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428: Fantastic Four #49 (v1)

" If this be Doomsday! "
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Fantastic Four #49 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Joe Sinnott
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: April 1966
Release Date: February 1966
Story Arc: The Galactus Trilogy (2 of 3)
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 796                 Times Rated: 443
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Galactus has arrived on Earth and the Fantastic Four are powerless to stop him from devouring the planet. Can they find a way to prevail, and what part will the Silver Surfer play in this galactic drama?
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Fantastic Four #48 (v1). Mr. Fantastic next appears in Fantastic Four #50 (v1).
  The Invisible Girl
The Invisible Girl last appeared in Fantastic Four #48 (v1). The Invisible Girl next appears in Fantastic Four #50 (v1).
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Fantastic Four #48 (v1). The Thing next appears in Fantastic Four #50 (v1).
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Fantastic Four #48 (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Fantastic Four #50 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  The Silver Surfer
The Silver Surfer last appeared in Fantastic Four #48 (v1). The Silver Surfer next appears in Fantastic Four #50 (v1).
  Alicia Masters
Alicia Masters last appeared in Fantastic Four #48 (v1). Alicia Masters next appears in Fantastic Four #50 (v1).
  The Watcher
The Watcher last appeared in Fantastic Four #48 (v1). The Watcher next appears in Fantastic Four #50 (v1).
Galactus last appeared in Fantastic Four #48 (v1). Galactus next appears in Fantastic Four #50 (v1).
  Punisher (Robot)
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Punisher (Robot) in the mainstream continuity. Punisher (Robot) next appears in Fantastic Four #74 (v1).
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The Fantastic Four (Roster I)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Fantastic Four #48 (v1). The Fantastic Four next appears in Fantastic Four #50 (v1).
The Heralds of Galactus
The Heralds of Galactus last appeared in Fantastic Four #48 (v1). The Heralds of Galactus next appears in Fantastic Four #50 (v1).
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This issue is part of the Galactus Trilogy, a major moment in Marvel History.
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  fragsel Says:    
  2012-01-27 08:31:34  
  Frank Castle? Is that You? Maaaaaaaannnn!!! You've changed!!!  

  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-01-27 12:43:54  
  You know, I kinda dug The Controller. His master plan made me think of "The Matrix." As with a lot of the villains in this period, he was brought down to easily and neatly.  

  Shark Says:    
  2012-03-24 09:35:19  
  Reed Richard's logic:
>get beaten by Galactus
>"Oh well, I can't do anything, better shave"

  Duhhaag Says:    
  2012-06-14 10:06:21  
  Is The Watcher the twin brother of the Kingpin?  

  andyzh Says:    
  2012-07-08 17:55:44  
  mr. fantastic looks odd with the beard, I think the beard is a stupid idea  

  vanhornluke Says:    
  2012-09-11 20:28:33  
  In this issue, the Watcher says that Galactus had never fed on an inhabited world before. Does that mean Galactus and the Silver Surfer's backstory has been retconned since this issue? If so, when did the retcon appear?  

  Kokixo Says:    
  2013-01-08 16:06:26  
  Vanhornluke, maybe the planet of Silver Surfer was to be the first with life to be drained. Does anyone else think that, while he can't "interfere" with events, The Watcher is kinda meddling? I mean, the guy controls F.F. the same way Loki controls some of Thor's foes.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-05-28 22:15:29  
  Right, first Galactus appearance, awesome and all that, but...a big letter "G" on his chest? A mini-skirt/tunic-y thing with his pasty legs showing. Thus is not exactly the sartorial statement one expects from a Destroyer of Worlds.

Also, he is not even Giant-Man size!

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2013-06-16 01:40:06  
  this is the best book marvel ever produced, hello x-over! I have read a few Marvel books over the eras, but I am willing to stand by the comment. Incredible book (10)  

  Safis Says:    
  2013-06-29 18:40:56  
  It's pretty good and all, but some of the writing is just cringe-worthy here, compared to the improvement we've been seeing over the past year or so leading up to it. Also, for all the hype around him, Galactus seems pretty puny. I don't know any of his story or that of Silver Surfer beyond what we've seen in this issue and the previous one, so I'm interested to see what happens and what they do with him later.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-06 12:49:00  
  Galactus just brushes off all the minor annoyances and carries on with his plans and devices. That's a Badass!

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2013-12-16 23:10:14  
  ok so i agree with some of you that the size of Galactus is no where near what he will become later in the order when other writers get ahold of him....... but once the story got going, a lot of this stuff is still used later........ I deffinitly see that they retcon a lot of things about him though later on in marvel...... but being a fan i still loved reading it anyways, and this was deffinitly the best of the story-arc........  

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2014-05-13 23:19:20  
  Books like these are the reason I started reading the order. I wanted to read these great classics but I wasn't prepared for the level of crap quality comics that were leading up to moments like this. I don't regret reading only Essentials + Spider-Man. It has been a lot more enjoyable since I switched :)  

  kaste Says:    
  2014-05-22 17:40:37  
  No one is going to mention that the Human Torch keeps his fire in space?  

