Order Listing   Title Listing   Comic Box Listings   Group Listings   Story Arc Listings   Character Listings
CMRO Order Header
Main Reading Order
Core Reading Order
Ultimate Reading Order
Golden Age Reading Order
Expanded Reading Order
All Reading Orders
Issue Detail Header
Essential Issue
Core Issue

901: Fantastic Four Annual #6

" Let There Be... Life! "
Comic Star RatingComic Star RatingComic Star RatingComic Star RatingComic Star Rating
Fantastic Four #6
Buy Comic Button
Buy Trade Button
Read Online Button
Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Joe Sinnott
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Cover Date: November 1968
Release Date: August 1968
Story Arc: -
Pages: 48
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 501                 Times Rated: 292
Plot Flags:  
Universes:   Earth-616  
Go to Issue #5c Go to Issue #11

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #6 (v1)
Captain Marvel #6 (v1)
Fantastic Four #6
Sub-Mariner #8 (v1)
Doctor Strange #174 (v1)
899: Nick Fury, A...
#6 (v1)
900: Captain Marv...
#6 (v1)
902: Sub-Mariner
#8 (v1)
903: Doctor Stran...
#174 (v1)
Expanded Order
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #6 (v1)
Universe Tag
Captain Marvel #6 (v1)
Universe Tag
Fantastic Four #6
Universe Tag
Sub-Mariner #8 (v1)
Universe Tag
Doctor Strange #174 (v1)
Universe Tag
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #6 (v1)
Captain Marvel #6 (v1)
Sub-Mariner #8 (v1)
Doctor Strange #174 (v1)
Issue Detail Divider
Issue Blurb
Sue and her unborn child are in danger due to cosmic radiation. The other members of the Fantastic Four travel to the Negative Zone to find a cure and encounter Annihilus.
Issue Detail Divider
Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Fantastic Four #80 (v1). Mr. Fantastic next appears in Fantastic Four #81 (v1).
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Silver Surfer #4a (v1). The Thing next appears in Sub-Mariner #8 (v1).
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Fantastic Four #80 (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Fantastic Four #81 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  The Invisible Girl
The Invisible Girl last appeared in Fantastic Four #79 (v1). The Invisible Girl next appears in Avengers #60 (v1).
Crystal last appeared in Fantastic Four #80 (v1). Crystal next appears in Fantastic Four #81 (v1).
  Franklin Richards
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Franklin Richards in the mainstream continuity. Franklin Richards next appears in Fantastic Four #83 (v1). He is unnamed in this issue.
  Dr. Molinari
Dr. Molinari last appeared in Fantastic Four #79 (v1).
  Mr. Smith
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Mr. Smith in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Annihilus in the mainstream continuity. Annihilus next appears in Fantastic Four #108 (v1).
Scavenger last appeared in Fantastic Four #71 (v1). Scavenger next appears in Fantastic Four #181 (v1).
Group Appearances
This is the first appearance by Borers in the mainstream continuity. Borers next appears in Fantastic Four #183 (v1).
The Fantastic Four (Roster II)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Fantastic Four #80 (v1). The Fantastic Four next appears in Fantastic Four #81 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Cosmic Control Rod
Cosmic Control Rod next appears in Fantastic Four #108 (v1).
Issue Detail Divider
Issue Notes

Why Essential Notes

This issue features the birth of Franklin Richards.
Issue Detail Divider
Issue Review
   August 3, 2015
5 stars.
Great story and artwork.
The introduction of Annihilus and "Baby By" Richards.
Negative Zone goodness.
Issue Detail Divider
Issue Synopsis
There is not synopsis for this issue.

Issue Detail Divider
  Calthor Says:    
  2012-07-18 16:55:58  
  Watch out! It's an all-engulfing SONIC SPONGE!  

  rubixcube60 Says:    
  2012-10-04 14:24:24  
  Quite easily the weakest FF annual yet, but still pretty solid all around.  

  mrwrite3000 Says:    
  2013-07-06 10:59:25  
  So cosmic radiation will kill you specifically and precisely the moment you give birth? That makes no sense even by 60's Marvel logic.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-07-26 08:44:20  
  Right, I was in tears at the end of that one. FF is transcends all the other Marvel books because it is about a family, not just a team, and even though they struggle with each other and act like jackasses to each other (I'm looking at you, Reed) the love is always there.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-18 19:52:27  
  A classic FF tale, exploration, adventure and a powerful villain.  

