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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 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."
- Fanboy Rampage

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

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PURPLE GEMS

Madame Tussauds New York Launches New Stan Lee Figure With Cameo Tour Around The City

[20 November 02021]

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Jack Kirby Runs Into The MCU Buzzsaw

[subtitle: "'Eternals' and the irony of watching fans trumpet their allegiance to a corporation over artists."] [via LinkMachineGo]

[19 November 02021]

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Spider-Man: No Way Home Official Trailer [YouTube]

Doctor Strange says to Peter: "When you botched that spell..."

[18 November 02021]

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Marvel teases a new ongoing series starting in March 02022 in the aftermath of The Death of Doctor Strange starring the new Sorcerer Supreme

CBR

ComicBook.com

The teaser image says 'STRANGE' front and center. So maybe some alternate or altered version of Dr. Strange? Feels like a Strangers rehash...

[17 November 02021]

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Marvel's January 02022 solicits include The Death Of Doctor Strange finale and the Defenders finale!

DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE #5 (OF 5)
JED MACKAY (W)
LEE GARBETT (A)
Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
Variant Cover by DAVID LOPEZ
VARIANT COVER BY BRIAN HITCH
HOMAGE VARIANT COVER BY STEPHEN MOONEY
THE MURDERER IS REVEALED!
The Marvel Universe stands at the brink of destruction. The Three Mothers and their master, the Peregrine Child, are about to claim victory. And Strange's murderer is having the last laugh. It all comes down to one last trick from the young, time-traveling Doctor Strange...
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE: BLOODSTONE #1
TINI HOWARD (W)
IG GUARA (A)
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Variant Cover by MARIA WOLF
DESIGN VARIANT COVER BY NICO LEON
ELSA AND THE FAMILY BLOODSTONE!
Who better to defend Earth from magical invaders than monster hunter ELSA BLOODSTONE?! Elsa is the best there is at what she does- tough, skilled and clever enough to handle any problem... except her brother, CULLEN. They have issues, and they'll have to put them aside not only to protect Earth but also to welcome the latest addition to the Bloodstone clan: their long-lost SISTER! Her awesome set of powers and unique Blood gem have placed a target on her back, and the worst horrors from beyond this realm are on the hunt.
40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+ $4.99

DEFENDERS #5 (OF 5)
AL EWING (W)
JAVIER RODRIGUEZ (A/C)
Variant Cover by MIKE ALLRED
Doctor Strange's ragtag Defenders face their final trial in the Third Cosmos, where the concepts of good and evil are locked in primal, eternal conflict. When the Masked Raider's identity is finally revealed, will the truth be their salvation... or their undoing?
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

STRANGE ACADEMY #15
SKOTTIE YOUNG (W)
HUMBERTO RAMOS (A/C)
CHARACTER SPOTLIGHT VARIANT COVER BY ARTHUR ADAMS
YOUR WISH IS GRANTED!
It's a very special day at Strange Academy: BATTLE CLASS with Magik and Wong!
But not every student is competing at the same level, and CALVIN has a trick up his sleeve thanks to his new mysterious friend, GASLAMP!
Meanwhile, a student is missing, and EMILY BRIGHT won't rest until they're found.
32 PGS./Rated T $3.99

[14 November 02021]

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'Doctor Strange' Sequel Undergoing "Significant" Reshoots

[13 November 02021]

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Diamond Comic Distributors Targeted By Ransomware Attack

Ransomware Attack Hits Key Part Of Comics' Supply Chain

[12 November 02021]

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Comichron: 25 Years Counting: On Completing My 300th Consecutive Monthly Direct Market Sales Report
Congrats and Thanks to John Jackson Miller!

Comichron Twitter thread [blog post]: 02021 Direct Market could reach over $600 million; and over $400 million for periodical comic books; big numbers over pandemic and even prior; North America 02020 comic book industry sales hit new high in the pandemic year to $1.28 billion; but Direct Market comic shops down from over 4,000 in 01996 to over 2,000 today; graphic novels are now a third of the sales

[11 November 02021]

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Steve Ditko would have had his 94th birthday today! [Wikipedia]

[2 November 02021]

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Joanna Cameron has died...

Actress portrayed Isis on the Isis/The Secrets of Isis television show in the 01970's; the first weekly American live-action television series with a female superhero lead character (pre-dating both Bionic Woman and Wonder Woman)...

And Neilalien has been crushing on smart leggy brunettes, and interested in Ancient Egypt, ever since...

