FANTASTIC FOUR 84-87 (1969)

Doctor Doom manages to hypnotize the F4 into being unable to use their powers…But, even odder, he makes them relocate to Latveria.

It fits with his whole “I wanna control everything” complex, and especially his need to dominate Reed Richards.

Inside Latveria, everyone has been bamboozled into loving Victor Von Doom. This is the beginning of the decades-long theme that Doom is a real asshole, but sometimes a real asshole can lead a country to relative prosperity and happiness.

Especially if the law requires happiness under penalty of death.

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Through this strange and confusing tale, Dr. Doom gets a “new face” (which we, the readers, never see) and starts dressing like a ponce.

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Doom’s hypnosis wears off, the FF start freeing the villagers from their robot guards, and Doom blows the entire village up. Seriously. Human life means nothing to him.

And Sue saves everyone.

Susan was busy househunting so that she could raise her still-unnamed child outside the Baxter Building, arrived in the nick of time.

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An example of how truly evil Doom is, and how powerful Sue could be.

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