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The Greatest Doctor Doom Stories Ever Told! – Voting

Here’s the latest of the daily voting threads for The Greatest ____ Stories Ever Told!

Our next character up for voting is Doctor Doom.

As much of a part of the Fantastic Four as the team itself, the villainous Doctor Doom showed up in the fifth issue of the series and has been a constant presence in the title (and the Marvel Universe) ever since.

You have until 11:59 PM Pacific time, November 28th to vote for your top ten favorite comic book stories starring Doctor Doom! Your choices will be revealed on November 29th. I will leave what “starring” entails up to you.

You vote by sending your top ten choices to bcronin@comicbookresources.com (make the subject heading clear that it is about The Greatest Doctor Doom Stories Ever Told Voting) by that time (you send your votes by e-mail, not in the comments to this piece). If you can’t think of ten stories, I’ll still allow the ballot if you can think of at least six stories.

Be sure to first click here to read about the rules and guidelines for the voting.

I’d prefer you not share your votes in the comments section – please let’s keep it a surprise until the results go up. You can share your votes then if you’d like!

Have fun voting and be sure to check back November 29th to see the results!


I vote for every Doom story ever. My top pic would probably be that early FF annual that reveals Doom’s life story, although his first appearance is pretty awesome too. I haven’t voted in any of these because I just can’t decide.

Laurence J Sinclair

November 23, 2011 at 1:47 am

Anything BUT ‘Unthinkable’.

I’m going to have to go with ‘The Battle of the Baxter Building’, from Fantastic Four #40. We see Doom at the top of his game, as well as at his worst. Despite not being as world-effecting as the Power Cosmic, the stakes seem a lot higher when he’s invading the FF’s home. Plus, what’s Doom without a few death-traps and a fistfight with the Thing?

I would go with the The Battle of The Baxter Building also.

I would also add that graphic novel where Doom and Dr Strange go to Hell to try and free his mother’s soul

Just Doctor Doom, no Kristoff or stories that turned out to be doombots?

I expect lots of Lee/Kirby love, but for my part, John Byrne’s going to dominate my list.

Along with the Star Wars issue of Spidey Super Stories, of course.

Although it is not necessarily the best Doom story ever, the first that pops into my head is Secret Wars.

I wonder if any Doom 2099 will show up?

Just Doctor Doom, no Kristoff or stories that turned out to be doombots?

This was my first thought – if any stories show up that are “Doombot” stories, the comments section is going to see a repeat of the Greatest Magneto Stories, where the comments devolved into debating whether or not the “Xorneto” story should even count.

I would include the origin in FF annual #2 and as mentioned earlier the Battle of the Baxter Building in FF 39-40. But the one story that really puts him on the top IMO is when he stole the powers of the Silver Surfer mostly using some of his own unique tech (even BP had to acknowledge it) and the guile he used way back when he was just a young man swindling the lesser nobles of Latveria with his trick merchandise.

Triumph and Torment would be my top choice along with the story in Astonishing Tales #8 by Gerry Conway that Roger Stern admits was his inspiration for the GN. Oh, and to paraphrase some Sondheim, try a little Priest. Marvel Digital Comics has the Priest story “Masks” where he sort of reunites with Valeria before “Unthinkable”. I still think the Valeria in “Unthinkable” was a fake because she looked way tooo old. The rest I will put in my email.

Triumph and Torment graphic novel

Emperor Doom graphic novel

Doom 2099 – the Warren Ellis story arc where Doom becomes President of the USA and ousts the evil black corps

Fantastic Four 246 Sept., 1982 John Byrne“Too Many Dooms!”
Fantastic Four 247 Oct., 1982 John Byrne “This Land is Mine!”
Fantastic Four 258 Sept. 1983 John Byrne “Interlude”

Iron Man 149 and 150

Heroes Reborn: Doom!

Astonishing Tales 8 Oct., 1971 Gerry Conway/ Gene Colan “Though Some Call it Magic!” Mephisto. Doom embarks on a dangerous battle with demons on a midsummer’s eve for the soul of his lost mother. The first telling of this tragic tale.

Books of Doom 1 – 6 (Limited Series); November 2005. An expanded re-telling of the rise of Victor Von Doom, and the conquest of Latveria. Great new insights, fabulous art, very well done and highly recommended.

On the Doombot question, my feeling is that it’s a Dr. Doom story if enough people vote for it. Same for Xorneto. Given that any character can be retconned out of any story, it seems to me that if a character’s presence looms so large in the narrative that a substantial number of voters feel comfortable putting it on this type of list, then it counts regardless of whether or not word of god says it’s currently “really” him.

Pretty much. Like I say in the instruction, it is really up to the voter’s discretion.

For me the first doom story that I remember loving was ff 60 the power and the peril. Doom tricks the silver surfer and takes the power cosmic. I loved the cover with doom and the thing slugging it out. There are many great doom stories but this one Judy had everything I loved about doom and the ff. With lee and Kirby. It just doesn’t get any better.

Yeah, if a Greatest Jean Grey Stories Ever Told left out the Dark Phoenix Saga entirely, I’d cry foul. That was totally a Jean Grey story when it was written, no matter what later writers decided. Same with Dr. Doom stories retconned as Doombots, Aunt May stories retconned as an imposter, Mockingbird stories that someone decided was a Skrull 20 years later, Thanos stories later revealed to be clones, etc.

I’m going to toss out…
The Chris Claremont FF story where Doom and Reed Richards fight the Dreaming Celestial, and at the end of it the Celestial traps Reed in Doom’s armor.
I just purchased and read these issues recently and it really is a brilliant and unique take on their classic rivalry. I know folks don’t really consider Claremont’s run a classic, and I’d tend to agree. But this one story arc of around six to seven issues in my view really is one of the all time classic Doom stories.


I thought the Claremont FF really started to come together with arc. It’s a shame it’s not been collected in a trade since it fits in with Dixon’s first Doom mini series and the “event” issues that Claremont wrote to bring Doom back to the MU, which were collected in a recent tpb. It was a bit strange that he was the last character to return from that whole Onslaught/Heroes Reborn era. He was sort of in limbo for about 2 years.

I know I’ll be the odd man out but I have to mention:

1. heroes Reborn: Iron man, FF, Cap, and Avenger issues 12. Seeing Doom as the crucial part of fighting off Galactus in the Heroes Reborn universe makes me happy.

2. Doom 2099 conquering the USA was awesome.

3. Infinity Gauntlet had a lot of great doom moments.

Let’s not forget some of the more recent appearances. Fantastic Four Special #1 by Dwayne McDuffie was all kinds of fun and Kieron Gillen’s Latverian Prometheus really put the “doctor” back in Dr. Doom.

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