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41: Fantastic Four #11 (v1) [B Story]

" The Impossible Man! "
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Fantastic Four #11b (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Stan Goldberg
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Dick Ayers
Colourists: Stan Goldberg
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: February 1963
Release Date: November 1962
Story Arc: -
Pages: 11
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,454                 Times Rated: 745
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Strange Tales #105 (v1)
Journey into Mystery #89 (v1)
Fantastic Four #11b (v1)
Fantastic Four #11a (v1)
Tales to Astonish #40 (v1)
39: Strange Tales
#105 (v1)
40: Journey into ...
#89 (v1)
 
42: Fantastic Fou...
#11a (v1)
43: Tales to Asto...
#40 (v1)
 
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A look into the Fantastic Four's past and a strange visitor from the planet Poppup. This miraculous being can evolve instantaneously to counter-act any situation. The Earth is his playground but how can the Fantastic Four stop him with his power of evolution?
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Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Strange Tales #105 (v1). Mr. Fantastic next appears in Fantastic Four #11a (v1).
     
  The Invisible Girl
The Invisible Girl last appeared in Strange Tales #105 (v1). The Invisible Girl next appears in Fantastic Four #11a (v1).
     
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Strange Tales #105 (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Fantastic Four #11a (v1).
     
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Strange Tales #105 (v1). The Thing next appears in Fantastic Four #11a (v1).
     
Villains
  Impossible Man
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Impossible Man in the mainstream continuity. Impossible Man next appears in Fantastic Four #175 (v1).
     
 
Group Appearances
The Fantastic Four (Roster I)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Strange Tales #105 (v1). The Fantastic Four next appears in Fantastic Four #11a (v1).
   
     
NYPD
NYPD last appeared in Journey into Mystery #89 (v1). NYPD next appears in Journey into Mystery #90 (v1).
   
     
National Guard
National Guard last appeared in Tales to Astonish #39 (v1). National Guard next appears in Fantastic Four #12 (v1).
   
     
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A group of hobos sitting around a fire are visited by a strange alien who informs them he is from the planet Poppup. When the alien asks if he can share their food, the hobos tell him that first he has to pay them with cash. The alien asks where he can get cash and the hobos tell him that it is kept in banks.

Turning up inside a bank vault, the alien helps himself to bundles of cash and when the bank guards try to stop him, he turns himself into steel to deflect their bullets.

The Fantastic Four are summoned and they arrive to find the alien sitting in a restaurant tucking into a large meal. The alien says that he was bored with life on Popupp and so has decided to take a vacation on Earth. He reveals that the inhabitants of Popupp are able to change themselves into anything at all. When a scuffle develops, he uses his ability to change his form to get the better of all four members of the FF.

Moving outside, the alien continues to wreak havoc, stealing a cab and driving erratically through the streets. The FF catch up with him and again confront him, but are unable to stop him. When the National Guard arrive on the scene, the alien turns himself into a bomb. Mr Fantastic tosses the bomb up into the stratosphere, where it explodes harmlessly. However, the alien reforms himself with wings in order to glide safely back down to Earth. The Torch has an idea and flies around the alien in hypnotic pattern. The plan appears to work and the alien crashes to the ground. He’s unhurt by the fall and, to the FF’s dismay, he tells them that this is the best fun he’s ever had and that he is going to stay and kid around with them always.

Realising that force is not going to work, Reed comes up with a different approach. He instructs the other members of the FF to turn their backs on the alien and walk away. The alien tries to get their attention, but they continue to ignore him. Reed tells everyone that there is no point in trying to fight the Impossible Man and that everyone should simply ignore him.

During the days that follow, everyone takes Mr Fantastic’s advice and ignores the alien. Bored and despondent at the lack of reaction to his antics, the alien decides that Earth is too dull. He turns himself into a rocket and leaves.
 
 
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  Bob Says:    
  2011-10-19 18:24:36  
  I felt bad for the Impossible Man. He just wanted to have a good time. If the F4 would have approached him in a more peacefully manner, there hadn't been any trouble at all.  
 
