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2: Fantastic Four #2 (v1)

" The Fantastic Four Meet the Skrulls from Outer Space! "
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: George Klein, Sol Brodsky
Colourists: Stan Goldberg
Letterers: John Duffy
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: January 1962
Release Date: September 1961
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Pages: 24
Cover Price: $0.10
Times Read: 2,274                 Times Rated: 1156
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Issue Blurb
The Fantastic Four are being framed for committing a series of crimes. The must clear their names while fighting a strange group of aliens bent on world domination
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Main Characters
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Fantastic Four #1 (v1). Mr. Fantastic next appears in Fantastic Four #3 (v1).
Thing last appeared in Fantastic Four #1 (v1). Thing next appears in Fantastic Four #3 (v1).
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Fantastic Four #1 (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Fantastic Four #3 (v1).
  The Invisible Girl
The Invisible Girl last appeared in Fantastic Four #1 (v1). The Invisible Girl next appears in Fantastic Four #3 (v1).
  Unnamed Skrull
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Unnamed Skrull in the mainstream continuity. Unnamed Skrull next appears in Avengers #92 (v1).
  Skrull Cows
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Skrull Cows in the mainstream continuity. Skrull Cows next appears in Avengers #92 (v1).
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The Fantastic Four (Roster I)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Fantastic Four #1 (v1). The Fantastic Four next appears in Fantastic Four #3 (v1). This issue has a second showing the origin of the Fantastic Four during a flashback. This version says the group was headed for Mars, a detail that was left out of the flashback in issue #1..
The Skrulls
This is the first appearance by The Skrulls in the mainstream continuity. The Skrulls next appears in Fantastic Four #18 (v1).
United States Army
United States Army last appeared in Fantastic Four #1 (v1). United States Army next appears in Fantastic Four #3 (v1).
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Fantasti-Flare last appeared in Fantastic Four #1 (v1). Fantasti-Flare next appears in Fantastic Four #3 (v1).
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Issue Notes

Issue Notes

In the letters page of FF #272 & #281 Sol Brodsky is identified as a second inker on this issue.

Also, this issue is split into 4 chapters:
1)The Fantastic Four Meet the Skrulls from Outer Space!
2)Prisoner of the Skrulls
3)The Fantastic Four Fight Back
4)The Fantastic Four Captured

Why Essential Notes

This issue sees the introduction of the Skrulls, who are very important in the Marvel Universe. Additionally, it sees three skrulls left as cows, an event that will be referenced a couple of times several decades later.
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Issue Review
   October 17, 2017

5 stars for the first appearance of the Skrulls. Having captured lightning in a bottle with the first issue, Jack and Stan now had to take this story somewhere. The result is classic Silver Age alien invasion campiness that manages to keep the reader engaged thanks to Kirby's dynamic art.
   September 26, 2014
And here we go again! With this second issue of the Fantastic Four we start to see them step into the role of world protectors and super heroes.

Art - 8/10 Barring the same issue with The Thing's head mentioned in my review of Fantastic Four #1(v1) looking too much like an egg (as evidenced on the cover here) I think the art is actually better. It's still old, but the Skrull look somewhat imposing, like Green Goblins or trolls, and you get more of a villainous vibe from them. They... (continued)
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   February 13, 2014
I say again. Wow. When I look at this - forty years old - I am stunned and amazed. Is it childish? Yes. Silly? Of course. Brilliant? Absolutely. Few things have captured the hearts of so many for so long with such force. The skrulls, too. While a silly conclusion - (hypnotized to believe they are cows), obscures most of the book, it follows a great story.

I loved the starting of the book - showing the FF - skrulls - committing all of these crimes, then switching back to the FF off in the woods.

