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[[Image:Doom-comic.jpg|thumb|right|Front cover of the Doom comic.]]
The '''Doom comic''' is a sixteen-page comic book, written in 1996 by Steve Behling and Michael Stewart, with art and color design by Tom Grindberg and lettering by Edd Fear, all credited with purposely gory nicknames for the occasion. It was produced by Dana Moreshead, for [[Wikipedia:Marvel Comics|Marvel Comics]], as a giveaway for a video game convention.
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The '''Doom comic''' is a sixteen-page comic book written in {{timeline|1996}} by Steve Behling and Michael Stewart, with art and color design by Tom Grindberg and lettering by Edd Fear. All contributers were credited with gory nicknames to fit the theme of the work. It was initially produced by Dana Moreshead for {{wp|Marvel Comics}} as a giveaway for a video game convention.
  
The story is based on that of [[Doom]], and revolves around a [[Doom's protagonist|marine]] searching for powerful weaponry in order to defeat a [[cyberdemon]]. The strip includes many well-known Doom [[monsters]], including [[zombie]]s, [[imp]]s, [[cacodemon]]s and [[spectre]]s. Several of the [[weapons]] from Doom are featured, including the [[shotgun]], [[chainsaw]], [[chaingun]], [[plasma gun]] and [[BFG9000]].
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The story is based on that of [[Doom]], and revolves around a [[Doom's protagonist|space marine]] searching for powerful weaponry in order to defeat a [[cyberdemon]]. The strip includes most of the well-known Doom [[monsters]], including [[zombie]]s, [[imp]]s, [[cacodemon]]s and [[spectre]]s. Several of the [[weapons]] from the game are also featured, including the [[shotgun]], [[chainsaw]], [[chaingun]], [[plasma gun]] and [[BFG9000]].
  
The comic was not originally very well received, and was quietly forgotten for nearly five years after its release. However, it gained a large amount of attention in 2001 when [[wikipedia:Richard "Lowtax" Kyanka|Richard "Lowtax" Kyanka]] reviewed the comic on PlanetQuake [http://web.archive.org/web/20010109180400/http://planetquake.com/articles/doomcomic.shtm], and later received exposure again in the ''10 Years of Doom'' special at [[Doomworld]] in December of 2003, where it was published online. Original art from the project was put up for auction on [[Wikipedia:EBay|eBay]] in April of 2004. The over-the-top character of the Doom comic has made it rather notorious within the fan community.
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The comic was not originally well received, and was quietly forgotten for nearly five years after its release. However, it gained significant attention in 2001 when Richard "Lowtax" Kyanka reviewed the comic on {{archived link|http://planetquake.com/articles/doomcomic.shtm|''PlanetQuake''|http://web.archive.org/web/20010109180400/http://planetquake.com/articles/doomcomic.shtm|archive.org}}. It later received yet more exposure from the ''10 Years of Doom'' special at [[Doomworld]] in December of 2003, where it was published online. Original art from the project was put up for auction on {{wp|eBay}} in April of 2004. The over-the-top character of the Doom comic has made it notorious within the fan community.
  
 
==Printings==
 
==Printings==
There are two known printings of the comic. The first is the original giveaway printing and the second a set that was produced for the [[id Anthology]] collection. When compared to the better-known id Anthology version, the giveaway printing features the following differences:
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There are two known printings of the comic. The first is the original giveaway printing, and the second is a set that was produced for the [[id Anthology]] collection. When compared to the better-known id Anthology version, the giveaway printing features the following differences:
 
* The original edition is printed on whiter paper than the id Anthology copy, which gives it more contrast.
 
* The original edition is printed on whiter paper than the id Anthology copy, which gives it more contrast.
 
* The original edition's front cover looks somewhat paler.
 
* The original edition's front cover looks somewhat paler.
* On the original edition, the issue number on the front cover is italicised, while the warning text at the top is not. These are opposite on the reprint, with a normal issue number and italicized warning text.
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* On the original edition, the issue number on the front cover is italicized, while the warning text at the top is not. These are opposite on the reprint, with a normal issue number and italicized warning text.
* The advertisements are different. In the original edition, there are ads for [[Hexen]] for PlayStation on the inside front cover, PlayStation Plus on the inside back cover and [[Final Doom (PlayStation)|Final Doom for PlayStation]] on the back cover. The id Anthology reprint has ads for Final Doom for PC, Hexen for PC, and various {{wp|Windows 95}} versions of id Software games in the same locations.
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* The advertisements are different. In the original edition, there are ads for [[Hexen (Sony PlayStation)|Hexen for Sony PlayStation]] on the inside front cover, PlayStation Plus on the inside back cover, and [[Final Doom (PlayStation)|Final Doom for PlayStation]] on the back cover. The id Anthology reprint has ads for [[Final Doom]] for PC, [[Hexen]] for PC, and various {{wp|Windows 95}} versions of id Software games in the same respective locations.
  
 
==Quotes==
 
==Quotes==
[[Image:Doomcomic.png|thumb|300px|Extract from the Doom comic]]
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[[File:Doomcomic.png|thumb|300px|Extract from the Doom comic]]
* "''Who's a man and a half? I'm a man and a half! A [[Berserk Pack|berserker packin']] man and a half!''"
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* "''Who's a man and a half? I'm a man and a half! A [[Berserk|berserker packin']] man and a half!''"
 
* "''I'm a 12.0 on the 10.0 scale of badness!''"
 
