Saturday, January 17, 2009

Strange Saturday: Michael Golden's Doctor Strange Portfolio

I used to collect artist portfolios that were published in the 1970s and 1980s.  These special items contained anywhere from 4-8 plates of special drawings/paintings from the finest comic book artists of the period.  I foolishly traded or sold these items when I needed money for college.  Big mistake!  What I would not give to still have Brent Anderson's Ka-Zar portfolio, Marshall Rogers Batman portfolio, or Will Eisner's Spirit portfolio!

The Michael Golden Doctor Strange portfolio was one of my favorites.  Here was the image on the outside envelope that contained all the plates:

doctor strange golden portfolio

Wow.  The detail on Doc is amazing, but check out how Golden renders the Orb of Agamotto! 

doctor strange golden portfolio eternity

The Eternity plate really captures the mind-bending nature of that all-encompassing entity.

This portfolio appears to have been drawn by Golden in 1982 and published in 1983.  This was during the same period that Golden drew the legendary Doctor Strange #55 in 1982.  I kept hoping that Golden would become the regular artist on Doctor Strange.  We had read rumors of this in various fanzines, but alas, that single issue would be the only one on the regular series.

Nuff said.

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