Doctor Strange (comic book)

Doctor Strange is the name of several comic book titles featuring the character Doctor Strange and published by Marvel Comics, beginning with the original Doctor Strange comic book series which debuted in 1968.

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange #177 (February 1969), the debut of Strange's short-lived new look. Cover art by Gene Colan and Tom Palmer
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
FormatOngoing series
GenreSuperhero
Publication date(vol.1)
June 1968 - November 1969
(vol. 2)
June 1974 - February 1987
(Sorcerer Supreme)
November 1988 - June 1996
(vol. 3)
February 1999 - May 1999
(vol. 4)
December 2015 - April 2017
(vol. 1 cont.)
January 2018 - July 2018
(vol. 5)
August 2018 - December 2019
No. of issues(vol.1): 15 (169-183)
(vol.2): 81 (1-81)
(Sorcerer Supreme): 90 (1-90)
(vol.3): 4 (1-4)
(vol. 4): 26 (1-26)
(vol. 5): 20 (1-20)
Main character(s)Doctor Strange
Creative team
Written by
List

Publication historyEdit

Doctor Strange vol. 1Edit

The original Strange Tales series ended with issue #168 (May 1968). The following month, Doctor Strange's adventures continued in the full-length Doctor Strange #169,[1] with Nick Fury moving to the newly launched Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Expanded to 20 pages per issue, the Doctor Strange solo series ran 15 issues, #169-183 (June 1968 – November 1969), continuing the numbering of Strange Tales.[2][3] Thomas wrote the run of new stories, joined after the first three issues by the art team of penciler Gene Colan and inker Tom Palmer through the end. Colan drastically altered the look of the series, as Thomas recounted: "…he had his own view of what these other worlds should look like. Everyone else sort of copied Ditko's versions of those extra dimensions, which were great and wonderful. When Gene came on, he didn't feel a real rapport with that, I guess, so his extra dimensions tended to be just blackness and smoke and things of that sort… Sometimes it was a little strange for a dimension Doc Strange had been to before to look different when drawn by Gene, but nobody complained."[4] Thomas recalled in 2000 that he returned to work a day late from a weekend comic book convention to find that Marvel production manager Sol Brodsky had assigned Doctor Strange to writer Archie Goodwin, newly ensconced at Marvel and writing Iron Man. Thomas convinced Brodsky to allow him to continue writing the title. "I got very possessive about Doctor Strange," Thomas recalled. "It wasn't a huge seller, but [by the time it was canceled] we were selling the low 40 percent range of more than 400,000 print run, so it was actually selling a couple hundred thousand copies [but] at the time you needed to sell even more."[5]

Doctor Strange: Master of the Mystic ArtsEdit

Doctor Strange's starring role in the Marvel Premiere series segued to the character's second ongoing title, Doctor Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts, also known as Doctor Strange vol. 2, which ran 81 issues (June 1974 – February 1987).[6] Doctor Strange #14 featured a crossover story with The Tomb of Dracula #44, another series which was being drawn by Gene Colan at the time.[7] In Englehart's final story, he sent Dr. Strange back in time to meet Benjamin Franklin.[8] In 2010, Comics Bulletin ranked Englehart's work on Doctor Strange with artists Frank Brunner and Colan ninth on its list of the "Top 10 1970s Marvels."[9]

The series ended with a cliffhanger as his home, the Sanctum Sanctorum, was heavily damaged during a battle. The title was discontinued so that the character's adventures could be transferred to another split book format series, Strange Tales vol. 2 #1–19 (April 1987 – October 1988) which was shared with the street heroes Cloak and Dagger.

