Comics critic Douglas Wolk ("All of the Marvels") and guests take a weekly trip through the Marvel Comics history of Doctor Doom: hero of Latveria, master of science and sorcery, roboticist supreme, and arch-rival of the Fantastic Four's accursed Reed Richards. The Voice of Latveria is a project of the Cynthia Von Doom Memorial Foundation. Our motto: "We will always tell you the truth... as Doom sees it."
30: Come Sing a Searing Song of Vengeance! (with James Kakalios)
Professor James Kakalios, the author of "The Physics of Superheroes," joins Douglas Wolk to discuss Warlock #4-7, featuring a very different Victor Von Doom. Topics discussed include whether Counter-Earth has a moon, how Kate Pryde's powers might work (and why the Flash's powers definitely don't), whether astrophysicists would know about Counter-Earth, how many physics labs have hotlines to the White House, the two other Counter-Earths, and the most important psychological difference between Reed Richards and Doom.
29: The Prisoner - the Power - and - Dr. Doom! (with Graeme McMillan)
Graeme McMillan (of Wait, What?) joins Douglas to discuss Doctor Doom's appearances in Thor #182-183. Topics include Stan Lee's curious ideas about how jobs work in the real world, what surgeons do, the world's smallest political demonstration, the identity of the scientist in "This Man, This Monster," the background behind O'Bengh from "What If?," Doom's taste in furniture, which country Thor would be most likely to allow to have missiles, and exactly how terrible a doctor Donald Blake is.
28: Doomsmasque! (with Joe Streckert)
Joe Streckert, the host of the Weird History Podcast, joins Douglas Wolk to discuss Sub-Mariner #47-49. Topics include how much Doctor Doom loves drama, the difference between "Kirk Drift" and "Flanderization," The Journal of M.O.D.O.K. Studies, Gene Colan's fondness for drawing very wide punches, what kind of a boss Doom is, the light in the movie The Lighthouse, and the joys of abs and punching.
27: The Alien, the Ally, and--Armageddon! (with Bob Calhoun)
Bob Calhoun, the author of "The Murders That Made Us," joins Douglas Wolk to discuss Fantastic Four #116. Topics include Doctor Doom's résumé, what Mike Royer had to say about why inking New Gods was easier than inking Fantastic Four, the power of Evil Reed, and the resemblance between Victor Von Doom and the founders of the San Francisco Chronicle.
26: ...Though Some Call It Magic! (with Gerry Conway and Joshua Glenn)
Gerry Conway, who wrote the Doctor Doom story in 1971's Astonishing Tales #8 at the age of 18, discusses it with Douglas--and writer/editor/semiotician Joshua Glenn shares his story of how he discovered that issue. Topics include the inspiration of Conway's Catholic upbringing, the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby relationship (Conway worked directly with both of them!), Young Frankenstein, the music from Bugs Bunny cartoons, the Bhagavad-Gita, Ruritanian romances, Sir Walter Scott, and Darth Vader.
25: The Tentacles of the Tyrant! (with Margaret Pride)
Retired U.S. diplomat Margaret Pride joins Douglas Wolk to discuss the Doctor Doom stories in Astonishing Tales #6-7... or, rather, to touch on them rather briefly, and then discuss how the relationship between Victor Von Doom and T'Challa is and is not like the relationship between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, how exactly diplomatic immunity works in practice (and the biggest crime Doom would be able to get away with thanks to it), and what popular culture gets right and wrong about diplomatic relations in general.
This show is great. I enjoy it very much.
Really great show with an original concept.
The presentation of this show with opening and closing theatrics combined with amazing scholarly insight make a truly unique show that is very fun and really interesting.
I love hearing the opening updates about what is going on in the Marvel universe at the time, as well as the deep dive into the content issue by issue. Combine that with the bite sized ~30 minute length and this is quickly becoming one of my favorite shows.