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Doom doesn't appear at all in the actual story for this comic, which is an extraordinarily daft episode for the usually-very-daft-anyway Champions where they fight Swarm, The Bunch Of Bees Who Walked Like A Man. Doom only appears in the "next time" box, acting as a warning to regular readers that they'll need to read Super-Villain Team-Up #14 if they want to understand the next issue of this series. It's just one spot illustration, but it raises three interesting points. First of all, this is the very first published depiction of Doctor Doom drawn by John Byrne. A few years from now Byrne would take over The Fantastic Four for a run which many (including me) think of as second only to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's, and a version of Doctor Doom which some (especially me!) think is one of the best, so it's exciting to see the beginnings of all that here.

The second point is that I could very easily have missed it. This "appearances" isn't flagged up by any of the crowd-sourced databases that I used to put my research corpus together.hese databases are great, but they're not very reliable, and I only spotted it here because I wanted to check to see if there was any lead-in to the crossover for when it continues in the next issue of this series.

Which brings me to my final point, which is to say that it's interesting to see Marvel getting the hang of crossovers, explicityly pointing them out to readers and telling them to go out and buy the relevant comics to understand the story. Advance notice hasn't always been given, although I'm not sure how it would have been received by fans at the time who found they had to pay for an extra comic next month. In a few years time, of course, they would be doing this a LOT more!

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posted 30/9/2019 by Mark Hibbett

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A process blog about Doctor Doom in The Marvel Age written by Mark Hibbett