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59: Fantastic Four #13 (v1)

" The Red Ghost And His Indescribable Super-Apes! "
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Fantastic Four #13 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Steve Ditko
Colourists: Stan Goldberg
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: April 1963
Release Date: January 1963
Story Arc: -
Pages: 22
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,518                 Times Rated: 756
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Issue Blurb
Ivan Kragoff and his three trained primates, are bombarded by cosmic rays while on the way to the moon, gaining special powers. Reed Richards is testing a new rocket fuel and, along with the rest of the Fantastic Four, is also on his way to the moon. The two parties meet a conflict for ownership of the moon begins. Little known to them that there is someone else on the moon, watching them.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #1b (v1). Mr. Fantastic next appears in Fantastic Four #14 (v1).
  The Invisible Girl
The Invisible Girl last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #1b (v1). The Invisible Girl next appears in Fantastic Four #14 (v1).
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Strange Tales #108a (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Fantastic Four #14 (v1).
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #1b (v1). The Thing next appears in Fantastic Four #14 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Uatu the Watcher
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Uatu the Watcher in the mainstream continuity. Uatu the Watcher next appears in Fantastic Four #20 (v1).
  The Red Ghost
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by The Red Ghost in the mainstream continuity. The Red Ghost next appears in Fantastic Four #29 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Mikhlo in the mainstream continuity. Mikhlo next appears in Fantastic Four #29 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Peotor in the mainstream continuity. Peotor next appears in Fantastic Four #29 (v1).
  Igor (Super-Apes)
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Igor (Super-Apes) in the mainstream continuity. Igor (Super-Apes) next appears in Fantastic Four #29 (v1).
Group Appearances
The Fantastic Four (Roster I)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #1b (v1). The Fantastic Four next appears in Fantastic Four #14 (v1).
The Super-Apes
This is the first appearance by The Super-Apes in the mainstream continuity. The Super-Apes next appears in Fantastic Four #29 (v1).
This is the first appearance by Watchers in the mainstream continuity. Watchers next appears in Tales of Suspense #53c (v1).
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Issue Notes
  • Uatu the Watcher and the Red Ghost are introduced in this issue.
  • This is also the first time we see the Blue Area of the Moon used in the Marvel Universe.
  • The story is split into 4 chapters:
    • The Fantastic Four, versus The Red Ghost And His Indescribable Super-Apes!
    • Menace on the Moon!
    • The Watcher Appears!
    • Duel in the Dead City!
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  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-20 10:42:14  
  "I recently explored an American meteor crater in Arizona, to satisfy myself!" Reed, you dirty boy. haha

Okay, on page 16 the Red Ghost freezes Torch and Torch comes to save him? If I wasn't too lazy and fifty years too late I'd try for a No-Prize. haha

For the love of god, will somebody please tell Stan that people are not magnetic?

Why would Red Ghost brag about being more powerful then the FF and then a couple panels later grab Sue and run away from them?

Whoa!! You can make a jet engine from a tube and fire? I've got a project now.

This Red Scare shtick is getting to be too much... Reed: "Ben, nobody is strong enough to defeat a free people! Don't ever forget that!"
Sue: "I would take my chances with them, rather than the Red Ghost, for they are like the communist masses, innocently enslaved by their evil leaders!"
Okay, enough already.

Way to steal Neal Armstrong's thunder, FF. haha

  Safis Says:    
  2012-02-06 19:39:03  
  This plot feels like it was pulled directly from the old 60's Star Trek, except for the fact that it preceded Star Trek by a few years. In particular, the episode called "The Arena" comes to mind, where Capt. Kirk fights the Gorn, pulled down to the alien planet's surface to duke it out on behalf of their races, being watched by a mysterious and advanced cosmic life-form with unthinkable powers... hmm, sound familiar?

Oh, and people are still magnetic. I wonder how long it'll take before these guys realize this doesn't work!

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-04-01 14:34:07  
  Oh Space Race!!

Oh, the contrast: the americans are the most fantastic foursome, that won't let their partner take the risk alone, the soviets are slaved space-monkeys geared by an monkey looking human, well, I can say Stan gave to Marvel his share on propaganda!

Speaking of it, do you like comics? Have you tried "Is this tomorrow: America under communism"?

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-06-30 17:57:46  
  It's interesting how they know how all the technology works within minutes of finding it. And I'm sick of the anti-communist propaganda, which was mostly unseen in the Fantastic Four magazine until this and the previous issue. Enough already, we have Lieber for cheesy communist stories, we don't need you too Stan.  

