Sunday, July 13, 2003

Doctor Strange | Comics

The man who stands between the physical world and the mystical force of darkness is none other than the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange. Destined to become the next Sorcerer Supreme after the Ancient One from his birth, Stephen Vincent Strange grew up to be a renowned yet self-centric and greedy neurosurgeon but lost the functionality of his hands in an unfortunate car accident. He then desperately looked for a cure all over the world and eventually came looking for the Ancient One in his Tibetan palace, who took him in.

Before he even became Sorcerer Supreme, Stephen Strange was plagued with demons from his childhood by his future enemy Baron Mordo. After years of training in mystic arts under his master, Doctor Strange become an accomplished mystic consultant and came to New York, aided by Wong. Aside from fighting villains like Doctor Doom, Nightmare and Mordo, he is antagonized by the fearful Dormammu of the Dark Dimension. He was a part of the battle during the Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity War and Infinity Crusade against The Mad Titan.

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Doctor Strange | Comics

Sorcerer Supreme
Strange was very close to his sister Donna and one of her event of injury has led him to a medical student. Upon completing medical degree from Columbia University, he becomes a very renowned surgeon and all the success led him to fame, fortune and arrogance that made him impossible to bear with. By the time he lost both of his parents, he became an egotistical shallow person and was in a car accident that severely damaged the nerves of his hands. Seeing his promising career at an end before his very eyes, Stephen Strange spends up all of his fortune looking for a way to fix his hands once again.

Then he visited to Tibetan palace hearing a rumor about an aged sorcerer named the Ancient One. Unbeknownst to him that the Ancient One has also rescued him previously from Mordo’s evil plan in Stephen‘s youth. Karl Mordo was simply jealous because he knew who Stephen Strange would become in the future. Though sorcerer refused to cure his hands, Strange is offered lessons in the arts of mysticism. Deeply frustrated at this disappointment, he immediately tries to leave the place at once but got stuck because of a sudden blizzard.

During his stay, Stephen witnessed Baron Mordo, an apprentice of the Ancient One, secretly attacks his teacher using mystic arts and confronted him about these actions. Mordo silenced him with restraining spells so that Strange couldn't warn the sorcerer about his treachery. Seeing these amazing capabilities of mysticism, he took Ancient One's offer to defeat Mordo. Since he approached the sorcerer for selfless reasons, the Ancient One happily took Stephen as his new pupil and revealed that he knew about Mordo all along.

The Ancient One started training Strange and after years of exercise, he was ready for a test against Death. He successfully passed the test and received ageless life just like his mentor did 600 years ago. Strange came to know many sorcerers from around the world and returned home after seven years. In New York's Greenwich Ville, Strange established his Sanctum Sanctorum, where he served as a mystic consultant while being served by his trusty aide Wong, whose entire bloodline is dedicated to serve the Ancient One.

The Super-Hero Era was just ushered at this time with the public introduction of Fantastic Four. In the mean time, Strange was busy with enemies of supernatural like Baron Mordo, Nightmare and Thor's half-brother Loki, who made him attack the God of Thunder. Soon the tables were turned and he got back at the God of Mischief for misleading him. A young Spider-Man teamed up with Doctor Strange and upon witnessing his heroism, Strange comes to consider Spidey as a friend, resulting in many future team-ups.

Dark Dimension
When Dormammu of the Dark Dimension sensed the Ancient One's power depleting, he decides to invade the Earth-Realm and Doctor Strange was sent by his mentor to fight this greater evil. There, he met with a mystic woman named Clea, who wanted to prevent their clash and happens to be Dormammu's niece. She believes the dimensional barriers may fall if Lord of the Dark Dimension loses but nevertheless, Strange engages his enemy and loses. As the Mindless Ones starts invading, he lends the dark lord enough power to save his realm and spare Earth as well as Clea. 

For more information on Doctor Strange comics series, you can check out the links below.

Doctor Strange (Comics) Wikipedia

Doctor Strange (Comics) Marvel Wikia

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Master of Mystic Arts

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Untold Tales of Spider-Man – Strange Encounter

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Doctor Strange – A Separate Reality

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Essential Doctor Strange Vol 04

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Doctor Strange – Into Shamballa

Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom – Triumph and Torment (Softcover)

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Ghost Rider – Danny Ketch Classic Vol 02

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Marvel Visionaries – Steve Ditko

Spider-Man/Dr. Strange – The Way To Dusty Death

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Infinity Crusade Vol 02

Strange Tales Featuring Thing/Dr. Strange/Human Torch

Marvel Visionaries – John Romita Sr.

Doctor Strange – What Is It That Disturbs You, Stephen?

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Fantastic Four Vol 02 – Unthinkable

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Doctor Strange – The Way of the Weird (Softcover)

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Introduced in 1963 on the 110th issue of Strange Tales monthly ongoing series from Marvel Comics, Doctor Strange is a well received fictional individual of comic books who is a very powerful sorcerer and also the mystical guardian for the universe we live in, created by the legendary Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man, Beware the Creeper). Over the years of publication, he appeared on numerous comic books as well as his own monthly series and limited series. Despite his duties as the sole protector of magic, Strange also help around the super-hero community and he was a member of the New Avengers team.

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Aside from playing the role of a savior on many crisis and significant affairs mentioned above, Doctor Strange was also operational on significant crossover events like Secret Invasion, Dark Reign, Infinity, Time Runs Out and Secret Wars. A live-action portrayal of the character is going to be portrayed by actor Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange movie set to release at the end of 2016, which will feature one of his most feared enemies; Dormammu for the first time in cinema. Not only has the actor provided motion capture performance for the role of the antagonist, Cumberbatch is about to reprise the role of Stephen Strange in the 2018's live-action film Avengers: Infinity War from Marvel Studios.
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