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4: Fantastic Four #3 (v1)

" The Menace of the Miracle Man "
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Fantastic Four #3 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Sol Brodsky
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Sol Brodsky
Colourists: Stan Goldberg
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: March 1962
Release Date: December 1961
Story Arc: -
Pages: 23
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 2,166                 Times Rated: 1090
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Issue Blurb
The Fantastic Four face the Miracle Man and his plans for world domination. Facing off against the monsters he brings to life, it is up to the Invisible Girl to save them. Can even the Fantastic Four defeat a man who performs miracles?
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Fantastic Four #2 (v1). Mr. Fantastic next appears in Fantastic Four #4 (v1).
  The Invisible Girl
The Invisible Girl last appeared in Fantastic Four #2 (v1). The Invisible Girl next appears in Fantastic Four #4 (v1).
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Fantastic Four #2 (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Fantastic Four #4 (v1).
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Fantastic Four #2 (v1). The Thing next appears in Fantastic Four #4 (v1). This is the only issue that shows the Thing wearing his helmet (excluding when he was briefly injured).
Supporting Characters
  Lieutenant General Fredricks
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Lieutenant General Fredricks in the mainstream continuity. Lieutenant General Fredricks next appears in X-Men #2 (v1).
  The Miracle Man
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by The Miracle Man in the mainstream continuity. The Miracle Man next appears in Fantastic Four #138 (v1).
Group Appearances
The Fantastic Four (Roster I)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Fantastic Four #2 (v1). The Fantastic Four next appears in Fantastic Four #4 (v1). A first real glimpse is given of the Baxter Building, with the various rooms and floors layed out and diagramed..
NYPD last appeared in Fantastic Four #1 (v1). NYPD next appears in Fantastic Four #4 (v1).
United States Army
United States Army last appeared in Fantastic Four #2 (v1). United States Army next appears in Tales to Astonish #29a (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Fantasticar MK I (Flying Bathtub)
Fantasticar MK I (Flying Bathtub) next appears in Fantastic Four #4 (v1).
Fantasti-Copter next appears in Fantastic Four #6 (v1).
Pogo Plane MK I
Pogo Plane MK I next appears in Fantastic Four #6 (v1).
The Thing's Helmet
This is currently the only appearance of The Thing's Helmet in the Main 616 continuity.
Fantasti-Flare last appeared in Fantastic Four #2 (v1). Fantasti-Flare next appears in Fantastic Four #4 (v1).
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Issue Notes

Issue Notes

The story is split into 5 chapters:
  The Fantastic Four, in... The Menace of the Miracle Man
  The Monster Lives!
  The Flame that Died!
  In the Shadow of Defeat!
  The Final Challenge!

Why Essential Notes

The Fantastic Fours building is shown/blueprinted in this issue.

The Fantastic Fours uniforms make their first appearance in this issue, although the helmet given to the thing is quickly lost.
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Issue Review
   October 17, 2017
5 stars for the intro of Hank Pym, a character of great significance in the Marvel Universe. As some have said, it's a pretty generic scientist develops shrink formula tale, but Kirby's art carries puts it over the top.
   February 13, 2014
What's good about this? Well, quite a bit, actually. Love the costumes, right? Still remember being mesmerized by it watching the seventies spots with HERBIE. But to put Torch's flame-resistant Underoos front and center? Not my choice. The villain? Better science here, but a hypnotist? Okay - we're reaching a bit, here. Mastermind - much better. I think the comic even realized this - downplaying the villain on the cover, and paying attention to the costumes and car - WOW! Story? Probably the dullest so far. Costumes, though? SO cool. I love how Thing even rips his own apart, berating "I ain't gonna wear this fool outfit," and "Get me outta this monkey suit so I can move!" His original? Pretty darned stupid, I might add.
   March 14, 2010
This issue featured a change to the cover adding a boast of “The Greatest Comic Magazine In The World”, and although it is reworded in subsequent issues, this statement stays on the cover for some time. Also in this issue we are given a nice cut-away side view of the Baxter Building, seeing some of its layout. This definitely appeals to my inner child as being kind of cool.