Wikipedia: Joanna Cameron; The Secrets of Isis

Entertainment Weekly

Daily Mail

Comic Book Resources

[29 October 02021]

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Doctor Strange video game in the works from Insomniac Games?

[25 October 02021]

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Pushing Ahead Of The Dame, a David Bowie weblog, song by song: 01967 Bowie song "Karma Man" and a Melody Maker interview at the time "describing Buddhist monks as superhuman figures" "suggested that Bowie was up on one of the counterculture's new heroes, Marvel Comics' Doctor Strange, an arrogant ex-surgeon reborn as a chela to the Ancient One and who, as per Geoffrey O'Brien, "spends his days sitting lotus fashion within his tastefully decorated Greenwich Village pied-a-terre and tuning into the brainwaves reaching him from across the universe." Steve Ditko's Strange Tales was full of astral projections, trips to psychedelic bardos and battles with occult powers like the Dread Dormammu." [thanks Johnny Bacardi!]

[24 October 02021]

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Collecting information and lovenotes re: the absolutely amazing-looking book The Essential Guide To Comic Book Lettering by Nate Piekos

The Beat: preview and table of contents

Bigger Than Capes

Women Write About Comics
[btw, balloons for speech, bubbles for thought]

[23 October 02021]

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The Death Of Doctor Strange #2 out today!

Comic Book Round Up collected reviews

Variant cover regime [didn't like any of the variants for this issue]

"A bit of water treading and setting up all the pieces for the rest of the story" [review at The Beat]

"All aspects of the issue from the story to the artwork are 100% an unabashed loving celebration of Doctor Strange, his world, and the Marvel Universe as a whole both past and present." [review at Comicon]

MY WHAT?!

[20 October 02021]

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Marvel movie schedule shifts/delays: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will now kick off Summer 02022 on 6 May instead of opening on 25 March

[18 October 02021]

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Jon Kent, aged-up son of Lois and Clark, "the Superman of Earth", DC's new/current Superman, coming out as bisexual [Tim Drake/Robin came out as bisexual a few months ago]

[12 October 02021]

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There Is Not Enough Paper In America For Comic Books Right Now
[paper, comic books, not immune to global-pandemic supply-chain issues] [order your holiday gifts early!]

[7 October 02021]

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What If season finale released today!

Updating:

What If...?'s Multiverse Avengers Assemble In A Surprisingly Tight (If Predictable) Finale

Season grade: B- is about right, maybe a fun B+ for Doctor Strange fans, because the Doc episode and Strange Supreme were the best things about the season.

Marvel's What If...?: Season 1 Ending Explained- How The Finale Sets Up Season 2

WhoTF Gamora's appearance explained: There was a missing Gamora episode due to pandemic-based production setbacks.

What If...? Fans Agree This Guardian Of The Multiverse Can Take Down The Eternals

Strange Supreme was shown with awesome power! Enjoyed the Multiplied Mjolnirs and the "galaxy-destroying" blast eaten like a candy.

Annoying inconsistency: After making Ultron invincible in all universes with a set of Infinity Stones from only one universe, breaking that "rule", now the rule is back and Gamora's Stone-crusher thing only works on one universe's stones?

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Also out today 6 Oct: Defenders #3 (Ewing/Rodriguez), Savage Avengers #25

[6 October 02021]

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Ditko Con 02021 report and lovenote

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Also at TCJ: An Embarrassment Of Obsessions: From Apes To My Stan Lee Moment
[a 60-year-old's moving melancholy musings re: selling his old comic book collection; our quirky individually-tasted financially-worthless obsessions become storage fillers and burdens for our survivors to unload; kept a set of Strange Tales featuring Dr. Strange by Steve Ditko for his son; "The only thing I kept for myself was the set of Detective Comics with the Manhunter by Goodwin and Simonson."]

[5 October 02021]

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New York Comic-Con 02021 this weekend 7-10 Oct in NYC!

