Doctor Strange (comic book)

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Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange #177 (February 1969), the debut of Strange's short-lived new look. Cover art by Gene Colan and Tom Palmer
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Format Ongoing series
Genre Superhero
Main character(s) Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange is the name of several comic book titles featuring the character Doctor Strange and published by Marvel Comics, beginning with the original Doctor Strange comic book series which debuted in 1968.

Publication history[edit]

Doctor Strange vol. 1[edit]

The original Strange Tales series ended with issue #168 (May 1968). The following month, Doctor Strange's adventures continued in the full-length Doctor Strange #169,[1] with Nick Fury moving to the newly launched Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Expanded to 20 pages per issue, the Doctor Strange solo series ran 15 issues, #169-183 (June 1968 – November 1969), continuing the numbering of Strange Tales.[2][3] Thomas wrote the run of new stories, joined after the first three issues by the art team of penciler Gene Colan and inker Tom Palmer through the end. Colan drastically altered the look of the series, as Thomas recounted: "…he had his own view of what these other worlds should look like. Everyone else sort of copied Ditko's versions of those extra dimensions, which were great and wonderful. When Gene came on, he didn't feel a real rapport with that, I guess, so his extra dimensions tended to be just blackness and smoke and things of that sort… Sometimes it was a little strange for a dimension Doc Strange had been to before to look different when drawn by Gene, but nobody complained."[4] Thomas recalled in 2000 that he returned to work a day late from a weekend comic book convention to find that Marvel production manager Sol Brodsky had assigned Doctor Strange to writer Archie Goodwin, newly ensconced at Marvel and writing Iron Man. Thomas convinced Brodsky to allow him to continue writing the title. "I got very possessive about Doctor Strange," Thomas recalled. "It wasn't a huge seller, but [by the time it was canceled] we were selling the low 40 percent range of more than 400,000 print run, so it was actually selling a couple hundred thousand copies [but] at the time you needed to sell even more."[5]

Doctor Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts[edit]

Doctor Strange's starring role in the Marvel Premiere series segued to the character's second ongoing title, Doctor Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts, also known as Doctor Strange vol. 2, which ran 81 issues (June 1974 – February 1987).[6] Doctor Strange #14 featured a crossover story with The Tomb of Dracula #44, another series which was being drawn by Gene Colan at the time.[7] In Englehart's final story, he sent Dr. Strange back in time to meet Benjamin Franklin.[8] In 2010, Comics Bulletin ranked Englehart's work on Doctor Strange with artists Brunner and Colan ninth on its list of the "Top 10 1970s Marvels."[9]

The series ended with a cliffhanger as his home, the Sanctum Sanctorum, was heavily damaged during a battle. The title was discontinued so that the character's adventures could be transferred to another split book format series, Strange Tales vol. 2, #1-19 (April 1987 – October 1988) which was shared with street heroes Cloak and Dagger.

Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme[edit]

Strange was returned to his own series, this time titled Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme, which ran 90 issues (November 1988 – June 1996).[10] The initial creative team was writer Peter B. Gillis and artists Richard Case and Randy Emberlin, with storylines often spanning multiple issues. During this time the series became part of the "Midnight Sons" group of Marvel's supernatural comics.[11][12]

Jackson Guice's cover for Doctor Strange #15 (1990) used Christian music singer Amy Grant's likeness without her permission,[13] leading to a complaint saying that the cover gave the appearance that she was associating with witchcraft. A US District Court sealed an out-of-court settlement between Grant and Marvel in early 1991, with a consent decree in which Marvel did not admit to liability or wrongdoing.[14][15][16]

Doctor Strange vol. 4[edit]

In 2015, Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo team up for the fourth volume of Doctor Strange.[17]

Collected editions[edit]

