The box-office success of Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” which has already earned more than $600 million worldwide, will no doubt draw more than a few new fans to the Sorcerer Supreme’s storied comic book history and frequently arcane merchandising past. However, not everyone has the time or patience to scour eBay and back-issue bins to build the foundation of their new collecting obsession. That’s where Howard Hallis comes in.
Think him as The Ancient One to the novice Doctor Strange fan, because he’s offering a path to becoming a master of memorabilia. Hallis has put up for auction one of the world’s largest collections of Doctor Strange comic books and related merchandise — and it can be yours for $110,000.
“That seems like a lot of money,” Hallis acknowledges on eBay. “Before anyone thinks I’ve been spending too much time on the astral plane consider this … with the Benedict Cumberbatch movie from Marvel Studios, Doctor Strange has now entered the collective consciousness in the same way as Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and The Guardians of The Galaxy. He has become a modern pop culture icon. You will not find this amount of stuff anywhere else. Collectors from all over the globe have been contacting me to consider them first in selling certain items, but I want to take this time to offer the complete collection. For those that care, consider that 33% of that auction goes to taxes and thousands of dollars go to eBay fees and shipping (which I will cover).”
The massive collection includes seven copies of “Strange Tales” #110, the 1963 first appearance of Doctor Strange, original art by the likes of Gene Colan, Alex Ross, Bruce Timm and Dan Adkins, copies of every comic in which the Master of the Mystic Arts has appeared (through November 2016), countless hats and shirts, a one-of-a-kind Doctor Strange ouija board, posters and prints, action figures, figurines and statues, an Argentinian Doctor Strange Rubik’s Cube, and … by the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, there’s a lot of stuff!
There’s even that 1975 Marvel World Adventure Playset that I’ve long wanted (but not enough to pay $110,000 for). You can see the full listing on the auction’s eBay listing. Hallis pledges to donate 10 percent of the $110,000 asking price 10 charities, including The Hero Initiative, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, UNICEF and Shriners Children’s Hospitals.
“When I started collecting Doctor Strange exclusively, items were easier to come by,” Hallis explains. “With around 5,300 items, this collection will instantly make you a world class Doctor Strange collector and sorcerer supreme of your own Sanctum Sanctorum! I sincerely hope that whoever takes up this mantle will enjoy these items and treasure them as I have.”
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