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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

Marvel's April 02016 solicits include Doctor Strange #7
JASON AARON (W) CHRIS BACHALO (A)
CIVIL WAR VARIANT COVER BY TBA
LAST DAYS OF MAGIC, PART 2
As all of his magic dissipates, Doctor Strange is at the mercy of THE IMPERATOR!
The powerless sorcerer is no longer supreme and can't possibly best a super-powered foe hell-bent on his destruction.
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

Also: Doctor Strange: Last Days of Magic #1
JASON AARON, GERRY DUGGAN & JAMES ROBINSON (W)
MIKE PERKINS, DANILO BEYRUTH and AFU CHAN (A)
Cover by MIKE PERKINS
VARIANT COVER BY KEVIN MAGUIRE
VARIANT COVER BY SHANE DAVIS
"This companion to the LAST DAYS OF MAGIC epic! THE EMPIRIKUL, led by The Imperator, are destroying all magic and magic users in the Marvel Universe. Jason Aaron brings you Doctor Strange and Wong's secret history and the ultimate sacrifice that Wong makes! Gerry Duggan shows Brother Voodoo's stand against the evil magic-eaters. James Robinson introduces a new magic figure in the Marvel U just in time for her last stand!"
56 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+ $5.99

Also: All-New X-Men #8; cover and story
"As young Beast continues to struggle with his new life in the present day Marvel Universe, he turns to another man of science for guidance- former surgeon and present day sorcerer supreme, Doctor Strange!"

Also: Doctor Strange Omnibus (and "Prelude"), collecting 450 pages of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Doctor Strange pages from the very beginning for $75, out on October 4th just ahead of the movie.

[26 January 02016]

Doctor Strange #4 is out! [Dormammu and the Mindless Ones are in Spider-Man/Deadpool #1] [6 January 02016]

The Pulp Magazine Archive [Internet Archive has started collecting pulps published from 01896 through the 01950s] [4 January 02016]

Entertainment Weekly's First Look issue this week has Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange on the cover
> Exclusive Photos of Marvel's Most Mystical, Magical Movie Ever
> Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige explains the powers of Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange
> Benedict Cumberbatch says there is going to be 'crazy shit' in Doctor Strange
> Find out who Rachel McAdams plays in Doctor Strange; a fellow surgeon from Doc's pre-mystical days; possible Night Nurse
> Mads Mikkelsen is playing the main villain in Marvel's Doctor Strange; 'turncoat sorcerer' sounds like Mordo
> Doctor Strange Movie Won't Shy Away From The Hero's Magical Powers, Artifacts
> update: Tilda Swinton says her Doctor Strange character's gender is 'in the eye of the beholder'; she is The Ancient One
> update: Is Chiwetel Ejiofor's Doctor Strange character good or evil? He says...; he is Mordo
[29 December 02015]

Happy Birthday today to Stan Lee! [Wikipedia] [28 December 02015]

Marvel's March 02016 solicits include Doctor Strange #6
JASON AARON (W) CHRIS BACHALO (A/C)
STORY THUS FAR VARIANT COVER BY TBA
CLASSIC ARTIST VARIANT COVER BY TBA
"THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC" STARTS NOW!
The Emperikul have arrived, leaving universes purged of magic in their wake. Their next target? The Marvel Universe. And with Doctor Strange weakened beyond measure? We don't have a chance!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99 [27 December 02015]

Doctor Strange #3 is out! [previews: CBR; Continuum] [Midnight Sons variant cover!] [3 December 02015]

Doctor Strange movie announces start of production, confirms cast [Marvel] [ScreenCrush] [CNET] [Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton] [also hitting the web: a Neil Gaiman tweet that allows people to infer the idle chat from a few years back between Gaiman and Guillermo Del Toro about doing a Dr. Strange movie might have been a real pitch or offer to Marvel that Marvel passed on before the MCU got rolling; Bleeding Cool] [30 November 02015]

Steve Ditko's first published story in Daring Love #1, "Paper Romance", dated September-October 01953 [with Nick Caputo commentary] [25 November 02015]

Marvel's February 02016 solicits include Doctor Strange #5
DOCTOR STRANGE #5
JASON AARON (W) CHRIS BACHALO (A)
Cover by KEVIN NOWLAN
VARIANT COVER BY MICHAEL CHO
The Witchfinder Wolves are here and Doctor Strange is in trouble.
The Empirikul is coming, Magic's days are numbered and Strange is not ready!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99 [24 November 02015]

