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The Avengers #25, Feb. 1966

The Avengers #25, Feb. 1966

Stan Lee, writer!
Don Heck, penciller!
Dick Ayers, inker!
Sam Rosen, letterer!

Haven’t seen good ol’ Dr. Doom in a while, and hey, this is his first time fighting the Avengers! As always, Doom is a little disappointing when he’s not against the Fantastic Four, but that’s mostly because he’s always the absolute best when he’s against his arch-foe RICHAAAARDS! He never cares about anyone else enough to truly be villainous about it.

Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver get a letter from Latveria telling them that they have a long-lost aunt living there and that they aren’t really orphans after all! The Avengers pack up and head to the small European country, and it isn’t until after they’re arrested there that they realize the country is run by Dr. Doom and this whole thing was an obvious setup.

The team confronts Doom and manages to make him retreat, having underestimated them. They hide out in a cave for a couple minutes, but can’t get out of the country because Doom has encased it in a giant dome. Having nothing else to do, they go back and fight Doom again, this time using the control to open the dome and leaving the villain sneezing with one of Hawkeye’s goofy arrows.

Yep, they beat Dr. Doom, and it wasn’t really all that hard. Mostly because Doom underestimated them and just wanted to destroy them as a way to get a message to the Fantastic Four that he… I dunno, kills superheroes or something. I don’t think he really thought any of this plan through. I do like the big dome he can erect around the country, though, that’s a pretty Dr. Doomish thing to have.


The Fantastic Four Annual #3, 1965

The Fantastic Four Annual #3, 1965

Written by Stan Lee
Drawn by Jack Kirby
Inked by Vince Colletta
Lettered by Artie Simek
Catered by The Bullpen Gang!

The original story in this issue features a whopping 19 superheroes and 20 supervillains, not to mention Uatu the watcher, Patsy Walker (from the girl magazines they did, and a decade before she’d join normal Marvel continuity as Hellcat), Stan Lee and Jack Kirby themselves. I’m not going to mention all of them in my little one paragraph review, but I actually kept track in the tag section if you’re interested, and I’m so sure that you are.

It’s the wedding of Reed Richards and Susan Storm, the most beautiful event in any comic book person’s life. Unfortunately, they are comic book people, and that means they associate with a lot of super-powered folks. Also, Richards was mean to Dr. Doom back in college, so he’s decided to invent a machine to make every villain in the area try to kill him. After a ridiculously massive brawl, the Watcher shows up and (without interfering at all) gives Mr. Fantastic a machine that’ll send all the villains back to where they were with no memory of what happened at all. Okay, whatever. The happy wedding goes on happily and everyone is happy forever. Except Lee and Kirby, who are turned away at the door because everyone thinks they’re bums.

The reprint stories are that one awesome issue where Dr. Doom and Namor team up to throw the Baxter Building into the Sun and the two half stories from issue #11 where the Fantastic Four answers fan mail and deal with the Impossible Man. There’s usually another one in these annuals, but the huge brawl took up a lot of space, as I’m sure you can imagine.

Yeah, that’s a dumb ending to this excuse to fit every character possible into one comic book, but who cares? It’s all in good fun, and Giant Man didn’t show up at all, so I couldn’t be happier with it! Plus, his worst enemy, the Human Top, is taken out by a single punch from Quicksilver, who doesn’t even have super strength or anything. LOVE IT.

The Fantastic Four #40, July 1965

The Fantastic Four #40, July 1965

Spellbinding Script by: Stan (The Man) Lee
Astonishing Artwork by: Jack (King) Kirby
Inked by: V. Colletta
Lettered by: Artie Simek

I can’t believe this is only Dr. Doom’s tenth appearance out of 260 issues. That’s, what, 4%? COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE. Not even Daredevil with his stupid cane that is apparently a gun and a shield can ruin this issue when you’ve got Doom going full force evil.

If you’ll recall, Dr. Doom took over the Baxter Building and the Fantastic Four lost their powers. The situation is so desperate that they’ve been relying on Daredevil to keep them from being killed by Mr. Fantastic’s inventions in the hands of Doom. Richards realizes that there’s only one hope for them to win their building back: They have to reach that one ray thing they used last time they lost their super powers to get their powers back! Why didn’t they do that before? Uh… it had to charge. Shut up.

Daredevil annoys Doom long enough for the FF to get to the power-restoring ray and get their powers back. The evil doctor decides to retreat and build a nuclear bomb out of shit laying around in Mr. Fantastic’s lab real quick, but Ben Grimm gets turned back into the Thing and attacks. There’s a crazy battle where Doom uses a thousand different little devices to defend himself, but Ben keeps pummeling his way through them until he finally rips Doom’s mechanical suit apart. Mr. Fantastic tells him not to kill Doom because he has diplomatic immunity, so the Thing decides to quit.

The plot device of the Thing being sad about his monstrous appearance and quitting is used a lot. A LOT. Still, most of the time it ends up with some pretty good stories, and it works really well here. He was all normal and human again, but Mr. Fantastic had turn him back into a monster for the sake of stopping the bad guy, he didn’t even ask Ben what he wanted to do. Yeah, fuck that guy.

