The design for the Dr. Strange shirt designed by P. Craig Russell.

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Design - The design for the Dr. Strange T-Shirt by P. Craig Russell

Brief History - Dr. Strange's first appearance was in the Marvel comic Strange Tales #114. Stephen Strange was a brilliant, ambitious, and somewhat arrogant neurosurgeon whose meteoric career was tragically cut short in 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's position, Strange's pride prevented him from accepting. He invested his fortune on 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 stumbled upon the Ancient One's palace. The aged sorcerer told him he would only consider helping Strange if he proved himself worthy. Refusing to fully believe in the Ancient One's magic anyway, Strange remained as 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 the necessity to combat it. Eventually Strange sought 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 that 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 became 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.

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