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1383: Fantastic Four #119 (v1)

" Three Stood Together! "
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Fantastic Four #119 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: John Buscema
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: John Buscema
Inkers: Joe Sinnott
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: February 1972
Release Date: November 1971
Story Arc: -
Pages: 21
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 298                 Times Rated: 182
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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A secret weapon has been stolen by Wakanda, and the people have not heard from their leader. T'Challa's second-in-command contacts the Fantastic Four and request assistance. With Reed occupied, he sends Ben and Johnny on the mission.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Avengers #94 (v1). Mr. Fantastic next appears in Fantastic Four #120 (v1).
  The Invisible Girl
The Invisible Girl last appeared in Fantastic Four #118b (v1). The Invisible Girl next appears in Fantastic Four #120 (v1).
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Fantastic Four #118a (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Marvel Team-Up #1 (v1).
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Avengers #94 (v1). The Thing next appears in Fantastic Four #120 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  The Black Leopard
The Black Leopard last appeared in Avengers #100 (v1). The Black Leopard next appears in Daredevil #92 (v1).
Taku last appeared in Avengers #68 (v1). Taku next appears in Jungle Action #6 (v2).
  Jeth Robards
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Jeth Robards in the mainstream continuity. Dies in this issue.
  Nathan Kumalo
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Nathan Kumalo in the mainstream continuity.
Klaw last appeared in Avengers #83 (v1). Klaw next appears in Avengers #126 (v1).
Group Appearances
Fantastic Four (Roster I)
Fantastic Four last appeared in Avengers #94 (v1). Fantastic Four next appears in Marvel Team-Up #1 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Sonic Disruptor
Sonic Disruptor last appeared in Avengers #83 (v1). Sonic Disruptor next appears in Avengers #126 (v1).
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  Wady Says:    
  2012-10-24 17:41:03  
  It was nice issue portraing the color diference of the time in South Africa  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-10-12 10:36:00  
  I'll give it three stars for its political and ethical content, but story wise it was only worth two. It was all a bit sloppy.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-06 14:19:32  
  This was a nice filler between omnipotent visitor arcs,down to earth with relevant social implications.  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2014-11-25 05:26:26  
  This isn't the best artwork. Actually, much of it is quite pedestrian for this team. Nevertheless, it is the top brass and that is fairly clear, maybe they are just getting bored or were on a tight deadline. The word count is just plain too high. This story has a long lead in, and quick ending. The script is actually not terrible. The theme is controversial for all time and Marvel should be proud they addressed these sensitive matters, it is commendable, yet not very entertaining. The true star of this book is the panel layout, go figure...(3-)  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-01-31 09:55:37  
  Black leopard? That sounds like a porn star name...  

  specialque Says:    
  2015-02-11 07:25:35  
  I don't like the name "Black Leopard" at all. It doesn't flow as well. Aside from that this was a really entertaining read. I'm glad they toned down Johnny's whining about Crystal here.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-02-17 19:23:18  
  Don't worry guys, Leopard won't last long, though I liked the reason they gave for changing it, as I had always figured it was because they were opposed to the BPP.
I would have loved to have seen some of the establishment reaction to these types of stories, and kudos to Marvel for having the guts to do it. (Remember, this was life in America when the Fantastic Four debuted a decade before.) It's just unbelievable that it took more than another two decades before apartheid was ended in South Africa.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-04-03 16:12:22  
  3 stars. Good to see Marvel tackle a social issue, but why waste time with Ben & Johnny antics, plus a hijacking?

Menace To Society - I like how everyone is so nonchalant about Ben taking out a wall, and destroying a sign...

I Robot - So, I guess AUNTIE is really an aunt to HERBIE!

Polaroid - I like how the names on the photos are placed where Taku hands doesn't cover them up! (p5,p2)

Timing - If I were a hijacker, I would have second thoughts after seeing a giant orange rock creature on board...

Reflections - Hmmm...Kumalo's shirt is yellow in the mirror! (p11,p1)

The More You Know - I had to look up Coxey's Army!

50/50 - So, did Ben go through the European or Colored door at the metal works building?? (p15,p6)

'Nuff Said - "A pity you did not see my HAND in this affair earlier, dear T'Challa."-Klaw

  ClownShoes @ Locust75 (original post):    
  2016-12-07 10:23:19  
  'Nuff Said honorable mention - "My rod-- melted-- like it was made outta butter!  

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-02-11 18:25:45  
  The Black Leopard just doesn't have the same ring to it. But compared to some of the other political stories Marvel have done in the past couple of years, this one was handled really well.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-03-04 19:53:24  
  Really fascinating premise behind the storyline, even if the execution wasn't quite the best. This could've been set almost anywhere in the world, even New York. But I like that this was geared to say something about (and against) South African Apartheid, and the subtle attempt at portraying T'Challa as a sort-of Nelson Mandela figure (though the charges against T'Challa were way different and less political).

Overall, this story handled the race issues better than most Marvel comics that attempted to address social problems. And it was kinda cool to see Klaw again, even though his powers are still kinda goofy.

I didn't care for the Black Leopard name either, although I more than understand the reasoning behind the change. Good call, but Black Panther is still a much better name for T'Challa, social and political connotations aside.

3 stars. Nice shout-out to Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling, who gets a country named after him on Earth-616! (pg 5 pn 5) Too bad the country sucks.

  Saithrenslot Says:    
  2017-11-05 19:36:29  
  I always find it pretty grisly when Ben crushes someone's hand(s). The Thing crushing Doc Doom's hands way back in the order has stuck with me. To take someone's hands in this manner seems like such a dark thing for a superhero to do especially in this era.  

  benmason486 Says:    
  2018-01-31 15:09:16  
  I'm glad to see they addressed the Black Leopard thing. Marvel's reaction to real fan & political reactions, maybe?

I want them to handle race and social issues in a less ham-fisted manner. Otherwise, a good story and message.

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   February 6, 2018 TStarnes Added Sonic Disruptor listing.
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   December 5, 2017 fragsel Added Nathan Kumalo to the issue.
   December 5, 2017 fragsel Added Jeth Robards to the issue.
   March 13, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for Taku.
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   March 16, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for Fantastic Four.
   October 12, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for The Thing.
   October 12, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for The Human Torch.
   October 12, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for The Invisible Girl.
   October 12, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Mr. Fantastic.
   October 12, 2013 skalchemist Added Fantastic Four to the issue.
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