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    Default Master of the Mystic Arts: Doctor Strange Appreciation 2020

    Long, long ago there was a young neurosurgeon named Stephen Vincent Strange, and he was about to make the big time. He had everything the world considers success -- talent, youth, wealth, looks -- but he had no heart. Then fate and his own carelessness caught up with him and stripped him of his career in a single moment. Suddenly, nothing he had was of any value; he deserted his colleagues, was deserted by his friends, and spent his entire fortune seeking a cure for his ruined hands. In desperation, he used the last of his resources to chase a scrap of hope -- the rumor of an Ancient One, far away in the mountains of Tibet, who could work miracles.

    Doctor Strange found the old monk and demanded help, but the Ancient One could see that, underneath the wretchedness, he was just as uncaring as ever. He knew that Strange needed a change of heart more than he needed working hands, and offered to let him stay and learn from him. Strange, hurt and angry, called the ancient mystic a fraud and would have left at that moment except that a blizzard suddenly arose, preventing his escape. He was snowbound in the monastery with the Ancient One and his disciples, stewing in his own bitterness.

    Then at last came the moment when he realized the Ancient One's most trusted disciple, Baron Mordo, was plotting to murder his master. Strange rushed to interfere, but Mordo turned dark magic on him to silence him. Faced all at once with the stunning knowledge that EVIL magic is very much real, Strange finally let his self interest go. He humbled himself before the Ancient One and asked to learn magic as well, hoping to save the old master from his deceptive disciple. Pleased to have reached Strange's heart at last, the Ancient One accepted him, freed him from Mordo's spell, and sent his former student away.

    Since then, Strange has been fulfilling his silent vow to take a stand against dark magic. His adventures have taken him in and out of the hidden pockets of reality, from Eternity's domain to the throne room of the Dread Dormammu. He has primarily stood alone. He has suffered loneliness, anonymity, and a growing sense of isolation from the rest of the world, but his career has been filled with unexpected joys -- the undying loyalty of his assistant Wong, the respect of the superhero community, the turbulent friendship of the Defenders, and the love of many noble women, particularly Clea, heir to the Dark Dimension. He has allied with Doctor Doom. He has defeated Shuma-Gorath in his own dimension. He has argued with the Living Tribunal, faced down the Scarlet Witch, and ridden the winged horse Aragorn. In some cases he prevails by strength of arms, but in far more he succeeds by keeping calm, cleverly using what he has on hand, and never, EVER giving up.

    All hail the master, Doctor Strange, ambassador of the mystic arts to the Marvel universe. May his star never fade.


    This wonderful introduction was written by Dr. Strange fan extraordinaire, Chariset, for the original Master of the Mystic Arts: Doctor Strange Appreciation Thread.


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    BOOKS

    Strange Tales (1951)
    Doctor Strange (1968)
    Doctor Strange (1974)
    Strange Tales (1987)
    Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme (1988)
    Doctor Strange: The Flight of Bones (1999)
    Strange (2004)
    Doctor Strange: The Oath (2006)
    Strange: The Doctor is Out (2009)
    Doctor Strange (2015)
    Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme (2016)
    Doctor Strange (2018)
    Doctor Strange (2020)



    COLLECTED EDITIONS


    Marvel Masterworks Doctor Strange v1 (Strange Tales 110-111, 114-141)
    Marvel Masterworks Doctor Strange v2 (Strange Tales 143-168)
    Marvel Masterworks Doctor Strange v3 (Doctor Strange (1968) 169-179 and Avengers (1963) 61)
    Marvel Masterworks Doctor Strange v4 (Doctor Strange (1968) 180-183, Sub-Mariner (1968) 22, Incredible Hulk (1962) 126, Marvel Feature 1 & Marvel Premiere 3-8)
    Marvel Masterworks Doctor Strange v5 (Marvel Premiere 9-14 & Doctor Strange (1974) 1-9)
    Marvel Masterworks Doctor Strange v6 (Doctor Strange (1974) 10-20, 22 and Annual 1, and Tomb of Dracula 44)
    Marvel Masterworks Doctor Strange v7 (Doctor Strange (1974) 23-37 and material from Chamber of Chills 3-4)
    Marvel Masterworks Doctor Strange v8 (Doctor Strange (1974) 38-46; What If? (1977) 18; Marvel Fanfare 5)
    Marvel Masterworks Doctor Strange v9 (Doctor Strange (1974) 47-57, Marvel Fanfare 6; material from Crazy 88, OHOTMU (1983))
    Marvel Masterworks Doctor Strange v10

    Epic Collection Doctor Strange v1 Master of the Mystic Arts (Strange Tales 110–111, 114–146; Amazing Spider-Man Annual 2)

    Epic Collection Doctor Strange v3 A Separate Reality (Doctor Strange 180–183; Sub-Mariner 22; Incredible Hulk 126; Marvel Feature 1; Marvel Premiere 3–14; Doctor Strange (1974) 1–5)

    Epic Collection Doctor Strange v8 Triumph and Torment (Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme 1–13; Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom - Triumph and Torment OGN)
    Epic Collection Doctor Strange v13 Afterlife (Strange Tales (1994) #1;Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme 76–90, Ashcan Edition;
    Doctor Strange: What Is It That Disturbs You, Stephen?)


