Monday, December 5, 2011

Marvel History 203: Fantastic Four # 33

Issue: Fantastic Four # 33
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: December 1964

Brief Summary:


Namor's old flame returns after last appearing in the first Fan Four annual, and she needs the Fan Four to help Namor save his kingdom from a conquering bad ass named Attila, I mean, Attuma.

Reed has developed a solution to allow the Fan Four to breathe underwater.  It also lets Torch flame on underwater.  Reed is pretty much a beast at everything.  It makes you wonder if Reed could have invented anything that Marvel's other main inventors had created if he set his mind to it.  Could he have created Henry Pym's shrinking and enlarging pills (no jokes, please)?  Could he have built Iron Man's suit?  Basically, is there a limit to Reed's brilliance?

Alas, Namor doesn't find out that the Fan Four saved his ass, and so they are destined to fight again.  I'm sure we'll see that fight within the next couple issues.

Favorite Panel:

A rare full page spread of a location.  Here, Kirby shows the depths of the ocean.  There aren't a lot of full page spreads in any early Marvel stories, let alone ones that are completely focused on landscape.  Almost makes you wonder if they realized they were one page short and had to throw in some filler.

Next: Journey into Mystery # 111