Doctor Strange History

This is a timeline history of the of the fictional superhero comic book character "Doctor Strange" published by Marvel Comics. Created by artist and character conceptualist Steve Ditko, the character first appeared in Strange Tales #110 in July 1963. Doctor Strange was created to bring a different kind of character and themes of mysticism to Marvel Comics.

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January 1963
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January 1 (Tuesday)  
Stan Lee Sends Memo About New Character

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In a letter to Jerry Bails, Lee called the character Steve Ditko's idea, saying they have a new character in the works for Strange Tales #110.

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July 1963
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July 1 (Monday)  
Doctor Strange Debuts in Strange Tales #110

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Doctor Strange debuted in Strange Tales #110. The short 5 page story shared with the feature "The Human Torch".

August 1963
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August 10 (Saturday)  
Strange Tales #111 & #114

The Doctor Strange story continues in issues #110 and #114 of Strange Tales. Ditko showcased surrealistic mystical landscapes and increasingly vivid visuals that helped make the feature a favorite of college students at the time.

December 1963
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December 10 (Tuesday)  
Doctor Strange Origin Story

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Strange Tales #115 featured an eight-page origin story. Stan Lee's take on the character was inspired by the Chandu the Magician radio program that aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System in the 1930s.

June 1968
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June 10 (Monday)  
"Strange Tales" Comic Renamed to "Doctor Strange"

Beginning with issue #169, Strange Tales was renamed to Doctor Strange. Expanded to 20 pages per issue, the Doctor Strange solo series ran 15 issues, #169-183.Roy Thomas wrote the run of new stories, joined after the first three issues by the art team of penciler Gene Colan and inker Tom Palmer. 

 Colan drastically altered the look of the series, as Thomas recounted: "…he had his own view of what these other worlds should look like. Everyone else sort of copied Ditko's versions of those extra dimensions, which were great and wonderful. When Gene came on, he didn't feel a real rapport with that, I guess, so his extra dimensions tended to be just blackness and smoke and things of that sort… Sometimes it was a little strange for a dimension Doc Strange had been to before to look different when drawn by Gene, but nobody complained."[

July 1970
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July 10 (Friday)  
New "Marvel Premiere" Series and the Rise of the Sorcerer Supreme

Doctor Strange was featured in a solo series in Marvel Premiere #3-14 (July 1972-March 1974). This arc marked the debut of another recurring foe, the entity Shuma-Gorath, created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Frank Brunner. In issues #8-10 Doctor Strange was forced to shut down the Ancient One's mind, causing his mentor's physical death. Strange then assumed the title of Sorcerer Supreme.

June 1974
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June 8 (Saturday)  
Series "Doctor Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts" Debuts

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The Marvel Premiere series segued to the character's second ongoing title, Doctor Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts, also known as Doctor Strange vol. 2, which ran 81 issues (June 1974-February 1987)

September 1978
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September 6 (Wednesday)  
Doctor Strange Film

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Philip DeGuere directed the film and wrote it specifically for television, joining forces with Alex Beaton and Gregory Hoblit to produce it. Stan Lee served as a consultant on the film, which was created as a pilot for a proposed TV series.The movie aired on September 6, 1978 in a two-hour block from 8pm to 10pm on CBS.

January 1986
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January 1 (Wednesday)  
Doctor Strange: Into Shamballa

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A Doctor Strange graphic novel was released Marvel Comics.

Doctor Strange returns to the Ancient One's Himalayan home to do homage to his departed master, and discovers that his mentor has left one last, and very baffling, gift.

April 1987
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April 11 (Saturday)  
Strange Tales vol. 2, #1-19

The "Doctor Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts" title was discontinued so that the character's adventures could be transferred to another split book format series. Strange Tales vol. 2, #1-19 (April 1987-October 1988) was shared with street heroes Cloak and Dagger. This new Doctor Strange series resolved Strange's quest to reclaim his power and missing artifacts, as well as resurrect the Defenders, who had died in the last issue of that team's title.

November 1988
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November 12 (Saturday)  
Series "Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme" Debuts

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Strange was returned to his own series, this time titled Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme, which ran 90 issues (November 1988-June 1996).[24] The initial creative team was writer Peter B. Gillis and artists Richard Case and Randy Emberlin, with storylines often spanning multiple issues. Strange lost the title of "Sorcerer Supreme" in issues #48-49 (December 1992-January 1993) when he refused to fight a war on behalf of the Vishanti, the mystical entities that empower his spells.

November 1989
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November 7 (Tuesday)  
Doctor Strange, Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment

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A graphic novel released by Marvel Comics.

Doctor Doom and Doctor Strange enter Mephisto's realm in an all-out effort to free the soul of Doctor Doom's mother! But what price must be paid before Mephisto will release it? And will Doctor Doom make the sacrifice?

