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Vain, greedy and prideful, Dr. Stephen Strange was a world-renowned surgeon until a car accident crippled his hands. Broken and destitute, he journeyed to Tibet in search of a legendary healer. He found not a man of medicine, but the venerable Ancient One -- and the path to the mystic arts! From Doctor Strange's eerie house on a Greenwich Village corner, Stan Lee and SteveVain, greedy and prideful, Dr. Stephen Strange was a world-renowned surgeon until a car accident crippled his hands. Broken and destitute, he journeyed to Tibet in search of a legendary healer. He found not a man of medicine, but the venerable Ancient One -- and the path to the mystic arts! From Doctor Strange's eerie house on a Greenwich Village corner, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko unleashed new dimensions and otherworldly terrors -- stories that remain as influential today as they were on 1960s counter-culture. Now, Marvel is proud to offer this Omnibus collection of the complete Lee/Ditko Doctor Strange run! In one beautifully restored hardcover volume, experience the iconic first appearances of Baron Mordo, Eternity, Dormammu and the Mindless Ones, as well as Wong and the lovely Clea!Collecting: material from Strange Tales 110-111, 114-146 & Amazing Spider-Man Annual 2...

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Number of Pages : 456 Pages
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Doctor Strange Omnibus, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Sean Gibson
    2019-05-23 03:04

    After 400+ pages of Stan-Lee-in-his-prime dialogue, I’m contemplating changing the way I talk, at least at work, to mirror Stan’s writing—that is, I’m going to conclude every sentence with, at a minimum, one exclamation point! Or, I might even use two!! If warranted by the circumstances—say, an emergency like running out of staples—I might even use three!!! EVERYONE WILL UNDOUBTEDLY PRAISE MY ENTHUSIASM, THE VISHANTI INCLUDED!!!!(I kid, Stan—you know I love you.) Doctor Strange was a weird addition to the burgeoning Marvel Universe, a curiously arcane figure who debuted after the underwear-on-the-outside, human-emotions-on-the-inside likes of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men (one wonders what it would be like to wear one’s underwear on the inside…hmmm…perhaps one shouldn’t wonder so much). Rather than cosmic rays, a mutation, or clever use of technology, the good Doctor derived his powers from enchanted objects and mystical mumbo jumbo, and, even by the end of this run—which collects the initial collaboration of Lee with legendary artist Steve Ditko, who pulled double duty as penciller and plotter—he was still an awkward fit alongside those heroic luminaries. That said, he had come into his own as a character, with his own mythology, burgeoning rogue’s gallery, and stylish visual flair that would guarantee his popularity—if not his sales success—to the present day, when inexplicable international sex symbol and presumed advocate for the discontinuation of surnames Benedict Cumberbatch is poised to send interest in this red-robed bastion of arcane abilities careening across dimensions and all the way into the domain of the Dread Dormammu. The most interesting part of reading Doctor Strange’s early adventures was watching the character evolve from a generic back-up story cipher to a fully formed (and unique by the measure of his cape-wearing colleagues) character capable of carrying his own book (albeit with only sporadic success…I suggested in a review of another Doctor Strange book that he’s a tough character to write a monthly series for because the stakes are too high; if he loses, Earth—and the Marvel U—are essentially kaput, so there’s a paucity of dramatic tension ). Even more than his character developed, however, his look evolved, with Ditko upping his game each issue and producing a look and feel that was entirely its own, whether Strange was relaxing in his Greenwich Village sanctum sanctorum or projecting his spirit self through the ethereal plane.Are the stories themselves a little repetitive? Sure. There are only so many times you can read about a character succeeding through the use of exceptional willpower before you start to wish the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth would knock back a few tequila shots and become the Whorish Hosts of Hoggoth so we could have a sexy time interlude (one wonders if said Hosts met Mr. Cumberbatch whether they would do just that…but, again—one shouldn’t wonder so much). Still, Stan and Steve created a character that has stood the test of time and, by virtue of his uniqueness, has acted as a fulcrum in major storylines that have transformed various aspects of the Marvel Universe. And, come on, let’s be honest with ourselves…if you could have a cloak of levitation and a manservant and pull off a goatee without looking like someone stapled a diseased wolverine to your face (as this author discovered he could not do when he made the unfortunate decision to rock a goatee consistently during his collegiate years; to be fair, though, that was more a result of laziness with respect to shaving than it was because I thought I was as sexy as Doctor Strange), you’d do it.