  Agrippina Says:    
  2012-07-11 23:19:42  
  This was a fairly ordinary instalment, but it gets an extra star simply for making me laugh with "Comrade Gorilla" and "Comrade Baboon". Classic.  

  DirtyMarco Says:    
  2012-07-14 20:57:35  
  Fighting Commies on the moon. Classic.  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-14 09:09:05  
  Oh man is that old space race stuff hilarious. "We've gotta get there first to beat the reds!!!" And...why exactly, aside from juvenile pecker waving and being able to say "neener neener, we got there first"? Anyhow, I love, love, LOVE the Space Apes, and the ending was pretty good, but the Red Ghost was a weak villain and the story itself wasn't that great. I liked the introduction to the Watcher, and since I know nothing about this character, I have to wonder what the point is of a character who just sits and observes all the time, doing nothing. He's basically a couch potato but with better channels than mortal men.  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-23 10:35:01  
  Another issue that I quite enjoy. The Super Apes are good fun, and I'm very interested in Hath The Watcher already.  

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2013-01-13 15:31:28  
  I've never been a fan of the old "put a monkey in it and it will sell!" scheme. I don't think i've ever seen an instance of a story being more interesting simply because there is a monkey in it (not counting Planet of the Apes lol)  

  minicheddaz Says:    
  2013-03-03 17:15:02  
  i've not enjoyed ff since the team up with doom and subby. at least we get the watcher.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-20 08:07:53  
  Time again for "Bad Physics With Stan Lee!" This week-watch as magnetism attracts and repels any object selectively.
If you turn yourself into asbestos does cancer come with the transformation?
Fun story, decent villains and the Watcher.
Sue looks pretty & Thing looks a little fiercer in this one due to Ditko's inking.

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-08-28 19:16:11  
  I'm really discovering the FF here i knew nothing before starting the order so I don't get why this one is essential it's pretty bad to me....Surely the Villains must be important and I just read the thing about the blue moon section.... I liked the super-apes though...  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-09-12 00:03:08  
  For some reason I've always loved the Watcher. I'm looking forward to reading more about him. Good art, decent story.  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-05 16:09:43  
  I do like the idea of other humans getting super powers like the Fantastic Four, but I wish it has been 4 humans instead of 1 human and 3 animals. I guess that's where the X-Men come into play. Still looking forward to more Fantastic Four. They are my favorite so far, but Spider-Man is surprisingly catching up fast and I've only read 3 issues with him in it.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-01-11 10:31:26  
  4 stars for Utah the Watcher and the Super Apes!

Cover Me - Cool cover, although the Earth looks a little off in the North American region.

Squeeze - Can Reed really be squished down that small?

Blue Moon - King Kirby did a great job on the Blue Area of the Moon!

Airheads - Sue proudly exclaims that they don't need masks because there is air in the Blue Area. After walking pretty far from their rocket without any protection whatsoever!

Jetson - The Watcher's little ship is so cute!

Go Bananas - I go ape over these type of stories! Why, they're more fun than a barrel full of monkeys!

'Nuff Said - "You dare think you can stop the communist march of conquest!??!"-Red Ghost

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-01-16 03:26:15  
  1. Bottling Reed is kind of weird.
2. Great villain and I even like the apes.
3. There are so many things wrong with a human torch flying around in space that its not even worth addressing.
4. I dig the Watcher, this Blue Area, the fact that this story is different and interesting.
5. Page 12 is beautiful. Good intro art for Uatu.
6. I like when I find mysterious pneumatic-power cars sitting around with the keys in the ignition.
OK I really like this issue. Instead of the regular bad guys we have this galactic story that becomes the hallmark of the FF...4 stars.

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-02-02 11:24:34  
  And so we meet The Watcher. Interesting to see Kirby's art inked over by Ditko. Not sure I like it too much. The Thing looks downright weird. Crazy plot, including all of Stan's sci-fi tropes... aliens, magnetism, cosmic rays, mind control... this one has it all. 3 stars for the sheer, odd lunacy of it all. Mind-controlled super apes?!?  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-02-02 11:25:28  
  And commies... I forgot to mention the Reds.  

  danberado Says:    
  2014-02-14 15:08:18  
  Its interesting to read about the space race from the perspective of the Fantastic Four, it really reminds you of how old these comics are.

