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Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks (Unnumbered)) Paperback – 8 Dec 2010

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US; 01 edition (8 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785145648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785145646
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,223,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bakc in the early sixties MARVEL used failing antholgy titles as show cases for the then up and coming new breed of superheroes when the bosses would allow them to appear in titles of their own. Dr Strange made his debut in Strange Tales.

Excellantly drawn by Steve Ditko (who also drew Spiderman at this point). Ditko was the master of light and shade and his depictions of supernatural nether worlds and dimensions still stand up today.

Penned by Stan Lee gthere is more than a passing nod to H.P. Lovecraft as well as eastern mystercism that was just finding it's way into popular western culture. The first story had Strange dealing with aman haunted by a nightmare and was rested for a while until readers demande more. Man y of the stoires were stadn alone adventures, but had a continuity running through and in time stories ran across several issues.

In the nienties Marvel published their Masterworks and this is one of those. Unlike other previous favourites from my childhood this one stands the test of time more so that Thor. The Fantastic Four and othe heroes.

Dr Strange demands to be given the screen treatment, though I would suggest the stories be adapted for television.
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I love Steve Ditko's Doctor Strange, which introduced me to a lot of occult concepts at the tender age of nine that stood me in good stead when I started seriously exploring ritual magic years later.
Ditko's rendering of magical realities is surreal, bizarre and, to my mind, utterly inspired. I wasn't the only one who thought so at the time. Such was the appeal of these early Doctor Strange strips to hippies and college kids in the 60s that rumour spread that Ditko must be taking regular LSD trips. In fact, you could hardly meet a more puritanical opponent of illicit drug use than Ditko. He just happened to be blessed with an extraordinary visual imagination.
Personally, I think his graphical portrayal of magic has never been surpassed. One of Ditko's signature traits is drawing hands with the fingers bent into extreme positions. Thus, when Doc Strange casts spells, his hands look like they're twisting into mystic gestures. Perfect. And weird when you know that Ditko regards all magic and religion as superstitious nonsense. Which makes it even more curious that the last few issues of Doc Strange that Ditko plotted and drew are some of the most cosmic comics ever printed. The final showdown between the Dread Dormammu and the Awesome Eternity are just pure, mind-blowing, breath-taking spectacle. Wow!!!
Sadly, the meanies at Marvel have chosen not to include these key issues in this compilation, almost tempting me to knock another star off. The best way to get these issues in reprint form is to buy the Marvel Visionaries: Steve Ditko hardcover.
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When I first started reading Doctor Strange the Master of the Mystic Arts had his own comic book and had stopped sharing "Strange Tales" with Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., at which point he was being drawn by Gene Colan one of my favorite artists. By that point in the history of the Marvel Universe the original Doctor Strange artist, Steve Ditko, was working for Charlton Comics, which was below even Archie Comics on the comic book scale as far as my friends and I were concerned. Having already formed a negative opinion of Ditko's artwork it was rather strange, for lack of a better word, to see Ditko was the original artist on Spider-Man when I went back to the pre-John Romita (Sr.) days. But for years I continued to totally dismiss Ditko's art and writer Stan Lee's bombastic prose on "Doctor Strange." But now I am rethinking my position.
When Marvel put out its "Essential" volumes of the first several years of "The Amazing Spider-Man," reproducing the comics in black & white, I noticed that Steve Ditko was a master of composition. When Jim Steranko was doing the art for the "Nick Fury" half of "Strange Tales" he was the hottest comic artist on the planet, but his exotic artwork did not show the complete command of composition exhibited by Ditko. His best work was "Spider-Man," but with "Doctor Strange" there was an added dimension to his drawings as he had to create visual representations for the spells that Strange and his enemies were hurling back and forth at each other.
Volume 1 of "Doctor Strange" in the Marvel Masterworks series collects the Master of the Mystic Art's half of issues #110, #111, and #114-142 of "Strange Tales." In fact, when Dr. Strange was first introduced by Lee and Ditko he was a "Master of Black Magic.
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This Masterwork reprints all the early 1960s Dr. Strange stories from Strange Tales, starting with issue #110, the very first Dr. Strange story by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Most of these tales have a very psychedelic feel to them, due largely to Ditko's artwork, which draws you in and transports you to other dimensions.

I remember being completely awestruck by these stories when I first read them, and they still hold your attention to this day. Easily the greatest Dr. Strange stories ever produced, nothing since has come close to the brilliance of these tales.

Considering the cost involved in obtaining the original comics, and the quality of the material included, this volume is a real bargain. One of the best Marvel creations from the 60s - Buy it!
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