When thinking of the best “Supervillains of Science” in comic book history, Marvel’s Doctor Doom has to be near the top of your list. The Latverian leader has been a metallic thorn in the side of the Fantastic Four for 53 years, also battling other Marvel heroes like Iron Man, Silver Surfer, and Spider-Man along the way. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Doom is a particularly interesting character since he’s essentially just a human. A human with a genius-level intellect and a mastery of the magical arts sure, but a human just the same.
We decided to take a look back at Doom’s history to find his best super-science moments. Yes, this means his more mystical, magical adventures (ie the “Unthinkable” storyline in Fantastic Four 67-70, 500; and the sorcerer battle in “Dr. Strange and Dr. Doom: Triumph and Torment”; and an honorable mention for Fantastic Four #236 “Terror in a Tiny Town”) won’t be included. However, we will explore Doom’s use of science and technology to achieve his two main goals: taking over the world, and saving his mother’s soul from Hell.