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In 'The Emperor Doom' graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace.
In “Avengers: The Emperor Doom” (1987) graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

IN SUPERVILLAINS

INTRO

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STAN LEE’S FAVORITE VILLAIN

Doctor Doom was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Originally, the character first appeared in Fantastic Four Vol. 1 (1962) #5.

Interviewed by leukemia survivor KJ Ricci, Stan Lee revealed Doctor Doom is his favorite supervillain. The legendary writer said he does not see Doom as a villain and would like to clear his name.

PER IGN: MARVEL’S GREATEST VILLAIN

IGN’S TOP 100 COMIC BOOK VILLAINS OF ALL TIME

In 2009, IGN counted down the Top 100 Comic Book Villains Of All Time from both DC and Marvel comics. The list features some of the best villains in the two universes such as Magneto, Thanos, Black Adam and Joker. The list even ranks our own Doctor Doom.

On the list, Doctor Doom ranked number three. In 2019, IGN would rank Doctor Doom as the greatest Marvel villain of all time citing his supreme arrogance and lust for power. Let’s look at reasons why this is the case.

 

Doctor Doom.
Doctor Doom. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

ORIGIN STORY

Doctor Doom’s origin story is one of tragedy and crime. Victor von Doom was born to gypsy parents. His mother dealt in the dark arts. Tragically, a bargain with Mephisto went awry and the demon claimed Victor’s mother’s soul. Victor studied magic in Latveria then science in America to reclaim his mother’s soul.

Victor Von Doom, Reed Richards and Ben Grimm studied at State University, New York. Apparently, Ben may have been responsible for Victor becoming Doctor Doom. Combining magic and science, Victor’s experiment failed and his face was scarred. Donning armor and mask, he became… Doctor Doom.

CHARACTER MOTIVATION

What makes Doom a great villain is the fact that he originally was not a villain. His dedication to saving his mother is understandable though the means he uses are abhorrent. In many respects, Doom is a product of his upbringing: tortured, lonely and violent.

Doom’s central motivation is his belief that the world can find peace only under Doomworld. In many respects, this is the belief of all tyrants which shows that Doom’s belief actually stems from those tragic circumstances that developed his lust for power. Why is Doom’s Marvel greatest villain? He has conviction and unmatched willpower.

Doctor Doom’s story is that of tragedy and crime. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

VILLAIN OR ANTI-HERO?

Early stories showcase Doctor Doom as an exclusive Fantastic Four villain. IGN even considers him a fifth member of the Fantastic Four as its necessary antagonist. What makes Doom an interesting villain are his motivations. Ultimately, though he always seeks ultimate power as his goal, his purposes are always devious.

Of course, his final goal is world domination but his methods are infinite. As head of state of Latveria, Doom uses the vast resources at his disposal to do war against the Fantastic Four and Marvel Earth. In some portrayals Doctor Doom has allied himself with the forces of good to face a common enemy. In “Infinity Gauntlet,” Doctor Doom even allied himself to the heroes who banded together to fight Thanos. However, it is always for a devious purpose.

POWERS: SCIENCE AND MAGIC

Doctor Doom is one of the most brilliant minds on Marvel Earth, rivaling Mister Fantastic in scientific expertise. A rarity, Doom has managed to unite both science and magic, upgrading his armor with spells, cosmic energy and other sources of power. What makes Doom so dangerous is his skill in both departments and his viciousness, since he is willing to go to any lengths in order to further his power.

Multiple times, Doctor Doom has succeeded in achieving ultimate power. Doctor Doom managed to steal the Beyonder’s power and become the Supreme Being of the Marvel Universe. In the “Avengers: Emperor Doom” storyline, Doom became the benevolent Emperor Doom who succeeded in bringing peace on Earth with the Purple Man’s psycho-prism. In the “Secret Wars” event, Doom stole the Beyonders’ power again, this time, to re-make reality in his image. Indeed, a feat not even Thanos has achieved.

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In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1985) #10, Doctor Doom becomes the Marvel Universe’s Supreme Being. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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FAVORITE DOCTOR DOOM MOMENT: DOCTOR DOOM STEALS THE POWER COSMIC

In 'Fantastic Four' (1968) #57, Doctor Doom steals the Power Cosmic in order to challenge Galactus.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1968) #57, Doctor Doom steals the Power Cosmic in order to challenge Galactus. Photo/Marvel Comics

In a classic story from the ’60s, Doctor Doom proves his grandiloquence by trapping Silver Surfer and stealing the Power Cosmic.

