Doctor Strange is a pretty bonkers comic book franchise, let's just get that admission out of the way first. From his psychedelic, surrealist origins (which led some readers to speculate that the writers and artists at Marvel were using drugs), to the mind-bending trailer which dropped recently for his upcoming introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Stephen Strange has always been a bit left of field.
This is illustrated many times over in the pages of the Marvel comics, and his adventures range from weird and wacky to outright eldritch horror at times. This list is by no means an exhaustive run down of all the weird stuff in the Doctor Strange comics, but for those of you who might not be intimately familiar with them here's just a little taste of the strange goings on of the world of Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme.
From 'Strange: The Doctor Is Out' (2010)
Following the loss of his mantle as Sorcerer Supreme and his magical amulet, the Eye of Agamotto, for abusing dark magics during World War Hulk, a seriously de-powered Doctor Strange has to find more creative methods of battling the forces of evil. Strange: The Doctor Is Out charts him meeting one of his many apprentices, a young woman named Casey Kinmont.
Strange meets Casey, the spoiled grandchild of major league baseball team the Portland Loggers coach Bill Kinmont at a baseball game, and he reveals to her that the opposing team are in fact possessed by demons, with the souls of the entire team and her grandfather hanging in the balance of the game.
With his magic near useless and his hands trembling, Strange ends up entering the fray himself in a good old fashioned game of baseball in order to defeat the possessed team and the demon pulling the strings, Tul'uth the Lord High Incubus of Games and Chance.
Though Tul'uth cheats by using demonic magic, and it looks like Strange is about to strike out permanently, Casey manages to use her own newly discovered magics to keep the ball in play, and Strange manages to hit a home run and win the game.
Taking Down The New Avengers
From 'New Avengers' Vol 2 (2012)
This entry is less crazy-weird and more an illustration of just how damn fearsome the Sorcerer Supreme can be. This instance happens following The Doctor Is Out, when he's still not quite operating at full power and is forced to go head to head with the entire New Avengers team (Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Vision, Red Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Spider-Woman, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Iron Fist, Thing, and Mockingbird).
The Avengers here were possessed by another sorcerer — Daniel Drumm — who blamed Strange for the death of his brother Brother Voodoo (Jericho Drumm), a former Sorcerer Supreme and friend of Strange.
Doctor Strange takes on the entire team, managing to defeat the majority of them before getting knocked down by Captain Marvel, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. But he manages to trap Daniel in the body of Luke Cage and lays down a dark magic spell with one of his most badass monologues ever — driving Daniel from Cage's body and destroying him.
This is eventually all revealed to be some kind of test to see if Strange was now capable of controlling dark magics, and as a result the Ancient One shows up to hand him back the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme.
This may not seem like a massively crazy moment, but when you consider that he managed to take down the vast majority of the New Avengers without even being at full power, it really illustrates just how strong he really is.
Killed By Head Explosion
From 'Ultimatum (Ultimate Marvel)' (2009)
Here's a fun, totally gross one. This comes from Marvel's batshit insane and universally hated Ultimatum from the Ultimate Marvel run, and features not the Strange we know and love but his alternate universe son, Stephen Strange, Jr. of Earth-1610.
The Ultimate version of Doctor Strange is very different to the one of the main comics, and he's not really as well versed in the mystic arts as the typical Strange. During a battle with long time Doctor Strange foe and ruler of the Dark Dimension, Dormammu, he meets an unnecessarily gruesome end when, well, let's just look at the panels shall we?
Eugh, yes, Dormammu strangles him with his own cape until his head explodes. Let's just forget we saw this, shall we?
Going Down The Wrong Rabbit Hole...
From 'Doctor Strange: The Silver Dagger' (1974)
Remember those drugs that everyone though the Marvel staff were on? The Silver Dagger story arc of Steve Englehart & Frank Brunner's Doctor Strange might be the best illustration of why people thought that.
The Silver Dagger, a mystical assassin working for the ideologies of the Catholic Church (just go with it) shows up to take out Strange, his apprentice/wife Clea, and his assistant Wong, and decides to start by... making a bunny grow really big. Take that Clea!
The Silver Dagger stabs Strange and nicks his Eye of Agamotto, and the Doctor ends up trapped inside the Orb of Agamotto, where he meets Death along with a bunch of random projections of various Marvel heroes.
But that's not the only strange thing he meets in the weird world of the orb. In case you thought the Lewis Carroll influences weren't obvious enough, Strange encounters a giant, hookah smoking caterpillar inside the orb. One who apparently talks like a leftover Woodstock stereotype. It was the 1970s after all...
Doctor Strange eventually manages to free himself from the orb, trapping Silver Dagger there instead, presumably dooming the crazy old dude to spend an entirety debating the merits of hemp with a drugged out old caterpillar.