"They've got to be warned! We're racing to the moon with a communist and three super apes!" lol

  Schabenc Says:    
  2014-05-10 13:59:35  
  Super apes? Really? Well, at least the watcher is pretty cool  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2014-06-01 11:39:54  
  "Enough fantasy and super-characters to fill 3 magazines" the cover proclaims.

Not 4. Three.

Because one of them is a mere female and clearly she couldn't fill a magazine.

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-06 11:55:52  
  This was a particularly amusing issue (really? fighting ape commies on the moon?) but I'm not gonna lie, I really enjoyed it. It was very amusing and the Watcher was pretty neat. How they managed to use alien technology within minutes of discovering it beats me. I gotta wonder though, if getting superpowers with seemingly no side effects or consequences (besides becoming ugly) is that easy, why doesn't everyone do it?  

  rook420 Says:    
  2014-08-05 01:24:27  
  Baboons aren't apes, they're monkeys.

  Hovis Says:    
  2015-09-15 19:14:29  
  Red Ghost looks like an older Thor in this issue......  

  Carlo @ Safis (original post):    
  2015-10-05 13:03:17  
  "This plot feels like it was pulled directly from the old 60's Star Trek, except for the fact that it preceded Star Trek by a few years. In particular, the episode called "The Arena" comes to mind,"

But that episode is based on a 1940s short story by Fredric Brown, also named "Arena," which precedes both this comic and Star Trek.

And just to bring it full circle, Marvel adapted that story directly in a sci-fi comic called Worlds Unknown (which I read before I ever saw the Star Trek episode).

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-23 10:48:30  
  Too weird for me. At least they introduce the Watcher.  

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-23 08:09:37  
  I normally dislike the commie storylines of Marvel of this time, but the Red Ghost is a bit different. He isn't just a tyrant.  

  thegraaayghost Says:    
  2016-02-05 23:52:36  
  The city on the moon, the Watcher and those amazing communist apes should have made this a 4- or 5-star story for me, but something was off about the story structure and I ended up feeling kind of bored. I don't care for Ditko's inking here either.

Also... the Watcher says in one panel that he's trying to save humanity from its own savagery, and in the next he's saying "I don't care if you all kill each other but keep it off my moon."

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-12 10:08:43  
  • It would appear the one does not need brains to repair machines.

  • Giving super-powers to apes is a very dangerous idea. Giving super-powers to apes that you starved and enslaved is plain stupid.

  • The Watcher’s legs are ridiculous on page 12.

  • Is the Red Ghost invisible too?

  • The appearance of the Watcher is the climax of the story, because other than that, I did not find the episode that exciting. Art was nothing to write home about either.

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-03-22 17:04:23  
  This issue gets 3 stars only because of the Watcher. I knew that they handled a lot of the stories from the news of the time i.e. the space race and the cold war much later. Just didn't find this one that interesting.  

  Calion @ thomassp74 (original post):    
  2016-05-24 15:37:43  
  The Red Ghost tried to freeze Torch and Reed jumped in the way.  

  Calion Says:    
  2016-05-24 16:39:16  
  1. Tiny squished Reed! How cute!
2. "You don't need brains"…to repair any machine? What now?
3. Wait…the kooky old man is going with? Why use apes at all then, if the point is not to avoid risking human life?
4. Um…the FF got their powers in a *cosmic storm,* creepy Communist dude, not just in regular space. If this works, I'll be irritated.
5. "The cosmic belt"? Seriously? Stan, would you take just *one* science class? For me?
6. "Man isn't first on the moon!" Big surprise, seeing that you've met like six different kinds of alien already.
7. I don't even know what to say about the Watcher. He makes no sense. First he's all like, "Ima save you from savagery and violate my oath!" Then it's "Get off my Moon!" "You two fight!" "No, everybody fight!" "Since you found me, I have to leave the moon and go far away!" What exactly is he smoking?

  nickeyelysse Says:    
  2016-09-25 15:47:02  
  This seems to be the point at which Stan Lee's comics become really really good. They were okay before, but he really seems to be finding his foothold now. I'm so excited to be experiencing this journey chronologically.  

  Murphynator42 Says:    
  2016-10-26 22:58:16  
  "Indescribable", huh Stan? Nice job defying your own expectations when you *ahem* describe them. But who cares, because Uatu finally enters the picture to *ahem* "not interfere", which raises this an extra star for me  

  ScottG12 Says:    
  2016-11-21 14:37:29  
  Stan yet again proves that he doesn't know how magnets work, lol.  

  davidmunday815 Says:    
  2017-03-09 15:34:03  
  Enjoyed the Watcher elements to this story but I just cannot take the Red Ghost seriously.  

  philvt101 Says:    
  2017-03-23 21:18:47  
  How come in the 616 everybody who gets exposed to cosmic rays gets super powers instead of cancer and radiation sickness like people in the real world?  

