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STRODE

Real Name: Strode (first name unrevealed)

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Draftsman

Group Membership: Large firm (name unrevealed)

Affiliations: None

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: Wife (name unrevealed), son (name unrevealed)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Somewhere in the Multiverse?
   USA (exact location unrevealed)

First Appearance: Epic Illustrated#34/6 (February, 1986)

Powers/Abilities: Strode was a normal human and able draftsman but dissatisfied with life, suspecting there was more to reality than what was perceived. He was curious and initially believed he could phase into other realities when it was only delusion. Ultimately, he could phase out of reality into another universe.

Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 170 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Unrevealed

History:

(Epic Illustrated#34/6 (fb) - BTS) - Strode had a wife and son, and they lived in suburbia. He was one of many draftsmen in a large firm.

(Epic Illustrated#34/6) - Despite being led to believe that he should be satisfied with life, Strode felt there was more to reality than the solitary one he knew. He became reclusive from his family and began searching for answers in strange places, finding ancient and ridiculed and forbidden texts for knowledge. He learned reality was a matter of perception, that any reality imagined could exist and was infinite. He felt he had to master phasing from one reality to the next and this became an obsession to the exclusion of all else, and his mental health seemed to deteriorate.

   Strode imagined himself phasing into different fantastic worlds, soaring in spaceships and saving princesses from giant lizards using ray guns. However, as his excitement grew in phasing between worlds, he found it difficult to maintain one reality, and magnificent vistas gave way to grim, darker lands. In his mind, faceless soldiers arrested him, but in reality they were medics, who bound him in a straitjacket and incarcerated him in a padded cell in a psychiatric hospital. Left alone, he finally was able to phase out of reality and into another universe.

 

Comments: Created by Archie Goodwin & Al Williamson.

Al Williamson made an excellent artist for the grand fantasy and scifi vistas of this story, which was printed in black & white and served to highlight his outstanding artwork. If you like his Flash Gordon work, you'll love this piece.

So what book drew Strode in and showed him the fantastic worlds before eventually allowing him to phase out of his universe?

As Queen sang: Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? I wonder how much he interacted with the "real" world while he was lost in the fantasy worlds. Did he actually shoot someone while thinking he'd shot a dragon? He was holding a weapon when the medics arrived. And what of the space princesses he kissed? Or was it all just him rambling in his house? Or were there times he actually phased out to confuse him as if he were a plaything in some game with a demon lord who'd baited a human with a forbidden book left in a dark section of a library...?

This profile was completed 8/28/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Strode has no known connections to:


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Epic Illustrated#34/6, p4, pan2 (main image)
   p7, pan3 (headshot)
   p7, pans4-6 (incarcerated, phasing)
   p5, pan2 (jumping with sword)
   p3, pan1 (standing with gun)


Appearances:
Epic Illustrated#34/6 (February, 1986) - Archie Goodwin (writer), Al Williamson (pencils & inks), Stan Lee, Archie Goodwin, Jo Duffy (editors)


First posted: 09/30/2021
Last updated: 09/29/2021

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

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