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Essential Doctor Strange, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) Paperback – July 23, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (July 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785133070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785133070
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,522,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. Nevertheless: Having begun his career with wartime Timely Comics and staying the course throughout the Atlas era, Stan the Man made comic-book history with Fantastic Four #1, harbinger of a bold new perspective in story writing that endures to this day. With some of the industry's greatest artists, he introduced hero after hero in Incredible Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men and more -- forming a shared universe for rival publishers to measure themselves against. After an almost literal lifetime of writing and editing, Lee entered new entertainment fields and earned Marvel one opportunity after another. He remains one of Marvel's best-known public representatives.

Customer Reviews

So these TPBs are something to really be appreciated..
John Gargani
The early stories are a bit rough and not too memorable as Stan Lee and Ditko develop the character.
Kid Kyoto
I bought this book as gift for a friend, who in turn let me read it when he was done.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By shaxper on March 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
Chances are, you already realize that there are sacrifices involved with reading Essential editions. Lack of color and the absence of letter columns and bullpen editorials are the kinds of things you're no doubt willing to trade for an inexpensive reprint volume. However, having read this entire run in its original form, I can tell you that something far bigger has been lost in this particular translation to the trade paperback format. In most cases with Marvel Essentials, it makes no difference where the original stories came from. However, when it comes to the early Doctor Strange stories, you absolutely cannot ignore their original context.

When Doctor Strange first began as a backup feature in Strange Tales, the title was utterly direction-less. The Human Torch, which had recently become the magazine's primary feature, had little to do with either the magazine's title or Doctor Strange. They were two seemingly unrelated features thrown together into one arbitrary magazine, and reading the two, back to back each month, was jarring. They had entirely unrelated moods, themes, concepts, and characterizations. Looking at Doctor Strange's first twenty four appearances, all paired with The Human Torch, the original context of the magazine seems entirely irrelevant and unimportant for this reprint edition.

However, a fundamental shift occurred with Strange Tales #135. Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. replaced the Human Torch as the magazine's primary feature. At first glance, this ongoing feature seemed just as jarring and unrelated to Doctor Strange as its predecessor, but there was a subtle genius at play with the pairing of these two features. To begin with, both features explored the opposite ends of the spectrum of "Strange Tales.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Noga on May 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
Plenty has been said about the good Doctor, and I only have a bit to add myself. He's a fun part of the Marvel 60's scene and his books are worth reading just for that reason alone. There was a freshness and sense of inovation to Marvel's yarns from that era that you just can't find anywhere else. These books are a little like taking a vacation to a different time.
But Dr. Strange is also an interesting character. Some of my friends have compared him to the Green Arrow, saying that he solves his problems with a convenient spell rather than a wacky trick arrow. Sometimes that's true, and for much the same reason. Strange's early stories were not very long and sometimes a quick resolution was necessary. bu that's for the individual story,sometimes. If you read them together, even over time, you get a better picture of the stories. They are almost operatic in scale, definitley every issue is part of an unfolding epic. It was uncommon back then for story arcs to stretch out over many issues, bu that's what Stan Lee and Steve Ditko did with Dr. Strange. He is locked in deadly battle with arch-nemisis Baron Mordo(often the catspaw of the Dread Dormammu)for quite a few issues. He battles Dormammu's more lethal sister, Umar as the Earth trembles,and loses the love of his life, the fair Clea. Strange watches as power mad Dormammu later defies Eternity, the Embodiment of All Existence. Stepehn Strange even finds himself desperately spell-casting against the Living Tribunal. The stories all have a sweeping scope to them, and in some ways Dr. Strange seems like a more mystical version of the Silver Surfer. Philosophical, deep, brooding characters, one is wed to science and one to sorcery. But there are small moments too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Picardfan007 on November 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
Since the early sixties, artists and writers attempt to dulicate the style and class of Steve Ditko's version. In this inexpensive volume, you can experience the entire run of Dr. Strange through Steve Ditko's vision. Dan Akins and Bill (Sub-Mariner creator)Everett; attmept to fill the gap left with mixed results. If you love the sixties era of Marvel, this book is a must buy.

Steve's cartoon style was distinct. No one could duplicate it. Many illustrators used a realistic illustration style. It didn't work in the universe Ditko established.

Since Ditko's departure; the title went by the wayside of many of the horror magazines. Dr. Strange would make a good TV series or movie; if the producers removed the blue tights from the character. If you look at Charmed or Buffy on the airwaves, Dr. Strange could be just as contemporary and entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Gargani on September 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
a different tack on an excellent TPB like this volume: those of us back in the late 60s who actually read these stories when they originally came out, those of us, who had to actually wait an entire month to read the next installment, can attest to just how exciting the enormously long continuous story plot was, where Dormammu was using Mordo as a tool to hunt down Dr. Strange. With everything stacked against him, Strange somehow managed to elude these forces again and again, and barely, until finally, he has a face to face showdown and throwdown with Dormammu himself.

For the people reading these now, where you can just go from one story to the next without the interminable wait, it is still great to read, but again, when we had to count down the days for not only this series but all of the many wonderful silver age Marvel series each month, it was downright torture!

So these TPBs are something to really be appreciated..
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