The Fantastic Four #39, June 1965

The Fantastic Four #39, June 1965

Splendiforous story by: Stan Lee
Delectable drawings by: Jack Kirby
Delicious delineation by: Frank Ray
Laconic lettering by: Artie Simek

Man, this whole red suit thing is really working out well for Daredevil. This is only his second appearance with it, but first he’s fighting Sub-Mariner, and now Dr. Doom? Guess he’s finally graduating into the big leagues here.

The last we saw, the Fantastic Four were defeated by the Frightful Four and left to die on an island with an exploding “atomic Q bomb”. As they’re recovered by an American submarine, they discover a shocking fact… they’ve lost all their powers! Mr. Fantastic realizes the danger they’re in, so he tries to replicate their powers with his fantastic machines, and he… kinda gets it. Meanwhile, in Latveria, Dr. Doom is enjoying a magic act when the magician realizes that the monarch has been hypnotized (back in FF Annual #2) to believe that he’s defeated the Fantastic Four, but he actually hasn’t! Obviously, he’s pissed, and he probably feels a little silly that he hasn’t even like, checked the news to see if the team has been doing anything for the last half a year.

Doom flies out to the Baxter Building and immediately takes control while the Fantastic Four are out at an abandoned warehouse where they’re meeting their lawyer, Matt Murdock. Doom starts attacking his foes, giving Murdock the time to change into Daredevil, and help the powerless heroes out of their situation. Luckily Mr. Fantastic’s real power, his magnificent brain, is still perfectly intact, and he and Daredevil manage to get the situation more or less under control. Still, will it be enough to retake the Baxter Building from Dr. Doom’s clutches, since the Fantastic Four have no powers and Doom has all of Reed’s horribly destructive inventions?

Seriously, why does Mr. Fantastic have tornado cannons and heartbeat-seeking missiles and stuff just stored away in his house? He’s supposed to be a good guy, right? It’s not like he ever uses machines like that against bad guys, mostly he just has scanners and dimensional portals and shit like that, not weapons of mass destruction. He’s really just asking for some supervillain to come along and steal his shit… which… happens a lot, actually.

The Fantastic Four Annual #2, 1964

The Fantastic Four Annual #2, 1964

Earth-Shaking Script by: Stan Lee
Breath-Taking Illustration by: Jack Kirby
Epoch-Making Delineation by: Chic Stone
No-Faking Lettering by: S. Rosen

A Stan Lee Story Spectacular!
A Jack Kirby Illustrative Idyll!
A Chic Stone Delineation Delight!
A Sam Rosen Lettering Landmark!

72 pages, and it’s all about Dr. Doom. Now that’s my kind of comic book. There are three stories in here, the first is the origin of Dr. Doom, the second is a reprint of Fantastic Four #5, Doom’s first encounter with the titular group, and the third is the return of Doom and his latest attempt to defeat Reed Richards… at a PARTY! BUM BUM BUMMMMM!!

Doom’s origin story is a weird one. He was born Victor Von Doom, a gypsy boy who’s mother was a witch and father had the name VON DOOM, so you know he’d have to turn out evil. The evil tyrant of Latveria had his father hunted down and eventually killed because he couldn’t heal the untreatable queen. This made Doom bitter, and he used his scientific skill, combined with the dark magic he learned from his mom’s possessions, to make money and fool rich people with his inventions. He gets a scholarship to State University in America, where he first meets Reed Richards and his roommate Ben Grimm (the Touchdown King!). After an experiment goes awry because Doom wouldn’t listen to Richards’ advice about his math, his face is horribly scarred, and he goes to study black magic with some monks in the Alps, who design the suit of metal armor and mask that he wears. And that’s why he’s evil. Because his name is VICTOR VON DOOM.

In the new adventure, Doom returns from space with the aid of Rama-Tut, who appears as Kang the Conquerer in the Avengers, and who is either Doom’s descendant or Doom himself, from either the future or past. Doom plans a party in Latveria for the Fantastic Four, where he drugs them with a berry juice that makes them see things that make them fight each other. Reed didn’t drink any of the juice because he’s a suspicious kinda guy, and he manages to calm everyone down so they can concentrate on fighting Doom. He challenges Doom to a match with some weapon that will make whoever has the most intellectual prowess die, and Doom wins! Triumphant, he walks off… but it was all an illusion caused by his own berry juice that he stupidly drank a toast with beforehand.

For being a Dr. Doom story, the party thing is kinda lame, but there’s still plenty of other great Doomisms throughout the annual which makes it worthwhile. Also, that whole thing with Rama-Tut possibly being the same man as Dr. Doom, just from a different time… well, that’s just fucking retarded. Not because of the time travel part (though actually yes, because of the time travel part), but because if they were the same person, at least one of them would know it, right? Plus, they’re like the same age. Really, Dr. Doom is at his dumbest in this story, but he still makes for a good villain.