Lou Reed is seventy one.
This makes "crotchety old" William Hartnell young enough to be Lou Reed's son.
Such unlikely agenesses raises the question of how old is Aunt May?
If Peter Parker was sixteen when The Amazing Spider-Man was launched, shouldn't that make her somewhere in the region of thirty six? One can only marvel at the life she must've led, to have been in that sort of state before she was forty.
This in turn raises the question of just how old is the Ancient One?
Is he genuinely ancient or is he merely ancient in the sense that William Hartnell and Aunt May were?
Tragically, there're no answers to this question in the origin of Dr Strange.
But there is the answer to the question of how Strange got the mystic powers that so fail to define him.
Taking this development with impressive aplomb, he decides to become a no-good drunken bum.
However, there is just one hope left for him. He goes to Himalaya, in the hope the legendary Ancient One can help him.
While there, Strange discovers the Ancient One's prodigy Baron Mordo's up to no good and agrees to become the Ancient One's apprentice in an attempt to foil him.
I first read this tale in Origins of Marvel Comics and, as with all early Dr Strange tales, was much taken with its ability to not outstay its welcome.
Thanks to some rather pleasing Steve Ditko art and the fact I've always wanted to be a master of the mystic arts, I'll give Dr Strange's origin tale eight Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth out of ten, which puts it slightly behind most 1960s' Marvel super-hero origins but comfortably ahead of most 1970s' Marvel super-hero origins.