 

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-19 23:53:02  
  Poor Sue got her feelings hurt. I hope they don't do any more of these broken fourth wall conversations with the readers. I'm sure it seemed like a good idea at the time, but it just didn't work in my opinion.  
 
 

  Safis Says:    
  2012-01-24 21:26:36  
  This is great. I honestly found myself wondering, "What do the Fantastic Four do with all their time between adventures?" about two issues ago, and here we go! Not too crazy about the Impossible Man, though. I thought the fourth wall thing was a nice, humorous touch. Just as long as they don't start doing it all the time, we'll be fine.  
 
 

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-03-28 01:19:23  
  Just awesomely funny, this impossible-man was a gag!!! And we even get more about Ff past, like how Ben and Reed met and an special revelation, Reed worked on O.S.S. (didn't heard of it till I googled it today)!!! Ah, don't forget the two paged letters session, the only down point was justifying Sue's role on the group. The truth is that they were somewhat sexist and it waiting to see when she get's more into action!

This sequence- hitchhicking on 9, fighting Doom after the very appearence of Kirby and Lee on the magazine and this special issue, together with the letters on this and specially 10 just shows how both creators were really on the top those times!!
 
 
 

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-06-28 18:00:34  
  It's rare moment when I find myself with absolutely nothing negative to say. This was a great issue and one of my favorites so far. Ignoring them breaking the 4th wall, the second story was extremely interesting to me. Seeing Reed and Grimm sharing memories about their friendship really made me care more about these characters. The Impossible Man story was also a pretty fun read.  
 
 

  Agrippina Says:    
  2012-07-11 07:09:09  
  It's interesting that the reaction to readers complaining about Sue's lack of importance was to defend themselves (and compare her to Abe Lincoln's mother!?!) instead of improving her role. Torch gets new powers every minute, but Sue really IS underpowered at this stage.  
 
 

  olgamon Says:    
  2012-07-16 09:44:16  
  I agree with the person above me. I guess the 60s were just a different, more sexist time haha  
 
 

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-12 18:56:14  
  Well, that was different. I liked what they were aiming for, but this isn't an issue that I'd want to go back to.  
 
 

  Anonymous Says:    
  2012-10-08 12:32:46  
  As far as i know, this may be the first time the words "Collector's Item" appear on the cover of a comic book. At least this is the first one that I've noticed.  
 
 

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-11 16:41:17  
  I enjoyed this issue FAR more than I was led to believe. The first segment is a nice bit of character development, and I'm starting to feel like The FF really care about each other, which is an element that was sorely lacking in the first few issues, possibly due to Ben's initial anger issues.

The Impossible Man is a really nice change of pace, and I was quite entertained by his antics.
 
 
 

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2012-11-13 23:29:06  
  Oops that anonymous comment about the cover was mine but I guess I wasn't signed in!  
 
 

  edgar987 Says:    
  2012-12-21 20:42:19  
  I thought this was a beautiful issue Jacks art is so wonderful.  
 
 

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-04-29 08:25:06  
  The Impossible Man gets' four stars (super-fast evolution!?) but the whole "Lincoln's Mother" speech loses two full stars and makes me wonder a bit about Reed and Sue's relationship.  
 
 

  skabeaters Says:    
  2013-05-08 15:37:11  
  1st Half: Sue still likes that fishy creeper from under the sea? 2nd Half: I was just as annoyed as the Fantastic Four.  
 
 

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-19 16:25:42  
  Love this one, especially the Impossible Man. One of the few comics from that time that I can remember where I bought it, when I bought it and where I read it (3 times in a row).  
 
 

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-09-30 16:02:43  
  At first I couldn't get into this one, but after a while it grew on me. The back story of the FF was pretty entertaining, but I don't feel like it went into that much detail. It didn't really explain why Torch was with them on the space flight. The Impossible Man, no the other hand was pretty ridiculous, but I like how they eventually came to defeat him. Overall, not a great issue, but worth reading for the entertainment value.  
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-01-03 18:52:39  
  3 stars for the Impossible Man, and I liked seeing the FF just chilling.

Cover Me - Whoa, the Thing is actually backing up on the cover. Usually he likes to shake his fist at trouble.

