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Name: Wong Occupation: Servant, co-administrator of the Stephen
Strange Memorial Metaphysical Institute Identity: Publicly known Legal
Status: Citizen of Kamar-Taj, Tibet, with no criminal record, resident alien
in the United States Other Aliases: None Place of Birth:
Kamar-Taj, Tibet Marital Status: Single, betrothed to Imei Chang Known
Relatives: Kan (ancestor, presumed deceased), Hamir (father) Group Affiliation:
Servant of Dr. Stephen Strange First Appearance: STRANGE TALES #110
(name revealed) STRANGE TALES #147
History: Wong is the descendant and
look-alike of Kan, a Chinese monk who lived roughly one thousand years ago and
was a student of the occult. Kan was also a teacher and a healer, and though his
order of monks was devoted to the ways of peace, he was also a skillful warrior
who would fight when necessary.
One day Kan discovered a strange temple.
Exploring it, Kan was drawn against his will through a mystical black mirror into
an otherdimensional realm. There Kan met Jehan, king of Siridar, his sister, Princess
Shialmar, and their court magician, Vung, the one who had cast the spell drawing
Kan through the mirror. Jehan persuaded Kan to lead his people in a war against
the Wizard Kings who ruled this otherdimertsional realm. Kan agreed to do so.
During his time in this realm, Kan and Shialmar fell in love with each other.
Kan led his forces to complete victory over the forces of the Wizard Kings, and
all but one of the Wizard Kings were killed. But Kan did not realize he was a
pawn in Vung's secret plans. Vung captured both Kan and Shialmar and prepared
to sacrifice them to the demonic race he secretly served, the N'garai. Shialmar
offered, the N'garai her own soul, in exchange for power. The N'garai complied,
transforming Shialmar into the Shadowqueen, a sorceress of great mystical power
who was nearly incapable of love. The Shadowqueen slew Vung and sent Kan back
Back on Earth, Kan returned to the life of a priest. Kan deeply
regretted aiding Vung in defeating the Wizard Kings and sought to atone by devoting
his life and those of his first-born male descendants to the service of mystics
who themselves serve the forces of good. Ever since then, the firstborn males
of Wong's family have carried on this tradition. For the ten generations preceding
Wong's, the first-born males have served the Ancient
One, the former sorcerer supreme of the Earth dimension. The last of the members
of Wong's family to serve the Ancient One was Wong's own father, Hamir the Hermit,
who remained with the Ancient One up to the time of the latter's death.
was the first-born son of Hamir, and thus his life was dedicated to the Ancient
One from earliest childhood. When Wong was four years old, Hamir presented him
to the Ancient One. Subsequently, Wong was sent to a remote monastery to receive
training in how to serve a master sorcerer. Wong's relatives were allowed to visit
him on occasions. Shortly before Wong's tenth birthday, Hamir brought a young
couple to the monastery to visit Wong and made a marriage pact with them, betrothing
Wong to their as yet unborn daughter. During his training at the monastery, Wong
mastered certain Oriental martial arts. He remains highly adept in the martial
arts, although since actually becoming a servant he no longer practices them as
much as he once did.
When Wong reached adulthood, the Ancient One sent him
to the United States to his disciple, Doctor Stephen
Strange. Wong was the first member of his family to come to America. Wong
has now served Strange loyally and well for many years. During that time Strange
has succeeded the Ancient One as sorcerer supreme of the Earth dimension.
secretary, Sara Wolfe, became strongly attracted to Wong, who began to reciprocate
her feelings. However, Wong put an end to what might have become a romance with
Wolfe when he was notified that Imei Chang, the woman to whom he was betrothed,
had at last come of age to be married. Currently, Imei Chang lives in New York
City, and the relationship between Wong and Imei appears to be proceeding well.
one point Wong was abducted by otherdimensional sorcerers to the realm that was
still ruled by the Shadowqueen. Doctor Strange followed Wong there and rescued
him from the Shadowqueen's dungeon. Wong helped Strange battle the Shadowqueen,
who finally perished.
Wong and the empath, Topaz, were both abducted to
another planet by the alien sorcerer, Urthona, when the latter used his magical
powers to steal Doctor Strange's house and the mystical talismans and books it
contained. Urthona even viciously mutilated Wong's face while holding him prisoner,
Strange defeated Urthona and rescued Wong and Topaz. Back on Earth, Topaz used
her healing powers to restore Wong's face to normalcy.
In order to rescue
Wong and Topaz, Strange had found it necessary to unleash mystical forces that,
he believed, destroyed the mystical talismans and books that Urthona had stolen,
thus preventing Urthona from using them for evil purposes. (In actuality unknown
to Strange, the books and talisman, wire not destroyed but were instead spirited
away by the mystical entity, Agemotto. The disappearance of these talismans from
the Earth dimension broke certain ancient spells holding various mystical menaces
Strange subsequently cast a spell causing the population of the
world, including Wong and Sara Wolfe, to believe him dead. As a result Wong and
Wolfe perceived Strange as a man named Stephen Sanders. Strange made Wong and
Wolfe the joint administrators of the Stephen Strange Memorial Metaphysical Institute,
an institution for research into the occult. Strange then embarked on a long quest
during which he succeeded in defeating a number of the menaces that the disappearance
of the talismans had unleashed, most notably Shuma-Gorath.
defeat of Shuma-Gorath, Strange returned to New York City and released Wong and
Sara Wolfe from his spell. Realizing that Strange was not dead, Wong and Wolfe
warmly welcomed him back. Since then, the general populace has also learned that
Doctor Strange is still alive and Strange has regained his missing talismans and
When Imei was apparently altered into a hideous demon by one of Strange's enemies, Wong hoped that Strange would be able to help her. Strange was having problems of his own at the time, and Wong took this as a sign that Strange wouldn't be able to help Imei. This resulted in the first friction between the Sorcerer Supreme and his old friend. Finally, Strange managed to redirrect some attention to this matter, the magical probe revealed that the demon just acted like Imei. In fact he discovered that it wasn't Imei at all, but only a construct that was made to believe it was and that the true Imei had been killed. Although Wong is
as yet unmarried and childless, he has stated that his first-born son will follow
the family tradition of serving a mystic devoted to good.
5 ft. 8 in. Eyes: Brown Weight: 140 lbs. Hair:
Blond (Wong now shaves his head)
Strength Level: Wong possesses the
normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in moderate
Known Superhuman Powers: None
Wong is an expert in the martial arts of Kamar-Taj, although he has rarely used
them in recent years. Hence, although Wong can overpower many adversaries, he
is no longer a match for a master of the martial arts who keeps himself at or
near peak condition.