A few things have happened in the interim of the story. FF have become 'world-known' heroes, and probably somewhat respected. Ben refers to his own mug being known anywhere, and everyone is on the lookout for the FF. Still sporting the insane getups. (Reed - at least LOOSEN the tie, for crying out loud). Probably still too soft on the science, too. While motive is fairly thin throughout the entirety of the story, I love Ben's perspective of the reluctant hero. From the start, a round, dynamic character - even in the kids' book. I won't say the story left me breathless, but absolutely impressed by what was done throughout.
   December 5, 2013
If you’re of the sort that expect your stories to be logical and free of so-called plot holes, it’s quite possible that the second issue of Fantastic Four will drive you up the wall. Where their debut saw Lee and Kirby’s talents fusing to create an all-time classic first time out, here they seem to be working at cross-purposes. Instead of propelling Kirby’s storytelling along, Lee’s manic scripting lends a jarring stop/start rhythm to the issue. The lightning quick pacing felt intuitive and... (continued)
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   October 23, 2012
The second issue of Fantastic Four is a little better (in my opinion) then the first. Impersonated by an alien race called the Skrull (who marvel readers will get to know really well over the years), they have to figure out how to get back their name. I particularly like the ending of this issue for the point of going to the mother ship to leaving the three Skrull as cows (especially since we will see these guys again 40 years down the road). I still have some complaints about this similar to my problems with the first issue. Dialog is rough, with the Skrulls explaining to each other how they mimiced the FF’s powers. You would think three guys working together would know that already. Also the Thing is not worked out into the hot tempered but likable guy we will come to know. He still gets unreasonably angry and destructive at everything. (“What do you mean your out of peanut butter?” and then destroys the restaurant. An exaggeration, but not by much). Also, it seems strange to surrender to the army just to fight their way out minutes after being locked up, but that could just be me.
   October 5, 2012
The second issue of the first volume of The Fantastic Four sets a lower level of expectations from the get-go with what is, in my opinion, a lackluster cover. The Four appear to be fighting (very odd looking, by today’s standards)skrulls in a HUGE, extremely empty room. Admittedly, though, what it lacks in visual appeal it somewhat makes up for with the lack of the power inconsistencies and truly stupid dialog found on the previous issue’s covers.

Next comes the title, which I left out... (continued)
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Issue Synopsis
The Fantastic Four appear to be committing a series of criminal acts, although it is reveled that it is really shape-shifting Skrulls impersonating the group. Hiding in a cabin the Fantastic Four trying to figure out what is going on, they are surrounded and captured by the military. Each is put in a cell designed to hold them, although they are all able to quickly defeat the cells and escape.

They track down their impostors and learn that they are aliens called the Skrull. After the team defeats them, Reed tricks their commanders into canceling the planned invasion and clears the teams good name. The Skulls still on the planet are left in the form of cows, hypnotized.
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  Vic Says:    
  2011-10-19 17:12:04  
  So, let me get this straight... The Skrulls plan to defame the Human Torch was to.... melt a statue... made of marble?..  

  fragsel Says:    
  2011-11-04 11:38:53  
  Did you ever notice marvel has a thing for cattle?

BOVINE SPOTTING #1 - Skrull-Cows: To say the least it's creepy. I can only imagine how many youngsters turned vegetarian after reading that issue. Thank God here in Poland dominates PORK.

And by the way: could US army order "Shoot on sight" for stealing jems, melting a statue or switching off lights? Constitutional rights? Really?

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-15 23:52:50  
  Thanks to checks and balances, the US Army can, but one police officer can decide to call it all off.  

  Psikonetic Says:    
  2012-06-14 22:43:57  
  It's always entertaining to look back at character introductions from the Silver Age after seeing what they've done in the Modern Age. The Skrulls, masterminds behind the Secret Invasion, not only have no real good plan to foil the FF, but are scared away by pictures drawn in early anthology comics of monsters... And they're convinced the real FF are the skrull impersonators, and they just let them go back to Earth and...

Then there is the hypnotized cows... ah those hypnotized cows..

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-06-15 17:01:39  
  Lol This issue was worse than the last. The Skrulls think they can conquer humanity, but leave it up to humans to destroy the Fantastic Four? Nonsense. I know Stan gets better at writing these issues, but damn these early ones are silly.  

  olgamon Says:    
  2012-07-14 18:24:57  
  Stan: "I can write ANYTHING! How about... HYPNOTIZED COW ALIEN THINGS! yeah that sounds brilliant!"  

