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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
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
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.