Neilalien : A Doctor Strange Fansite : A Comic Book Weblog  

PALINDROME

NEILALIEN

A Doctor Strange Fansite
A Comic Book Weblog/Portal
A Steve Ditko Fansite
A Mysterious Palindrome

Links Open Windows

NEILALIEN STATUS
Neilalien.com: not-daily linkblog
Twitter: linkblog RSS & some Doc/geek retweets
Tumblr: Doc/geek reblogs/images
Facebook: not updated
Neilalien RSS Feed

- -

Latest Weblog Post:

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...]

- -

Dr. Strange Information
 [Story List] [Powers/Items]
 [Origins] [Book of Names]
 [Many Faces] [Questions/FAQ]
 [Oath #3 Cover Lineup]
 [Historical Sales Numbers]
 [Recommended Reading]

Email Neilalien:
webmaster AT neilalien.com

Excite My Chicken
Ask The Mysterious Orb
Black Jack #1
Neilalien T-Shirts
Neilalien Site Map

Neilalien Blog Archive
02016: 010203040506
02016: 07
02015: 010203040506
02015: 070809101112
02014: 010203040506
02014: 070809101112
02013: 010203040506
02013: 070809101112
02012: 010203040506
02012: 070809101112
02011: 010203040506
02011: 070809101112
02010: 010203040506
02010: 070809101112
02009: 010203040506
02009: 070809101112
02008: 010203040506
02008: 070809101112
02007: 010203040506
02007: 070809101112
02006: 010203040506
02006: 070809101112
02005: 010203040506
02005: 070809101112
02004: 010203040506
02004: 070809101112
02003: 010203040506
02003: 070809101112
02002: 010203040506
02002: 070809101112
02001: 010203040506
02001: 070809101112
02000: 02-080910, 1112
More: OriginPre-Blog Links

- -

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

- -

Creators/Publishers: Neilalien would love to help, but he does not accept free comics or review submissions.

"Do not accept for review a book you are
predisposed to dislike, or committed by
friendship to like." - John Updike


PORTAL

Alpha News Surf
Comics Reporter [Patreon]
Comic Book Resources [Robot 6]
 [CSBG] [Pipe] [Tilt] [Pile] [MB]
PreviewsWorld [Diamond release info]
The Beat
Bleeding Cool
Comics Chronicles [Blog]
Comics Continuum
ICv2 [Comics] [Tops]
IMDb Doctor Strange Movie News
io9 [comics]
Marvel.com [Doc] [Tumblr]
Newsarama
Sanctum Sanctorum [PTor]
Twitter: "doctor strange" ["dr."]
Twitter: "ditko"
Reddit: Comic Books [Doc]
Yahoo Finance: Disney Headlines

Linkablogotron 2099
» Comic Weblog Update-A-Tron
A Trout In The Milk
ADDTF [Sean T. Collins]
C-Dog's Cryptonaut-In-Exile
Clea's Cave
Comic Book Galaxy [Trouble]
Dean Haspiel
Ditko Comics [In Print]
Diversions Of The Groovy Kind
Earth Minds Are Weak
Four Realities
Franklin's Culture Shock [Twitter]
Fred Hembeck [Tumblr]
Ghost In The Machine [Twitter]
Giant Size Marvel Comics [Doc]
The Hurting
In Sequence
Jog The Blog
Johnny Bacardi Show [Tumblr]
Lady, That's My Skull
LinkMachineGo
Matt Dembicki
Mindless Ones
Polite Dissent [CBDR]
Pop Culture Gadabout
Postmodernbarney
Progressive Ruin [BTCounter]
Tangognat
Unqualified Offerings