    Essential Doctor Strange v1
    Essential Doctor Strange v2
    Essential Doctor Strange v3
    Essential Doctor Strange v4



    Doctor Strange Omnibus v1 (STRANGE TALES (1951) 110-111, 114-146; AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL (1964) 2)
    Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme Omnibus v1 (DOCTOR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME 1-40, GHOST RIDER (1990) 12)
    Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme Omnibus v2 (DOCTOR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME 41-59, ANNUAL 2-3; SPIDER-MAN/DR. STRANGE: THE WAY TO DUSTY DEATH; SILVER SURFER (1987) 67; MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE (1992) 9; SECRET DEFENDERS 1-11; MATERIAL FROM INCREDIBLE HULK ANNUAL 18; NAMOR THE SUBMARINER ANNUAL 2; SILVER SURFER ANNUAL 5)


    Doctor Strange Master of the Mystic Arts v1 (mass market size in color)
    Doctor Strange Master of the Mystic Arts v2 (mass market size in color)


    Doctor Strange VS Dracula

    Doctor Strange Master of the Mystic Arts (Fireside)

    "A Separate Reality" (collects Marvel Premiere #9, 10, 12-14, and Doctor Strange #1, 2, 4, 5)

    Doctor Strange: Strange Tales (1987 series)

    Doctor Strange: Into the Dark Dimension

    Strange (2004)

    Doctor Strange The Oath

    Strange: The Doctor is Out (2009)

    [B]Doctor Strange (2015) v1: The Way of the Weird
    [B]Doctor Strange (2015) v2: The Last Days of Magic
    [B]Doctor Strange (2015) v3: Blood in the Aether
    [B]Doctor Strange (2015) v4: Mr. Misery
    [B]Doctor Strange (2015) v5: Secret Empire

    [B]Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme v1 Out of Time (1-6)
    [B]Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme v2 Time After Time (7-12)

    [B]Doctor Strange Cates v1 God of Magic
    Doctor Strange Cates v2 City of Sin
    Doctor Strange: Damnation the Complete Collection (Damnation 1–4; Johnny Blaze: Ghost Rider 1; Doctor Strange 386–389; Iron Fist 78–80; Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider 15–17)

    Doctor Strange (2018) v1
    Doctor Strange (2018) v2
    Doctor Strange (2018) v3
    Doctor Strange (2018) v4
    Doctor Strange (2018) v1




    OGN

    Doctor Strange: Into Shamballa (1986)

    Doctor Strange & Doctor Doom: Triumph & Torment (1989)

    Doctor Strange: What Is It That Disturbs You Stephen? (1997)

    Doctor Strange Season One


    PROSE

    Nightmare by William Rotsler

    Doctor Strange Fate of Dreams by Devin Grayson
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    RECOMMENDED READING

    Greatest Dr. Strange Stories Ever Told

    "A Separate Reality" (collects Marvel Premiere #9, 10, 12-14, and Doctor Strange #1, 2, 4, 5) Dr. Strange becomes Sorcerer Supreme by making the toughest choice of his life, Baron Mordo and confronting GOD(?) and his first battle with Silver Dagger. -- NightMage

    Triumph and Torment -- DigiCom (formerly Beware Of Geek)
    Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom and Roger Stern and Mike Mignola, what more needs to be said? -- Reviresco

    Into Shamballa is my favorite. It’s written by J.M. DeMatteis and painted by Dan Green. Simply beautiful. -- Shadowcat
    This is one of my favorites, too. Beautiful book. -- Clea
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reviresco View Post
    Anything else folks would like on the first

    Obviously will finish copy and pasting.
    For the record, I'm not Beware Of Geek anymore. But my recommendation stands.

    (Cautiously optimistic about the new run, as well )

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    Got to the comic shop today and picked up the new Strange series. WOW!!! Waid’s previous run was fairly hit and miss with me, but I loved this first issue!

    Also, picked up several issues from Engleharts run and very much enjoying it.
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    I think I'm likely to prefer this Waid run to the one he just finished. However though it's a good start he's not following the old canon. "Dr Bellamy...didn't like me when I was young..." Is Dr Bellamy also a human immortal like Dr Strange? Strange stopped ageing when he beat Death around 1970 and should be vaguely around ninety now. Other writers have mentioned this in the past, but now it seems to have been forgotten about. Something lacking in the other Waid recent run was a lack of a occultic feel. There's a little more here, but ironically more of it when Strange isn't using magic.

