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Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment Paperback – November 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Enterprises (November 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871356600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871356604
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,585,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Arguably one of the most overlooked gems in Marvel's immense library, this story by Roger Stern, Mike Mignola and Mark Badger pits Dr. Strange in the unlikely role of savior as he's tasked by the Vishanti to assist Dr. Doom in rescuing Doom's mother from Mephisto. As you can guess, Dr. Doom takes over the book to some extent, but Dr. Strange carves out a place for himself like a surgeon as an ally and adversary to Doom." -- Chris Arrant, ifanboy.com

"In this graphic novel written by Roger Stern with art by a young Mike Mignola, Doctor Strange is forced to help Doctor Doom try to save the soul of Doom's mother, who has been doomed to hell. During their battle against Mephisto in hell, there are a number of twists and turns, all beautifully illustrated by Mignola and Mark Badger. While he had won the title of Sorcerer Supreme over Doom (Doom's second-place finish is what put him into a position of requesting Strange's help), it was this story that proved that Strange truly had earned the title."  -- Brian Cronin, comicbookresources.com

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In the sulfurous, shadow-laden realm of the demonic Mephisto, a woman's tormented soul cries for sweet release.  Only one man possesses the will and courage to rescue her from the hordes of Hades.  That man is her vile son, the infamous despot of Latveria, known to the trembling world-at-large as ... Doctor Doom!  Yet, even within this blackest of hearts, the yearning to be reunited with a loved one is overpowering.  Thus, with the sorcerous assistance of Earth's master mage, Doctor Stephen Strange, von Doom embarks on a treacherous journey into the domain of absolute evil.

Few themes in literature are as compelling as the Great Quest.  From Gilgamesh to the Holy Grail on through The Lord of the Rings, a man is defined by that which he seeks.  And, in this mesmerizing odyssey, writer Roger Stern places a unique twist on the most ancient of motifs.  His protagonist is the most singularly malefic figure in the entire mythos of Marvel Comics.  Victor von Doom.  In superbly capable hands, the good doctor has never been more deceitful, despicable, and yes -- noble.

The graphic complement to such stylish writing is provided by two towering talents of contemporary illustrated fiction:  Michael Mignola, penciler/designer, and Mark Badger, inker/painter.  A more harmonious blending of techniques has rarely been achieved.

Similarly, a more delightful dance with the Devil than Triumph and Torment can scarcely be imagined.
                                                                                              -- Ralph Machio

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There's action, suspense and surprises.
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The good Doctor is portrayed as ruthless and cunning, but with a shockingly noble goal.
Duke
I highly recommend Triumph and Torment to all comic book fans!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Duke on May 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
The is a must have for any fan of Doom. Roger Stern's writing is simply brilliant, and Mignola's artwork is magnificant. The good Doctor is portrayed as ruthless and cunning, but with a shockingly noble goal. Dr. Strange plays second fiddle to Doom, yet his involvement is instrumental to the plot. The story is this: Doom competes in the contest of the Vishanti to receive a boon from the Sorceror Supreme. His wish? Only to free his mother's soul from the clutches of Mephisto, a fight that involves a journey to his realm which could cost them both their lives.
I can't say enough about this story. It is one of the best pieces of comic literature I have ever encountered and I have read it countless times. Buy it, you won't be disappointed!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "vondoom2" on September 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
Very cool story, Doom and Strange journey to HELL and square off against Mephisto. The coolest parts though are the re-tellings of both origins...nothing is changed, but a LOT is added to both tales....nice detail throughout. And the art....WOW. This is a nice looking book, and one of the best characterizations of Victor VonDoom.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on May 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
This review is long overdue. "Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment" is beyond one of the finest graphic novels ever told. Being a long-time Dr. Doom fan, I've enjoyed many tales featuring the good Doctor. But nothing quite like this. Roger Stern's script examines the multi-layered and complex character which is Victor Von Doom. A villian with a touch of madness; yes. But here Stern gives us a more intimate look at Doom, probing one of his greatest life's ambitions; simply to save his own mother from hell. Once a year Doom battles Mephisto (*marvel's answer to Satan*) along with his demons, far below in the dank dungeons of his castle, to free his mom's soul from eternal damnation. Each year, although Doom survives the dangerous ordeal, he continually fails to win his mother's salvation. Which brings us to Doom's final solution; team-up with earth's Sorcerer Supreme; "Doctor Stephen Strange". However, simply asking Strange to lend a helping hand might work for the average Joe, but Doctor Doom is never average. And with the brilliant story-telling of Roger Stern, we're all treated to a story of drama, pathos, honor, tragedy, suspense, and complexity. Shakespear himself could not have penned a better tale.
And please let's not leave out the amazing art of Mike Mignola. His images of Doom, Strange, and their battles in hell shall haunt the reader for years to come. His artistic style is not only daring, but captivating and unique as well. It complements Stern's story-telling with utter perfection. It had been some years since the last time I had read this story. I find it as fresh now as it was over two decades ago.
Anyway, I give this my highest recommendation, not only for the comic fan, but those who enjoy an amazing story of fanatasy that shall stay with them for many years to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
When I was a kid, my older cousin would let me read his comics. I read Triumph and Torment when I was a kid and was instantly intrigued. I rediscovered it years later as an adult when my cousin gave me his original edition as a gift. It is a classic which delves into the origins of Doom and provides a unique situation where two adversaries must unite for a righteous cause. I highly recommend Triumph and Torment to all comic book fans! It's an absolute hidden gem!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
WITHOUT TAKING ANTHING AWAY FROM THE ORIGINAL ORIGINS, TRIUMPH AND TORMENT ADDS TO BOTH DOCTORS' PAST HISTORY, WHILST WEAVING AN INTRICATE STORY THAT INVOLVES BOTH MEN'S PASTS AND POWERS. IF YOU ARE A DOCTOR DOOM FAN, YOU MUST HAVE THIS BOOK! ITS DRAWN BETTER THAN THE "VILLANY" TPB, AND HAS BETTER WRITING.
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