Comic Book Portal (cont.)
Doc: Wikipedia
Doc: Howard Hallis [Collection]
 [Custom Covers] [Everything]
Doc: DoctorStrangeCast
Doc: Sorcerer Supreme
Doc: Original Art Gallery
Doc: Sanctum Sanctorum
Doc: Lesser Book Vishanti
Doc: Strange Scribe
Doc: Toonopedia
Doc: Micro-Heroes
Doc: Fuck Yeah Dumb Magician
Doc: Fuckyeah! Doc Tumblr
Ditko: Blake Bell [Facebook]
Ditko: Ditko-L [Yahoo Group]
Ditko: Ditkomania [Yahoo Group]
Ditko: Ditko-Kirby [Yahoo Group]
Ditko: Wikipedia [Objectivism]
Ditko: Ditko Cultist
Ditko: Ditko Fever
Ditko: Ditkoland Message Board
Ditko: Steveditko.com
Ditko: Biography
Ditko: IMDb
Lee: Real [Twitter]
Lee: Wikipedia
Lee: IMDb
Brunner: Official Site
Colan: Official Site
Colan: Genecolan [Yahoo Group]
Englehart: Official Site
Stern: Roger Stern MB
Question: VicSage.com [News]
20th Century Danny Boy
4chan /co/ Comics & Cartoons
ACT-I-VATE [LJ]
Adventures In The Marvelous Zone
Arthur's Marvel Comics Reprints
Ask Cerebra [Comic Blog Search]
Bags And Boards [Variety]
Barbelith Underground > Comics
Barry's Pearls of Comic Book Wisdom
Beware The Valkyries
Bill Mantlo Project
Black Girl Nerds [Tw]
Bobster's Micro-Heroes
Bondage Cover Of The Day
Bookslut [Comicbookslut]
Booksteve's Library
Box Office Mojo: Marvel Comics
Brian Bolland
Broken Frontier [MB]
Butterfly Language
Calvin and Hobbes [Search]
Captain Comics
CBR Column Classics
 [Ellis] [Gutters] [Pimp]
 [Obvious] [Damage]
Chain Letters For Disturbed Children
The Chemistry Set
Chris Arrant
Clifford Meth
Colleen Coover
Comic Art Magazine
ComicBloc Forums
Comic Book Bin
Comic Book Cartography [4CP]
Comic Book Conventions [Cons]
Comic Book Database
Comic Book Fonts
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Comic Book Research [NYPL]
Comic Book Research [Yale]
Comic Book Tropes
Comic Book Writer's Info Page
Comicon [Pulse] [MB]
Comic-Con Int'l [San Diego]
Comic Coverage
Comic Creator Services
Comic Foundry
Comic Life
ComicMix
Comic News International
Comic Pants
ComicPress [for WordPress]
Comic Publishers Submission Guidelines
Comic Readers [MB]
Comic Shop Locator
Comic Shop News
ComicSpace
Comic Vine
Comic Widows
Comic World News [MB]
Comics212.net
ComicsAlliance
Comics Bulletin
Comics Buyer's Guide Xtra
 [Sales Charts/Analysis]
Comics Comics
Comics Commentary [Twt] [Tmb]
Comics Curmudgeon
Comics Grid
Comics Guaranty's Census
Comics In Context [Sanderson]
The Comics Journal
Comics Lifestyle
ComicsML Resource Page
Comics Podcasts Network
Comics Research & Such
Comics Worth Reading
Comiks Debris
Comixfan Forums
Comixology [Tucker Stone]
Comixtalk
Consequentialart's S.A.C.
Covered
Crave Online: Comics
Creating Comics
Crime Comics Of The 40s/50s
The Daily Cartoonist
Dave's Long Box
DC Universe: The Source
Deconstructing Liechtenstein
Delusional Honesty
Digital Comic Museum
Digitalwebbing.com [Blog] [MB]
Dispatches From The Fridge
Don Martin Dictionary
Drawing Board [MBs]
Ethan Persoff [Comics w/Probs]
Ever-Ending Battle
Exhibit A Press [Batton Lash]
Eye On Comics
Fanboy Radio
Fanboy Wife
Fantagraphics
Felix The Cat Classic Page
Film Esq. [stan lee]
Free Comic Book Day
Friends of Lulu
The Full Bleed
Girlamatic.com
Girl-Wonder.org [Read Comics]
Glyph Comics Awards
Gone & Forgotten
Grand Comic Book Database
Graphic Policy
Graphic Smash [RIP]
Hannibal Tabu [Soapbox]
Heat Vision
Hero Complex [LA Times]
Hero Initiative [was ACTOR]
HeroMachine
High Grade Comics
The Hooded Utilitarian
House To Astonish [X-Axis]
IGN Comics
I Like Comics Too
Image Comics [Blog]
ImageTexT [Comics at UFla]
Indy Magazine
Ink Spill
Int'l Comic Arts Association [ICAA]
Int'l Comic Arts Forum
Isotope Comics [SF]
Jack Kirby Museum [Kirby Blog]
 [Dynamics] [Simon/Kirby Blog]
Jeet Heer [Comics] [Ditko]
Jim Shooter
Ken Lowery [Ringwood]
Kerry Callen
Kevin Church
Komikwerks
Kurt Busiek [Blog] [Twitter]
The Lexicon Of Comicana
Lonely Gods
Manchu
Manga Curmudgeon
Manga Iconography [Wikipedia]
Mark Evanier's News From ME
Marvel Bullpen Bulletins Index
Marvel Chronology Project
Marvel Comics Creators Hbk
Marvel Universe Appendix
 [Dr. Strange Characters]
Marvel Universe Message Board
Marvel Value Stamps Index
Marvel Zombie Society APA
Masked Avenger Studios
Master List of Comic Stores
Meetup Groups: Comic Books
Metrokitty
Michael T. Gilbert
Mile High Comics [Tales]
MillarWorld
Modern Tales
Monitor Duty
MTV Splash Page
Museum of Black Superheroes
Museum of Comic/Cartoon Art
 [MoCCA] [Tumblr]
National Public Radio: Comics
Neil Gaiman's Journal
New Republic: Comics
NYT ArtsBeat: Graphic Books
The Nib
Nick Caputo
No Flying, No Tights
Oh No Robot
OniKimono Links For Creators
On Panel [Bill K.]
Ookla The Mok
Operation Comix Relief
Ormes Society
The Outhouse
Panel And Pixel
Panel To Panel
The Panelists
Pappy's Golden Age Comics
Parkerspace
Paste: Comics
Paul Gravett
Peculiar Art of Mr. Frahm
Pencil Ink
PeterDavid.net
Periodic Table of Comic Books
Pirated Thoughts: Comics
Poopsheet
PopCultureShock
PopImage [News]
PopMatters: Comics
POVonline.com [Kirby FAQ]
POWER In Comics
Project Rooftop
Publishers Weekly Comics
Pulp of the Day
PvPonline.com
Quotes On Comics
Reading With Pictures
Rebus Books
r.a.c.marvel.universe [GoogGrps]
Religious Affiliations/CBCs [Doc]
Rick Veitch
R. Sikoryak [Carousel]
Runners Universe
Sam Henderson [Magic Whistle]
The Savage Critics
Scans_Daily [Doc] [Ditko]
Scoop!
Scott McCloud [Morning Improv]
Scryptic Studios
Seanbaby.com Hostess Page
Sean Howe [Twitter] [Tumblr]
Sequart.com [Previews]
Sequential
Sequential Crush
Sequential Swap
Sequential Tart [MB]
Serializer.net
ShakingThrough.net Comics
Silver Age Marvel Covers
Silver Bullet [News] [MB] [Rage]
Small Press & Alt Comics Expo
 [SPACE]
Small Press Expo [SPX]
Society Of Illustrators
Space Art In Children's Books
Spiderfan.org
Sterling Silver Comics
Stripper's Guide
Superhero Dictionary [Strange]
Superhero Food
Superhero Hype
Superhero Songs
Super Marketing: Ads In Comics
Supervillain
Talk About Comics
Teachingcomics.org [NACAE]
Texts From Superheroes
Thought Balloonists
Todd Klein
Tony Isabella [Tips] [old Tips]
Too Busy Thinking
Toonopedia
Topless Robot
Top Shelf Comix [Blog]
Toth Fans
Trapped In A Lyric
Treasury Comics Gallery
TwoMorrows Publishing [Blog]
Vintage Sleaze
Visual Linguist [Neil Cohn]
Vogelein Self-Pub Resources
Vulture › Comics
WarrenEllis.com
Watching The Watchmen
The Webcomic List
Webcomics Nation
What's New? With Phil & Dixie
When Fangirls Attack
Who Created The Comic Books?
Wizard World
Women In Refrigerators
Women Write About Comics
World Famous Comics
World Of Hurt [Jay Potts]
Bklyn: Brooklyn Zine Fest
Bklyn: Comic Arts Brooklyn
Bklyn: Desert Island Comics
NYC: Midtown Comics
NYC: JHU Comic Books
NYC: New York Comic-Con
NYC: NYCBM [Big Apple Comic Con]

