when I think “villain” I think “DOOM!”
rapper MF DOOM is responsible for this. of course I admire his ridiculously brilliant rhymes and his cleverly constructed abstract masterpieces , but one thing I appreciate about DOOM is the fact that he opened my eyes to the silver age. I grew up with the “Image” look of comics, with the insane amount of detail, and the vivid color. because of this, anything pre-Jim Lee was old-timey to me. I didn’t appreciate the greats back then, I just saw it all as too “Archie.” when I was introduced to DOOM, the audio samples of old cartoons, combined with the imagery of his videos, album covers, and identity, all got me interested in the classic style of Jack Kirby and John Romita, as well as the old Hanna-Barbera animation style. since then, I’ve been seeking the opportunity to pay homage to that look, and to MF himself. when I got the chance to draw Dr. Doom, I wanted to do a retro version. though he looks badass no matter how he’s drawn, I like him as a sort of cheesy Saturday morning cartoon villain, with the robotic voice and the classic plan to conquer the world. I looked up old covers of the Fantastic Four with Dr. Doom on them, and a lot of them had the images were of him as a giant, and the FF in trouble. I drew exactly that, keeping all their costumes the same, just making the shading more realistic that what you’d see in a 60s book. I normally use color pencils or Sharpies for color, but since most of what I was using were basic colors I had in Bic pen form, I just used those instead. this was challenging, because it meant A LOT of little lines, but I think coloring it in pen gave me more levels of those colors. I’m definitely proud of this one, and while I’ve drawn him many times, it was fun to try him in color for once.