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11 Is A Palindromic Number, and,
A Recusal

Please celebrate with Neilalien his 11th Blogiversary! Exclesior!

That's 1,111 in internet/weblog/dog years. You won't find a better combination of starting earlier and blogging longer in comics-blogging.

But alas, as of today, Neilalien is officially recusing himself from the news, entertainments, and expectations of the near-daily visitor to his website.

Now is a good time- 11 is a palindromic number, of course...

[25 Feb 02011: More...]

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Overheard in a comic con bathroom:

"We have a new character... named Dr. Strange... Twas Steve's idea."
 - Stan Lee, letter to Comic Reader #16, 23 Feb '63, as quoted in Steve Ditko's 32-Page Package v.5 Tsk! Tsk!

"Is that the Eye of Yaphet Kotto?"
- A demon, Marvel Comics Presents #20

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Interview: The Defenders Blend Action, Horror And Satire In 'The Best Defense' ["Al Ewing, Chip Zdarsky, Gerry Duggan and Jason Latour discuss reassembling Marvel's original Defenders cast"] [18 October 02018]

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Marvel's January 02019 solicits include Doctor Strange "#400"! [Comics Continuum] [per Marvel's "legacy issue numbering"]

DOCTOR STRANGE #10
MARK WAID (W) JESUS SAIZ, CHRIS BACHALO, KEVIN NOWLAN & MORE! (A)
Cover by JESUS SAIZ
VARIANT COVER BY JOE QUESADA
B&W VARIANT COVER BY JOE QUESADA
HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY FRANK MILLER
B&W HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY FRANK MILLER
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VARIANT COVER BY TBA
DOCTOR STRANGE HITS HIS MILESTONE 400TH ISSUE!
Creative team Mark Waid and Jesus Saiz are joined by some of the best DOCTOR STRANGE artists of all time to tell a monumentally strange tale! Someone has been working in the background since the first issue, chipping away at Doctor Strange and other magicians, undercutting and depleting their magic, and the other shoe finally drops. Does Strange stand a chance against someone who can take his magic away with the snap of their fingers?
48 PGS./Rated T+ $5.99

Also in January:
MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #39 guest-stars Dr. Strange

[17 October 02018]

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Out 17 Oct: Doctor Strange: Epic Collection TPB: Master Of The Mystic Arts [collecting material from Strange Tales #110-111 and #114-146 and Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2]

Out 31 Oct: What If? Magik Became Sorcerer Supreme?

[16 October 02018]

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Stan Lee Breaks His Silence: Those I Trusted Betrayed Me [Daily Beast] [10 October 02018]

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Out last week 3 Oct: Doctor Strange #6

The Obscure Reason There Are Now Two Doctor Stranges In The Marvel Universe

Flashback: Did Doctor Strange Just Give Up On Saving His Apprentice? [Brian Cronin, January 02017]

Casey Kinmont [Marvel Wikia]
Casey Kinmont [Marvel Appendix]

[9 October 02018]

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Marvel December 02018 solicits include Defenders: "The Best Defense"; Dr. Strange dead? [Newsarama] [Doctor Strange #10/#400 in January]

Read "THE BEST DEFENSE" in order!

An unsolvable murder. An aquatic doorway to nothingness. A wanderer at the end of time. And a cosmic train of planetary proportions. Four seemingly-unrelated events that will require the powers and insights of the members of the greatest Non-Team of them all, the original DEFENDERS, to connect the dots and challenge the strange power behind these disconnected happenings- before all of reality pays the price! Doctor Strange! Immortal Hulk! Namor the Sub-Mariner! The Silver Surfer! Don't call them a team- call them the DEFENDERS!

