Friday, June 24, 2011

Marvel History Post 101: Fantastic Four # 21

Issue: Fantastic Four # 21
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: December 1963


Brief Summary:

http://marvel.wikia.com/Fantastic_Four_21




Commentary:

The Fan 4 tackle the issue of bigotry, a topic normally reserved for the Uncanny X-Men.  The villain's outfit is an elaborate redesign of typical KKK fare, so it's surprising to see this in a mainstream 60s comic.  Also, keep in mind that this comic came out very shortly after Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream speech," which was delivered in August of 1963.  Although the Hate Monger doesn't mention color, the sentiments are there.  

Oh, and then Nick Fury shows up.  Yes!  We have Fury meeting up with Richards, who says they haven't seen each other since the end of the war.  While the fact that Fury clearly survives WW2 (and still doesn't have an eye patch) may have taken some of the tension out of the next one hundred issues or so of his series, it's cool to see these two meet up again.  We first found out Fury and Reed knew each other in one of Fury's books (Nick Fury # 3).  

While this is all still pretty straightforward, the Marvel chronology is getting a little more confusing, as characters' stories continue to weave around each other.  We'll have to keep an eye out for Nick Fury in future stories set in the then-present-day MU.

Oh yeah.  And the Hate Monger is Hitler.  Or a Hitler clone.  Go figure.




Quick Thoughts:

  • Torch spends his free time throwing darts at a picture of Spider-Man.
  • The Hate Monger also instigates another of the famous Fantastic Four team split ups.
  • Fury is now working for the CIA, and is a Colonel.  I'm sure SHIELD is coming.
    Favorite Panel:


    Nick Fury, doin it Commando style.

    Next: Journey into Mystery # 99