  RobinHoodMtl @ philvt101 (original post):    
  2017-03-24 21:50:20  
  Thar's why there are no super-powers in the real world.  

  AndyBates Says:    
  2017-04-24 14:14:04  
  I'm not sure why so many people are upset about the space race or concerns about Communism. That's what the world was like when this comic was written! Do people read Golden Age comics and say, "Ugh, why do they talk about Nazis so often??"

That said, this is my absolute favorite Marvel comic in the order so far. The Red Ghost and his group of super-powered Communist apes! Alien technology! The mysterious Blue Area of the Moon! And the first appearance of Uatu the Watcher, who is as epic as I always hoped he would be!

This is Silver Age Marvel at its finest! Five stars!

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-07 07:55:24  
  5 star story Art was amazing and Stan didn't do to bad of a job either  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-06-11 19:24:26  
  I'm not supposed to interfere but here, I'm going to play my version of Frederic Brown's "Arena" with you.

2 Stars.

  jennychan Says:    
  2018-01-12 12:03:34  
  So...Red Ghost and his Super-Apes/FF were first earthling on the moon? Wonder if Neil Armstrong of 616 is famous. Shouldn't the FF be worshiped for landing on the moon first now?
No one would have guessed that The Watcher would be such a popular background character.

  ignaciotixi Says:    
  2018-01-26 07:49:59  
  A really good issue, I'm surprised by how good are the first Fantastic Four issues  

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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 2
This collection includesFantastic Four #15 (v1), Fantastic Four #11b (v1), Fantastic Four #12 (v1), Fantastic Four #13 (v1), Fantastic Four #14 (v1), Fantastic Four #16 (v1), Fantastic Four #17 (v1), Fantastic Four #18 (v1), Fantastic Four #19 (v1), Fantastic Four #20 (v1), Fantastic Four Annual #1a
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Dear Stan and Jack:

      I have sent numerous postcards to you, but now I think I should give you a complete record of my views. I hope you enjoy reading it as I did writing it. The artwork has improved greatly since issue #1, but I feel you can do better. Your artwork in #6 was below par. As far as covers go, #10 was startling, but not as good as others. #1 was terrible, as was #2, and the cover for #1 was too far from the story. All of your covers are unique, and…well…I guess generally fantastic, to use my favorite superlative. Stan, your writing cannot be topped although #1 and #2 were, as in the artwork, below par, far below! Your organization in #3 was just what you needed. Costumes were excellent, not too frilly, but still good-looking. The skyscraper headquarters was striking, and I loved your diagrams in #3 and #6, especially #6. I wish you would use the pogo-plane, copter, and missile more often. Now a member analysis: Invisible Girl is not all-important to the team, but I vote to keep her. You need a woman in the group. The Thing is striking because he doesn’t resemble anything I have ever seen. Human Torch is of course your best character. Mr Fantastic is perfect for the leader. Don’t play him down too much because of the Torch. Also, I hope to see more romantic ties between him and Sue, maybe even marriage. But don’t let the Sub-Mariner butt in, I beg of you. Doctor Doom is the greatest villain of all time. I expect to see much more of him. At first I thought Sub-Mariner could be rehabilitated, but what can you do after having been a villain for three issues?! I hope you get a new Puppet-Master, but not too soon, maybe in issue #15 or #16. You have got to bring back Moleman, possibly in league with Doctor Doom. It would be interesting to see how you would handle a villain whom you created in your first and worst issue. I would like to end with this: Your well-known claim of "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine" is truly correct and is no idle boast, so good luck, and Auf Wiedersehn!

Frederic Johnson
608 Summit St.
Rockford, Illinois

WHEW! We were better off when you were using postcards! But thanks for the comments, Fred.

Dear Stan and Jack:

      How come Alicia could carve out statues when she is blind; how would she know what they look like?? Also, is Dr. Doom a robot?

Kenny Glenn
835 9th St.
Douglas, Arizona

ALICIA is gifted with sensitive fingers, just like many famous blind musicians. As for DR. DOOM, no, he is not a robot. Perhaps we'll be seeing more of him in the future.