Also their costumes make an appearance in this issue, including a shirt and helmet for the Thing which is... (continued)
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Issue Synopsis
The Fantastic Four see a stage magician named the Miracle Man, who humbles the thing during a contest of strength on stage. That night the Miracle Man brings one of the giant theature statues to life, starting his crime spree. Hearing the news, the Fantastic Four split up to find the monster. Eventually they are able to find it with the Miracle Man who is stealing the army's prototype Atomic Tank. Confronting them and the Human Toch melts the statue, but they are unable however to capture the miracle man who escapes wit the tank. The Invisible Girl secretly follows him by stowing away in the tank.

While the back at the Baxter Building the Thing and the Human Torch fight once again, the Invisible Girl is discovered. The Miracle Man hynoptisers her and forces her to signle for the rest of the Fantastic Four to join her. He fights with the Thing and Mr. Fantastic and is fourced to flee in the stolen tank, with the other three members of the Fantastic Four chasing them in Johnny's race car. Flying ahead, the Human Torch creates a flare to blind the Miracle Man. This causes him to loose his power of hynposis, the only real power he had.

Getting into a fight over who gets the credit for defeating the Miracle Man, the Human Torch quits the team and flies away.
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  Vic Says:    
  2011-10-19 19:27:44  
  Nice to see the debut of the F4 uniforms. Thing looks funny in the helmet. The "short-tempered" angle is wearing thin on the Thing. And it's only issue 3...  

  TStarnes Says:    
  2011-10-19 20:04:04  
  And it doesn't tone down for a long...long time. On the bright side, it eventually becomes less annoying.  

  Atrus Says:    
  2012-02-12 14:32:57  
  So, I was all set to give this issue a high review, until the ending. Even for the silver age, that is a completely ridiculous cop out. Mass Hypnosis? And the blinding flash caused him to lose it?  

  Psikonetic Says:    
  2012-06-14 22:52:31  
  While the villain and his "ability" is quite sad, even by Silver Age standards (I don't get how hypnosis let him do all the things he did, convincing even television cameras) and there are some liberal uses of powers (though that's been standard since Issue 1, but I had to laugh at Mr. F using himself as a tire...); this issue gets mid-level rating from me only because of the debut of the uniforms and cut away of the Baxter Building. These are some iconic images from the formation of a more coherent superhero universe and this is where we see them first!  

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-06-20 18:58:11  
  The issue does have it's problems, notably the terrible ending explanation of the Miracle Man's powers. Another small gripe is caused by the fact they have retold the FF origin in all three issues so far, which is a tad bit overkill. However, in my opinion, this issue was better written than the first two.  

  olgamon Says:    
  2012-07-15 07:04:19  
  So... the Thing likes Sue, all it took to get rid of the miracle man's "powers" was a bright light, and the torch just decided to leave them out of nowhere because the thing s a bit of a dick. "F**k mankind, I ain't putting up with that guy". Real good, Stan... 2 stars.  

  Wady Says:    
  2012-07-17 16:41:01  
  Central City that was a fun fact  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2012-07-23 05:35:45  
  A bit far-fetched. I know it is fantasy but credit us with a bit of intelligence. I suppose they were more innocent times back then.  

  Nick Says:    
  2012-07-23 06:56:00  
  Have to agree with all the other comments. Iconic cover.  

  Borealis Says:    
  2012-08-30 15:14:28  
  Costumes, check. Fantasticar, check. Downtown headquarters? Check. Cheesy, lame Silver-Age villain, check.

Happy four-year old who loves the Human Torch? Check.

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-13 10:18:42  
  The Thing is turning into a really, really annoying character. Also, the Miracle Man is garbage.  

  gonzo Says:    
  2012-09-17 16:40:41  
  Mr. Fantastic as a spare tire will never not be funny, and it was cool to see the costumes for the first time. Otherwise, this issue was a hot mess.  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-05 14:27:42  
  A sub-par issue. The Miracle Man's defeat was poorly explained(why did his temporary blindness cause his hypnotism to lose it's effect?), though I do like his design, and I feel that it is possible to tell a good story with him as the primary villain. I don't knock it for Johnny's behavior, however, which some of my fellow commentators have. He behaved irrationally and over-emotionally, but what do you expect? He's a teenager, and a fairly egotistical one at that. Speaking as a teenager, such behavior would not be fully out of character for some of my peers, and perhaps myself in my darker moments. It's nice to know that Johnny later comes to his senses, though, which is more than can be said for some people who have made the same kind of mistakes.

