Among the questions that plague comic book fans, after “Who’d win in a fight?” and inappropriate queries about heroes’ romantic lives. comes in the expectation of what lies beneath Victor Von Doom’s steely mask.  Some, including Jack Kirby himself favored the notion that a tiny scar caused perfectionist Doom’s rage against the various machines.  Others (including Stan Lee, based my readings) implied that the face of Doom was terribly scarred in his college accident, and made even worse by donning his still-superheated metal mask.  John Byrne seemed to imply that both were true back in the 80’s, with Doom preparing the mask because of a small imperfection, but suffering horrific burns when he donned it too soon after forging, leading to today’s dermatological query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds Faithful Spoilerites that Dr. Doom was the original hipster; he put on his mask BEFORE it was cool, asking: The Face Of Doom: Ravaged mess or imperceptible scarring?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Malone_hasco on

    In my head, always thoroughly burned. I never thought Doom would be so vain it would be just a little scar. On the other hand, we are talking about a guy who refers to himself in third person…

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