Real Name: Valeria (last name unknown)
Identity/Class: Human; Latverian citizen
Group Membership: The Zefiro (a gypsy caste of Latveria)
Affiliations: Former lover of Victor von Doom;
Otto, Sylvana Rosetti
Enemies: Diablo, Dr.
Doom, Haazareth Three;
Cristos Malachi, King Vladimir
Known Relatives: Boris (grandfather), unidentified uncle
Base of Operations: Currently the
Haazareth's realm of Hell;
formerly Cassamonte, Georgia;
First Appearance: Marvel Super-Heroes II#20 (May, 1969)
Powers/Abilities: None known. Valeria is a compassionate woman and despised thoughts of vengeance, power, and world-conquering.
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs.
(Marvel Super-Heroes II#20 (fb) / Fantastic Four I#278 (fb) / Fantastic Four III#67 (fb) / Books of Doom#1 (fb)) - Valeria was a childhood friend of Victor von Doom, living amongst the Zefiro in Latveria.
As the two aged, their friendship bloomed into love.
Valeria was present when Werner von Doom revealed that he was sought by a baron for vengeance for failing to save his wife. Werner took his son Victor and fled, though Werner died of exposure, and Victor was left an orphan.
As Victor kept his emotions to himself, Valeria sought solace from another of the Zefiro, Sylvana Rosetti.
Valeria was by Victor's side when he searched his father's belongings, uncovering his dead mother's magical paraphernalia. Valeria tried to convince him that the materials were dangerous, but Victor accepted them as his heritage.
(Marvel Super-Heroes II#20(fb)/Fantastic Four I#278(fb)/Fantastic Four III#67(fb)) - After years of training, Victor decided that he had learned all that he could, and decided to train in a university in America. Valeria asked him what about their dreams of a life together, and he responded by telling her that that dream had died in his childhood. He no longer had any love, compassion, or tenderness to share with anyone. Valeria put forth an ultimatum: this new road, or the life they knew. Victor departed the gypsy camp, leaving Valeria behind.
(Books of Doom#3 (fb)) - After Doom's accident, he had destroyed his work for the U.S. government and fled to village in eastern Europe. Seeking to gain the U.S.' favor, Baron Vladimir sought to locate Doom and turn him over to them. KGB agents paid the Zefiro Cristos Malachi to send Valeria to Doom's side. Malachi pretended to be clairvoyant and told Valeria he was sending her there to comfort Victor in his time of need. In reality, the KGB wished Valeria to be a weakness they could exploit to force Doom into serving them.
(Books of Doom#3 (fb)) - Valeria located Doom, and provided him with comfort and love; she was unaffected by his scars, and the two became intimate. After a few weeks, the KGB returned and took Valeria hostage and demanded Doom's service. However, Otto, a member of the Tibetan sect of monks known as the Wise Ones, slew the KGB at the cost of his own life, after which he urged Doom to seek out the monks. Doom ended his relationship with Valeria, sent her back to Latveria, and prepared to set out for Tibet.
(Books of Doom#5 (fb)) - Over five years later, Victor, now the armored Dr. Doom, returned to Latveria and led a revolution against King Vladimir. Valeria came to see Doom, who sent her away and refused to even look at her. She told him that the armor was just another wall between himself and the world. She was dragged, crying, from Doom's sight by his soldiers.
(Books of Doom#5 (fb) - BTS) - Days later, Doom made certain that her uncle got her out of the country before the true fighting began.
(Marvel Super-Heroes II#20) - Somehow learning
of Doom's youthful love, Diablo took Valeria captive and used her
as a hostage to force Doom to become his ally. However, Doom
duped Diablo into unwittingly sending himself into the distant
future by booby-trapping his time machine. Doom then approached
Valeria, telling her that they had a lifetime to recapture
together. However, Valeria turned away from Doom, condemning the
callous, cruel Dr. Doom, and lamenting the loss of the
Victor she once knew. Once she saw Doom gloating over the fate of
Diablo, she knew that her Victor was lost forever. She then
offered him a chance to prove her wrong: "Renounce your
towering ambition...for the girl you once loved!
