This month marks the 33rd anniversary of my favorite stand alone Marvel comic issue: IRON MAN #150 aka DOOMQUEST. Everyone knows I’m a huge Thanos fan, so you’d think I’d name an Infinity Gauntlet issue or something as my favorite. But as I posted on my instagram for the Marvel Photo Challenge, you’d be wrong. IM 150 is what I consider the best of the great Marvel Match-ups. Iron Man vs. Thor, Thor vs. Silver Surfer even Hulk vs. Thing doesn’t compare to the Tony Stark vs. Victor von Doom battle that Doomquest delivers.
It’s the best Science vs. Magic tale I’ve ever read in comics and makes me even more sad that Marvel doesn’t own the film rights to Doom, so a film version isn’t possible. And I doubt we’ll see anything close to a great adaptation in any of Marvel’s current animated series.
Anyways, Doomquest is at it’s core is a time travel film, specifically the Arthurian times, where the hero and the villain are classically divided between and take sides with King Arthur and the dark sorceress Morgan La Fey. Yet this isn’t just a typical good vs evil scenario. Yes Doom does align himself with Morgan to dethrone King Arthur, but not because of his love of dark magic. It’s because he believes Morgan is the only one who can rescue his mother’s soul from hell.
Of course hardly anything goes right for Doom and Iron Man leading King Arthur’s forces, defeats Morgan Le Fey. Doom vows revenge but realizes he needs to work together with Iron Man to get back to their own time. So they use their knowledge of science to combine their own armor’s circuitry to create a makeshift time machine that brings them back to the 80s. Doom calls a truce until the next time they meet in battle.
Great issue, and it’s it’s never really been referenced in future comics as far as I know. Other than a couple of issues of the original Mighty Avengers books where Morgan Le Fey becomes Doom’s booty call. Regardless, if you can find the trade or even the original issue, grab it. You won’t be disappointed.