The character Dr. Stephen Strange, currently being portrayed onscreen by Benedict Cumberbatch, was always an odd fit for a Marvel Comic. Unlike the patriotic Captain America, who was geared toward the “greatest generation” and their still patriotic children who had not yet morphed into the anti-Americanism faction of the Vietnam era, and the angsty Spiderman, who appealed to teenage nerds, Strange solely appealed to the then-emerging counter-culture.
Created in 1963 by Steve Ditko, not the self-promoting Stan Lee, it is apparent why the character was a head trip for hippie enthusiasts reveling in psychedelic drug culture and mystical mumbo jumbo.
Ironically, Ditko was worlds away from the casual immorality and collectivist-minded counter-culture. Politically, he was a rock-steady Ayn Rand enthusiast, pledged to property rights and