Episode 38: Dr. Doom returns, again, and disappears, again. And will someone give the FF a pager? (Fantastic Four #10) -- January 1963


In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss why the the Fantastic Four insist on using a flare gun instead of a pager, the (claimed) return of Dr. Doom, and why all of the team’s battles seem to happen where no one can see them (like, are they really happening?)

In this issue:

The Thing uses the Fantastic Four’s emergency flare to summon his teammates to his girlfriend’s apartment for no particular reason at all. He should have used the telephone. In any event, at the same time, Dr. Doom visits Marvel comics and demands that Stan Lee call Mr. Fantastic under false pretenses to lure him into a trap. Once Mr. Fantastic arrives, Dr. Doom overpowers him and spirits him away. He then explains how he survived being shot into space, before trading minds with him. Having transferred his brain into Mr. Fantastic’s body, Dr. Doom infiltrates the team and has them capture “Dr. Doom” (Mr. Fantastic in Dr. Doom’s body. The team does not catch on that one of their best friends has been replaced by a megalomaniacal despot. They eventually catch on and help “Dr. Doom” defeat “Mr. Fantastic”, and arrange for them to trade bodies back. Dr. Doom, now back in his body, accidentally shrinks himself with a reducing ray to nothingness.

Assumed before the next episode:

People are wondering why the Fantastic Four are not using pagers rather than flares in the sky, and how Mr. Fantastic can invent a flying car but cannot figure out how to use a telephone.

This episode takes place:

After Dr. Doom’s brief return to Earth.