ON SALE 12/5/18
IMMORTAL HULK: DEFENDERS #1
NAMOR: DEFENDERS #1
ON SALE 12/12/18
DOCTOR STRANGE: DEFENDERS #1
SILVER SURFER: DEFENDERS #1
ON SALE 12/19/18
DEFENDERS #1

IMMORTAL HULK: DEFENDERS #1
AL EWING (W) SIMONE DI MEO (A)
Cover by RON GARNEY
Variant Cover by Joe Bennett
VARIANT COVER BY ADI GRANOV
REMASTERED VARIANT COVER BY JACK KIRBY
VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
"THE BEST DEFENSE" STARTS HERE!
Stephen Strange is dead. A charred skeleton in an abandoned barn on the edge of a deserted town.
Bruce Banner wants to know why. And he won't stop until he has the truth in his hands... with or without THE IMMORTAL HULK.
40 PGS./one-shot /Rated T+ $4.99

NAMOR: DEFENDERS #1
CHIP ZDARSKY (W) CARLOS MAGNO (A)
Cover by RON GARNEY
Variant Cover by MARCO CHECCHETTO
VARIANT COVER BY CHRIS STEVENS
HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY MIKE MIGNOLA
VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
"THE BEST DEFENSE" PART TWO!
The Monarch of the Oceans has declared war once more on the surface world in the pages of AVENGERS. And if this is a war that Namor means to win, he is going to need allies to stand beside him!
The Sub-Mariner's quest for a lost tribe of sea-dwellers carries him further than he ever thought possible- and to a reckoning both strange and wonderful!
And hey, what's up with that weird apparition in the sheet, anyway?
40 PGS./one-shot /Rated T+ $4.99

DOCTOR STRANGE: DEFENDERS #1
GERRY DUGGAN (W) GREG SMALLWOOD (A)
Cover by RON GARNEY
Variant Cover by CHRISTIAN WARD
VARIANT COVER BY MIKE MCKONE
REMASTERED VARIANT COVER BY STEVE DITKO
VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
"THE BEST DEFENSE" PART THREE!
In a desolate, barren landscape, the Master of the Mystic Arts fights what may well prove to be his final battle- alone, unaided, friendless...
Except... what's in that bag that Stephen Strange is carrying with him?
40 PGS./one-shot /Rated T+ $4.99

SILVER SURFER: DEFENDERS #1
JASON LATOUR (W) JASON LATOUR (A)
Cover by RON GARNEY
Variant Cover by SKAN
VARIANT COVER BY PASQUAL FERRY
REMASTERED VARIANT COVER BY JOHN BUSCEMA
VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
"THE BEST DEFENSE" PART FOUR!
Shall not the Judge of All the Earths do right?
Norrin Radd is not so certain.
But it falls to him who is the Silver Surfer to decide which planets will live... and which will feed the unending hunger of the world-devouring Galactus!
A single honest person can tip the balance... if only the Surfer can find one in time!
And the Train rolls on...
40 PGS./one-shot /Rated T+ $4.99

DEFENDERS: THE BEST DEFENSE #1
AL EWING (W) JOE BENNETT (A)
Cover by RON GARNEY
Variant Cover by ART ADAMS
VARIANT COVER BY KEVIN NOWLAN
REMASTERED VARIANT COVER BY SAL BUSCEMA
VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
"THE BEST DEFENSE" FINALE!
The lost Atlanteans. The Train. The bedsheet man. Dead Steve. The Stock Exchange of Souls. Trust us, it all makes sense.
In fact, it makes enough sense to destroy our entire solar system... Unless four very different heroes can come together to stop it.
40 PGS./one-shot /Rated T+ $4.99

DOCTOR STRANGE #9
MARK WAID (W) JESUS SAIZ (A/C)
FANTASTIC FOUR VILLAINS VARIANT COVER BY MARKO DJURDJEVIC
THE DOCTOR IS IN!
Doctor Strange is back on Earth and back in the Sanctum Sanctorum!
But a villain from his past is back, threatening Greenwich Village and the Sanctum in a way Strange has never been threatened before.
Only one more issue until #400, and Mark Waid and Jess Saiz are setting the dominoes up for a huge 400th issue celebration.
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

Also in December: INFINITY WARS #6 (of 6)

[8 October 02018]

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New York Comic-Con this weekend in NYC 4-7 October [View All Panels, Screenings & Special Events] [View All Exhibitors] [All Comic Guests] [Artist Alley List] [Sitemap] [The Beat: 'NYCC '18' article tag] [Bleeding Cool: Party List (Updated)] [Update: Comic Book Legal Defense Fund NYCC 02018 Party on Saturday]

