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Five Times Doctor Doom Swapped Minds With Other People!

In Drawing Crazy Patterns, I spotlight at least five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Note that these lists are inherently not exhaustive. They are a list of five examples (occasionally I'll be nice and toss in a sixth). So no instance is "missing" if it is not listed. It's just not one of the five examples that I chose.

Today, based on a suggestion from my pal Sam, we look at five times that Doctor Doom swapped minds with someone!

REED RICHARDS (A NUMBER OF TIMES)

The first time that we saw Doom use his mind-swapping trick was in Fantastic Four #10 (by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Dick Ayers), where Doom pulled off the trick on Reed Richards.

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How awesome is that panel that I used for the featured image? Kirby's evil Reed Richards is AMAZING. Doom has swapped minds with Reed a number of times over the years since (in fact, if someone else can find me five instances where it's happened, I'll give that one its own Drawing Crazy Patterns! I don't think there have been five other instances, though. I don't think there was even five total).

DAREDEVIL

Doom pulled off the trick a couple of years later in Daredevil #37 (by Stan Lee, Gene Colan and John Tartaglione), when Doom decided that a clever way to attack the Fantastic Four would be to swap minds with one of the Fantastic Four's trusted allies, Daredevil!

It actually worked fairly well, but in the end, Doom lost.

NORMAN MCCARTHUR

In Fantastic Four #260, Doom was seemingly killed.

In Fantastic Four #287 (by John Byrne, who also did #260), though, a local man seemed to be acting crazy. In #288, Doctor Doom takes off his mask and reveals himself to be that local man, Norman McCarthur!

As it turned out, Doom swapped minds with McCarthur right before Doom died.

ZARRKO THE TOMORROW MAN

Years later, Doom was believed to be dead again, but really was captured by Hyperstorm. Zarrko the Tomorrow Man was working for Hyperstorm...

When Zarrko had his defenses down in Fantastic Four #407 (by Tom DeFalco, Paul Ryan and Danny Bulaandi), Doom swapped minds with him to escape...

SUE RICHARDS

In a clever storyline by Mark Waid, Howard Porter and Norm Rapmund, Reed Richards planned to trap himself with Doctor Doom forever. His fellow Fantastic Four members wouldn't allow him to do that, but in the process, they freed Doom and he soon took control of someone's body in Fantastic Four #507. The answer was revealed quickly in a dark, dark way...

Thanks, Sam!

If anyone else has a suggestion for a future Drawing Crazy Patterns, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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