Dear Stan and Jack:

      In issue #10, you made a little boo-boo. On page 6, Doctor Doom is shown destroying an ashtray with his sub-miniature transistor-powered atomic blast gun which is, in this picture, housed in his left index finger. On page 23, he is shown shooting the same gun at Mr. Fantastic – and the caption says that the gun is in his right index finger! Should you omit such small mistakes, 99% of the critiques written you would be favorable ones. Don’t get me wrong! It's just that little improvements would make your great magazine even better!

Harold Echtinaw, Jr.
808 E.M.L. Avenue
Kalamazoo, Michigan

We stand corrected, Hal – although why couldn’t there be a TWO-GUN villain??

Dear Stan and Jack:

      I would like to comment on Paul Gambaccini's panning letter which you printed in #9, as I agree with parts of it. It's obvious that his letter was written in anger and is rather one sided. Although your letter column is a little (a little? A lot!) stacked in your favor, your replies are not "asinine;" It's just that your humor (?) takes some getting used to. Artwork is pretty bad but if Mr. Gambaccini would look at #6 (which was inked by Steve Ditko, I think) he will have to admit Kirby's artwork has some good points which are heightened by the superb inking. Paul's probably the first guy to criticize the character conflicts. The characters act like real people would in such situations (for instance, you'd be grouchy if you looked like the Thing!). The light touch is necessary to keep the pathos of being changed into a freak from being too depressing. It also makes the story much more entertaining. The story plots are pretty stupid at times (the "Puppet-Master" story was really a dud except for the introduction of Alicia). Paul's last sentence ("They are too good to be realistic.") is puzzling. What does he mean, "good?" If he means "goody-goody," I disagree for obvious reasons. Most super-heroes are much more "goody-goody," although I see in Reed, a parody of the typical super-hero. His level-headed, unfailing judgment looks ridiculous when he is surrounded by more realistic characters. Some comments of my own: I think it was inconsistent with previous stories to have Sub-Mariner acting like a full villain in #9, and the stories are better when some of the reader's sympathy is with him. Otherwise, that was a really great story. I really got a kick out of Thing's fight with Sub-Mariner.

Robert Fordv Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hey, Bob, speak of the devil – look who our next letter is from!

Dear Editor:

      FANTASTIC FOUR has greatly improved, but that's no reason it shouldn't be improved more. The cover of #10 is the best yet, and I have a feeling that you used one of those techniques to get it that way. "Return of Dr. Doom" was very good, but keep him away now! He's gone! He is an AWFUL villain; nothing special to him at all. I'm glad you're lengthening the letter page. Good for you! However, this "Dear Stan and Jack" stuff doesn’t seem right: Not respectful enough. I mean, you walk up to somebody and say, "Hiya, Kirby!" or, "How ya doin', Stan?" when you've never met him before?????!? Anyway, here are my suggestions: (We've only got room to print some -- S. & J.) 1) Give HUMAN TORCH his own comic. He's great, no doubt about it. Sure, I know we get him monthly in STRANGE TALES, but that's not enough. 2) PLEASE eliminate those thick borderlines of the word balloons. They are hideous! 3) PLEASE ELIMINATE those five-page stories in your comics. Either make them one tale, or devote the space to THOR, ANT-MAN, etc. You see, I don’t buy JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY or TALES TO ASTONISH because of these little stories. 4) None of these giant ant-eaters from Guafa, or insect kings from Zorda. O.K.? 5) Give SUB-MARINER his own magazine. 6) PLEASE eliminate those pin-up pages and text stories! They waste space! 7) Please don’t print many of those silly "boo- boo" letters. 8) Let's have more human foes like SUB-MARINER and PASTE-POT-PETE!?!? 9) How about individual comics for ANT-MAN and THOR? (P.S. From the poses in FF #10, you'd think the faces of Lee and Kirby are as bad as Doctor Doom's! How about letting us see them, even if it is torture.)

Paul Gambaccini
8 Elizabeth Drive
Westport, Conn.

After the way you pick on our stories, which we think are great, we'd be afraid to show you our faces, which are probably NOT so great!

Dear Stan and Jack:

      First of all, I would like to compliment you on issue #10. The first three pages, with the exception of a few panels, were really unnecessary. But it is places such as these that give a certain touch to your characters. I would like to see more of Dr. Doom. Now to go on to part two of my letter. I think the FF should be left exactly as they are. Keep Sue Storm, and the others exactly as they are. Which now brings me to the concluding part of my letter. I see that some fans want some old FF's. Well, I'm your man. Down here in Portsmouth, there is a back-issue store which sells old comics for 6¢. Send me your name, address, comic preferences, and a list of the ones you have. Be sure to include statements such as, "I only like Tales to Astonish after Ant-Man came out." I'll try to get the comics for you. Cost is only 6¢ and postage.