Near Mint - That poor kid on the splash page should take better care of his comics. He's sitting on a gold mine!

Postal - Willie Lumpkin used to have his own comic strip in the 50's.

Place Your Bets - Yancy St Gang = 200, Thing = 0

Alumni - When you think of great colleges. You think of Yale, Princeton, Harvard, and State U.

A Girls Second Best Friend - Reed wont stand a chance if Namor gives Sue that giant pearl.

Marvelous - On page 2, panel 3 the Impossible Man looks like Katharine Hepburn.

Slow On The Draw - I can't believe those cops are still firing with all of the ricochet coming back at them from 5 feet away!

Pop Art - In this issue the Impossible Man can change colors, but in future appearances he can't.

'Nuff Said - "Name? We Poppupians have no names! We know who we are!"-Impossible Man
 
 
 

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-01-06 01:10:23  
  1. FF comics in FF-land...no bueno.
2. Willie Lumpkin is nice to see. I like the returning support characters.
3. Thing getting the punch in the face made me giggle. Gotta love the Yancys. WHAP!
4. Some FF deepbackstory..I approve. But poor Sue. We didn't mean to hurt her feelings. I just don't need to be lectured by my comic book.
5. They are legitimate hobos...not amateurs
Impossible Man is campy and the story is straight out of pree-FF Marvel. Not bad...3 stars.
 
 
 

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-01-24 14:26:02  
  What can I say? I've always loved the Impossible Man. An Impy appearance in the FF was always like an episode of X-Files featuring the Lone Gunmen. It doesn't matter how good the episode is, you're just happy to see them.

As far as the first half of the issue, poor Ben! Reed just comes off so callous, calling him "Thing" all the time, instead of "Ben." He might as well have said "Welcome back to the human race... you twisted ugly freak!" And Sue! "Oh Ben, you're a real living doll again... not a twisted ugly freak!" Or her I realize what a fool I've been, indulging in self pity when I really should be comforting you... you twisted ugly freak!"

It's like they don't even bother to think about his feelings, the poor guy.

And what about Reed, pining over Sue? Talk about desperate... sorry my friend, she just not that into you. "Hey sonny, here's some flowers to give to the Invisible Girl!" Poor Reed.

Reed: "Sue, I was thinking..."
Sue: "Oh, Reed! I've told you I don't want to talk about it."

Reed: "Sue, a funny thing happened..."
Sue: "Reed! Please don't bring it up!"

Reed: "Sue, does this look infected..."
Sue: "Reed how many times must I tell you I just want to be friends!"

And so on... I know they get married, but for now, this is great stuff!
 
 
 

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-05 16:24:36  
  This issue was honestly one of the best in a while... The Impossible-Man was really funny and Sue's birthday was a nice little story.  
 
 

  Imperator Says:    
  2015-01-11 11:35:24  
  Impossible Man.. Wel, not as bad as I expected :)  
 
 

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2015-01-26 22:11:15  
  Art was good, story was good. I really like the Impossible Man. I see he makes a lot more appearances in the future, and man is he powerful.  
 
 

  ViolentPhlegm Says:    
  2015-06-07 17:29:09  
  A silly and fairly annoying character and story, but definitely memorable.  
 
 

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-23 10:34:36  
  I love this. Its to goofy not to love.  
 
 

  Shioxus Says:    
  2015-12-22 00:55:45  
  It seems to me that I really like the offbeat villains the most. Paste-Pot Pete was a riot, I actually rather like the Magician, and The Impossible Man might be my favorite villain yet. He is just so much fun, and the fact that he isn't inherently evil makes him so likeable.

The meta fan letters story was pretty cool, wouldn't mind seeing these every once in awhile.

Only the 2nd or 3rd issue in the order to get 4 stars from me so far.
 
 
 

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-22 12:34:46  
  I like Impossible Man but he seems to strong that he could actually take down Odin in a game of tricks.  
 
 

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-06 19:40:08  
 
  • OMG, I remember this story so vividly from my childhood! Also remember how I loved it!

  • For once, an alien came to Earth without the intent of invading it. The candor of this character keeps reminding me of the Great Gazoo.

  • That cop on page 3 panel 3 looks like he really wanted to be in the frame.

