Saturday, January 7, 2012

Marvel History 229: Fantastic Four # 36

Issue: Fantastic Four # 36
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: March 1965

Brief Summary:


http://marvel.wikia.com/Fantastic_Four_36


Commentary:

Well, Reed and Sue are now happily engaged, and well on their way to becoming the primary reason that the Fantastic Four are really considered a superhero family.

Unfortunately for them, old friends like Paste-Pot Pete, Sandman, and the Wizard don't really give a damn, and decide to team up to challenge the Fantastic Four.  They induce a woman called Medusa to join their clique, and together they form the Frightful Four.

Of course, there's a lot more to Medusa's story than meets the eye, but her back story will mostly remain a mystery for now.  The Fan 4 defeat their evil counterparts, but the baddies escape, which means they'll all be around to cause chaos sometime in the future.


Favorite Panel: Sue and Reed's hilarious engagement party.  You've got Invisible Girl serving Prof X cake, Jean Grey doing the watusi, Thor admitting some jealousy because Reed can do what he can't (get married); it's all good stuff.  It's also the kind of thing that made the early Marvel Universe such a charming place, as you never knew who'd drop in.

Favorite Quote: "First time I ever had a nightmare without eatin' pickles!" - Thing, a man with a strange subconscious

Next: Journey into Mystery # 114