Doctor Strange: Sorcerer SupremeEdit

Strange was returned to his own series, this time titled Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme, which ran 90 issues (November 1988 – June 1996).[10] The initial creative team was writer Peter B. Gillis and artists Richard Case and Randy Emberlin, with storylines often spanning multiple issues. During this time the series became part of the "Midnight Sons" group of Marvel's supernatural comics.[11][12]

Jackson Guice's cover for Doctor Strange #15 (1990) used Christian music singer Amy Grant's likeness without her permission,[13] leading to a complaint saying that the cover gave the appearance that she was associating with witchcraft. A US District Court sealed an out-of-court settlement between Grant and Marvel in early 1991, with a consent decree in which Marvel did not admit to liability or wrongdoing.[14][15][16]

Doctor Strange vol. 4Edit

In 2015, Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo teamed up for the fourth volume of Doctor Strange.[17] Writers Dennis Hopeless and Penciler Niko Henrichon took charge during the Secret Wars event in issues 21-24, with Bachalo still providing covers. Writer John Barber and Penciler Niko Henrichon took charge for issues 25-26. After the Marvel Legacy renumbering, Writer Donny Cates and Pencilers Frazer Irving and Chip Zdarsky took over at issues #381-390.[18] Donny Cates teamed up with Nick Spencer and artist Rod Reis for the 2018 four issue miniseries Doctor Strange: Damnation.[19]

Doctor Strange vol. 5Edit

A fifth Doctor Strange series was launched by writer Mark Waid and artist Jesus Saiz in August 2018.[20]

Doctor Strange vol. 6Edit

A short-lived sixth series, Doctor Strange: Surgeon Supreme, launched in December 2019 by writer Mark Waid and artist Kev Walker follows immediately after the storyline completed in the fifth series.[21] The series was cancelled after six issues.[22]

TimelineEdit

Doctor Strange is featured or co-featured in the ongoing series:

  • Strange Tales #110–111, #114–168 (July–Aug. 1963, (Nov. 1963 – May 1968)
  • Doctor Strange #169–183 (June 1968 – Nov. 1969)
  • Marvel Premiere #3–14 (July 1972 – March 1974)
  • Doctor Strange vol. 2 #1–81 [#184–264] (June 1974 – Feb. 1987)
  • Strange Tales vol. 2 #1–19 (April 1987 – Oct. 1988)
  • Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #1–90 [#265–354] (Nov. 1988 – June 1996)
  • Doctor Strange vol. 4 #1–26 [#355–380] (Dec. 2015 – Dec. 2017)
  • Doctor Strange #381–390 (Jan.–July 2018)
  • Doctor Strange vol. 5 #1–20 (Aug. 2018 – Dec. 2019)
  • Dr. Strange #1–6 (Feb.–Oct. 2020)