[Health & Safety: vaccination proof and masks required]
[Panels & Screenings]
[Artist Alley] [Exhibitors]

Haven't found any party lists for this year yet- probably muted due to the pandemic- but here are about ten NYCC-related parties/events using Eventbrite for their tickets

[4 October 02021]

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Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige says casting Tilda Swinton as a whitewashed Ancient One was a mistake
[thought they were being clever and avoiding chichés- but it would have been even more clever to both cast an Asian actor and still avoid chichés]
[Men's Health interview source]
[or is this the spin? remember: Marvel Denies Whitewashing 'Doctor Strange' To Appease China]

[3 October 02021]

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'Loki', 'Black Widow' And Why We're All Living In Disneyland [Gerry Canavan]
[Loki's introduction of the multiverse (and with X-Men/Fantastic Four incoming?) stands to extend Disney's cultural dominance and rescue an MCU running on "and the rest" third-tier-character fumes... the Marvel multiverse concept that conquered supercomics is so amazingly suited for conquering all media... allowing for any character or item of intellectual property to be recast (watch out actors!), killed, resurrected, reinterpreted, rehashed, alternate versions, alternate endings, etc... "It can't be lost on us that the TVA's primary weapon is the 'retcon': the ability to painlessly undo the consequences of any event to reset the story... if everything happens somewhere, does anything really matter?... to spectacle without consequence, to death without sadness, to franchise expansion without limit or end"]

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How Marvel Took Over Cinema And TV [The Economist; paywall] [discussed on Hacker News] [earning $25+ billion with 20+ movies has a way of rescuing one from bankruptcy]

[2 October 02021]

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The What If episode out 29 Sept [Season 1, Episode 8] brings back the powerful entity-eating universe-destroying "Strange Supreme" from Episode 4...!

For the season finale next week against a multiverse-threatening Ultron who succeeded in inhabiting the Vision body- and getting all the Infinity Stones...

And it shows there is that ol' Marvel interconnectedness to the anthology, to at least some of the episodes... Now we know the end of Episode 7 with that Ultron showing up in Party Thor's universe was a teaser...

Wouldn't the Infinity Stones only work in their own home universe?- so an Infinity-Stoned Ultron wouldn't be as powerful in other universes and thus couldn't threaten the multiverse?

Why the heck is this Episode 8 particular story the one that breaks the Watcher's heart? Didn't he Watch the Doctor Strange episode?

What If...? Episode 8 Review: A Very Ultron Apocalypse

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The Last Annihilation event finale was Guardians of the Galaxy #18, out 22 Sept: Dormammu jack-o'lanterned the Ego planet and launched an invasion wave of Mindless Ones until Rocket Raccoon shot him with a big gun. Doom siphoned off some of Dormy's power for later. Doc nowhere to be found.

Update: Doctor Strange in Amazing Spider-Man #74 [out 29 Sept], not doing much, parleying with Mephisto about Peter Parker's soul- but the big Nick Spencer/Kindred Saga finale is on the radar by retconning the hated Sins Past storyline (Gwen Stacy did not have sex and twins with Norman Osborn; all a ruse! with artificially-created genetic children who became Kindred) and adding slightly more heft to the hated One More Day storyline (Mephisto has foreseen that May Parker, Peter and MJ's daughter, takes him down, so he's been trying to prevent May's birth) [Mephisto's Spider-Man One More Day Plan Finally Revealed]

[1 October 02021]

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Steve Ditko estate/heirs (along with Gene Colan heirs, Larry Lieber, etc.) file copyright termination notices re: Marvel characters, including Doctor Strange and Spider-Man!

Marvel Could Lose Copyright Over Spider-Man And Doctor Strange

Determining when a license or transfer can be terminated is complicated. The basic rule for works created and assigned prior to 1978 is that termination can be effective any time within a five-year window that opens exactly 56 years from the date copyright was originally secured... Amazing Fantasy #15 was published in 1962. Add fifty-six years to that, the window for copyright termination began in 2018 and finishes in 2023. Strange Tales #110 was one year later. Now seems to be the right time... Might a new deal with the estate of Steve Ditko be in the offing?

Marvel Sues To Block Heirs From Reclaiming Spider-Man, Doctor Strange Copyrights

Marvel filed five lawsuits on Friday seeking to block the heirs of comic book creators from reclaiming copyrights to many of its most popular characters, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and Doctor Strange... The move comes after heirs of five Marvel authors filed dozens of termination notices with the U.S. Copyright Office. If the notices were to succeed, they would not prevent Marvel from using the disputed characters, which were created by multiple collaborators. But they would require the studio to make payments to the heirs... The termination notices were filed by Marc Toberoff, a veteran copyright attorney who fought similar battles on behalf of the heirs of Jack Kirby, a co-creator of several Marvel heroes, and of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the co-creators of Superman. Toberoff argues that the Marvel authors' work led to multi-billion dollar franchises, and that their heirs should be allowed to share in the wealth... Toberoff argues that the comics were not done on a work-for-hire basis, as the law was understood at the time. He says that the authors were freelancers and independent contractors, and that they assigned their copyrighted work to the publisher in exchange for payment. In that case, he argues, their heirs should be allowed to reclaim the copyrights.