  Wady Says:    
  2012-07-17 16:38:47  
  Story line for the first comics were not that brilliant still they have sure evolved, thanks Stan  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2012-07-23 05:32:28  
  Corny but nice to see the first appearance of the Skrulls.  

  Nick Says:    
  2012-07-23 06:54:41  
  Nice to see the first appearance of the Skrulls.  

  LadyAnubis Says:    
  2012-08-25 11:06:55  
  Hah the first appereance of the SKrulls how funny. And they escape because of some movie stills. That's great xD  

  Borealis Says:    
  2012-08-29 15:24:12  
  My son enjoyed this book, too, though not as much as the first one. He recognizes the characters, and he can recap important plot points (reading comprehension). Comics books are awesome for teaching kids to read. Pass that along to friends with young children!  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-13 10:16:15  
  The goofiness of this story is what makes it great, plus the Skrulls were just delightful. That ending kept me smiling long after I finished the story.  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2012-09-18 19:57:36  
  For the first time, the Skrulls invade earth to wreak havoc on those who have brought hope with their incredible powers.  

  TStarnes Says:    
  2012-09-26 01:09:51  
  Sure. They learned planning with the underwear gnomes.

Step 1. Melt Statue.
Step 2. ??
Step 3. Win.

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-04 21:03:57  
  This is an okay issue. The main reasons this is notable is for the introduction of the skull race, who are a far cry from the threat they eventually become, and the start of the arguments between Ben and Johnny.  

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2012-10-15 00:43:57  
  I heard a spoiler about those skrull cows... Yeah, they come back later lol  

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2012-10-27 22:44:13  
  This issue was published without a letters page, for those keeping track of such things.  

  niknak203 Says:    
  2013-01-04 11:46:51  
  The plot in this issue is just as goofy as it gets. Skrull cows, comic book pictures scaring away aliens, melting a marble statue? Weird as can be.  

  allenryals Says:    
  2013-01-11 17:26:55  
  Introduced the Skrulls. My favorite group of Aliens (sorry Captain Mar-Vel of the Kree). Good issue overall.  

  Trebek Says:    
  2013-02-17 20:40:38  
  I feel sorry for whoever eats the hamburger from those cows.  

  minicheddaz Says:    
  2013-03-02 17:15:48  
  this story was absolute tosh but hilarious. when you consider how big a deal the skrulls go on to be in the marvel universe over the years to come.

seriously, imagine you are a police officer and go to apprehend the fantastic four for the crimes they seemed to have commited. suddenly you are told in a matter of fact way "oh it wasn't us officer, it was these alien invaders here. apparently they've got a huge fleet ready to attack earth" you wouldn't freak out or anything? you wouldn't do a massive great poo in your pants? "oh don't worry officer. heres a solution. we'll fly up to their mothership and pretend that we are actually them and scare them off by showing them some picture of COMIC BOOK MONSTERS!! and then we'll turn the remaining aliens in to COWS!" what a hoot!

originally i awarded this comic two stars because it is bloody awful. but i'm gonna add another star purely for the reason that its so ridiculous that its genius!

  Anonymous Says:    
  2013-04-12 06:35:35  
  Did I miss something obvious at the end? What happened to the fourth skrull?  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-04-26 13:17:30  
  I have read this once a long time ago, but I had forgotten just how much story Lee and Kirby packed into these things.  

  skabeaters Says:    
  2013-04-29 23:01:11  
  1st: I would turn the power back on. 2nd: If you or someone you know suffers from mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos… poor, poor Johnny Storm.  

  Bestboy7850 Says:    
  2013-05-02 03:43:06  
  The Synopsis is to short, but other then that, great comic.  

  TStarnes Says:    
  2013-05-03 00:34:19  
  We are always looking for new folks to write synopsis for stories. Throw your hat in the ring BestBoy, would love to have some of your contributions up on the site.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-11 19:40:40  
  How the heck did an alien race that can be fooled by comic book illustrations become one of the major empires of the Marvel Universe?  

