Real Name: Carlo Strange (see comments)
Identity/Class: Human mutate technology user
Occupation: Criminal scientist; original occupation unrevealed
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Exiles (possible allies, see comments)
Enemies: Iron Man (Tony Stark); everyone else on the planet
Known Relatives: Carla Strange (daughter)
Aliases: "Dad" (as called by Carla); "the Master of Evil"
Base of Operations: His island stronghold;
formerly his mountain laboratory (location unrevealed)
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#41/1 (May, 1963)
Powers/Abilities: Originally, Dr. Strange possessed a genius-level intellect; but after being struck by lightning, the electrical energy of his mind was greatly increased, and he was then capable of designing and constructing a virtually limitless arsenal of weaponry. He built an ultra-frequency transmitter to make others obey his commands. He created a force-field around his entire island stronghold that was impervious to even nuclear explosions. He designed the powerful S-Bomb, and claimed to have enough of them to destroy all life on Earth. Prior to his getting hit by lightning, he had built some form of "ray gun".
Despite his villainous nature, Carlo Strange cherished his estranged daughter, and he was willing to go to extreme lengths to win back her love and admiration.
Weight: 169 lbs.
Eyes: Green (see comments)
Hair: Brown (see comments)
(Tales of Suspense I#41/1 (fb) - BTS) - The past of Dr. Carlo Strange is largely unrevealed, but he was a mad-scientist-type criminal. For years, Strange devoted himself to a fantastic life of crime (earning the sobriquet "The Master of Evil"), all the while neglecting his daughter Carla.
(Tales of Suspense I#41/1 (fb) ) - When U.S. paratroopers located him in his mountain laboratory, Strange picked up a ray gun to fight them off, but he was struck by a bolt of lightning (see comments); while incapacitated, he was captured and imprisoned.
(Tales of Suspense I#41/1 (fb) - BTS) - However, after the paralyzing effects wore off, Strange discovered that the lightning had increased the electrical energy of his mind, granting him even greater genius (and insanity).
During his stay in prison, Strange pretended to have fainting spells, and made everyone believe that he was still suffering from the effects of the shock--because of his "weakened" condition, Strange was allowed access to the prison's workshop (...otherwise, he'd have been locked in a maximum security cell and never let out).
(Tales of Suspense I#41/1) - Six months after his lightning accident, Strange built an ultra-frequency transmitter from radio and television parts he smuggled from the prison workshop. After faking another "fainting spell," Strange was carried back to his cell by the guards. He then used the device to take mental control of Iron Man, and commanded the armored hero to free him from prison.
Weeks later, Strange was reunited with Carla, and he took her to his island fortress. Feeling guilty for having abandoned his daughter for her entire life in favor of his criminal career, Strange decided to make amends to Carla by taking over the world, as a gift for her.
Dr. Strange detonated an S-Bomb in the upper atmosphere as a demonstration of his destructive power, then he made a world-wide television broadcast, threatening to destroy the entire planet unless every nation surrendered to him within 24 hours.
Several nations traced Strange's broadcast and launched nuclear bombs at his island, but his stronghold was protected by his virtually indestructible force-field. However, Iron Man approached the island by submarine, and after correctly figuring that the field did not extend below the surface of the water, the hero tunneled into Dr. Strange's base from underneath.
Iron Man confronted Strange and destroyed the villain's main power generator, which deactivated the force-field, but the backlash disabled his armor as well. As Dr. Strange gloated over his fallen foe, Carla--appalled by her father's despotic plans and evil nature--threw a flashlight to Iron Man; the hero gained enough energy from the flashlight's batteries to recharge his armor, and he slowly made his way back to his feet.
Although shocked and heartbroken by his daughter's betrayal, Strange told Carla he forgave her, then fled, escaping the island through unrevealed means.
With the force-field shattered, Strange's accomplices were rounded up by the military, and his island stronghold was dismantled.Dr. Strange's current whereabouts are unrevealed... (see comments)
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 were identified as such in the Marvel Index I#8A (December, 1979).--Snood
...and the bald guy with the monocle and large scar on his head is a dead-ringer for Baron Wolfgang von Strucker.
Maybe Dr. & Mrs. Strange planned to name their
first-born after the father, but when they had a daughter rather than
a son, "Carlo 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 when the name of sorcerer Stephen Strange was not 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.