In great Jack Kirby’s style, Doctor Doom utters his grandiloquent speech to challenge the Devourer of Worlds and world domination.

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RESPECT DOCTOR DOOM RESOURCES

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COMICVINE: Respect Doctor Doom (2000 – 2015 Era Respect Thread

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Fantastic Four Vol 4 9 in Marvel Database.
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Vol 1 10 in Marvel Database.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 57 in Marvel Database.

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In 'The Emperor Doom' graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace.
In “Avengers: The Emperor Doom” (1987) graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

IN SUPERVILLAINS

INTRO

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STAN LEE’S FAVORITE VILLAIN

Doctor Doom was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Originally, the character first appeared in Fantastic Four Vol. 1 (1962) #5.

Interviewed by leukemia survivor KJ Ricci, Stan Lee revealed Doctor Doom is his favorite supervillain. The legendary writer said he does not see Doom as a villain and would like to clear his name.

RESPECT DOCTOR DOOM!

DESTINED TO RULE THE WORLD

In “Doomwar”, Doctor Doom manages to steal the Vibranium from T’Challa’s Vibranium Vault. Before he can claim what his heart truly seeks, Doctor Doom must pass a test. He must prove to the god Bast that he is truly pure of heart. Uncannily, Doctor Doom does pass the test.

Doctor Doom opens his soul and shows Bast he has faith. With his sorcery, he has peered into millions of possible futures and has seen that the only future where humanity is at peace, is Doomworld. Perhaps, Doctor Doom is pure evil.

 

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #3, Doctor Doom tells Bast he has gazed into a hundred thousand futures, and the only one where humanity survives is with Doctor Doom as its ruler.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #3, Doctor Doom tells Bast he has gazed into a hundred thousand futures, and the only one where humanity survives is with Doctor Doom as its ruler. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SORCERER SUPREME CONTENDER

Few beings on Marvel Earth are equally adept at science and magic. Using sorcery and tech, Doctor Doom lives in both world. A super-genius, Doctor Doom once contended for the title of Sorcerer Supreme against Doctor Strange.

In ‘Doctor Strange & Doctor Doom: Triumph & Torment’, Genghis tests the most powerful sorcerers on Earth for the title of Sorcerer Supreme. In the trial, it comes down to a final showdown between Doom and Strange. Ultimately, Doctor Doom fails the trial and only for Doctor Strange to use his astral form free Genghis’ spirit from his crystal and to be declared Sorcerer Supreme.

In "Doctor Strange And Doctor Doom: Triumph And Torment", Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom contend for the title of Sorcerer Supreme.
In “Doctor Strange And Doctor Doom: Triumph And Torment”, Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom contend for the title of Sorcerer Supreme. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

SUPREME BEING OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE

In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1985) #10, Doctor Doom stole Galactus’ and Taa II’s power in order to battle Beyonder. In the Beyonder’s Realm, it was a hopeless battle. Finally, Doctor Doom was defeated.

Miraculously, in a contest of willlpower, Doom resisted the Beyonder’s dissection, overpowered him, and stole his power. For a short while, Doctor Doom became the Supreme Being of the Marvel Universe.

VISIT DOCTOR DOOM’S INTELLIGENCE FEAT.

In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1985) #10, Doctor Doom becomes the Marvel Universe’s Supreme Being. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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FAVORITE DOCTOR DOOM MOMENT: DOCTOR DOOM STEALS THE POWER COSMIC

In 'Fantastic Four' (1968) #57, Doctor Doom steals the Power Cosmic in order to challenge Galactus.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1968) #57, Doctor Doom steals the Power Cosmic in order to challenge Galactus. Photo/Marvel Comics

In a classic story from the ’60s, Doctor Doom proves his grandiloquence by trapping Silver Surfer and stealing the Power Cosmic.

In great Jack Kirby’s style, Doctor Doom utters his grandiloquent speech to challenge the Devourer of Worlds and world domination.

Respect Doctor Doom!

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Doomwar Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
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Fantastic Four Vol 1 57 in Marvel Database.

Marvel Day: T’Challa Loses His Royal Title, His Kingdom And All Vibranium In Order To Save Wakanda From The “Doomwar”

MARVEL DAY

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #6, Doctor Doom upgrades his armor to planetary level with stolen Vibranium from Wakanda.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #6, Doctor Doom upgrades his armor to planetary level with stolen Vibranium from Wakanda. AP Photo/DC Comics.