  At The Gates of Dawn Says:    
  2013-07-28 16:46:50  
  The Invasion of the Body Snatchers...only this time we have superheroes, aliens and cows!??? It's a fun read all the way 3/5  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2013-08-18 12:50:59  
  Trebek - that was an old post so you're probably not seeing this comment, but if you are, read Skrull Kill Krew. That's all I say.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-08-18 18:13:47  
  I liked seeing the introduction of the Skrulls. Poor Ben, it's got to be hard for him to look like that. I can see why he'd be angry all the time. Poor guy. I don't like how his team refers to him as Thing either. I know in future issues they call him Ben. Can you imagine your friends calling you Thing and you're already insecure because you look like that?  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-09-23 07:57:35  
  This issue was just okay for me, but that ending was hilarious. XD  

  Henda Says:    
  2013-10-06 14:53:21  
  The story itself is so silly. However, the introduction of Skrulls, even though they are intellectually far away from their modern counterparts, is worth reading. This issue also features the start of Johhny/Ben arguing attitude. In conclusion: 3 stars.  

  Henda Says:    
  2013-10-06 15:07:15  
  I also must agree with Anonymous! What the hell happened with the fourth Skrull? Reed mentions that he left with the invasion fleet. But when, how? I checked it again and he is left with the other Skrulls in FF's apartment when FF fly away to take care of the invasion problem but when they return he is already away. Stan? Any explanation?  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2013-11-17 21:53:14  
  I give it 4 stars because it's the 1st app of the Skrulls, but man there are a lot of knuckleheaded moves in this issue!

Cover Me Bad - That Skrulls bad aim is a sure sign of more hijinxs inside!

Texas Tea - Being from Texas it really hits home when the Skrull takes out that oil derrick.

Hidden Years - How did the FF become so famous after one adventure? I smell a story here!

Toot your own Horn - Speaking of a story is that the 1st app of the Daily Bugle? You just know that JJJ wrote that headline.

Mother Lode - It sure looks like the Skrull Mother Ship is a shapechanger also! Ref page 4, panel 9, and page 17, panel 3.

Foreshadowing - On page 16, panel 7 there is way too much ink on Reeds face. He looks like the black & white guy on that old Star Trek episode.

In Plain Sight - A Water Tower Spaceship without proper shielding!!!

Medal of Dullard - Almost everyone in this story gets one!

'Nuff Said - “Talk! Talk! All you ever do is talk! But I’m not built that way! I want action!” -Thing

  Bramwell Says:    
  2013-12-03 17:30:21  
  1. First things first. Cover - skrull on the right has a great facial expression. Eyes + mouth = awesome

2. Top of page 6 - the family dramas that separated marvel from other brands

3. Not ASBESTOS!!! You Monsters!!!

4. Somehow psychic johnny knows the skrull plan?

5. Page 18 - the sad sound of a superhero story smashing into a dead end...but wait!...because Comic Books?!?!!

6. Page 19- artistically excellent and building the things persona

7. Kirby: dude, its only 21 pages.
Lee: I dunno. Take them back to Reed's place and find more skrulls or something. Doesn't matter, just wing it.
Kirby: then what...they go to jail?
Lee: doesn't matter...hypnotized cows...'nuff said.

I actually think its an excellent issue. I don't judge the leaps of faith or believability in general. I look for art, story and internal consistency. This may be our first look at the Skrulls but the issue has a more important theme. We've got Ben going through anger, self-loathing, blame, brief hope, depression. In the context of the FF brand, that is what is important in this issue.

5 stars.


  dewey412 Says:    
  2013-12-18 15:21:53  
  So, for a second issue, I like how it went....It introduced another threat to the team that is still around today, although maybe weaker then they become later....I like that the FF used teamwork and brains to win the day...To me, that is always an FF thing....

