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Quote1 Now that you are powerless -- you shall be treated the same as all my beloved subjects -- you will obey every order -- and be punished for every infraction – for the rest of your natural lives! Quote2
-- Doctor Doom

Appearing in "Within This Tortured Land"Edit

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  • Doom's armored vehicle

Synopsis for "Within This Tortured Land"Edit

Unable to leave Latveria, the Fantastic Four find themselves unwilling guests of Latverian hospitality. However, after Doom has to deal with two dissident citizens who try to catch Doom off guard, he orders the slaughter of the entire village by Servo-Guards as punishment. While back in the States, Sue goes house hunting for a home to raise her baby in, and is shown a strange house that the real estate agency found and is trying to sell. In order to insure that the Fantastic Four do not attempt to stop this slaughter, he has them drugged and while they are unconscious they are mentally conditioned to believe that they have lost their powers. While Doom has a portrait painted of him, he orders the robots to storm the city and kill everyone in it, including the Fantastic Four.

Continuity Notes

  • As revealed in Fantastic Four #87, Gustav Hauptmann is a Nazi war criminal who worked for Adolf Hitler during World War II. The narrative of the story places the war as having ended 24 years prior per the date of publication. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, the amount of time between this story and the end of World War II is considered topical and relative to Marvel Time.[1] The implication of the Sliding Timescale here is that there is as the Timescale slides forward it will become more and more improbable that Hauptman could still be alive after fleeing Nazi Germany after the war without some kind of means of increased longevity or was pulled forward in time. Given amount of Wartime characters who either have slowed or non-existent aging or have been pulled forward in time to the modern age, this is certainly not out of the realm of possibility. However as of this writing there is no official explanation. Prior to this story, it is said in Fantastic Four #198 it is revealed that Hauptman experimented on Prince Zorba former heir to the Latverian throne. Marvel Encyclopedia: Fantastic Four reveals Hautpman's first name.
  • Sue Richards is on a leave of absence from the Fantastic Four following the birth of her son in Fantastic Four Annual #6. It is revealed in Fantastic Four #88 that the bizarre home that she is looking at was built by the Mole Man in another bid for conquest of the surface world.
  • Doctor Doom's face is obscured by a mirror in this story because it was horribly burned as revealed in Fantastic Four #278. Doom's face is frequently obscured in early tales likely due to restrictions placed by the Comics Code Authority that enforced censorship of certain content in comic books at the time. However this became a regular trope of the Fantastic Four comics even after the Code became more lax and was ultimately abolished.

Publication Notes

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See AlsoEdit

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  1. This story was published in 1969, based on the Sliding Timescale rules, four years of publications equates to 1 year of Marvel time. As such, this story occurred during "Year Two" of the Modern Age of Heroes. As of August 2015, Marvel time is currently in the second quarter of "Year Fourteen". The logic is that a brand new publication is set "today" and the years would be counted backward in Marvel Time relative to whenever the story in question was published. Per the Sliding Timescale if "Today" was 2015, then this story took place in the last quarter of 2002, and thus World War II ended 57 years prior to this story. These figures will change as real time publications force the Marvel Timescale to slide forward.

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