  Robareid Says:    
  2013-10-29 11:47:44  
  Is it just me who thought it was weird that Reed waited outside rather than being with his wife for the birth?  

  buckyfan Says:    
  2013-11-04 20:03:42  
  Ben reading a newspaper about War in Asia, then the peace and brotherhood line... Interesting to see Stan starting to reflect the changing feelings about the war. 1968 and showing. Also I think the dad waiting outside the delivery room was kind of a way things happened in earlier times.  

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2014-03-17 22:05:27  
  actually Jfpj it was more like 18 months (i checked) so Marvel Time must have started in the womb.......

Robaraid...... I'd have to check but that might be a sign of the times......

So all this and no one mentions the awesomeness that is Annihilus.... this villian is great.....

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-10-11 16:13:25  
  Robareid, definitely part of that era. Fathers didn't go into the delivery room.

Johnny Storm, ya know, you'd have been an uncle even if Sue had a girl. I about laughed my arse off when he said "that means...I'm an uncle!" After finding out it was a boy.

  specialque Says:    
  2014-12-03 20:41:49  
  I'm very interested to see where this title goes now. I have no idea how Sue's going to be a fighting member of the team with that baby around, unless she stays on the sidelines like she has for the past year.  

  Johnny Darkness Says:    
  2015-01-05 19:19:29  
  The two page spread was crazy! It always surprises me when Kirby goes cut and paste. It doesn't seem like his style. Anyway, I think this is one of my favorite FF issues that Ive read.  

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2015-03-01 23:04:55  
  I thought this one was Sonic Sponge-worthy.  

  Locust75 @ gloomyharvester (original post):    
  2015-05-31 14:02:08  
  That deserves two thumbs up!!!  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-05-31 14:38:51  
  4 stars for the 1st app of Annihilus & Baby Franklin!!!

Heavy Handed - You know it's going to be a good issue when Reed goes into jerk mode!!

Realistic - @Johnny Darkness: I agree, awesome spread indeed!!!

Brainiacs - Funny scene of Johnny & Ben having to think on their own without Reed!!

DOH! - I love the look on Annihilus's face when Reed first punches him! (p14,p1)

Sock It To Me - I guess you can say that Annihilus...got the boot! Okay, okay, so I'm no gloomyharvester!!!

Yakety Yak - I think it would've been better if the Borers just talked you to death! While showing you a slideshow of their vacation pics!!!

Pimp My Ride - I like Annihilus's Double Barrel Gun-Ship!

Ham - Thing's best line is him telling Reed to give the Control Rod back to Annihilus so it will shut him up!!

'Nuff Said - "He wants this...he needs it...more than anything else in all the world! But Sue needs it, too!"-Confused Reed

  SmokyB Says:    
  2016-07-14 16:24:26  
  Stone cold 5 star classic and here's why -

1. Negative Zone stories are always awesome
2. Krazy Kirby Kollage
3. First sight of Annihilus
4. Franklin Richards
5. Giant Monty Python Boot

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-08-03 22:16:24  
  You'd think doctors would have been queuing up for months to study the FF given the whole cosmic radiation thing, but no, let's wait until Sue is about to pop.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2016-10-25 21:24:40  
  I like that the FF annuals have substance to them... event-driven stories that impact the monthly storyline and not just a super-size issue. This is a perfect example.

When I was a little kid I had an issue with Annihilus. I didn't know the word "Annihilate" yet and so I thought his name was pronounced "Ani-HILL-us". So of course, he has a special place in my heart. I didn't know his first appearance was in Annual #6!

I loved all the splash pages in this issue, especially Pg32 when the cosmic shield gets blasted.

And yes, the poignant ending was a bold anti-war statement about world peace for the sake of its future generations. An interesting 180-degree turn from earlier stories as the Vietnam war raged on in 1968.

  GroovyGolem @ Locust75 (original post):    
  2016-10-25 21:25:57  
  "Confused Reed" made me LOL.  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-11-01 18:59:05  
  Pretty action-packed story. The struggle to get out of the Negative Zone wasn't particularly tension-filled, but I did detect a slight sense of urgency given the circumstance. However, I still get a little confused when it comes to the adventures in the Negative Zone. I get the feeling Stan and Jack are still mapping it out as they go along.