PURPLE GEMS

Doctor Strange Movie Braindump

Will live here. Neilalien doesn't control Time as well as Dr. Strange in the MCU does...

[30 November 02016]

- -

'Doctor Strange' Crosses $600M Worldwide; Now MCU's Biggest Single-Character Intro

'Doctor Strange' Breaks Marvel Box Office Record with $600M Worldwide

'Doctor Strange' Box Office Mojo- $205 million domestic and at $615 million total worldwide

(Damn, Neilalien is relieved it didn't flop... And that it was good- it's not just a crappy movie that made a lot of money...)

[27 November 02016]

- -

Howard Hallis is selling his massive Dr. Strange collection! One of the world's largest! $110,000!

Ebay

The Howard Hallis Doctor Strange Collection

[26 November 02016]

- -

Doctor Strange: A Medical Review [Polite Dissent has been blogging again yay!] [25 November 02016]

- -

Making A Splash: Colan And Palmer's (Dr.) Strange Days [21 November 02016]

- -

Doctor Strange #14 is out!

Reviews as found: [Comicbook Round Up]

We've lost Sanctum: "I'm sorry, but I just can't take it anymore! JasonAaron,Your "DoctorSTRANGE" SUCKS! It's just you trying 2Bweird, but it fails 2B even THAT."

[20 November 02016]

- -

Storage space for 'Doctor Strange' negative reviews and think pieces:

Negative 'Doctor Strange' review by Angelica Jade Bastien [RogerEbert.com] [White savior narrative; Strange proves too right and capable about far too much to grow as a character or feel tension; too little "interiority" to the characters]

Dr. Strange is box office gold, but also a big missed opportunity for Asian Americans and for Marvel [Quartz]

The Broken Hands of Doctor Strange [Christianity Today]

Update: 'Doctor Strange' and the Trump Presidency [Los Angeles Review of Books]

How The Doctor Strange Movie Compares To The Original Marvel Comics [Slashfilm]

[19 November 02016]

- -

How Doctor Strange Creator Steve Ditko Became the 'J.D. Salinger' of Comics

Blake Bell: "It's pretty appalling that lazy people still whip out JD Salinger/reclusive references 4 Steve Ditko. (Only validates his world view.) Just b/c Steve Ditko doesn't like to talk to YOU (or share your views on the cult of celebrity) doesn't make him "reclusive"."

[18 November 02016]

- -

The Creator of Doctor Strange Will Not See You Now [standard Ditko history piece; nothing new or insightful for the knowledgeable; another jerk pesters Ditko at his studio]

Update: Zack Soto: "Can you guys leave old Steve Ditko alone and stop trying to build your brand off telling the story of how you bothered him?"

Update: Mark Evanier: The Reclusive Mr. Ditko

[17 November 02016]

- -

'Doctor Strange' leads second US weekend with $43 million take; dropped 49%, but 49% second weekend drop is the best second weekend hold among the last ten Marvel Cinematic Universe titles; worldwide take approaches $500 million; non-US take is $339 million, blasting past many MCU titles; China take is $83.5 million in 10 days; IMAX take is $54 million [Box Office Mojo] [11-13 November 02016 Weekend Box Office] [Deadline] [Hollywood Reporter] [14 November 02016]

- -

The 15 Best 'Doctor Strange' Easter Eggs [CBR]

'Doctor Strange' revelations: Secrets and Easter eggs from the new Marvel movie [EW]

'Doctor Strange' Director Scott Derrickson on Calibrating Dickishness and How to Woo Marvel [and magic more about organic movements, gestures, and finger-tutting, rather than verbal spells] [Vulture]

[12 November 02016]

- -

'Doctor Strange' Reigns Supreme With $240M+ Overseas/$325M+ Global

'Doctor Strange' Ignites Box Office with $84.9 Million US Opening Weekend

'Doctor Strange' Resuscitates Fall Box Office With $85M Opening ["When you have 51% of the weekend driven by PLF, Imax and 3D, movie theaters exist for a movie like Doctor Strange. It's a testament to the real artistry here, as the movie uses every ounce of available technology to introduce something that hasn't been seen."]

[7 November 02016]

- -

Doctor Strange has opened in the US! [Wikipedia] [Rotten Tomatoes] [IMDb] [Box Office Mojo]

'Doctor Strange' Poised for Magical, $80+ Million Opening [the film has already made $140 million via last weekend's international take plus Thursday night previews in the US]

Update: Box Office: 'Doctor Strange' Opens to a Magical $86M Overseas

Update: 'Doctor Strange' Levitates To $87.7M In Overseas Bow; Squashes Comps, Sets Imax Records- Intl Box Office Update

[4 November 02016]

- -

Happy 89th Birthday to Steve Ditko! [Wikipedia] [2 November 02016]

- -

Doctor Strange And The Sorcerers Supreme #1 is out!

Review: Neilalien is reserving judgment until he sees more issues.

Other reviews as found: [Newsarama 8/10] [Comicosity 9.5/10]

Doctor Strange: Mystic Apprentice is out!

Review: An unneeded, actionless story about Doc struggling with astral projection during his early training.

Other reviews as found: [We The Nerdy] [Graphic Policy]

Also: Doc's in Civil War II #6, weak and apologetic, and a facial hair bro again. Sigh.

