Get Started In DOCTOR STRANGE

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by snowbi-wan, updated Jun 2019

Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange, M.D. is Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme. A brilliant but egotistical surgeon, Strange's hands were severly injured in an accident. His refusal to accept that they couldn't be repaired somehow ultimately led him to the Ancient One, where he became a student of the mystical and martial arts. Along with knowing many powerful spells, Doctor Strange wields a pair of mystical objects--the Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto--which give him additional powers. Stange's aptitude for the mystical arts has allowed him to ascend to the position of Sorcerer Supreme, although he has not kept the title continuously throughout his publication history. Doctor Strange has had a long publication history. He has been a key member of the Defenders and a pivotal member of the Illuminati. Doctor Strange experienced a resurgence in popularity due to the November 2016 release of his self-titled film, which is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). His first appearance and origin go back to the late 60's with several series published over the decades.

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Current Series

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This is a curated list of the most current series to help you get started with Doctor Strange comic books. The series listed in this section are predominantly series of individual comic issues, but the list can include digests and softcovers (and even hardcovers) if the material is original material.

Doctor Strange relaunched at a new issue #1 on the backside of Marvel's publishing-wide MARVEL LEGACY relaunch.

PublisherFrequencySeries 
MARVELOngoing - TransitioningDOCTOR STRANGE [2018B](flagship title relaunch)
MARVELOngoing - TransitioningDOCTOR STRANGE [2020](flagship title relaunch)
MARVELAnnualDOCTOR STRANGE ANNUAL [2019]
MARVELOne-ShotMARVEL TALES: DOCTOR STRANGE [2020](reprints classic stories)

Latest Jumping-On Points

Comic books are serialized periodicals. The absolute best place to jump on with any comic series is a series beginning, but, if the run has gotten lengthy, the beginning of a new story arc or of a new creative team are other great--and perfectly acceptable--places to get started right away. This section contains a curated list of the latest issues from current and recent series where you can get started in Doctor Strange. Look below for series beginning or start of a story arc. Subsequent sections explore the subject's publishing history and indicate other less recent places to get started in Doctor Strange.

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

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DOCTOR STRANGE #12
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Mar 2019DOCTOR STRANGE [2018B] #12   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
DOCTOR STRANGE #13
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Apr 2019DOCTOR STRANGE [2018B] #13   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
DOCTOR STRANGE #14
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May 2019DOCTOR STRANGE [2018B] #14   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
DOCTOR STRANGE #15
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Jun 2019DOCTOR STRANGE [2018B] #15   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
DOCTOR STRANGE #16
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Jun 2019DOCTOR STRANGE [2018B] #16   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
DOCTOR STRANGE #17
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Jul 2019DOCTOR STRANGE [2018B] #17   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
DOCTOR STRANGE #18
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Aug 2019DOCTOR STRANGE [2018B] #18   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
DOCTOR STRANGE #19
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Aug 2019DOCTOR STRANGE [2018B] #19   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
DOCTOR STRANGE #20
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Sep 2019DOCTOR STRANGE [2018B] #20   (series end)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
      
DOCTOR STRANGE #1
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Dec 2019DOCTOR STRANGE [2020] #1   (series beginning)PRE-ORDER$3.99
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DOCTOR STRANGE ANNUAL #1
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Oct 2019DOCTOR STRANGE ANNUAL [2019] #1   (stand-alone story)UNAVAILABLE$3.24
      
MARVEL TALES: DOCTOR STRANGE #1
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Nov 2019MARVEL TALES: DOCTOR STRANGE [2020] #1   (one-shot)UNAVAILABLE$5.19

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

Compilations

In modern comic publishing, it's common (and expected) for individual comic book issues to be collected into compilations of trade paperbacks and/or hardcovers, as well as other special compilations. Unlike the individual source issues, the collected editions typically stay in print for long periods and are less 'collectible.' If individual issues are out of reach or are not of interest to you or if you just need reading copies, the following collected editions of Doctor Strange comic books are the most recent in-print editions and are the perfect alternative to get started right away with Doctor Strange. The following compilations are presented in a chronologically-based suggested reading order with softcover editions before any hardcover editions (unless the only in-print editions are hardcover--these are integrated into the softcover list).

Marvel's EPIC COLLECTION is a line of economical black and white trade paperbacks that reprint early material in bulk. They are not usually published in order, so gaps will appear in the list below until they are all published.

