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You'd think that a medical professional would stay well away from hallucinatory drugs, but #DoctorStrange seems to be strung out 24/7 if the comics are anything to go by.

Movie fans have already had a glimpse of how surreal Doctor Strange's adventures can be in Marvel's film adaptation — particularly during that wtf sequence where the Ancient One sends Stephen's astral form spiralling through the multiverse. Did anyone else see those freaky hands grow more freaky miniature hands or was I just tripping balls even harder than the Sorcerer Supreme?

Trip out even more with these bizarre Doctor Strange sightings:

In an interview with EW, director Scott Derrickson discussed how he wanted to embrace Doctor Strange's surreal comic book aesthetic in the film, explaining that;

“The general approach is to do set pieces that haven’t been done before... to use the capability of modern visual effects in a way that told the origin story of Doctor Strange, and took that character into an interesting place, but also provide an audience with a lot of things that are unexpected. That was always the goal for me.”

Casual audiences freaked out by the trippiest moments in Doctor Strange may argue that Derrickson achieved his goal, but for comic readers familiar with the work of creator Steve Ditko, there's a whole new world of messed up Doctor Strange visuals that awaits. Join us as we break down the freakiest art from Doctor Strange's history in the comics and ask the eternal question, what the f**k was Ditko on for the whole of the '60s?

1. That Moment When You Immediately Regret Taking Pills From That Cute Stranger At The Bar

[Via Marvel Comics]
[Via Marvel Comics]

2. That Moment When You Take Some LSD Before A Date To Calm Your Nerves

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[Via Marvel Comics]

3. That Moment When You Wonder Why People Don't Take Hallucinogens More Often

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[Via Marvel Comics]

4. That Moment When You Get All Philosophical Because The Personification Of Eternity Has Rocked Up At Your Front Door

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[Via Marvel Comics]

5. That Moment When You You're Too High To Fight Your Friend For The Last Chip, But You Think You're Pulling Off Some Seriously Epic Moves

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[Via Marvel Comics]

6. That Moment When You're Too Baked To Physically See The World Outside

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[Via Marvel Comics]

7. That Moment When You Think That You've Bridged The Endless Gap Between Dimensions, But You Really Just Fell Down The Stairs And Have Now Broken Your Spine In Three Places

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[Via Marvel Comics]

8. That Moment When You've Been Lying On Those Same Stairs For Three Solid Days And The End Is Nigh, But It's Ok Because You Still Kept That Buzz

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[Via Marvel Comics]

9. That Moment When You Smoked Too Much Weed And Think The Walls Are Watching

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[Via Marvel Comics]

10. That Moment When You Think You've Met Your Spirit Guide, But You've Just Bumped Into That Same Homeless Guy Again And Even He's Freaking Out

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[Via Marvel Comics]

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While the majority of Marvel's heroes first became popular thanks to their unique personalities or bizarre skill-sets, Doctor Strange's appeal lay more in the psychedelic landscapes of each dimension that he would visit, capturing the '60s zeitgeist in a way that no other hero has since.

Check out some surreal Stan Lee cameos in the clip below:

These days though, Doctor Strange is no longer as weird as he once was. After all, the counterculture experiences provided by Ditko's artwork in the '60s have since been replaced by more alternative fare such as Neil Gaiman's Sandman. Despite that though, it's impossible to deny the cultural impact of Steve Ditko and his work on Doctor Strange. The only thing that's still tricky to determine is exactly how many drugs Ditko took on a casual work day at Marvel.

Disclaimer: Steve Ditko didn't take drugs at work and neither should you!

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Source — EW