The Many Faces of Doctor Strange


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Ditko Original (First Appearance 1963)

Black hair with white streaks higher than at the temples. Elaborate moustache with points both up and down. Heavy-lidded and/or Asian eyes. No cape (before Doc acquired the Cloak of Levitation). Amulet of Agamotto (before Doc acquired the Eye; but round like the Eye). Dark blue shirt. Chest symbol with eyes. Orange gloves with black dots. Orange sash. Black pants.

Source: Strange Tales #110.

Doc FAQ: Wasn't Dr. Strange originally Asian before his return/origin/use as a regular character/whitewash in Strange Tales #115?

It's certainly possible Doc was initially intended to be Asian and then white-washed once they decided to start using him as a regular character- the eyes look very "Asian" in his first appearances, and such an action would fit the sad politics of the time. The counter-argument is that Baron Mordo's eyes are drawn exactly the same way in Strange Tales #111. Mordo was definitely never an Asian character, but a Westerner. It's possible both are Westerners with the "opium-smoking droopy-eyed mystic" trope going on in the early stories as seen below. The Ancient One, definitely an Asian, was drawn with the same type of eyes too. All three have the same Asian and/or mystic eyes.

Ditko Original With Blue Cape

Amulet of Agamotto is square.

Source: Strange Tales #115.

Ditko Icon

Unambiguously Western features. Black hair with white at temples. Thin moustache. Cloak of Levitation and Eye of Agamotto. Flowy blue shirt. Chest symbol is curvy without eyes. Orange gloves without black dots. Orange sash. Blue pants.

Source: Strange Tales #140.

Masked

Superhero look. Dark blue mask with yellow eyes. Cloak and Eye. Dark blue suit with black chest symbol and briefs. Flowy light blue gloves and boots. Thin yellow sash.

Source: Doctor Strange #177.

Colan Classic

Black hair with white at temples. Thin moustache. Huge Cloak of Levitation curlies with thickness. Eye. Huge flowy blue shirt/skirt. Chest symbol is curvy without eyes. Orange gloves without dots. Orange sash. Blue pants.

Source: Doctor Strange #17 cover.

Television Movie (1978)

Peter Hooten.

The 80's

As exemplified by Paul Smith. Back to Ditko Original, but with Cloak and Eye. Handlebar-esque moustache. Blue flowy shirt. Triangular chest symbol with two eyes. Orange gloves with black dots. Orange sash. Black pants.

Source: Doctor Strange #56 cover.

In A Bad Place

Doc of the Black Arts. Long white hair. Eye patch. Wings of Needless Sorrow in place of the Eye of Agamotto.

Source: Strange Tales V2 #14.

Strange

Superhero look. Black and white Rorschach mask. Anomaly rue amulet. Black ripped cape with top points like the Cloak. Heavy chest symbol. Green gems on white gloves.

Source: Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme #61.

Young Again

Long black hair with white streaks. No moustache. Trenchcoat of Levitation; no Eye. Sunglasses. Young again. Eternity-esque bodysuit.

Source: Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme #76 cover.

Golden Shirt

Happy goatee face. Trenchcoat of Levitation. White shirt with huge eleborate golden thing on it that must have been a pain in the ass to draw.

Source: Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme #90 (1996).

Flight of Bones (1999)

Noirish look. Cloak and Eye. Dark blue shirt. Chest symbol is red, angular head and wings, curly tail, one eye. Yellow gloves with black dots. Yellow sash. Black pants.

Source: Doctor Strange: The Flight of Bones #4.

Larsen Retro (2001)

Drawn by Erik Larsen for Defenders Vol. 2. Back to the Ditko Original, but with Cloak and Eye. Clearly Asian eyes.

Source: Defenders #1 cover (2001).

Mutant X

Face hidden (he's Man-Thing underneath) with hooded muscular bodysuit Cloak of Levitation. Mysterious amulet and staff.

Source: Mutant X Annual 2001.

Submitted by Zeichman.

Mangaverse (2002)

Brown hair with white patch in front. Harry Potter type glasses. Mouth hidden by mask. Black double-breasted trenchcoat with gold buttons and black boots.

Source: Marvel Mangaverse #4 cover.

Big In Japan (2006)

Elegant winged/angel chest symbol.

By artist Seth Fisher, who died in January 2006 at age 33 accidentally falling from a building roof in Osaka, Japan.

Source: Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big In Japan #2.

The Oath (2007)

Black hair with white temples. Aristocratic Vincent-Price hook nose and thin moustache. Cloak and Eye. Light blue suit. Top is more like a light coat. Chest symbol has added curves/"elbows". Orange gloves. Normal pants and shoes. Design by Marcos Martin.

Source: Doctor Strange: The Oath #3 cover.

New Avengers (2010) (Bendis)

John-Constantine tan or green trenchcoat, black shirt. No costume at all. Utterly terrible.

Source: New Avengers #1 (2010 Heroic Age issue).

Defenders 2012 (Fraction/Dodson)

Black hair with white at temples or front. Heavy handlebar moustache. No Cloak/Eye. Black coat and pants. Red three-prong chest symbol. Red gauntlets. Yellow circular Eye-like belt buckle and red sash. Black boots.

Sources: Defenders #1 cover; Point One cover.

Axe Action (2017) (Aaron/Bachalo)

Black hair with no white. Moustache and scruffy beard. Dark blue cloak w/pendant (not Cloak/Eye). Dark blue shirt. No gloves. Black pants. Heavy boots with tread. Brown belt and accoutrements. Weapons like axe, dagger, sword, bow and arrow.

Sources: Doctor Strange #12, #18. Drawn by Chris Bachalo.

Savage Avengers (2021)

Black hair with white temples. Moustache with goat patch/chin puff. Cloak and Eye. Classic blue shirt. Classic chest symbol; no eyes. Yellow gloves; no black dots. Pauldrons on shoulders. Blue pants. Wide yellow sash and additional brown belt. Breechcloth. Brown leg wrappings.

Source: Savage Avengers #23. Drawn by Patch Zircher.