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11 Is A Palindromic Number, and,
A Recusal

Please celebrate with Neilalien his 11th Blogiversary! Exclesior!

That's 1,111 in internet/weblog/dog years. You won't find a better combination of starting earlier and blogging longer in comics-blogging.

But alas, as of today, Neilalien is officially recusing himself from the news, entertainments, and expectations of the near-daily visitor to his website.

Now is a good time- 11 is a palindromic number, of course...

[25 Feb 02011: More...]

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Overheard in a comic con bathroom:

"We have a new character... named Dr. Strange... Twas Steve's idea."
 - Stan Lee, letter to Comic Reader #16, 23 Feb '63, as quoted in Steve Ditko's 32-Page Package v.5 Tsk! Tsk!

"Is that the Eye of Yaphet Kotto?"
- A demon, Marvel Comics Presents #20

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PURPLE GEMS

Original Sin #5-6 reveal Nick Fury's watcher-on-the-wall secret history of Howard-Stark-recruited galactic wetwork protecting the Earth from alien invasion, Old Gods in the Netherworld, etc. [The Beat review]

They gave Dr. Strange's lunch to Nick Fury, haven't they? This should have been Dr. Strange's secret history! At least against the mystical and other-dimensional threats. When Fury says he wants one of those assembled to replace him, Doc should have replied, "I literally already have this job", instead of the naive blah-blah. This cool idea- now given to superspy Nick Fury- "we don't know everything Dr. Strange has had to do to protect us as Sorcerer Supreme, and it wasn't all pretty"- Colonel Jessup on the mystical wall, an unfathomable greater responsibility, a grotesque and incomprehensible existence that saves lives- mines Strange's actual history, and is arguably better than anything that's been tried in the last ten years to darken-modernize Strange- from Chosen One origin revamps, to the entire there-and-back-again with Brother Voodoo, to brooding incompetent and Illuminati mass-murderer, to creep and jar-room mass-murderer, now to soul-seller for power.

Speaking of: New Avengers #20 reveals Doctor Strange was unable to sell his soul for ultimate power in #14- he "lacked the full measure of one" for sufficient payment (so we definitely have a 'soul-problem' for Doc- maybe related to Waid's item in his Strange miniseries?). The non-sale is a relief for Neilalien- four-color morality is not needed, but Doc selling his soul for god-like power felt too dark and stupid-risky; he's supposed to be a hero, and wise. But it's not like Doc smartened up- he just didn't have a soul to sell. But Doc still has other dark and mass-murderer avenues to pursue: It appears he's using the Blood Bible ("no spell in the Blu'Dakorr has ever not caused the death of the caster" [New Avengers #4]) to unleash Shuma Gorath (?- or something else from the genus Tentacles) ("through" him- paralleling how the Ancient One originally died?) on the Great Society's universe to save 616. [Hilarious: Norn reverted to Harry Potter- or DC's Books of Magic kid Timothy Hunter.]

[19 July 02014]

New Marvel publishing initiative Avengers NOW! promo image includes a female Thor (announced on The View talk show- using ABC/Disney/Marvel synergy for mainstream press), a black Captain America (Sam "Falcon" Wilson; announced on The Colbert Report), a new Superior Iron Man suit, an Agents-of-SHIELD-style Deathlok, and Ant-Man and Dr. Strange clearly getting some pre-movie attention [Entertainment Weekly] [update: temporary Thor/Cap diversity changes give starving hopeful non-white-male comics fans temporary sense of belonging] [18 July 02014]

New Avengers Annual #1 is a tour-de-force dark Doctor Strange story from writer Frank Barbiere and artist Marco Rudy [CBR review: "an insightful character piece focused on Stephen Strange... investigates Strange's compulsion to be successful from the sorcerer's pre-magical history and his current endeavors... gorgeous art that defies traditional layouts and style"] [CBR Forum discussion] [Outright Geekery review] [Geeked Out Nation review: 9.5 out of 10] [PopMatters review] [Comic Vine review] [IGN review] [Cosmic Book News review] [update: AV Club: New Avengers Annual shows why Dr. Strange could be Marvel's next big hero] [12 July 02014]

Drummer Tommy Ramone, last surviving original member of The Ramones, has died [12 July 02014]

