Issue: Fantastic Four # 30
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: September 1964
Well, leave it to Reed Richards to bring the gang to a vacation in the middle of a forest in Transylvania. How did Sue let this happen? It will have to go down as one of those unexplained mysteries of the Marvel Universe.
The team encounters the villain Diablo, who makes Thing look, well, weird. I know that sounds strange, because Thing looks odd under the best of circumstances, but this Thing with a "good looking" face is rather unsettling.
The quickness with which Thing is willing to abandon his team is somewhat disconcerting. Some freak who has been buried underground for a century makes you look a little closer to normal, and you abandon your family for the last twenty nine issues? I don't like it. All's well that ends well, as the team is back together by issue's end. Still, this isn't the first time Thing has jumped ship for a chance at normalcy, though. And I have to imagine it won't be the last.
Thing demonstrates his awesome power to Diablo.
Next: Fantastic Four Annual # 2