Doctor Strange #66
Issue(s): Doctor Strange #66
Strange consults his Orb of Agamotto and it provides some clear direction.
Aha! Sure, we all know that country, right?
Turns out that's Long Island, i think.
Strange tracks down the Lama, who turns out to be a golf course groundskeeper named Arnie Green. Green is totally westernized and doesn't seem "enlightened" but he's got a clear affinity for magic - he can see Strange's cape through an illusion, he always has the right amount of change in his pocket, etc. He can even activate the Eye of Agamotto.
Someone is also stalking the monks, but it turns out it's because one of the monks intends to kill the Lama so he can be reborn without the westernized influence. The stalker is the monk's nephew, and was correctly suspicious of his uncle's intent.
Once that is all sorted out and Green reveals that it was his own decision to be born into this body and the western world so that he could modernize his teachings...
..everyone goes home happy.
It's a cute plot. Green will only be seen once more.
In a subplot, Sara Wolfe asks Wong out on a casual date, but Wong rejects the offer because of his devotion to his duty.
In the lettercol for issue #73, John Byrne is given a belated acknowledgement for his help with the basic idea for this issue and the "technical background as to how lamas are made, if not born."
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showArnie Green, Dr. Strange, Sara Wolfe, Wong
This same basic plot was used in the Destroyer (Remo Williams) novel HIGH PRIESTESS -- only there the westernized Lama wasn't a groundskeeper, but actress and new age nitwit "Squirrely Chicane". Fun book if you can find a copy.
Posted by: Gary Himes | July 8, 2016 1:26 AM
I could have sworn Arnie Green [PBUH] also appeared at Doc's fake funeral. Or at least got mentioned in Morgana Blessing's book that he spoke at Doc's funeral.
Posted by: ChrisW | July 4, 2017 9:03 PM
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