[29 October 02016]

- -

Strange Ways, Here We Come: Marvel's Dr. Strange And His Psychedelic Secrets [by John Naughton] [Bigmouth] [also: all of the Strange Tales comic book covers in this article featuring Dr. Strange- the #110 and in the slideshow- are not the real covers but Howard Hallis fan-made alternative Strange Tales custom covers; you'd be surprised how often Howard's awesome covers are taken for real and used without research nor attribution] [also: the article implies Ditko drew "The Search", the double-page spread from Doctor Strange #171 that became the famous Third Eye black light poster, but Tom Palmer/Dan Adkins drew that; the article says Brunner drew the In-Betweener double-page spread from Doctor Strange #27, but Tom Sutton drew that] [update: the article has been corrected re: the above items] [27 October 02016]

- -

Doctor Strange movie reviews are coming in!

Reviews are generally extremely positive, although it sounds like one of Neilalien's main concerns has materialized: since they went 'all in' with an origin story, it follows an origin story's well-worn formula. Updating as found:

Early 'Doctor Strange' Reviews Praise 'Trippy' but 'Formulaic' Marvel Movie

'Doctor Strange' on Rotten Tomatoes; reviews collected [update: settling at 90%/90%]

Early Buzz: 'Doctor Strange' Has Some Of The Best Action Sequences In Marvel History; tons of reviews collected here

Blastr also collecting some early reviews

Indiewire: 'Doctor Strange' Review: Marvel's Mind-Bending New Superhero Movie Is Their Best Since 'The Avengers'

The Guardian: 'Doctor Strange' review- Benedict Cumberbatch relishes an eyepoppingly freaky extravaganza

Entertainment Weekly: B+ ["formulaic Marvel origin story... heady in a way most Marvel movies don't dare to be... couldn't be further removed from the usual Marvel spandexapaloozas"]

USA Today: Review: 'Doctor Strange' casts marvelous mojo

Variety: Film Review: 'Doctor Strange' ["boasts an underlying originality and freshness missing from the increasingly cookie-cutter comic-book realm of late... staggering visual effects innovation"]

Update: NY Times: Review: 'Doctor Strange' And His Most Excellent Adventure

Update: Mark Hughes/Forbes: Review: 'Doctor Strange' Is Pure Magic ["one of the top-5 best of the MCU"]

Update: Newsarama: Movie Review: 'Doctor Strange' Satisfies While A MCU Star Is Born

[25 October 02016]

- -

Doctor Strange #13 is out!

Consensus: The first half with Doc's nightmare is too slow/long. Reviews as found:
[Adventures In Poor Taste] [Comicosity]

- -

Marvel's January 02017 solicits include Doctor Strange #16, Sorcerers Supreme #4, Punisher team-up [Newsarama]

DOCTOR STRANGE #16
JASON AARON (W) CHRIS BACHALO (A/C)
Cover by Kevin Nowlan
'Blood in the Aether' reaches its jaw-dropping conclusion.
Doctor Strange has run the gamut of his most powerful villains, and waiting at the end? The scariest of all...
The dread Dormammu is back and bringing the hurt to his archenemy!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

DOCTOR STRANGE/PUNISHER: MAGIC BULLETS #2 (of 4)
JOHN BARBER (W) ANDREA BROCCARDO & JASON MUHR (A)
Cover by MICHAEL WALSH
Variant Cover by TBA
Doctor Strange and Punisher are up to their necks in mafia demons!
Has the time finally come for Strange to adopt Punisher's lethal ways?
Or is it time for the Punisher to use some magic?
32 PGS./Rated T+ $4.99

DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME #4
ROBBIE THOMPSON (W) JAVIER RODRIGUEZ (A/C)
The Sorcerers are losing the battle to the Unforgotten. The strongest among them is dead. Doctor Strange is weaker than ever.
Can DEMON RIDER, the Ghost Rider of the 1800s turn the tide? Or THE CONJUROR?!
Or perhaps the young man who will become the Ancient One?
The climax of the first arc is here and not everyone will make it home.
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DOCTOR STRANGE VOL. 8 HC
Collecting DOCTOR STRANGE (1974) #38-45, MAN-THING (1979) #4, WHAT IF? (1977) #18, material from MARVEL FANFARE (1982) #5, and MARVEL COMICS CALENDAR 1980.

[24 October 02016]

- -

Video storage dump:

Doctor Strange Movie Asia Press Conference in Hong Kong

Doctor Strange 8-Bit Trailer by JoBlo

Doctor Strange Trailer Mashup w/70's TV Movie

Doctor Strange video list by Comicbook.com on YouTube

> DOCTOR STRANGE - Official Trailer #1
> DOCTOR STRANGE - Official Trailer #2
> DOCTOR STRANGE - Official 'Olympics' Trailer #3
> DOCTOR STRANGE - Official 'IMAX' Trailer #4
> DOCTOR STRANGE - Official International Trailer #1

> DOCTOR STRANGE Featurette - Open Your Mind
> DOCTOR STRANGE Featurette - Inside The Magic
> DOCTOR STRANGE Featurette - Strange Time
> DOCTOR STRANGE Featurette - Universes Within
> DOCTOR STRANGE Featurette - Characters

> DOCTOR STRANGE TV Spot #20 - Change Your Destiny
> DOCTOR STRANGE TV Spot #19 - Do The Impossible
> DOCTOR STRANGE TV Spot #18 - Join Us
> DOCTOR STRANGE TV Spot #17 - Unlock Your Power
> DOCTOR STRANGE TV Spot #16 - Discover
> DOCTOR STRANGE TV Spot #15 - Avengers
> DOCTOR STRANGE TV Spot #14 - Be Careful
> DOCTOR STRANGE TV Spot #13 - Ego
> DOCTOR STRANGE TV Spot #12 - Reversed
> DOCTOR STRANGE TV Spot #11 - Time
> DOCTOR STRANGE TV Spot #10 - Hero
> DOCTOR STRANGE TV Spot #9 - Cloak of Levitation
> DOCTOR STRANGE Extended TV Spot #8 - Mystic Arts
> DOCTOR STRANGE TV Spot #7 - Advice
> DOCTOR STRANGE TV Spot #6 - Teach Me
> DOCTOR STRANGE TV Spot #5 - Question Reality
> DOCTOR STRANGE Extended TV Spot #4 - Path
> DOCTOR STRANGE TV Spot #3 - Save
> DOCTOR STRANGE TV Spot #2 - Force
> DOCTOR STRANGE TV Spot #1 - A New Reality

[16 October 02016]

- -

'Doctor Strange' Post-Credits Scenes Revealed! [Update: "Details removed at the request of Disney."]