Strong sales for Doctor Strange #1 as one of the "unprecedented (at least in recent memory) 14 titles with direct market sales over 100,000 copies in October" [Marvel relaunches gobble up October sales] [ICv2] [Comichron] [Dr. Strange Historical Sales Numbers] [23 November 02015]

Jessica Jones dark 13-episode first season released on Netflix to rave reviews [Screen Rant] [David Tennant moves on from his great Doctor Who to play the Purple Man; "magic"] [6 Ways "Jessica Jones" Changed the Marvel Universe: Bendis' Alias was one of the titles that launched Marvel's 'R-rated' MAX imprint in 02001] [22 November 02015]

New TPB Dr. Strange: Don't Pay The Ferryman is out! [Amazon] [reprints some good stuff from 01986-87 Doctor Strange #75-81] [21 November 02015]

Doctor Strange #2 out today!

Doc also appears in Howard The Duck #1, and Invincible Iron Man #3 (as "facial hair bros", sigh).

Marvel's January 02016 solicits include Doctor Strange #4; guest app in All-New Wolverine #4
DOCTOR STRANGE #4
JASON AARON (W) CHRIS BACHALO (A)
Cover by KEVIN NOWLAN
DEADPOOL VARIANT COVER BY TBA
Doctor Strange has gathered a circle of magic-using friends to try and best monitor magic in the Marvel Universe.
But this tactic is too late as forces are destroying all magical objects and beings in the multiverse and they are turning their sights on our dimension.
At least Strange won't have to die alone...
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99 [4 November 02015]

Happy 88th Birthday to Steve Ditko! [Wikipedia] [Javier Hernandez birthday wishes] [Arlen Schumer tribute] [2 November 02015]

Doctor Strange #1 Braindump

  1. -19: Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #90 has a cover date of June 01996. It has been over 19 years since the last issue of a Dr. Strange ongoing series.
  2. +1 for this book not being an origin retelling, updating, rebooting, reimagining, etc.
  3. +1 for starting right off with a house call, invoking Doc's first story (Strange Tales #110) helping a normal person in the trenches (it feels like a very long time since we saw that- it's been a lot of meta superhero drama, Illuminati, Sorcerer Supreme/Brother Voodoo, Secret Wars, etc.). While there's nothing new under the sun and nothing wrong with what we got- maybe the decision was made to make an accessible introduction- we could have gotten a slightly more creative idea than the standard 'exorcising a small child'.
  4. -1 for a child's life being on the line, and in the heat of battle, Doc casts Detect Flirt? Too cutesy. Didn't work for Neilalien. It minimized the seriousness of the situation too much. There are better ways to establish Doc as a 'dog' if that's the direction. Plus, if Doc is a 'dog', he wouldn't need to cast a spell to detect interest.
  5. -2 for the transmogrifying fire spell. While it's great to hear the Powers and Principalities and old-school spellcasting again- the Icy Tendrils of Ikthalon are used here against fire (reminding of the way the Flames of the Faltine were used to melt them in Doctor Strange #33)- these paragraph-long poems in the heat of battle just don't fly anymore. They bring the pacing to a screeching halt. Neilalien would have preferred if Doc had just said "The Icy Tendrils of Ikthalon!", or "Fire to Flowers!" in the spellcasting style used in Flight of Bones. Getting the Moons of Munnopor, or any spell, wrong? Did not work for Neilalien. Too cutesy. And then the spell still works? We're assuming magic takes discipline and focus, not stumbling through the words and cowering one's head.
  6. -1: Of course, no bleeding heart for child murderers here, but Doc should know better and be more heroic than to send the soul-eaters to Riker's Island. He shouldn't want the soul-eaters being strengthened by feeding on any souls, no matter who they are. He protects everyone on Earth. He wouldn't clean up a mystically-infested prison? He knows the Constitution's against cruel and unusual punishment. But maybe the soul-eaters have to feed on something, and no one's drowning rabbits anymore.
  7. 0: Black-and-white striped tentacles remind Neilalien of Beetlejuice.
  8. +1 for the payment. Neilalien wishes his own neighbors would bake their local despondent recluse a cake...
  9. +1 for the art choice during the passage of how Doc sees the world, with the mundane world black and white, and the mystical world in color. Very They Live. One of the women was in chains, again reminding of Doc's first story in Strange Tales #110.
  10. +1 for the soul parasites, interdimensional bacteria, soul eaters, psyche leeches, etc. Good stuff. Puts the doctor in Doctor Strange.
  11. +1 for the tweaks to Doc's look. It feels a little busier and less elegant than previous cleaner looks- but this Doc is a man of action with his dagger at his belt, chunky boots, and lots of steampunk pouches, perhaps filled with the material components of spells. Why keep all your goodies locked away in the Sanctum? The Cloak of Levitation really shines here. Used as steps, a scarf, etc. Really liking the draped-over look and not missing the large collar at all.
  12. Is the battle with the Free Rovers taking place on the astral plane? In the child's mind? Doc's body is obviously in the bedroom doing his astral thing, and the conflict is happening in some odd place where the bedroom is being incorporated into it. It looks like we have an art choice here to not do a ghostly astral form, include the Cloak, etc. Or at least the decision to not have the first sight of Dr. Strange be in his ghostly astral form, since that's how the story opens, which might be confusing to new readers.
  13. +1 overall for The Bar With No Doors and meetup group. +1 loved the tiki bar ambiance. +1 for the Algonquin Round Table social group idea. +1 that Doc's not an alcoholic here. -1 for including Scarlet Witch and not The Blue Hat Man. -1: The Sorcerer Supreme's body language in the bar is too schlubby, hunched over, head down. Even when Doc is depressed, pensive, burdened, etc., he's still a commanding presence (for examples, see Brunner's art run).
  14. +1 for the excellent "humanizing" part in front of the Sanctum with Zelma before she knew she was speaking to Doc.
  15. The Empirikul. Get it? The Empirical: scientists, anti-magic types. Perhaps lead by a new Scientist Supreme?