Also, does anyone know where I can find the letters pages legally online? I'm reading it digitally, and for some reason they've excised the letters, which I think could be potentially quite interesting.

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2012-10-16 02:45:45  
  Loved mr fantastic as a spare tire haha. Too bad the bad guy was so lame, this might have actually been a great issue! I'm surprised that flame head quit this early!  

  allenryals Says:    
  2013-01-11 17:29:34  
  I highly disliked the ending. So he hypnotized everyone, but what about that giant statue torch burnt? It all doesn't add up.  

  Trebek Says:    
  2013-02-18 18:22:27  
  Not a terrible issue, glad to see the costumes finally appear. The villain wasn't bad either just needed a better explanation for his power than simply "hypnosis".  

  minicheddaz Says:    
  2013-03-02 17:22:01  
  the best things about this book was the debut of the costumes and the falling out of the FF with torch leaving in a huff.

the villain was a bit rubbish in my opinion. also reed getting told off by the commissioner irritated me a bit. thing's short fuse gets a bit annoying too. he comes across as bitter which to be fair, considering whats happened to him isn't a surprise. and i don't like the way he looks at this early stage. i much prefer my thing rocky and wise cracking.

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-04-26 13:23:00  
  The Miracle Man is a bit goofy, not really a 1st or even 2nd rate villain. But the developing relationships among the Fantastic Four are still interesting.  

  skabeaters Says:    
  2013-05-02 13:54:52  
  There's a few moments in this issue where the Miracle Man looked a lot like Dr. Strange.  

  Bestboy7850 Says:    
  2013-05-03 03:48:33  
  Just Sent a Fixed Version to TStarnes to check.
Hope it get's accepted.

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-12 06:43:20  
  I added a star for the costumes, FF Headquarters, & Fantastic-Car. Otherwise this is a one star issue. Miracle Man is a poor villain and the story is the most "DC Silver Age"-type story so far. I enjoy those DC comics, but Marvel showed more potential for great stories soon after this. I don't think mass hypnosis works the way Stan wants it to work.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-08-25 15:36:21  
  I liked the introduction of the Fantasti-Car and the costumes. I also liked the cut-away diagram of the Fantsatic Four's secret headquarters.  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-09-23 08:07:47  
  This is the first issue where I really started enjoying the FF. I hope it continues down this path with fancy gadgets (though the car is kind of far fetched) and cool new uses for their abilities. The characters already have interesting personalities, so nothing really needs changing there. Overall, a pretty solid issue.  

  Paste Pot-Pete Says:    
  2013-11-01 19:29:13  
  The Miracle Man is the first of many foes to make a hostage of Susan Storm, the most victimized female in the history of Marvel Comics!  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2013-11-19 06:39:54  
  I give it 3 stars. Not for the villain, but for the costumes, the flying bathtub, and the Baxter.

Cover Me Bad - Now that's a cover! You gotta love Ben shaking his fist at Johnny! "Why you!"

Another Festivus Miracle - Could the Miracle Man be a mutie?

At the Bijou - The Monster from Mars! Could BJ Cosmos be the director?

Save for Future Reference - Also, the 1st app of the Pogo Plane.

Code Blue - I'm surprised the cops didn't use an atomic bazooka!

The Commish - I smell a cop buddy TV spin-off here. "Stretch and the Man"!

No Prize - Did Sue have an extra costume knowing how the Thing is, or did Ben stitched it back together?

Feng Shui - The F4 logo on the lampshade is a nice touch.

Size Matters - Just how big is the truck that held the atomic tank?

Sanford & Son - I don't know about you, but I don't think I would keep my antique car collection in a Junkyard. Just sayin'

'Nuff Said - “Where the Human Torch goes, he goes alone!”-Johnny

  Bramwell Says:    
  2013-12-04 22:07:02  
  1. Cover - From the outset you can tell they know they are on to something. Now they are fleshing out the details: the costumes, the car, the building

2. Page 1 - Yuck. The art is bad, the setting is boring, and they are breaking the wall between the reader and the story "don't be bashful" Pfff.

