Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange, best known under his alias Doctor Strange, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by artist Steve Ditko, the character first appeared in Strange Tales #110 (July 1963). A former doctor, Strange serves as the Sorcerer Supreme, the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats.
In 2012, Doctor Strange was ranked 33rd in IGN’s list of “The Top 50 Avengers”. The character was first portrayed in live action by Peter Hooten in the 1978 television movie Dr. Strange. A Marvel Studios live-action film adaptation starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role is set for a November 2016 theatrical release.