And it did seem like everything was telegraphed through the course of the story too. As soon as we were introduced to Annihilus and his Cosmic Control Rod, you just knew what was going to happen. It was a little bit of a surprise to see Reed snag it so quickly, though. But it did seem like obstacle after obstacle the group dealt with to get out of there was done to draw the story out. It made it drag a little.

However, it was all worth it. We finally get to meet the little guy! And I forgot to bring the cigars! Oh well, he doesn't smoke yet anyway.

It was definitely the mark of the CCA that Sue's giving birth wasn't the difficult process the build-up to this story made it out to be. If this were told today, we'd be subjected to more of the ordeal Sue had to go through, with her cosmic-ray induced illness making for a difficult birthing process. I think that would've made a better story than this one, if it were allowed to be told.

Still, 4 stars. We get a classic villain, and a new baby! Pretty sweet! But if the baby had been a girl, what would Johnny say? "That means I'm an au-- err, wait a minute....what would that make me? Hmmmm, let me consult this book from Reed's library a minute....."

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-03-31 07:57:08  
  I love Annihilus. I used to pretend my Micronaut, Repto, was Annihilus.  

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2017-04-26 09:01:24  
  The Negative Zone might be my third favorite zone next to The Twilight Zone and The Forbidden Zone.  

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-08-14 12:09:17  
  You need to forgive a little bit of Silver Age hokiness (Negato-gun, Cosmic Control Rod of Convenience, assorted antimatter silliness), but otherwise a really strong issue.  

Issue Detail Divider
Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four, Volume 8
This collection includes Fantastic Four #72 (v1), Fantastic Four #73 (v1), Fantastic Four #74 (v1), Fantastic Four #75 (v1), Fantastic Four #76 (v1), Fantastic Four #77 (v1), Fantastic Four #78 (v1), Fantastic Four #79 (v1), Fantastic Four #80 (v1), Fantastic Four Annual #6, Fantastic Four #81 (v1), Fantastic Four #82 (v1)
Issue Detail Divider
Issue Letters Page

There are no letter pages submitted for this issue. If you would like to transpose and send at letters page, you can send it to tstarnes@gmail.com. Check in the forums for information about formating the letters page.
Issue Detail Divider
Issue Attachements
There are no attachements for this issue. If you know of something, let us know through the contact page or the forums.
Issue Detail Divider
Story Locations
 Negative Zone  

Map Loading...Please Wait.
Issue Detail Divider
Date User Name Update
   February 2, 2018 TStarnes Added Cosmic Control Rod listing.
   February 2, 2018 TStarnes
   February 2, 2018 TStarnes
   November 25, 2017 Urgat
   November 24, 2017 TStarnes
   January 28, 2017 fragsel Added Borers to the issue.
   January 28, 2017 fragsel Added Mr. Smith to the issue.
   January 28, 2017 fragsel Added Dr. Molinari to the issue.
   August 3, 2015 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   March 16, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for The Fantastic Four.
   February 9, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for The Invisible Girl.
   February 9, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for The Invisible Girl.
   October 29, 2013 Robareid Updated the listing for The Human Torch.
   October 29, 2013 Robareid Updated the listing for The Thing.
   October 29, 2013 Robareid Updated the listing for The Invisible Girl.
   October 29, 2013 Robareid Updated the listing for Mr. Fantastic.
CMRO Sidebar
CMRO Sidebar Search Top

CMRO Sidebar Support Us


Shop at Amazon
Become a Patron of my writing
DC Comics Reading Order
Marvel Cinematic Universe Order
Star Wars Reading Order
Star Trek Reading Order
Doctor Who Order
The Law & Order
CMRO Latest Badges Header
LeonardoR95   Nuff Said Badge
frank010102   60s Completist Badge
frank010102   Glutton for Punishment Badge
Tandilien   Center of the Universe Badge
Tandilien   Reboot Badge
mizak23   Living Weapon Badge
INVKR   God Squad Badge
Punkicus   Merc with a Mouth Badge
Punkicus   Shock and Awe Badge
Tripfisk   No Fear Badge