Title Material collected Pages Publication Date ISBN
Essential Doctor Strange Volume 1 Strange Tales #110-111, #114-168 608 December 2001 0785123164
Essential Doctor Strange Volume 2 Doctor Strange Vol. 1 #169-178, #180-183; The Avengers #61; Sub-Mariner #22; The Incredible Hulk vol. 2, #126; Marvel Feature #1; Marvel Premiere #3-10, #12-14 608 March 2005 0785116680
Essential Doctor Strange Volume 3 Doctor Strange Vol. 2, #1-29, Doctor Strange Annual #1; and The Tomb of Dracula #44-45 616 December 2007 9780785127338
Essential Doctor Strange Volume 4 Doctor Strange Vol. 2, #30-56; Chamber of Chills #4; Man-Thing #4 564 June 2009 9780785130628
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange Volume 1 Strange Tales #110-111, #114-141 272 September 2003 0785111808
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange Volume 2 Strange Tales #142-168 304 September 2005 0785117377
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange Volume 3 Doctor Strange Vol. 1 #169-179 & The Avengers #61 256 March 2007 0785124101
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange Volume 4 Doctor Strange #180-183; Sub-Mariner #22; The Incredible Hulk vol. 2, #126; Marvel Feature #1; Marvel Premiere #3-8 272 January 2010 9780785134954
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange Volume 5 Marvel Premiere #9-14; Doctor Strange Vol. 2 #1-9 272 April 2011 9780785150220
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange Volume 6 Doctor Strange Vol. 2 #10-22; Annual #1; The Tomb of Dracula #44 288 July 2013 9780785167860
Bring on the Bad Guys: Origins of Marvel Villains The Fantastic Four issue #5; The Fantastic Four Annual #2; Strange Tales #126; Strange Tales #127; Journey Into Mystery #112 ; Journey Into Mystery #113; Journey Into Mystery #115; Tales of Suspense #66; Tales of Suspense #67; Tales of Suspense #68; The Amazing Spider-Man #40; Tales to Astonish #90; Tales to Astonish #91; & Silver Surfer #3 253 October 1976 9780785105978
Stan Lee Presents Doctor Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts Strange Tales #111, 116, 119–120, 123, 131–133 132 May 1978 9780671814472
Marvel's Greatest Superhero Battles includes Doctor Strange stories from Strange Tales #139–141 253 November 1978 9780671245443
Doctor Strange: A Separate Reality Marvel Premiere #9-10, 12-14; Doctor Strange Vol. 2, #1–2, 4–5 176 2002 9780785108368
Dr. Strange Vs. Dracula: The Montesi Formula Doctor Strange Vol. 2 #14, 58–62; The Tomb of Dracula #44 160 October 2006 9780785122449
Origins of Marvel Comics Fantastic Four #1 and 55 (Silver Surfer), The incredible Hulk #1 and 118, Amazing Fantasy #15, Amazing Spider-Man #72, Journey into mystery #83, Thor #143, Strange tales #110, 115, and 155 (Dr. Strange). 254 May 2011 9780785156154
Dr. Strange: Into the Dark Dimension Doctor Strange Vol. 2 #68-74 168 July 2011 9780785155058
Dr. Strange: Strange Tales Strange Tales Vol. 2, #1–19 240 October 2011 9780785155492
Strange: The Doctor is Out! Strange #1–4 104 October 2011 9780785144250
Doctor Strange: The Oath Doctor Strange: The Oath #1–5 128 June 2013 9780785122111
Infinity Gauntlet Aftermath includes Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #36 352 September 2013 9780785184867
Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom: Triumph and Torment the graphic novel Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment; Doctor Strange (1974) #57; and material from Astonishing Tales (1970) #8 and Marvel Fanfare (1982) #16 & #43 168 September 2013 9780785156154
Dr. Strange: Don't Pay the Ferryman Doctor Strange Vol. 2 #75–81 167 October 2015 9780785193258
Doctor Strange: Strange Origin Doctor Strange: Season One & Doctor Strange Vol. 4, Issue #1 144 September 2016 9780785163916
Doctor Strange Omnibus Vol. 1 Strange Tales (1951) #110–111, 114–146; Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964) #2 456 October 2016 978-0785199243
Doctor Strange: What Is It That Disturbs You, Stephen? Doctor Strange: What Is It That Disturbs You, Stephen?; Doctor Strange Annual #1; Marvel Premiere #7; And Doctor Strange (1974) #34 — Plus Material From Doctor Strange (1974) #46; Marvel Fanfare (1982) #5, #6 And #8; Chamber Of Chills #1-2; And Journey Into Mystery (1972) #4. L 224 October 2016 9781302901684
Doctor Strange Epic Collection: A Separate Reality Doctor Strange Vol. 1, #180-183; Sub-Mariner (1968) #22; Incredible Hulk (1968) #126; Marvel Feature (1971) #1; Marvel Premiere (1972) #3-14; Doctor Strange Vol. #1-5 472 Nov 2016 9780785194446
Doctor Strange: The Flight Of Bones Doctor Strange Volume 3 (1999), Issues #1-4, Mystic Hands Of Doctor Strange #1, Material From Marvel Shadows And Light (1997) #1, Shadows & Light (1998) #2, Marvel Double-Shot #4 192 November 2016 9781302901677
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Omnibus Vol. 1 Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme 1-40 & Ghost Rider (1990) #12 1,064 July 2016 9781302907075
Doctor Strange Vol. 1: The Way of the Weird Doctor Strange Vol. 4, Issues 1-5 136 May 2016 0785195165
Doctor Strange Vol. 2: The Last Days of Magic Doctor Strange Vol. 4, Issues #6-10 and Doctor Strange: Last Days of Magic #1. 168 October 2016 0785195173
Doctor Strange Vol. 3: Blood in the Aether Doctor Strange Vol. 4, Issues #11-16 136 March 2017 9781302902995