    Kev Walker is a great choice, though he slips off model on a few panels where Strange loses his widows peak. While on the subject of his hair, I wish artists would keep Strange's grey streaks higher like horns (which is a little more keeping with a widows peak anyway) rather than sitting low around the ears like Mr Fantastic.

    Not keen on the return of the larping costume for Strange. Don't know if that's Waid's or Walker's choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indian Ink View Post
    I think I'm likely to prefer this Waid run to the one he just finished. However though it's a good start he's not following the old canon. "Dr Bellamy...didn't like me when I was young..." Is Dr Bellamy also a human immortal like Dr Strange? Strange stopped ageing when he beat Death around 1970 and should be vaguely around ninety now. Other writers have mentioned this in the past, but now it seems to have been forgotten about. Something lacking in the other Waid recent run was a lack of a occultic feel. There's a little more here, but ironically more of it when Strange isn't using magic.
    Has Strange's age ever been canonically defined? I remember a line in one of Stern's stories where it was rumored he was much older than he appeared. In any case, he's got to older than your average comic hero now. He's had 10-15 years (at least) of magic stuff, years of training under the Ancient One, years developing a reputation as an awesome surgeon, as well as being well into his 20s before even getting into that. I can't see him as being under 50 MINIMUM. As far as magic slowing the aging process, sure, I'll buy that. But with Bellamy knowing him when he was young forces Strange into more of a normal lifespan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptCleghorn View Post
    Has Strange's age ever been canonically defined? I remember a line in one of Stern's stories where it was rumored he was much older than he appeared. In any case, he's got to older than your average comic hero now. He's had 10-15 years (at least) of magic stuff, years of training under the Ancient One, years developing a reputation as an awesome surgeon, as well as being well into his 20s before even getting into that. I can't see him as being under 50 MINIMUM. As far as magic slowing the aging process, sure, I'll buy that. But with Bellamy knowing him when he was young forces Strange into more of a normal lifespan.
    Stern had a younger Dr Strange set in one or two Super hero stories set in the late 1950's. Strange was pre red cloak of levitation, Eye of Agamotto and the Ancient One was still the master with Strange being his agent. Also I vaguely remember a tombstone Of Strange's with the birth date being either the late twenties or early thirties. And something about Dr Strange not being as subject to the sliding timeline, but nothing concrete I remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indian Ink View Post
    Stern had a younger Dr Strange set in one or two Super hero stories set in the late 1950's. Strange was pre red cloak of levitation, Eye of Agamotto and the Ancient One was still the master with Strange being his agent. Also I vaguely remember a tombstone Of Strange's with the birth date being either the late twenties or early thirties. And something about Dr Strange not being as subject to the sliding timeline, but nothing concrete I remember.
    I've heard various dates. For a while, the fansites were claiming he was born in 1900. I've also seen the year 1930 bandied about. However, somewhere along the way (before THE OATH, at least), Stephen was linked to the sliding timeline, just like everyone else.

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    Happy 2020

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    Strange also appears in Tarot #1 as one of the Defenders

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    Happy New Year to the Sorcerer Supreme .

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    Quote Originally Posted by DigiCom View Post
    I've heard various dates. For a while, the fansites were claiming he was born in 1900. I've also seen the year 1930 bandied about. However, somewhere along the way (before THE OATH, at least), Stephen was linked to the sliding timeline, just like everyone else.
    I would say that point happened when other characters started appearing in his books, or vice versa. Once someone else (say spider-man) appears in his series or him in theirs (or it’s something like marvel team-up), he aged with the sliding timeline same as they are. I can buy Bellamy knowing strange when he was younger, but he ought to be in his 60s by now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rrobin View Post
    I would say that point happened when other characters started appearing in his books, or vice versa. Once someone else (say spider-man) appears in his series or him in theirs (or it’s something like marvel team-up), he aged with the sliding timeline same as they are. I can buy Bellamy knowing strange when he was younger, but he ought to be in his 60s by now
    Oh, t was much later than that. PTOR, who did the Sanctum Sanctorum Comix blog, has a pretty detailed breakdown of the 1900 year:

    http://sanctumsanctorumcomix.blogspo...doctor_23.html

    And here's a fan who makes a claim for a 1912 date:

    http://originalmarveluniverse.blogsp...-year-one.html

    In 2005, however, Marvel was still pushing the 1930 date, so any change would have been sometime in the last 15 years.



    I should see if any handbooks came out around the time of his movie.

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