[12 October 02015]

Doctor Strange #1 is out to positive reviews (adding as found)
> CBR: "a perfect launching point for a bold new era"
> IGN: "It's high time Doctor Strange had his own comic again, and this new series certainly doesn't disappoint."
> Graphic Policy: "a really fun debut that exudes energy"; 8.5/10
> Comicosity: an introduction but not an origin-retelling; Bachalo's art sells the weird and differentiates the comic from the rest; 8.0/10
> Newsarama: "solid, if imperfect"
> Hannibal Tabu: "A pleasant surprise."
> ComicVine: "a strong start"
> Kotaku: "A Sorcerer Supreme Who's a Lot More Human"
> Bam Smack Pow: "the most fun, enchanting, just out and out enjoyable first issues I've ever read"
> Longbox Graveyard: "can't imagine a better reintroduction"

[8 October 02015]

Marvel's "We make girl comics!" besieged on all sides
> With A Growing Female Audience, Marvel Hopes To Invite Everyone In
> More: How the Success of Marvel's Female Superheroes Heralds a More Inclusive Age of Comics
> Update: Marvel at NYCC: We've never been more diverse
> Harvard professor looks down her nose at girl-comic A-Force in The New Yorker: Looking at Female Superheroes with Ten-Year-Old Boys
> A-Force writer defends her book: Dr. Lepore's Lament
> Woman comic shop manager responds to The New Yorker piece: An Open Letter to Jill Lepore About A-Force
> Overview: Female Superheroes: A Historical Perspective
> Industry/Direct Market/Comic Prices Meta: Now dollar-voting supporting Marvel comics about or made by women is potentially a $70/month commitment
> Industry/Harassment Meta: Alex de Campi: "I am sick to death of corporate comics telling me they caaare about me and my lady-dollar as a reader, and then continuing to employ/protect known harassers"] [she writes Grindhouse and My Little Pony comics!]
> The Beat: New writer on Red Wolf is perfect storm of all of today's comics issues
> The worst comics industry in the world: The Beat: How a toxic history of harassment has damaged the comics industry
> Update: Harassment Meta/a different angle from March 02015: Progressive Comics Can Leave Me Behind: "Making a man in this industry look bad is nearly impossible."; harassers get nuance and a narrative-dominating rehab so we can all Move On (except the victim); lots of comments

[6 October 02015]

Ta-Nehisi Coates Writing Black Panther Is The Year's Biggest Comics News [Vulture; "the awful few months that Marvel has been having with regard to diversity"] [more big press: NY Times; Wired]
> On Marvel and Magical Thinking: Marvel's hiring of Ta-Nehisi Coates to write Black Panther doesn't magically fix a diversity problem Marvel doesn't acknowledge it has
> The Guardian: Marvel's hip-hop tribute embraces black metaphors but excludes black people
> Controversy clouds excitement for Marvel's 'All New, All Different' relaunch: failing to hire more writers and artists of color, more women, excluding LGBTQ
> The millionth Marvel boycott: until they can break Dwayne McDuffie's Rule of Three (three members of a marginalized community represented)

[5 October 02015]

New York Comic-Con is next weekend! [sold out] [Panels & Screenings] [Floor Plan] [Comic Guests] [Artist Alley] [party list by Bleeding Cool] [update: party list by Flavorpill] [4 October 02015]

