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The Greatest Doctor Strange Stories Ever Told! – Voting

Here’s the latest of the daily voting threads for The Greatest ____ Stories Ever Told!

Today we look at Doctor Strange!

You have until 11:59 PM Pacific time, April 11th to vote for your top ten favorite Doctor Strange comic book stories! Your choices will be revealed on April 12th.

You vote by sending your top ten choices to bcronin@comicbookresources.com (make the subject heading clear that it is about The Greatest Doctor Strange Stories Ever Told Voting) by that time (you send your votes by e-mail, not in the comments to this piece. I repeat DO NOTE VOTE IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS PIECE).

Be sure to first click here to read about the rules and guidelines for the voting (so you don’t vote for stuff that is ineligible, like you can’t vote for Ditko’s Doctor Strange run. You have to pick a specific story arc. Do note that the Eternity story arc from Strange Tales #130-146 counts as a single story).

I’d prefer you not share your votes in the comments section – please let’s keep it a surprise until the results go up. You can share your votes then if you’d like!

Have fun voting and be sure to check back April 12th to see the results!


I… thought this had already been done one of the last couple times?

And I just looked through the old lists and surprisingly there’s never been a Doc Strange top 10 before. Huh.

Mike Loughlin

April 6, 2013 at 5:14 am

First What If…? now Dr. Strang: it’s like someone’s trying to get me to ignore the real world for hours at a time…

Well, more hours at a time anyway.

@Mike L–same thought here. FWIW, I voted for 2 excellent Dr. Strange What-Ifs!

Er, for the “What-If” poll– I wasn’t giving away my votes for THIS poll, Brian!

Mike Loughlin

April 6, 2013 at 8:41 am


Which ones? The three that popped into my head are the ones in which Dr. Doom becomes sorcerer supreme, Baron Mordo becomes sorcerer supreme, and Dr. Strange joins Stick’s order and becomes mentor to Elektra.

In the What-if poll I voted for Strange becoming a disciple of Dormammu
(Have not yet decided whether to include Dr Strange in my Jim Starlin vote)

@ML- I voted for the one where Mordo becomes sorcerer supreme and “What If Strange Had Become a Disciple of Dormammu”. Also, I was happy to note another Beatnik Hulk fan!

My list… is sent!

As to great Dr Strange issues of WHAT IF?
What about issue # 43 (of Volume 1) with the BACK-UP story where Doc, Silver Surfer & Phoenix are the ONLY survivors of a destroyed Earth?

If EVER there was a story that told of the mission which Doctor Strange accepted as mystic protector of the universe… this was it.

(And no, I didn’t vote for it, because it was a “mere” What If? – and it was depressing as all hell.)


Mike Loughlin

April 6, 2013 at 4:43 pm

mrclam & John King,

Oh yeah, that was a good one!


Also good, if not fun, exactly. I’m curious as to what your Dr. Strange stories list will be (after the top 10 is revealed, of course).

Yeah, I think I’m more excited to see ~P~’s top ten list than I am to see the voting results on this one.

OK, I’ll post MY list HERE on this thread AFTER the results are in.

I’ll mention now that there were some recent arcs that had good BITS but not enough to make my “all-time” fave lists.

For the RECENT stuff I find to have merit, I usually nominate (and award) “SANCTY’s” in my annual SANCTUM AWARDS posts on my blog.

The INDEX page to all my SACNTUM AWARDS posts (one per year from 2008 to present) can be found HERE:


Otherwise, I’ll be sure to post my top-10 list here later.
Thanks for (and I’m quite surprised and appreciated by) your interest.


I just hope my Top 10 list doesn’t seem too pedestrian (after all that build-up).

Bear in mind, that there were some awesome stories that I love, but wouldn’t vote for (in a mainstream forum like this) because they’d be “throw-away” votes – seeing as the source material might be rare, foreign, or so out of the realm of potential for other votes.

Also, sadly, the voting is limited to COMIC stories (and I’m a big fan of not only the Doctor Strange novel “Nightmare”, but also the Choose-Your-Adventure book; “Through 6 Dimensions”, as well as other sources).


Choose-Your-Adventure book

There’s seriously a Doctor Strange Choose Your Own Adventure?

It’s a GOOD one too.

Much like a What If? issue, there are PLENTY of opportunities to screw up enough that EVERYONE DIES!

Published in the USA by TSR
and in the UK by PENGUIN

In fact, it’s one of a SERIES of such books from the late 1980’s
I sold off my set a few years back, but you can always find ‘em on the ebay.

Here’s the list.

