Monday, May 2, 2016

Good giggle from Doctor Strange #2

As a book person, I enjoyed this humorous moment in Doctor Strange #2, by Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo.1

The laugh for readers comes as Stephen Strange and Zelma Stanton, a librarian, are investigating an otherworldly (what else?) disturbance at Strange's mansion, the Sanctum Sanctorum.

Indeed, no self-respecting sorcerer or bibliophile would ever pile their books vertically.

Of course, it's not Strange's fault. As Dr. Venkman would say, "no human being would stack books like this."

But I reckon that when you have a library filled with arcane and occult tomes, some of which have a mind of their own, these sorts of shenanigans will happen on occasion.

As an aside from the comic-book sorcery, if you're interested in how actual humans have organized and shelved their books throughout history, I highly recommend The Book on the Bookshelf by Henry Petroski.

1. I've sort of reverted to age 12 and have been reading a number of new comics lately. Other than Doctor Strange, I'm also following Black Panther (by Ta-Nehisi Coates); Ms. Marvel; Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!; and Providence (by Alan Moore). In addition, I'm working through late Silver/early Bronze volumes of The Avengers, Sub-Mariner, Man-Thing and Doctor Strange.

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