Thoughts on “Doctor Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts” by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

This book, part of Marvel’s Epic Collection, contains reprints of the earliest Doctor Strange comics. The book contains the tales published between July 1963 and July 1966.

So without sounding too nerdy, I have to say that I really love Doctor Strange. I find the material fascinating: parallel universes, astral projection, mysticism, these are all things that are near and dear to me. But the real beauty of the early Doctor Strange is the artwork. Steve Ditko’s psychedelic representations of other realms and interdimensional struggles are nothing short of mind-blowing. It should come as no surprise that Pink Floyd included an image of Doctor Strange on the cover of their second album, “A Saucerful of Secrets.”

In one of the tales, Doctor Strange is ensnared in a mind-trap. The text, representing Strange’s thoughts, and the accompanying illustrations, capture the sensation of becoming overwhelmed as a result of an hallucinatory experience.

It has encircled me again! But this is a new mental weapon – – with a different power! It is the most dangerous one of all – – for it feeds the brain hallucinations! I cannot tell what is real, or what is imaginary! Unless I can shatter this web of wonderment, all is lost! My mission will be forgotten – – I will be doomed to a life of aimless imagery!

(p. 258)

Next year, Marvel is supposed to release the second Doctor Strange film. It is amazing that a comic created nearly 60 years ago can still feel relevant today, and can still inspire generations. I for one am looking forward to “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” currently scheduled to hit the theaters on March 25, 2022.

Thanks for stopping by and reading. Cheers!


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2 responses to “Thoughts on “Doctor Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts” by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

  1. Aha! “Doomed to a life of aimless imager.” Sign me up!
    Seriously, I must check out the movie (s). The only exposure I had to comics was waiting in the dentist chair for the Novocaine to numb my face. Not the most pleasant of associations. 🙂 Thanks, Jeff.

    • Ha ha! That’s funny, Debra. As far as the movies go, the first Dr Strange you might like, since it basically introduces the character and is visually impressive. As far as the upcoming one, my understanding is that it will feature characters from other Marvel films, so not sure how much will be lost not being versed in the back stories. But check out the first one. You’ll probably like it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.