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1566: Fantastic Four #126 (v1)

" The Way it Began! "
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Fantastic Four #126 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: John Buscema
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: John Buscema
Inkers: Joe Sinnott
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: September 1972
Release Date: June 1972
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 273                 Times Rated: 168
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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After a series of arguments, the members of the FF go their separate ways to blow off steam. When the dust settles, the thing uses Reed's memory projector to take a trip down memory lane.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Incredible Hulk #153 (v1). Mr. Fantastic next appears in Fantastic Four #127 (v1).
  The Invisible Girl
The Invisible Girl last appeared in Incredible Hulk #153 (v1). The Invisible Girl next appears in Fantastic Four #127 (v1).
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Incredible Hulk #153 (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Fantastic Four #127 (v1).
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #6 (v1). The Thing next appears in Fantastic Four #127 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Alicia Masters
Alicia Masters last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #6 (v1). Alicia Masters next appears in Fantastic Four #133 (v1).
  Walter Collins
Walter Collins last appeared in Fantastic Four #120 (v1). Walter Collins next appears in Fantastic Four #127 (v1).
Group Appearances
The Fantastic Four (Roster I)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #6 (v1). The Fantastic Four next appears in Fantastic Four #127 (v1).
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Issue Notes
  • This issue is essentially a reprint of FF #1.
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  TStarnes Says:    
  2012-02-18 10:01:22  
  Reprint issues make babies cry.  

  Kez Says:    
  2012-09-20 18:17:12  
  Annoying though they are, I'm sure quite a lot of people appreciated it at the time.  

  john54542 Says:    
  2012-12-01 11:24:27  
  What the heck? Johnny blows up at Thing near the beginning for no good reason and then Sue freaks out on them for hitting Reed as if they might kill him when the person that actually might have been killed if it weren't for Reed is Johnny? Come on Roy, you can do better than this! To me the first couple pages were much worse than the reprint aspect. I hope Roy's run on the FF is a short one.  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2013-05-09 20:30:14  
  Sue freaks out quite often it seems...  

  Paste Pot-Pete Says:    
  2013-10-28 13:10:48  
  Fans who intensely dislike the Invisible Girl will go from elation to despair at the start of this issue. The opening page shows Ben finding a dead Sue lying on the floor, supposedly murdered by Dr. Doom. However, it is soon revealed that the scene is not real, as if we couldn't guess!  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-12 16:00:39  
  Typical origin rehash, no more, no less.  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2015-01-06 16:37:40  
  This here is about 75 percent flashbacks to set up the next issue(s) & inform new readers. It is mostly how the tales were originally told with an occasional new panel. It seems like old Kirby panels were used, as well. I am not taking the time to cross-ref that. The script is okay because it is basically Ben Grimm talking to himself and Grimm always does the cringeworthy dialogue. (2)  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-02-27 19:24:34  
  Rule of thumb... Origin retellings get 2 stars. Waste of time...  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-04-27 04:11:49  
  Just because it's a retelling of the origin, why did they feel the need to make them bicker like they did back in the day. I'm all for everything not always being hunky dory, but they're all so spiteful for no reason.  

  phogbear Says:    
  2015-11-21 08:35:54  
  I didn't mind the retelling because its setting up a story. Most people didn't have access to previous issues or information they we do now, so these type of stories were necessary back then.  

  Robareid Says:    
  2015-11-27 12:14:00  
  Johnny is utterly detestable here.  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2016-06-08 09:01:16  
  The origin is just as unrealistic and idiotic as when it was first told - the autopilot, the brainless hijacking of a priceless rocket, bringing the fiancée and her brother, and Ben had never even tested it before. The FF may have gone on to do great things, and they have already at this point in the order, but the origin just shouldn't have happened like that.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-11-25 19:52:02  
  2 stars. To me, Rascally Roy tries to pay homage to Stan Lee and the FF's early days, but it falls flat. Bickering superheroes were refreshing in '61, but ten years later it's repetitive. Although, no matter what decade, the one constant is that Johnny is always a douche!!!

Sliding Timescale - There are some subtle changes in the retelling. The one that got me was changing Sue's line from Commies to Foreign Nations beating us in the space race!!!

Slum Lord - One person I'd wish Roy didn't bring back was Landlord Collins!!!

'Nuff Said - "But I got this sudden urge to see the way it was--the way the so-called Fantastic Four got its start!"-Thing

  Russ Says:    
  2017-05-04 12:55:03  
  This issue struck me like they just couldn't come up with a good idea this time around. Interesting that it served as a lead-in to Ben going after a blindness cure for Alicia, but it just wasn't executed very well. And while it was cool to see fresh artwork in the origin sequences, John Buscema got the Thing wrong; he wasn't rocky yet.

I kinda get the bickering even though it's getting old and repetitive at this point, as @Locust75 suggested. They are being portrayed as hi-profile celebrities, and as such can be quite eccentric and temperamental, like other hi-profile citizens such as actors, musicians and athletes (not all of course, as I don't want to stereotype, but it is a reasonably common trait).

Finally, origin rehashes may have served a purpose back then, considering you get such stories years apart. For us, it seems repetitive because many of us just read FF #1 not that long ago. Not that we have to like it, of course.

2 stars. Still a bit of a dirge unless you just skim through the parts you know.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-05-21 18:03:13  
  I don't care about dead Sue, they gave me hope that Reed could be killed and then didn't follow through! That's just mean.  

  drfaustus13 Says:    
  2017-06-03 18:25:36  
  Retconned origin to make Reed seem less of a jerk. Very specifically the naming scenes hehe.  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-12-04 09:37:18  
  It was interesting to see the Origin of the FF from Ben's point of view. I also liked the fact they didn't just reprint FF#1 but used new art.

Still...rehash is rehash is rehash...

2 stars

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2018-02-08 19:24:33  
  As far as clip show episodes go, this was fine. We CMROers don't need it, but I liked that kind of thing when I started collecting as a kid. The opening is kinda weak, but it sets up the framing device, as well as the next arc.  

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   February 7, 2018 TStarnes
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes
   June 8, 2016 fragsel Changed comic details.
   June 8, 2016 fragsel Deleted listing of Mole Man.
   March 16, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for The Fantastic Four.
   November 20, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for The Thing.
   November 20, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for The Invisible Girl.
   November 20, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for The Human Torch.
   November 20, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Mr. Fantastic.
   October 28, 2013 Xythe Changed comic details.
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