Episode 108: Targeted Superpowers of Doom (Fantastic Four #23) -- February 1964


In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss the latest Reed Richard press conference. Reed has claimed that Dr. Victor Von Doom has been able to create specific targeted superpowers on demand (specifically powers that counter those of the Fantastic Four). What are the implications of this technology? How powerful can these targeted powers be? Also, should we be worried about being swallowed up by random solar flare Flares wormholes?

In this issue:

A dinosaur runs through the Fantastic Four’s headquarters, having escaped through Dr. Doom’s time machine. The team catch the animal and return it to its home time period. Meanwhile, Dr. Doom drafts three criminals onto his team with the promise of transforming them into superpowered people. And he delivers- one has extra good hearing, another is super strong, and another is fireproof. These powers are clearly designed to counteract the powers of the Fantastic Four. And they do, leading to all but Reed being caught and imprisoned by Dr. Doom. Oh, and Dr. Doom also has a robot which mimics the Thing’s strength and power. Anyway, Reed races to the rescue. As they battle Dr. Doom, a solar wave washes over the spot where Doom is - he had somehow attracted the flare to pass over one specific spot that he planned to have the Four at, at the right moment - and Doom is once more lost in space.

Assumed before the next episode:

People are wondering when they might get superpowers.

This episode takes place:

After Reed’s press conference on Doom’s superpower technology and