  • The Thing, as always, is always fist-happy. I bet the Fantastic Four could have been more efficient without violence, but that would have made a boring story, right?

  • Just imagine the fun this guy could have partying with Loki!

  • Incredible as it may, this story makes much more sense than the Torch coming up with new powers every issue. The alien comes up with a relatively logic reason for his abilities.

  • 5 stars of pure fun!

  • POP!
 
 
 

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-03-22 16:54:46  
  Almost impossible to read. Kinda say the end long before it got there. That might be good actually since some of the endings seem pulled out of thin air.  
 
 

  J-hat Says:    
  2016-03-25 10:16:28  
  This was absurd. the FF couldn't beat him so let just ignore him.. luckily he didn't decide to destroy anyone who wouldn't play with him  
 
 

  mrtc2003 Says:    
  2016-03-25 14:04:45  
  It's a ridiculous, silly story but intentionally so on this occasion. I really enjoyed it!  
 
 

  Calion Says:    
  2016-05-23 19:06:30  
  'You hurt Sue's feelings with your mean, mean letters!" Ugh. Really? And yes, Sue is stupid, and weak, and worthless.  
 
 

  Schabenc Says:    
  2016-06-04 23:59:10  
  Impossible Man is such an annoying SOB  
 
 

  Shentenza Says:    
  2016-07-13 21:54:21  
  Thing getting hit by the glove is the greatest thing (haha) ever. Why did the Yancy Street Gang never got their own comic?!

I liked the idea and the Impossible Man, but the FF are so rude, how about talking before attacking him like he is Thanos.
 
 
 

  ScottG12 Says:    
  2016-10-23 15:37:38  
  Reed's plan of "let him do what he wants" was a bit foolish, what if he had decided to cause mass genocide or something? But overall it was an ok issue, I like that he only wanted to have fun and not destroy the planet or anything like most aliens do.  
 
 

  Murphynator42 Says:    
  2016-10-23 17:17:39  
  I really like the concept for this one, eben if the end result was a little...potentially disastrous. Hopefully he won't soon return with a vengeance against humanity  
 
 

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-04 17:52:04  
  The FF were dicks to Impy  
 
 

  God2600 Says:    
  2017-07-12 21:58:19  
  The mail man looks like a current Stan Lee  
 
 

  jennychan Says:    
  2018-01-11 21:36:00  
  I always thought Impossible Man was more than a shapeshifter. I guess he becomes Deadpool later.  
 
 

 
 
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Dear Stan and Jack:

      Do you mind telling us who wrote the story for FF #8? It was probably the greatest one we've ever seen. The only mistake was in the art department. The Puppet Master's teeth were a little too big for him. Otherwise the story was terrif! Also, we agree with Angry Artie Star that if you throw out Sue Storm tell us where you throw her because we'll make a beeline for that place, too. We also agree that the FF should be in the movies. So count this letter as a vote in favor.

James Barnhill & Larry Berry
2813 Malta Place
Las Vegas, Nevada

Thanks, guys. But you must be the only two readers left who don't know that Stan Lee writes the stories and Jack Kirby draws them. As for the FF being in the movies, many, many fans have written enthusiastically to agree with H. Sher's idea. In fact, in a future issue, we'll print some of the many suggestions for casting which we've received, as soon as we can sort them all out.

 
Dear Stan and Jack:

      I believe congratulations are in order. The FF have been in existence for over a year. It has been an interesting year. Twelve months ago I purchased a new comic book which styled itself "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine." It was not, however, this modest declaration which drew me to the book, but rather the sight of the Human Torch. The first and second issues did little to support your boast. You were not even the best comic of your type. I was about ready to abandon you when issue #3 came out. In that issue, you began to show some style. With the appearance of Sub-Mariner in #4 you began to pick up speed. The creation of Dr. Doom in #5 was another inspiration. To boot, your principles have taken on definite form. The four of them began their lives as mannikins [mannequins] mouthing pious platitudes. They have matured into warm, vibrant personalities, each with his own strength and weaknesses. They are, in short, human, yet credibly more than human. The Torch-Thing feud has been handled well, and I hope to see it continued. I've noticed, however, that the Thing seems to be learning to control his temper. This, too, I think is good. He seems to do more good when his brute strength is directed by a cool head then when, as in early issues, he goes on destructive rampages. Under the head of complaints, I have only one. It concerns the Invisible Girl. Now let me make it plain that I don’t want her eliminated. She has too much potential for that. My complaint is that her potential is seldom utilized. I object chiefly to the fact that in eight tries, she has been captured by four of the villains. I think she would make a better action character than a hostage. In summation, I cannot say you've fulfilled your claim to being "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine," but you've done much towards correcting your early flaws. I am confident that a poll of comic readers would rank you in the top ten.