Paul Weinstein
2714 Gilbert Ave.
Portsmouth, Ohio

Thanks, Paul. Judging by the number of requests for back-numbers which WE receive, we imagine you'll hear from quite a lot of readers.

Dear Stan and Jack:

      In FF #10, you show Johnny Storm (The Torch) saying "I can concentrate my flame so much that it burns without heat!" He then burned through the lock. What's wrong with you guys? Don't you know that it's the heat that does the burning in a flame. Even if it would be possible to produce a flame without heat, it's useful function would be to produce light. In other words, it's the heat in a flame that enables it to burn anything. Take away the heat, and you take away its ability to burn anything. Get the point!

Wayne Orlicki
1942 6th Ave.
San Diego 1, California

Nice try, Wayne, but didja ever hear of INFRARED RAYS? You can burn with them without heat. Much of the electrical cooking in large restaurants today is done without heat. If this keeps up, they may stop teaching Boy Scouts how to rub sticks together!

Dear Stan and Jack:

      Well, it looks about time for me to eat crow! About three issues ago, my letter was published, and in that letter I commented on having Sue Storm "canned," to coin a term. Well, after having read, A Day With The Fantastic Four, in FF #11, and seeing the part where Sue goes to pieces, I realize what a mistake I made. I guess my mind slipped back to the days of the old time serials, and the damsels in distress. You know, it's the same way in life as it is in comics. You tend to think little of someone because you don’t understand them or what they stand for. In closing, I ask that Lee and Kirby convey my deepest apologies to Sue…and tell her that from now on, she's a friend of mine.

Sincerely yours,
Marty Ross
2819 Schley Ave.
New York 65, N.Y.

You and a million other guys, Marty! But thanks for the thought!

Dear Stan and Jack:

      FANTASTIC FOUR #9 was by far the best issue of this mag yet! I thought for sure you couldn’t top the last ish…but you did – and undoubtedly will continue to top yourselves every issue(I hope!). Just can't get over the 21 stupendous SUB-MARINER vs. THING fight panels. Which reminds me…I've noticed other companies give out free original art and story scripts for the best letters they receive…and I think you, who have the best of art and plot should also give us readers something we can be proud of the rest of our lives. (Besides the next issue of the fabulous quartet.) How 'bout it? I just got FF #10 and…HOLY COW! DOC DOOM AGAIN!? And you guys in it too!? What more could a reader ask for 12¢?? One complaint: no face views of L & K. Glad to see you giving credits to your staff. A couple questions – Who inked FF #5?? The artwork in that issue surpassed anything you did before or have done yet. Whoever did it brought out sharp details, and brought out the best work of Jack Kirby's pencils ever done by anyone. You editors cannot make a mistake. You try to give us readers what we clamor for, and if you fail with one way, you try another. Torch's having a secret identity was no error…you thought it was what we would like to see…it wasn't. Then you made amends in STRANGE TALES #106. ONE LAST THING: We fans let you know we liked the realism of your characters…but beware! Real people do DIE.

Your until Niagara Falls,
Mike Tuohey
16857 Sunderland
Detroit 19, Michigan

We aren't able to give out original scripts or art at this time, but hope to sometime in the future. Ish #5 was inked by an old friend of ours, Joe Sinnott, who has his own script in JRNY. INTO MYSTERY, #90 MARCH and will be seen more often in our future issues. As for real people dying – that's ONE thing you can't blame on us!


  • Once again we want to thank the hundreds of loyal fans whose interesting letters can't be printed due to lack of space. Please rest assured that either Stan, or Jack, or both read each and every one personally, and are tremendously grateful for your interest and support.
  • Final result of our "ADD NEW CHARACTERS" poll: The count is three-to-one AGAINST adding any new members to the FF. But most readers would like to see frequent guest appearances by our other super- heroes. Will do.
  • IRON-MAN, now appearing monthly in TALES OF SUSPENSE, is another star in our growing line of off- beat super-heroes. Treat yourself to a copy. Also, have you seen the new AMAZING SPIDER-MAN yet? We have a hunch you'll like him.
  • Finally, the next ish of FF features – SUB-MARINER! If you don’t reserve your copy at your dealer's NOW, don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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