IN ADVANCED WARFARE

BLACK PANTHER, SHURI AND THE DORA MILAJE ARE FUGITIVES FROM THE DESTURI COUP IN WAKANDA

In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #1, T’Challa and Shuri, the Black Panther, has lost his royal title and is a fugitive from Wakanda. The Desturi have seized Wakanda’s government and have sentenced the Queen, Storm of the X-Men, to death. T’Challa has fled Wakanda to seek help from the mutant nation of Utopia.

In Utopia, T’Challa arrives with Shuri and the Dora Milaje to explain the circumstances of recent events. In the past year, T’Challa had been tracking rumors of a dissident group called the Desturi. They are a fundamentalist and xenophobic group that had infiltrated all levels of government.

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #1, T'Challa briefs the X-Men on the Desturi coup d'etat in Wakanda and Doctor Doom its mastermind.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #1, T’Challa briefs the X-Men on the Desturi coup d’etat in Wakanda and Doctor Doom its mastermind. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

T’Challa found they had access to surveillance but had no leads. Until he was lured into a trap by the mastermind of the coup d’etat, Doctor Doom, who nearly killed him. Later, T’Challa found Doom had infiltrated the palace food and water supplies with nanites swarms. Fearing that everyone he cared for could have been turned into living spy cameras, T’Challa fled Wakanda with Shuri and the Dora Milaje.

White Queen questions about Doctor Doom’s purpose of the revolution. T’Challa responds that its purpose is to obtain the Vibranium supply of Wakanda to upgrade his armor and become the most powerful force on Earth. Cyclops as Head of Utopia, cannot sanction an open war with Wakanda. However, some X-Men willingly volunteer.

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #1, T'Challa speaks about Vibranium's mystical properties.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #1, T’Challa speaks about Vibranium’s mystical properties. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

DURING T’CHALLA’S AND THE X-MEN’S ATTACK ON WAKANDA, DOCTOR DOOM STEALS ALL OF WAKANDA’S VIBRANIUM

 

In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #2, T’Challa and his army attack Wakanda. Wakanda is the most advanced nation on Earth. T’Challa’s army arrive on Wakandan soil and are greeted by the army and the head of the Desturi. Asking the Desturi government to surrender, T’Challa and his army declare themselves to be Wakanda. Suddenly, Nightcrawler teleports T’Challa and Black Panther into the Palace. Despite Nightcrawler’s opposition, Black Panther massacres the people in the Palace.

At the Wakandan border, the X-Men and the Dora Milaje take on the Wakandan army. Back at the Palace, Doctor Doom has given Storm a 10 minute ultimatum to lock-pick the Vibranium Vault otherwise, he will shoot the members of the Royal Family. Nightcrawler attempts to teleport T’Challa to the Vibranium Vault with no success since Doctor Doom has placed a mystical barrier. T’Challa needs the Dora Milaje to hold the Wakandan army for one hour so he can massacre the hundreds of guards at the Royal Palace in order to reach the Vibranium Vault.

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #2, Queen Ororo attempts to lock-pick the Vibranium Vault as Doctor Doom holds T'Challa's mother at gunpoint.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #2, Queen Ororo attempts to lock-pick the Vibranium Vault as Doctor Doom holds T’Challa’s mother at gunpoint. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

T’Challa arrives at the Vibranium Vault and finds Queen Ororo bound in fetters by Doctor Doom. Doctor Doom gives T’Challa five seconds to give him the key to the final lock or else he will kill Storm. He has to choose between saving the Vibranium and saving Storm. T’Challa does not hesitate and decides to protect the Vibranium.

The countdown ends and Doctor Doom relishing the game, does not kill Ororo. Doom teleports in a flash of lightning. Entering the Vault, T’Challa finds out that all of the Vibranium is gone. Checkmate!

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #4, T'Challa enters the Vibranium vault and finds out all the Vibranium is gone.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #2, T’Challa enters the Vibranium vault and finds out all the Vibranium is gone. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

FEAT: 500 DORA MILAJE HOLD THEIR OWN AGAINST 50,000 OF THE WAKANDAN ARMY

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #2, 500 Dora Milaje hold their own against 50000 of the Wakandan army.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #2, 500 Dora Milaje hold their own against 50000 of the Wakandan army.

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DOCTOR DOOM IS A MEGALOMANIAC WHOSE UNIQUE VISION OF THE FUTURE FOR WORLD PEACE IS DOOMWORLD

In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #3, Doctor Doom wages his “Doomwar” using Vibranium. In order to unlock the final lock, Doctor Doom had to face Bast, God of Egypt and Panther God of Wakanda. Bast scrutinizes Doctor Doom’s spi; and asks him his motivations for taking Vibranium. The test is purity and if Doctor Doom lies, Bast will devour him.