3. A stage magician? Very weak villain.

4. Page 5 - the Baxter Building. This is really excellent. I find these details to be a key feature that distingishes Marvel. It doesn't matter whether the details are good. What matters is the cutaway view with the labels. Very engrossing. It gives us the feeling that each one of these details has its own story...just not in this particular issue. What's really funny is that the passenger missile seemed plausible but that logic dictated they would need an anti-vibration wall to protect the building. These inconsistent OCD moments are priceless.

5. Page 9 - the bathtub is silly but I like it

6. The Thing's helmet. MF as a car tire. Funny stuff.

7. The last panels - these are really excellent. The argument is silly and the Torch leaves mad, but it's Reed's analysis that is so effective. It's not the Torch he is worried about. It's the rest of us that could be in danger. This is what makes you close the book with your imagination running wild with its own stories about what an angry evil Torch could do. Excellent story craftsmanship.

4 stars for a poor villain and main story, but excellent character development and detailnmwork.

  quidproquo Says:    
  2014-02-20 13:29:52  
  Great cover and art throughout the book. The plot is ridiculous at times. Still, the introduction of the uniforms and the Baxter Building also make this a solid issue.  

  Spernst Says:    
  2014-05-09 00:19:52  
  Wow. Only 3 issues in and already declared the worlds best  

  Schabenc Says:    
  2014-05-10 13:25:25  
  The Miracle Man is actually a pretty decent villain.  

  ThunderZtorm Says:    
  2014-07-24 06:21:10  
  First appearance of the costumes, the Baxter building and the fantasti-car. That outweighs the silly villain for sure. 3/6!  

  Spernst Says:    
  2014-08-26 23:09:51  
  Hold on...4 mags into the Order and no killer robots yet? WTF Stan, the silver age needs MORE killer robots!  

  mushroommunk Says:    
  2014-09-17 20:00:56  
  They gave a random cop at a movie premier an rpg.... why! (Page 9) also, this is the second time Reed has shown experience with hypnotism...I'm sensing a pattern.  

  thedopeshow Says:    
  2014-12-24 01:30:57  
  Only reason this issue is at all memorable is the new uniforms and the and introduction of the Baxter Building. But other than that. This issue is pretty forgettable, with a mediocre villain and a terrible reveal at the end.  

  Aldous Says:    
  2015-04-23 22:46:03  
  Brick to the head!  

  jfw1980 Says:    
  2015-05-25 05:16:49  
  Nice Cliffhanger about Johnny by making you want to come back for more. Will the Human Torch be a villain? Will the group be called Fantastic Three?  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-19 15:14:28  
  Hypnotism? Ok then whatever you say Stan  

  wingot Says:    
  2015-12-06 04:18:13  
  Inserts were cool, but the ending was very lame.  

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-22 10:50:20  
  We get the Baxter building and a boring villain. Not much here....  

  yert1981 Says:    
  2016-02-02 19:24:05  
  Cool intro to the Baxter. Bland villain that seemed to create a much bigger stir than his powers/skills should produce. I like the art but the torch pin up makes Johnny look a little crazy eyed.  

  Kyle759 Says:    
  2016-02-26 16:29:50  
  3 star issue dropped to two for the ridiculous reveal of his powers  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-02-28 15:25:09  
  • At last, Reed looks a little less like Sue's father.

  • Ben is still wearing sunglasses. In a theater. I don't think that the eyes are the problem, my friend. It's everything else.

  • Really cool diagram of the headquarters. A bit off in relative proportions, but still cool. The best part of this story is in the appearance of so many iconic elements: the building, the suits, the vehicles.

  • Reed really embraces his power in a variety of ways: a net, a ball, a tire - that one scene was a delicious moment actually.

  • The Torch finally looks like his Golden Age predecessor. Good move!

  • The petty bickering between Ben and Johnny is getting old and tiresome at this point. Yet it brings some interesting storytelling with Johnny leaving.

  • 4 stars, simply because of the props.

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-03-22 14:26:21  
  This and the last story had hypnotism in them. Wonder is Stan just discovered it and included it in everything at the time.  

