Comic Books Every Dr. Doom Fan Should Read

Comic Books Every Dr. Doom Fan Should Read

Dr. Doom & Dr. Strange: Triumph and Torment

Dr. Doom's mother, Cynthia, was a sorceress who sold her soul to the devil (Mephisto) for more power. When she passes away, Dr. Doom makes annual trips to hell in an attempt to rescue her. In Dr. Doom and Dr. Strange: Triumph and Torment, he finally succeeds in securing his mother's freedom... at any cost.

Emperor Doom

After stealing power from Zebediah Killgrave (Purple Man), Dr. Doom uses his new mind control powers to eliminate free will and take over the world. Doom, having succeeded in his push for world domination, soon grows bored. During a fight with the Avengers, Doom basically lets Purple Man escape just to shake things up a little bit.

Secret Wars

The Secret Wars story arc began back in the 80's and became relevant again in the last year or two. In the story, Dr. Doom (and some other, lesser, characters) are faced with a strong enemy called The Beyonders. The Beyonders are a race of omnipotent aliens who are hellbent on destroying the multiverse. In order to stop the Beyonders, Dr. Doom destroys the multiverse himself.

Molecule Man sacrifices himself so that Doom can absorb his power. Doom then travels throughout various alternate realities to murder all other versions of Molecule Man and absorb their power as well. When he is strong enough, Doom finally takes on The Beyonders alone. 

Fantastic Four Annual #2

In Fantastic Four Annual #2, Jack Kirby and Stan Lee give us our first real look into Dr. Doom's origin.  From the issue: "As a young boy, Victor von Doom's father --a gypsy healer-- is asked by the King's men to heal the King's wife. Werner von Doom tries his best but fails, and when the King's wife later dies of her illness he sends his troops to get Werner. Werner and his son Victor then fled into the mountains where the father wrapped the boy in his own coat while they hid in the snow and ice. They were later found by the rest of their clan and taken back to the village. There Werner died of exposure, but not before asking Boris to look after his son. Boris took this to mean to watch out for the boy, not look after him. Furious at the death of both his father and mother at the hands of the King, Victor dug up his mothers old chest filled with mystical potions and books."

Fantastic Four: Books of Doom

Fantastic Four: Books of Doom is a retelling of Dr. Doom's origin story that gives us more insight into the character's development. The first few issues of this arc revolve around Doom's relationship with his mother and that's important because it gives more credence to his annual visit to hell. The book goes on to explain Doom's facial scarring, his suit, and various other important aspects of his character. As far as I'm concerned, Books of Doom is a must read for anyone trying to learn about Dr. Doom's background.

Fantastic Four #58  

This should really be listed as Fantastic Four #57-60 but I chose to highlight #58 for one very specific reason- Doom is winning!

 In Fantastic Four #57  Dr. Doom tricks the Silver Surfer into standing before a machine that steals his power, transferring it to Doom. In Fantastic Four # 58 Doom uses Silver Surfer's board to fly to New York and attack the Fantastic Four. One by one all of the members of the Fantastic Four fall to Doom's new power- but he does not kill them. Instead, Doom tells them that resistance against is plans is futile and gloats about his victory. 

Fantastic Four: Unthinkable

The story of Fantastic Four: Unthinkable revolves around Dr. Doom and his desire to return to magic- feeling that science and technology are no longer a suitable means to conquer his enemies. In his pursuit of power, Doom makes a deal with the Haazareth Demons that will increase his power. This is the infamous book that sees Dr. Doom reunited with Valeria, the love of his life, only to betray her and make a new suit of armor from her skin.

Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #5

Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #5 makes this list for the sole reason that it is Dr. Doom's first appearance. 

Fantastic Four #258

Fantastic Four #258 is an issue that offers a unique look into the daily life of Dr. Doom. This issue sees a doombot destroyed for failing a mission, a potential rival slain, and offers a unique glimpse into the relationship Doom shares with his son Kristoff.


