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Survey Results - Creators And Marketing

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Today we reach the final part of the main survey analysis, looking mostly at aspects of Doom as a character created and sold by people and commercial entities in the "real world", as opposed to the fictional aspects covered previously.

Creators: Please enter the names of any people or organisations that you associate with the creation of Doctor Doom's stories. Please note that this can refer to anybody who worked on any story, not just the original creators of the character.

This question is looking for the names of those who actually create Doom's stories. As might be expected, there were a huge number of different responses with were 59 creators mentioned by two or more respondents and a further 54 unique responses. For brevity's sake I have only included those with 4 or more mentions here.
Creator Mentions
Stan Lee 192
Jack Kirby 188
John Byrne 85
Jonathan Hickman 42
Marvel Comics 28
Mark Waid 25
John Buscema 24
Walt Simonson 21
Jim Shooter 21
Mike Weiringo 17
Ryan North 16
Roy Thomas 15
Mike Mignola 15
Joe Sinnott 15
Chris Claremont 14
Roger Stern 11
Steve Ditko 10
Ed Brubaker 9
Mike Zeck 9
Brian Michael Bendis 9
Wally Wood 9
Josh Trank 7
Erica Henderson 7
Warren Ellis 7
Steve Englehart 6
Mark Millar 6
Gene Colan 6
George Perez 6
John Romita (Sr) 6
Tom deFalco 6
Bob Layton 6
Esad Ribic 5
Marv Wolfman 5
Roger Corman 5
Tim Story 5
Julian McMahon 4
David Michelinie 4
Rich Buckler 4

The first thing to notice about this category is that although the question said "this can refer to anybody who worked on any story, not just the original creators of the character", the vast majority of respondents still identified Doom's creators, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, as people they associated with the character.

After that we see the names of the creators usually named as responsible for the most "important" or fan-favourite runs on the "Fantastic Four" series i.e. John Byrne, Jonathan Hickman, Mark Waid and Mike Weiringo, and Walt Simonson . Interestingly, "Marvel Comics" is also included in this category. As we will see, this would be a better fit for the next section "Market Authors", but it is interesting to see how many people think of the brand as an actual creator of Doom's stories.

As seen for other categories, the bias inherent in the selection of respondents is clear, not just the usual one towards the "Unbeatable Squirrel Girl" series (with both series creators, Ryan North and Erica Henderson, included in the responses), but in the fact that almost all of the names mentioned come from comics. The first non-comics creator is Josh Trank, Director of "Fantastic 4", with Roger Corman (director of the unreleased 1994 Fantastic Four movie), and Tim Story and Julian McMahon (the director and the actor who played Doom in the 2005 "Fantastic Four" and 2007 "Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer" movies) also appearing.

Marketing: Please enter the names of any people or organisations that you associate with the marketing of Doctor Doom's stories. This could include names that you have already entered in the previous question, but does not have to.

In contrast, this question is looking for the names that are used to sell the stories - as will be seen, there is quite a lot of crossover with answers to the previous section.

Creator Mentions
Marvel Comics 111
Marvel 84
Stan Lee 68
20th Century Fox 28
Fox studios 26
Jack Kirby 25
Disney 12
Sony Pictures 7
Jim Shooter 7
John Byrne 7
ToyBiz 5
Mattel 4
MF Doom 4
Hanna-Barbera 4
Jonathan Hickman 4
Roy Thomas 3
Fantastic Four 3
Secret Wars 3
Capcom 3
Universal 2
Mark Waid 2
Roger Corman 2
Don't know 2

Unsurprisingly, "Marvel Comics" and "Marvel" were mentioned most here, along with the different movie studios that have produced Doom's appearances. Similarly, the creators named are broadly in line with the top answers from the previous category, as these are the ones whose names are often used in conjunction with collected editions. Also, most Marvel comics from the mid-1970s to late 1980s are headed with "Stan Lee Presents..." so it is expected that his name should be quite high in the list.

The only surprise for me was the appearance of "MF Doom" here, an artist I was completely unaware of until starting this PhD, although given the amount of times people have mentioned him to me since I began, perhaps it shouldn't have been!
Cover of Operation: Doomsday

Other associations: Is there anything else that you associate with Doctor Doom that has not been covered in this survey so far?.

This category was included so that respondents could mention anything else that had not been covered.

Topic Mentions
Behaviours and Actions already discussed 54
Characters and object already discussed 20
MF Doom 11
Cartoons/movies (and comments on quality) 11
Secret Wars 7
Action figures/toys 5
Doom 2099 3
Darth Vader 3

As can be seen above, most respondents did not feel they needed to answer this question, and many of those who did used it to mention other media they had seen Doom in. This is another argument for re-ordering the survey - if they had already listed the media they had seen Doom in then they would hopefully not feel the need to do so again.

In fact, the only topics brought up by more than one person which were not covered in the main survey questions were MF Doom again, and Doom's relationship to Darth Vader. If nothing else, I feel that this shows how comprehensive the survey was!

That ends our look at the individual survey responses - join us next time for the grand finale, when we look at the responses overall!

posted 25/8/2020 by Mark Hibbett

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