Collected editionsEdit

Title Material collected Pages Publication Date ISBN
Essential Marvel
Essential Doctor Strange Volume 1 Strange Tales #110, 111, 114–168 608 May 2006 978-0785123163
Essential Doctor Strange Volume 2 Doctor Strange #169–178, #180–183; The Avengers #61; Sub-Mariner #22; The Incredible Hulk vol. 2, #126; Marvel Feature #1; Marvel Premiere #3–10, #12–14 608 March 2005 0785116680
Essential Doctor Strange Volume 3 Doctor Strange Vol. 2, #1–29, Doctor Strange Annual #1; and The Tomb of Dracula #44–45 616 December 2007 9780785127338
Essential Doctor Strange Volume 4 Doctor Strange Vol. 2, #30–56; Chamber of Chills #4; Man-Thing #4 564 June 2009 9780785130628
Marvel Masterworks
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange Volume 1 Strange Tales #110–111, 114–141 270 June 2003 9780785145646
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange Volume 2 Strange Tales #142–168 304 January 2005 9780785117377
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange Volume 3 Doctor Strange #169–179 and The Avengers #61 256 March 2007 9780785124108
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange Volume 4 Doctor Strange #180–183; Sub-Mariner #22; The Incredible Hulk vol. 2, #126; Marvel Feature #1; Marvel Premiere #3–8 272 January 2010 9780785134954
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange Volume 5 Marvel Premiere #9–14; Doctor Strange Vol. 2 #1–9 272 April 2011 9780785150220
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange Volume 6 Doctor Strange Vol. 2 #10–22; Annual #1; The Tomb of Dracula #44 288 July 2013 9780785167860
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange Volume 7 Doctor Strange Vol. 2 #23–37 and material from Chamber of Chills #3–4 304 November 2016 9781302900229
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange Volume 8 Doctor Strange Vol. 2 #38–46, Man-Thing #4, Marvel Fanfare #5, What If? #18, and material from the Marvel Comics Calendar 1980 296 May 2017 9781302907129
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange Volume 9 Doctor Strange vol. 2 #47–57, Marvel Fanfare #6; and material from Crazy #88, and the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe vol. 1 #3 336 October 2019 9781302917043
Epic Collections
Doctor Strange Volume 1: Master of the Mystic Arts Strange Tales #110–111, 114–146; Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2 392 October 2018 978-1302911386
Doctor Strange Volume 3: A Separate Reality Doctor Strange #180–183; Sub-Mariner #22; Incredible Hulk #126; Marvel Premiere #3–10, #12–14; Doctor Strange (1974) #1–2, #4–5; material from Marvel Feature #1; Marvel Premiere #11; Doctor Strange (1974) #3 472 November 2016 9780785194446
Doctor Strange Volume 4: Alone Against Eternity Doctor Strange vol.2 #6–28, Doctor Strange Annual #1, Tomb of Dracula #44, Giant-Size Doctor Strange (1975) #1 (cover only) 488 October 2020 9781302921996
Doctor Strange Volume 8: Triumph and Torment Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #1–13, Marvel Graphic Novel: Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom - Triumph and Torment 488 November 2019 9781302920562
Doctor Strange Volume 9 Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #14–33, Ghost Rider #12 TBC 2021 TBC
Doctor Strange Volume 13: Afterlife Strange Tales vol 3. #1, Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #76–90 & Ashcan Edition, Doctor Strange: What Is It That Disturbs You, Stephen? 496 October 2017 9781302907891
Volume 1
Doctor Strange Omnibus vol. 1 Strange Tales #110–111, 114–146; Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2 456 September 2016 9780785199243
Volume 2
Doctor Strange: A Separate Reality Marvel Premiere #9–10, 12–14; Doctor Strange vol. 2, #1–2, 4–5 176 2002 9780785108368
Dr. Strange Vs. Dracula: The Montesi Formula Doctor Strange vol. 2 #14, 58–62; The Tomb of Dracula #44 160 October 2006 9780785122449
Dr. Strange: Into the Dark Dimension Doctor Strange vol. 2 #68–74 168 July 2011 9780785155058
Dr. Strange: Don't Pay the Ferryman Doctor Strange vol. 2 #75–81 167 October 2015 9780785193258
Strange Tales
Doctor Strange: Strange Tales Dr. Strange stories from Strange Tales #1–19 and Cloak & Dagger story from Strange Tales #7 240 October 2011 9780785155492
Sorceror Supreme
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Omnibus vol. 1 Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #1–40 and Ghost Rider vol. 3 #12 1,064 July 2016 9781302907075
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Omnibus vol. 2 Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #41–59, Annual #2–3, Spider-Man/Dr. Strange: The Way to Dusty Death, Silver Surfer vol. 3 #67, Morbius: The Living Vampire #9, Secret Defenders #1–11, and material from Incredible Hulk Annual #18, Namor the Sub-Mariner Annual #2, and Silver Surfer Annual #5 1,056 April 2018 9781302911782