I'm also excited with the fact that 4 of the first 5 issues bring in bad guys who they still have some problems with to this day, which makes the early issues an even better read..

  Schabenc Says:    
  2014-05-10 13:22:59  
  So the Skrulls were forced to turn into cows? I'm going to start to wonder what's in my hamburger now...  

  Spernst Says:    
  2014-08-26 23:01:51  
  Been a while since I read this one, but reading these comments it is clear that I must see the skrull cows again like now  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-08-27 14:15:16  
  It is funny how significant the Skrull-Cows became in the future with their meat infecting the five that were to become the Skrull Kill Krew - shapeshifting human that could see Skrulls in their original form, as they helped to wipe out countless Skrulls on Earth and most likely turned the tide of battle numberswise during the Secret Invasion arc.  

  Ryumit Says:    
  2014-09-08 15:25:22  
  4 stars. Really enjoyed the first issue with the devious skrulls.

Not giving this issue 5 stars due to the random cow plot. Even though I think its awesome, its still cows...

Divert a world invasion by pictures of monsters from a comic book - genius hrm.

  mushroommunk Says:    
  2014-09-17 11:47:23  
  It's funny, a lot of people sound like they preferred the first issue, I actually liked this one a lot more. It felt like the FF were becoming a true team (albeit with issues) and stepping up.

Plus space cows is hilarious.

  UncannySteven Says:    
  2014-10-06 23:39:03  
  Kind of messed up that they just basically sent the Skrulls to the slaughter house. You think they would want to interrogate them about space travel tech and other aliens civilizations out there, but naaaaah.  

  horror4life Says:    
  2014-10-23 07:35:08  
  I enjoyed this issue despite of the many plotcontinuity errors.
Just a few thoughts i had while reading this issue:
Page 4 panel 1- The thing sure is ugly.
Page 9 panel 9- Were those guys seriously not briefed or were they just really stupid?.
Page 12 panel 2- Was not expcting a Suicidal super-hero.
Page 13 panel 2- Johnny you're really bad at this undercover thing.
Page 23 panel 5- Wait when did this happen and why did you let him go?.
Page 24 panel 5- Since when could Reed hypnotize and why didn't we know of it earlier?
Even with all of this I still enjoyed this issue and the group dynamic.
3 out of 5

  thedopeshow Says:    
  2014-12-19 05:04:16  
  Despite the impersonation plot being cliche, it is the first of it's kind to the reading order and it's done well enough. It would be realistic for the public to be suspicious of the FF, they haven't proven themselves to be heroes yet. The resolution of the story was weak, Stan wants me to believe that an advanced alien species capable of intergalactic space travel would be fooled by pictures taken from Strange Tales & Journey into Mystery. Alright I guess.  

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2015-01-03 16:26:47  
  Old MacDonald had some Skrulls....  

  GroovyGolem @ MattzLadd (original post):    
  2015-01-28 12:28:23  
  That's brilliant. To me, that's the true magic of these Silver Age stories... That they seeded the imagination of future authors who could take these goofy little nuggets and turn them into legitimate plot points with ramifications in later years.  

  quartertwain Says:    
  2015-02-15 07:32:15  
  I love the way they tie up these episodes. Moleman, you look like a freak, you'll never make it on the surface, prepare to get buried. Skrulls, likewise, humanity's not for you, get eating grass cows! We're definitely in Cold War Us v Them territory here. That said, this makes a huge leap in quality from the first episode. Then again, anything written without an Isle of Monsters is a step up.  

  Aldous Says:    
  2015-04-23 20:39:00  
  "No prison can hold these skrulls, they can escape too easily! (Never mind the fact that I just left them all tied in my apartment.)"  

  rodyoungerblood Says:    
  2015-05-23 14:07:50  
  Da Skrulls!  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-19 15:13:34  
  Its alright  

  wingot Says:    
  2015-12-06 04:14:58  
  First time the Skrulls appear, and they are known to become major players. However story is still quite silly.  

