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The Fantastic Four Annual #1

April 16, 2010

Stan Lee // Jack Kirby
October 1963
A-story: ***** // B-story: ****

A mammoth mag: the A-story alone is 37 pages! It’s an epic story-arc, one of Marvel’s best issues ever. Namor rides in imperial pomp thru Atlantis (Kirby’s 2-page spread is a beaut) & then marches on NYC! His army is routed by Mr. F’s techno-wizardry, but it’s Namor’s melodramatic passion for Sue (who, incidentally, prefers Reed) that alienates his subjects. An encore restages an earlier tussle w/ Spider-Man—note how Jack prefers webshooters to spider-powers. Plus pin-ups galore!

continued from The Fantastic Four #18
continued in The Fantastic Four #19

also indexed for Oct. ’63
The Amazing Spider-Man #5
The Fantastic Four #19
Journey into Mystery #97
Tales of Suspense #46: Iron Man

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The Fantastic Four #17

April 14, 2010

Stan Lee // Jack Kirby
August 1963
*****

This issue’s a Silver Age gas, crammed w/ goofy balloon-bots, dangerous deathtraps, & crazy gadgets. After a light first act, the team storm Doom’s Flash Gordon airship to rescue the Thing’s gal. Highlights: Ben Grimm’s aerial assault, Sue’s judo skills, Doom’s bold escape, & a cameo from JFK’s hair!

last issue: The Fantastic Four #16
next issue: The Fantastic Four #18

also indexed for Aug. ’63
Journey into Mystery #95: Thor
Strange Tales #111: Dr. Strange
Tales of Suspense #44: Iron Man