DOCTOR STRANGE

Real name: Stephen Strange
Occupation: Sorcerer Supreme, retired surgeon
Identity: Publicly known, though the world at large believes him to be no more than an eccentric occult authority
Legal status: Citizen of the United States, with no criminal record.
Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Group affiliation: Defenders
First appearance: STRANGE TALES #110

History: Stephen Strange was a brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon whose career was cut short when a car accident resulted in nerve damage to his hands. Thereafter, he was unable even to hold a scalpel. Hoping for a miracle, a despondent Strange traveled to the Himalayas to seek the counsel of the Ancient One, a Tibetan sorcerer. As the Ancient One's guest, Strange learned the sorcerer's pupil Baron Mordo was plotting to kill his mentor. Trying to warn the Ancient One of his student's treachery, Strange was discovered by Mordo and mystically restrained.

Witnessing Mordo's power and discovering his murderous intent shocked the jaded Strange into a realization of evil's true nature and the need to combat its forces. The Ancient One freed Strange from Mordo's spell and revealed he had known his student's treacherous plans all along. Having peered into Strange's soul, the sorcerer saw his potential for great goodness and power, and adopted him as his disciple. When Strange's studies with the Ancient One ended, he returned to New York. Though the world at large believes he is no more than an eccentric occult authority, Dr. Strange has inherited from his mentor the mantle of Earth's Sorcerer Supreme.

When the Omegatron threatened the planet, Dr. Strange joined forces with the Hulk and Namor the Sub-Mariner to defeat the ultimate computer. Thereafter, the loose-knit band of Defenders would unite periodically, coming together to oppose threats to humanity.

Height: 6 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 180 lbs.
Eyes: Grey
Hair: Black with gray streaks starting at his temples

Known Powers: Dr. Strange can call upon a great many magical spells, including incantations enabling him to cast illusions and hurl mystical bolts. He wears a cloak of levitation that grants him the power of flight and wields the Eye of Agamotto, which allows him to see through illusions and read minds. Also, he possesses a wide array or arcane texts, artifacts, books and relics.

 

Doctor Strange (Ultimate)
 

REAL NAME: Stephen Strange Jr.
KNOWN ALIASES: Sorcerer to the Stars
IDENTITY: Publicly known
OCCUPATION: Sorcerer
CITIZENSHIP: U.S.A.
PLACE OF BIRTH: Unknown
KNOWN RELATIVES: Stephen Strange (Dr. Strange, father) Clea Strange (mother)
GROUP AFFILIATION: None
EDUCATION: College dropout
FIRST APPEARANCE: Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #12 (2002)

HISTORY: Stephen Strange Jr. is the son of Earth's undisputed master of the mystic arts. The elder Stephen Strange was a brilliant but arrogant sureon until his drunk driving killed his wife and unborn child; the accident also injured his hands, ending his surgical career. Searching the world for a cure, he followed rumors to the Himalayan home of the Ancient One, who taught him both sorcery and humility, and Strange became the Earth dimension's most powerful sorcerer. Returning to civilization after the Ancient One's time on Earth ended, Strange settled in New York. He took on a servant, Wong (part of a long family line who served Master of the Mystic arts), and disciple, Clea, who later became Strange's wife. When Strange suddenly vanished, the pregnant Clea searched for him; she eventually gave up hope, abandoning magic and raised her son to believe his father had died in a car accident. When that son turned 21, though, Wong told him the truth about his father.Wong tutored the new Dr. Strange in the mystic arts, using the Ancient One's texts; he displayed a natural aptitude, mastering the basic within a year.

The mage Xandu sought the Wand of Watoomb and learned it was in Strange's house. He bewitched Spider-Man, who smashed through Strange's attic window, breaking the house's seal of magical defenses. Strange halted Spider-Man's attack, freed him from Xandu's control and questioned him. Xandu soon entered the house and overpowered the novice Strange, but was subdued by Spider-Man. The youthful hero then departed, and Strange cast a spell removing his visitor's memories of the encounter.

Months later, Dr. Strange went public as the celebrity "Sorcerer to the Star". The Daily Bugle sent Ben Ulrich and Peter Parker to interview him, but they arrived just as hew was attacked by a nightmare being from a demensions of dreams while meditating. Wong sent the visitors away, but a suspicious Parker returned as Spider-Man and witnessed Wong's attempts to wake his master. Mistaking these efforts for an attack, Spider-Man again smashed through the window, once more shattering the mansion's mystic wards. When the nightmare manipulator shifted it focus on the unshielded Spider-Man, Strange awoke and entered Spider-Man's dreamscape to save him from the entity. The dream creature confronted Strange with a vision of his father, but this merely angered Strange, who dispelled it, allowing both men to awaken.

HEIGHT: 5 ft. 10 in.
WEIGHT: 150 lbs.
EYES: Blue
HAIR: Brown

SUPERHUMAN POWERS: Strange is a sorcerer who can open dimensional portal, fire mystic bolts, removed bonds and perform various other feats.

PARAPHERNALIA: Strange possesses various mystic artifacts and tomes.

SIGNIFICANT ISSUES:
Met Spider-Man, fought Xandu (Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #12-13, 2002)
Attacked by nightmare creature (Ultimate Spider-Man #70-71, 2005)

 

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