The man now known as Victor Dumas was born to the top two theoretical
scientists in Eastern Europe in-between world wars. These two scientists,
named Ratovan and Herlia Von Doom were contemporaries of Albert Einstein
and studied under the famous scientist prior to the second world war.
But once the conflict started, Von Doom's secret relation to the ruling
family of the nation of Latveria was revealed and soon they were interned
in Biadept, one of the most infamous Nazi concentration camps in Eastern
Europe. Their son, Victor was also interned and he spent his formative
years in the camp seeing first, his father, then later his mother put to
death by the Nazi guards. Victor just barely escaped death himself before
the camp was liberated by the Soviets in 1945.
While in the camp his parents taught Victor about their family's history
and years later when he was finally freed as a young man, the Soviets
placed Doom in charge of the newly created communist puppet government of
Latveria. Doom ruled as a young man for a few years but when he openly
went against the Soviets in 1961, he was deposed and sent to prison in
Siberia. Victor was held for several months before escaping and making
the solo trek across the Eastern Soviet Union's vast barren territory.
It was through sheer force of will that he finally reached the Bering
Straights and soon after to Alaska and the United States where he was
granted political asylum.
Doom settled in New York City, where after learning the United States had
no interest in recognizing his government in exile, he legally changed his
name to Victor Dumas and built a castle on Long Island with the vast
wealth his family had secreted away in Swiss bank accounts before the war.
When he first arrived in New York, Victor met fellow scientist Reed
Richards and the two men became fast friends and professional but friendly
rivals. Victor and Reed together came up with the idea to build a rocket
ship that would carry them into space.
They both worked on the project but soon found out that the federal
government was going to shut down the project due to cost over-runs.
They decided to act quickly and soon, Reed Richards, Victor Dumas,
Johnny Storm, Susan Storm and Ben Grimm blasted off into space.
Unfortunately the shielding on the rocket had not been completed due to
the hasty departure. The ship was bathed in cosmic rays and over the next
several days, all of those who had been aboard except Victor and Susan
sickened. Johnny and Benjamin eventually died from radiation-related
illness. Richards has been in a coma, hovering between life and death,
for the last six months.
Both Susan Storm and Victor Dumas developed fantastic powers that allowed
them to phase through both matter and energy. Victor surmised that it is
what helped the two of them to survive the exposure of the cosmic rays. A
short romance blossomed between Storm and Dumas, but they broke it off
after they both became busy with their careers.
Today Victor Dumas is recognized as the foremost scientific mind of the
world and he works hard to achieve freedom for his people in Latveria and
hopes to one day go back to be their leader.
Recently Victor was killed by the KGBeast and remained in a death-like state
for some time. While 'dead' he was imprisoned within the dimension of Limbo where
he encountered a man named Kang who aided him in his escape. Once he returned to
the land of the living, he was unable to communicate with anyone and remained in
the same ghost like state.
Finally he managed to contact the Avengers with the help of Ravdna and Delta V.
After communications was established, Delta V and Union, led by Victor, constructed
a device based on his transdimensional traveling machines that allowed Victor to
return to the land of the living. His current body is made up of some
other-transdimensional substance and provides him with with certain levels of resistance
to physical harm and electricity. His strength and endurance have both been enhanced
as well. It remains to be seen whether Victor will regain his phasing abilities.