CREATORS

Membership: Cygni, Sirius, Stygyro (and possibly thirteen (or more) others-see comments)

Purpose: Universal Domination.

Affiliations: In-Betweener; Doctor Stranger Yet, Visimajoris, Xander,
four unnamed agents

Enemies: Ancient One, Apalla, Clea, Dr. Strange, the stars (Grand Nebular mentioned)

Base of Operations: Creation II (a dimension accessed after passing through the Quadriverse)

First Appearance: Dr. Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts#19 (October, 1976)

Powers: The Creators each had advanced magical training and prowess, although the extent of the original abilities is unknown. Using power granted by the In-Betweener, they proved able to alter the nature of the universe. In the form of stars, they had virtually unlimited energy powers, including manipulation of heat, light, gravity, etc.

History: The Creators are a league of sorcerers from different time periods on Earth (ranging at least as far back as the Pre-Cataclymic Era). Their exact origins are unknown, but they gathered together with the goal of transforming themselves into stellar bodies, taking over the forms of the stars, and transforming the current/previous stars into human form.
The reason for this is that, at least in the Marvel Universe, the stars are the original source of all energy in the universe, including mystical. By taking over the power of stars, they would gain virtually unlimited power and be able to control the entire universe.
The Creators saw Dr. Strange as one of their strongest potential opponents.

 

 

 

 

 

(Dr. Strange II#27 (fb)) - The Creators became allied with the In-Betweener, who powered the creation of the Cosmic Wheel of Change. Using the Wheel, they began their plot to replace the stars. Stars they replaced could be identified as blue dots in the sky.

BTS-The Creators brought the being known as Xander to their realm, where they trained him in magic, and in other forms of combat.

 

 

(Dr. Strange II#19) - The Creators (and Xander) apparently manipulated the Ancient One, causing him to strip Dr. Strange of the title (and power) of Sorcerer Supreme.

(Dr. Strange II#20) - Xander attacked Dr. Strange and Clea. Although Strange defeated Xander, he did manage to cast a spell causing Clea to behave malevolently for some time. The Creators recalled Xander to Creation II.

(Dr. Strange II#22-BTS) - Clea rampaged through the city until Dr. Strange managed to remove the spell that Xander had placed on her.

(Dr. Strange II#23-BTS) - Dr. Strange journeyed into the Quadriverse to investigate the reason for Xander's attack. He attempted to save the "Guardian" of the Quadriverse from imprisonment, but learned that the nature of the realm was to have one Guardian imprisoned at all times. After freeing one, she/it was replaced by another.

(Dr. Strange II#24) - As Dr. Strange passed through the final portal into the realm of the Creators, they awakened Visimajoris to stop him. Strange was saved from Visimajoris by Apalla, who was a star that had taken humanoid form in an effort to stop the Creators' plot. Strange and Apalla confronted and battled the Creators, and Apalla located the Cosmic Wheel of Change. Strange was suffering from some type of malady that was making him act rashly, and he destroyed the Wheel, with the intention of stopping their plot. However, this did not stop them, but rather allowed them to rewrite reality as they saw fit. Without the Wheel, there was no way to reverse their changes.

(Dr. Strange II#25) - The Creators accomplished their goal, taking the forms of stars and casting the real stars into humanoid form. The now-humanoid stars were comatose after the transformation, and Strange placed them in stasis around the star which was once Alpha Centauri.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strange returned to Earth to find it over-run by chaos, with semi-human creatures running rampant. He entered what was once his Sanctum Sanctorum and found it inhabited by the Creators' replacement of him--Dr. Stranger Yet. With the aid of Clea and Wong, Strange incapacitated and imprisoned his would-be replacement.

(Dr. Strange II#26-BTS) - Strange learned that the Creators had cast the Ancient One back into human form, and that he was living as a drunk in the Bowery of New York. The Creators sent four unnamed agents to attack Strange and the Ancient One, who defeated them. The Ancient One directed Strange to confront the In-Betweener.

(Dr. Strange II#27) - After encountering the In-Betweener, Strange located the reformed Cosmic Wheel of Change, which was guarded by his enemy, Stygyro (who now, as one of the Creators, possessed the power of a star). Strange managed to defeat Stygyro, but then the In-Betweener reappeared, refusing to allow Strange to reverse the Creators' changes.

(Dr. Strange II#28-BTS) - Strange called on the power of the In-Betweener's creators, Lord Chaos and Master Order. Using power granted by them, Strange temporarily defeated the In-Betweener and reversed the Creators' changes in the Universe. The stars were returned to their rightful forms and location, Earth was back to normal (as much as it can be), the Ancient One again became one with the universe and all was right with the world.