Doctor Doom tells Bast that though his methods are cruel and villainous, he has purity of intention. Doctor Doom claims mankind is a predator species and that according to his purity, he is a saint. He has gazed into thousand futures, a hundred thousand futures and found that the only future where humanity survives extinction and is at peace is under Doctor Doom‘s rule on Doomworld. Bast, though he finds Doctor Doom’s methods abhorrent, passes Doctor Doom and let’s him have the Vibranium.

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #3, Doctor Doom tells Bast he has gazed into a hundred thousand futures, and the only one where humanity survives is with Doctor Doom as its ruler.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #3, Doctor Doom tells Bast he has gazed into a hundred thousand futures, and the only one where humanity survives is with Doctor Doom as its ruler. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

THE DOOMWAR BEGINS WITH CASUALTIES ON ALL SIDES

In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #4, the “Doomwar” over Vibranium begins on a global scale. T’Challa has recruited the Fantastic Four to assist him. Using Vibranium trackers, T’Challa has tracked locations of Vibranium supply at Doombases over the world. Shuri, the Dora Milaje, Invisible Woman, Thing, Human Torch and the X-Men are on the frontlines. When they arrive at the first Doombase, they are unable to destroy the Vibranium-enhanced Doombots. Then, arming themselves with Vibranium-enhanced armors and weapons, T’Challa’s army begins to take down Doombots.

However, there are enormous casualties on both sides. In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #5, T’Challa and his army suffer great casualties with one third of the Dora Milaje having fallen. However, they have managed to take down only eight percent of the Doombases. T’Challa recognizes that Doom has learnt everything about Vibranium technology and his people is facing extinction. In order to eliminate the threat, he turns to shadow physics. T’Challa invented the discipline to unite quantum science with alchemy. T’Challa’s plan is to send Deadpool and the Midnight Angels to Latveria in order to assassinate Doctor Doom.

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #5, T'Challa's army is facing casualties in the Doomwar.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #5, T’Challa’s army is facing casualties in the Doomwar. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Later, Shuri’s team has located one of Doom’s computers. Hacking into the system, they divert all his funding to humanitarian causes.

The Broker who has been running the Doomwar, realizes this and fears Doom will kill him.

IN SYMKARIA, T’CHALLA FINALLY OUTSMARTS DOOM WITH SHADOW PHYSICS BY USING A TRIGGER THAT RENDERS ALL PROCESSED VIBRANIUM INERT

In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #6, T’Challa finally outsmarts Doctor Doom by rendering all processed Vibranium inert. In a communication with Black Panther, T’Challa informs her that he has sanction a shadow attack of Latveria by the Midnight Angels which cannot be traced. She does not approve T’Challa bypassing her authority and reminds him that Wakanda does not start wars. Doctor Doom’s armor upgrade is finally online and he is able to sense and to tap all the Vibranium which is present everywhere on Earth.

T’Challa is in communication with other scientific and mystical leaders on Earth: Beast, Hank Pym, Tony Stark, Charles Xavier, Doctor Strange and Doctor Voodoo. They inform T’Challa that all Vibranium objects on Earth have come to life. Since the act leads back to Wakanda, and the threat of a nuclear war looms, they refuse to help T’Challa. Deadpool and the Midnight Angels attack in Latveria but they are no match for Doom. In diplomatic mission to Symkaria, Shuri invites Doctor Doom to come face T’Challa’s army to settle the matter.

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #6, T'Challa uses a trigger that renders all processed Vibranium inert.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #6, T’Challa uses a trigger that renders all processed Vibranium inert. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

The final battle begins. T’Challa’s army is overwhelmed by Doom’s army. During the battle, T’Challa is seemingly defeated by Victor. However, T’Challa finally outsmarts Doctor Doom. He activates a trigger that uses shadow physics to render all the processed Vibranium on Earth inert.

Shuri who had wanted to kill Doom, relents. She promises that she will hunt over the Earth and kill him if he steps foot on Wakandan soil. In the end, Black Panther and Storm watch as the superhero community helps them re-build Wakanda.

