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Today’s list is the Greatest Doctor Doom Stories Ever Told!
Sorry for the delay! To make it up to you, I’ll give you #11-15, as well!
15. Fantastic Four #196-200
Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard, Joe Sinnott and Pablo Marcos combined to tell this dramatic story of Doctor Doom giving Reed Richards his powers back in a plot to give the FF’s power to a clone of Doom’s that would then take over the throne of Latveria. The Fantastic Four must reunite to stop Doom’s plan. This all leads to a one-on-one battle between Reed and Doom like none you’ve ever seen!
14. Books of Doom #1-6
Ed Brubaker, Pablo Raimondi and Mark Farmer were the creative team on this acclaimed re-envisionment of Doom’s origins.
13. Fantastic Four #350 and 352
In this delightfully clever story by writer/artist Walter Simonson, Doctor Doom lures the Fantastic Four to Latveria where Doom and Reed combat each other in a battle through time that takes up the entirety of Fantastic Four #352 in one of the most unusual (non-linear) stories ever! The cover is even part of the story!
12. Marvel Graphic Novel: Emperor Doom
Doctor Doom takes over the world through mind control. And surprisingly enough, the world is a lot better with Doom in charge. While he is wondering whether it was all really worth it (is it really a conquest if you just take over everyone’s mind?), Wonder Man of the Avengers tries to put together a team of heroes to stop Doom (while questioning whether it is his right to ruin a world that is at peace. Is peace worth the loss of free will?). David Michelinie wrote it and Bob Hall drew it.
11. Fantastic Four #67-70, Fantastic Four #500 “Unthinkable”
The “unthinkable” aspect of this story is both the lengths that Doom goes to to become a master of the mystic arts (basically sacrificing love) as well as the fact that Reed Richards cannot comprehend using magic to stop Doom because he cannot think that way (as he is too much of a man of science). Mark Waid wrote it and Mike Wieringo and Karl Kesel drew it.
10. Astonishing Tales #8 “…Though Some Call It Magic”
In this offbeat tale by Gerry Conway, Gene Colan and Tom Palmer, we first learn about how Doom routinely attempts to save his mother’s soul from hell. This would become an important part of Doom’s mythos.
9. Fantastic Four #39-40 “The Battle of the Baxter Building”
After the Fantastic Four lose their powers, Doctor Doom takes control of their own headquarters! The team must find a way to stop him without their powers (or perhaps Reed can think of a way to bring their powers back!). Daredevil also lends a hand in this story by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta.
8. Fantastic Four #236 “Terror in a Tiny Town”
In this 20th Anniversary issue of the Fantastic Four, writer/artist John Byrne reveals what kind of terror Doctor Doom has in mind for the Fantastic Four when he captures them and has them at his mercies. His plot is to destroy their spirits by placing them into a seemingly mundane virtual reality controlled by Doom.
7. Iron Man #149-150 “Doomquest”
Iron Man and Doom end up back in the time of King Arthur. Doom teams up with Morgan Le Fey (who promises to help Doom with his quest to end his mother’s suffering in Hell) while Iron Man teams up with King Arthur and the knights of Camelot. Bob Layton and David Michelinie wrote it and John Romita Jr. and Layton drew it.
6. Secret Wars #10-12 “Doom vs. the Beyonder”
The Beyonder is powerful enough to create a world and transport cities and some of the most powerful heroes and villains to the world to compete for his pleasure. And driven by his sheer willpower, Doom was able to temporarily take over. That’s how bad ass Doom is. Jim Shooter wrote this series with art by Mike Zeck, John Beatty and 3,450 other inkers.
5. Fantastic Four #246-247 “This Land is Mine!”
The Fantastic Four is forced to help Doctor Doom re-take control of Latveria in this classic two-parter by writer/artist John Byrne.
4. Fantastic Four #258 “Interlude”
In this one-off issue (that the Fantastic Four notably does not appear in – the first time in the history of their title that they did not appear in their own comic), writer/artist John Byrne shows us a day in the life of Doom in Latveria. A very strong issue.
3. Fantastic Four Annual #2 “The Origin of Doctor Doom”
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Chic Stone combined for the classic origin of Doctor Doom in this 1964 Annual. This one story was packed with enough ideas that people are STILL mining it for stories to this day, nearly 50 years later!
2. Fantastic Four #57-60 “The Power and the Peril!”
Doctor Doom steals the Power Cosmic from the Silver Surfer and causes quite the commotion. Some of the finest Fantastic Four battle scenes are in this storyline. Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott were the creative team.
1. That time Doctor Doom stiffed Luke Cage out of $200.
Just because I know my pal Iron Maiden loves hearing about that story. Seriously, though…
1. Dr. Strange and Dr. Doom: Triumph and Torment
In this classic graphic novel by Roger Stern, Mike Mignola and Mark Badger, Doom finally succeeds in rescuing his mother’s soul from hell. A tremendous story with amazing Mignola artwork. A true classic. Is it even still in print?
That’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Saddened that the Coming of Squirrel Girl did not make the list? Let me know!
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