 

 

 

 

COMMENTS: Created by Marv Wolfman and Alfredo P. Alcala.
Changing writers syndrome. Wolfman's last story was in Doc#23. Jim Starlin wrote (and drew parts) of #24-26, and Roger Stern finished it up in #27, 28. It's a cool story, but a little disjointed, and the Creators themselves aren't even really seen (since they were stars, I guess) after #24.

Dr. Strange II#21 reprints Dr. Strange I#169, and has no story of the Creators within it.

Xander described being trained in sixteen forms of magic, and I think there are 16 cloaked guys fighting Strange and Apalla on page 26 of Dr. Strange II#24. So, I think there may be sixteen of the Creators, only 3 of whom have been named. In order to replace the stars, I guess they'd have to number in the millions/billions/trillions/gazillions/googleplex...which seems like a little too many. Ahh, what's the difference? It was fun anyway.
Cygni and Sirius take their name from actual stellar bodies.
--Back in my teens, I thought Sirius would be a cool name for a stellar-powered canine--you know, the Dog Star. Then again, I also had characters named Steely Dan and T-Rex.

I can't believe the Creators haven't sought vengeance on Strange in the greater than 25 years since these stories. This saga just begs for a sequel, by Jim Starlin (who wrote and drew the second half of the saga--don't tell me you didn't recognize his work in those four unnamed agents).

Maybe the Creators are floating around Alpha Centauri, where the humanoid stars had been.

I don't know if the sentient nebula which temporarily took the form of Cloud would have been involved with or affected by the Creators plot.

I think Dr. Stranger Yet should make a comeback, side-by-side with
Triax. They could start the Legion of Angry, yet Well-Spoken, Warthogs!

The Legion of Well-spoken Warthogs VS the Cockroach Conspiracy? Triax and Dr. Stranger Yet could make it a threesome, if they were joined by Razorback. Providing, of course, the latter was possessed by, say, Xemnu the Living Titan. Or, even the astral body of the Counter-Earth (HE) Necromancer! (Gullin could also join them -- Snood) And they would whup the Conspirators' buggy-butts, if they recruited...THE AMAZING SPIDER-HAM!
--Carycomic

The Creators received an entry in Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Dr. Stranger Yet should not be confused with other counterparts of Dr. Strange, such as:

  • Dr. Strange of the original Counter Earth aka the Necromancer, @ Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#46
  • Dr. Strangefate, from the Amalgam universe, a union of Dr. Strange and DC's Dr. Fate, @ DC vs Marvel#3
  • Strange, a magical construct representing the sorcerous portion of Dr. Strange, @ Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#61
  • Dr. Vincent Stevens, another aspect of Dr. Strange, a contemporary of Strange, @ Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#62
  • -or alternate dimensional counterparts, such as those of the Earth X, Earth-MC2, Earth-Mutant X, 2099
  • or to Dr. Strange, the would-be world conqueror, @ Tales of Suspense I#41

There is no dimension or character named Creation I. It merely refers to their plans to re-create the universe in their own fashion.


 

 

Dr. Stranger Yet was a semi-humanoid warthog, who, in the Earth remade by the Creators, was the counterpart to Dr. Steven Strange. His powers were comparable to Strange's own, and the assistance of Clea was required to defeat him. With Stranger Yet imprisoned, Strange wondered aloud, "What do I do now?" To which the warthog sorcerer replied, "I could give you a number of suggestion, Strange--None of which, I'm sure, you'd appreciate.
Presumably he vanished from Earth when the Creators' changes were reversed.
--Dr. Strange II#25 (26, 27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Appearances:
Dr. Strange II#19 (October, 1978) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Alfredo Alcala (artist)
Dr. Strange II#20 (December, 1978) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Rudy Nebres (artist)
Dr. Strange II#22 (April, 1977) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Rudy Nebres (artist)
Dr. Strange II#23 (June, 1977) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Jim Starlin (pencils), Rudy Nebres (inks)
Dr. Strange II#24-25 (August-October, 1977) - Jim Starlin (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Rudy Nebres (#24) & Pablo Marcos (#25) (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Dr. Strange II#26 (December, 1977) - Jim Starlin (writer), Jim Starlin (pencils), Rudy Nebres (inks), Archie Goowin (editor)
Dr. Strange II#27-28 (February-April, 1978) - Roger Stern (writer), Tom Sutton (pencils), Ernie Chan (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)


Last updated: 08/02/02.

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