  • Donovan
    2019-05-22 11:18

    "Dr. Strange: Master of Black Magic!"Collecting Strange Tales issues #110-111, 114-146 and Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2, Doctor Strange Omnibus Volume 1 takes us way back to July 1963 through July 1966. At 409+ pages of incredibly redesigned classic comics, this is totally worth owning!And damn, what a long book! Somewhat exposition heavy, but fun and enjoyable. These are the oldest comics I've read, and they hold up fairly well for being 53 years old! (I've read newer and far worse!) It's a bit sci-fi campy, as Stan Lee makes it up as he goes along, and Dr. Strange always wins in the end. But take it in context and you'll enjoy yourself. Doctor Strange's "indomitable will," his wit, the alliterative incantations, the outlandish foes, and the brilliant modern art of Steve Ditko make this a great read. A five page feature in the back of Strange Tales #110, featuring The Human Torch, is where Doctor Strange makes his first appearance in comic history. It was decided by readers' letters to continue the series, and so "Dr. Strange" appeared again in Strange Tales #114 with the return of Baron Mordo and the Ancient One. That's how it all began!Dean Mullaney writes in the introduction: "The series incorporated themes of Eastern mysticism with the multidimensional planes of science fiction, all wrapped within the near-psychedelic landscapes that the straightlaced Ditko brought to the page." What I enjoy about the world of Dr. Strange is that it rides the line between indie and superhero comic. Instead of heroics and feats of strength, it's mysticism and wit, spells and dimensional travel, monsters and evil magicians. And there's even a pretty girl or two! It's refreshing to read a comic that's so quintessentially Marvel in its levity and sci-fi wackiness, but there's no spandex! And though the stories always start in reality, you never know where they'll go.As this book literally collects individual comics, it's interesting how the covers progress for Strange Tales. At first there's no mention of Doc Strange. Strange indeed! Then tiny boxes tagged "also starring" show up after a few issues. Not until #121 does Strange get the bottom 1/4 of the cover. And #124 he gets half the cover. #126 and 127 are interesting issues for two reasons: they feature a huge special detailing Strange's voyage to the Dark Dimension and his battle with the Dread Dormammu, and at the end of #127 it's revealed that Strange has essentially been promoted and gets a new costume. In #128 he gains his now well known red cape of levitation and a more powerful round amulet!In #130 Dr. Strange gets nearly a full cover while The Human Torch is a feature. Ha! Only at #146, the big finale between the Dread Dormammu and Eternity, does Strange finally get the whole cover! By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth! It's also interesting how these short and infrequent comics are relatively self-contained yet draw upon a larger universe over time. Each battle with his enemies gets greater and more epic as they learn each others' weaknesses, and sly Stan Lee has to increase the danger and hyperbole. Nightmare, Baron Mordo, and the Dread Dormammu are awesome villains! Can't wait to see them in future books!So overall a great book and time machine into mid-century Marvel Comics. Light humor, great adventure, and creative, engaging storytelling make Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's Doctor Strange a timeless classic.

  • Camilo
    2019-04-27 04:06

    I haven't read much of Silver Age comics, but this definitely was one of the best I've ever read. Loved all the crazy stories and love even more the art by Steve Ditko.