January 1992
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January 1 (Wednesday)  
Spider-Man / Dr. Strange: The Way to Dusty Death

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A graphic novel published by Marvel Comics.

Welcome to the Death Dimension! Somewhere beyond time and space is a phantasmagoric landscape populated by demons, evil wizards and damsels in distress. A netherworld where the forces of darkness rule supreme. A nightmare realm where Spider-Man and Doctor Strange must wage a very personal battle, with the fate of the entire universe at stake. Welcome to the Death Dimension. No one gets out alive.

January 1997
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January 1 (Wednesday)  
Dr. Strange: What is it That Disturbs You, Stephen?

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A graphic novel released by Marvel Comics.

Witness the seduction of Stephen Strange by the mad sorceress Electra. When Strange finds that his servant Wong has been kidnapped, he has but one choice: relinquish his mystic power to gain his freedom. From the arcane shadows of the Sanctum Sanctorum to the dizzying spires of the mystical city of Ditkopolis, Dr. Strange must risk all to maintain the title of Sorcerer Supreme.

April 1997
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April 18 (Friday)  
Columbia Pictures Purchases Film Rights

Columbia Pictures urchases film rights to the Doctor Strange property and begins work on a screenplay with with Bernie Brillstein and Brad Grey producing the film. By April 2000, the studio had cancelled work on the project.

February 1999
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February 13 (Saturday)  
Doctor Strange: The Flight of Bones

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This limited series consisted of four issues that ran from Fedruary to May 1999. The story involved a series of spontaneous combustions by criminals instigated by old foe Dormammu.

January 2000
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January 1 (Saturday)  
Supporting Character in The Amazing Spider-Man

During the 2000's, Strange frequently appeared as a supporting character in The Amazing Spider-Man under J. Michael Straczynski, before being cast into a time loop by Baron Mordo.

November 2004
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November 13 (Saturday)  
"Strange" Series by Straczynski

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The Strange limited series (November 2004-July 2005) by writers J. Michael Straczynski and Samm Barnes updated the character's origin.

August 2007
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August 14 (Tuesday)  
Animated Film "Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme"

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The movie was nominated for "Best Home Entertainment Production" of 2007 for the 35th Annual Annie Awards. Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme tells the origin story of Dr. Steven Strange.

August 2010
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August 1 (Sunday)  
Supporting Character in The New Avengers

Doctor Strange appeared as a regular character throughout the 2010-2013 The New Avengers series, from issue #1 (August 2010) through the final issue #34 (January 2013). Renamed Doctor Voodoo, the newly appointed Sorcerer Supreme sacrifices himself in order to stop the powerful mystical entity Agamotto from reclaiming the Eye. The following issue, a guilt-ridden Strange rejoins the New Avengers, and offers the team his valet Wong to act as their housekeeper. He and Wong are seen working with improvised teams of Avengers in later incidents.

Strange eventually regains his position of Sorcerer Supreme when the ghost of Doctor Voodoo's brother, Daniel Drumm, attempts to attack him by possessing various Avengers. He manages to defeat him with the use of dark magic without being corrupted by it. The spirit of the Ancient One appears to Strange to inform him that his willingness to fight for the world, even when not officially Sorcerer Supreme, coupled with his ability to use black magic when necessary and avoid its corruptive influence, has proven that he deserves the mantle.

January 2013
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January 5 (Saturday)  
Marvel Confirms Plans for Doctor Strange Movie

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that Doctor Strange would appear in some capacity as part of "Phase Three" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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December 2014
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December 16 (Tuesday)  
Benedict Cumberbatch Confirmed to Play Doctor Strange

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Casting of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange is confirmed.

August 2015
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August 10 (Monday)  
Teaser Trailer for Doctor Strange Movie Released

On April 12, 2016, the first teaser trailer for the film debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Clark Collis of Entertainment Weekly noted that the "series of kaleidoscopic, world-bending scenes" featured in the trailer were "reminiscent of Christopher Nolan's Inception.

June 2016
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June 22 (Wednesday)  
Doctor Strange Lego Set Announced

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“Team up and expel the portal beast from Doctor Strange’s mysterious headquarters with some super-heroic supernatural action! Fend it off with Doctor Strange’s mystical artifacts, and evade being captured by the portal beast’s tentacles using the cape of levitation."

July 2016
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July 25 (Monday)  
Full Doctor Strange Movie trailer

Benedict Cumberbatch debuts a new 'Doctor Strange' trailer at San Diego Comic-Con.

November 2016
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November 4 (Friday)  
Doctor Strange Movie Premiere

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After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant and conceited surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under her wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.



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