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This issue, we begin an all-new multi-issue series revealing the Secret Origins of that master of the mystic arts, DOCTOR STRANGE! The good doctor is one of a long line of superhero-magicians, and they seem to have one thing in common -- their stories all begin in the far-off land of Tibet.

Why is this? I'll TELL you why. Because nearly every superhero-magician character's origin is basically a dramatized version of highly-influential book titled Magic and Mystery in Tibet, written by Alexandra David-Neel.

The book, published in 1931, describes the female author's time as a student of mysticism in Tibet, and many of the concepts it deals with found their way into various superhero-magician character origins. This issue, we present some passages from Magic and Mystery in Tibet, along with art showing how these concepts were adopted by a small army of superhero magician characters.

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LEVITATION
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Below, Mandrake the Magician
levitates a woman, apparently making her lighter than air.
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TELEPATHY
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Below, Zatara the Magician
uses "one-pointedness of thought" to revive a man.
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ROOMS WITHOUT WINDOWS
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Below, Dr. Fate
exits his Salem tower headquarters, courtesy of artist Walt Simonson.
The interior of Fate's HQ consists of a huge room with no windows!
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THE ETHERIC SELF
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Below, The Spectre
and his alter ego, Jim Corrigan, discuss "etheric bodies."
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THE SPIRIT SELF
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Below, Steve Ditko depicts Dr. Strange
and his metaphysical spirit self.
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"Magic and Mystery in Tibet"
THE WHOLE BOOK!
XFascinating stuff, huh reader? Where did I learn about this book? Well, I could have spent years researching mysticism and reading every book on the subject, or traveled to Tibet myself -- but I didn't. Instead, I just asked Anthony Tollin where the magical superheroes came from. EASY!

If you'd like to learn more, click here or on the book pictured to download a PDF of the ENTIRE BOOK Magic and Mystery in Tibet by Alexandra David-Neel. Published in 1931, this book is now in the public domain! Meanwhile, our Secret Origins of Dr. Strange series continues...
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