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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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"We have a new character... named Dr. Strange... Twas Steve's idea."
- Stan Lee, letter to Comic Reader #16, 23 February 01963, as quoted in Steve Ditko's 32-Page Package v.5 Tsk! Tsk!

"I'm telling you, the only reason that Neilalien has lasted so long is because he kills younger, more innocent, bloggers and drinks their blood in some twisted Ditko-inspired mystical ceremony."
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Scott Derrickson Returning To Direct 'Doctor Strange' Sequel

[12 December 02018]

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Big congratulations to Progressive Ruin for 15 years of comics blogging!

A current example of fun Progressive Ruin content: Discussion re: collectors preferring newsstand copies of a comic with UPC after 01988 in the belief they are rarer, and rarer in higher grades due to muggle rack-mangling, and other collectors preferring the DC logo or funky little art that Direct Market copies had instead of a UPC; or in other words: a discussion of the OCD that tortures all collectors.

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Out today 5 Dec:
Doctor Strange #9
Immortal Hulk: The Best Defense #1
Namor: The Best Defense #1

Update: Deathstroke #38 ends with an appearance by Hugo Strange, and the caption says, "Next: Doctor Strange: C'mon, you knew we had to say it..."

Out next week 12 Dec:
Doctor Strange: The Best Defense #1 [updated link] [update: Ditko variant cover $200]
Silver Surfer: The Best Defense #1

Update: Out 19 Dec:
Defenders: The Best Defense #1
Infinity Wars #6 (of 6)

Was out 21 Nov:
Doctor Strange #8

[5 December 02018]

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Stan Lee, Marvel Comics' Real-Life Superhero, Dies At 95 [Hollywood Reporter]

Stan Lee Is Dead At 95; Superhero Of Marvel Comics [NYTimes obit]

Stan Lee, Legendary Comics Creator, Passes Away [CBR obit]

Stan Lee: 'The Man' Behind the Comic-Book Superhero Myths [Sean T. Collins/Rolling Stone]

Stan Lee Created Hollywood As It Exists Today

How Stan Lee Catapulted Superheroes Into The American Mainstream

Gerry Conway remembers Stan Lee ["The Marvel Bullpen of the 1960s was comicdoms first rock band. That was because of Stan."]

Peter David remembers Stan Lee

Continually updating with links as time permits...

[12 November 02018]

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Collecting Neilalien-approved positive reviews for What If Magik Became Sorcerer Supreme?:

AiPT!: 9/10
SciFiPulse: A
CBR
Rogues Portal
All-Comic: 9/10

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Out tomorrow 7 Nov:
Doctor Strange #7

[6 November 02018]

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A recent batch of essays defending Stan Lee:

Stan Lee In A Post-Fact World
[Marvel In The Silver Age] ["If you've never read the Jack Kirby interview in The Comics Journal #134 (Feb [0]1990), you really should. It's the basis for most of the unfounded vitriol heaped on Marvel Editor and architect Stan Lee over the last 28 years, and many Kirby supporters view it as the literal truth. But is it the literal truth? I really don't think so..."]

The Other Stan Lee: Not Giving Credit Where It's Due!
[Barry's Pearls Of Comic Book Wisdom] ["Fans need to accept a few realities. Concerned with ownership and copyright issues, Stan, then a publisher, and a true company man, was not about to suggest that a single creator was responsible for a character's creation. They all belonged to Marvel, so a creator's role was often downplayed, and even sometimes ignored. When an artist left Marvel he was never referred to again. This is common among all media companies... Reporters sent to get a story on the topic, didn't read comics, and in their ignorance, their questions and conclusions often lacked depth and ignored the contributions of others... Stan cannot be blamed for those headlines... Marvel and Lee listed the creators of every story at a time when most comics did not... Stan was aware that he spoke to two different audiences. To those who knew comics, he often included comments about the artists who worked for him. But to a more general audience he often just spoke about himself."; includes many interview excerpts of Lee that sound "as if he was working solo", and the infamous Quest 01977 "How I Invented Spider-Man" article in full; still plenty of Stan Lee's reputation-tarnishing is self-inflicted]

Stan, Jack, Or Steve- Or Was It All Three?
[Crivens! Comics & Stuff] ["[I]t must be hard [for Lee] to constantly be on the receiving end of concerted attempts to diminish or deny even the slightest bit of creative input from him... Notwithstanding all the redrawn Kirby pages which seem to suggest that Stan's involvement was far more than [edit the pages and dialogue them]... Stan Lee, in effect, was the vital factor that transformed many competent but ordinary comicbooks into the dynamic Marvel masterworks that so many people fondly remember today. Had Jack and Steve scripted their own strips, it's extremely doubtful, going by their few later limited achievements, that Marvel would have become as successful as it was in its glory years... Strange is nothing more than a reworked Droom figure (by Stan and Jack- and actually inked by Steve), so [Ditko] can hardly be said to have come up with anything new, merely regurgitating Stan's original concept... That's why it's simply much easier (and no less accurate) to say 'by Lee & Kirby', or 'by Lee & Ditko'... all three creative titans were never better than when working with their respective collaborators, their body of work providing a perfect example of something being greater than the sum of its parts."]

[4 November 02018]

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Steve Ditko would have had his 91st birthday today! [Wikipedia] [2 November 02018]

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Ditko Doctor Strange "Marvel Masterwork" pin-up being used a variant cover to December's Doctor Strange: Defenders #1 [solicits] [cover image from solicits]

Pin-up used already as a cover to this month's Doctor Strange Epic Collection: Master of the Mystic Arts TPB

About this image:

Hidden Gems in Marvel Reprints [Nick Caputo's Marvel Mysteries and Comics Minutiae] [image published for the first time in Marvel Collectors' Item Classics #10, August 01967, over a year after Ditko left Marvel]

Rare Steve Ditko Dr. Strange Pin-Up! Silver Age Sensation! Marvel Comics! [Big Glee! The Albert Bryan Bigley Archives!]

This pin-up is a particular Neilalien fave because it definitively shows Doctor Strange's astral form with the Eye of Agamotto but without the Cloak of Levitation, as it should be. One of Neilalien's all-time peeves is when the Cloak is shown in Doc's astral form.

Update: More Steve Ditko Dr. Strange art used/repurposed/painted over/referenced for Masterworks and Omnibuses

[30 October 02018]

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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]

[via Metafilter]

[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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