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Sequart logoSmorgasbord #29: The Once and Future Eisner Award Winner

Tom and Shawn grapple with the post NYCC landscape, including the Mighty Marvel Movie Shuffle, Dynamite’s women in fancy new duds, more 80s properties on their way to IDW (we saw it coming!), the possible… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #21: The Summer of Our Discontent

This week on the Smorgasbord, Shawn and Tom welcome Dark Horse to Comixology (hope they survive the experience!), discuss the latest casting announcements for Doctor Strange, Chew, and Spider-Man, and go through the Previews for… [more]

Strange Tales FeaturedI Read an Old and Valuable Comic… And Liked It

I was recently reading my tattered paperback copy of Bester’s The Stars My Destination for a future article and happened to check on when this very beat-up book was released. It turns out that I… [more]

scan5The Renaissance Man, The Master Of The World?: One Last Look at the Ditko / Lee Doctor Strange (Part 12)

One recurrent criticism of Doctor Strange as a character is that he’s simply too powerful. A great many writers and fans alike have contended that comic book magic provides him with the tension-destroying ability to… [more]

scan1You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby: On What Made Doctor Strange Unique (The Penultimate Part)

Why would the Ancient One wait until after Strange had confronted Dormammu before rewarding his triumphant student with “new powers”? Perhaps the physical and magical enfeeblement caused by the Dreaded One’s spell had left the… [more]

scan1Father, Son; Mentor, Student; Friends: On Doctor Strange & the Ancient One (Part 10)

It was the unprecedented degree of conflict, of course, which marked out the earliest Marvel superhero comics from their characteristically more polite, repressed competitors. No-one had ever produced the likes of Fantastic Four #1 before,… [more]

scan4Who’s the Superhero, Who’s the Supporting Player? On Doctor Strange & the Ancient One (Part 9)

In the years since Ditko and Lee stepped away from writing Doctor Strange, the Ancient One tended to be characterized in terms of, at best, his moral authority and, at worst, his physical decrepitude. Yet… [more]

scan1On the Ancient One, Earth’s Greatest Super-Hero (Part 8)

Steve Ditko was often displeased with Stan Lee’s interpretation of his plots during the last few years in particular of their collaboration. Sadly, there seems to be no way of telling how the artist felt… [more]

scan1On the Coyly Affectionate Doctor Strange (Part 7)

It took almost two years of monthly adventures before Strange finally realized how tremendously fond he was of Clea. As if the relief of finally rescuing her from Dormammu’s banishment had cut through the magician’s… [more]

scan1On the Romantically Disengaged Doctor Strange (Part 6)

As with friendship, so with romance. Love, or at least lovelornness, tended to ground Marvel’s superheroes in a version of mundane reality that reflected the world-view of young boys just learning to recognise both longing… [more]

scan3On the Entirely Uncomplaining, Yet Distinctly Overworked Doctor Strange (Part 5)

It seems hard not to believe that Strange was deliberately making himself and his mission known to the world in a somewhat indirect and yet undeniably insistent way.

scan3On the Profoundly Rational Doctor Stephen Strange (Part 4)

Even smiling at the literal-mindedness of the West was no little matter in the Marvel books of the period.

scan1On the Profoundly Rational Doctor Stephen Strange (Part 3)

The Sorcerer’s Code committed Strange to the defense of the Earth, and it obliged him to place the welfare of humanity above that of any alien race.

scan 1On the Profoundly Rational Doctor Stephen Strange (Part 2)

Having found his way to “India, land of mystic entanglement” in the hope of having the “Ancient One” heal his hands, the still entirely cynical Strange discovered that magic really did exist.

scan1On the Profoundly Rational Doctor Stephen Strange

Who’d pitch a character such as Steve Ditko and Stan Lee’s Doctor Strange to one of the Big Two today?

Classic-spider-manSpider-Sense Tingling

It’s a small buzzing in the base of the skull that warns Peter Parker of danger yet to happen — Spider-Man’s spider-sense, originally discovered by the Chameleon as he was sending a message to Spider-Man… [more]

WorldWatch_02CrossGen, Austen, 2099, More

The Final Chapter? If you didn’t see this coming then I have taught you nothing. It’s no surprise that CrossGen has filed for bankruptcy. The company’s debt has risen to around $3.5 million and that… [more]