Leaked Doctor Strange post credits scene description reveals a major spoiler

Doctor Strange Post-Credit Scenes Reveal A Shocking Marvel Twist

[15 October 02016]

- -

Before Scott Derrickson's 'Doctor Strange', There Was 'Doctor Mordrid'

Doctor Mordrid [Wikipedia]

[14 October 02016]

- -

Wonderful Doctor Strange fake movie poster with David Bowie as Doc and Alejandro Jodorowsky directing [via 'Dr. Strange Is Love' Tumblr; unknown creator] [13 October 02016]

- -

Doctor Strange IMAX 3D movie tickets are on sale now for 3-4 November [Fandango]

- -

Doctor Strange 15-Minute Preview Reactions Highly Positive, Hype Mind-Bending Visuals

'Doctor Strange': 4 Highlights from Watching 15 Minutes of Footage

Doctor Strange "could be the next Winter Soldier" according to the first spoiler-free reactions

Update: Sanctum's Preview Review

Doctor Strange Film Draws Huge Inspiration From Ditko Art, Says Feige

Doctor Strange IMAX Event Reveals Timeline, Teases Iconic Villain

We Finally Know How Doctor Strange Fits Into the MCU [IMAX preview event clues: While Doc was a surgeon, he may have gotten a referral for someone with a spine broken during Iron Man 2; car accident during Phase 1, trained with Ancient One during Phase 2? Hydra Winter Soldier mention meant they kept tabs on him while he was training?]

Doctor Strange IMAX Preview May Have Revealed A Big Bad [Spoiler]

Dan Harmon may have accidentally revealed a surprise villain from Doctor Strange [Community's Dan Harmon has contributed to the Doctor Strange script]

[11 October 02016]

- -

NYCC: Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell Animated Film Teams Up Hulk & Doctor Strange [Bleeding Cool] [ComicMix] [with The Howling Commandos vs. Nightmare] [shown at NYCC; Digital HD release on 21 October] [10 October 02016]

- -

Doctor Strange #12 is out!

Reviews as found: [Comicosity 10/10]

Update: Also out: The Mysterious World of Doctor Strange hardcover [nifty Doc encyclopedia with Alex Ross cover and Roger Stern foreword] [please consider purchasing from your local comic book shop]

Also out: Archie Meets Ramones

[6 October 02016]

- -

Jack Kirby's unpublished adaptation of 'The Prisoner' [Dangerous Minds] [Flashbak] [Redux: Once Upon A Time: Kirby's Prisoner (from Jack Kirby Collector #11)] [5 October 02016]

- -

New York Comic-Con this weekend in NYC! [Sold Out] [Parties] [Panels/Programming] [Exhibitors]

Update: Preview event with 15 minutes of Doctor Strange IMAX 3D footage happening in theaters 10 October! [Marvel Studios News] [SeeItFirst for tickets]

[3 October 02016]

- -

Doctor Strange Annual #1 is out! Clea returns!

Stephen's former flame returns in this Dr. Strange Annual exclusive

Update: Review: Liked seeing Clea again. Liked the relationship being discussed. Liked the art. Liked the magical usage of the vacation bliss. Liked that Doc seemed to manipulate the situation. Doc must have felt, through his connection with Clea, that she had cast a powerful "contract-breaker" spell, and so "accidentally" contracted with the demon Xycorax for house repairs to have another contract that needed breaking more urgently. However, Doc's pissiness was so out of character as to distract and almost negate all of the above.

[29 September 02016]

- -

Marvel's December solicits include Doctor Strange #15, Sorcerers Supreme #3, Punisher team-up

DOCTOR STRANGE #15
JASON AARON (W) CHRIS BACHALO (A/C)
Cover by Kevin Nowlan
ICX Variant Cover by TBA
"Blood in the Aether" continues as Doctor Strange's Rogues' Gallery all take their shot at a weakened Sorcerer Supreme!
Back during ORIGINAL SIN, the Watcher was killed and his eyes were removed. One eye fell into the hands of the Orb!
With that immense power, the Orb has set his sights on Doctor Strange!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME #3
ROBBIE THOMPSON (W) JAVIER RODRIGUEZ (A/C)
VARIANT COVER BY Declan Shalvey
One of the Sorcerers Supreme dies at the hands of the Forgotten!
The biggest magical threat to the world is on the rise, and none of the Sorcerers have ever felt this weak before!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

DOCTOR STRANGE/PUNISHER: MAGIC BULLETS #1 (of 4)
JOHN BARBER (W) ANDREA BROCCARDO & JASON MUHR (A)
Cover by MICHAEL WALSH
Variant Cover by TBA
The team-up to end all team-ups is here, as two of the most different Marvel characters worlds' collide! What new mafia threat is so great that the Punisher needs Doctor Strange's help? Find out as the Sorcerer Supreme teams with the One Man War on Crime!
40 PGS./Rated T+ $4.99

DEADPOOL: TOO SOON? #3 (of 4)
JOSHUA CORIN (W) TODD NAUCK (A)
Cover by PEPE LARRAZ
Variant Cover by TBA
Deadpool and Howard the Duck investigate why their friends keep losing their heads.
Literally! Someone is chopping off their friends' heads!
Maybe Doctor Strange can sniff out the culprit with his magic?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory $3.99

[28 September 02016]

- -

Marvel's Civil War II Is Another Damn Mess

Is Marvel's Civil War II Failing?

