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…

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…

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…

4: The Micro-World of Doctor Doom! (with Arthur Wyatt)

This week, Arthur Wyatt (of 2000 AD and FutureQuake) joins us for a conversation about Fantastic Four #16 and 17, the earliest sighting of the Microverse, the excellence of Jack Kirby-designed helmets, Doctor Doom’s little-known mastery of disguise, how Doom might be like Pete Buttigieg,…