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DOCTOR STRANGE EPIC COLLECTION VOL 01: MASTER OF THE MYSTIC ARTSQuick ViewOct 2018DOCTOR STRANGE EPIC COLLECTION [2016-TPB] VOL 01: MASTER OF THE MYSTIC ARTS
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DOCTOR STRANGE EPIC COLLECTION VOL 03: A SEPARATE REALITYQuick ViewOct 2016DOCTOR STRANGE EPIC COLLECTION [2016-TPB] VOL 03: A SEPARATE REALITY
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DOCTOR STRANGE EPIC COLLECTION VOL 08: TRIUMPH AND TORMENTQuick ViewSep 2019DOCTOR STRANGE EPIC COLLECTION [2016-TPB] VOL 08: TRIUMPH AND TORMENT
  
UNAVAILABLE$25.99
DOCTOR STRANGE EPIC COLLECTION VOL 13: AFTERLIFEQuick ViewOct 2017DOCTOR STRANGE EPIC COLLECTION [2016-TPB] VOL 13: AFTERLIFE
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DOCTOR STRANGE VOL 01: THE WAY OF THE WEIRDQuick ViewDec 2016DOCTOR STRANGE [2015-TPB] VOL 01: THE WAY OF THE WEIRD
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DOCTOR STRANGE VOL 02: THE LAST DAYS OF MAGICQuick ViewJun 2017DOCTOR STRANGE [2015-TPB] VOL 02: THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC
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DOCTOR STRANGE VOL 03: BLOOD IN THE AETHERQuick ViewOct 2017DOCTOR STRANGE [2015-TPB] VOL 03: BLOOD IN THE AETHER
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DOCTOR STRANGE VOL 04: MR. MISERYQuick ViewDec 2017DOCTOR STRANGE [2015-TPB] VOL 04: MR. MISERY
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DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME VOL 01: OUT OF TIMEQuick ViewMay 2017DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME [2016-TPB] VOL 01: OUT OF TIME
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DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME VOL 02: TIME AFTER TIMEQuick ViewNov 2017DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME [2016-TPB] VOL 02: TIME AFTER TIME
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DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION COMPLETE COLLECTION Quick ViewJul 2018DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION COMPLETE COLLECTION [2018-TPB]
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DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION Quick ViewOct 2018DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION [2018-TPB]
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DOCTOR STRANGE BY DONNY CATES VOL 01: GOD OF MAGICQuick ViewJun 2018DOCTOR STRANGE BY DONNY CATES [2018-TPB] VOL 01: GOD OF MAGIC
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DOCTOR STRANGE BY DONNY CATES VOL 02: CITY OF SINQuick ViewOct 2018DOCTOR STRANGE BY DONNY CATES [2018-TPB] VOL 02: CITY OF SIN
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DOCTOR STRANGE BY MARK WAID VOL 01: ACROSS THE UNIVERSEQuick ViewDec 2018DOCTOR STRANGE BY MARK WAID [2019-TPB] VOL 01: ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
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DOCTOR STRANGE BY MARK WAID VOL 02: REMITTANCEQuick ViewMay 2019DOCTOR STRANGE BY MARK WAID [2019-TPB] VOL 02: REMITTANCE
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DOCTOR STRANGE BY MARK WAID VOL 03: HERALDQuick ViewAug 2019DOCTOR STRANGE BY MARK WAID [2019-TPB] VOL 03: HERALD
  
UNAVAILABLE$11.69
DOCTOR STRANGE BY MARK WAID VOL 04: THE CHOICEQuick ViewDec 2019DOCTOR STRANGE BY MARK WAID [2019-TPB] VOL 04: THE CHOICE
  
PRE-ORDER$15.99
$10.39

1st Appearance

The first appearance of a character in comic book form is often the most valuable issue featuring that character. It's a nice place to get started in Doctor Strange, if it's within your budget.

  • STRANGE TALES [1951] #110  (1st appearance of Doctor Strange)

Origin Story

The original presentation of an origin story or a retelling/recounting of it can be a good place to get started with a character or subject. Doctor Strange's origin has been retold several times and reinterpreted a couple times over the years.

Main Publication History

Series beginnings are always great places to get started in comic books. Here is the Main Publication History for Doctor Strange comic books. Doctor Strange has had a long publication history stretching across decades.

  • STRANGE TALES [1951] #110-111, 114-168   
  • DOCTOR STRANGE [1968] #169-183   
  • MARVEL FEATURE [1971] #1-3   
  • MARVEL PREMIERE [1972] #3-14   
  • DOCTOR STRANGE [1974] #1-81   
  • DOCTOR STRANGE CLASSICS [1984] #1-4   
  • STRANGE TALES [1987] #1-19   
  • DOCTOR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME [1988] #1-90   
  • STRANGE TALES [1994] #1   
  • DOCTOR STRANGE [1999] #1-4   
  • DOCTOR STRANGE: THE OATH [2006] #1-5   
  • DOCTOR STRANGE [2015] #1-26   
  • DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME [2016] #1-12   (second monthly title parlaying the success of the MCU film)
  • DOCTOR STRANGE [2018A] #381-390   (return to legacy numbering)
  • DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION [2018] #1-5   
  • DOCTOR STRANGE [2018B] #1-20   (flagship title relaunch)
  • DOCTOR STRANGE ANNUAL [2019] #1-   
  • MARVEL TALES: DOCTOR STRANGE [2020] #1   (reprints classic stories)
  • DOCTOR STRANGE [2020] #1-   (flagship title relaunch)

Selected Key Storylines

This section contains a curated list of some of the best storylines for Doctor Strange, any one of which can be a good place to get started.

