"The Endgame Cometh!"

1975-04

Main Details
Series
Volume 1
Issue 157
Credits
Date 1975-04
Publisher
Location of Publication New York, New York
Genre Superhero
Format Softcover
Type Comic Book
Page Count 32
Language English
Characters
  • Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards)
  • Medusa
  • Thing
  • Human Torch (Johnny Storm)
  • Supporting Characters:
  • Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd)
Story Location Europe: Balkans; Latveria
Notes Continuity Notes:
This is the second version of the Doomsman created by Doctor Doom. The original Doomsman was created by Doctor Doom in Astonishing Tales #1. Between Astonishing Tales #1-3 the Doomsman was co-opted by the rebel Prince Rudolfo and his alien ally the Faceless One, forcing Doom to dump his creation into another dimension. It manages to return to Earth in Giant-Size Super-Villain Team-Up #2.
Doctor Doom mentions his alliance with the Sub-Mariner. The two agreed to work together as seen in Giant-Size Super-Villain Team-Up #1. While that initial team-up fell apart, they begin working together again in Giant-Size Super-Villain Team-Up #2, which is Doctor Doom's next appearance from here.
The Silver Surfer once again mentions how Galactus trapped him on Earth. This happened in Fantastic Four #50 after the Surfer betrayed Galactus to save the Earth. The Surfer remains trapped on Earth for many years until Silver Surfer Vol 3 #1
During the battle Reed notices a stiffness in his arm, marking the eventual fading of his stretching powers. This is confirmed in Fantastic Four #161. Reed completely loses his powers in Fantastic Four #178, but has them restored in Fantastic Four #197.
It is mentioned that Doctor Doom's castle was destroyed and recently rebuilt. This happened it was destroyed in Astonishing Tales #3 during Doom's war with Prince Rudolfo and the Faceless One.
Mephisto mentions his previous manipulation of the Silver Surfer, this happened in Silver Surfer #17 wherein he offered the Surfer Shalla-Bal in exchange for destroying SHIELD. When the Surfer refused, Mephisto made it appear as though he sent Shalla-Bal back to Zenn-La.
This is not the real Shalla-Bal, but a construct created by Galactus. As revealed in Silver Surfer Vol 3 #130, Zenn-La was destroyed by the Other in 1947, shortly after the Silver Surfer became a herald of Galactus. In order to keep this, a secret Galactus wiped out the Surfer's memories of Shalla-Bal's death and supplanted the rest of them. Galactus then created a construct of her for when the Surfer's memories eventually surfaced. Norrin would not learn of this duplicity until decades later.
Mephisto's current deception is exposed in Silver Surfer Vol 2 #1, where Mephisto once again tries to use her to manipulate the Silver Surfer. The Surfer rescues her from the demon but is forced to send her back to Zenn-La after, while he remains trapped on Earth.

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