Doctor Strange #1 preview [with all variant covers] [out this coming Wednesday 7 October] [2 October 02015]

Marvel's December 02015 solicitations include Doctor Strange #3
DOCTOR STRANGE #3
JASON AARON (W) CHRIS BACHALO (A/C)
VARIANT COVER BY TIM SALE
MARVEL '92 VARIANT BY MARK TEXEIRA
Dr. Strange wakes up, nearly naked with none of his magical tools or spellbooks and no memory of how he got there. Nor does he know where all the monsters chasing him came from.
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99
[and Fred Hembeck variant Secret Wars #9 cover] [1 October 02015]

MODOK: Assassin #5 series finale out today [far and away Neilalien's favorite of the Secret Wars event] [main Secret Wars event books getting very late] [30 September 02015]

A Problem For The Comics Snob is that superhero comics today have some more polish, more openness to different art styles, less earnestness, and more Matt Fraction, than they have had in the past (but you still gotta read a boatload of shit to be qualified to discuss the few too good to ignore) [enjoyable new R. Fiore (less earnest than usual himself with this essay)] ["It's the absurdity of saying, 'I don't read any of that superhero crap, what I like is Donald Duck.'"] [via CR] [a recent love-note meme-burst has been kinder to Fraction: 6 Reasons Why Matt Fraction's Hawkeye Is One of Marvel's Greatest Comics; Farewell, Bro: How Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye Changed Marvel Comics] [4 September 02015]

50 Summers Ago: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2 [lovenote to "The Wondrous Worlds of Dr. Strange!" by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, with lots of info and trivia] [26 August 02015]

Marvel's November 02015 solicitations include Doctor Strange #2
DOCTOR STRANGE #2
JASON AARON (W) CHRIS BACHALO (A/C)
Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Variant Cover BY ALEX ROSS
VARIANT SKETCH COVER BY ALEX ROSS
Take a tour of Doctor Strange's home-- the Sancto Sanctorum. It's the weirdest and most dangerous place in the Marvel Universe! A place where opening the wrong door can unleash hell on Earth.
Unfortunately for you and your fellow visitor, Zelma, Strange's house is infested with something far worse than bed bugs!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99
[25 August 02015]

Superhero films are American pop culture's most sustained response to 9/11 [9 August 02015]

Is it unofficial policy at Marvel to not create new characters in the Spider-Man and X-Men orbits for whom Sony and Fox would have movie first dibs? [7 August 02015]

The Secret History of Ultimate Marvel, The Experiment That Changed Superheroes Forever [via LinkMachineGo] [6 August 02015]

Ultimate End #4, out today, has a Dr. Strange variant cover by Karmome Shirahama [please note that Dr. Strange has absolutely nothing to do with the contents of Ultimate End #4 and does not appear within- another increasingly-more-common reason to dislike variant covers, but blogged here as always as news-completism for the completist-collectors] [Ultimate End ends the Ultimate Marvel Universe] [5 August 02015]

Kickstarter for Steve Ditko's 40th Anniversary edition of Mr. A #4 [the issue numbering is not pitfall-free- this must be "Count Rogue" (16 pages) and "Brotherhood Of The Collective" (16 pages)- originally published by Bruce Hershenson in 01975] ["Steve Ditko in 01975" article from Ditkomania #75] [4 August 02015]

Marvel/DC/Image/North American comics and graphic novel sales hit new 20-year high in 02014
Yay! You might have also heard that other comics are for sale and selling well too. Or maybe you haven't...:
> What Our Failure To Cover Attack On Titan Says About The Comics Industry [Marvel/DC superheroes still called "the mainstream", and Star Wars' fake one million sales still dominate North American comics industry press, while dwarfed by manga, kids comics, girl comics, webcomics]
> Comics212: Shifts And Living History [Marvel/DC comics industry still marginalizing anything not aimed at males 18-49, but real progress has been made]
> Comics212: New. Now. Next. [the system's hype/publicity cycle is more broken/divorced from the sales cycle than ever; retailers getting less info than ever to order books farther in advance; longer time-spans (and consumer attention-spans needed) between announcements and when books are actually on shelves; still as difficult as ever to get people talking about non-Marvel/DC/Image books; fewer good critics/curators talking about good comics actually on shelves than ever] [3 August 02015]

Writer Tony Isabella reports some peace-pipe smoking with DC, and a new Black Lightning collection in early 02016 [Trouble With Comics with some collected industry reactions] [via Progressive Ruin] [Robot 6] [Isabella has felt long-term disrespect from DC re: his creation Black Lightning, one of the first major black superheroes to appear in DC Comics]