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #6, Black Panther and Storm watch as the superhero community helps to rebuild Wakanda.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #6, Black Panther and Storm watch as the superhero community helps to rebuild Wakanda. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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Feat: Luke Cage, ‘Fantastic Four’ #169

IN POWER LEVEL

LUKE CAGE
EARTH-616

In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1961) #169, titled “Five Characters In Search Of A Madman”, Power Man performs a super strength feat. In an attempt to replace Ben Grimm who has lost his super powers, Power Man is being manipulated by an unknown force into fighting the Fantastic Four. During the fight, Power Man breaks Invisible Woman’s force fields with two punches.

How much super strength does it take for Power Man to break Invisible Girl’s force fields with two punches?

In 'Fantastic Four' (1961) 169, Power Man breaks Invisible Woman's force fields with two punches.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1961) #169, Power Man performs a super strength feat. Power Man breaks Invisible Woman’s force fields with two punches. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

POWER MAN BROKE INVISIBLE GIRL’S FORCE FIELDS WITH TWO PUNCHES OF STRESS 522,019.40845 PSI.

POWER MAN GENERATED THE EQUIVALENT OF HITTING INVISIBLE GIRL’S FORCE FIELD WITH A SLEDGEHAMMER TWICE WITH IMPACT FORCE OF 18,000 PSI, FIVE PERCENT OF THE POWER PRODUCED BY A HOUSE PER HOUR, ENOUGH TO DESTROY AN ATHLETE.

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Area = pi(r^2) = (pi)(15^2 cm^2) = 706.858347058 cm^2.
Force Of Sledgehammer = (18000 psi)(6894.76) = 124105680 N.
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Percent Of Energy Produced Per Hour = (522019.40845*100)/(10399000 kWhr) = 5.01990007164%.

Luke Cage, ‘Fantastic Four’ #169

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Super Power: Galactus’ Solar System-Sized Taa II Is The Star-God’s Highly Advanced Home

SUPER POWER

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IN POWER LEVEL

GALACTUS REPRESENTS EQUITY AND CONSUMES THE LIVING ENERGY OF WORLDS IN ORDER TO FEED HIS HUNGER

In 'Silver Surfer' (1989) #31, the Living Tribunal explains to Silver Surfer and the Stranger about his three faces.
In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1989) #31, the Living Tribunal explains to Silver Surfer and the Stranger about his three faces. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1989) #31, the Living Tribunal explains to Silver Surfer and the Stranger about his three faces: his three faces must agree in order for him to make a judgment – The semi-covered face is Vengeance and represents Death, the fully covered face is Necessity and represents Eternity, and the face is Equity and represents Galactus.

In the cosmic hierarchy, Galactus maintains the cosmic order by consuming the living energy of planets, whether they are inhabited or not. Galactus has a cosmic hunger which is his weakness and his burden as a cosmic entity.

In ‘Thanos Annual’ (2014) #1, the Thanos Spectre shows Thanos the cosmic hierarchy. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

TAA II IS GALACTUS’ SOLAR SYSTEM-SIZED HOME

Four’ (1966) #49, Galactus’ Taa II arrives on Earth. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In the previous universe, Galan lived on Taa. Upon surviving the destruction of his home universe, Galan incubated in a Cosmic Egg merging with the Sentience of the Universe. Emerging from the Cosmic Egg, he was observed by a Watcher who realized the tremendous power the nascent Galactus possessed to feed on the living energy of planets but the Watcher decided not to kill Galactus.

Sensing his hunger, Galactus consumed the nearby planet of Archeopia.

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After emerging from his incubation cube millions of years after the Big Bang, Galactus consumed the nearby planet Archeopia; this was the first world to fall prey to his insatiable hunger. Galactus felt compelled to create a monument to his dead homeworld Taa, which existed in the previous universe, and to the ravaged planet Archeopia.

Galactus used the remains of Archeopia as the raw material from which he created the enormous Taa II. Construction took millennia to complete, due to Galactus’s need to take breaks in search of sustenance. When it was completed it engulfed the entire Archeopian System.

Galactus intended Taa II to surpass any natural world in size, beauty and splendor. Based on accounts from the few beings to step foot in it, such as Mister Fantastic, Galactus easily met his goal.

Indeed, Taa II is so massive several planets and even a star are held captive by its gravitational pull.

-Worldship (Taa II), Marvel Database

GALACTUS EMPLOYS HIGHLY ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FOR TRANSPORT, MATTER AND ENERGY MANIPULATION

Galactus employs highly advanced technology stored on Taa II. He uses it for transport, matter and energy manipulation.