Dr. Strange movie meta-commentary: Finally an intriguing superhero for a movie, or have we reached peak superhero/scraping bottom of the barrel? ["But there's very little chance that a Dr. Strange film will have much of the particular charm, or the greatness, of the original comics."] [29 June 02014]

Scott Derrickson to direct the Doctor Strange movie [tweet/pic] [Wikipedia] [Derrickson has horror-supernatural-mystery chops- encouraging] [7 June 02014]

Does a Supreme Court Ruling Mean Disney Will Lose 'Spider-Man' Rights? [Raging Bull ruling limits laches defense if copyright infringement ongoing/growing; "the Copyright Act's statute of limitations runs separately from each violation"] ["If the rule were, as MGM urges, 'sue soon, or forever hold your peace,' copyright owners would have to mount a federal case fast to stop seemingly innocuous infringements, lest those infringements eventually grow in magnitude."] [Stan Lee Media, "an epic losing streak in court", was told in March 02010 they slept on their Marvel-character claims since 01998 and were time-barred from suing; now feeling new life] [24 May 02014]

Hollywood's superhero movie binge explained in four charts [update: a whopping five new TV shows next season based on superheroes/comic books] [10 May 02014]

Free Comic Book Day this Saturday 3 May! [update: Bongo Comics Free-For-All! FCBD offering this year includes Plasmo The Mystic and his on-again-off-again girlfriend Clea-clone Starla] [update: "Congrats once again to Joe Field for coming up with one of the best ideas for promoting comics ever."] [1 May 02014]

Comics professional/journalist Janelle Asselin criticizes new Teen Titans #1 cover, dares to question a teenaged girl having breast implants, becomes latest woman to get rape threats for expessing an opinion online [Anatomy of a Bad Cover: DC's New "Teen Titans" #1] [Daily Beast] [The Outhousers] [I Received Rape Threats After Criticizing a Comic Book] [Ending Sexual Harassment In Geek Culture] [What Are Misogynist Geeks So Afraid Of?] [An Open Letter to the Men Not Speaking Up About Harassment and Rape Threats] [26 April 02014]

Recent and potential Doctor Strange and related appearances:

» "Stephen Strange" is mentioned in the Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie as a threat to HYDRA

» Marvel's next big event is Original Sin, a murder-mystery; The Watcher Uatu is killed and his eyes taken; the MU's "Wikileaks"; [overview; Illuminati outed; Cap finds out he was mindwiped (if Cap does this without help then it's more Doc incompetence)] [press conference: Dr. Strange supposedly very involved, part of Black Panther's investigative team, teamed up buddy-cop style with "the Garth Ennis Punisher"?] [update: Original Sin #3 preview indeed shows Doc and Punisher together] [June solicits: Original Sin #4: "Dr. Strange and the Punisher team up for a daring raid."; update/preview: Punisher points gun at Doc] [update: Original Sin includes Mindless Ones with minds]

» Kurt Busiek's Astro City #11's Silver Adept story is filled with Doctor-Strange-esque goodness [including a Rintrah]

» Uncanny Avengers Annual #1 out next week [April solicits]: "The first appearance of the Avengers of the Supernatural! When the producers of the Mojoverse can't make a hit series they call on Mojo to gather an all-new, all-creepy Avengers!" [update: review; Doctor Strange, Blade, Ghost Rider, Man-Thing, Manphibian and Satana; fun book!]

» Reminder: June solicits: New Avengers Annual #1: "Doctor Strange has faced the impossible time and again as an Avenger and the Sorcerer Supreme, but when he is called upon to fulfill an old debt to an enclave of techno-monks high in the Himalayas, even the good doctor may be beyond his limits!" [funny how he's more an Avenger than a Defender now]

» We have to wait all the way until June's New Avengers #20 to see what happens when Doc 'sold his soul'? June solicits: "How far is Doctor Strange willing to go to protect the Earth from the Great Society? Too far..."

» Kaluu involved with Mighty Avengers

» All-New X-Men #25 alt-reality splash page shows Illyana/Magik's "truer destiny" with Sorcerer Supreme accoutrements [review]

» July solicits: Silver Surfer #5: "The demon, Shuma Gorath, is ready to cast the Earth into Eternal Chaos! The problem is, if the Silver Surfer, the Hulk, and Dr. Strange can find a way to stop him." [by Slott/Allred]

» Metalocalypse Doc, Dormammu and Shuma-Gorath in the Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. cartoon ep "Stranger in a Strange Land" [io9]

» Mark Waid: "There are two characters in particular that loan themselves beautifully to digital comics: Doctor Strange, who I have ideas for, and Daredevil."