In Civil War II #5, The Heroes Finally Fight (Review) ["It reads as if all of your Marvel superhero action figures had a war in your bedroom when you were a kid, and it doesn't rise above that level of storytelling. It makes very little sense for the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, and other superheroes who sat out of the last Civil War to throw themselves into the newest conflict. Nor does Bendis go out of his way to justify those character turns."]

In Civil War II #5, Dr. Strange appears out of nowhere. At least he's on the right side with Iron Man. He casts the Crimson Bands on Storm, who escapes with lightning bolts- sigh. Then he gets pwned by Iceman. Yet another completely crappy Dr. Strange appearance by Bendis.

[27 September 02016]

- -

DoctorStrangeCast.com is live! [where three of Dr. Strange's biggest fans now do podcasts!] [24 September 02016]

- -

The Beat with a new State Of The Industry roundup [defending far-from-perfect Diamond and the Direct Market; overall numbers in general uptrend and non-Marvel/DC succeeding; "I just don't believe the evidence suggests that we've developed a horrific system that is choking the life out of comics."]

Brian Hibbs Tilting At Windmills #254: Given current mass market challenges, values, and not really wanting comics, if we didn't have the direct market we'd be wishing we did; cancellations of crappy D-list rip-offs like Nighthawk do not particularly reveal DM flaws

Diamond just shipped over 10 million non-promotional comics during an August for the first time in nearly 20 years

Die, Industry, Die! (Or Why Letting Comics Fail is the "Real" Only Way to Save the Industry) [Bendis tweeting the non-starter shibboleth that we need to pre-order comics sight-unseen months in advance inspires new wave of ranting against the broken direct market system] ["The belief that fans need to support books by consuming them in the way most convenient for the publisher has been around for decades, but it is now, and always has been, complete bullshit."]

Does Trade-Waiting "Hurt" a Comic? ["But don't let anyone shame you for how you buy comics... You've just dipped a toe into an industry with an archaic and broken distribution model."]

Who's To Blame When a Good Comic Gets Cancelled? [good read] [item: expanding returnability on new titles so publisher and retailer share the risk]

Kickstarter and crowdfunding are subversively booming re: book publishing, and big with comics too

[18 September 02016]

- -

Doctor Strange #11 is out!

Aaron Helps Doctor Strange's Rogues Cast Blood In The Aether

Doctor Strange #12 preview

- -

It's The Old Testament Again

Alas, Neilalien has turned against this new Doctor Strange monthly series.

Issue #1 held so much promise, but now at eleven issues printed and published, and this major "Last Days of Magic" storyline finished, we can speak from real data and not hopes and prejudgments.

This series has been just another depowering. Just another teardown.

Asking for the hundredth time: Why can't we just get straightforward Dr. Strange stories like Roger Stern's run anymore?

What is Marvel's obsession the past 25 years with constantly depowering, disassembling, deconstructing, rebooting, reducing, and redefining Dr. Strange? Trying to fix, or "break down", what isn't broken, if they'd just tell good stories with Doc using interesting magic at a reasonable power level. It's as if Marvel has decided the only stories they can tell or are interesting to tell about Doctor Strange is to take away the magic and give him existential crises about what fundamentally makes him Doctor Strange. It feels like a long tiresome time of depowerings and loss of ability, needing to do something about magic on a meta level like reduce or deplete or redefine it or give it rules and structure and consequences to pay, loss of Sorcerer Supreme status over and over, loss of his items and talismans, Pyrrhic victories, sad-sack-ification, etc.

What if all the Green Lantern stories we ever got were to take his ring away, kick him out of the Corps, make his ring weaker and weaker, disruptions and depletions in the green lantern energy of the universe and having to search for a new power source for his ring, needing to constantly relearn how to make his ring work, he's unable to use his ring so he must use a baseball bat instead, put him sitting in a bar depressed and talking about what he can't do and his failures all the time, etc.- and the rare times his ring is working normally, unlimited by imagination and willpower, all he does is energy blasts.

And it wouldn't even be so bad but they don't even bother to ever give us the satisfying victory or the redemption or the rebuilding on the other side after tearing him down. If we get anything, it's a quick reset for the next depowering-metaphor story.

This isn't a dumb rant against Storytelling 101. Give the hero a challenge, a tough time, a setback. But what is the nature of the challenge? Is it a difficult villain with a great plan, or is it that the hero can't do anything because of some fundamental weakness all the time? Is it the same challenge all the time? How does the hero respond to the challenge? Change the status quo- we don't need a full-circle reset or rainbow happy endings- but there has to be some kind of competent character action and power use propelling the plot.

We've re-reached Bendisian proportions of "breaking (down) the character"- Doc moping in his mai tai, back in his boring Constantine anti-uniform tan trenchcoat, with no heroic competence, confidence, or redemption in sight. This 'death of all the magic in the multiverse' storyline is long in the tooth already, and it looks to be the theme for much longer. Sad sack Doc is back: it's "a lot harder than it used to be", "there was a time a thing like this would've been afraid of me", "I'm starting over from scratch", etc. Oh blecch!

Although the magic 'garden' that was 'mowed over' is 'starting to flower again'. We supposedly have a small binder of some new spells that work now. We say 'supposedly', since we haven't seen one sparkle of said spells.

When was the last time Doc fricking cast a spell anyway? We read Dr. Strange for the usage of magic. It was expected the axes and arrows would add some kind of steampunk-adventurer flavor, not replace. We're supposed to enjoy a year of Tony Stark techless after an electromagnetic pulse? If Neilalien wants to read about a magic-user who uses a bat as Doc does in #11, he'll read Matt Wagner's Mage. It's like it's not even Doctor Strange. Might as well read Deadpool or Punisher now that the power-set is the same. (Or perhaps read Doc teaming up with Punisher, shooting a sawed-off shotgun? But it's a magic shotgun...)

