17: Behold the Savage Sky! (with James Romberger)

James Romberger – artist (Post York, 7 Miles a Second, The Late Child and Other Animals), teacher, and author of “Steranko: The Self-Created Man” – joins Douglas Wolk to discuss Jim Steranko’s Nick Fury serial in Strange Tales #160-167… in which Doctor Doom only appears…

16: The Peril and the Power! (with Rhett Thomas)

Comics historian Rhett Thomas joins Douglas Wolk to talk about Fantastic Four #57-60, Silver Surfer: Loftier than Mortals #1-2 and “The Silver Burper” from Not Brand Echh #1! Topics include the unwieldiness of the device with which Doctor Doom steals the Silver Surfer’s power, the…

15: Enter… Dr. Doom! (with Dugan Trodglen)

Dugan Trodglen–musician, comics retailer, journalist, and technically a character within the Marvel Universe–joins Douglas Wolk to discuss Avengers #25 (and the final panel of #24), in which we learn that Doctor Doom has a transparent dome that can cover the entirety of Latveria, and that…

14: Bedlam at the Baxter Building! (with Chelsea Gaia)

Chelsea Gaia–co-host of “Experience: A Career Stories Podcast,” and a former wedding photographer–joins Douglas Wolk to discuss Fantastic Four Annual #3, Marvel Heroes & Legends ’96, and Fantastic Four 40th Wedding Anniversary Special. Topics include Roz Kirby’s possible influence on Susan Storm’s wedding outfit, Stan…

13: Crisis on Campus! (with Robb Milne)

Robb Milne of the excellent “Marvel by the Month” podcast joins Douglas Wolk to discuss two stories that take place shortly after Fantastic Four #40 but were published much later: Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness’s backup story from 2006’s Stan Lee Meets Doctor Doom #1,…

12: The Battle of the Baxter Building (with Jeet Heer)

Jeet Heer–national affairs correspondent for “The Nation,” master of intellectually omnivorous Twitter threads, and Jack Kirby scholar–joins Douglas to discuss Fantastic Four #39 and 40. Topics include Doctor Doom as Hobbes’ Leviathan, Kirby’s personal background and how it informed Fantastic Four‘s characters, the proto-Doom in…

11: Picture Perfect (with Kian Ross)

Kian Ross of the 616 Society joins Douglas Wolk to discuss 2005’s Spider-Man/Human Torch #1. Topics include the evolving relationship between Peter Parker and Johnny Storm, which mutant is best prepared to do the bookkeeping for X-Corp, Doom’s surprising credulousness when it comes to Spider-Man…

10: Origin of Doctor Doom! (with Abraham Riesman)

Abraham Riesman, the author of True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee, joins Douglas to discuss 1964’s Fantastic Four Annual #2–which features both the first appearance of Latveria and the origin of Doctor Doom. Topics include what we know and don’t know about…

9: The Master Plan of Doctor Doom! (with Patrick A. Reed)

Patrick A. Reed, comics historian and Associate Curator of the exhibition “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes,” joins Douglas to discuss Fantastic Four #23. Topics include baby dinosaurs, the peculiar dynamics of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s collaboration at this point, Reed Richards being even more…