1. The Amazing Spider-Man: City in Darkness
2. Captain America: Rocket’s Red Glare
3. The Wolverine: Night of the Wolverine
4. Doctor Strange: Through Six Dimensions
5. The Thing: One Thing After Another
6. The Uncanny X-Men: An X-cellent Death
7. The Amazing Spider-Man: As the World Burns
8. Daredevil: Guilt by Association

There were even a few “One-on-One” sets (a boxed set of 2 books, one player holds the HERO book and the other has the VILLAIN book).
Strange was SUPPOSED to have one of those:

The DR. STRANGE set was NEVER released – but there was a DAREDEVIl (vs KINGPIN) set and a FANTASTIC FOUR (vs Dr DOOM) set.

The Daredevil one pops up on ebay every now and then.
I’ve only seen one or two of the FF.

Happy Hunting!


Oh… and in case you care to know, DR. STRANGE is also in the two SPIDER-MAN books.
“As the World Burns” is written by Peter David and has Spidey and Doc against Mordo.

iirc, Doc is only a minor character in the “City of Darkness” book.


And, I guess I should add that these aren’t just the usual “choose a path and turn the page” books.

You have to roll a die for some outcomes (like a D&D quest) and have to keep track of your various points for HEALTH & KARMA (you can die or eff up your Karma pretty badly)

Also you are assigned points for:


(obviously, the type of points differ if you’re reading a different character’s book, so Spider-Man wouldn’t have “Magic” but something else [I forget what & don’t have mine in front of me just now]).

The info is listed on a STAT CARD (also used for a bookmark).
If you’re lucky enough to find one that has the STAT CARD (bookmark) still in it (although, it isn’t necessary) then you don’t have to make up your own stat page (they give you the info in the book as well, iirc).
But there are online sites that have scans of them, so you can print one out if need be.

OK… no more from me about Adventure books.


Oh, man, I think I know about those books PTOR is talking about. I think I looked at the XMen one from my local library back in the day. I loved CYOA books, so I probably looked at any of the books mentioned if I saw ‘em.

Ah, memories!

What is with all the chinese spam bots lately?

The best Dr. Strange stories are the ones he had with the original defenders

I did try some of those choose your own adventures but don’t remember the Dr strange one.
Was it the Wolverine one in which the illustrator didn’t know the difference between Mystique and Mysterio?


I know I said I would post my pics for this voting here (a MONTH ago) but I usually only have weekends to do my comic-web-surfs and the past few weeks have been crazy-busy. (Although, I never said WHEN I’d post them here so… minor loophole. lol)

PLUS, add to that the fact that I was planning on tossing in some of my REAL story-arc loves, since the list which I sent in for the votes excluded many of them (because they would have been unpopular choices and thus, “throw-away” votes).

And THIRDLY, because I TRULY plan on turning my “best of” lists into a blog-post series on my SanctumSanctorumComix blog some time soon, and didn’t want to ruin things by revealing many of them here now.

As a side note: I was taken aback slightly by the article quoting some of my off-hand comments.
Had I known that I was to be referenced, I’d have written a bit better.
But, still… it was an honor to be used as such.

SO, ALL That being said… HERE is the email that I submitted as my votes (warts and all).


Here are my TOP 10 Doctor Strange COMIC stories.

(I made sure to rearrange them into “BEST OF” order – since this is merely a small snippet, cut and pasted from a larger post forum post, that I wrote awhile ago to help out newbie Doc readers who were looking for good Dr. Strange comics. Every few months, I paste it somewhere else whenever I see a thread asking “What are the best Doc stories?”. SO it makes sense to use it here now. It was originally written in Published order, but I edited it for this email to be in good standing with the RULES.)


1) * Strange Tales v1 # 130-146 (Classic Stan Lee / Steve Ditko!)
These issues form an arc that is considered by many to be the FIRST true “American Graphic Novel” – it deals with Strange’s search for Eternity and his being hunted and hounded across the globe by Dormammu and Baron Mordo. It’s got EVERYTHING! Lots of mysticism! Doc has to escape from deadly foes blind & powerless while his head and hands are encased in irons! Dormammu vs Eternity! Steve Ditko INVENTING new visual techniques! What more do you need?) This can be found in the first Dr. Strange ESSENTIAL volume, but alas… the loss of color does take a little away from it all. THESE WERE reprinted in COLOR in the 4-issue DOCTOR STRANGE CLASSICS (a deluxe reprint series from the 1980’s on beautiful white Baxter Paper) Of ALL the ways to get these stories, aside from MASTERWORKS hardcovers, this is the best way. But, then again, Marvel has released PAPERBACKS of some MASTERWORKS (Doc’s got two already, and these issues are in the first – iirc).

2) * Doctor Strange: Into Shamballa (original graphic novel)
– Beautifully painted! If I could only keep ONE single “issue” of Doc… it might be THIS. By J.M. DeMatteis with art by Dan Green.

