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John Byrne created some of the most memorable Fantastic Four epics during his run on Fantastic Four #232-292 and Annuals #17-19. We will share with you a few of our favorites. With five years of work to pick from, it wasn’t easy choosing just a handful!

Today’s feature: This Land is Mine! Dr. Doom captures the Fantastic Four to explain that ever since they kicked him out of Latveria, the whole country has gone to hell!

Mark Millar more recently paints a completely evil portrait of Doom. Byrne, on the other hand, made him a more complex character by revealing the deep love he had for his homeland and the people there. We always enjoy this scene where a woman from Latveria is thrilled to see the return of Doom! Yes! But don’t get too lovey-dovey with the man in the iron mask. The boy he saves when the woman is killed? Later, Doom erases the boy’s mind so he can store his own consciousness there. Dude, what an evil $#%&-er!

Collector’s Guide:
– From Fantastic Four #246 & #247
– Reprinted in the Fantastic Four by John Byrne Omnibus – Volume 1, 2011.
– Byrne’s run spans Fantastic Four #232-292 and Annuals #17-19.