  J-hat Says:    
  2016-03-25 08:51:06  
  They definitely need to work on their teamwork.  

  Shentenza Says:    
  2016-05-05 10:41:29  
  It was okay and I liked it more then the last issue. But it the end had many flaws, the explanation how the Miracle Man did his stuff was lame and after three issues Human Torch is the one who don't wanna be a part of the team?

He taunts The Thing and is later the one who can not take it anymore? You can explain it by saying he is the youngest, but really? I hope Thing will be less annyoing.

  Schabenc Says:    
  2016-05-09 19:02:21  
  Mr. Fantastic becoming the wheel for the car lol  

  Murphynator42 Says:    
  2016-10-16 23:15:27  
  Oh Johnny boy, creating drama is quickly proving itself to be your very favorite thing. On the plus side, COSTUMES!  

  hawkeye64 Says:    
  2016-10-22 18:40:33  
  Kinda divided this issue. Loved the new costumes and the diagram of the Baxter Building. Hated the Miracle Man. Just never liked him. But we do have the setup for the next FF issue which is a favorite of mine.

Ohh...also first letters page. I love going back and reading those.

  spb Says:    
  2017-01-11 17:16:52  
  the monster fight was pretty fun but mr. fantastic turning into a bouncy ball is kinda where this story lost me

seeing the cross section of their secret hideout was pretty rad

  Zaktks32 Says:    
  2017-02-09 07:05:38  
  Terribly written villain. Nothing about his powers or his motivations make sense. The introduction of several FF landmarks makes this worth reading, but it has to be in a very good mood to cope with so much goofiness page after page...

Can't give more than 2 stars.

  Nenriel Says:    
  2017-03-18 23:47:59  
  The only thing I found particularly memorable here was the diagram of the FF HQ. I might've been more excited for the first appearances of the Fantasticar and other things, but I've never really had much affection for the Fantastic Four outside of what they represent as Marvel's First Family,

However, the first appearance of the Letters page does pique my interest. It's great to see these early comics through the lens of contemporary readers. Also:


You've got a heckuva nerve making a doll like Susan Storm invisible!


Listen, Unsigned, with wolves like YOU around, she's a lot better off that way!"

...just in case we forgot this is 1962.

  trawlerman Says:    
  2017-03-21 13:17:22  
  Mr. Fantastic as a tire. 'Nuff said.  

  SamScrolls Says:    
  2017-06-12 23:46:53  
  3/5. Magician manages to break up superhero quartet... at least for now.  

  OrphRedHair Says:    
  2017-07-25 10:31:50  
  I HATE the way Torch is being drawn now. The first two issues drew him in such a pleasing way, and now he doesn't even appear to be on fire, just.... Kinda glowing?  

  beerzerked Says:    
  2017-10-08 17:35:35  
  The Thing looks like crap.  

  stiffmeyster Says:    
  2018-01-06 00:26:02  
  Ok it was nice to see for the first time the uniforms we are used to, but the explanation of Miracle Man's powers was lame.  

  jennychan Says:    
  2018-01-11 13:36:38  
  It is fun to see which villains "made it big" and which became obscure. Suffice to say, Miracle Man became obscure.  

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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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Issue Letters Page


      I think the Fantastic Four will become a great success. The Thing and the Torch are very new and different. I would also like to know what the name of your artist is.

Alan Weiss
Pardee Place
Las Vegas, Nevada

It'll become a success?? What do you think it is NOW? Chicken liver?? Considering that our artist signs the name JACK KIRBY on everything he can get his greedy little fingers on, I think we can safely claim that that’s his name!


      The best thing about the comic is the character conflicts. It’s nice to see a group of super-heroes who aren’t unnaturally buddy-buddy. The cover of #1 was pretty poor, it didn’t stand out. I wish the name of Mr. Fantastic were different. It sounds too much like Mr. Clean.

Rick Wood
Ames St.
Cambridge, Mass.

Rick, no two fans ever seem to agree on what cover is best. Same thing applies to character’s names. So, let’s hear from you other readers. What type of covers do YOU prefer, and how do you feel about the name Mr. Fantastic? (We’ll bet at least ONE joker writes that he’d prefer Mr. Clean!)