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-22 10:47:04  
  First of the Skrulls!!! They are a bit tame right now to what they will develop into...but hey its a classic.  

  yert1981 Says:    
  2016-02-02 16:44:04  
  3/5 I enjoyed this classic from an Era when comics had a blatantly comical yet overly serious element. Not an amazing story but you have to leave thus story in the context of 1962. Gees, over 50 years old! Full of hiccups in plot but glad it's preserved in the MM full color format.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-02-28 15:12:26  

  • Oh simple times, when all you had to do to cut the power of a whole city was flipping a switch!

  • Seriously, Ben, drop the sunglasses. Or maybe Kirby still has not figured out how to draw his eyes. The whole character is really a work in progress, but so far... meh!

  • Reed sure loves to hug his big buddy Ben! A lot!

  • Can't believe the guards let the Invisible Girl go that easily. Seriously!? Didn't get the memo?

  • The Skrulls look scarier when they are not in their alien form. p.13 one looks like a muppet from Sesame Street.

  • Kirby still has not figured out how to make them flames look cool like the Golden Age Human Torch. Maybe it's Johnny who's still not in full control over his power.

  • Very cool panel on page 15 though.

  • Rocket water tower? Really?

  • The scary monsters from Journey Into Mystery cracked me up! How can you captain an invasion and be so gullible. What if the captain ask our heroes to resume their normal shape? So busted! And Reed, did you actually let one Skrull go back with the mother-ship? Er... why? Aren't you afraid he's going to tell his captain he's been duped?

  • Brainwashed space cows, yet another brilliant idea? Sure got me laughing.

All things considered, the story sure can't be taken seriously, but it has a great Entertainment factor.


  Calion @ Anonymous (original post):    
  2016-03-13 17:07:58  
  Such an excellent question. I looked back three times to find out. No, we never found out how the fourth Skrull made it back to his ship, or why he didn't out them as fakes when he did. Lucky advanced alien civilizations don't have radios!  

  Calion @ LadyAnubis (original post):    
  2016-03-13 17:09:51  
  Not movie stills—*comic book strips.*  

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-03-22 14:24:30  
  I know we scoff at this plot but this was in the 60's when atomic monsters were in movies a lot. You can't keep a good Skrull down.  

  J-hat Says:    
  2016-03-25 08:43:13  
  Lots of holes in the plot but knowing how the Skrulls turn out it was an ok introduction.  

  McQueen5150 Says:    
  2016-05-14 21:55:30  
  I the first of many alien invasions in the CMRO!!!  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-10-07 16:26:54  
  Skrulls turned into cows? Just before McDonald's becomes nationally prominent?

It's all clear to me now!

  Murphynator42 Says:    
  2016-10-16 22:35:32  
  Here come the Skrulls! Not quite the Marvel icons they'll become at this point, but it's nice to see the birth of some of these conflicts that we'll be reading about for a looooooong time. Our first aliens in the CMRO, but nowhere near to last: aliens and communists are soon to become Marvel's bread and butter  

  hawkeye64 Says:    
  2016-10-22 18:04:03  
  I give this issue 4 stars for the first appearance of the Skrulls. I really like them.

Also, It's fun reading these in hindsight knowing what happens with the 3 Skrull cows and the missing 4th Skrull.

  spb Says:    
  2017-01-11 14:07:56  
  5 stars for the first appearance of skrulls although they aren't very menacing

  Zaktks32 Says:    
  2017-02-08 00:31:33  
  Good to know someone else took the task of tying up Stan's loose ends, regarding the missing Skrull. Cant wait to get there eventually!  

  Nenriel Says:    
  2017-02-13 04:07:18  
  Skrulls!!!! I never realised the Skrulls showed up this early. There isn't really a ton to comment on in this one. Kirby's art is great. Stan's writing is laughably Silver Age. All par for the course with these early ones. That said, I'm glad to know the loose thread of the Cow-Skrulls was eventually used for its plot potential.  

  Adamanto Says:    
  2017-05-04 06:29:04  
  I'd say it's fairly obvious the fourth Skrull escaped through the magic of Kirby forgetting how many of them there were and Stan having to explain the inconsistent number away in a dialogue bubble.  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-06-10 20:32:22  
  Yay! First appearance of the Skrulls in the Marvel Universe!

