Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Marvel History 211: Fantastic Four # 34

Issue: Fantastic Four # 34
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: January 1965

Brief Summary:


http://marvel.wikia.com/Fantastic_Four_34


Commentary:

I gotta give Stan credit on this one, as he credits a more unique villain in Gideon.  He's not a mad scientist, but more of a financial powerhouse who is tasked with defeating the Fantastic Four in order to buy out his competitors.  Also, we see that Gideon has a son who clearly loves him dearly.  The issues' end is rather touching, as Gideon renounces all of his money to spend more time with his family.  For some reason, despite the fact that he tried to destroy the Fantastic Four, the team is moved enough to let Gideon go.  Not bad, Stan.

Of course, the originality stops there, as most of the issue is spent pitting the team against each other.  Superhero vs. Superhero!?!  That's crazy!



Favorite Panel:

Thing in a Beatles wig supplied by the Yancy Street Gang.

Next: Journey into Mystery # 112