Fantastic Four #5 features the story “Prisoners of Doctor Doom,” which is divided into five parts: “Science and Sorcery,” “Back to the Past,” “On the Trail of Blackbeard,” “Battle,” and “The Vengeance of Doctor Doom.” Fantastic Four #5 feature the first appearance of Victor Von Doom, better known as Dr. Doom. Dr. Doom has gone onto be not only the greatest Fantastic Four villain, but one of the most well-known villains in the entire Marvel Universe. As the title would suggest, this story involves Dr. Doom capturing the Fantastic Four and having them go back to the past to get Blackbeard’s gems for him.
This is another strong entry in the Fantastic Four series. Not only is Dr. Doom an immensely interesting villain, but he is also the first one to have a personal connection the Fantastic Four. Again, Dr. Doom is yet another villain that is actually given a more complicated backstory and more nuanced motivations then simply conquering the world. In addition, this issue continues laying the foundation of a Marvel Universe. Not only does the story reference the previous issue‘s villain, Namor, but it also has an Easter egg of the Hulk, whose own comic book was released in May 1962.
I would also argue that Dr. Doom is probably one of Jack Kirby’s greatest character designs. Kirby’s design is an excellent blending of science and sorcery and really has become an iconic look over the years. The artwork overall is once again excellent and I really enjoyed the fight panels between the Fantastic Four and the pirates. In addition, I would argue that it is in issues four and five that the series really starts coming into its own with regards to offering variety in how the Fantastic Four uses their powers.
Fantastic Four #5 is another must read issue just for Dr. Doom’s appearance alone. In addition, it’s worth a read because it really demonstrates the early creation of the Marvel Universe that is so well-known to readers today. Yet another issue with a great story, great art and all the elements that are required for an excellent Fantastic Four issue. Don’t miss out on this issue.
- Editor: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Joe Sinnott
- Writers: Stan Lee
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Joe Sinnott
- Colorists: Stan Goldberg
- Letterers: Artie Simek