References[edit]

  1. ^ DeFalco "1960s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 128: "Hailing 1968 as the beginning of the 'Second Age of Marvel Comics,' and with more titles to play with, editor Stan Lee discarded his split books and gave more characters their own titles...Strange Tales #168 [was followed] by Dr. Strange #169."
  2. ^ DeFalco in Brevoort, DeFalco & Manning 2008, p. 128

    "Hailing 1968 as the beginning of the 'Second Age of Marvel Comics,' and with more titles to play with, editor Stan Lee discarded his split books and gave more characters their own titles…Strange Tales #168 [was followed] by Dr. Strange #169."

  3. ^ Doctor Strange at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Field, Tom (2005). Secrets in the Shadows: The Art & Life of Gene Colan. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. pp. 79–80. ISBN 978-1893905450. 
  5. ^ Thomas (interviewer) (Autumn 2000). "So You Want a Job, Eh? The Gene Colan Interview". Alter Ego. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. 3 (6): 13–14. 
  6. ^ Doctor Strange vol. 2' at the Grand Comics Database
  7. ^ Wolfman, Marv (w), Colan, Gene (p), Palmer, Tom (i). "His Name Is Doctor Strange" The Tomb of Dracula 44 (May 1976)
    Englehart, Steve (w), Colan, Gene (p), Palmer, Tom (i). "The Tomb of Dr. Strange!" Doctor Strange v2, 14 (May 1976)
    Sanderson "1970s" in Brevoort, DeFalco & Manning 2008, p. 175

    "The great Marvel artist Gene Colan was doing superb work illustrating both Doctor Strange and The Tomb of Dracula. So it made sense for Strange writer Steve Englehart and Tomb author Marv Wolfman to devise a crossover story."

  8. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Brevoort, DeFalco & Manning 2008, p. 174

    "The year 1976 was the 200th anniversary of the United States' Declaration of Independence. So it was appropriate that several of the major events in Marvel history that year dealt with political themes… In September, just before departing from Marvel for DC Comics, writer Steve Englehart sent Dr. Strange back through time to meet one of the men responsible for the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin.

  9. ^ Sacks, Jason (September 6, 2010). "Top 10 1970s Marvels". Comics Bulletin. Archived from the original on August 3, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme at the Grand Comics Database
  11. ^ Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #60 (December 1993) to #68 (August 1994)
  12. ^ Christiansen, Jeff (August 27, 2015). "Midnight Sons". The Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Archived from the original on October 25, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #15". Grand Comics Database. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ Cronin, Brian (February 29, 2008). "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #144". ComicBookResources.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Amy Grant Sues Marvel". The Comics Journal. Seattle, Washington: Fantagraphics Books (136). July 1990. 
  16. ^ "Plus Entertainment". Chicago Sun-Times. April 9, 1990. Retrieved December 6, 2007. 
  17. ^ Stroz, Casey. "Doctor Strange - Last Days of Magic Conjures Up New Characters!". BadCoyoteFunky. Retrieved 2017-01-07. 

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