Slytherin Gift Guide

Slytherin Gift Guide for Harry Potter Fans, Pre Cursed Child Release 7/30

The official script book for Harry Potter & The Cursed Child is scheduled for release on 31 July 2016 and, as that date draws near, my excitement continually grows. I read the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the week that it was released here in the States and have found it difficult to live in the muggle world ever since.  I've put together a "Gift Guide for Modern Slytherins" as a way to jump back in to the wizarding world and get prepared for a day when J.K. Rowling will no longer ask fans to #keepthesecrets

The website for The Cursed Child has a pretty strong selection of Slytherin gifts. It's a little bit ironic that I didn't look through their merchandise until I was writing this post and inserting all of my links. Sarah & I are going to the Brand New and Modest Mouse concert tonight and I wish that I had that Slytherin House t-shirt to wear! 

Slytherin Gift Guide

  1. Theory 11 Monarch Playing Card (Green Edition)
  2. Aliexpress Black Peacoat
  3. Juniper Press Slytherin Book Set
  4. Tobermory 10 Year Scotch
  5. Natalie B Jewelry Slytherin Ring
  6. The Patriarchy Slytherin Banner
  7. Malfoy Tea Emporeum "Malfoy" Loose Leaf Tea
  8. Boker Rosewood Lock Back Knife
  9. The Witches Brew Python Leather Journal w/ Latch 

Related: Slytherin Merchandise from the Cursed Child Site, Harry Potter Spells for Death Eaters, How the Harry Potter Movie Series Should Have Ended

Vanilla Blood Orange Old Fashioned Recipe

Sarah & I spent the weekend celebrating American independence by going to the beach, watching The Patriot, reading about the Declaration of Independence, and drinking prohibition era cocktails.

Sarah learned a recipe for the Clover Club and, while I sampled about four of those delicious drinks, I thought fondly about my love for bourbon. As for my own offering to the internet, I would like to present a slight variation on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail recipe. 

Vanilla Blood Orange Old Fashioned Recipe

Vanilla Blood Orange Old Fashioned

What you will need:

(For Old Fashioned Cocktail)

(For Vanilla Syrup)

  • 1 Vanilla bean
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 Cup sugar

Step 1 | Make vanilla bean simple syrup by adding sugar and water to a small sauce pan. Slice the vanilla bean down the center and scrape out all of the tiny black seeds. Add the seeds and the pod into the water/sugar mixture. Turn the stove to medium high and heat the mixture for 10-15 minutes- until it comes to a boil and the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove the vanilla bean syrup from the heat and pour it into a glass container for storage. You can save this syrup in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Step 2 | Cut desired number of slices from your blood orange. I usually do at least one slice to be shaken with the cocktail and one more for garnish. 

Step 3 | In a shaker combine 1 tbsp water, 2 tbsp homemade vanilla bean syrup, 1.5 oz bourbon, a few dashes of bitters, and 1-2 slices of blood orange. 

Step 4 | Shake cocktail mixture vigorously and add ice to your whiskey glass.

Step 5 | Pour cocktail mixture over ice, garnish with a slice of blood orange, and enjoy!

I know it isn't a traditional Old Fashioned but I find this cocktail to be totally delicious and enjoyable. Let me know if you have any edits or bourbon recipe suggestions!

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What I'm Reading (Independence Day Edition)

What I'm Reading Kindle paperwhite July 2016 Independence Day Collection
  1. American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence by Pauline Maier
  2. Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence by Joseph J. Ellis
  3. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis
  4. 1776 by David McCullough
  5. Common Sense by Thomas Paine

This month's WIR is dedicated to the American Revolution and the circumstances which drove the colonies to declare themselves independent from Great Britain. It all started when I was collecting items for my "4th of July Essentials" post. I got so carried away that I (honestly) imagined an alternate version of myself, alive in 1775, adding to the atmosphere of revolution with my snarky words and rebellious attitude. When I came back to reality I scoured the internet for books that would give me a deeper understanding of the Revolution, what it meant, and the people that created a nation. 

