Essential Fantastic Four Volume 1 TPB (All-New Edition) Paperback – 18 Jun 2008
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Then along came Spiderman the Movie and all of a sudden its Marvel all over and the nostalgia bug started to bite me...and now the ultimate treat, reprints of the Silver age comics I loved so much.
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were the driving force behind the surge of Marvel in the 60's and 70's without Stan Lee's imagination we would have no Fantastic Four, X-Men, Spiderman, Daredevil, Iron Man and many others not counting hundreds of super-villains. The comic world owes them a great deal.
This book covers the first 20 issues of the Fantastic Fours' own magazine and the first annual. The stories are superb and flow well, the characters are great, the Human Torch as an annoying kid infuriating Ben Grimm, The Thing, who despite his looks is the most down to earth character of the four. There is a great amount of continuity through the stories, which is one of the reasons that drew me to buy so many of them both when they originally came out and now again as part of the Essentials series.
Don't quibble about the fact they are in black&white at this cost or that the paper quality is not quite Basildon Bond. Take these books for what they are a pure nostalgic rollercoaster ride. Sure there are a few lightweight tales but the overwhelming majority are page turners.
Every newsagent when I grew up used to sell Marvel & DC comics, now their availability is very limited. Do yourself a favour and buy some of these books. You will keep dipping in and out of them as characters go from comic book to comic book and as some of the most evil villains of all put appearances in. Doctor Doom, the Moleman and the Puppet Master first appear in this book. Also....the original comic's posters are included, the only thing not included are the adverts, remember sea-monkeys, models of famous battle scenes and glow in the dark movie monster masks and the letters pages. You can't have everything but this is as close as possible.
As Stan Lee used to say Make Mine Marvel...Excelsior!
Here are the first appearances of the Fantastic Four, Mole Man, Doctor Doom, and many others. Here are the first hints at the progressively stranger worlds that Kirby was to conjure up as the series went on, bizarre, visionary landscapes of whirling planets, reptilian monsters, and unfathomably complex machines. The plots are straightforward, direct, and action-packed, and the art is stunning, even if Kirby was later to become even better. The best was yet to come - but here is where it all began. And at this price, how can you lose?
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