Who do you call when things are coming out of your dreams and trying to kill you? Or when your daughter is cursing in Latin and walking like a Spider? Doctor Strange, of course. He's the only person standing between us and the forces of darkness, but has he been paying his tab? Every act of magic has a cost and now Stephen Strange is going to go through hell to even the cales. Collecting Doctor Strange 1-5.
We're going to explore Doctor Strange, the Way of the Weird. It's a comic for those who are open minded and eager to get shocked by great art. I'm not going to lie to you: I loved every single page of this volume. It's creepy at times, funny, alluring and intoxicating. Doctor Strange is going to be portrayed by Cumberbatch this fall. Thus, it's not astonishing to find him within the pages of many different comics across Marvel titles this year. Yes: you can spot Doctor Strange with Cumberbatch's face in several pages. However, not so much in this volume. Doctor Strange was born back in July 1963 from the hands of Steve Ditko. He first appeared in Strange Tales #110. Doctor Strange was especially popular on College campuses. Ditko's trippy and surrealistic illustrations through magical dimensions looked a lot like what the youth of the 1960s was experiencing with psychedelic drugs. When Ditko left drawing Doctor Strange, Marie Severin became a regular penciler. Doctor Strange had entered the Popular Culture stream along with Spider-Man, so when Esquire magazine asked for a feature to Marvel, it sounded weird. None of the male artists at Marvel took it seriously, and so the job to provide five pages of Doctor Strange's weirdness went to Severin. It might sound like a small thing, but in a time where there were only two women working in mainstream comics, this is huge news! (Only Ramona Fradon and Marie Severin, working for DC and Marvel respectively, were in the comics industry at the time!!) Continue reading.