BELOW: The original TV Guide ad that inspired the cover above.
The year was 1978. Doc's TV-movie begins with this title card using a groovy font ("Arnold Boecklin" by name), backed by the mystical symbol seen in the window of Doc's Greenwich Village apartment.
The action opens in another dimenson -- a low-rent version of Ditko's high style, spectacular other-worldly panoramas.
On screen, it looks like a paper mache prop in a grade school play, but at least they tried.
And remember, they didn't have digitalFX back then.
Somewhere amidst the multi-colored, paper-mache rocks stand the villainess of the piece...
Morgana Le Fay! Hey! Isn't she the sorceress who fights King Arthur and Merlin? And sometimes, Jack Kirby's Demon? What's she doing going up against Dr. Strange? Answer: Never mind!
It's TV, and it's 1978.
The doctor is in! Here he is, Peter Hooten aka Dr. Stephen Strange, in his doctor duds, looking more than a little a bit like Mr. Brady of The Brady Bunch!
Just like the comic, Doc lives in a Greenwich Village apartment dominated by a huge window that shows a mystical symbol. Not exactly low-profile.
Here's Doc in uniform, having it out with Morgana.
Doc meets Thomas Lindmer (John Mills), Earth's current “Sorcerer Supreme.” Sadly, there's no Ancient One in this movie.
Lindmer tells strange he must make a fateful choice...
Dr. Strange must choose whether to remain mortal, or to become the new Sorcerer Supreme. Strange chooses the latter, and Lindmer's power is transferred to him.
Look out! Major optical effect! Very bright light!
Doc's original uniformis magically transformed into THIS little number, which looks like it came straight out of a Ben Cooper halloween kit...
BELOW: Preview poster for the upcoming Dr. Strange movie,
starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange!
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