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Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks (Unnumbered)) Paperback – 8 Dec 2010
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The edition of this Doctor Strange Masterworks I received here was unfortunately the non-paperback Masterworks edition from 2011 or so. Read morePublished 14 months ago by McRonson
This paperback edition of Doctor Strange masterwork volume one is great value. It covers the beginning of the Sorcerer Supreme's run. Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2014 by Arnold Cossor
This volume reprints the Doctor Strange stories from Strange Tales issues #110, 111, 114-141, published monthly from July 1963 to February 1966, and Spider-Man Annual #2 from 1965. Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2013 by Squirr-El