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Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange, Vol. 1

(Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  547 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Master of the Mystic Arts, a sorcerer supreme, a white knight who wields black magic against blacker villains. Doctor Strange is mankind's only hope against the dark other-worldly forces that conspire to steal the life of the conscious world - forces such as Baron Mordo, the Dread Dormammu, Nightmare, Aggamon, The House of Shadows, Loki, the Mindless Ones, and more. Collec ...more
Hardcover, 270 pages
Published September 28th 2003 by Marvel Entertainment Group (first published February 1966)
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Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for the original Dr. Strange story
4.5 stars

And excellent older comic, and much more fun to read than I expected!


I'd be lying if I said the upcoming movie wasn't a huge factor in my finally getting around to reading this one. I'm not big on reading original (old) comics, because they just aren't usually all that good. Sorry, but that's how I feel. Especially if you're hoping for a dialogue that resembles something spoken real humans. But I put aside my prejudices in order to find out THE ORIGINS OF DOCTOR STRANGE.


Besides, he's b
Dan Schwent
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2016-comics, 2016
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange contains the Doctor Strange stories from Strange Tales #110-111, 114-141 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Since there's a Doctor Strange movie in the works starring Benedict Cumberbatch, I decided it was time to read the original Doctor Strange stories, since most of my previous Doctor Strange exposure was from the 1990s Doctor Strange series and the various times he guest starred in other titles.

For those of us who don't know, Doctor Strange was an uncaring, egotis
Gianfranco Mancini

Maybe Ditko's psychedelic artworks and "Smiling" Stan Lee's talkative dialogues aged not much well, but I really had a lot of fun reading and re-reading again these classic adventures of Dr Strange, his origins, first meeting with beloved Clea and an almost unending series of fights against overpowered foes like Mordo, Nightmare, Dormammu and Loki, with the good Doc struggling and triumphing against all odds.
An evergreen classic origin hero volume, a must read for old and new fans of Doctor Stra
Nov 19, 2015 rated it liked it
As a child back in the '70s, I couldn't get enough Doctor Strange. Steve Ditko's psychedelic dimensions, along with the restrained majesty of the doctor himself, enwrapped me in imaginary worlds that my child-mind had never even considered before. My life since then has been a series of attempts, through various means, to kick my perception of reality into other, more interesting realms, whether through writing, roleplaying, or (earlier in life) psychoactive substances. I gave up the drugs and a ...more
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Like many (most? all?) American boys, I went through a comic book phase in my early teens, indulging my fantasies through the perusal of four-color panels on cheap paper. But while all my friends were following Batman and the X-Men, I sought out smaller, more esoteric titles. You know... the really nerdy ones. And my favorite of all was Doctor Strange, the occult superhero with the crazy cape who defended humanity from black magic and extra-dimensional invaders.

Doctor Strange didn't have huge mu
Evan Leach
This collection contains the first 33 Doctor Strange stories, originally published from 1963-1966. Strange was Marvel’s attempt to branch out from the world of superheroes to the world of the occult (although the two occasionally intersected). Story wise, things got off to a bit of a rocky start for the good doctor. Stan Lee was still finding his way with the character in the early going, as Strange would either wander off on some random adventure or take on the odious Baron Mordo, the flunky ma ...more
Rich Meyer
Jul 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Let's start off by saying that the content of this book is FIVE STARS - We're talking Steve Ditko at the height of his creative abilities, with some of Stan Lee's best scripting. The angst of Spider-man isn't here (except for a tad of it in the story reprinted from Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2), and instead we've got the most arcane and cosmic stories since the early days of Doctor Fate and Stardust the Super Wizard.

I've given this particular incarnation of the book - the newest printing from 2
Amazing art. cool stories, bad writing.
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
May your amulet never tickle
Himanshu Karmacharya
This volume collects over 30 strange tales of the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange. The early stories feel like a draft, with Stan Lee and Steve Ditko still figuring out how to complete the framework. The stories are average and the art barely eye catching. But as the stories progress, the readers can find a dramatic change in the writing and the art. The plot and characters become more interesting and cemented on the genre. Whereas, I believe the art is one of the best that Steve Ditko has ever ...more
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Since the movie will be released soon enough, I decided to read about Doctor Strange from the comics. There was no better place to start then the beginning itself! I shall review everything as they come into my mind because this was a really massive compilation and didn't have only one story arc. Well overall the plots were monotonous but that usually prevails in almost all comic books. Some characters were really cool like Dormammu while Baron Mordo was a bit lame. No wonder Dormammu became the ...more
Hannah Givens
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The art is great fun, and I always love reading classic comics, my judgments are not as severe as they might be for something modern because part of the point is appreciating what was for its own sake. That said, this actually gets good. The first half or so was starting to get very repetitive -- Strange has literally one maneuver and it is to create an illusion of himself to fool the enemy into thinking they've won -- but just as I was thinking I might not bother reading any more, we embarked o ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: artists
After several years of avoiding them, I recently got back into comics, rereading James Robinson's amazing Starman series from the 90's. As I started to explore other possibilities, I gradually became obsessed with the idea of reading Dr. Strange. Back when I collected comics, I had never bought any Dr. Strange, so the character was – in many ways- new to me. I decided to start at the beginning, and I shelled out about $60 for this increasingly rare edition of Marvel Masterworks, Doctor Strange e ...more
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, which compiles the first 30 or so Doctor Strange comics from the mid-1960s, was a lot of fun. All the stories were by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the pair that co-created Spider-Man. Lee's writing (as always) is completely ridiculous, but since this is a story about a sorcerer who uses catchphrases like "By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth!", it actually sort of balances out. Steve Ditko's art is great, and I loved all his weird surrealist drawings of other dimensions.