      You’ve got a heckuva nerve making a doll like Susan Storm invisible!


Listen, Unsigned, with wolves like YOU around, she’s a lot better off that way!


      Before I started to write this letter, I read The Fantastic Four over 50 times! So then I decided to tell you what I thought of it. It is GREAT, WONDERFUL, FANTASTIC, BREATH-TAKING and STUPENDOUS, to say the least!

      My biggest request is for more of the Human Torch in action.

George Paul
Park Ave.
Hoboken, N.J.

No WONDER you thought the mage was great, George, after riding it fifty times, brother, you’ve been BRAINWASHED! As for seeing more of the Torch, you’ve got a treat coming in the next issue!



      Just finished reading Fantastic Four and must admit to being disappointed. I expect better things from the team of Lee-Kirby. Jack is capable of better art work, and the Thing ought to revert to human form at will as his teammates do. The story also suffers from “Creeping Monsterism” to paraphrase Jean Shepard, that has dominated most, if not all, of your comics for some time.

Bill Sarill
Colorado Street
Boston, Mass.

See how fair we are? We print the knocks as well as the boosts! (The next time anyone around this office opens another one of Bill’s letters, he’s thru!!) As for the Thing reverting to human form, it’s not that easy, pal. If you don’t believe us, take a dose of cosmic rays yourself and see what happens!


      Are you the same one who also puts out STRANGE TALES, TALES TO ASTONISH, JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY, TALES OF SUSPENSE, AMAZING ADULT FANTASY, and a lot of Westerns like KID COLT, OUTLAW and teen-age titles like PATSY WALKER? If so, how do you do it?

S. Brodsky
New York

With great difficulty!


P.S. – We’ve just noticed something…unlike many other collections of letters in different mags, our fans all seem to write well, and intelligently. We assume this denotes that our readers are a cut above average, and that’s the way we like ‘em!

Dear Stan,

      First off, I must tell you that IRON MAN #48 was fantastic. Firebrand was great. But now, I must speak about something that has been bothering me for a long time.
      Please, go back to your old standards when the cover picture took up the whole cover. I know you said before that you do this so the masthead and story title would't rob the cover of details, but it wouldn't take away too much, and, anyway, it seems more appealing the other way. You have stated that you will start a vote at the drop of a hat, so start dropping!!
      Sometimes I buy two of your same mags and rip the cover off to use for a book cover in school.

John Anderson
6 Oswald Street
Worcester, Mass 01607

      Y'know, John, we never thought we'd see the day when students would hide textbooks behind comics! Yep, the world is changing. . .
      By the way, the hat's been dropped. Whenever you're ready Marvelites . . .!

Dear Bullpen,

      You and I have had such a good relationship in the past that it really pains me to write this letter. However, prepare to be told off!!
      Look at IRON MAN #50. The entire theme of the magazine is Iron Man trying to smash up an innocent animal. What? You say that the animal in that story wasn't innocent? Come on now, guys, you know that no animal can understand the concept of right and wrong, and you can't hold them responsible for their behavior, which is better than the behavior of a lot of people, in any case! Besides, that snake was simply obeying the orders of the only person who seemed to care anything about him! Well, maybe it was a "kill or be killed" situation, but Iron Man certainly felt no regrets. See on page 28 how he refers to it as a "cold, unfeeling inhuman snake." Now, I will be the first one to admit that snakes or not attractive or pretty animals. But they can not help what they look like and are just as innocent as other animals. The only person in the story who had any compassion for this innocent creature was the villian ! ! ! Shame, SHAME on you! ! ! !

RFO, QNS Lynette Eliton
132 NE 37th Avenue
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

      Hmmmm. We have the feeling that a mere apology would hardly suffice to clear the air 'twixt and your Bullpen, Lynette. So, we've gone ya one better. This month, you'll witness the pulsating premiere of SHANNA THE SHE-DEVIL, a new action-packed jungle book that'll please animal lovers, action aficianados, women's-libbers--just about everybody! Latch onto this fabulous first ish, Lynette . . . then see if we're friends again. Okay? (Now what was that we said about Iron Man???)

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