This is the Great Comic Book Detectives, where readers send in requests for the names of comic books that they remembered reading years ago and I try to find them for them! Send any future requests to email@example.com!
This is a bit of an odd one. Reader Martin from Argentina wrote in with two Mike Mignola drawings involving Doctor Doom:
I wanted to ask you about this image of Dr Doom's signed by Mignola. It's it real or is a montage? There is another similar image, of Latveria like a tourist spot.
I'm not 100% positive what Martin is trying to say with the "montage" comment (as noted, Martin is from Argentina, so some language issues would only be natural), but I'm pretty sure he's asking whether these drawings were legitimate or just a joke. And the answer to that is basically "Where did they come from?" and thus I decided that this really fits best under Great Comic Book Detectives, since it is about finding an obscure comic book more than anything else (as finding the comic would find the answer Martin is looking for).
In any event, it's from a 1990 comic book magazine that Marvel did that was a parody of "Year in Review" type magazines that you get from Time Magazine or Newsweek. Along with recapping the 1990 Marvel Year (returns from the dead, major storylines, stuff like that), the magazine was designed with fake ads that looked like they could exist in the "real" Marvel Universe. Including this Doctor Doom ad...
This was actually the SECOND year that Marvel did this magazine. They debuted it in 1989 and Mignola had an ad in that one, as well, the aforementioned Mignola tourism ad...
So there you go, Martin. It's not FULLY a joke but it is pretty much a joke.
Okay, that's it for this installment of the Great Comic Book Detectives! If anyone else has an obscure comic book that they'd like me to track down, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!