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Dr. Strange: Strange Tales Paperback – Oct 26 2011

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (Oct. 26 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078515549X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785155492
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.3 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #298,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this poignant yet entertaining volume, versatile author and artist Waber (The Mouse That Snored) takes a look at the various ways in which kids, the occasional grown-up and one endearing canine display bravery. "There are many kinds of courage," the narrative begins. "Awesome kinds" appears on a spread of trapeze artists; "everyday kinds" depicts a boy who summons the confidence to jump off a high dive. Minimal yet artfully crafted text and sprightly art reveal some gutsy acts that all youngsters will identify with: taking that first bike ride without training wheels, explaining the rip in a brand-new pair of pants. The author's observations range from lighthearted ("Courage is deliberately stepping on sidewalk cracks") to those worthy of reflection ("Courage is being the first to make up after an argument"). Waber's wit infuses many of the pages, including one from a dog's viewpoint: a "Beware of Dog" sign adorns the front lawn of a house while, inside, a pooch quakes listening to eerie sounds "Courage is it's your job to check out the night noises in the house." On the affecting, timely penultimate spread, scenes of firefighters and a police officer on the job ("Courage is being a firefighter, or a police officer") appear opposite the image of a mother and two children watching a plane take off ("Courage is sometimes having to say goodbye"). Uncovering an array of triumphs and fears, this is a natural read-aloud likely to spark valuable adult-child dialogue and to help youngsters conquer their own fears. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-Focusing on a variety of scenarios, from the serious ("Courage is being the first to make up after an argument") to the more lighthearted ("Courage is tasting the vegetable before making a face"), Waber introduces children to the many ways to define this character trait. One or two statements appear on each page, accompanied by a whimsical pen-and-ink and watercolor illustration that offers an amusing interpretation of the captionlike text. Some examples seem to fit attributes other than courage more precisely ("Courage is two candy bars and saving one for tomorrow"), but children will certainly relate to most of them. A good read-aloud to spark conversation about what courage is and isn't, and the many forms it takes.
Jessica Snow, Boston Public Library
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Dr Strange Explores Black Magic March 1 2012
By Anthony S. Picco - Published on
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I read this storyline when it was first published 20+ years ago, and it still holds up. The artwork is ok, better in some places than others, but it is the storyline itself that is fascinating. The saga begins after Dr. Strange has defeated one villain by destroying many of his own mystical objects, and thereby releasing into the universe an equally dangerous situation. And in order to fix this, he has to hook up with former villain Kaluu, and learn to make compromises with his own sense of purity, because without using the energies of black magic he cannot solve the crisis he created. In many ways, this story arc really opened up & evolved the concepts behind the idea and role of a "Sorcerer Supreme." The good doctor has to learn to examine the greater good versus the idea of never putting anyone in harm's way. In some ways the story is a little chilling, because it examines the very concepts of morality & integrity on a large scale. By the end of the tale, Dr. Strange has compromised many of his beliefs in order to repair the damage he created to the universe. Along the way, he is joined on his journey by temporary disciple Rintrah... all in all, one of the several story arcs that make Dr. Strange one of the more thought-provoking characters in the comics.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great story! Well written and full of mystic adventure. Aug. 4 2012
By David Landau - Published on
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This was my first reading of Dr Strange and it definitely didn't disappoint. The height of identity is questioned and put to the test as Dr Strange explores magics he never thought possible - all "justified" to safe the world he put in peril.

These issues are just as much moral introspection as they are action & adventure. The magic is fabulous, the dialogue is balanced, and the ending is awesome. Makes you smile in more ways than one!
An Akward Start, but a Rewarding Reading Experience Dec 25 2014
By Sylvester Krapa - Published on
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While I appreciate Marvel collecting this rather unexpected run, I am disappointed that it does not collect the entirety of Gillis' Dr. Strange run despite it being a perfect opportunity to do so. For those who are unaware of the backstory behind this run, Gillis started his run on Dr Strange with Strange's second solo series but that series was cancelled before Gillis finished his story. Gillis then continued his story in a shared anthology book called "Strange Tales" with Bill Mantlo's "Cloak and Dagger" series. Only the Strange Tales material is collected here, which makes this trade feel very much like you are jumping into the middle of the story. The first four or so issues are incredibly rough to follow, and even as the story starts getting great I do feel a lot of the impact of certain elements reappearing in the story gets lost as their initial appearance is not collected in this trade. Since I have not read Gillis' other material, I admit that I am only assuming they would have enhanced this story and would have gotten rid of the awkwardness in the first couple of issues. But I have a hard time believing that actually reading the story that introduces the Lords of Chaos that Strange fights in this story wouldn't have given a better opening.

The story begins with Dr. Strange already fighting against the Lords of Chaos that he unleashed on the world by destroying his magic items. The loss of his magic items also means he has lost a huge chunk of his white magic power, and great moral conflicts within this story make his already weak white magic even weaker. Dr. Strange gets forced to turn to dark magic to save the planet from his mistakes and the book gets more interesting as you see more of the moral dilemmas that Strange has to face. The thing that really makes this a great story for me is the return of Kaluu, a Z-List Dr. Strange villain from the 60s. Kaluu was a one dimensional evil wizard villain that appeared for about two issues, but he had potential as a character in his history with Dr. Strange's teacher, the Ancient One. That potential is tapped in this story and shows Kaluu as a more nuanced character. That nuance adds a lot to the story with Kaluu teaching Strange the value of Black Magic as Strange tries to maintain his good nature despite his dark actions.

Because of the awkward way it's collected, I would not recommend Strange Tales to a new reader but I would to someone who is already interested in Dr. Strange and read some of his other material. I do hope one day all of Gillis' stuff is collected in one book, but I am glad that Marvel decided to collect this even if it's in an imperfect format.
One of my favourite Dr Strange stories June 27 2014
By Loki Carbis - Published on
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A well-crafted tale of the Doctor's descent into black magic, as it becomes clearer and clearer that white magic just isn't enough anymore. A story of sacrifice and compromise, where the stakes are as high as they've ever been, and it's never sure that if the good Doctor emerges victorious the victory may be a Pyrrhic one.

Also worth checking out for fans of the current Mighty Avengers series who are curious about the morally ambivalent mage Kaluu, one of Marvel's most fun characters, this is a must-read story.
A True Masterpiece Jan. 5 2015
By Markgon - Published on
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This is just a Masterpiece in every sense of the word, this an Excellent Character Study of my all-time Favorite Character and explores the themes and ideas that pay off in the end.This a perfect read for any fan of this great character.