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    Default Master of the Mystic Arts: Doctor Strange Appreciation 2021

    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 (2015)
    Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme (2016)
    Doctor Strange (2018)
    Doctor Strange Surgeon Supreme (2020)



    COLLECTED EDITIONS


    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)

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

    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))


    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 v4 Alone Against Eternity COLLECTING: VOL. 4: DOCTOR STRANGE (1974) 6-28, ANNUAL (1977) 1; TOMB OF DRACULA (1972) 44; GIANT-SIZE DOCTOR STRANGE (1975) 1

    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?)



    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 VS Dracula

    Doctor Strange Master of the Mystic Arts (Fireside 1979) collects Strange Tales #111, 116, 119–120, 123, 131–133, The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2, and Marvel Premiere #3

    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

    Doctor Strange: Don't Pay the Ferryman (2015) collects Doctor Strange (1974) #75-81


    Doctor Strange: The Flight of Bones (1999)

    Strange (2004)

    Doctor Strange The Oath (2007)

    Strange: The Doctor is Out (2009)

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

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

    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 Across the Universe
    Doctor Strange (2018) v2 Remittance
    Doctor Strange (2018) v3 Herald
    Doctor Strange (2018) v4 The Choice
    Doctor Strange Surgeon Supreme v1 Under the Knife


    Doctor Strange/Punisher: Magic Bullets (2017) Collects Doctor Strange/Punisher: Magic Bullets 1-4




    OGN

    Doctor Strange: Into Shamballa (1986)

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

    Spider-Man / Dr. Strange: The Way to Dusty Death (1992)

    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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    Happy New Year!






    Starting a new year, and hopefully, we'll have a new Doctor Strange book announced SOON!
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    Making it a goal in 2021 to collect the Stan/Steve Strange Tales run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by your_name_here View Post
    Making it a goal in 2021 to collect the Stan/Steve Strange Tales run.
    Ambitious -- But an awesome goal!

    My goal this year is to get going on the Dr Strange Readathon. Got a Marvel Unlimited subscription during the sale, so that should help. But I'm also contemplating the Comixology sale on Marvel Masterworks. I think they are $1 or $2 for each volume! Hard to pass that up.
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    Happy New Year to the Master of the Mystic Arts and his fans .

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    Quote Originally Posted by your_name_here View Post
    Making it a goal in 2021 to collect the Stan/Steve Strange Tales run.
    I think I also need some more classic Doc Strange!

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    A couple of my favorite covers from my favorite series -



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    Usually, I'm a classic costume person, but I love these costumes. The first one doesn't strike me as very Stephen Strange like, but that second one fits fine. It must have been hard to draw, though. LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reviresco View Post
    Usually, I'm a classic costume person, but I love these costumes. The first one doesn't strike me as very Stephen Strange like, but that second one fits fine. It must have been hard to draw, though. LOL!
    Unfortunately neither stuck around for very long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenixx9 View Post
    I think I also need some more classic Doc Strange!
    So far I have Strange Tales 126 & 127 (1st ever encounter with Dormammu and 1st App of Clea!)
    Lots to go but I’m really excited. The original “in and out” type stories were fantastic. I wish we’d see more of that with a modern take.

    Al Ewing on this book when he’s done with Hulk please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJNeal View Post
    Unfortunately neither stuck around for very long.
    That's not actually true. The robe lasted a brief amount of time, yes, but the trenchcoat lasted *checks notes* about 3 years. It's just that he didn't have a title during that time.

    Still my favorite look of his, even if he never tucks in his bloody shirt.

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    What a great summation! Thank you! Haven't much care for Doc's writers these past two (?!) decades, after MANY decades faithful following and gradual discouragement, but enjoyed most of his two recent titles (Surgeon Supreme (!) and its predecessor).
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