Depower the character and give him an axe. Is this Jason Aaron's favorite story pitch? Did it with Thor, and now Dr. Strange.

And the salt in the suture: In #11, we have the Ancient One saving Strange's life pre-Tibet. More "chosen one special snowflake destiny" stuff that subtracts so much more from his great "asshole works hard" origin than it adds. (The Mordo flashback was better.)

This reminds of Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme #80- we'll need that kind of reset all over again. Back then, we also had a storyline that overstayed its welcome (Siege of Darkness/Strangers Among Us/Last Rites). Magic had also gone done died: the magical power source Doc had been using, the Gaian Aura, had been depleted. (This was his power source after the previous depowering, when he renounced the Vishanti and the Powers and Principalities, his power source before that.) Poorly-executed new interpretations of the character which rendered him unrecognizable like "young again" (or using an axe) had to be undone; plots that messed the entire magical world like The Seven Spheres War (or the Empirikul) had to be resolved. So Warren Ellis comes in for an issue and recharges Earth or Doc taps into a new source of ("catastrophe") magic with a ritual at the planetary syzygy- but the blurb at the end of #80 warns us shrillily: Is Doc's new magic strong enough?

Remember another time when Doc was depowered, another Pyrrhic victory, he lost all his books and goodies in Doctor Strange #81 when he had to destroy them so Urthona couldn't use them for evil? And then we find out in Sorcerer Supreme #7 that they weren't all destroyed, but Agamotto had spirited them away? Dare we hope the Empirikul didn't actually destroy everything too and leave Doc with only a boring nonsensical weapons rack of swords and halberds?

Perhaps it is darkest before the light. We shall see. We have Mordo soon, Clea soon (are you expecting to see any of the "stud Doc" with Clea that we saw in #1 with the Free Rovers lady? Neilalien neither), the new Sorcerers Supreme title soon. Supposedly in the next storyline, "Blood In The Aether", Doc's rogues gallery comes out one by one, "gunning for him in his weakened state" (quote from the interview above) (you know, like in Sorcerer Supreme #49, when Dormammu shows up right after a Doc depowering) (hey shouldn't his magical rogues gallery be depowered too?).

Some competent victories using actual magic, the moping ends, an upward climb begins, the mowed-over garden continues to flower, interesting new magic and ideas, and what we've gotten so far in this series can be squinted into table-setting, as simply the Storytelling 101 of putting the hero through the grinder. The question isn't Is Doc's new magic strong enough? It's which of Kurt Vonnegut's Story Shapes are we going to get? Man In Hole, time to start the upward climb, or did we just get Old Testament fall-from-grace yet again?

[14 September 02016]

- -

Doctor Strange movie prelude comic #2 of 2 is out! [preview]
House ads in the back include one for next month's Annual (the cover looks like Clea ripping apart a photo of her and Doc, but one can hope it's magically repairing the photo?) and for a Kaecilius movie preview web-only infinite comic available 7 September at comicstore.marvel.com and the Marvel app.

Doctor Strange will be rated PG-13

Marvel's "Doctor Strange" Conjures First TV Spot For Cinemark Theatres [CBR]

Doctor Strange View-Master reels from 01979 on the radar [Scott Derrickson tweet with partial close-up of one reel's images] [image of cover sleeve] [full package of sleeve, three reels, story booklet] [close-up of one reel from EBay]

Starcher Trek: Archer/Star Trek The Animated Series mashups

- -

Marvel's November solicits include Doctor Strange #14, TPB of #1-5, Sorcerers Supreme #2; Gerry Conway writing Spider-Man again!

DOCTOR STRANGE #14
JASON AARON (W) CHRIS BACHALO (A/C)
"BLOOD IN THE AETHER" continues!
Doctor Strange's Rogues Gallery continues take advantage of his weakness.
THIS ISSUE- Satanna and Master Pandemonium put Strange through his own personal hell.
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME #2
ROBBIE THOMPSON (W) JAVIER RODRIGUEZ (A/C)
VARIANT COVER BY Frazer Irving
The Forgotten is here and is such a threat that it'll take a whole team of Sorcerers Supreme to take him down!
Doctor Strange! The Ancient One! Merlin! Wiccan! Sir Isaac Newton! A Ghost Rider from the 1800s! And who is Nina?
And can Strange risk the life of the young Ancient One without affecting his own future?
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

[28 August 02016]

- -

Doctor Strange #10 is out! [preview]

Meet Doctor Strange And The Sorcerers Supreme [with commentary by artist Javier Rodriguez] [Young Ancient One (plucked from the timeline?), Isaac Newton (with prism), Kushala (new; Apache), Nina (pulp adventurer), and Merlin; original solicits said Wiccan too?] [apologies for the ad-revenue-boosting slideshow-type article]

New Doctor Strange/The Punisher: Magic Bullets miniseries announced at SDCC "Marvel Download: Digital House of Ideas" panel [series will be Infinite-Comics-first]

Funko Summons Adorable "Doctor Strange" Figures [Coming Soon: Doctor Strange Pops and Dorbz!] ["Doctor Strange will be available in three different poses: heroic, without his cape in spellcasting pose (exclusive to Walmart), and in astral projection form (exclusively at Target)."]

"Doctor Strange" Conjures Up First Licensed Product Images

There is a Dr. Strange 10K run at Disneyland in California on Sunday 12 November 02016!? [some of our more rabid collectors will want the Finisher Medal]

Strange miniseries writer and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski moving on from comics [to other media like novels and plays] [Newsarama] [reveals having a terrible eye problem and good news: a successful surgery!]

