she has tarried long. He offers to drive her home. They date for the next week, and Paul returns to the house to ask Mary Shaw to marry him. Mrs. Shaw answers the door and is very distressed. She takes Paul to the cemetery and shows her Mary's headstone, January 5, 1945-April 3, 1963. Paul met her on the first anniversary of her death.
Notes: 3 page story in Strange Tales From The Phantom Stranger