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Welcome to the four hundred and thirty-third in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and thirty-two. This week is SORT of a theme, in the sense that each legend sort of ties into the one that follows it. So how does the true face of Doctor Doom, the Powerpuff Girls and the X-Files connect to each other? Read on to find out!
NOTE: The column is on three pages, a page for each legend. There’s a little “next” button on the top of the page and the bottom of the page to take you to the next page (and you can navigate between each page by just clicking on the little 1, 2 and 3 on the top and the bottom, as well).
COMIC LEGEND: Jack Kirby originally intended Doctor Doom to have only a small scar on his face.
STATUS: I’m Going With False
There is a somewhat famous drawing by Jack Kirby of Doctor Doom without his mask…
Amazingly enough, it seems as though Greg Theakston actually RECORDED Kirby drawing this drawing (the above is likely a lightboxed version that Mike Royer then inked and not the ACTUAL drawing you see Kirby drawing in the video)…….
Clearly, at the point of this drawing, Kirby’s belief regarding Doctor Doom’s face is that Doom is so arrogant that he hides his face with a mask even though it only has a tiny scar. Doom has SUCH a high opinion of himself that he can’t let people see his face since the scar “ruins” it.
That, then, has been translated to be what Kirby has always believed that Doom’s face looked like.
However, Kirby was the co-plotter (and obviously the penciler) on Fantastic Four with Stan Lee for YEARS, and from Doom’s appearance in Fantastic Four #10…
and Fantastic Four Annual #2…
it sure seems like Kirby was down with the notion that Doom had a horribly disfigured face.
Instead, this seems like Kirby just came up with this idea AFTER the fact, likely around his return to Marvel in the mid-1970s. And that’s fine. I think that’s a pretty cool take on the character, but I believe it was a retcon and not what Kirby initially felt about the character, especially when the odds are quite high that neither Kirby nor Lee gave the backgrounds of their villains a whole ton of thought as of yet when #10 came out.
John Byrne later tried to reconcile both by having Doom have just a minor scar but become disfigured when he put the mask on…
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