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“We have a new character in the works for Strange Adventures, just a five-page filler named Dr. Strange. Steve Ditko is gonna draw him. It has sort of a Black Magic theme. The first story is nothing great, but perhaps we can make something of him! Twas Steve’s idea..!”         Stan Lee- Comics Reader Interview 1963

“When like minded bloggers come together to write on a singular topic on a singular day the blogosphere bends at their mercy….they are called Super-Blog Team Up. Their mission is to provide a “Magical”blogging experience to our readers and share the words from the edges of the blogging universe under one banner. Welcome to the mighty SBTU…for our older fans…welcome back!!”

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From the moment I saw David Copperfield make the statue of liberty disappear I knew I loved Magic. I was always the “How did they do that?” Kid. The secrets however most times were better as secrets as sometimes the belief in the trick is what makes it fun. When it came to “Magic” in comics most of what I had read came from DC in the very early 80s. Whether it was the Golden helmet of DC’s own wizard of the Supernatural Dr. Fate or the Top Hat and Fishnets of Zatanna. If I really wanted more  I also had the likes of The Phantom Stranger and Deadman.The DC is where I lived as a kid!
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While I was an ardent DC fan none of those characters ever struck a real emotional chord with me. There are stories of the infamous Marvel bullpen and all the creative inspirations that resulted from the recreational activities of Stan Lee and company. During the 60s and 70s Marvel were banging out plenty of new concepts and titles. Lee met with Spider-Man power artist Steve Ditko and proposed a new concept that played into his strengths as an artist…one that Stan Lee would actually NOT take credit for!
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Steve Ditko’s tale of a self-centered , materialistic Surgeon who is involved in a career ending car accident and reflects on a life takes to the Mountains of India to find himself. What he finds is the Ancient One who opens his eyes to the world the Mystic Arts making him into the eternal Earths defender from the evils of Black Magic!! Hence is born Dr. Strange! Strange was a classic product of the Marvel Method of making their Heroes “real” like normal people who happen to be living super heroic lives…The Doctor was no exception.

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What made Strange different was that could exist in other world dimensions. Ditko was a master of developing unique settings for his characters. His creator set Steven Strange in a bizarre geometric weirdo worlds beyond description. Ditko took simple circles, triangles and squares, mix them with moons, smoke and floating eyeballs and you have the multiple mystic dimensions in the mind of Steve Ditko and it was like nothing ever seen on the printed page before.

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Personally the character has always been a struggle for me. I loved the youthful energy in books like Spider-Man or the swagger of Millionaire Bruce Wayne and his many gadgets as Batman. Strange was always ..well..Strange to me. The middle-aged, moustached man in pajamas who was able to harness magic. He was not the Super Heroic looking enough for my 9-year-old mind. I always wondered what it would be like I drew a new Dr. Strange and what he would look like? I would do away with the pajamas and sash and by god he would be cool. Well others felt the same way I did. The Doctors title was in serious jeopardy of cancellation and the new creative team headed by master horror artist Gene Colon decided the good Doctor needed an update!

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In Doctor Strange #177 Doc’s classic costume was replaced with a flashy skin-tight unitard some slick new boots and gloves! The most glaring change was that he was also masked!!?? Roy Thomas the famous Marvel scribe penned a reason for the change where Strange’s nemesis  Asmodeushad literally taken the place of Steven Strange’s identity on Earth, while trapping  the real Doctor in another dimension.  The only escape, the Doctor needed to transform himself to free himself from his dimensional trap!

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Colon did his best to make this work and actually did a fine job of switching the character out of his geometric Ditkonian dimensions to a more realistic looking alternate universe.though as with every major costume change it would eventually revert to his original garb in issue #183. I realized after reading these issues many years later that some characters are not cut from the typical mold and intended to stay that way!! So as much as I hated the baggy panted middle-aged magician look it is one of those iconic looks that simply defies age. So if you have never picked up a comic book in your life..or just a fan of the supernatural genre pick up some classic  Strange books in the quarter bin and check out the big screen debut on Nov.4 2016!

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SBTU Continuess Below…be sure to check em all out!!

LongBox Graveyard: Doctor Strange vs. Dracula

Between The Pages: The Wondrous Worlds of Doctor Strange

DC In The 80sMagic edition: examining The Immortal Doctor Fate v1 (1985)

The Unspoken Decade:Nighttime Sunburn: Rise Of The Midnight Sons

Crapbox Son Of Chuthulu: The Makings of a Sorcerer Supreme: Optimism and Sacrifice

Chris Is On Infinite Earths Blog:Batman Visits the Sanctum Sanctorum

Coffee and Comics Blog:Review: Doctor Strange #84

The Daily Rios: Amalgam Dr Fate / Dr Strange

The Retroist: The OTHER Dr. Strange Film

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Flash Transmissions #5: Captain America: Winter Soldier Movie Review

(SPOILERS, SPOILERS, SPOILERS, You have officially have been warned Satellite Subscribers who care about that stuff)

Transmission Begin: April 22 2014

So I am not into doing movie reviews,especially on current films however my 13 year old son and I just got back after seeing the second installment of the Captain America Franchise, The Winter Soldier and upon his request I am posting this swift review!! Big thanks to the fine folks at Cheerios for free tickets from the cereal boxes for getting us to the movie on the cheap!!

