Thursday, December 29, 2011

Marvel History 221: Fantastic Four # 35

Issue: Fantastic Four # 35
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date:  February  1965

Brief Summary:


http://marvel.wikia.com/Fantastic_Four_35


Commentary:

Dragon Man, despite his rather lame name, is a staple in the Fan 4's rogues gallery, and he makes his first appearance here.
So, Dragon Man is a lifeless husk that the villain Diablo breathes life into, which of course raises the question of what, exactly, he is.  Stan seems to make a strong point of Dragon Man not being a robot, but what this seems to imply is that Diablo has the power of giving life.  This is quite the heady topic for a Stan Lee issue of Fan 4.

This story takes place at Reed and Ben's alma mater, State University.  Reed and Ben, of course, were former roommates.  A rather unlikely pair, I'd say.

Quick Thoughts:
  • Professor Xavier and Cyclops make a brief cameo, testing for mutants at State University
  • Peter Parker puts in an appearance too!  He's considering enrollment
  • Stan Lee uses the term B.M.O.C. (Big Man On Campus)
  • Reed has heard of Xavier, and is curious why he's never seen any of his scientific findings
  • The villain Diablo returns

Favorite Panel:

Reed lends a hand to his old college chum.

Next: Journey into Mystery # 113