Doctor Doom is often considered the greatest villain Marvel had to offer. Beyond his insanely amazing costume I never knew why. As a kid, in the early 90’s the only Marvel comics I read were mostly X-Men related titles and Doom sure as hell wasn’t showing up there. I knew of him but I wouldn’t go anywhere near the Fantastic Four. That changed though when recently Kang convinced me to check out Jonathan Hickman’s run on the title from a few years back. It floored me and I wanted more so I had to go back in time. I read through John Byrne’s 1980’s tenure and I’m glad I did. It made me respect the team and comic in a way I never thought I would have. There was another last effecting though; it started me on an obsession with Victor Von Doom.
Byrne fleshed out Doctor Doom in a way that I could only compare to Chris Claremont’s work with Magneto. He turned what was a good concept but ultimately a one dimensional baddie into a living breathing tragically noble (in his own way) character. I always liked Doctor Strange too but knew very little. So when I found that in 1989 Marvel had released an original graphic novel starring both characters, I needed to check it out.
Marvel sure does love their crossovers, don’t they? Well let’s go back to 1991 when they were less plentiful. The Infinity Gauntlet immediately begins with a prologue of the events from the Rebirth Of Thanos to catch the reader up to speed. The Titan, Thanos in order to do Death’s bidding has collected all six Infinity Gems which give him powers far beyond a God. Literally anything he wishes for or thinks of can be accomplished. Part of the reason Thanos has done this is to impress the lady Death and win her affection. As Martian Luthor Kang put it, “he literally has a hard on for Death”. There is enough weird psychosexual stuff going on here for Freud to write a book about. Thanos plan backfires though since the Infinity Gems made him an entity far beyond that of Death that she can only be subservient to him and not his equal.