Monday, April 3, 2017
Doctor Doom - The Doctor Is In!
It can well argued that the Fantastic Four comic did not really come of age until the ultimate antagonist for the team was introduced in the fifth issue. In the story "Meet Doctor Doom" by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott we meet for the first time, the megalomaniac who we will learn in due course rules a pipsqueak foreign country with literally an iron hand and who has ties to the earliest days of the Fab 4 itself.
In this debut story Doctor Doom is merely a super-villain, who resides in a castle in upstate New York and uses both black magic and technology to bring his enemies to heal. He captures the Fantastic Four and using Sue Storm as a hostage sends them back in time using his very own time machine to obtain for him the treasure of Blackbeard the Pirate. Mr.Fantastic, the Human Torch and the Thing have a rousing adventure and eventually gain possession of the treasure which turns out to originally that of Merlin. Doc Doom turns on his short-term allies but they are saved by the Invisible Girl and when the team confronts their captor they learn he is merely a robot and Doom himself rockets away leaving the team to lick their wounds.
Doom as presented here is a nasty villain. His blend of arcane black magic and high-tech is a wonderfully broad reach for a mysterious villain whose face we will never see. We get a glimmer of his origin as Reed Richards remembers him from his college days as the willful student who goes to far and harms himself when he will not conform to the rules.
As we all know, Doctor Doom will become one of the most dangerous villains in all of the Marvel Universe, but first he must establish himself as the most dangerous villain confronting the Fantastic Four. He will make another attempt to establish that rep in the very next issue.
More to come.