Volume 3
Doctor Strange: The Flight of Bones Doctor Strange volume 3 #1–4, Mystic Hands Of Doctor Strange #1, material from Marvel Shadows And Light #1, Shadows & Light #2, Marvel Double-Shot #4 192 November 2016 9781302901677
Strange
Doctor Strange: Beginnings and Endings Strange vol. 1 #1–6 144 September 2005 9780785115779
Strange: The Doctor Is Out! Strange vol. 2 #1–4 104 October 2011 9780785144250
Volume 4
Doctor Strange: The Way of the Weird Doctor Strange vol. 4 #1–5 136 2016 978-0785199328
Doctor Strange: The Last Days of Magic Doctor Strange vol. 4 #6–10 and Doctor Strange: Last Days of Magic #1 168 2017 978-0785199335
Doctor Strange: Blood in the Aether Doctor Strange vol. 4 #11–16 136 2017 978-1302903008
Doctor Strange: Mr. Misery Doctor Strange vol. 4 #17–20, Annual #1 136 2018 978-1302905873
Doctor Strange: Secret Empire Doctor Strange vol. 4 #21–26 136 2018 978-1302905897
Doctor Strange vol. 1 Doctor Strange vol. 4 #1–10, Doctor Strange: Last Days of Magic #1 280 2017 978-1302904326
Doctor Strange vol. 2 Doctor Strange vol. 4 #11–20, Annual #1 272 2018 978-1302908973
Legacy
Doctor Strange by Donny Cates Vol. 1: God of Magic Doctor Strange #381–385 136 2018 978-1302910648
Doctor Strange by Donny Cates Vol. 2: City of Sin Doctor Strange #386–390 112 2018 978-1302910655
Doctor Strange: Damnation Doctor Strange: Damnation #1–4 136 2018 978-1302913922
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 #15–17 336 2018 978-1302912604
Doctor Strange by Donny Cates Doctor Strange vol. 4 #381–390, Doctor Strange: Damnation #1–4 360 2019 978-1302915292
Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme
Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme Vol. 1: Out of Time Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #1–6 136 May 2017 978-1302905903
Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme Vol. 2: Time After Time Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #7–12 136 December 2017 978-1302905910
Volume 5
Doctor Strange by Mark Waid vol. 1: Across the Universe Doctor Strange vol. 5 #1–5 112 December 2018 978-1302912338
Doctor Strange by Mark Waid vol. 2: Remittance Doctor Strange vol. 5 #6–11 152 May 2019 978-1302912345
Doctor Strange by Mark Waid vol. 3: Herald Doctor Strange vol. 5 #12–17 136 September 2019 978-1302914578
Doctor Strange by Mark Waid vol. 4: The Choice Doctor Strange vol. 5 #18–20 and Doctor Strange Annual (2019) #1 112 January 2020 978-1302914585
Strange Academy
Strange Academy Vol. 1: First Class Strange Academy #1–6 160 March, 2021 978-1302919504
Collected Miniseries
Doctor Strange: The Oath Doctor Strange: The Oath #1–5 128 June, 2013 9780785122111
Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom: Triumph and Torment Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment, Doctor Strange vol. 2 #57, and material from Astonishing Tales #8 and Marvel Fanfare #16 and #43 168 September 2013 9780785156154
Doctor Strange: Strange Origin Doctor Strange: Season One and Doctor Strange vol. 4 #1 144 September 2016 9780785163916
Doctor Strange: What Is It That Disturbs You, Stephen? Doctor Strange: What Is It That Disturbs You, Stephen?, Doctor Strange Annual #1, Marvel Premiere #7, and Doctor Strange (1974) #34; and material from Doctor Strange vol. 2 #46, Marvel Fanfare #5–6 and #8, Chamber of Chills #1–2, and Journey Into Mystery vol. 2 #4. 224 October 2016 9781302901684

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ DeFalco in Brevoort, DeFalco & Manning 2008, p. 128

    "Hailing 1968 as the beginning of the 'Second Age of Marvel Comics,' and with more titles to play with, editor Stan Lee discarded his split books and gave more characters their own titles…Strange Tales #168 [was followed] by Dr. Strange #169."

  3. ^ Doctor Strange at the Grand Comics Database
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    Sanderson "1970s" in Brevoort, DeFalco & Manning 2008, p. 175

    "The great Marvel artist Gene Colan was doing superb work illustrating both Doctor Strange and The Tomb of Dracula. So it made sense for Strange writer Steve Englehart and Tomb author Marv Wolfman to devise a crossover story."

  8. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Brevoort, DeFalco & Manning 2008, p. 174

    "The year 1976 was the 200th anniversary of the United States' Declaration of Independence. So it was appropriate that several of the major events in Marvel history that year dealt with political themes… In September, just before departing from Marvel for DC Comics, writer Steve Englehart sent Dr. Strange back through time to meet one of the men responsible for the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin.

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