Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we look at the origin of Doctor Doom, courtesy of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in Fantastic Four Annual #2!!
We pick up when Doom is living with the gypsies and fighting against the evil tyrannical ruler of Latveria...
"The" moment for me is probably when he puts on the mask for the first time (and you have to love Lee's nonsense explanation for how Doom can take his mask off), although, I'll admit, part of the reason I'm showing you this legendary origin today (and man, isn't it amazing how much they pack into these few pages?) is to demonstrate that Doom putting the mask on for the first time really isn't all that iconic of a panel - that's not a panel that I recall ever seeing homaged. When future artists mostly choose to draw the scene their own way when they reference Doom first putting on the mask (and it has been mentioned a number of times since) that's usually a good sign that the original panel was not seen as something so notable that it needs to be referenced (unlike, say, Bucky and Cap on the rocket - that Kirby panel has been homaged innumerable times).