  TaoTaomona Says:    
  2014-06-04 08:31:01  
  They didn't get over the random breaks in story telling. The shaving incident is just as bad as the Hemi advertisement in the movie.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-07-19 18:39:46  
  This is pretty darn good.

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2014-07-25 11:39:18  
  Obviously Galactus lives in a Möbius strip the size of an entire solar system. Where else would he live? Brilliant. Thank you Jack Kirby.  

  Durango55 Says:    
  2014-07-29 07:59:40  
  5 stars.

I remember reading tyhis issue (okay, a reprint of this issue) and wondering how they were going to defeat Galactus.

Things I loved about this issue:
- the FF are just a minor annoyance to Galactus.
- the Punisher, Galactus servant, is more than a match for the FF. The artwork of the Punisher pummeling Reed is just fantastic.
- I liked the brief scene with the unshaven Reed, as it was something we hadn't seen before and lent an air of familiarity to a tale that was otherwise larger than life.

  arsenal009 Says:    
  2014-08-06 06:45:21  
  So in issues 48, the Surfer bounces back from his fall "like he wanted to fall off the roof"

But in issue 49, the Surfer is out cold & "slowly begins to regain consciousness"

I'm sorry but Stan Lee's inconsistency ruins Kirby's plots for me. Kirby may have quit a lot sooner if he ever bothered to read Stan Lee's writing, which modified the plot, after Kirby had sent the plotting & detailed notes to him.

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2014-08-15 17:51:46  
  This story arc is pretty good. Looking forward to its continuation.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-15 20:51:16  
  Holy cow, is this how the real Marvel Age begins? This is like the writing I remember from the 90s. I'm loving this story arc, I've always heard about Galactus but never read any books with him. Love it! 5 stars.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-08-30 17:40:18  
  5 stars for a buffet of cosmic proportions !!!

Cover Me - The Cosmic Puppeteer!!!

Bloated - @Duhhaag, jfpj1991: I agree about the Watcher. I miss the big head/little body from his earlier appearances. Unfortunately, we're stuck with a fat man in a skirt for years to come...

Manscaping - If Sue can fix her hair a couple of issues ago; then dammit Reed can get a shave!!!

Damage Control - But, wasn't Alicia's studio destroyed by the Dragon Man two issues ago???

'Nuff Said - "At last I know...beauty!"-Silver Surfer

  arsenal009 Says:    
  2014-09-27 18:14:34  
  After having just watched "Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer", I have a new appreciation for how in the comic, Alicia is able to convince the Surfer to help protect the planet.  

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-11-17 21:16:29  
  Galactus and Uatu squaring off *awesome sauce*  

  heman0420 Says:    
  2015-01-24 01:01:10  
  The Silver Surfer quickly became one of my favorites.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-04-18 16:17:33  
  First, let me say I am shocked... SHOCKED... by how small Galactus is in this issue. I think this may be the first issue I've ever actually read with him in it.

HOWEVER... That opening paragraph is an awesome way to start... "Galactus has landed on Earth! Any additional words of ours would simply pall beside the awesome portent of that one staggering phrase! GALACTUS HAS LANDED ON EARTH!"

So cool.

Also, while the Torch's journey across space and time was pretty crazy, the shot of Johnny on Pg15/P3 was awesome.

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-07-14 22:07:59  
  I like how the Watcher can only "watch", so he does everything except the final part. I don't think that qualifies as just watching big guy. Otherwise, another great one.  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2016-01-04 13:40:40  

  skabeaters Says:    
  2016-01-17 22:38:11  
  I've never been a fan of the Surfer, but I could come around. I never really liked FF before I started the list, and I've definitely come around, so I'll try not to judge. But seriously, the dude rides a silver surf board through space. Come on Stan!  

  JimboJangles Says:    
  2016-03-30 06:13:53  
  5 stars!

Page 13, Panel 3, Reed channels Wolverine : "I'll roll myself into a cannonball shape! Throw me, Ben ... hurry!" Fastball special anyone?

Page 16, Panel 3, More impossible physics, the 3 rings on the planet in the upper right corner. Also, somebody buy the Watcher a dictionary, when exactly does a space station become a planet?

  Earth General Says:    
  2016-05-18 15:37:36  
  Alicia:Oh-a man fell through my skylight! But Ohhh hes sooo interesting i'll fix him something to eat. *facepalm her naivety astounds me  

  kungfufan Says:    
  2016-07-20 01:46:37  
  Doom, a piker! LOVE IT!!! Can't believe nobody else commented on that! Yeah, shocked by Galactus' stature, but besides that, another whopping five stars. Interfering watchers don't even bug me anymore, I just take that in my stride.  

  J-Smack Says:    
  2016-08-06 20:34:29  
  Okay, I'm being honest here, I kind of hate myself for this, but...I really did not enjoy this that much. I try to look past the "first appearance of ____" concept when I rate these. If Galctus and the Surfer had been two one-shot characters, this wouldn't be so special to me.