...Your silence is my answer! I must leave you now...we shall NEVER meet again!"
(Incredible Hulk II#144 (fb)) - While Doom professed his love to Valeria, desiring marriage and promising peace, Valeria suspected that he secretly planned to attack a neighboring nation. She convinced one of Doom's guards to bring her to Bruce Banner, whom Doom had hooked up to a device which was programming him to take a bomb into that nation. Valeria adjusted the device allowing Banner to regain his mind and to program himself to the contrary.
(Incredible Hulk II#144) - After the Hulk carried the bomb to a deserted area, Valeria revealed her actions to Doom, who had her imprisoned. Doom then attacked the Hulk, and their battle shattered Valeria's prison. Doom saved her, but eventually fell victim to the Hulk's devastating strength. As Valeria pleaded with the Hulk to spare Doom, the Hulk left the defeated foe. Doom sought to renew the conflict, ignoring Valeria's pleas to the contrary, but the Hulk left them both behind.
(Fantastic Four III#67 (fb) - BTS) - Seeking to escape from the detection of Doom, Valeria left Latveria behind. She relocated to the USA and made a quiet life for herself in Cassamonte, Georgia.
(Fantastic Four III#67) - Doom sought out
Valeria, eventually tracing her to Cassamonte. Eventually he
found and confronted her, bereft of his armor and wearing a
business suit and a plain facemask. Victor gave her the locket of
the two of them with a child, and told her that he would trade
everything he was for her love. After some gentle conversation,
he again told her that he was prepared to renounce science in all
of its forms if she would take his hand. "I give you my most
solemn word of honor, Valeria: Your love will make me a changed
man." Finally agreeing that there was a chance, Valeria
suddenly screamed in agony as mystic flames spread across her
body, consuming her form and leaving behind only a skeleton and
the locket about her neck.
Her love had indeed made Victor a changed man. The sacrifice of one who loved him granted him great magical powers at the hands of a trio of demonic hell-lords known as the Haazareth. Valeria's spirit was presumably either consumed in the magical transfer, or more likely sent down to the Haazareth, to be their tortured plaything for all of eternity.
Comments: Created by Larry Lieber, Roy Thomas, Frank Giacoia, and Vince Colletta.
Ironically enough, following
his subsequent battle with the Fantastic Four, Doom himself
became the possession of the Haazareth, and he suffered their
torture as well, though he has since escaped them.
Fantastic Four#67 really caught me by surprise. I'd figured that Doom was actually considering giving everything up for Valeria, and when she would have spurned him (or she might have accepted him, but an enemy of Doom would have killed her), inspiring Doom to a new level of hatred for the world. I did NOT expect Doom to sacrifice Valeria. Waid & Wieringo kick some major @$$ in the pages of the Fantastic Four. Make sure to pick it up!
The origin in MSH#20
expanded on the origin of Doom from Fantastic Four Annual#2,
adding Valeria to the mix. This origin has been retold many
times, including Fantastic Four I#278 (as Kristoff Vernard's mind
was overwritten by Doom's), Marvel Double Shots#2, and Fantastic
It is expanded even further to focus extensively on Cynthia von Doom in Marvel Graphic Novel: Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom: Triumph and Tragedy, in which it is revealed that Boris is Valeria's grandfather.
Valeria has an extremely dubious appearance in Beauty and the Beast#1 (featuring Alexander Flynn, the alleged "Son of Doom"), as summarized by Elf with a Gun:
Valeria shows up in at least one What If? story, too, as pointed out by Luis:
No known connection to:
Fantastic Four I#278, p6, pan3;
Marvel Super-Heroes II#20, p23, pan2;
Fantastic Four III#67, p15 (story pages only), pan2
Last updated: 09/13/06
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