* "''I'm a 12.0 on the 10.0 scale of badness!''"
 
* "''Rip and tear rip and... TEAR RIP AND TEAR... RIP AND TEAR YOUR GUTS! YOU ARE HUGE! THAT MEANS YOU HAVE HUGE GUTS! RIP AND TEAR!''"
 
* "''Rip and tear rip and... TEAR RIP AND TEAR... RIP AND TEAR YOUR GUTS! YOU ARE HUGE! THAT MEANS YOU HAVE HUGE GUTS! RIP AND TEAR!''"
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
* The Doom comic was used by [[id Software]] as part of the swag given to participants in the [[Final Doom]] project. [[TeamTNT]] coordinator [[Ty Halderman]] referred to it as "rather lame." {{cite web|author=[[Doomworld]]|title=5 Years of Doom - Interview with Ty Halderman|publishdate=10 December 1998|url=https://5years.doomworld.com/interviews/tyhalderman/page2.shtml|retrievedate=11 November 2014}}
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* The Doom comic was used by [[id Software]] as part of the swag given to participants in the [[Final Doom]] project. [[TeamTNT]] coordinator [[Ty Halderman]] referred to it as "rather lame." {{cite web|author=Halderman, Ty|title=5 Years of Doom - Interview with Ty Halderman|publishdate=10 December 1998|url=https://5years.doomworld.com/interviews/tyhalderman/page2.shtml|retrievedate=11 November 2014}}
 
* Lines from the Doom comic form the names of [[achievement]]s in the [[Xbox 360]] version of [[Doom II]].
 
* Lines from the Doom comic form the names of [[achievement]]s in the [[Xbox 360]] version of [[Doom II]].
* The Doom comic was referenced as an inspiration by id Software during the aftermath of the [[Doom 4]] QuakeCon reveal in 2014.{{cite web|author=id Software|publishdate=24 July 2014|url=https://twitter.com/idsoftware/status/492359373063471104|retrievedate=25 July 2014}}
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* The Doom comic was referenced as an inspiration by id Software during the aftermath of the [[Doom (2016)]] QuakeCon reveal in 2014.{{cite web|author=id Software|publishdate=24 July 2014|url=https://twitter.com/idsoftware/status/492359373063471104|retrievedate=25 July 2014}}
  
 
==Sources==
 
==Sources==
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
* [https://www.doomworld.com/10years/doomcomic/ Scans of the Doom comic]
 
* [https://www.doomworld.com/10years/doomcomic/ Scans of the Doom comic]
* [http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/linkara/at4w/13656-doom01 Atop the Fourth Wall review of the Doom comic]
 
  
 
===Fan tributes===
 
===Fan tributes===

Revision as of 13:57, 16 December 2019

Front cover of the Doom comic.

The Doom comic is a sixteen-page comic book written in 1996 by Steve Behling and Michael Stewart, with art and color design by Tom Grindberg and lettering by Edd Fear. All contributers were credited with gory nicknames to fit the theme of the work. It was initially produced by Dana Moreshead for Marvel Comics as a giveaway for a video game convention.

The story is based on that of Doom, and revolves around a space marine searching for powerful weaponry in order to defeat a cyberdemon. The strip includes most of the well-known Doom monsters, including zombies, imps, cacodemons and spectres. Several of the weapons from the game are also featured, including the shotgun, chainsaw, chaingun, plasma gun and BFG9000.

The comic was not originally well received, and was quietly forgotten for nearly five years after its release. However, it gained significant attention in 2001 when Richard "Lowtax" Kyanka reviewed the comic on PlanetQuake (archived 🏛). It later received yet more exposure from the 10 Years of Doom special at Doomworld in December of 2003, where it was published online. Original art from the project was put up for auction on eBay in April of 2004. The over-the-top character of the Doom comic has made it notorious within the fan community.

Printings

There are two known printings of the comic. The first is the original giveaway printing, and the second is a set that was produced for the id Anthology collection. When compared to the better-known id Anthology version, the giveaway printing features the following differences:

  • The original edition is printed on whiter paper than the id Anthology copy, which gives it more contrast.
  • The original edition's front cover looks somewhat paler.
  • On the original edition, the issue number on the front cover is italicized, while the warning text at the top is not. These are opposite on the reprint, with a normal issue number and italicized warning text.
  • The advertisements are different. In the original edition, there are ads for Hexen for Sony PlayStation on the inside front cover, PlayStation Plus on the inside back cover, and Final Doom for PlayStation on the back cover. The id Anthology reprint has ads for Final Doom for PC, Hexen for PC, and various Windows 95 versions of id Software games in the same respective locations.

Quotes

Extract from the Doom comic
  • "Who's a man and a half? I'm a man and a half! A berserker packin' man and a half!"
  • "I'm a 12.0 on the 10.0 scale of badness!"
  • "Rip and tear rip and... TEAR RIP AND TEAR... RIP AND TEAR YOUR GUTS! YOU ARE HUGE! THAT MEANS YOU HAVE HUGE GUTS! RIP AND TEAR!"
  • "Here comes the Night Train!"
  • "Now I'm radioactive! That can't be good!"
  • "Sweet Christmas! Big-mouthed floating thingies!"

Trivia

Sources

External links

Fan tributes

References

  1. Halderman, Ty (10 December 1998). "5 Years of Doom - Interview with Ty Halderman." Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  2. id Software (24 July 2014). https://twitter.com/idsoftware/status/492359373063471104. Retrieved 25 July 2014.