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Doctor Strange was a brilliant, ambitious and somewhat arrogant neurosurgeon whose meteoric rise was cut short by an automobile accident. Strange sustained minor nerve damage which prevented him from holding a scalpel steadily enough to perform delicate surgery. Although he was offered a prestigious consultant position, Strange’s pride prevented him from accepting. He invested his fortune in attempted cures and fraudulent doctors and saw it dwindle to nothing. He swiftly degenerated from recluse to drifter to drunken derelict. Then strange heard talk of a learned man in Tibet known only as the ancient one who could supposedly work miracles.
Determined to find this miracle man, he made his way across the ocean and then the frozen wastes of the Himalayan mountains. Just when he reached the limits of his endurance, he stumbles upon the Ancient One’s palace. The aged sorcerer said he would only consider helping Strange if he proved himself worthy. Refusing to believe in the Ancient One’s magic anyway. Strange remained a guest while a bitter storm spent itself outside. Strange soon discovered that the Ancient One’s pupil Baron Mordo, was plotting to kill his master. Trying to warn the master of his pupil’s treachery, Strange was discovered by Mordo and mystically restrained. Witnessing Mordo’s power and learning of his murderous intent shocked the jaded Strange into a realization of the nature of evil and of the necessity to combat it.
Eventually Strange found a way to get around Mordo’s spell by sincerely offering to become the pupil of the Ancient One himself. The sorcerer freed Strange of Mordo’s spell and admitted he knew of Mordo’s true nature all along. But having peered into Strange’s soul, he saw the potential for great goodness and power.
Thus, Strange become the Ancient One’s disciple and learned the secrets of sorcery. In time, Strange returned to America and set up shop in Greenwich Village in New York City. Though the world at large thinks he is no more than an eccentric occult authority. Doctor Strange has inherited from his mentor the mantle of Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme.
First Appearance: Strange Tales #110