Sunday, February 12, 2012

Fantastic Four # 40

Issue: Fantastic Four # 40
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: July 1965

Brief Summary:


The FF are still powerless, and locked in combat against Doctor Doom, who has taken control of their headquarters.

Daredevil lends a helping hand, and he cracks wise in this story more than once.  It's almost as if Stan thought he was writing Spider-Man instead.

Reed ultimately saves the day, as he is want to do, using the "Electronic Simulator," a device that was last used to defeat the Skrulls, as seen here, to give the team back its powers.  Stan has to write up some pretty clever explanations about why Reed didn't just use the thing last issue, but that's neither here nor there.

This is all an elaborate set up to get to what this issue is really about, which is the hand to hand fisticuffs between Thing and Doctor Doom.  Thing gives Doom a pounding, but upon his return to his rock-like form, Thing is once again in despair over his perceived lack of humanity.  Alas, Ben Grimm's inner conflict will have to wait for next issue.

Favorite Panel:
Thing reborn

Next: Journey into Mystery # 118