Dr. Strange – Orb of Agamotto
The Ancient One determines that it is time for Doctor Strange to leave the monastery. The Ancient One gives Doc the Orb of Agamotto. The first thing Doc ever sees in the Orb is a run-down house on Bleecker Street in New York City.
Doctor Strange moves to New York City, into a spooky run-down house on Bleecker Street. The site has a past of Native American ritual, pagan cults and mysterious fires. Doc fixes up the building.
[Doctor Strange #56; this "Bleecker Street house as first Orb vision" is also related in the Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme Ashcan]
origin of Dr. Strange, Sorcerer Supreme
In the Charlton book Out Of This World #7, dated February 1958,
Steve Ditko writes and draws a story about a man with a "spirit self." It is an obvious precursor to Doctor Strange's astral form.
"What Lurks Beneath the Mask?" is in the middle of Ditko's long final storyline for Doctor Strange, with Doc on the quest for the secret of Eternity to save the Ancient One while pursued by Baron Mordo, who is being backed by Dormammu. Doc spends the first half of the story going to various mystics around the world for a clue, while agents of Mordo search for him.
Dr. Strange, having found out how to reach the mysterious Eternity from a probe of the Ancient One's mind, is going to a journey by way of his amulet.
This Image is from a 2/3 page shot which is probably the ultimate of the signature other-worldly mystical dimension that Ditko defined in this series and which later artists would repeatedly imitate to capture some of the same feel.
"If Eternity Should Fail" is the 10-page Doctor Strange from STRANGE TALES #138 . This excerpt is from the second page.
Supermen and Superwomen in The Matrix
Earthbound mortals are drawn to the hero and heroine with an ability to compensate for the limits of space, time, and gravity. They must be beyond the multi-tasker and super scientist. They must have their own unique super power or discover a method, ritual, or device that confers super strength, super vision, super speed, and so forth. In some situations, the power of place enters the picture as well.
The Matrix is an environment that, much as the astrosome does, provides a place where people 'in the know' can free themselves of a maze or labyrinth not to their liking. Over time, those rescued from the trap, set in motion by the machine world intellect, acquire a specialist tool chest that includes mastery of zen and the art of flying.
Out of the Maze - Out of the Labyrinth
BEATLES The Lads from Liverpool
George Harrison was born February 25, 1943, at home in Wavertreea, a neighbourhood known for 'monastic' austerity. He lived at 12 Arnold Grove, Wavertree, Liverpool, England the first six years of his life.
Harrison recalled, "The front room was never used. It had the posh lino and a three-piece suite, was freezing cold and no-one ever went in it. We huddled together in the kitchen, where the fire was, with the kettle on, and a little iron cooking stove."
Meditation Link: The Blind Spot - Jane Goodall Institute - The Scholar and The Poet
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