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Every day in April we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!
Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far (along with the rules on how to vote).
Today’s list is the Greatest Doctor Strange Stories Ever Told!
When appropriate, I figured I’d use the descriptions that P-Tor (from Sanctum Sanctorum Comix sent in with his votes
10. “Final Curtain” Doctor Strange, Master of 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… ahhh
9. “The Origin of Dr. Strange” Strange Tales #115
Written by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and drawn by Ditko, I think this is definitely one of the very best origins of all Marvel Silver Age heroes. I think only one other hero’s origin outstrips this one and unsurprisingly, it was the OTHER one by Steve Ditko.
8. “Oath” Doctor Strange: The Oath #1-5
This series, written by Brian K. Vaughan and drawn by the brilliant Marcos Martin (with inks by Alvaro Lopez), helped in a many ways to set up Doctor Strange for his inclusion in Brian Michael Bendis’ New Avengers. The series introduces a new take on the Night Nurse character, this time as an underground medic of sorts for superheroes.
7. “To Have Loved and Lost” Doctor Strange #55
Considered to be the BEST issue of Doctor Strange. Written by Roger Stern, This is the famous issue drawn by Michael Golden and Terry Austin) Part straight-up super-hero tale/part “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Awesome!
6. “The Domain of the Dread Dormammu!” Strange Tales #126-127
In a glimpse of what was soon to come, this is the first multi-issue arc in Strange Tales. The Dread Dormammu had been mentioned before, but in this issue Steve Ditko and Stan Lee finally introduce us to the villain as Doctor Strange comes into contact with him as well as Clea, who makes her debut in this story. At the end of the arc, when Strange has managed to keep Dormammu at bay, Strange gains his cloak of levitation!
The top five is on the next page!
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