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426: Fantastic Four #47 (v1)

" Beware the Hidden Land! "
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Fantastic Four #47 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Joe Sinnott
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Joe Sinnott
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Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: February 1966
Release Date: December 1965
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Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 767                 Times Rated: 420
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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The Fantastic Four race to find the Great Refuge to speak with the leader of the Inhumans. Behind the scene at the Great Refuge lies a royal power struggle between two diverse brothers.
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Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Fantastic Four #46 (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Fantastic Four #48 (v1).
     
  The Invisible Girl
The Invisible Girl last appeared in Fantastic Four #46 (v1). The Invisible Girl next appears in Fantastic Four #48 (v1).
     
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Fantastic Four #46 (v1). Mr. Fantastic next appears in Fantastic Four #48 (v1).
     
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Fantastic Four #46 (v1). The Thing next appears in Fantastic Four #48 (v1).
     
Supporting Characters
  Alicia Masters
Alicia Masters last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #3. Alicia Masters next appears in Fantastic Four #48 (v1).
     
  Black Bolt
Black Bolt last appeared in Fantastic Four #46 (v1). Black Bolt next appears in Fantastic Four #48 (v1).
     
  Crystal
Crystal last appeared in Fantastic Four #46 (v1). Crystal next appears in Fantastic Four #48 (v1).
     
  Gorgon
Gorgon last appeared in Fantastic Four #46 (v1). Gorgon next appears in Fantastic Four #48 (v1).
     
  Karnak
Karnak last appeared in Fantastic Four #46 (v1). Karnak next appears in Fantastic Four #48 (v1).
     
  Lockjaw
Lockjaw last appeared in Fantastic Four #46 (v1). Lockjaw next appears in Fantastic Four #55 (v1).
     
  Medusa
Medusa last appeared in Fantastic Four #46 (v1). Medusa next appears in Fantastic Four #48 (v1).
     
  Triton
Triton last appeared in Fantastic Four #46 (v1). Triton next appears in Fantastic Four #54 (v1).
     
  Aireo
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Aireo in the mainstream continuity. Aireo next appears in Incredible Hulk Annual #1.
     
Villains
  Dragon Man
Dragon Man last appeared in Fantastic Four #46 (v1). Dragon Man next appears in Avengers #41 (v1).
     
  Maximus
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Maximus in the mainstream continuity. Maximus next appears in Fantastic Four #48 (v1).
     
  Seeker
Seeker last appeared in Fantastic Four #46 (v1). Seeker next appears in Fantastic Four #48 (v1).
     
 
Group Appearances
Alpha Primitives
This is the first appearance by Alpha Primitives in the mainstream continuity. Alpha Primitives next appears in Fantastic Four #82 (v1).
   
     
The Fantastic Four (Roster I)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Fantastic Four #46 (v1). The Fantastic Four next appears in Fantastic Four #48 (v1).
   
     
Inhumans
Inhumans last appeared in Fantastic Four #46 (v1). Inhumans next appears in Fantastic Four #48 (v1).
   
     
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  TStarnes Says:    
  2011-10-17 00:00:00  
  It is crazy that in the middle of chasing down the Inhumans, Sue decides that would be a good time to change her hair. Stan, you understand women as much as I do quantum physics.  
 
 

  Xythe Says:    
  2011-12-16 07:43:36  
  I can never tell if he is just clueless or if he really doesn't like them much.  
 
 

  Shark Says:    
  2012-03-24 08:37:12  
  The positive thing is that Sue finally dropped that 60's helmet-shaped hair of hers, it creeps me out.
Not counting that, this story arc is shaping up very well so far. After this issue, one of the most legendary acts of the Marvel history starts.
 
 
 

  andyzh Says:    
  2012-07-08 17:34:43  
  Crystal looks like she's smiling when saying there is danger what the heck?  
 
 

  bigkat5582 Says:    
  2012-07-28 19:14:24  
  So just to be clear, Reed and Sue are married?  
 
 

  Gym1963 Says:    
  2012-08-07 16:08:39  
  A pretty good story. Just as shame about the stupidity with Sue's hair, and then her suddenly becoming the weak-kneed, sterotypical 60's Marvel woman, afraid of heights. At least she didn't faint, I suppose we should be grateful for that.

And I wish they would be more consistant with the powers. A few issues ago in FF#38 Sue's forcefield protected them all from an atomic explosion, but here she has problems holding together a few gallons of water!
 
