Exclusive: Doctor Strange to grace Pennsylvania cover for Marvel Comics' U.S. Avengers #1

Byby Digital Producer Brock Koller via WPVI logo
Friday, October 7, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of freedom, but it is also the birthplace of Stephen Vincent Strange - or as he is more commonly referred to as - Doctor Strange of the Marvel Universe.

Yes, the mystical Sorcerer Supreme is from the City of Brotherly Love.

That is why, in an exclusive announcement to 6abc Action News, Marvel has chosen Strange to grace the Pennsylvania variant cover for the debut issue of its new 'U.S. Avengers' comic book series.

For the launch of this all-new series, U.S. Avengers #1 will feature over 50 unique variants assigning one Avenger to each state.

According to Marvel canon, Strange was born in 1930 while his parents were vacationing in Philadelphia. The character, created by Steve Ditko, made his first appearance in Strange Tales #110 in 1963.

Strange is one of 50 Marvel heroes to be featured on the covers of the inaugural issue of 'U.S. Avengers.'

"We did extensive research through Marvel's history to be able to align a particular Avenger with each individual State. Beginning with places of birth, and expanding outward to key stories featuring the character in that particular location, we were able to hone in on a specific and unique Avengers character with a connection to each of the Fifty States-and more!" SVP, Executive Editor with Marvel, Tom Brevoort, said.

Delaware, the First State, will be protected by the First Avenger himself, Captain America Steve Rogers.

For the launch of this all-new series, U.S. Avengers #1 will feature over 50 unique variants assigning one Avenger to each state.

The superhero on New Jersey's cover has yet to be revealed.

Here's how Marvel describes the new series:

"The security of the Marvel Universe is fractured. The world's first line of defense, S.H.I.E.L.D., can no longer be trusted. The United States no longer has a super-spy agency with its best interests at heart - until now. Prepare for the U.S. AVENGERS!"

The Doctor Strange cover, along with all 49 others, will be available in January, however, the character will be in the spotlight well before then.

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch will portray Doctor Strange in the upcoming Marvel Studios film premiering in theaters on November 4.

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Benedict Cumberbatch attends the "Dr. Strange" panel on day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 23, 2016, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

If you are up for the challenge to collect every cover, you'll find out all 50 variants will connect to form the flag of the United States of America.

U.S. Avengers #1 is written by Al Ewing, art by Paco Medina, and state variant cover art by Rod Reis.

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