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Rediscovering Marvel’s 1982 Doctor Strange board game

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Get out your scissors and tape, because you’re about to have some fun with a Doctor Strange board game — straight from 1982.

On his blog Sanctum Sanctorum Comix, Doctor Strange fan Peter C. Knight (aka Ptor) has uncovered an official Doctor Strange paper-craft board game from 31 years ago called Doctor Strange’s Haunted Pathways: The Game of Mystic Mindrot. Published inside Marvel’s humor magazine Crazy, this forgotten oddity was created by writer Steve Skeates and artist Steve Mellor, and took the Sorcerer Supreme — and you, the player — down a strange path of MAD-style antics, psych-ward jokes and drug humor. Take this introduction, for instance:

Do you have an uncontrollable urge for power? Would you like to transform all your enemies into toads, have the prettiest, most popular girl in your whole school fall madly in love with you, strike your parents mute whenever they start to bawl you out and tell you to clean up your room? Well then, we’ve got the game for you!

To win the game, you must use various sets of random cards to go down the path of the game to the final panel — a la Monopoly — but in this case, called “Total Enlightenment.” If you lose you become a resident of a psych ward.

You can see some of the pages below. Visit Sanctum Sanctorum Comix to print all the pieces and play.

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Wow, what a bizarre find! I actually recognized Steve Mellor’s work right away. He did these awesome back-up features in the old “Spider-Ham” comic (I found Goose Rider to be particularly hilarious at the time). Wonder whatever happened to that guy? Thanks for sharing this!

Yeah, I had this and remember it fondly! Cut out all the pieces and everything. I was always fond of Mellor’s KINETIC KIDS pieces for CRAZY, used to always fold/roll/flick the pages to get those to work, too. That was around the time I’d call CRAZY’s high-point, back when Mike Carlin was doing his DIRK McGIRK bits: they cracked me up (look, I was a kid, okay!). And Jim Owsley (latterly known as Christopher Priest)’s TEEN HULK! Man, it’s all rushing back.

*blush*

Thanks!
I had no idea what a friend of mine was talking about when he emailed me about a CBR article about my blog post.

He saw the link and was eager to tell me about such an odd rarity, only to find that *I* was the source. LOL

Thanks for the link-love guys!

Enjoy the game!

~P~
PTOR

Amazing! I love it! Everyone, come over to my house for a championship game!

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