 
 

  darkdragonne Says:    
  2012-08-10 10:21:40  
  The hair's not the only thing, Reed's reverted back to his sexist ways again. "I'll explain later, woman!" He treats her like a complete jerk the entire issue.  
 
 

  vanhornluke Says:    
  2012-09-10 20:20:13  
  I thought Black Bolt and co. were trying to hide from the Seeker. Why did they teleport to the Great Refuge, then?  
 
 

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2013-06-16 01:41:44  
  Wow! This book is another awesome Kirby/Sinnot gem; 95 out of 100! Sue gets a new hairstyle that is still used in modern comics…..Medusa & Thing drawings are awesome (5+)  
 
 

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-06 12:29:01  
  Problems in Reed & Sue's marriage already? That was record time. Another milestone issue and next "The Coming of Galactus"!  
 
 

  duncanm Says:    
  2013-12-08 23:22:57  
  So last couple of issues the Inhumans were on the run from the Seeker so they wouldn't get taken back to the Great Refuge. And the escaped from him, so they went to... the Great Refuge. Huh?  
 
 

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2013-12-16 02:04:28  
  this issue was a little wierd....... i agree with Duncanm......... and all he had to do to get back his throne was take the crown off Maximus's head without a fight??? but aside from that and the hair thing I still liked it........ bring on the Silver Surfer and Galactus.........  
 
 

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-05-03 18:56:55  
  I've got to hand it to Reed. He's definitely managed to be even more sexist and degrading towards Sue than during their courtship...  
 
 

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-05-03 19:32:57  
  Even better is that Sue's solution is to get her hair did...  
 
 

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-05-03 19:47:30  
  "He sure told you good, sis!"

Seriously, at least one panel on every page is dedicated to dumping on Sue. This gets an extra star just for the amazing stream of antiquated misogyny...
 
 
 

  kaste Says:    
  2014-05-21 11:00:03  
  Inhumans are really weird...

They were trying to hide from the Seeker. The Seeker wanted to capture them and return them to the Great Refuge under Maximus' orders. But Gorgon wanted to capture Medusa and return her to the Great Refuge under Maximus' orders... So they return to the Great Refuge on their own... Seems legit!

Black Bolt is king again just because he took the crown... Yeah ok...

Sue trying to show off her hair in the middle of the discovery of an entire hostile and dangerous race... And then yelling "I didn't realize the danger"...

Yeah nice work Stan...
 
 
 

  aramina Says:    
  2014-05-29 13:10:46  
  So I really loved this issue... Any time the Fantastic Four weren't actually there. Every time the Fantastic Four were actually involved I wanted to smack them all for being so stupid. So, mixed opinions really. I honestly loved all the scenes in the hidden refuge with the Inhumans politics.  
 
 

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-07-19 18:33:23  
  I'm really liking this FF / Inhumans story arc. Reed is a bit bossy with Sue though.
Can't wait to see how this ends.
 
 
 

  Durango55 Says:    
  2014-07-21 21:36:00  
  Loving the Inhumans story arc - so much energy and creativity in this title!

Sue's expression in the last panel of page 15 alone is worth the price of the comic. This is the beginning of Sue Storm being a real hottie.
 
 
 

  specialque Says:    
  2014-08-03 13:42:28  
  I'm just constantly blown away by the consistent quality of this series. I'm loving what's happening with the Inhumans, and man, knowing what's in store, that ending nearly had my changing my pants.  
 
 

  arsenal009 Says:    
  2014-08-04 05:40:41  
  OK, as "Kaste" pointed out, the story made no sense whatsoever.
Also, the origin of the Inhumans is inconsistent. They are sometimes mentioned to be from earth & other times from different worlds.
And what's up w Johnny & Crystal, did someone give them love potions or something? The soap opera between them is a bit much.

Kirby's art on the other hand is wonderful. I love that some many new characters are being created in this story arc.

As for Sue, I feel I'm one of the few digging that they made a big deal about Kirby's new hairstyle for her. She looks much prettier now & less robotic than before. Awesome.
 
 
 

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-15 19:56:46  
  Just when you think you understand a woman, she decides to change her hairdo in the middle of a flight to the Andes mountains. You learn something new everyday. Is this why Reed is going all Highpockets Pym on Sue? Will we see them on Divorce Court soon?

What a great story, I love how this segues into the first appearance of Galactus. I can't stop reading, must go in! 5 stars!
 
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-08-29 20:08:39  
  3 stars for more Inhuman innocence with the 1st app of Maximus the Mad!!!

Bravado - I loved the pages with the Thing and Dragon Man wrasslin' in Alicia's building! Although, I don't like the Dragon Man being shipped off like that.

