Showing posts with label Doctor Strange. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Doctor Strange. Show all posts

"Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" Coming to Disney+ June 22

You'll be able to stream the second Doctor Strange flick later this month on Disney+, which is promoting the event with a new poster and TV spot.

See a new batch of "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" character posters

A new batch of posters for the new Doctor Strange movie, opening May 6 

Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange
Xochiti Gomez as America Chavez
Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff
Benedict Wong as Wong

Post from the Past: The (Doctor) Strange art of Steve Ditko

With the new movie opening up, I thought I'd re-share this post from a year or so ago spotlighting the amazing, other-worldly art of Steve Ditko, who co-created the character with Stan Lee.

Ditko is a master at using his character's hands as a mode of expression and storytelling. Doctor Strange, in particular, is fascinating to look at in this light, as he expressively conjures up magic.

Ditko's use of shapes and patterns to portray magical energies and other realms and cosmic beings is also highly unique and pioneering in the field of comics.

Below: One of the few photos of the reclusive Ditko.

One of only a few pictures of Steve Ditko

Dr. Strange's astral travels.

The distinctive window of Dr. Strange's Greenwich Village pad (above right and below) was inspired by a similar window in Will Eisner's "Spirit" strip (above left). The influence of Eisner's early work on the "Spirit" is evident on Ditko's line work and visual conception. The two images above are from this site. Notice the window design is also repeated on the cupboard in the picture below.

After Ditko left Marvel, the excellent Marie Severin had the unenviable task of following him up, doing her best to capture the trippy nature of the strip.

Marvel developed a strong college/hippie readership in the mid to late 1960s and Dr. Strange was obviously a favorite. Despite the appearance of his art, however, Ditko was decidedly not influenced by LSD or other drug use and was, in fact, very conservative devoting his later career to comics focused on the black/white, every many for himself philosophy of Ayn Rand.

The Severin image below made its way onto the cover of Pink Floyd's second LP, A Saucerful of Secrets.

Finally, here's "In Search of Steve Ditko," an excellent documentary from BBC TV.

Cool! New Doctor Strange enamel pins by Mondo

Get 'em here.