Doctor Strange has an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1960s
In regards to Dr. Strange's eye and hair color: The images in this profile are from a reprint, and some of the coloring differs from the original story. I used Strange's vital statistics from the 1960s Handbook, wherein Strange was also depicted as wearing purplish attire.--Ron Fredricks
Even before he was struck by the lightning bolt, Doctor Strange mentioned he had had a criminal career "for years"--taking Marvel's "sliding time-scale" into consideration, that would seem to imply that he was active even before the Fantastic Four were formed.
And that lightning bolt that just happened to hit him as he was about to fire his ray gun seems kind of convenient--could there perhaps have been some heretofore unrevealed flying electrically-empowered hero (maybe someone like Electro-Man) working behind-the-scenes and helping the paratroopers?
Dr. Carlo Strange's final fate is unrevealed, but it's unlikely he'll ever return (...mostly to avoid confusion with his more famous Sorcerer Supreme namesake (see clarifications))
However, writer Kurt Busiek would later give this "bargain-basement Dr. Doom" a temporary reprieve from "Comic Book Limbo" with some additional "appearances":
(Iron Man: The Iron Age#1) - While Pepper Potts was reminiscing over
Iron Man's exploits, she recalled his battle with Dr. Strange.
Original profile by Snood. Expansion by Ron Fredricks.
This guy has no known connections to:
Dr. Strange's S-Bomb has no known connections to:
Presumably the only child of criminal scientist Carlo
Strange, she had been neglected by her father for years when he embarked
on his criminal career.
A device created by Dr. Strange, it was
cobbled together using radio and television parts from a prison
workshop. When activated, it could place a person into a hypnotic
A weapon created by Dr. Strange, it had an
explosive yield of 200 megatons.
Located on a private island in the Atlantic
Ocean, somewhere off the U.S. coast, it was where the villainous Dr.
Strange and his allies maintained their headquarters for his scheme to
conquer the world.
images: (without ads)
Tales of Suspense I#41/1, cover (Main Image - Dr. Strange; Carla (background))
Tales of Suspense I#41/1, p7, pan5 (Headshot - Dr. Strange (wearing prison uniform))
Tales of Suspense I#41/1, p8, pan2 (Dr. Strange recalls being struck by lightning in his mountain laboratory)
Tales of Suspense I#41/1, p13, pan5 (Dr. Strange bidding farewell to Carla)
Iron Man: The Iron Age#1, p22, pan2 (Iron Man destroys Dr. Strange's generators)
Iron Man: The Iron Age#2, p8, pan2 (Dr. Carlo Strange, pictured among other super-villains on television screen)
Tales of Suspense I#41/1, p13, pan1 (as Dr. Strange gloats over fallen Iron Man (background), Carla notices flashlight)
Tales of Suspense I#41/1, p13, pan2 (Carla tosses flashlight to Iron Man)
Tales of Suspense I#41/1, p7, pan6 (in prison workshop, Dr. Strange completes ultra-frequency transmitter)
Tales of Suspense I#41/1, p8, pan5 (in prison cell, Dr. Strange activates ultra-frequency transmitter)
Tales of Suspense I#41/1, p9, pan1 (Iron Man hypnotized by Dr. Strange's ultra-frequency transmitter)
Tales of Suspense I#41/1, p11, pan1 (S-Bomb explodes above Earth)
Tales of Suspense I#41/1, p11, pan5 (Dr. Strange makes world-wide broadcast threat)
Tales of Suspense I#41/1, p10, pan5 (helicopter, carrying Dr. Strange and Carla, flies to island stronghold)
Tales of Suspense I#41/1, p11, pan6 (Dr. Strange's island stronghold, protected by force field)
Tales of Suspense I#41/1 (May, 1963) - Stan Lee (editor) & Robert Bernstein [as R. Berns] (writers), Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks)
Iron Man: The Iron Age#1 (August, 1998) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Patrick Zircher (pencils), Bob McLeod (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Iron Man: The Iron Age#2 (September, 1998) - Kurt Busiek & Richard Howell (writers), Patrick Zircher (pencils), Bob McLeod (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
First Posted: 09/04/2001 (?)
Last updated: 11/13/2020
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