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Debuting in 1963 in the pages of Strange Tales #110, Dr. Strange was a character designed to appeal to a younger crowd who was more than a bit disillusioned with the status quo of the time. Seeking a departure from the standard Super Hero of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko sought to create a character steeped in Eastern myths, romance and magic. Dr. Strange proved to be more than popular with teens and young adults in the 60’s and 70’s, but more so, he allowed Steve Ditko to flex his imaginative genius and present us with some of the most visually impactful artwork to ever come out of a comic book. Ditko took the Dr. Strange book to new and trippy heights and cemented Strange as the face of the early counter culture movement during the Vietnam Conflict era.
Strange Tales #167
Marvel’s Strange Tales book underwent more than a few thematic changes during it’s run as it sought to capture the latest cultural phenomenon or paradigm shift. Perhaps it’s greatest era came in 1965 when Nick Fury joined the book and artist Jim Sternko revolutionized the way we viewed comic imagery. Sternko is credited with popularizing the psychedelia and op art movements in comic books as we got some great, colorful visuals to accompany Nick Fury’s spy exploits. Sternko’s crowning achievement came in the pages of Strange Tales #167 when he presented for the first time the four-page spread. Predating the image foldout, readers were treated to four full pages of art that combined to create one epic, visual feast.
Space Dandy is a 2014 anime offering from Japan and airs on Adult Swim in the United States. Amazing visuals and one of the best color palettes in all of animation, Space Dandy is a prime example of modern entertainment still being geared toward the counter culture movement. If you have yet to catch this amazing series, we highly recommend to go out of your way to take it in. Check out the opening sequence to the show in the links below… we think you’ll be hooked. It’s high time to do things the Dandy way, baby!