Doctor Strange Annual #1

Dr. Strange Annual #1

In Marvel, Reviews by T. Andrew Wahl2 Comments

Review

Title: “… and There Will Be Worlds Anew!”
Synopsis: A quest to find Clea finds Dr. Strange embroiled in a plot for the future of the mythical Phaseworld.

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Penciler: P. Craig Russell
Inker: Russell

As the comic-book medium matured, there were inevitable growing pains. This annual is one such example. On one hand, it features a huge step forward for artist P. Craig Russell. His art here lacks the angular polish that would become his signature, but the Kaluta-ish rendering is detailed and lush. The story wants to meet Russell’s artistic ambitions with mythological heft, but is saddled with clunky back story to make it fit into continuity. This tale would have stood better on its own – and actually would, decades later, when Russell would revisit the material for an original graphic novel.

Grade: A-

Cool factor: P. Craig Russell makes “the jump.” His earlier work showed potential but this is an auteur outing. And bravo to his work as a colorist here, too!
Not-so-cool factor: The Clea-is-missing subplot. It‘s DOA and never recovers.

Notable: This issue was reworked to become a 1997 graphic novel, Doctor Strange: What Is It That Disturbs You, Stephen?

Character Quotable
“Torture me, kill me if you can, do whatever you believe you can do, but I’ll never scrape at your feet – I’ll never bow like your humble pet!Dr. Strange, feeling feisty

DR. STRANGE ANNUAL #1
Published and © by Marvel, 1976
Cover by Dave Cockrum

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Comments

  1. Great review just checked and I have this in a Masterworks. Love the new website thanks for bringing the Bronze Age goodness back!

    1. Author

      Hi, Mike. Thanks for stopping by – and you’re quite welcome! Sequential Reaction gives me a reason to dig into my comics, too. Dr. Strange Annual #1 had been in my collection for a few years and I finally got around to reading it for the review. I enjoy having to read at least one comic a day.

      Cheers,
      TAW

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