Doctor Strange's 6 Strangest Adventures
Brace yourself for 'Doctor Strange: The End' #1! But first, celebrate Stephen's previous journeys into the unknown...
There are infinite stories across the Marvel Universe. And seemingly infinite time to tell them. But even the greatest heroes have to face the end.
On Wednesday, January 29, Stephen Strange’s adventures will find a conclusion DOCTOR STRANGE: THE END #1. This special one-shot by writer Leah Williams and artist Filipe Andrade finds Strange in a cyberpunk future that doesn’t have much use for magic or the Sorcerer Supreme...
It’s going to be a wild ride for Doctor Strange as he brings his story to a close. But believe it or not, it may not be the strangest experience that he’ll have encountered! Over the last few decades, Doctor Strange has seen things and shared sights beyond the vision of mortal men. Fortunately, fans were at Strange’s side for all of these tales.
Before the end arrives, Marvel.com is celebrating Doctor Strange’s strangest-ever adventures! By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, let's begin!
Tripping the Light Fantastic
Doctor Strange has confronted his enemies on various planes of existence. But perhaps his most dazzling battle took place in the heart of the sun. In STRANGE TALES (1951) #134, Strange confronted Baron Mordo and their spirits dueled within the star. There were some stunning visuals, to say the least!
Ben Franklin Steals Clea's Heart
While on a journey through America’s past, Stephen and his beloved, Clea, met founding father Benjamin Franklin in DOCTOR STRANGE (1974) #18. In part because Stephen was being emotionally distant, Clea allowed herself to be seduced by Franklin while Strange was off battling the sorcerer known as Stygyro.
However, DOCTOR STRANGE (1974) #19 immediately retconned that by suggesting that Stygyro had impersonated Franklin, and that Clea was simply a recreation and not the real Clea. Regardless, the doctor still had a grudge against Franklin’s ghost when they were reunited in DEADPOOL (2012) #3.
In a rare multiple-part MTU story, Spider-Man encountered a werewolf in MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #80—one that he recognized as Doctor Strange. To save Strange’s soul from eternal damnation, Spidey needed some additional back up. Satana, the daughter of Satan, answered the call in MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #81. Despite her evil father and her own inner darkness, Satana sacrificed herself to restore Strange’s humanity.
The Doctor is a Rat!
Dread Dormammu once found a way to usurp control of Stephen’s body in DOCTOR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME (1988) #1-2. With Stephen’s power rapidly diminishing outside of his own body, he did the only thing he could think of to survive: he possessed a rat!
And while in the rat’s body, Stephen befriended some frogs who had recently met Thor, and they helped him perform a ritual to summon an ally named Topaz. As for the rat, Topaz decided to adopt her after Stephen was restored to his body. Strange, indeed.
The Strange Gets Strangers
During the era of the Midnight Sons, Strange’s life became even more bizarre in SIEGE OF DARKNESS. From DOCTOR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME (1988) #60-74, Stephen Strange was essentially split into three beings.The masked Strange was a single-minded hero who was ruthless in his goals. Conversely, Strange’s selfish personality traits manifested as Doctor Stevens, who was everything that Doctor Strange had come to resent.
Meanwhile, the real Stephen Strange was greatly diminished in power and trapped in his sanctuary. The rest of the world didn’t quite know how to handle the two Strangers. And it took quite a bit of effort for Stephen to reclaim the powers that were once his.
Aliens Destroy Magic
In DOCTOR STRANGE: LAST DAYS OF MAGIC (2016), the aliens known as the Empirikul came to Earth with one goal: to destroy magic in all of its forms. During the events of DOCTOR STRANGE (2015) #6-10, Stephen desperately tried to stay one step ahead of the Empirkul as the source of his magical powers was rapidly diminished. At one point, Strange even had to use the bones of the Ancient One to survive!
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