      Such progress in so short a time should be commended. One more thing before closing: I agree wholeheartedly with Comrade Sher that the FF would do well in the movies. I'm also in general agreement with his "casting." Gregory Peck, Troy Donahue and Tuesday Weld would do well as Mr. Fantastic, Human Torch, and Invisible Girl. For the Thing, however, I would recommend Lon Chaney, Jr. rather than Steve Reeves.

Larry Tucker
1707 Lucile
Wichita Falls, Texas

Heck, Larry, it would look silly to change our slogan to "ALMOST The World's Greatest Comic Magazine"! Besides, after reading your letter, the Thing tells us not to worry. He says you're probably just one of the Yancy Street Boys!

 
Dear Stan and Jack:

      I think the FF are the best super-hero group ever made! I say they should be on TV! I don't car who plays the roles, but they should be on. Mr. Fantastic's name is okay – so is the Thing's. Don’t dare get rid of Invisible Girl! Please re-publish the first issue for those of us who missed it. How come in the FF mag they all live in a big city, but in STRANGE TALES, the Torch and Sue live in a small town called Centerville? What gives? Anyway, you have easily the best comic mag ever printed. By the way, how long can the Torch keep his flame on? Have the Thing change to Ben Grimm more often. And thanks for a great mag.

Billy Rintz
1024 S. Oak Street
Hillsboro, Illinois

Let's quickly answer Billy's letter point by point: Thanks. So do we. Okay. We won't. Maybe someday. They don't all LIVE in the skyscraper – that's just their headquarters. Thanks. No definite time – depends on his physical condition and on how long he had his flame on the previous time. Okay. You're welcome. (Whew!)

 
Hey, you guys,

      What happened? The last issue I have is #5 and now I pick up #8! This proves that the FF is the greatest! If a fella isn't careful, they're sold out before he can get a copy. Around here the closest place to buy comics is the drugstore. New shipments come in on Tuesdays, and I've been going for my copy on Thursday, so by the time I got there they were gone. Luckily, I went on Tuesday last time and I got a copy! I'd like to know if I could get #6? I've heard a lot about it and wondered if I could somehow get that famous issue from you. (No one wants to trade for it.) And now for my big question – What happened to the Thing's boots? He wore them in #4!

Kurt Dagenais
141 Second St.

East Providence 14, Rhode Island

Sorry, Kurt, as we mentioned in a previous issue, we have no back numbers for sale. BUT perhaps one of our other readers will notice your letter and come to the rescue. As for the Thing's boots, it looks as though he just got tired of wearing them. He probably figured that when a guy looks the way HE does, no one will notice whether he's barefoot or not.

 
Dear Stan and Jack:

      Thanks a million. You have brought enjoyment back to comic books for me. I have been reading all different types of mags for about eight years now and have been bored stiff. After the first year or two, every story I read was practically the same with a few minor changes and I found myself buying them purely from habit. Every new comic hero seems to be a duplicate of another with an extra power or so added. That is, all except the FF. I must admit, I first started to buy your mag from habit, but every time I read one of them I derived more and more pleasure from it. Finally, after reading #8 I turned to the front and read it over again and again and again. I used to throw comics away before, but from now on I'm saving every FF I can get my greedy little hands on. One request: If anything comes of the fondness which Alicia showed for the Thing, don't let it dangle on and on like other mags do. And now, every time I get bored I'll just open one of your books and escape to a world of wonderful realistic fantasy.