Why is the Thing wearing sunglasses and a hat inside the hideout cabin?

"If they say I'm a menace, I'll BE a menace!"--Good ol' Gentle Ben.

Do you even science? The Torch is put into an asbestos room. I can understand that it would be fireproof, but not that it would keep him from Flaming On. He finds an air vent and opens it and suddenly he has flames?

Smart move, knuckleheads #1: Hey, let’s just open the door wide to give the Invisible Girl her dinner.

Smart move, knuckleheads #2: The Torch pretends to be a Skrull because the Skrulls can’t count and forget that they didn’t order #4 to attack the launching platform.

The first panel on page 16 is pretty neat, with the Thing holding up one Skrull and Mr. Fantastic reaching in to grab a second one. However this leads us to...

Question: How many Skrulls are there? Thing has one, Mr. Fantastic has one but the one that Sue trips says he’s warning the others. Stan will be confused again very soon.

Smart move, knuckleheads #3: If you step back for just a second, you realize that the “photos” that convince the Skrulls that invading Earth is a bad idea are nothing more than panels clipped out of comic books.

Then we get our first Thing-Ben-Thing montage.

Then once again, Stan and Jack forget how many people and Skrulls there are in the story. Suddenly one of the Skrulls is back on the spaceship heading back home while the other three become cows. Which one went? If one went, which member of the FF stayed? Why didn’t we see one staying behind? Logic broken.

I really really wanted to give the Skrulls first appearance four stars because, who doesn't love a good Skrull story? But the logical break at the end, the inability of our fearless crew to count, and the

  SamScrolls Says:    
  2017-06-12 23:38:53  
  3/5. Heroes are falsely accused and must escape custody to prove their innocence.  

  God2600 Says:    
  2017-06-27 01:30:33  
  And so begins Johnny's battle with Mesothelioma  

  beerzerked Says:    
  2017-10-08 16:58:50  
  The Human Torch was melting down Civil War statues long before it was trendy.  

  stiffmeyster Says:    
  2018-01-04 19:16:01  
  In short words... Hypnotized cow aliens.  

  stiffmeyster Says:    
  2018-01-04 19:16:01  
  In short words... Hypnotized cow aliens.  

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Essential Fantastic Four, Volume 1
This collection includesFantastic Four #1 (v1), Fantastic Four #2 (v1), Fantastic Four #3 (v1), Fantastic Four #4 (v1), Fantastic Four #5 (v1), Fantastic Four #6 (v1), Fantastic Four #7 (v1), Fantastic Four #8 (v1), Fantastic Four #9 (v1), Fantastic Four #10 (v1), Fantastic Four #11b (v1), Fantastic Four #12 (v1), Fantastic Four #13 (v1), Fantastic Four #14 (v1), Fantastic Four #15 (v1), Fantastic Four #17 (v1), Fantastic Four #18 (v1), Fantastic Four #19 (v1), Fantastic Four #20 (v1), Fantastic Four Annual #1a, Fantastic Four #11a (v1)
Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four, Volume 1
This collection includesFantastic Four #1 (v1), Fantastic Four #2 (v1), Fantastic Four #3 (v1), Fantastic Four #4 (v1), Fantastic Four #5 (v1), Fantastic Four #6 (v1), Fantastic Four #7 (v1), Fantastic Four #8 (v1), Fantastic Four #9 (v1), Fantastic Four #10 (v1)
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   November 28, 2017 TStarnes Added Fantasti-Flare listing.
   November 28, 2017 fragsel Deleted listing of New York Police Department.
   November 24, 2017 fragsel Added Skrull Cows to the issue.
   November 24, 2017 fragsel Added Unnamed Skrull to the issue.
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   November 16, 2017 TStarnes Added Pogo Plane MK I listing.
   November 16, 2017 TStarnes Added The Thing[appost]s Helmet listing.
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