[25 April 02014]

Amazon acquires major digital comics platform ComiXology [PR @ CBR] [Comics Reporter collection of links/reactions] [CNet] [digital reading-content business-meme perfect fit] ["Like all industries whose products can now be digitized, comic books are facing the opportunities and challenges of a physical to digital evolution."] [trading one monopoly-closed ecosystem (Diamond) for another (ComiZon)?] [print comics were in such a direct-market ghetto that perhaps digital could have only helped in terms of publisher bottom lines pumping new blood/a second kind of consumer into comics, and they apparently have, print sales are up- but e-commerce is eating brick-mortar foot traffic for lunch- Amazon is already competing with comic shops and aggressively underpricing and demolishing brick-mortar book and electronics retailers- Amazon + ComiXology must look like a shark with a frickin' laser attached, to the Diamond-model comic shop not competing via "the shopping experience"] [ComicsPRO responds; paper is "the real thing" (tell that to iTunes); interesting 'comics shops dead or alive' comments] [retailer Dennis Barger: we just gave Amazon our customers' contact info and pull lists; the quirky-obscure will lose] ["predator" Amazon now clouds ComiXology's "clean win for comics, fans, publishing and even brick and mortar retailers"] [DownTheTubes.net: What now for independent comic creators?; censorship, revenue-share concerns] [Comixverse Round-up; fate of already-bought digital comics? fate of creator-owned Submit?] [Diamond's own digital attempt closed earlier this year] [13 April 02014]

June's one-shot New Avengers Annual #1 by writer Frank Barbiere and artist Marco Rudy tells an oversized Dr. Strange solo story [12 April 02014]

MoCCA Fest in NYC this weekend! [1 April 02014]

Stan Lee Bemused By Kirby Controversies, Not As Rich As You Think He Is [new Stan Lee Playboy interview] [22 March 02014]

Retailer Brian Hibbs on the current state of back issues at comic shops [interesting: severing 'traditional' numbering for constant #1's nukes back-issue mystique] [21 March 02014]

New Avengers #14: "The Agamotto Gambit": Doctor Strange shown in The Sinner's Market selling his soul for the absolute power needed to save the universe from a pending Mapmaker incursion [some very cool ideas and art here; but with watching the other universes fall, also plenty of Prime Minister Electro (the concept that all the storytelling potential these tired characters have left to a hardcore audience is to rearrange the Titanic deck-chairs with every What-If Earth-X Age-of-Apocalypse combination possible and then kill them)] [Neilalien is very wary of more non-heroic selling-soul-to-devil Illuminati douchebag Doc here, but we shall see (but not in this week's #15; Doc subplot not present)] [Doc's soul? Waid's Strange #3 said it was like "it's not even there"] [20 March 02014]

Comic Stores: You Are The Future And I Don't Think You Know It [2000AD's Ben Smith reaches out to retailers] [19 March 02014]

'Marvel Comics of the 1980s' weblog: Items with label Doctor Strange [23 February 02014]

Dave Sim letter in Ditkomania #91: visited Ditko in 02013, looking well [22 February 02014]

'Doctor Strange' Heating Up as Marvel Vets Directors [21 February 02014]

Noted Dr. Strange scholar/collector and Everything Picturist Howard Hallis gives Dr. Strange casting tips to Disney/Marvel [19 January 02014]

Stan Lee at Princeton, March 01966, Announcing Steve Ditko's Departure [earliest known/suviving audio recording of Stan Lee speaking in public] ["At 2:35 Lee announces that Steve Ditko has left Marvel. The audience boos and hisses."] [thanks Sean Howe!] [3 January 02014]

02014 has the same day-date configuration as 01975, so here's a high-quality scan of Marvel's 01975 calendar [February is Dr. Strange/Defenders themed] [via The Beat] [2 January 02014]

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His own hero's journey was already over: The Lee/Ditko Doctor Strange was very different from other Marvel heroes at the time, and Marvel's heroes of today, and the Doctor Strange of today [20 Feb 02011]

The Avenging Page (In Excelsis Ditko): massive missive re: Ditko's self-published work of recent years, by Jog, at Comics Comics [15 Feb 02011]

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