[Update on a very old hubbub: A major part of said disrespect is DC's apparent nefarious unilateral for-money/lawyer-reasons muddying of the non-work-for-hire deal and creator-credit waters by giving artist Trevor Von Eeden a co-creator credit via costume design, as you'll see on Black Lightning's current Wikipedia page and almost everywhere else (notable exception Toonopedia). Von Eeden has disavowed co-creator status, but he has claimed BL's original visual design (but not the removable Afro mask). Neilalien absolutely supports Isabella vs. DC- but a kind of 'Isabella vs. Von Eeden' won't get the same pass. As a Steve Ditko fan and comics-are-words-and-pictures folk, he's just too wary of artists not getting their due, especially for their superhero visual-costume designs which are critical to the medium and sell those Underoos. Isabella's "A character isn't his costume" sounds a lot like what Stan Lee used to claim ("the person who has the idea is the person who creates it") when he gobbled up every credit in sight. Further reading: 20th Century Danny Boy: Original Art Stories: The (Sad) Saga of Black Lightning's Creation; Tony Isabella's 'FAQ of Recurring Animosity']

[2 August 02015]

Riverdale Punks Up With "Archie Meets Ramones" [series is expected to arrive in 02016 to celebrate both Archie's 75th anniversary and the Ramones 40th] [1 August 02015]

Big Jason Aaron interview re: writing the upcoming new Dr. Strange ongoing series, saying all the right things and many refreshing things ["I figured, 'Well if there's a movie coming up, we're going to be doing a Doctor Strange book before too much longer'... I don't think we need a huge set of rules for magic. For me, there's just one rule that's very important, and that's that everything that Strange does has to have a cost... I don't want a Doctor Strange who is a deus ex machina... He is paying a toll for doing what he does, but he's not a guy who goes around dreary and grim all the time... He's a weird, fun and quirky guy... He's not a creepy womanizer... Chris and I both wanted him to be a more physical hero, not just a guy who shows up, strikes a pose and shoots energy blasts... We're not completely reinventing Strange's supporting cast, but we are expanding it a little bit... We want to start putting them together and build this kind of Algonquin Round Table of magic users... establishing this group of Doctor Strange's peers... his rogues gallery should consist of not just otherworldly spirits, but human foes as well... At times it will be a fun maybe more light hearted action romp, and at other times it will be a pretty dark, scary, and gnarly book with very real emotional weight to it... excited and anxious to give [Chris Bachalo] as much crazy stuff to draw as I possibly can... We'll see him making house calls... [but] He's also a guy, though, who is walking a beat."] [Aaron owes us after giving Dr. Strange's job to Nick Fury and Winter Soldier in Original Sin...] [Jason Aaron Twitter] [Jason Aaron Website]

Update: Marvel October 02015 Solicits:
DOCTOR STRANGE #1
JASON AARON (w)
CHRIS BACHALO (a/C)
HIP-HOP VARIANT COVER BY JUAN DOE
COSPLAY VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
YOUNG VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
BLANK VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
VARIANT COVER BY KEVIN NOWLAN
VARIANT COVER BY TOM PALMER
VARIANT COVER BY JOE QUESADA
SKETCH VARIANT COVER BY JOE QUESADA
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT COVER BY ERICA HENDERSON
Who do you call when things are coming out of your dreams and trying to kill you? Or when your daughter is cursing in Latin and walking like a spider? Or when your dog keeps screaming at you to strangle your neighbors? Doctor Strange, of course. He's the only person standing between us and the forces of darkness, but has he been paying his tab? Every act of magic has a cost and Jason Aaron (THOR, ORIGINAL SIN) and Chris Bachalo (UNCANNY X-MEN) are going to put Stephen Strange through hell to even the scales.
40 PGS./Rated T+ $4.99

Update: For Every Action There's Reaction in Marvel's Doctor Strange [another Aaron interview; on PreviewsWorld]

[31 July 02015]

The 616 version of Dr. Strange dies standing up to God Doom in Secret Wars #4 [Shocking Twist Shakes Up Marvel's Secret Wars] [Secret Wars 02015: Part 4- Doctor Strange] [Deadshirt] [Outhousers] [CBR] [IGN] [Comicosity] [mostly very positive reviews for the event at the halfway mark, and selling well] [Doc should have been more a fifth column than a Doom kool-aid drinker, and there until the very end with a more meaningful, potent, and shocking betrayal of Doom] [17 July 02015]

An 8-year-old fan wrote Steve Ditko a letter, and here's how Ditko responded [5 July 02015]

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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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