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Published November 15, 2019

Doctor Strange's 5 Most Magnificent Medical Moments

Get ready for December 25's 'Doctor Strange: Surgeon Supreme' #1 with a mystical listicle!

Doctor Strange may mainly be thought of as the Master of the Mystic Arts as well as the Sorcerer Supreme, but it's important to remember that he earned that title in med school! After all, he ain't called Mister Strange, frantic ones!

And on December 25, Mark Waid and Kev Walker will be reminding readers of that very fact in the pages of DOCTOR STRANGE: SURGEON SUPREME!

DOCTOR STRANGE: SURGEON SUPREME #1 cover by Phil Noto
DOCTOR STRANGE: SURGEON SUPREME #1 cover by Phil Noto

The new series finds Stephen's hands fixed, which makes him not only one of the foremost experts on magic in this or any other plane, but also one of the most accomplished neurosurgeons.

We'll have to wait and see how Strange deals with balancing both of these intense commitments, but in the meantime, let's look back at some of his more interesting medical procedures!

The Beginning

As originally revealed in STRANGE TALES (1951) #115—the character's fourth appearance—Strange was an egotistical surgeon of renown who care more about getting paid than helping people. He not only turned away patients who couldn't afford him, but also refused to work on important research projects.

Then one day he wrecked his car and found himself unable to utilize his most important assets: his hands! That's what eventually led him to the Ancient One and a new life as a Master of the Mystic Arts.

Strange Tales (1951) #115

Strange Tales (1951) #115

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Self-Diagnosis

They say that doctors make the worst patients, and Stephen got to experience both sides of the equation in 1986's DOCTOR STRANGE #80. Gravely injured earlier, Stephen was rushed to an emergency room, but his astral form approached his associate Sara Wolf. She allowed him to take partial control of her body so she could stand by in the operating room. That turned out to be a good move when giant mystical bacteria attacked. He then took over the surgeon and managed to save his own body!

Soothing The Savage Beast

In the middle of WORLD WAR HULK—the series that featured the Jade Giant returning to Earth seeking revenge for everything that happened to him during PLANET HULK—Strange attempted another kind of treatment: psychological analysis.

Upon entering the rage beast's mind, Stephen came very close to calming him down and ending the whole attack, but then General Thunderbolt Ross attacked and ruined the moment! For his efforts, Strange left with hands newly shattered by the Hulk himself.

World War Hulk (2007) #4

World War Hulk (2007) #4

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Offering Assistance

Over the course of Jason Aaron's run on DOCTOR STRANGE (2015), he and artist Chris Bachalo introduced a new creature by the name of Mister Misery, a being created from Stephen's pain. To exact revenge on its creator, the being gathered Strange's brain surgery patients and returned their tumors to them. When Strange found out he called Jane Foster for help during her time as Thor (in issues #17-18). With her steady hands, god mind, and his knowledge of the brain and magic, they managed to save all five victims.

Space Supreme

In Mark Waid's very first issue of DOCTOR STRANGE (2018), he had Stephen utilize his skills by sewing up a dimensional rift so that the elder god X'axal could not enter the Earthly plane. This turned out to be a flashback showcasing Earth's current lack of magic, which sent the Sorcerer Supreme into space in search of new talismans and artifacts to wield!

Doctor Strange (2018) #1

Doctor Strange (2018) #1

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To see how Waid and Walker handle the Doctor's new surgical life, pre-order DOCTOR STRANGE: SURGEON SUPREME #1 at your local comic shop, then pick it up on December 25!

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