-Galctus felt over-hyped. FF have faced earth-shattering threats before, such as Molecule Man, Impossible Man, the Infant Terrible, etc. No, they weren't as cool as a planet-energy-drainer, but they obviously had the capability to annihilate the planet, and the latter two had no qualms with doing it. So, when I see Galactus, who was so horrible that the Watcher came to tamper once again with affairs, it disappoints me when the Thing can knock the big baddy off his feet with a single punch
-The Surfer turning good is a little too rushed to mean anything to me. We met him last issue, and he's already considering "eh, screw him." In contrast, look at Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Very gradual change, making a big payoff.
-The fight against Galactus/figuring out how to defeat him drags for me. It seems almost meaningless until Johnny goes with the Watcher.
-Too many solutions present themselves at once; the Surfer turning on his master and the Watcher's plan. These are presented (initially at least) as legitimate means to end Galactus. So, two solutions found in the span of one comic once again makes him look like no big deal to me. Think of how big a deal Dormammu was in Dr. Strange. That took FOREVER, but it made it epic (to me, at least.) The Galactus fight seems like it won't even last 2 and half issues, with little "fighting" so far--more like groveling in hopelessness or coming up with useless plans until the end.

Alright, that's it. I encourage people to refute this; maybe I'll see it in a different light.

  Dood12 Says:    
  2016-10-12 12:19:42  
  I agree with J-Smack. I was really really excited for this issue and while I still gave it four stars, it was somewhat disappointing. I usually ignore the sexism but man Reed is a jerk and he wasn't being that bad prior to the Inhuman/Galactus arc. They are messing with Galactus way too easily (like Ben being able to punch him off the building) and it seems to be getting ready to wrap up with some crazy machine solution in the next issue. Still enjoyable but like J-Smack said, if Galactus and Silver Surfer never appeared again after these issues, I wouldn't be so caring about this story  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-12-30 19:39:38  
  • That's my line – "He's treating us like some sort of bothersome gnats! It's a type of cosmic insect repellant!" (Mister Fantastic)

  • The first two giant panels, from opposite points of view, really stroke me.

  • On page 6 panel 5, that must have been quite a blow, the Thing gave to Silver Surfer, because his spine is no longer aligned with his butt crack!

  • So Galactus just travels from planet to planet and consumes them. What a boring and pointless life!

  • It appears that sweet Alicia will once more save the day by simply being kind!

  • I loved the bathroom scene but I was expecting a toy rubber duck in the Thing's bathtub!

  • Great panel of Galactus's home world. And it is logical that a planet eater would live in a space station. I like that the angle of the station makes it appear like a giant 8, a symbol for infinity.

  • I admit that some of the script is repetitive and Thing's lines are annoying and pointless. But still, this is one of the best, if not the best story in the Order so far! The plot is rather complex with the Torch travelling to Galactus's home world on one side and Alicia delivering a convincing plea to Silver Surfer on another. And artwork blew me away. It was magnificent and very successful at conveying the right amount of emotions to create dramatic tension. 5 stars with no hesitation!

  mrtc2003 Says:    
  2017-04-17 05:36:13  
  I tend to agree with J-Smack's comments above. The story as a whole is great and I did very much enjoy this particular issue. However some elements do feel a bit rushed - particularly with regards to the Silver Surfer's change of heart.

I think personally the story needed a bit longer to establish the Surfer before bringing in Galactus. The thing is this story is called The Galactus Trilogy but it's not really three issues long. It's starts half way through #48, runs right through this issue and ends just over half way through #50. Had the story been a full three issues in length perhaps it wouldn't have felt quite so rushed.

Nevertheless, I'm still giving this 4 stars because, despite the quibbles, it's still an exciting read and makes me want to read the conclusion.

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Fantastic Four Omnibus, Volume 2
This collection includesFantastic Four #31 (v1), Fantastic Four #33 (v1), Fantastic Four #34 (v1), Fantastic Four #35 (v1), Fantastic Four #36 (v1), Fantastic Four #37 (v1), Fantastic Four #38 (v1), Fantastic Four #39 (v1), Fantastic Four #40 (v1), Fantastic Four #41 (v1), Fantastic Four #42 (v1), Fantastic Four #43 (v1), Fantastic Four Annual #3, Fantastic Four #44 (v1), Fantastic Four #45 (v1), Fantastic Four #46 (v1), Fantastic Four #47 (v1), Fantastic Four #48 (v1), Fantastic Four #49 (v1), Fantastic Four #50 (v1), Fantastic Four #51 (v1), Fantastic Four #52 (v1), Fantastic Four #53 (v1), Fantastic Four #54 (v1), Fantastic Four #55 (v1), Fantastic Four #56 (v1), Fantastic Four Annual #4, Fantastic Four #57 (v1), Fantastic Four #58 (v1), Fantastic Four #59 (v1), Fantastic Four #60 (v1)
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This collection includesFantastic Four #41 (v1), Fantastic Four #42 (v1), Fantastic Four #43 (v1), Fantastic Four Annual #3, Fantastic Four #44 (v1), Fantastic Four #45 (v1), Fantastic Four #46 (v1), Fantastic Four #47 (v1), Fantastic Four #48 (v1), Fantastic Four #49 (v1), Fantastic Four #50 (v1)
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