  • Scott
    2019-05-01 06:59

    This volume collects the earliest Doctor Strange stories, from the two-in-one comic Strange Tales. I had read a few of them in earlier reprints, but most were new to me. Reading this collection was at first a wondrous experience of sixties psychedelia. Artist Steve Ditko, though never a favorite of mine, was at the top of his game, and one has to appreciate his original renderings of other-dimensional realms and magical effects. As the book wore on, though, Stan Lee's voluminous verbiage--and let me be clear here, I adore Stan and often refer to him as "my real dad"--began to wear on my brain. It probably would have been better to read a few issues at a time and then put it down for a while--except that I didn't want to put it down. They start to feel samey after a while, especially as the eeeevil Baron Mordo (never forget that he is evil) keeps returning time and time again to destroy Doctor Strange. So by the second half of the book (it may not seem like a large volume, but each episode is only about eight pages on average, with a lot of writing packed into each page) I was enjoying myself a bit less. Recommend you take 2-3 chapters and then call on the Doctor again the next evening.

  • Sean Curley
    2019-05-12 03:54

    Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby laid the foundations of the Marvel Comic universe in the 1960s in a succession of seminal series. Lee and Ditko's most famous creation was, of course, The Amazing Spider-Man; Doctor Strange would have to count as a somewhat distant runner-up. This Omnibus collects the entirety of Lee and Ditko's collaboration, issues #110-111 and 114-146 of Marvel's Strange Tales split book (the good doctor shared the book with, by times, the solo adventures of the Human Torch and later Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.).The aforesaid split books means that any individual Doctor Strange tale is at most half the length of a standard solo issue from the period, and in turn that means this is easily the shortest Omnibus of a major run (it amounts to about 400 pages; comparatively, something like the Lee/Ditko Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus exceeded 1000 pages). It shows, in some respects, in the stories themselves. It's easy to see why Stephen Strange never made it above the B-tier of Marvel's superhero characters, even in the hands of his most storied creative team. Many of the signature aspects of Marvel's innovative 1960s superhero comics are wholly absent here: Strange has no personal life at all (neither friends nor love interests, though by the series' end a prospective one has finally appeared in the form of Clea), no duel between person and superheroic demands on his time, and minimal supporting cast. The first half of the run is decent, if somewhat formulaic. Strange spends the bulk of his time fighting just one villain: Baron Mordo, a rival former student of the Ancient One, Strange's mentor. These schemes recur frequently enough that at one point a reader wrote into the letters column to complain. Mixed in are other Marvel villains such as a memorable one-shot appearance by Loki (which establishes, for the record, that Lee and Ditko consider Loki far more powerful than Strange), and a few appearances by Nightmare. However, things markedly improve in the second half, as Lee and Ditko create a huge serialized storyline pitting Strange once again against Mordo, but a Mordo now backed by the Dread Dormammu, a powerful sorcerer from the Dark Dimension (who is also, confusingly, invoked repeatedly earlier in the series as a source of Strange's power).This lengthy storyline features some of Ditko's more expressive and imaginative artwork, particularly the design for the character of Eternity. And the magical combat gradually becomes more interesting to watch, as the creators get the hang of creating strategic challenges for Strange, a man whose powers often seem infinite.

  • Richard Guion
    2019-04-26 06:54

    I decided to crack open the recently published Marvel Doctor Strange Omnibus, which has all of Lee/Ditko's Strange Tales stories plus the team up between Doc & Spidey in Amazing Spider-Man Annual 2. Original comics are the best, but this oversized format is superb, I love the larger page format. While many of the original comics listed Ditko as only the artist, the index page here clearly states that he was the plotter for the entire run. His genius on this series seemed to expand every few issues, designing new characters and dimensional vistas. By the middle run Ditko embarks on a multi chapter saga with the Ancient One deliriously sick & Doc on the run as Mordo, powered up by Dormammu, pursues him across Asia. Reading this in the early 70s was frustrating because the stories were scattered across different reprint titles like Marvel's Greatest Comics & Marvel Tales - I had to wait years to find out how Doc got out of an iron mask / manacles because I missed a reprint. Having them all collected in one volume is fantastic. It also contains reprint covers & illustrations from other artists.

