- Time is one of the greatest mysteries in life! Even the great 20th century scientist, Einstein, I believe his name was, could not completely solve the enigma, although he came close with his theory of relativity!
- -- Rama-Tut
Appearing in "Origin of Doctor Doom!"Edit
- Boris (First appearance)
- Werner von Doom (Death) (Appears in flashback and main story) (First appearance)
- Reed Richards
- Ben Grimm
- Monks of Doom (First appearance)
- King Vladimir Fortunov (First appearance)
- Baron (Only in flashback)
- his soldiers (Only in flashback)
- Zefiro (First appearance) (Appears in flashback and main story)
- Doombot (Only in flashback)
- other unnamed gypsies (Only in flashback)
- Latveria (First appearance)
- United States of America
Synopsis for "Origin of Doctor Doom!"Edit
Doctor Doom is met by his minion Boris on the eve of his mother's death. Doom ventures out to the field where his life began and begins to reflect back...
As a young boy, Victor von Doom's father --a gypsy healer-- is asked by the King's men to heal the King's wife. Werner von Doom tries his best but fails, and when the King's wife later dies of her illness he sends his troops to get Werner. Werner and his son Victor then fled into the mountains where the father wrapped the boy in his own coat while they hid in the snow and ice. They were later found by the rest of their clan and taken back to the village. There Werner died of exposure, but not before asking Boris to look after his son. Boris took this to mean to watch out for the boy, not look after him. Furious at the death of both his father and mother at the hands of the King, Victor dug up his mothers old chest filled with mystical potions and books.
Doom soon became a master of both science and sorcery using both skills to protect his people and swindle the wealthy. He would avoid executions by allowing the King's guard to capture robot duplicates of himself. Eventually, Victor's technological know how attracted the administrators at State University who offered him a full scholarship in America. Victor agreed and while attending State University, he almost ended up sharing a room with Reed Richards. However Doom's arrogance and demands to have his own private quarters prompted him to leave, this snubbing led to Richards rooming with Ben Grimm. Victor became determined to contact the neitherworld and one day Reed entered Victor's room unannounced and looked over Victor's notes for a device that would allow him to achieve his goals. Victor caught him and instantly became angry, kicking Reed out and ignoring the warnings that some of his calculations were off.
When his device was complete, Victor had his assistant activate it, but the miscalculations caused the device to explode in his face. Scarred, Victor bandaged his face and was ejected from school in disgrace for his unauthorized experiment. Victor later traveled the mountains of Tibet where he found an order of monks who taught them everything they knew about magic. After, Doom had them fashion him a suit of armor. Impatiently, Doom placed the iron mask on his face before it had time to cool. Doom then left the monks and eventually took over his homeland and became the arch-nemesis to the Fantastic Four.
... With his recollections over, Doctor Doom returned to his castle, leaving Boris to wonder when Doom will menace the human race once again.
Appearing in "A Gallery of the Fantastic Four's Greatest Foes!"Edit
Synopsis for "A Gallery of the Fantastic Four's Greatest Foes!"Edit
Pin-up gallery of the FF's villains
Appearing in "Prisoners of Dr. Doom!"Edit
- Appearances not yet listed
Synopsis for "Prisoners of Dr. Doom!"Edit
--For a full synopsis of this comic, please see the original publishing of this comic in Fantastic Four #5.--
Appearing in "Pin-Ups"Edit
Synopsis for "Pin-Ups"Edit
Appearing in "The Final Victory of Doctor Doom!"Edit
- Gorzenko, Latverian Embassador
Synopsis for "The Final Victory of Doctor Doom!"Edit
While the FF deal with some troubles with the Fantasti-Car, Dr. Doom is rescued from deep space by the time-traveling Rama-Tut. Conversing, they somehow illogically theorize that Rama-Tut is perhaps a future version of Dr. Doom. Inspired all the same, Rama-Tut returns Doom to Earth while the ersatz pharaoh resumes his wanderings.
Back on Earth, Doom reaches the Latverian embassy and begins formulating a trap. With the FF unaware that Doom is really the ruler of Latveria, he invites them to a party, putting a drug in their drinks to make them see illusions. He tricks them all into thinking they're being attacked by the others before they eventually realize his machinations.
