Quick declaration: I wish that the Stan Lee/Steve Ditko storytelling run on ‘Strange Tales’/’Doctor Strange’ had lasted, yea verily, even unto these current days.
The author of Too Busy Thinking About My Comics explains how I feel about this mystical yet wonderfully straighforward comic character much more eloquently than I ever could. I must differ with him in this one respect, though: there is indeed an ‘archetypally pure form of Dr Strange’ which, ironically, he described perfectly.
Earnest, uncomplicated, master of black magic. A straight-shooting Marshal Dillon of the mystic arts. That’s my Doctor Strange, thank you.