DC Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio interview at ICv2 [Part 2] [newsstand price is $1 more; Rebirth experiment at $2.99 and returnable; 300 titles a month selling under 18,000 copies is "not a sustainable or viable business"]

[3 August 02016]

- -

Doctor Strange Movie Official Trailer #2

Doctor Strange San Diego Comic-Con 02016 Panel Highlights

[27 July 02016]

- -

Marvel's October solicits include Dr. Strange, Sorcerers Supreme #1, Mystic Apprentice one-shot, new What Is It That Disturbs You TPB, poster

DOCTOR STRANGE #12 & #13
JASON AARON (W) CHRIS BACHALO (A/C)
Issue #12 - DEFENDERS VARIANT COVER BY Butch Guice
Issue #12 - CHAMPIONS VARIANT COVER BY STEVE MCNIVEN
Issue #12 - STORY THUS FAR VARIANT COVER BY TBA
Issue #12 - CLASSIC VARIANT COVER BY TBA
"BLOOD IN THE AETHER" STARTS NOW!
Doctor Strange is on the brink of death, his magic nearly depleted. Sensing the Sorcerer Supreme at his weakest, his greatest foes will return from the shadows, ready to strike. Behold the return Doctor Strange's classic rogues gallery starting with...BARON MORDO!
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ $3.99 (EACH)
Previously solicited Doctor Strange #12 orders have been canceled.

DOCTOR STRANGE & THE SORCERERS SUPREME #1
ROBBIE THOMPSON (W) JAVIER RODRIGUEZ (A)
Cover by Rafael Albuquerque
VARIANT COVER BY JAVIER RODRIGUEZ
DESIGN VARIANT COVER BY JAVIER RODRIGUEZ
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
YOUNG VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
TEASER VARIANT COVER BY MIKE DEODATO
CHAMPIONS VARIANT COVER BY Jamal Campbell
HIP-HOP VARIANT COVER BY TBA
BLANK VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
An ancient evil threatens to unravel the fabric of reality, and one Sorcerer Supreme may not be enough. Doctor Strange must unite past, present and future Sorcerers Supremes to stem the coming darkness- Merlin, the Ancient One, Wiccan, and more! But Strange should watch his back, not all of these Sorcerers have his best interests in mind.
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

DOCTOR STRANGE: MYSTIC APPRENTICE #1
WILL CORONA PILGRIM (W) ANDREA DI VITO (A)
Cover by MICHAEL RYAN
VARIANT COVER by RON LIM
VARIANT COVER by CHRISTIAN WARD
BEFORE HE WAS THE SORCERER SUPREME- STRANGE MASTERED THE MYSTIC ARTS!
A master of delicate surgery, DR. STEPHEN STRANGE had no equal- until a freak accident shattered his hands!
Now a student of the MYSTIC ARTS, Strange must find a way to master his magical assignmentor throw in his cape and robes for good!
Don't miss this all-new story, as Strange finds that the road to Sorcerer Supreme can be a real pain in the astral form!
ALSO: reprinting the original first appearance and origin stories of Doctor Strange from STRANGE TALES #110 and #115!
40 PGS./ One-Shot /Rated T+ $3.99
Update: Christian Ward variant cover

DOCTOR STRANGE: WHAT IS IT THAT DISTURBS YOU, STEPHEN? TPB
Written by MARC ANDREYKO, P. CRAIG RUSSELL, MARV WOLFMAN, GARDNER FOX, RALPH MACCHIO, CHRIS CLAREMONT, MIKE W. BARR, PETER B. GILLIS & MORE
Penciled by P. CRAIG RUSSELL, TOM SUTTON, MICHAEL GOLDEN, MARSHALL ROGERS, SANDY PLUNKETT & CARMINE INFANTINO
Cover by DAVE COCKRUM
Magical tales from a spellbinding artist! P. Craig Russell brings his distinctive style to Doctor Strange in an Eisner Award-winning tale decades in the making. It's a psychedelic story of sorcerous seduction that will take you from the arcane shadows of the Sanctum Sanctorum to the dizzying spires of the mystical city of Ditkopolis! The Master of the Mystic Arts puts Clea to the test, faces a challenge to his title as Sorcerer Supreme and battles a hoary host of foes. Plus: Russell turns his attention to (Scarlet) witchcraft and other chilling mysteries! Collecting DOCTOR STRANGE: WHAT IS IT THAT DISTURBS YOU, STEPHEN?; DOCTOR STRANGE ANNUAL #1; MARVEL PREMIERE #7; and DOCTOR STRANGE (1974) #34 plus material from DOCTOR STRANGE (1974) #46; MARVEL FANFARE (1982) #5, #6 and #8; CHAMBER OF CHILLS #1-2; and JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (1972) #4.
224 PGS./Rated T+ $29.99

MARVEL'S DOCTOR STRANGE: THE ART OF THE MOVIE HC SLIPCASE
Written by JACOB JOHNSON
Get an exclusive look at the art behind one of Marvel's most visually compelling Super Heroes in this latest installment of the popular ART OF series of movie tie-in books! When a terrible accident befalls extraordinary surgeon Dr. Stephen Strange, he'll do anything to regain mobility in his crippled hands. His journey will take him to unbelievable realms and bring him face-to-face with petrifying dangers. Explore the fantastic worlds of Doctor Strange with exclusive concept artwork and in-depth analysis from the filmmakers. Go behind the scenes in this deluxe keepsake volume as Marvel Studios once again brings its strange history to the silver screen!
240 PGS./All Ages $50.00

DOCTOR STRANGE & THE SORCERERS SUPREME #1 BY ALBUQUERQUE POSTER
FOC 8/15/16 ON-SALE 9/14/16
36x24 $8.99

[26 July 02016]

- -

Marvel NOW! 2.0 lineup after Civil War II will include Doctor Strange: Sorcerers Supreme by Robbie Thompson and Javier Rodriguez [Marvel NOW! 2.0 Lineup, Promo Art, Leaks Online]

[13 July 02016]

- -

Doctor Strange movie prelude comic #1 is out! [preview]

Doctor Strange Prequel Comic Hints At Movie Secrets, Introduces Another Marvel Villain

Mads Mikkelsen is rumored to play Kaecilius [now confirmed- Ed.]

Mads Mikkelsen promises 'different flavor' for Doctor Strange

Update: Mads Mikkelsen Talks Humor And CGI In Doctor Strange

[9 July 02016]

- -

- -