Crash & Burn - Seeing where the Dragon Man landed. I guess Alicia's studio is near Central Park.

Kill Ya With Kindness - You know the Seeker took his sweet time on getting that water tank for Triton...

King Me - Kirby sure loves his crowns!!!

'Nuff Said - "It's hopeless against so many--but what a glorious hopelessness!"-Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, or Crystal



 
 
 

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-09-20 06:04:44  
  So, the way you become King in the Great Refuge is that you take the crown from the current ruler's head and place it upon yours?

Meh, still a great issue though.
 
 
 

  SmokyB Says:    
  2014-10-27 12:58:07  
  'By right of fait accompli'! By right of 'well we are where we are and there's nothing you can do about it'.

Seems like the Inhumans have a realistic way looking at politics.
 
 
 

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-11-17 20:09:24  
  This issue has many great parts but also some very spotty writing. The scale of the story is epic but the Johnny and spSue subplots are ludicrously awful. On balance, 3 stars, but with greater variance than usual. 4 star highs and 2 star lows.  
 
 

  jwerth Says:    
  2014-11-30 12:05:02  
  "King by right of eminent domain! By right of royal challenge! By right of fait accompli!"

Stan, I do not think those words mean what you think they mean.

Also: "We'll discuss this later, young lady!"

I can't tell if Reed thinks Sue is his wife or his daughter.
 
 
 

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-04-11 16:30:53  
  Man, the plot was all over the place on this one! And the blatant sexism is so over the top, yet I can't look away!

Plot points already mentioned by others aside, I did really enjoy Ben's fight with Dragon Man in Alicia's apartment. That was real excitement and drama there folks! The desperation in Ben's dialog was apparent, and I thought it added a lot to the characterization of their relationship!
 
 
 

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-07-14 20:33:23  
  Had to take a star away for the giant leap back this issue took in terms of women. Really? In the middle of something this big, and Sue is going to change her hair, then pout because nobody noticed? Reed was douchy too. ON TO GALACTUS!  
 
 

  Psychopat Says:    
  2015-07-29 13:40:47  
  I liked how Sue's mess with the boys when she's mad about the new hair... it gives a feel of reality... what someone with those powers would really do when mad...  
 
 

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2016-01-03 14:38:53  
  Thanks Torch: You gave Dragon Man cancer.  
 
 

  skabeaters Says:    
  2016-01-17 22:46:34  
 
Okay, Black Bolt is a BAMF and his silence makes him even cooler. Dragon Man? Stupid.
 
 
 

  Urgat @ Gym1963 (original post):    
  2016-02-10 17:34:50  
  what I learned through the reading Order...consistency in super-hero-powers was not a thing in these early years...not just with Sue
 
 
 

  pjoqz Says:    
  2016-05-07 23:51:00  
  Great Kirby art! I love the image of Black Bolt placing the crown over his head. Very powerful. The seeker with the crown reminds me of some of Kirby's other works like New Gods.

The constant romance with Johnny and Crystal and Reed's treatment of Sue were the low points.

Oh darn, you were too fast and took the crown from my head. I'll have to wait until your not looking to get it back and become ruler again.
 
 
 

  Carlo Says:    
  2016-05-08 19:03:00  
  Sometimes I think Stan gets criticized unjustly. Those ridiculous "hair-styling" panels were drawn by Kirby before Stan wrote a word of dialogue.  
 
 

  kungfufan @ TStarnes (original post):    
  2016-07-19 00:19:27  
  I noticed Stan's name as the editor of some of the Marvel Romance/Teen comics. Who bought those magazines???  
 
 

  kungfufan Says:    
  2016-07-19 00:31:34  
  So I went a bit "thumbs up" crazy. But that's because (a) I agree with many of your points about how inconsistent and confusing the Inhumans plot is (I think each inhuman has their own idea about what's really going on), and (b) so many of your comments cracked me up! Lol, whilst people around me give me funny looks! Thank your all!  
 
 

  samholmes1313 Says:    
  2016-08-16 05:08:54  
  I'm halfway through and I'm doing my best to ignore Reed, or I would have to subtract a star every time he opens his mouth. What a great husband he is...  
 
 

  samholmes1313 Says:    
  2016-08-16 06:37:27  
  I thought that we were finally done with Sue being a helpless silly female. And now she only uses her shield when someone tells her to.

All in all it was a wonderfully complex arc, loved it, mainly when the focus was on the Inhumans and not FF.
 
