Real Name: Carlo Strange
Identity/Class: Human mutate technology user
Occupation: Criminal scientist, original occupation unknown
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Exiles (possible allies)
Enemies: Iron Man (Tony Stark); everyone else on the planet
Known Relatives: Carla (daughter)
Base of Operations: Formerly his island stronghold in the Atlantic Ocean and his mountain laboratory (location unrevealed)
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#41/1 (May, 1963)
Powers: Dr. Strange possessed an advanced intellect, and was capable of designing and constructing a virtually limitless arsenal of weaponry. He used a mental amplifying device to make others follow his commands. He created a force-field around his entire island that was impervious to even nuclear explosions. He designed a 200 megaton bomb (the "S-Bomb") and claimed to have enough of them to destroy all life on Earth. He also used a laser gun.
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 169 lbs.
(Tales of Suspense I#41/1 (fb)) - Dr. Strange was a mad-scientist-type of criminal even before his accident. When U.S. Paratroops located him in his mountain stronghold, he picked up a ray gun to fight them off, but was struck by lightning. He was captured and imprisoned while incapacitated. However, after the paralyzing effects wore off, he learned that the lightning had increased the electrical energy of his mind, granting him even greater genius (and insanity).
(Tales of Suspense I#41/1) - Six months after the lightning accident, he built an ultra-frequency transmitter from radio and television parts, and used it to take mental control of Iron Man, forcing him to free him from prison. He built a new fortress on an island in the Atlantic Ocean and brought his daughter Carla and his accomplices there. Feeling guilty for having abandoned his daughter his entire life in favor of his criminal career, he decided to take over the world and give it to her.
Strange detonated an S-Bomb in the upper atmosphere as a demonstration of his destructive power, and then threatened to destroy the entire planet unless every nation surrendered to him within 24 hours. Several nations traced his broadcast and launched nuclear bombs at his island, but he was protected by his virtually indestructible force-field. Iron Man, however, approached the island by submarine and, correctly figuring the field would not extend below the surface of the water, he tunneled into Strange's base from underneath.
Iron Man confronted Strange and destroyed his main power generators, but the backlash shorted out his armor as well. However, Carla, appalled at her father's despotic plans and evil nature, threw two flashlight batteries to Iron Man. As Iron Man gained enough energy from the batteries to restart his armor, Strange fled, escaping the island through unknown means. Strange's accomplices were rounded up by the military, and his island stronghold dismantled.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein, and Jack Kirby.
The Exiles (from Captain America I#104, et al) were never specifically identified as his allies. The group was only described as "the most cunning scientists and power-mad military men on Earth." The group looks like the Exiles, and they are identified as such in The Marvel Comics Index I#8A, December 1979.
Maybe Dr. & Mrs. Strange planned to name their first-born after the father, but when they had a daughter rather than a son, "Carl Jr." became "Carla".
I've also seen it proposed on a comics fan site that maybe his actual name was "Karel Stranczek" and that the media only dubbed him "Doctor Strange" for headline purposes (this was at a time before the name of sorcerer Stephen Strange was that widely known and only spoken of in hushed whispers).
Strange's first name was revealed in his entry in OHOTMU A-Z Hardcover#3.
Carla is pictured in the background behind her dad.
Doctor Strange has an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1960s Handbook.
This guy has no known connections to:
Tales of Suspense I#41 (May, 1963) - Stan Lee & Robert Bernstein (writers), Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Last updated: 05/11/02
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