17. Doctor Strange
While Doctor Strange has some awesome powers, he’s just not a nice guy. Let’s be honest, you wouldn’t want to be with Steven Strange the person. Anyone who says they would, is lying or a masochist. However, Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme is one of the greatest characters for development, themes, and mystery.
Stan Lee developed the mystical character back in 1963 but has always accredited the creation to artist Steve Ditko. Sure enough, the character was originally drawn as a five-page filler in Strange Tales #110. That’s the character Stan Lee took and then adapted in a way that no other could, using inspiration from the 1930s radio program, Chandu the Magician.
The radio program helped to develop the different styles of magic, creating the different spells and the whole world of sorcery and magic around them. This idea was then developed further with Ditko’s beautiful and surrealistic artwork. You can say that this was a true partnership. Strange wouldn’t be what he is without Lee and Ditko working together, with no ego getting in the way; completely different from the character himself.
To continue the blend, there’s an element of Western and Eastern cultures meet. The old and new worlds blend together to create a part of the universe fans had never seen before. In fact, Doctor Strange was one of the first magical comic heroes like this, paving the way for so many others. Yet, nobody has done something quite in the same way.