IN FANTASTIC FOUR #50, THE HUMAN TORCH RETRIEVES THE ULTIMATE NULLIFIER FROM TAA II AND MISTER FANTASTIC MUST USE AS SPECIFIED BY UATU AGAINST GALACTUS

In 'Fantastic Four (1966) #50, the Human Torch retrieves the Ultimate Nullifier for Mister Fantastic to use against Galactus as specified by Uatu the Watcher.
In ‘Fantastic Four (1966) #50, Mister Fantastic must use the Ultimate Nullifier to stop Galactus from consuming the Earth. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

In ‘Fantastic Four (1966) #50, the Human Torch retrieves the Ultimate Nullifies from Taa II. Mister Fantastic must use the Ultimate Nullifier to stop Galactus from consuming the Earth. Uatu the Watcher warns Mister Fantastic not to turn the level to full power, or else it could destroy the solar system in a microsecond.

Mister Fantastic must use it as specified by the Watcher.

OUTCOME: FANTASTIC FOUR WIN

IN ‘DARKSEID/GALACTUS: THE HUNGER’, GALACTUS USES THE SPHERE-SHAPED STARSHIP IN ORDER TO CONSUME APOKOLIPS

In 'Darkseid/Galactus: The Hunger' (1995), Galactus uses the sphere-shaped starship in order to invade Apokolips before the bewildered glances of its denizens.
In ‘Darkseid/Galactus: The Hunger’ (1995), Galactus uses the sphere-shaped starship in order to invade Apokolips. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Darkseid/Galactus: The Hunger’ (1995), the Silver Surfer travels to the DC multiverse and reaches Apokolips. Sensing there are life forms on it, he sends a summons for Galactus.

Galactus arrives in a sphere-shaped starship and immediately touches down on the planet. Then, he begins construction of his elemental converter in order to convert the planet into living energy and consume it. Darkseid and his armies resist. However, when Darkseid attempts to erase Galactus with his Omega Effect, it fails. Galactus seemingly wins the battle by blasting Darkseid away. However, when he begins to consume the planet, he senses no living energy.

With that, Darkseid wins by instructing Galactus that he sought to defend his planet simply because he is its ruler.

OUTCOME: DARKSEID WINS

FEAT OF THE DAY: IN ‘MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS #9’, GALACTUS ABSORBS TAA II IN ORDER TO FIGHT THE BEYONDER

In 'Marver Super Heroes Secret Wars' (1985) #9, Galactus absorbed the energy of his solar system-sized home, Taa II, in order to fight the Beyonder.
In ‘Marver Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1985) #9, Galactus absorbs Taa II in order to fight the Beyonder. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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Doctor Doom

Doctor Doom – Earth-616

NAME: VICTOR VON DOOM

RELATIVES: WERNER VON DOOM (FATHER, DECEASED), CYNTHIA VON DOOM (MOTHER, DECEASED)

BASE OF OPERATIONS: DOOM ISLAND, LATVERIA

AFFILIATION: PARLIAMENT OF DOOM (MULTIVERSE)

CHARACTERISTICS

HEIGHT: 6′ 2″ (1.88 m) (6’7″ when armored)

WEIGHT: 225 lbs (102.06 kg) (415 lbs when armored)

ALIGNMENT: EVIL

ORIGIN STORY


Early Years

Victor von Doom was born in a Romani camp outside HaasenstadtLatveria.[34] His mother, Cynthia, was killed in a bargain with Mephisto that went wrong. Despite his father’s attempts to care for her, a noblewoman died and Werner von Doom fled with a young Victor on a cold winter’s night. Victor survived the cold, but unfortunately his father did not.[39] Doom sought to increase his knowledge of both science and magic in order to rescue his mother,[40] whose death he blamed on Mephisto. In his youth, Victor fell in love with a woman named Valeria, but she resisted his advances.[41]

Becoming Doctor Doom

The State University in HegemanNew York offered Victor a scholarship. While attending classes there, he met Reed Richards and Ben Grimm for the first time.[38][40] They developed a dislike for each other, leading to Reed Richards commiting the first prank he had ever pulled, changing Victor’s last name on a trophy to “Doof.”[18] Doom became obsessed with developing a machine that could project the astral form of a being into other dimensions, seeing it as a way to free his mother’s soul from Mephisto’s clutches. Reed pointed out a flaw in Doom’s calculations, but Doom arrogantly ignored his warnings, feeling Reed was trying to upstage him, likely due to their dislike for each other. The machine exploded, scarring Doom’s face. He was soon expelled for conducting unethical experiments. From then on, he blamed Reed Richards for the destruction of his face as well as his expulsion.[38][40]