Regrouping, the team battles at their headquarters. Reed offers Doom a chance to destroy him, providing Victor can use a mentally-powered weapon against Richards before Reed can do likewise. As the contest begins, Reed offers Doom one last drink. Engaging the device, Doom believes he destroys Richards and departs the Baxter Building triumphantly. However, Reed has given Doom a taste of his own medicine by drugging him with his own hallucinogen.
The Fantastic Origin of Doctor Doom!
- The portions of this story that occur in the present take place after "The Final Victory of Doctor Doom!" in this issue.
- This story expands on the origins of Doctor Doom that were first told in Fantastic Four #5. There have since been more expansions in Fantastic Four #278, and Books of Doom #1-6.
- Doom's tribe is identified as the Zifero Clan in Books of Doom #1.
- Based on the time frame referenced in Dark Avengers #2, a rough placement of Doom's birth can be made. At the time of this issue was published Doom was likely born 39 years prior to this story.
- Books of Doom #1 places Doom's around 11 years old when his father died.
- This story states that the ruler that Werner von Doom went to go and treat was a "Baron", but is later identified in Fantastic Four #278 as King Vladimir Fortunov. Books of Doom #1 clarifies that his wife was dying of cancer.
- Marvel Graphic Novel #49 confirms that the King's men killed Victor's mother, Cynthia von Doom, but this was after she made a pact with Mephisto to strike at the King's army for their persecution of her people over the years. The spell slew an entire town of people, including children.
- Books of Doom #1 contradicts this story, stating that it was a representative of the United States Army who came to recruit Victor. In this story Doom is taken on to invent new weapons of the American military and that his attendance at State University was merely a cover.
- Further while most versions of Doom's origins state that Doom simply refused to share a room with anyone, Books of Doom #2 state that the military provided him with his own private room and a private lab for him to work from while at State.
- Doom's obsession with contacting the "netherworld" was due to the fact that his mother's soul was trapped in Hell, as first revealed in Astonishing Tales #8 while that and Books of Doom #2 show a more biblical type devil, Marvel Graphic Novel #49 verifies that the demon who had Cynthia's soul was Mephisto.
- For years Doom lamented over the damage done to his face from the explosion, making it sound as though he was horribly disfigured. However Fantastic Four #278 reveals that he only received a single scar that ran down his face. It was not until he placed the burning hot mask on his face was his continence horribly burned.
- Books of Doom #4-6 go into more detail about Doom's time with the monks, and his overthrow of the Latverian monarch, ending in the death of King Vladimir.
The Final Victory of Doctor Doom!
- Doctor Doom was lost in space following his defeat at the hands of the Fantastic Four in Fantastic Four #23
- Rama-Tut appears here following his defeat at the hands of the Fantastic Four in Fantastic Four #19. It was later revealed that the time storm that prevented Rama-Tut from returning home was caused by Immortus, his future self, as revealed in Avengers #269. This was done to assure that Rama-Tut would eventually become Immortus.
- Rama-Tut's assertion that he and Doctor Doom may be the same man from different points in history does not match the established origin of Rama-Tut in Fantastic Four #19. This was later revealed as an early deception by Rama-Tut to manipulate Doctor Doom as explained in Avengers: Forever #8 Although they may be related as What If? Vol 2 #39 states that Tut may have a common ancestor of either Reed Richards or Doctor Doom.
- This encounter with Doctor Doom later inspired Rama-Tut to become the Scarlet Centurion as seen in Avengers Annual #2. He became Kang later still as seen in Avengers #8.
- Doom was tricked into believing that he had killed Reed Richards, however the deception was revealed to him in Fantastic Four #39.
- The Origin of Doctor Doom! story reprinted in Bring on the Bad Guys.
- No trivia.
Links and ReferencesEdit
- ↑ Avengers Annual #2
- ↑ That story states that Doom's early adolescence was 37 years prior. The logic of the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 is that four every four years of publications one year of "Marvel Time" elapses. From the perspective of Dark Avengers #2, assuming that Doom was 13 in the flashback, makes it occurring 50 years ago from that point. Dark Avengers #2 was published in September 2009 or "Year Twelve" of the Modern Age. Fantastic Four Annual #2 was published in September 1964, during "Year One" of the Modern Age. 50 - 11 = 39 Years.
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