  • Saif Saeed
    2019-05-13 10:11

    Going back this far is never a good idea when it comes to comics. It's like a meet your heroes situation, or seeing a picture of the love of your life when they were in the 8th grade. Most of the time, its just an ugly awkward precursor to the beautiful thing you love right now. That's about how I'm feeling with this book.Its fun to see Dr. Strange when he was still a vignette in Strange Tales, battling Mordo and Dormammu in ten pages an issue sandwiched between The Human Torch and Nick Fury back when he was white. It was nice seeing the origins of Strange, back when he was just a black magic sorcerer and not the Sorcerer Supreme. Clea, Dormmamu, Wong was in like two panels. This was fun. It just wasn't good.This is supposed to be a remastered HD Bluray recolored version of these old comics and it still mostly looks like crap. The stories are ok, but they're a lot better when they do them again in Dr. Strange or in Dr. Strange Sorcerer Supreme. Here in Strange Tales though, they're kinda crap.For me, personally, its ok, its a fun read. I can imagine nine out of ten people would give this a negative star review, and the people who would actually enjoy this comic are a very rare breed. If you actually want to jump into Dr. Strange, definitely go for any of the collected Dr. Strange or Dr Strange Sorcerer Supreme stories, those are great. Skip Strange Tales unless you like Silver Age stuff. I've enjoyed very little Silver Age stuff and even as a Strange fan this is definitely more on the meh side.

  • Tony Calder
    2019-05-22 08:04

    This omnibus edition reprints the early appearances of Doctor Strange - from his start as the back-up story in Strange Tales (the main feature was solo stories of the Human Torch) through to the period when he was sharing equal space - having outlasted the Torch, Strange Tales was now co-featuring Nick Fury. It also includes the story where Doctor Strange co-starred with Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2. It does not include Doctor Strange's guest appearance in any other Marvel comics, nor does it include the other characters stories from Strange Tales.In the 60s, the dominant creative forces at Marvel were Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. Kirby was doing the artwork on Marvel's flagship title, Fantastic Four, and Ditko was bringing his ability to invoke weirdness to Marvel's most popular character - Spider-Man. He also provided the artwork for Doctor Strange and his style was an excellent fit for the mystic mayhem of Doctor Strange. The scripts are much simpler (and often much cornier) than current day fare.The omnibus starts with Doctor Strange's origin and introduces the main characters - Doctor Strange, the Ancient One, and Baron Mordo - who are all portrayed reasonably accurately in the movie. The initial stories are pretty much stand alone until about halfway through, when the long running story pitting Doctor Strange against Mordo and Dormammu, and it's conclusion ends this omnibus. This story also introduces another important character, Clea, although we don't discover her name until the last few pages of the final issue.If the movie has piqued your interest, and you want a crash course in the Doctor Strange universe, this is an excellent place to start. Unfortunately, there is no volume 2 in this omnibus series, and it doesn't seem that there will be anytime soon.

  • Blindzider
    2019-05-18 11:16

    This was pretty good. I've read enough of classic Stan Lee writing to expect a certain type of story, but this was even a little bit better. There are a couple one-off stories in the beginning, introducing his main nemeses Baron Mordo and Dormmamu, then fairly quickly moves into a multipart duel between them. Along the way you see the origin of Clea and even Eternity and also see the moment when Strange receives his cloak. It's all a really nice introduction to Dr. Strange.

  • David
    2019-05-03 10:20

    Shockingly slim for an Omnibus. Not sure why it's called an Omnibus, honestly, other that it's the craze. It's barely 450 pages. And that's only because Ditko used fat ink. Should have been called an OHC instead.

  • Zachary King
    2019-04-25 10:16

    By the hoary hosts of Hoggoth! Stan Lee and Steve Ditko at their mind-numbingly mystical best. Maybe all the stories haven't aged so well, but they're important for introducing Doctor Strange and his offbeat adventures. The long arc against Mordo and Dormammu in pursuit of Eternity is a real highlight.

  • Karen
    2019-04-29 08:19

    Sorry, guys. I didn't like it at all. (Lies--I liked the very last issue with Spider-Man in it. That got a star of its own.)

  • Relstuart
    2019-05-17 10:59

    Contains the origin story of Dr. Strange and mostly short single issue stories.