Mezco Toyz launches sweet new One:12 Collective Dr. Strange First Appearance Edition Figure [New York Comic-Con exclusive; based on Doc's early look; includes rotatable Orb of Agamotto with hinged lid] [Rock Father: #NYCC: Mezco Opens the Portal for the One:12 Collective Dr. Strange First Appearance Edition Figure] [Bleeding Cool: Doctor Strange Gets a NYCC Exclusive One:12 Collective Figure]

[1 October 02018]

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Marvel's October and November 02018 solicits: Doctor Strange #6-8 "doubles down" on "the two Doctors" plot twist at the end of #5

October: [CBR] [Newsarama]

November: [CBR] [Newsarama]

Preview of Doctor Strange #6 at Multiversity

DOCTOR STRANGE #6
MARK WAID (W) JAVIER PINA (A)
Cover by KEVIN NOWLAN
Marvel Battle Lines Variant Cover by SUJIN JO KEUNWOO LEE
[UPDATE: "Doctor Strange #6 was to be drawn by Sujin Jo but will now be drawn by Keunwoo Lee."]
MKXX VARIANT COVER BY TBA
MKXX VIRGIN VARIANT COVER BY TBA
Doctor Strange returns home to find... DOCTOR STRANGE?!
Something bizarre happened since Stephen took off into the cosmos- and it doesn't bode well for him.
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

DOCTOR STRANGE #7 & #8
MARK WAID (W) JAVIER PINA (A)
Covers by KEVIN NOWLAN
ISSUE #7- UNCANNY X-MEN VARIANT COVER BY JOHN CASSADAY
ISSUE #8- UNCANNY X-MEN VARIANT COVER BY NICK BRADSHAW
Stephen Strange is back on Earth, and he knows how to build his own arsenal.
He'll need it! His troubles continued growing while he was gone, and while he's using magic to solve them...
He'll need it to fight... himself? It's Doctor Strange vs. Doctor Strange!
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ $3.99 (EACH)

Also in October:
INFINITY WARS #4 (of 6)
INFINITY WARS: SOLDIER SUPREME #2 (of 2)
Update: WHAT IF? MAGIK

In November: INFINITY WARS #5 (of 6)

[30 September 02018]

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Out 19 Sept:

Doctor Strange #5

Avengers #8 [Final Host/Dark Celestial arc ended; Doc takes his leave from the group; "will serve in a reserve capacity"]

Infinity War(p)s: Soldier Supreme #1 (of 2) [in Infinity Wars #3, rather than kill half the universe like Thanos did, Gamora achieves a similar result by "folding the universe in half" and merging every two people into one person; one of the new mashups is a combined Dr. Strange and Captain America]

[21 September 02018]

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Marie Severin, Versatile Comic Book Artist, Dies At 89 [NYTimes obit]

Marie Severin: 01929-02018 [TCJ obit] ["When artist Bill Everett abruptly left the Doctor Strange series in 1967, Severin stepped in to both pencil and ink the series with Strange Tales #153. Within a few months, Severin was drawing the Doctor Strange half of every issue of Strange Tales and the Hulk half of every issue of Tales to Astonish... Severin was responsible for the look of the three-headed Living Tribunal in Strange Tales #157"]

Remembering The Woman Who Changed Marvel Comics [The Atlantic]

Longtime Marvel Artist And Spider-Woman Co-Creator Marie Severin Dies At 89, Leaving Behind A Groundbreaking Legacy [Syfy]

Marie Severin [Wikipedia]

Adding more links as found...

[4 September 02018]

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Battle Of The Bulge: Why We're So Fascinated By Superhero Codpieces ["A history of costume designers, directors and actors obsessing over how big is too big"]

A Heroic History Of Dudes Wearing Their Underpants Over Their Trousers ["Even 80 years ago, Superman's super-fashion was actually super old fashioned"]

The Top 10 Codpieces In Art
Codpiece [Wikipedia]

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[25 August 02018]

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Out this week 15 Aug: Doctor Strange #4 [A.V. Club preview and positive review of Waid/Saiz series so far]

Out 4 Jul: Doctor Strange #3

Doctor Strange Didn't Learn Anything From His Illuminati Mistakes [abuses the Time Stone, erases a friend's memory; "a disappointing move for a couple of reasons"]

Doctor Strange Enters The Infinity Wars (With Some Help From Mark Waid) [CBR Waid interview]