Marvel Suing To Keep Rights To Avengers Characters From Copyright Termination

The litigation figures to focus on the "Marvel Method," a loose collaborative working atmosphere where initial ideas were briefly discussed with artists responsible for taking care of the details.

Did Ditko's Randian pride rationalize passivity/disadvantage him against Marvel's exploitation? Or is that blaming the victim? Or did Ditko save his own life by walking away; what duty did he have to fix the comics industry? [musing re: this Kim O'Connor/Jeet Heer exchange on Twitter]

Ken Lowery: "i don't know if i have the spirit in me to withstand another round of, like, the heirs and families of terminally exploited artists being called "greedy" by SpoodeyMans420XxX in defense of the goddamn Disney Corporation"

[24 September 02021]

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The Death Of Doctor Strange #1 out today!

Updating: Collecting links as found: Spoilers: Braindump:

The Death Of Doctor Strange Will Be 'Perfect', Marvel Promises

Doctor Strange's Death Revealed By Marvel Comics [spoilers for #1]

Neilalien is loathe to indulge variant covers but here they are for academic purposes [Midtown Comics] [the Colan is 1:50]

Comic Book Round Up collected reviews

Positive review at Multiversity Comics

The Beat review: "defies and exceeds expectations"

The Death Of Doctor Strange Sets Up A Massive Marvel Mystery

Murdered by someone he recognizes, with power he's familiar with, that shouldn't exist...

Are The Deaths Of Scarlet Witch And Doctor Strange Connected?

Both Doc and Witch- recently killed by daggers...? But: It's doubtful it's Silver Dagger.

Update: Per writer Jed Mackay, Vincent Stevens was the first-draft murderer! [The Strangers]

Who Killed Doctor Strange? You Will Know Them By Their Teeth

Normal teeth- not sharp exaggerated vampire/demonic teeth- and a special speech balloon isn't used...

There's a few bits here about Doc's restored hands- and then on the death page- Doc's hands are fucking missing! Removed...? Souvenirs...?

The damaged hands are returning...? Neilalien doesn't mind if Doc consults with hospitals on weird cases from time to time, but the actual surgeon side-job can happily go away...

Doc said in Doctor Voodoo #1 that one can't afford to split time between being Sorcerer Supreme and a medical doctor [per @SanctumBlog]

Since there is so much about hands: What about that creature Doc goes to in Doctor Strange V5 #19 to restore his hands? Channok, Keeper of the Forbidden Spells. It's unlikely he's the actual murderer- but he could be behind it somehow, to take the hands back. His teeth seem 'normal'. He growls there will be a price. But he didn't seem the type to travel anywhere, he doesn't seem like the one who actually exacts the prices. And he spoke in that issue with a special word balloon.

Exclusive/Interview: Death Of Doctor Strange Writer Jed MacKay On The Event's 30-Years-In-The-Making First-Issue Twist

It's like Doc Voldemort-horcruxed himself with a piece of his soul, to be activated upon his death. The OG Master of Black Magic is back.

That was actually something that was in place when I joined the project. Tom Brevoort had been batting around some ideas for The Death of Doctor Strange for 30 years, and one of them was this idea of a younger Strange appearing from a hidden door in the Sanctum, tucked away for just this sort of disaster. I thought it was a very elegant idea, and took it and ran with it!

And it would be so cool if OG Doc makes Modern Doc look mopey-dope by comparison...

Marvel's Death Of Doctor Strange Ends With A Surprise Return ["Doogie Strange"- the purple pre-Eye-and-Cloak-and-Strange-Tales-#127 Doc]

Mordo playing the villain-will-team-up-because-"Only I may kill the hero!" card...

Many Easter eggs for long-time fans. Rasputin/Plotnick. Xander. Seven Suns/Sons of Cinnibus. And we get some Crimson Bands and actual Eye usage/in the forehead...

Props: Without Doc, the dimension is immediately attacked from all sides...

Bats is a charming companion, more than say, Rintrah...

So many little touches to like. The art and colors are great; Doc looks great. The humility line, and not enjoying talking about himself line. The giant skull nightstand. How he can never appear tired or rumpled...

Was all of that supposed to happen in one day? A very fine line is being walked here- the regular joe with the absurd job...

We didn't need to show Doc pining over the Clea photo twice to make the point...