 
 

  Russ Says:    
  2016-09-05 12:27:09  
  I'm finding it hard to believe this is a Silver Age story. This story arc is, errr, Fantastic! The only flaw is Sue being everyone's doormat; I bet her hairstyle change was a bout of passive resistance toward being treated the way she was.

5 stars nonetheless. Yet, the whole thing gets ratched up about seven notches next issue.
 
 
 

  Dood12 Says:    
  2016-10-12 11:38:39  
  I think this is the second time that Johnny has said "This is the first time he's called me a man!" Weird the first time, weirder the second.  
 
 

  RobinHoodMtl @ Dood12 (original post):    
  2016-12-27 21:28:24  
  Yeah, I thought that too, without being to sure about it! Thanks for confirming I'm not the only one.  
 
 

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-12-27 21:33:02  
 
  • That's my line – "Stop sounding like a wife, Sue!" (Reed Richards) – But she IS your freakin' wife, you moron! And Sue's response? "Let's get a new hairdo before we fight!" Great timing, lady! 1 star got lost right here!

  • Alicia sure is perceptive if she knows Dragon Man is outside her studio window. She never even met the creature!

  • Maximus's abdication felt way too simple and rushed. But the crown looks much better on Black Bolt's head!

  • Like a few have noted, at first, I did not see the point on fleeing the Seeker in the first place if you finally decide to go back where he wanted to take you. However, given that Black Bolt was exiled, it was not Maximus's plan to see him back in the Refuge! The rest of the family probably followed him in exile to be free from Maximus, so the usurper sent the Seeker after them. But since they were no longer safe amongst humans, Black Bolt probably decided to confront his brother and get the crown back. But that's me trying to rationalize Stan's continuity error, because in last issue, Black Bolt and his family were fleeing from the Seeker, not the humans. And in this issue, when they wind up in the Refuge, they say they'll be safe there. And Gorgon adds to the confusion when he says he wanted to take Medusa back to Maximus and not to her family.

  • Good enough story, though! I was still going to give it 5 stars for the enjoyment, but Sue's hair got in the way! 4 it is!
 
 
 

  RobinHoodMtl @ kungfufan (original post):    
  2016-12-27 21:38:57  
  Females!  
 
 

  RobinHoodMtl @ arsenal009 (original post):    
  2016-12-27 22:06:50  
  But I think the real reason for the new hair style is that Kirby can only draw one face for women and now, Sue, Alicia and Crystal look too much alike. Compare their faces in this issue, just for fun!... Identical!  
 
 

  chademe Says:    
  2017-03-10 19:30:07  
  I thought this was pretty good, except for the potrayal of Sue and they way Reed treated her.

My take on the flight to the Great Refuge is that they didn't want to go back as captives of the Seeker, but rather they wanted to sneak in so Black Bolt could reclaim his crown.

And speaking of the crown, if Maximus had been telling everyone that he was just taking care of it while Black Bolt was away, when Black Bolt just grabbed it and walked out, everyone would think Maximus had given it back. Maybe that's why all he had to do is grab it.

That's how I'm rationalizing it at least.
 
 
 

  dadoodoflow @ Dood12 (original post):    
  2017-03-14 21:24:43  
  I think you are remembering Cyclops to Ice Man in an earlier X-Men  
 
 

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2017-04-28 19:19:58  
  "Reed, be careful!"

"JEEZ Woman, just because we are married doesn't mean... Just get off my back you female! Who is also my wife! Stop womaning you wife of mine!"

Hire me, Marvel.
 
 
 

  Urgat @ RobinHoodMtl (original post):    
  2017-04-29 04:51:50  
  Not only the female faces are all alike, (at least) the front shots of male faces to me look always the same...  
 
 

  RobinHoodMtl @ Urgat (original post):    
  2017-12-27 17:35:20  
  Actually, for the males, I think that in general, Kirby has three distinct templates: 1) the young dude, which looks a bit with a woman's face without makeup (Johnny Storm, Rick Jones, etc.), 2) the mature man, with regular and soft features (Reed Richards, Thor, Steve Rogers, etc.), and 3) the rugged male, with stronger features like wider chins and broken noses (Nick Fury, Ben Grimm, Sandman, etc.). This is probably why in Sgt. Fury's comics, he has different hats for each of the Howling Commandos, along with different parlure, lest we don't have them confused.

Yet at least, for males, there are several atypical faces like Namor, Puppet Master, Odin, Loki, Ringmaster, etc. But not for women. I guess Kirby's knowledge of female physiology is equivalent to Stan's knowledge of female psychology.
 
 
 

 
 
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