The Marvel character of a Sorcerer Supreme called Doctor Strange was created by the artist Steve Ditko, who utilised surrealistic imagery and increasingly vivid psychedelic visuals, which helped make the master of the occult arts, Doctor Strange, a favourite character during the hippie era of the 1960’s.
But the Faustian character of Doctor Strange, is not alone, he is aided by an otherworldly girl from another dimension, called Clea, you could easily equate with a female version of Mephistopheles, who would be an ultra-terrestrial Succubus.
No doubt Doctor Strange has a grimoire looking like a comic book, out of which he can conjure many another ultra-terrestrial Succubus, in order to access other dimensions via his lucid dreams. Although, it will never be featured in a comic, let alone a Marvel team-up Disney film.
The Comics historian Mike Benton related: “The Dr. Strange stories of the 1960’s constructed a cohesive cosmology that would have thrilled any self-respecting theosophist. College students, minds freshly opened by psychedelic experiences and Eastern mysticism, read Ditko and Lee’s Dr. Strange stories with the belief of a recent Hare Krishna convert. Meaning was everywhere, and readers analyzed the Dr. Strange stories for their relationship to Egyptian myths, Sumerian gods, and Jungian archetypes.”
The then-associate editor and former Doctor Strange writer Roy Thomas in 1971 recalled: “People who read Doctor Strange thought people at Marvel must be (drug) heads, because they had similar experiences high on mushrooms.”
The comic historian Bradford W. Wright, noted: “Dr. Strange remarkably predicted the youth counterculture’s fascination with Eastern mysticism and psychedelia.”
Should you be looking for a real Doctor Strange, then John Alva Keel, would be a good candidate for the role of the Sorcerer Supreme, who was an American journalist and influential UFOlogist. Of course some will point out that Keel did not wear a flamboyant superhero costume; but such is all in the mind.
Whereas, unlike Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Keel’s occult adventures were for real. As for his inspiring Muse of a Clea, he did not reveal his Faustian Coitus-Pactum.
Keel did wear a kind of distinctive superhero costume, though of a far more down to Earth sort, which inspired the attire of the occult investigator, named Carl Kolchak, who was featured in the cult film and TV series Nightstalker.
Kolchak was based upon Keel; although he is best known as being the author of The Mothman Prophecies, which was later made into a movie.
There is also the distinct possibility that Keel’s bigger than life personality and colourful tales of travelling into the shadowy occult corners of the world had also inspired the creation of another comic strip character, ‘John’ Constantine.
Another candidate for Doctor Strange, would be that of a scientist, since Strange was initially a neurosurgeon; one such scientist would be Jacques Fabrice Vallée who is a venture capitalist, computer scientist, author, ufologist and former astronomer. Vallée is notable for co-developing the first computerized mapping of Mars for NASA as well as for his work at SRI International on the network information centre for the ARPANET, a precursor to the modern Internet, which I might add was developed by the US Department of Defense.
Vallée had initially defended the scientific legitimacy of the extraterrestrial hypothesis, but he later changed his tune, who then promoted the Doctor Strange inter-dimensional hypothesis, which was prior postulated by Keel.
Keel and later Vallée came to the conclusion that the UFO phenomenon and other ‘strange’ phenomena involving experiences of succubae, vampires, ghosts, bigfoot, dwarves, giants, angels and demons etc, are all interconnected.
Keel started to see the reports of varying types of entities as being ultra-terrestrials, which of commonality, tend to be mostly humanoid, whose appearances can be understood as culturally-bound manifestations of non-human intelligences that communicates with us from another dimension via our own consciousness, being that of our surreal dreams.
Unlike many others who write about otherworldly entities, or, as the more serious of inclination like to call it, ‘Crytozoology’, Keel does not take himself too seriously, which makes his books a breeze to read, like reading a Doctor Strange comic. Keel himself may not believe verbatim in every anecdote he manages to dig up. But Keel, being a journalist knows that the fun is in the reading, to not necessarily believe or disbelieve in their conjured memes, such as those viral-meme entities, which populate the internet; basically, it is best to keep an open mind.
If you are otherwise looking for supposed scientific studies of succubae, shadow-people, men in black, ghosts, angels, demons, dwarves, elves, bigfoot, sea serpents and other unverified terrestrial life forms as well as aliens etc, you had better avoid Keel’s books, because he is not at all interested in placing these ‘strange’ phenomena into separate boxes; he otherwise lumps them all together, under the term ultra-terrestrial, which some will point out is not too different to that of a shamanic perspective, since the ultra-terrestrials are creatures of dreams.
The ultra-terrestrials of UFO lore have evolved over time; after WWII, since 1947 to the late 50’s, they were often described as being Nordics, during the Vietnam era, of the 60’s to late 70’s the ultra-terrestrials were seen to be dark skinned Asiatics. When the the 80’s hit, after the publication of Whitley Strieber’s book, Communion, which featured the now iconic Grey alien on its cover, (Strieber had equated with the Sumerian/Babylonian Goddess Ishtar) the Grey’s have taken centre stage amidst the collective unconscious since the invasion of Babylon, buried under Baghdad.
It just goes to show how powerful the media is in influencing the subconscious minds of the populace since the 1947 Roswell incident, which just so happened occurred around the same year the C.I.A came into being. The influence of the media over the imagination of the mass populace, did not go by unnoticed; hence, the US Department of Defense development of ARPANET, and the ensuing involvement of the C.I.A, which to have later become the conduit for engineered viral-memes, such as the orchestrated focus on 2012.