Disgraced and bitter, Doom traveled the world. Eventually he came upon a small Tibetan village of monks who assisted him in creating a suit of armor. He returned to his homeland of Latveria to overthrow the leader and declare himself king. He then began to use his country’s resources in order to further his plans of world domination. These schemes led Doom into conflict with the Fantastic Four on many occasions, as well as many other superheroes.[40]

Victor von Doom (Earth-616), Marvel Database

POWERS


POWERS
  • Magic.
  • Mystical Blasts.
  • Mystical Force-Fields.
  • Spell Casting.
  • Teleportation.
  • Dimensional Travel.
  • Mystical Portals.
  • Healing.
  • Banishment.
  • Time Travel.
  • Power Absorption.
  • Psionics.
    • Mind Transference.
    • Hypnotism.
    • Technopathy.
    • Telekinesis.
ABILITIES
  • Super-Genius Intelligence: Doctor Doom has built “Doombots” that look and talk like him.
  • Master Martial Artist.
  • Indomitable Will.
  • Charismatic Leader.
  • Multilingual.

PARAPHERNALIA


EQUIPMENT
  • Titanium Armor.

STORY ARCS

  • Emperor Doom.
  • Prisoners Of Doom.
  • The Doomwar

NOTABLE COMIC BOOK BATTLES

  • Doctor Doom vs Fantastic Four.

Feat: Mister Fantastic, ‘Fantastic Four’ #123

Mister Fantastic
(Reed Richards)
Earth-616

In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1972) #123, Mister Fantastic performs an intelligence feat. Galactus comes to Earth to seek the Silver Surfer as his Herald otherwise Galactus will destroy the Earth. Mister Fantastic programs Galactus’ ship to send Galactus to the Negative Zone.

How much intelligence does it take to program Galactus’ ship to send Galactus to the Negative Zone?

In 'Fantastic Four' (1972) #123, Mister Fantastic performs an intelligence feat. Mister Fantastic programs Galactus' ship to send Galactus to the Negative Zone.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1972) #123, Mister Fantastic performs an intelligence feat. Mister Fantastic programs Galactus’ ship to send Galactus to the Negative Zone. Photo/Marvel Comics

MISTER FANTASTIC RE-PROGRAMMED AT LEAST 8.59 PETAFLOPS OF COMPUTING POWER IN ORDER TO SEND GALACTUS TO THE NEGATIVE ZONE.

MISTER FANTASTIC RE-PROGRAMMED THE EQUIVALENT OF A UNIVERSAL SHIP THAT CAN MODEL THE BIG BANGS OF THE MARVEL MULTIVERSE.

INTELLIGENCE FEAT:

MULTIVERSAL

                       

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SOURCES

Fantastic Four Vol 1 123 in Marvel Database.
Negative Zone in Marvel Database.

Feat: Luke Cage, ‘Hero For Hire’ #9

 

LUKE CAGE
EARTH-616

In ‘Hero For Hire’ (1973) #9 titled “Where Angels Fear to Tread!”, Luke Cage performs a super-strength feat. Luke Cage borrows a sky craft from the Fantastic Four and storms Doctor Doom’s castle in Latveria to ask for his payment of 200 dollars. During the battle, Luke Cage damages Doctor Doom’s armor.

How much super-strength does it take to damage Doctor Doom‘s titanium alloy armor?

In 'Hero For Hire' (1973) #9, Luke Cage damages Doctor Doom's armor with repeated punches.
In ‘Hero For Hire’ (1973) #9, Luke Cage performs a super-strength feat. Luke Cage damages Doctor Doom’s armor with repeated punches. Photo/Marvel Comics

LUKE CAGE’S PUNCHES GENERATED 9.80665 * 10^25 N OF FORCE WITH 1,387,357,175,821,819,926,815 MEGAPASCALS OF STRESS CAUSING A 30 CM IN DIAMETER HOLE IN DOCTOR DOOM’S TITANIUM ALLOY ARMOR.

LUKE CAGE’S PUNCHES GENERATED THE EQUIVALENT OF 1,387,357,175,821,819,926,815,000,000 J OF WORK, ENOUGH THE ENERGY OF A SUPERNOVA CAPABLE TO DESTROY A CONTINENT.

SUPER-STRENGTH FEAT:

STELLAR

                       

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Luke Cage, ‘Hero For Hire’ #9

SOURCES

Hero for Hire Vol 1 9 in Marvel Database.
Victor von Doom (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Luke Cage (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.