Comprehensive review by Doctor Strange Daily Appreciation: "This is, indeed, a love letter... a story about how Stephen is important to Marvel's universe"; although again this writer embraces what Neilalien would call a broken sad-sack Doc much more than Neilalien would

There's too much shit on Doc's floor. What was he doing- playing 52-Pickup with tarot cards? There's Wong and Watoomb Winds to clean that mess up.

Death Of Doctor Strange #2 preview pages, concept art, covers- with a new dark Clea design- and three all-new villains called The Three Mothers- the Wyrd, the Crown, and the Crawling

Who Will Be The New Sorcerer Supreme? ["A new mystical protector rises in December's 'Death of Doctor Strange' #4!"]

Magik will likely not be successor since they spoon-fed us that she's Sorcerer Supreme of Limbo already in the issue [per @LukaNieto] (was that an old-time Limbo baseball team they were fighting lol?)

Did you know that "Zounds!" is a minced oath for Christ's crucifixion wounds ("By God's wounds")?

[22 September 02021]

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Marvel's November and December 02021 solicits include tons of Death of Doctor Strange and tie-ins, Savage Avengers, Defenders

DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE #3 (OF 5)
JED MacKAY (W)
LEE GARBETT (A)
Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
Variant cover by InHyuk Lee
VARIANT COVER BY Kim Jacinto
MEET THE THREE MOTHERS!
With no Sorcerer Supreme, Earth is left entirely defenseless against the mother- MOTHERS- of all mystical threats. Meet the Three Mothers: the Wyrd, an alien mage-priestess; the Crown, a powerful warrior-queen; and the Crawling, a monstress composed of acid-mouthed worms. Will they be the Marvel Universe's undoing? And were they the ones who killed Stephen Strange?! In the vein of the Black Order, don't miss the first appearances of the next great Marvel villain team!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE #4 (OF 5)
JED MACKAY (W)
LEE GARBETT (A)
Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
Variant Cover by Paco Medina
Devil's Reign Villain Variant Cover by ANNIE WU
WHO WILL BE THE NEW SORCERER SUPREME? Someone has to stop the giant mystical threat devouring all magic, and it can't be the Avengers. Or the Fantastic Four. Or the X-Men. It'll take someone with the greatest skills and command over the mystic arts to save us all. It'll take the Sorcerer Supreme. But who will that be?!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE: SPIDER-MAN #1
JED MACKAY (W)
MARCELO FERREIRA (A)
COVER BY GREG LAND
VARIANT COVER BY Roge Antonio
This ain't Ben Reilly's first rodeo as Spider-Man, but he's never had to deal with the death of the Sorcerer Supreme and what it does to New York City.
Part of Strange's will and testament was to ask Spidey to deal with particular problems... Is BEN up to it?
Black Cat isn't a big Ben fan, so is she riding shotgun because she owes Strange to keep an eye on Ben, or to sabotage Ben?!
40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+ $4.99

DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE: WHITE FOX #1
ALYSSA WONG (W)
ANDIE TONG (A)
Cover by R1c0
VARIANT COVER BY PEACH MOMOKO
VARIANT COVER BY INHYUK LEE
LAST OF HER KIND! LAST HOPE FOR EARTH!
AMI HAN is the last of the mystical shape-shifting KUMIHO. As the WHITE FOX, she's defended Earth from every threat and proven herself again and again alongside the Agents of Atlas and Tiger Division. But the DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE will test her like never before. Something (or someone) is murdering innocents and the only suspect who fits the profile is White Fox! She'll have to clear her name and uncover the dark secrets from her mysterious origin while the very planet is under siege. Ami can have the answers she so desperately seeks, or she can save her friends. Guest-starring SWORD MASTER and TIGER DIVISION!
40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+ $4.99

DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE: BLADE #1
DANNY LORE (W)
DYLAN BURNETT (A)
Cover by BOSSLOGIC
VARIANT COVER BY David Baldeon
A long time ago, Doctor Strange destroyed every vampire in the world with one spell, including Dracula. Now,, with Strange dead, Dracula's Vampire Nation celebrates! That doesn't sit too well with Strange's old friend, and new Vampire Nation sheriff, Blade the Vampire Hunter! But what happens when interlopers from another dimension invade the vamp's territory and put all the bloodsuckers' lives at risk? Will Blade do his duty to protect them? Or will he help make sure the vamps stay wiped out this time?
40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+ $4.99

DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE: X-MEN/BLACK KNIGHT #1
SI SPURRIER (W)
BOB QUINN (A)
Cover by CORY SMITH
Variant Cover by MATIAS BERGARA
LONDON'S BURNING! THE BLACK KNIGHTS RIDE AGAIN! All manner of vile extradimensional foes invade Earth following the collapse of Doctor Strange's magical safeguards for the planet. Dane Whitman, A.K.A. the BLACK KNIGHT, receives a terrible vision from the EBON SIEGE while Jacks, now sharing the burden of the EBONY BLADE with her father, rides off to confront a terrible evil attacking London- the X-MEN?! Krakoa's greatest heroes have been transformed- but by what?! Jacks, Dane and Faiza Hussain wielder of the mighty sword EXCALIBUR must team up to save the X-Men before an even deadlier threat destroys them all!
40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+ $4.99

SAVAGE AVENGERS #26
GERRY DUGGAN (W)
PATCH ZIRCHER (A)
Cover by VALERIO GIANGIORDANO
The LAST Savage Avenger Standing!
Kulan Gath has cleared the board of all his enemies... except one. 'Nuff said!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory $3.99

SAVAGE AVENGERS #27
GERRY DUGGAN (W)
PATCH ZIRCHER (A)
Cover by VALERIO GIANGIORDANO
This is the one you've been waiting for- Conan, Dr. Strange, Dr. Doom and a time master to be named later all join your favorite Savage Avengers to put a dagger-sized pin into the heart of the Kulan Gath saga. You won't see this end coming... 'cause we didn't either.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory $3.99

DEFENDERS #4 (OF 5)
AL EWING (W)
JAVIER RODRIGUEZ (A/C)
Variant cover by Ken Niimura
BEFORE THERE WERE GODS... THERE WERE MARVELS!
Doctor Strange and his Defenders land in the Fourth Cosmos- the home of the Archetypes of Good and Evil, primal entities of pure myth destined to echo through every reality to come- as the desperate Dr. Zota attempts to harness their power to rewrite all existence in his own hand! Al Ewing and Javier Rodriguez explore the truest origins of the Marvel Multiverse in a cosmos-colliding epic you'll have to experience to believe!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

STRANGE ACADEMY #13
SKOTTIE YOUNG (W)
HUMBERTO RAMOS (A/C)
CHARACTER SPOTLIGHT VARIANT COVER BY ART ADAMS
UNLUCKY 13 VARIANT COVER BY TBA
The Strange Academy kids have a night on the town in New Orleans!
Some kids go for a tour of a famous NOLA graveyard, and I'm sure you know how teens in graveyards usually go.
Emily takes a field trip of her own, and we also learn the SECRET ORIGIN OF ZOE LAVEAU!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

STRANGE ACADEMY #14
SKOTTIE YOUNG (W)
HUMBERTO RAMOS (A/C)
CHARACTER SPOTLIGHT VARIANT COVER BY ARTHUR ADAMS
This is it. The issue that you'll be looking back on five, ten, fifteen years from nowSee the future of Strange Academy and the Marvel Universe. You won't believe your eyes.
32 PGS./Rated T $3.99

SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN: CROSSROADS #5 (OF 5)
PETER DAVID (W)
GREG LAND (A/C)
Variant Cover by PHILIP TAN
KARNILLA RULES!
The Queen of the Norns finally has what she wants, but are the combined efforts of SPIDER-MAN, DOCTOR STRANGE, THE INCREDIBLE HULK and THE ETERNALS enough to stop her?
Maybe not, but something ASGARDIAN this way comes!
32 PGS./Rated T $3.99

[20 September 02021]

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Garth Ennis on Batman: "What we're talking about here is a billionaire aristocrat who beats up poor people, as well as the mentally ill"

[19 September 02021]

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Bill Willingham: Why Are (Some) Comics Pros So Damn Abrasive? [because the bullied often become bullies]

[18 September 02021]

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Marvel didn't have a piece of paper that said they owned Secret Wars or Venom; they just bought one from Jim Shooter for $10,000

Jim Shooter Just Signed Away Secret Wars And Venom For $10,000

Jim Shooter On Secret Wars In Development As A Marvel Movie

[9 September 02021]

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According to this article/chart at Bleeding Cool, Death of Doctor Strange #1 is one of the top books being advance-reordered by Direct Market retailers right now

[2 September 02021]

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Doctor Strange's What If...? episode released today on Disney+ ["The Lost Books" Official Clip]

[1 September 02021]

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