Consider for a moment, the essence of your dreams are that of electrons and that said electrons could be mini-wormholes, as postulated by the American theoretical physicist John Archibald Wheeler; then, you could then further theorise that if another intelligence sought contact with other sentient species throughout space-time, they would send information via these mini-wormholes, which would be interpreted via the symbolic interface of their dreams; this would be more so the case when the experienced dreams are fully lucid, which would also overlap into visionary (psychedelic) states.
The information will be interpreted by the contactees organic and culturally hewn symbolic languages, which in the case of human contacts, will invariably lead to the prevalence of the humanoid form, as well as other recognisable terrestrial forms.
Some UFO proponents accepted the inter-dimensional hypothesis because of the distance between stars makes interstellar travel totally impractical, when using what scientists presently understand; nobody had demonstrated nuts and bolts antigravity or faster-than-light travel that could explain their supposed extraterrestrial machines, whose manifestations never leaves behind any proof of their existence. Whereas the inter-dimensional hypothesis points at the UFO’s as not being spacecraft, but rather devices, which can travel between different realities, in other words, they are time machines.
A time travelling capable civilisation would be able to contact other sentient species via their dreams, let alone contacting their own ancestors in order to engineer alternate time-lines, as well as being able to travel between the stars nigh instantaneously, whose time travel visitations will not leave behind any physical evidence.
What is more, if the time travelling capable civilisation is our own in the future, your time-travelling descendents will play ultra-terrestrial surrealist games with their ancestral contacts in order to disguise their terrestrial origin in the future, since they do not want to reveal that their civilisation surrounds your own, just as your own surrounds an unknowing stone age tribe in the Amazon jungle.
Should they have a mishap, with one of their craft crashing, the military is always there to pick up the pieces, which indicates it is either one of their own devices or that the military are in cahoots with your time-travelling descendents, or both, of the very human!
There is also the possibility that a future civilisation has the necessary computing power to create ancestral simulations. One such simulation you might just exist within; whereby your time-travelling descendents can essentially ‘Browse’ their way across the internet of time.
Who, if they so choose can also assume differing humanoid forms, which will be all as holographic Avatars, when engaging themselves with their simulated contacts, or otherwise get their contactees to observe whatever they want them to see.
Whereby there will be hardly if any physical proof left behind after the encounters, unless they want to play surreal video games with their X-File simulations.
The inter-dimensional hypothesis and that of the associated ultra-terrestrials leads you to the paranormal and in turn the Dr Strange domain of the occult. The association with the occult is often utilised by those who use it as viral-meme fear porn about demons in order to validate their Biblical agenda, which feeds into the vast majority of UFO reports stemming from out of America in particular, since the Roswell incident.
The Biblical fear porn is a reaction against the expansion of the human imagination since the late 40’s, which occurred in league with the atomic age (Nordics), space age (Asiatics) and following information age (Greys), whose technological developments had been subconsciously translated into the archetypal entities of Ufolore, which really took off during the 80’s; probably because of advancements being made in (Greys) artificial intelligence and (Hybrids/Reptilians/Eugenics) genetics; much of this evolving research is tied up with the military industrial complex.
The occult is more about understanding the nature of consciousness, which is tied up with your experience of time; when to attain mastery over consciousness and in turn time, you then have the paranormal and extra-sensory perception.
However most researchers who investigate UFO’s habitually filter out as much of the paranormal as possible in order to make the rest nuts and bolts. Not John Keel. He embraces and seeks out those reports, which other researchers habitually leave out of their rather biased research. So, if you are looking for Doctor Strange reports, which take a shotgun blast at consensus reality, then John Keel is your occult superhero.
There are many researchers who investigate sightings of mysterious creatures, such as bigfoot who will try to determine bigfoot’s biology, theorizing about missing links and surviving pockets of Neanderthals. John Keel, otherwise, delves into ‘fringe’ examples of bigfoot being sighted in the vicinity of UFO’s and the associated men in black.
When Keel gets around to the modern UFO theorists, from Whitley Strieber to Budd Hopkins, he lets rip, quoting Strieber as saying “…the so-called UFOlogists are probably the cruellest, nastiest, and craziest people I have ever encountered.”
The reason why many a Ufologist can be quite crazy is because their research, has no physical proof, which relies solely on ‘belief,’ this invariably leads to a religious fixation, and in some cases the creation of UFO cargo-cults, such as those of the Raelian’s and the Scientologists who compete against each other for dominance, just like many another big-business religion.
The same applies to those who are into bigfoot and other creatures of the night-side, who have a dogmatic tendency to see them as being quite separate phenomena, whose sense of humour has completely gone out of the ‘window;’ this is especially the case when some religiously inclined researchers believe these critters as being evidence of Biblical demons.
However, Doctor Strange Keel, uses his sense of humour when investigating what is generating all these reports of monsters, aliens and devils, etc, who did not care what others thought about him.
But, then Keel had travelled extensively, experiencing things, that other researchers only cover second hand. Keel is not dogmatic about what he wrote about; he presents the absurd and the chilling alongside the verified hoaxes and the misinterpreted. Keel will seem to be the ultimate ‘strange’ flake to some, who believes nothing and mocks everything; for others, his Doctor Strange research is a breath of fresh air amidst a field dominated by self-important egomaniacs.