I also really liked tha
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading the early adventures of Dr Strange! These comics, I've noticed are slightly different than those of the other Marvel comics. These comics see the hero beaten and downtrodden, weak and on the run. It makes the stories more interesting and complex! I didn't read every comic in this book but I did read the majority of it and they were really well-written and the drawings were amazing, showing us different worlds and magic spells! Overall, I really liked theses stories and t ...more
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
It begins here.
Steve Ditko set the feel and visual tone of Dr. Strange. His rendition of Eternity changes the way we view the world. That alone is worth this tome.
Apr 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
L.  (Annus Horribilis)
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic
When Dr. Strange was first created he wasn't big enough to carry his own comic and so found a home in what I would call a catch-all book called Strange Tales. Since he had to share page space, mainly with the Human Torch and the Ever Lovin' Thing, Strange's stories were restricted to 8-10 pages. On the plus side this meant it was very fast paced with no room for filler. On the downside this didn't allow for much variety in storytelling. There was a fixed formula of

The Villain: Behold, I am evil!
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I was thinking recently that I enjoyed Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange in the Avengers movies quite a bit, but didn't know a lot about the character's comics so here we are.

It's wild to me that this material follows on the heels of the first Spider-Man story by a year, because while those (IMO) have aged very well, the good doctor's first adventures have not. For all of the praise for Ditko's "psychedelic" style, there aren't really a lot of parts that wow me, and, well, Lee's writing doesn'
Drew Ames
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2018-comics
I loved Doctor Strange in the short-lived Strange Tales in the late '80s -- the one that split each issue with a Cloak and Dagger story. So, when I saw this collection offered as a free download with one of the Disney DVDs we bought, I snapped it up.

This is the original Doctor Strange comic run collected in one volume. The early issues are interesting, but also a series of one-shot adventures. Even so, the mystical dimensions that Ditko drew were fantastic and dynamic giving each story a concept
Paul Morrison
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Only the genius of Stan Lee and the artistic skill of Steve Ditko could produce such a completely different superhero as Dr. Strange. I remember reading my first Dr. Strange story back in 1965 - the artwork and story line left me breathless and wanting to read more. I had never seen anything like it! Marvel had given us the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk and the Mighty Thor and now we had the Master of the Mystic Arts - Dr. Strange. I was left breathless way back then and
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This volume presents its readers with the origin story and early years of the mysterious Doctor Strange. Through these issues, we see the development of the Doctor Strange character and the early development of Stan Lee's writing skills. The stories do tend to be formulaic, but as time goes on, we see the growth of one Marvel Comics' most iconic characters. Illustrator Steve Ditko creatively uses psychedelic swirls of color as a backdrop for Strange's adventures in the worlds of the mystic arts. ...more
Rick Davis
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doctor Strange got off to a rough start. It seems like the first Doctor Strange comic was intended to be a one-off filler to round out a comic. Then letters started coming in from interested readers, and a new comic was tried, and then another. It was his fourth appearance before Strange gets anything like an origin story or character development. It's quite a while after that before he gets his iconic red cape. The story ideas were interesting, but Stan Lee's writing was terrible in the beginni ...more
Hezekiah Brown
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although Doctor Strange began roughly with short stories that are all unconnected, by the end of this collection the story is well developed and interesting. One of the fun things with this collection is getting to see Strange created. Items such as the Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto are developed in these early stories.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading old comics is always interesting, because they're always a bit racist and bit sexist, as well as written with ridiculous language, but even so there's something... great about some of it. I don't know. I really enjoyed reading these original Doctor Strange stories, for all of their flaws. ...more
JoJo Flan
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Even When Old

The story is captivating and heart pounding even after all these years. I love Doctor Strange so I wanted to read some of his old stories. I was not disappointed at all and the book kept me wanting to know what would happen next the entire way through.
Shawn Manning
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Oodles of mighty Marvel fun

While Mr. Ditko does an excellent job of conveying energy in his work on Spider-Man, Dr. Strange lets him demonstrate some truly groundbreaking backgrounds and layouts.
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Hard to rate this one because obviously it's a much older comic, which makes it rather a chore to get through. On the other hand, it's very imaginative for its time and provides a much different structure than its contemporaries. It's definitely fun if you can get past the idiosyncrasies. ...more
Bryan Miller
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
A blast to chunks. The exposition of a silver age book will wear the patience of most, but that Ditko art is pure joy to behold. 4-5 stars for the fun factor!
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Artwork wonderful. Storyline bit stale
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Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber) was an American writer, editor, creator of comic book superheroes, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.

With several artist co-creators, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, the Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange, and many other characters, introducing complex

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