By RazzaTazz 4 Comments
It is interesting when reading through golden age comics the different use of words to convey a message. Of course words change their meaning over time, but it is not always as easy to see this change in the span of such a short time. In terms of the word doom though, it was clearly something which was used heavily back in that period as something much more ominous than it is now. I first noticed this when I was reading golden age Wonder Woman comics, but with more exposure to other series (primarily Mystery in Space) it becomes apparent that this is not just the favourite catchphrase of one writer but more of an overall concept. There could be a couple of explanations for this. For starters, in those days (say that the golden age is approximately the 1940s to the 1960s in this scenario) people were more religious and the reference to doom would mean something more real as a reference to doomsday, or the biblical end times. In terms of a contemporary society though this was one which doom was very much apparent. Doom was much more of a part of people’s lives thanks to the Second World War and the advent of nuclear weaponry. As opposed to feeling safe and far off from destruction the threat of mutually assured destruction was a lot more palpable. Viewed through the lens of modern day, such names as Doctor Doom seems only like some clever alliteration, whereas in fact which his inception the name must have seemed a lot more menacing and sinister. Same thing for the Doom Patrol, which seems like kind of an antiquated name, but at the time showed that people were much more concerned with such a concept of doom.