Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. - DOCTOR DOOM Needs No Fashion Advice!
Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. - DOCTOR DOOM Pt 1
Von Doom was obsessed with making contact with his dead mother's soul and built a machine that would tap into mystical forces through scientific means. But a miscalculation led to the machine exploding and his face being scarred in the process. Von Doom left the U.S. then and traveled the world, eventually making a temporary base of operations in Tibet where a small group of monks came to serve him. Victor von Doom, now also calling himself Dr. Doom to signify that he was a scientist at heart, decided it was his destiny and his right to rule the world, for no one else alive was qualified for the task. The monks helped him craft a suit of technological armor that would make him powerful in battle and then they made a mask to hide the single scar on his face. But in his arrogance, Doom donned the mask before it cooled, further destroying his features. After operating as a terrorist for months, he eventually usurped the royalty of Latveria and has, for the most part, commanded the country since then, a tyrant king who now acts like the aristocracy he once hated.
Doom is one of the biggest threats in the Marvel universe, a genius who uses magic, science and manipulation in constant bids for power. He has fought many superheroes, as well as teams such as the Avengers, the X-Men and, most of all, the Fantastic Four, led by his old enemy Reed Richards. So let's take a look at how his appearance has evolved over the years.
KIRBY'S GRIM REAPER
Essentially, Kirby thought of the classic Grim Reaper, a skeleton wearing a hooded robe, emerging from the shadows and always clearly standing apart from humanity, emotionally removed from everything around it. Kirby believed that if you removed the appearance of flesh from Doom, readers would automatically see him as a pitiless being. Because this would be a figure who evoked the image of old legends but would use highly advanced technology, the skeleton limbs and skull were replaced with metal coverings. The effect definitely works. In his first appearance, Doom seems like some medieval villain who has somehow survived into the modern day, which is a perfect visual considering the Fantastic Four, his targets, were intended to symbolize the pioneering spirit of the space race and scientific exploration. He could be some prisoner forced into an iron mask for his crimes, except that we quickly learn that he is his own jailer, in every sense of the word.
I'd think that black would be an effective color for doom and would enhance the idea of him being the Grim Reaper. But considering the colors used and the inking techniques of the 1960s, dark green is an effective color. A black suit might've made Doom seem flat and drab next to the colorful heroes he fought.
THE CLASSIC LOOK
The gun may seem unnecessary since Doom's gauntlets are armed with miniaturized weapons. But the gun actually works for me because: 1, Doom is someone who never thinks you can have enough weapons; and 2, it's a visual reminder that though Doom is a king, he often prefers to savor glory for himself. He may sometimes have a robot act in his stead, but he rarely lets an agent act for him. He's a hands-on villain.
At times, it's been a simple mask with a frozen expression, the sort that is worn by certain burn victims. Other times, it's been a ceramic mask that may look unusual but certainly gives a friendlier impression than what he normally wears on his face. These masks still hide Doom and his scars, but still give fans a rare opportunity to see him as more human than he cares to believe.
KRISTOFF - THE SECOND DR. DOOM
This costume definitely implies that we are looking at a pretend Doom and not the genuine article. Without the death hood and the cloak, it loses a sense of majesty. The cape also added mass to Doom, whereas Kristoff seems a bit skinner without it. At times, he wore a purple cloak, but this only made him seem a bit flamboyant rather than powerful like his mentor.
This armor definitely takes the villain to a new level, making him appear much more powerful. But it also puts too much emphasis on technology. Doom no longer looks as if he may be a warlock, a paradox of science and magic that resembles death. Before, Doom's tunic and the fact that we could see his eyes through the mask reminded us that there was a scarred, vicious human being behind the metal. Now, he could very well be a robot with a cloak.
Doom only wore this for a few issues and then went back to his classic armor without explanation.
DESPERATE NEEDS AND UNEARTHLY FORCES
Years later, during the 1990s, Doom stole power from a member of the race known as Watchers, near-immortal beings sworn to observe and record the events of the universe and to never interfere. Doom built a special new suit of armor specifically designed to house this great energy. This version of the suit was terribly shiny and decorated with extra spikes that served no real purpose beyond saying, "If you try to punch me, you'll probably bleed."
Like the armor Doom wore when he returned to deal with Kristoff, this is a little too robotic. But it was not meant in any way to become a possible standard new look, it was just a new design to use for one specific story.
This look is definitely a departure, which is the point, but still has that hint of Doom. You know that's him, even if the mask is leather rather than metal. And the makeshift nature actually makes him look rather desperate and dangerous, which is frightening when you consider how deadly the guy already is.
It's an interesting alternate look for Doom. If it has an obvious flaw, it's that this says "dark ages" and "magic" without giving a hint of science, in the same way that the robotic suits gave no hint of magic. But again, the intention is not for this to be a new standard, just to give us a new look for one story. And for that story, this look definitely worked.
After the story ended, Doom was away for a while. When he returned, he was once again wearing his classic design.
Most recently, in the pages of Avengers: Children's Crusade, Doom has accessed the same incredible life energies that the hero called Scarlet Witch temporarily possessed, which drove her insane and caused her to bring about the tragic events of Avengers Disassembled. Doom was the architect behind those events and now he has that power for himself, resulting in a new angelic take on his suit (as well as a healed face, showing that even with god-like power, his first instincts are based on vanity). No doubt Doom will lose this power soon enough and our heroes won't all die terrible deaths at his hands.FACEBOOK and TWITTER!