Doctor Doom

©Roman Schwachöfer

Publisher Marvel Comics
Real name Victor Von Doom
Identity Publicly known
Occupation Monarch

Aliases

Invincible Man, The Master, Vincent Vaughn, Hans; has also inhabited the bodies of Daredevil, Norman McArthur and the Fantastic Four

Legal Status Public
Place of Birth Gypsy camp outside of Haasenstadt, Latveria
Known Relatives

Werner von Doom (father, deceased), Cynthia von Doom (mother, deceased); Kang, his counterparts, and offspring (alleged descendants)

Group Affilation Cabal; formerly Knights of the Atomic Table, Acts of Vengeance prime movers, partner of Namor, employer of the Terrible Trio
First appearance Fantastic Four Vol. 1, #5.
 

History:

 

Victor Von Doom was raised by gypsies in a small European county Latveria. He lost both of his parents at a very young age. Swearing revenge, Victor began to increase both his scientific and mystical knowledge with such determination that he was given a full scholarship to Empire State University. It was at ESU that Victor met Reed Richards and Ben Grimm, and where he started his extra-dimensional research. Doom's vanity prevented him from adjusting the schematics to one of his experiments, and the end result was an explosion that scarred Victor for life.
 
 

Expelled from school, Victor began to travel the world, eventually stumbling upon a village of Tibetan monks who trained him and crafted him a suit of body armor, complete with face plate. He soon returned to Latveria, overthrew the government and crowned himself King. Ruling with an iron fist, Doom began to turn the resources of his small nation to his plans of world domination.

He's a Doctor of What, Exactly? Although Von Doom is the monarch of the country of Latveria, he lacks an advanced university degree. He apparently liked the alliteration of "Doctor Doom" and just started calling himself that. Such is the awesome power of an absolute ruler! First Appearance: Ah, word of advice; don't mention "appearances" around Doom. He's a little sensitive. Doom first ... came to our attention ... in Fantastic Four 5. What's His Problem? Well, he has a couple. His mother was trapped in a demonic dimension for many years, a fact that caused Victor great mental anguish.

 

A machine he built for the purpose of trying to communicate with her blew up in his face, filling him with an intense dislike of Reed Richards, who warned Doom of mistakes in his calculations before the explosion. Doom wears his iron mask to hide the scars from that explosion, although whether he was hideously deformed or just received some small marks that his pride forces him to conceal is unclear. (In fact, fans of the original it-was-the-explosion storyline and fans of the it-was-the-hot-mask.) Abilities: Although Doom has some native sorcerous ability, his real power lies in his genius level I.Q. and his brilliant mechanical designs. He has constructed a time machine, something beyond the capabilities of his arch-rival Reed Richards. His "Doom-bots" are so like him few people can tell if they are speaking to the Master of Latveria or just an incredible facsimile. His nuclear-powered armor is capable of generating a force field only psis can penetrate, as well as strong blasts of energy he shoots from his armored hands.

 

Heroes He Keeps Running Into: Even though the Fantastic Four consider Doom to be their villain, Doom actually pops up all over the Marvel Universe, casually stomping on anyone who gets in his way. He has faced the Avengers numerous times. Individual heroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Dazzler get caught up in his schemes. It's hard to avoid Doom if you have super-powers; he's always trying to find a way to use those powers for himself.
 

 

 

People Who Think He's Not So Bad: Come rain, snow or Infinity Wars, Silver Sable keeps her yearly dinner date with Von Doom, one of the few State chores she actually enjoys. His foster son Kristoff loves him so much the little guy sometimes thinks he is Doom. And Storm of the X-Men once found herself attracted to one of Doom's robot counterparts, so who knows what would happen if the two ever actually met? Most Despicable Act: Oh, geez; let me think ... there was the time he siphoned the power cosmic from the Silver Surfer; that wasn't nice. Wait! There was the time he offered Reed Richards' son Franklin to Mephisto in exchange for his mother, and the time he mind-wiped his ward, Kristoff, two very not nice acts (as Stan Lee points out, "child abuse is a whole new level of evil.") He locked the X-Men up in various torture chambers designed to push them beyond their physical limits not nice again hold on, that was one of his Doom-bots. Never mind. (I told you those things were a lot like Doom!)

It was Doom himself, however, who engineered the explosion in which it appeared he and Richards' perished. Apart from being hard on Reed's wife Sue, AKA the Invisible Woman, it didn't do much good for the stability of Latveria. Let's face it; where Doctor Doom's concerned, there are too many despicable acts to keep track of! Kind of like Doom-bots, in fact...

 

three Decades of Doom!

 


Fantastic Four 23
1963

Amazing Spider-Man 5
1963

Fantastic Four 58
1967
     
Doom is also the monarch of dramatic, last-minute appearances!

 

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