Faux Leather Case Kindle paperwhite by The Rucksack Refinery, What I'm Reading July 4th 2016, A Modern Villain

 1 American Scripture: Making The Declaration of Independence by Pauline Maier 

This book covers the Declaration of Independence in great detail by discussing its creation, its influence, and the true origin of its ideas. Thomas Jefferson has famously said that the Declaration was  "Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion." In American Scripture, Pauline Maier expands on this sentiment by examining the sources of Jefferson's ideas.

 2 Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence by Joseph J. Ellis

I'm a big fan of the way Joseph J. Ellis transforms historical accounts into an entertaining, flowing, narrative. In Revolutionary Summer, Ellis discusses some of the major players of the American Revolution- George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, etc.- and the influence they had on world events. 

3 Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis

Another book by Joseph J. Ellis, this was actually the first book that I read. I originally picked this book up because I wanted to read about the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr- but I kept reading because of the insightful way Ellis humanizes the Founding Fathers. 

4 1776 by David McCullough

I'm currently reading 1776 and I'm really enjoying the way McCullogh portrays George Washington and his military campaign during the Revolutionary War. Where the other books on this list do a good job of discussing the political/social climate of the colonies that lead to our separation from Great Britain- 1776 describes the military operations that made that separation a reality. 

5 Common Sense by Thomas Paine

Common Sense by Thomas Paine was a pamphlet printed during the time of the Revolutionary War. Though it contained little, if any, original thoughts Common Sense encouraged readers to discuss their feelings/grievances publicly- which helped the revolutionary mentality to spread throughout the colonies. 

Well that's it for the 4th of July edition of WIR. The next edition probably won't be as patriotic. 

4th of July Essentials

A Modern Villain, 4th of July Collection

For the past few months Sarah & I have been binge watching House of Cards to the point that, well, we finished all four seasons. Now we're stuck in a weird Netflix limbo, with the music of that damned intro stuck in our heads, until 2017

While House of Cards didn't charge me to take on a career in politics it did inspire within me a new level or patriotism and appreciation for my home country. The aesthetics of the show were always just dark enough to be mysterious and sophisticated enough to be aspirational. I think its similar to the way Dos Equis' "Most Interesting Man in the World" makes you wish you were an old man telling stories and a young man living them all at one time. While watching I found myself trying to develop classy habits or to garner American versions of the ones that I already had. For example: I stopped spending my tip money on scotch and, instead, purchased nice bottles of bourbon. 

 House of Cards made me wish there were real politicians that are ruthless and ambitious enough to behave like Frank Underwood. It isn't his murderous nature or his corrupt actions that I appreciate- it's the passion behind his actions and, above all, his desire to leave something worthwhile behind. 

As Independence Day approaches I have been reading up on the Founding Fathers, the American Revolution, and the Declaration of Independence. I started putting together a collection of items that I'm calling "4th of July Essentials"- a list of goods to help you celebrate in style. I did my best to include only American made products here but, in the end, I think its our freedom to choose what we buy/how we live our lives that makes America great.  Happy independence Day!

4th of July Essentials

  1. Theory 11 "Union" Playing Cards by Jay Fletcher
  2. Leather Head Sports "Handsome Dan" Leather Football
  3. John Mihovetz Vintage American Flag
  4. Design Unsanctioned Bottle Opener Key Fob
  5. Peg & Awl Duffel Bag in "Moss"
  6. Blanton's Original Single Barrel Bourbon
  7. Penguin Random House Declaration of Independence & Constitution
  8. Lucky Liberty 1989 Coin Ring
  9. Diamond Sparklers Gold Sparkler #10 
  10. Manready Mercantile "Work Hard Live Well" Coaster Set
  11. Society Six USA 1927 Throw Pillow by Jon Contino (I wish it were a 1776 pillow.)