The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast

The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast Episode 047

Strange: Beginnings and Endings (2004)

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Face Front, True Believers! It’s been three weeks since our last #MarvelSHP, which is like one-third as long a wait as for the last one, so we’re getting better! Illegal Machine returns to join Diabolu Frank to look at the 2004-2005 mini-series Strange, which was intended to be a sort of Ultimate Doctor Strange re-imagining by J. Michael Straczynski, but his protégé Samm Barnes got top billing over artist Brandon Peterson, and this revamp has been largely forgotten in the decade since its publication. That’s strange in itself, since it was clearly the basis for the 2007 DTV cartoon Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme, and ranked between #24-53 in the top 100 comics sold in North America, selling 36-60K copies each during its six month run. That’s far better than anything starring the Master of the Mystic Arts since the last time he had his own ongoing series in the early ’90s. We reevaluate the book to see if it was undervalued, or if it just damaged the property in a highly visible manner. Also, we briefly mention Mark Waid & Emma Rios Strange 4-issue mini that bombed in 2010 (debuting at 89th place with 23,362 copies and plummeting from there.) Episode art tumblr here. Excelsior!

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3 thoughts on “The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast Episode 047”

  1. Strange is one of those guys that has existed on the periphery of my decades of reading. I haven’t read much of him or his exploits. I never got a solo book. Rarely got Defenders. Longest engagement has been with the recent Hickman Secret Avengers. Weird.

    As a Ditko guy, I think I should be looking for some sort of “Essential” Strange book.

    As for this miniseries, sounds like I did the right thing not getting it. I have vowed to never get another JMS book for all the sins that Frank eloquent points out this podcast. So I am not surprised this is something of a bomb.

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  2. Mac here, and I have to totally agree with you. I’d never had Strange cross my path. Flipping through Frank’s Essential Dr. Strange….Ditko’s world of Magic is just jaw dropping. It’s just so different from the world of Kirby Bubbles, monsters and explosions we’re used to.


  3. JMS is a TERRIBLE comic book writer, just AWFUL, and not just because he’s so cheesy and pretentious. You hit it out of the ball park here. It’s because he doesn’t understand ANY of the characters he writes and just writes what he thinks those characters are based on absolutely no research of any previous appearances. Like Anj, I’m absolutely not surprised this sucked, but I’m glad it exists so I could enjoy your takedown of it.

    Your makeshift trailer for my show is appreciated, but mostly makes me realize I should make a proper trailer for it, and soon!

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