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BATTLES OF THE WEEK

In 'Fantastic Four' (1966) #50, Silver Surfer opposes Galactus as he prepares to activate his elemental converter.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1966) #50, Silver Surfer opposes Galactus as he prepares to activate his elemental converter. Photo/Marvel Comics

The contestants enter the arena of New York City. On the left side are the Fantastic Four and on the right side is Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds.

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THE FIGHT

In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1966) #50, the Fantastic Four aided by the Silver Surfer and Uatu the Watcher battle Galactus as he prepares to feed on the living energies of Earth with his matter-energy converter.

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OUTCOME: THE FANTASTIC FOUR WIN

GALACTUS IN COMICS

‘Galactus Trilogy’ (1966) marks the first appearance of Galactus and the Silver Surfer in Marvel continuity as Silver Surfer arrives on Earth to summon Galactus. ‘Galactus Trilogy’ covers Fantastic Four #48-#50.

'Galactus Trilogy' (1966) marks the first appearance of Galactus and the Silver Surfer in Marvel continuity as Silver Surfer arrives on Earth to summon Galactus.
‘Galactus Trilogy’ (1966) marks the first appearance of Galactus and the Silver Surfer in Marvel continuity as Silver Surfer arrives on Earth to summon Galactus. Photo/Marvel Comics

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SOURCES

‘Fantastic Four’ (1966) #50 in Marvel Database.
‘Galactus Trilogy’ (1966) in Marvel Database.

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Marvel Day: Doctor Doom Sets The Trap And Steals The Silver Surfer’s Power Cosmic

MARVEL DAY

In 'Fantastic Four' (1968) #57, Doctor Doom sets his plan into motion and invites Silver Surfer to his royal castle.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1968) #57, Doctor Doom sets his plan into motion and invites Silver Surfer to his royal castle. Photo/Marvel Comics

IN MARVEL UNIVERSE

DOCTOR DOOM SETS HIS PLAN IN MOTION

In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1968) #57, Doctor Doom monarch of Latveria sets his plan into motion to steal the Power Cosmic and invites Silver Surfer to his royal castle. Silver Surfer arrives at Doctor Doom’s castle.

Doctor Doom reveals to the Silver Surfer that the reason for the invitation is to learn about the Silver Surfer’s Power Cosmic. In particular, he inquires about the Silver Surfer’s cosmic surf board.

In 'Fantastic Four' (1968) #57, Silver Surfer explains to Doctor Doom that his surf board is made of "cosmic energy."
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1968) #57, Silver Surfer explains to Doctor Doom that his surf board is made of “cosmic energy.” Photo/Marvel Comics

DOCTOR DOOM SETS THE TRAP

Silver Surfer reveals his distrust for Earthlings and their quest for power revealing the xenophobia and specieism of Earthlings towards other alien races. Doctor Doom contemplates to use a cosmic weapon Silver Surfer created in order to conquer the world. Silver Surfer destroys the cosmic weapon.

Doctor Doom sets his trap to steal the Power Cosmic and takes the Silver Surfer to his workshop-complex. Doctor Doom shows the Silver Surfer “the scientific projects” he works on in his quest as he claims to create weapons to defend peace and justice.1 Then, Doctor Doom shows Silver Surfer “a temporal photo of the universe taken from [his] own orbiting satellite.”1 The Silver Surfer is elated.

In 'Fantastic Four' (1968) #57, Doctor Doom takes Silver Surfer to his workshop-complex and shows him "the scientific projects" he is working on.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1968) #57, Doctor Doom takes Silver Surfer to his workshop-complex and shows him “the scientific projects” he is working on. Photo/Marvel Comics

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DOCTOR DOOM STEALS THE POWER COSMIC

Sensing an opportunity, as the Silver Surfer pauses, Doctor Doom uses high intensity inductors clamped to the Silver Surfer’s head to steal the Power Cosmic. The Silver Surfer lies on the floor, weak, an alien exploited, confirming the xenophobia of the Earthlings.

In a crackling single page panel, the cosmic energy crackles and Doctor Doom in his new-found supremacy vows to challenge even Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds. He sets on the Silver Surfer’s surf board with the Power Cosmic to conquer the world.

In 'Fantastic Four' (1968) #57, Doctor Doom steals the Power Cosmic in order to challenge Galactus.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1968) #57, Doctor Doom steals the Power Cosmic in order to challenge Galactus. Photo/Marvel Comics

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COMIC GALLERY

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SOURCES

Fantastic Four Vol 1 57 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Fantastic Four #57.

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