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Marvel's Summer 02018 event is the cosmic Infinity Wars

Out this week 15 Aug: Infinity Wars #2 (of 6)
Out 1 Aug: Infinity Wars #1 (of 6) [Wikia]
Out 25 Jul: Infinity Wars Prime #1

Dr. Strange wasn't in the Infinity Countdown prelude event #1-4 so Neilalien was ignoring it; Doc got the Time Stone from the Super-Skrull in Doctor Strange #3, and summons an Infinity Watch in Infinity Countdown #5

Out 18 Jul: Infinity Countdown #5 (of 5)
Out 6 Jun: Infinity Countdown #4 (of 5)
Out 2 May: Infinity Countdown #3 (of 5)
Out 18 Apr: Infinity Countdown #2 (of 5)
Out 7 Mar: Infinity Countdown #1 (of 5)
["Infinity Countdown #1 opens with a fascinating explanation of just how the Infinity Stones work"]

Marvel Comics Announces Infinity Wars Event [event fatigue (Marvel suggested at last year's retailer summit there would be no events for the next 18 months- oops) and trying to cash in comics-wise on the Avengers: Infinity War movie success]

Marvel's New Infinity Wars Series Is Building Towards A Major Villain Reveal [good intro; "Marvel has started calling them [the Infinity Gems] 'Stones' rather than 'Gems' for movie synergy"]

Marvel's Infinity Wars Event Will Have Major Ramifications, Donny Cates (who is not the writer) Promises

Marvel's New Infinity Warps Miniseries Mashes Up Your Favorite Heroes [Captain America and Dr. Strange into Soldier Supreme]

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Jason Aaron, fresh off his Doctor Strange run, has included Doc minimally in his new Avengers Dark Celestials/Final Host story arc:

Out next week 23 Aug: Avengers #6 [Dark Celestials/Final Host story arc conclusion]
Out 18 Jul: Avengers #5
Out 4 Jul: Avengers #4

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Out 27 Jun: Marvel 2-In-One #7 [alterverse Doctor Strange shown wearing the Eye of Agamotto as an eyepatch; ended Civil War by killing Iron Man and imprisoning Captain America; punked by Doom magickly, sigh]

[13 August 02018]

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Steve Ditko, Spider-Man [And Doctor Strange] Co-Creator And Legendary Comics Artist, Dies At 90 [Hollywood Reporter]

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Updating Ditko RIP links as found:

Steve Ditko, Influential Comic-Book Artist Who Helped Create Spider-Man, Dies At 90 [NYTimes obit]

Steve Ditko 01927-02018 [TCJ obit]

In Memoriam: Steve Ditko [Scoop obit]

Collective Memory: Steve Ditko [Comics Reporter]

Ditko Unleashed: A Major Retrospective Exhibition [happened in Spain; Fall 02016; co-curated by Florentino Flórez and Frédéric Manzano of Editions Déesse] [Paul Gravett interview with Flórez] [via CR] [Ditko Unleashed: An American Hero by IDW; 368-page museum catalogue of exhibit]

Comic Legends: Did Untold Tales Block Ditko's Return To Spider-Man? ["When Ditko found out about the series, he was not happy. He felt that this was essentially saying that he now had collaborators that he never knew about on the original stories. Not only that, but because his planned project was ALSO going to be a continuity insert, he would be 'collaborating' with Busiek NOW, as well."] [Brian Cronin CBR]

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Updating Doctor-Strange-oriented Ditko RIP links as found:

Comic Legends: Are There Unpublished Ditko Doctor Strange Stories? [YES?!] [Brian Cronin CBR]

Ditko's Doctor Strange Was Psychedelic Before Psychedelic Was A Thing [Brian Cronin CBR]

The Ditko Doctor Strange Story That Wasn't A Doctor Strange Story [01969's The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves #12, "The Ultimate Evil"] [Brian Cronin CBR] [Bronze Age of Blogs]

[6 July 02018]

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Marvel's Kevin Feige: "we will do" another Doctor Strange movie

Kevin Feige Explains Marvel's Approach To Mixing New Solo Movies And Sequels In Phase 4

One More Avenger Who Died In 'Infinity War' Is Getting A New Standalone Movie

[1 July 02018]

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