William Paul
112 O'Grady Street
Fall River, Mass.

Thanks, Bill – and we'll do likewise with your letter.

 
Dear Stan and Jack:

      How old are Mr. Fantastic, The Thing, Invisible Girl, and the Human Torch? My cousins and I play Fantastic Four all the time.

Betty Dille
Indianapolis, Indiana

Mr. Fantastic and Ben Grimm are both in their late thirties, having graduated college when they were very young. Sue Storm is in her twenties, and Johnny was just seventeen. (We can't tell Sue's EXACT age because, being a female, she'd never talk to us again!)

 
Dear Stan And Jack:

      I think that the FF is the best comic mag ever to hit the newsstands! I like the Torch because of his weird powers, and besides that, my name is Johnny Storm. The FF has personality all of its own, and is different from the other crime fighters. I think that the FF Feature Page in #8 was the most!

Johnny Storm
San Pedro, California

Tell us, Johnny, would the Torch STILL be your favorite if your name was Ben Grimm?

 
Dear Stand and Jack:

      The Human Torch is a sensation! It made a hit with all my friends overnight. PLEASE DON'T KILL IT! We are getting a bunch of signatures ready to send in to save the Torch also.

David Lancaster
(President of SAVE THE TORCH DRIVE)
3717 Springdale
Fort Worth, Texas

Huh? Who said anything about killing the Torch? We're all for saving the Torch, but tell us, Dave – save him from WHAT?

 
Dear Stan and Jack:

      I just can't help myself. I'm constantly writing to you in congratulation of something or other. This time it's ish #9. First of all, the story was created on a sound premise. What other characters in the long history of comics ever had money worries? As I opened the book, my eyes came to rest on a tiny block containing the names of the writer, artist, inker, and letterer. I was glad to see Dick Ayers and Art Simek get the credit they deserve. The return of Sub-Mariner struck a responsive chord, although I think he would be a better hero than a villain. Your human touches such as Reed's losing the money in stocks, the Thing upset about the whole mess, and the hitch-hiking scene (which was worth the price of the whole book), added greatly to the characters and personalities of the FF. Could you keep Alicia around as one of the Thing's only friends? She is a strong character and would add just that much more to the mag. Why – WHY does some joker with no imagination suggest that Thor, or Ant-Man, or Spider Man join the FF? If these fans would stop and think a minute, they'd realize that one of those other heroes would steal the show. I'm kind of a writer myself and I realize that a hero by himself has to have a certain number of gimmicks or powers to sell magazines. A prime example is the Human Torch. When he made his debut in STRANGE TALES, extra powers had to be created for him. (What powers? – ed.) Thor, because he is a lone hero, is as powerful as the whole FF, but in a different way. By the way – Kong-gratulations! (That's a king-sized congrats!) Many happy returns on your birthday. As of ish #8, the FF is a year old! May you have a thousand more! One parting note: I was glad to see such stars as Jim Arness, Amanda Blake, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, etc featured in #9. It added to the realism of the fabulous foursome. Many thanks for a year of the greatest magazine in the world. P.S.: I have a complete collection of your great mags!

Sherman Howard
3776 E. 154th Street
Cleveland 28, Ohio

Sherm, it took us so long to READ your letter, that we've no time left to ANSWER it! But we appreciate your carefully considered comments, and we're sure our fans will, too.

 
Well, that wraps it up for this ish! Hope you enjoyed our new, expanded two-page fan section. And remember, next issue the F.F. come face to face with THE HULK in a story which we feel will be considered a comic classic for years to come. See you then.

 
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   November 24, 2017 TStarnes
   November 21, 2017 TStarnes
   November 13, 2015 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   September 7, 2015 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   January 25, 2015 fragsel Changed comic details.
   January 23, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Willie Lumpkin.
   July 17, 2014 Neskit Added NYPD to the issue.
   July 17, 2014 Neskit Added National Guard to the issue.
   June 18, 2014 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   June 17, 2014 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   January 2, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for The Thing.
   January 2, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for The Human Torch.
   January 2, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for The Invisible Girl.
   January 2, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for Mr. Fantastic.
   January 2, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for The Fantastic Four.
     
 
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