In a universe filled with superheroes and intergalactic threats, there are many things that go unseen. Where magic and mysticism reign, Doctor Strange is there to safeguard the realm.
Doctor Stephen Strange, a world-renowned surgeon loses the use of his hands in a car accident. He journeys far and wide to find a cure but winds up becoming a sorcerer. And not just any sorcerer, THE Sorcerer Supreme – protector of the realm, holder of the Eye of Agamotto and other such fancy spells that seem to be derived from tongue twisters.
Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the good doctor first appeared back in 1963 in Strange Tales #110. Since then, he and his trusty aide Wong, have magicked their way into the hearts of comic fans everywhere.
Played by Peter Hooten, Doctor Strange made his first live action appearance in a TV movie Dr Strange. He’s appeared in animation in Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, in the 1990’s X-Men, Spider-Man the animated series, The Incredible Hulk, and a host of other Marvel animated series.
He’s also appeared in a myriad of video games, first as an NPC in The Amazing Spider-Man vs The Kingpin on the Sega Master System. Doctor Strange appears on the cover of Pink Floyd’s second studio album A Saucerful of Secrets, which contains a hidden image based on a panel from a 1967 Dr. Strange comic book story. The image used came from Marvels Strange Tales #158 which was illustrated by Marie Severin.
Before he appeared in the MCU he appeared in a direct to DVD animated movie Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme. In the MCU the riveting character has been played by a man with a tongue twister name of his own, Benedict Cumberbatch, in 2016’s Doctor Strange, Thor Ragnarok, and the last two Avengers movies.
Cumberbatch is all set to reprise his role in the upcoming Doctor Strange: Multiverse of madness. So here’s a bit of reading to get to know more about everybody’s favourite magic man.
Doctor Strange: Way of the Weird
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Chris Bachalo
Eisner winner Jason Aaron teams up with the epic Chris Bachalo in this 2015 relaunch for Doctor Strange. The good Doctor wakes up somewhere very odd, nearly naked, with no spellbooks, no weapons and no memory of how he got there – or why all the monsters are chasing him! All magic comes at a cost, and the sorcerer supreme has not been keeping up with the tab.
Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment
Written by Roger Stern
Art by Mike Mignola
What do you get when 2 comic book legends team up. A team-up story of legendary proportions.
Every year on Midsummer’s eve, Victor Von Doom clashes with supernatural forces in an attempt to free his mother from hell. When Doctor Strange is convinced to lend a helping hand, there is finally hope for his chances. The unlikely allies must journey to Mephisto’s realm where they discover the cost of one soul, may be too high even for Doom.
Doctor Strange Omnibus 1
Written by Stan Lee
Art by Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, and more
When you really want to know about a superhero, you head back to their origin story. In this case, The Ditko Omnibus. It compiles the early run of Doctor Strange, introducing the world to Baron Mordo, the Ancient One, Dormammu, Wong and more. This story showcased to the world a style of art and storytelling that had never been seem before, and still holds up today.