 

Plot: Shield has been compromised and as a result Nick Fury and Captain America are on the run! Hydra has infiltrated Shield and no one is to be trusted!! Cap with the help of Sam Wilson (The Falcon!) and Black Widow seeks to stop the destruction of Shield and uncover a sinister plot. As if this wasnt bad enough the Russian’s have lent Hydra a highly trained assassin with a very familiar background and link to Cap himself. Caps old war time buddy Bucky Barnes is indeed alive and well..however he has been brainwashed and programmed to destroy Captain America at all cost! Caps life is turned upside down as he is conflicted with having to battle his best friend to the death while stopping Hydra from killing millions!! Great story,great execution!!

 

The players:

Cap: We see Cap in furious action! The action quota is off the charts as we see Cap in combat like never before!! We finally see Cap as the leader that he is in the comic books!! Gone is the hesitation and youthful lack of experience, this Cap is seasoned and unstoppable.

 

 

Black Widow: This is the first time I have truely enjoyed this character! She has really grown on me and rumors of her potentially getting her own solo movie is certainly something I would invest in. Fun smart and sexy, Scarlett Johansson kills this role and you cant help but enjoy her presence!

Falcon: The introduction of Caps second sidekick from the 70s Captain America comic book is seamless. The Sam Wilson character is just the right touch of fun,cool and swagger!!

 

A little disappointed we didnt get to see a variation of the classic Red and White Falcon uniform but what we got didnt disappoint!

Winter Soldier/(Spoiler)Bucky Barnes: Anyone who thought sidekicks were cute hasnt seen Bucky. Soldier is unstoppable with a sick metal arm and a cache of weapons at his disposal mostly of mass destruction. From his opening assault on Nick Fury to the final showdown with his former mentor Bucky moves from being a sidekick to an ass-kicker! I did note that the flashback scenes of Bucky and Cap, Bucky facially looks just like a Kirby character with hairstyle and facial structure..check it out you’ll see!

 

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Here is a great audio review from my favorite comic book related podcast Comic Geek Speak!

CGS: Episode 1475 (April 17, 2014)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘ is already being called one of the best superhero movies made to date–now hear what WE have to say about the Shield-Slinger’s second cinematic sortie! (Hint: it’s pretty complimentary.) But be warned, if you enter this battlefield, expect to come under heavy SPOILER-fire! (1:13:55)

 

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The Wrap Up: Over all many high points to this movie. The great characters and onslaught of action kept this movie going full throttle at all times. The plotline with Shield and Hydra was very well done with Robert Redford adding great credibility to his role as a Shield Official gone horrible rogue!

 

The movie featured a ton of fan boy Easter Eggs, with appearances by Cap Villain BatRoc (I know I know..THAT Batroc!) The Leaper played by UFC legend Georges St Pierre!

 

We also see a genius version of Arnim Zola as a Living brain inside a Computer. We even get a cameo by Baron Von Strucker eye piece and all! Of course Hydra was front and center and very very powerful!

 

After the Credits!! (SUPER SPOILER ALERT!!) The movie did not slow down at all and there was always a sense of jeopardy and there were no poor performances or cringe worthy scenes in this one! No Spider-Man 3 dance scenes thank god! There were even 2..yes I said two after credits scenes both of which were very cool. Scene one was Von Strucker realigning The Hydra and showing a captive young Quick Silver and Scarlett Witch in a holding cell! Scene two shows a very much alive Winter Soldier standing at the Captain America display at a museum viewing a picture and monument dedicated to himself as Bucky Barnes. This ones not over folks!

Overall a great time at the movies! Where does it rank out of all Marvel movies? It is certainly one of the best..maybe not as good as Avengers but very very close. Far superior to the Thor and Hulk series. Much better than the original Captain America The First Avenger film. Maybe even inching out the Iron Man franchise!! Barely! Bottom line see this damn movie!!

 

Super-Hero Satellite gives Captain America The Winter Soldier a very strong 9 out of 10. Here’s the tale of the Tape!

Story 9/10 (One point off for a lack of development to Winter Soldier himself who at times seemed like an afterthought to the movie! The movie was called Winter Soldier for god sakes ..maybe it should have been “The Fall Of SHIELD” or “The Rise Of Hydra”.

Action: 10/10 Full Throttle. Made the original Cap movie seem like a silent film.

Special Effects: 10/10 There was never a time when I felt we were sitting in front of a green screen. Massive explosions and scenes of mass destruction plus combat scenes you have to see to believe.

 

 

 

The film is full of geeky Easter eggs for the hardcore fan and I think reinvigorated the Captain America character and franchise! For Hardcore fans who want a catch up on how all this looked in the comic books our Super Blog Team Up member Fantastiverse did an amazing recap of the Winter Soldier saga and you MUST read it here!!

Click Here: Age Of Retcon: Bucky 4.0 The Winter Soldier

9/10 Satellites on this one!

 

That’s it for us at the Satellite Heroes!

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