Let’s see here: he wears the Cape of Levitation, has the Book of the Vishanti, and rocks the one and only Eye of Agamotto… If you guessed mist-, I mean, Doctor Strange, you’d be correct! What, the title gave it away already? Shame.
One of my favorite comic book characters in the recent years, Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange, has finally come to the big screen and all I can say is – it’s a bout damn time, Marvel!
A small PSA, if I may. In my opinion, going in blind to see a Marvel movie these days is like eating suspicious stuff in complete darkness. You’d enjoy that sandwich more if you knew that it’s not live crickets crunching between your teeth, and if it’s even a sandwich at all! Okay, that metaphor went a little bit overboard, but you get the idea – read up on the characters before you go see a comic book movie. It will greatly enhance your experience.
That said, I’m not going to retell you Doctor Strange’s origin story, there’s plenty of that in the movie and in more reputable comic book related sources and YouTube videos. What I do want to show you, however, are some pretty neat, and little-known, bits of info about this character, that I myself find fascinating. Let’s roll!
Doctor Strange was inspired by Chandu the Magician and Vincent Price
First appearing in 1963’s Strange Tales #110, the Sorcerer Supreme was created by the legendary comic artist Steve Ditko and originally named “Mr. Strange”. Strange looked a lot like Vincent Price, a horror icon from the ’60s, who played sorcerers on multiple occasions. It’s also the reason Stephen Strange’s middle name is “Vincent”.
Another huge source of inspiration for him was “Chandu the Magician”, a 1930s radio program, featuring a secret agent magician who used astral plane and illusions to solve his cases. That’s basically Doctor Strange in a nutshell.