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1963STRANGE TALES [1951] #110-111, 114-115   (introduction and origin with mind-bending artwork from Steve Ditko)
1964STRANGE TALES [1951] #126-127   (THE DOMAIN OF THE DREAD DORMAMMU, archenemy introduced)
1965STRANGE TALES [1951] #130-146   (THE ETERNITY SAGA, best of Steve Ditko and Stan Lee's run)
1973MARVEL PREMIERE [1972] #9-14   (ascends to Sorcerer Supreme, serious metaphysical story from Steve Englehart and Frank Brunner)
1974DOCTOR STRANGE [1974] #1-2, 4-5   (THE SILVER DAGGER, psychedelic story from Englehart and Brunner)
1974DOCTOR STRANGE [1974] #10-13   (FINAL CURTAIN, epic destruction of Earth)
1981DOCTOR STRANGE [1974] #48-53   (time travel adventure by Roger Stern)
1989DOCTOR STRANGE AND DOCTOR DOOM: TRIUMPH AND TORMENT [1989-GN]    (graphic novel, Stern story with Mignola art)
2004STRANGE [2004] #1-6   (updated origin by J. Michael Straczynski)
2006DOCTOR STRANGE: THE OATH [2006] #1-5   (modern reappraisal by Brian K. Vaugh)

Media Source Material

If you've enjoyed non-comic media for Doctor Strange, this section describes the comic book source material for some of the most popular non-comic media. WARNING: This section may contain spoilers!

Doctor Strange has had two movies. The first, in 1978, was a low-budget made-for-television film. The second, from 2016, is a big-budget chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

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The 2016 film, DOCTOR STRANGE, starred Benedict Cumberbatch and was directed by Scott Derrickson. The film is an origin story based on many elements from the character's early appearances in STRANGE TALES [1951], starting with his very first appearance, STRANGE TALES [1951] #110. The plot and tone of the film borrow from several eras of the comic character's long publication history, including Ditko's mind-bending artwork, Englehart's psychedelic and metaphysical storylines, and Vaughn's 2006 reappraisal series, DOCTOR STRANGE: THE OATH [2006] #1-5. The look and feel of the movie are a slight departure from standard Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) action superhero films. The main villain in the film is Kaecilius, a Master of the Mystic Arts who broke off from the group to pursue his own evil goals. Kaecilius was introduced in STRANGE TALES [1951] #130 as a low-level disciple of Baron Mordo. The film version of Kaecilius is a higher tier character, combining aspects of the comic book version of Baron Mordo. In the film, Karl Mordo is another Master of the Mystic Arts studying under the Ancient One when Strange arrives, just like his comic book origin in STRANGE TALES [1951] #111. The comic book version of Mordo was cast out of the groups for evil deeds, whereas the film version leaves due to his own ideology, setting him up as a future adversary. The comic book version is a recurring adversary for Doctor Strange. In the film, Kaecilius is ultimately revealed to be serving a higher master, Dormammu. Dormammu made his comic book introduction in STRANGE TALES [1951] #126 and has evolved into Doctor Strange's archenemy. In the film, the Ancient One is portrayed by Tilda Swinton, the first female version of this character. The Ancient One was introduced in the same issue as Doctor Strange, STRANGE TALES [1951] #110. The film also introduced some of Doctor Strange's objects of power. The first (blue) Cloak of Levitation was introduced in STRANGE TALES [1951] #114. The second (red) Cloak of Levitation was introduced in STRANGE TALES [1951] #127. The Eye of Agamotto was introduced in STRANGE TALES [1951] #115. An official prequel mini-series consisting of 2 issues was published before the film.

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The 1978 television film was written specifically for television with a slightly alternate origin. But, since Stan Lee consulted with the writer, there seem to be some parallels with the story presented in STRANGE TALES [1951] #126-127 (reprinted in whole in DOCTOR STRANGE [1974] #3).

Key Issues

A key issue can be an acceptable place to get started with Doctor Strange, but they are more of a collector's checklist, as they can carry high price tags.

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  • STRANGE TALES [1951] #110   (1st appearance of Doctor Strange)
  • STRANGE TALES [1951] #115   (origin of Doctor Strange)
  • STRANGE TALES [1951] #126   (introduction of Clea)
  • DOCTOR STRANGE [1968] #169   (origin retold; 1st issue of this series; continues numbering from STRANGE TALES [1951])
  • MARVEL FEATURE [1971] #1   (1st appearance/origin of the Defenders)
  • MARVEL PREMIERE [1972] #3   (Dr. Strange stories begin)
  • MARVEL PREMIERE [1972] #10   (death of the Ancient One)
  • DOCTOR STRANGE [1974] #55   (a fan-favorite stand-alone issue)