Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Doctor Strange and Mandrake




Yes, a love interest has already been established for the cinematic Doctor Strange, but I still hope that there is a way for Clea to be introduced in the sequel.  The first film did such a great job of incorporating so much of Strange's world, and her absence was the only notable missing piece for me.  Even with Captain Marvel coming up, the studio could use more female heroes, so why not her?

Todays cover comes about from a suggestion by Ken Roskos, a Patron of this blog.  Thanks, Ken!

23 comments:

Sonofjack Well said...

I love both the idea and the execution behind this cover. Great job!

I had a strange idea that has NOTHING to do with this cover. How about a team-up between Kamandi and several anthropomorphic animal characters such as one of the TMNT, Hoppy, the Marvel Bunny, Rocket Raccoon, Usagi Yojimbo, Howard the Duck, Cerebus, ect....

Alaric Shapli said...

I think I have a new favorite.

Cary Comic said...
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Cary Comic said...

"Surely, you recognize the original owner."

"No, I can't say I do. And don't call me 'Shirley!' "

Sorry, ross. I just couldn't resist.

Ken Roskos said...

Outstanding Ross! I'm grateful to be mentioned in the byline again. I finally saw Dr. Strange on DVD. My prediction in this match up: Strange - 1, Mandrake - 0. Unless Mandrake is another version of the Ancient One.

Batman of Earth 13 said...

I think that I agree with Alaric Shapli!

Anonymous said...

I can see it now. Mandrake evicts the usurping squatter of his domicile by banishing him to the Middle Ages! Specifically, the medieval residence of Snow White's stepmother (see STF# 1852)! Thereby giving him the chance to re-enlarge the Law's Legionairres.

Bob Buethe said...

CAPTION: "Mandrake gestures hypnotically..."

STRANGE: "You call that a hypnotic gesture? I'll show you a hypnotic gesture...!"

Anonymous said...

"I'm puttin' on my top hat,
Tyin' up my white tie,
Brushin' off my taaaaails."

Isaac said...

@Sonofjack Well - I'd save Cerebus for a team up with Conan and Groo the wanderer. Ross, perhaps Clea can team up with Zatanna?

Sonofjack Well said...

Isaac, have you ever seen the Amazing Heroes Groo/Cerebus jam cover? If not, you should check it out on Google Images....

Anonymous said...

Lol...since Marvel always has a propensity of borrowing looks and powers I wouldn't be surprised if there were really a connection between the characters.

Simreeve said...

Was it Marvel who published a comic based on a television cartoon series in which Mandrake & various other comic-strip heroes (maybe including the Phantom) teamed-up? 'Defenders of the Earth'?

Um, and were we ever told canonically who lived in the brownstone before Strange?

Anonymous said...

@Simreeve: it was probably Jethro "the Green Lama" Dumont. Mystic defender of the Public Domain.

Bob Greenwade said...

Special kudos to Cary for the "Shirley" joke. Well played, sir.

I also appreciate the Anonymous who tied this to #1852.

When this cover came up, I had the movie's DVD from the library, and seeing this prompted me to get around to watching it. I had a lot to say about it, but two things stand out at this moment: the incredible visuals giving life to several of Steve Ditko's more oddball ideas, and the tragic underuse of Benjamin Bratt.

Cary Comic said...

@Isaac: Excellent suggestion! What magical malefactor could possibly stand up the owners of those lovely fishnet-clad legs?

Answer: none!

Simreeve said...

Talking about earlier counterparts for better-known characters, I came across an interesting case a couple of days back.
According to an online article about pulp heroes that I found, the gun-wielding vigilantes in 1930s NYC included one called 'the Whisperer'... who was secretly the city's police commmisisoner, James Gordon!

Cary Comic said...

That's nothing. One of the Secret Stars assembled by Silver Age Commissioner Gordon (for training as a replacement Batman in the event of the original's death) had the same name as the Shadow's most frequent field agent. Harry Vincent!

Simreeve said...

Cary Comic said...
"That's nothing. One of the Secret Stars assembled by Silver Age Commissioner Gordon (for training as a replacement Batman in the event of the original's death) had the same name as the Shadow's most frequent field agent. Harry Vincent!"
I didn't know that. Interesting. Thank you.

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And of course Clark Savage Jr had a 'Fortress of Solitude' in the Arctic...

Anonymous said...

Oddest fact of all? During World War II, there was a non-DC comic featuring the crime-fighting adventures of an American secret agent named...Jonathan Kent!!

Simreeve said...

Clark Kent was christened as 'Clark' because, according to DC canon (at least in fairly recent) years, that was Martha Kent's maiden name.
Following the same logic, maybe Kent Nelson (Dr Fate)'s mother was also a member of the Kent family by birth?

Mark said...

Mandrake: Perhaps because your sanctum sanctorum recognizes it's original owner?

Cary Comic said...

@Simreeve: Perhaps. Which might also explain the given name of The Invisible Hood (nee Kent Thurston). A Golden Age Quality character who was basically just flashback cannon fodder in ALL-STAR SQUADRON, during the Eighties.

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