* I should note another of MY all-time favorite Dr. Strange story arcs… but while it is neither one for the uninitiated, nor is it bound to be popular to the general populace, it still holds a place in my mind as one of the best:

It is an arc that follows Strange in his loss of much of his power and abilities in using “white” magic, his being tutored by an old foe in the ways of “black” magic in order to defeat ancient evils that he had released, the ascension to the greatest levels of that dark magic, and then the long journey back to white magician.

Starting in DOCTOR STRANGE : MASTER OF THE MYSTIC ARTS # 75-81 (although if pressed, you could jump to issue # 79 and start there) continued to the end of that series with # 81, then continues in his next (shared) title; STRANGE TALES v2 from # 1 – 19. It then continues into Doc’s new title; DOCTOR STRANGE : SORCERER SUPREME in issues # 1-2 (but technically doesn’t fully wrap up until issue # 4).

The crux of it is in the STRANGE TALESv2 issues which can be found pretty cheap, OR you can get the recent reprinting of the arc in the DOCTOR STRANGE : STRANGE TALES TPB.

Written by Peter B. Gillis with art by several illustrators (including Chris Warner, and Richard Case). It’s one of my all-time faves

4) * Doctor Strange : Master of the Mystic Arts # 10-13 *
-Steve Englehart and Gene Clan present some truly epic stuff! The total destruction of Earth! No. Seriously. But what happens AFTERwards… ahhhh- however… if you really want to grasp that arc, it helps if you read one that came some months before:)

5) * Marvel Premier # 9 – 14*
– Doctor Strange vs Shuma Gorath! The Death of the Ancient One! And Doctor Strange and Mordo go back in time and aid in the creation of the Universe! (although # 11 is mostly reprinted stuff of Doc’s origin and first battle with Mordo) this arc also features my all-time favorite Doctor Strange scene which opens issue # 12. Steve Englehart and Frank Brunner (mostly)

6) * Doctor Strange : Master of the Mystic Arts # 55*
(considered to be the BEST issue of Doctor Strange. Written by Roger Stern, This is the famous issue drawn by Michael Golden) Part straight-up super-hero tale / part “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Awesome!
* Doctor Strange : Master of the Mystic Arts # 56 (whenever an issue of Doc is reprinted in an “origins” or “best of Marvel” trade, THIS is the issue they use. Written by Roger Stern. Drawn by Paul Smith.) Informative and excellent. Part origin recap / part super-hero kick-butt story with mystic twists.

Really, 55 & 56 are sort of part of the same story (and part of a larger arc: CLEA leaving Stephen and Morgana entering the picture, but those two issues are – either alone or counting as an arc, MUST HAVES) and all-time bests!

7) * Doctor Strange : Master of the Mystic Arts # 1-5*
– (the Silver Dagger saga – although much of # 3 is reprinting of early Lee/Ditko material as the creative team missed the print deadline) It was reprinted in one volume: DOCTOR STRANGE vs SILVER DAGGER # 1 (a Baxter paper deluxe edition) and the excellent “A SEPARATE REALITY” trade paperback by Steve Englehart & Frank Brunner.

8) * The Oath *
(quite possibly the best Doc story in many a year). Brian K. Vaughan story. Marcos Martin art. Some super-hero! Some detective mystery! Some magic! A little love and comedy! Classic!

9) * Doctor Strange, the Master of the Mystic Arts # 68-74*
– (instead of my summarizing it, here’s the ad copy for the collected edition (“INTO THE DARK DIMENSION” TPB/HC ) “Doctor Strange starts his day by curing a mystically cursed sword and ends it by overthrowing a dimensional dictator! The Sorcerer Supreme faces threats on cruise ships, military bases and alien planets, seeking to restore the cosmic balance! And as the origins of the Dark Dimension stand revealed, Strange’s true love, Clea, heads the rebellion against her evil mother, Umar! Featuring the Black Knight and the Beyonder!”

It’s not one that I would consider his “best”, but it IS right up there!
I mean, it DOES have everything:
Roger Stern story, Paul Smith art, Black Knight, Clea, Strange doing unorthodox things in otherdimensional places…
Not every story is a gem, but overall it’s worth getting (especially as it’s reproduced in such a nice and affordable book).

10) * Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom : Triumph and Torment (original graphic novel) *
– Doctor Strange helps Doctor Doom rescue Doom’s mother from Mephisto in Hell! This wins the “Doc’s best of” list for many fans. (Story by Roger Stern. Drawn by Mike “Hellboy” Mignola). It would be higher on my list if it weren’t more of a DOOM story than a STRANGE one.


As I said, I DO have other, perhaps even MORE favorited arcs, and while I intended to list them here, I think that I had best hold them in reserve so that future blog series has some mystery (and meat – but NOT “mystery meat”).


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