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63: Fantastic Four #14 (v1)

" The Merciless Puppet Master "
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Fantastic Four #14 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Steve Ditko
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Steve Ditko
Colourists: Stan Goldberg
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: May 1963
Release Date: February 1963
Story Arc: -
Pages: 22
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,361                 Times Rated: 702
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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The Puppet-master is back and he has taken control of the infamous Sub-mariner! Forced to do his bidding, the Sub-mariner kidnaps Susan Storm and challenges the remaining Fantastic Four members to reclaim her.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Fantastic Four #13 (v1). Mr. Fantastic next appears in Strange Tales #109 (v1).
  The Invisible Girl
The Invisible Girl last appeared in Fantastic Four #13 (v1). The Invisible Girl next appears in Strange Tales #109 (v1).
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Fantastic Four #13 (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1).
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Fantastic Four #13 (v1). The Thing next appears in Strange Tales #109 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Alicia Masters
Alicia Masters last appeared in Fantastic Four #12 (v1). Alicia Masters next appears in Fantastic Four #15 (v1).
  The Sub-Mariner
The Sub-Mariner last appeared in Strange Tales #107 (v1). The Sub-Mariner next appears in Fantastic Four Annual #1a.
  The Puppet Master
The Puppet Master last appeared in Fantastic Four #8 (v1). The Puppet Master next appears in Strange Tales #116a (v1).
Group Appearances
The Fantastic Four (Roster I)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Fantastic Four #13 (v1). The Fantastic Four next appears in Strange Tales #109 (v1).
United States Military
United States Military last appeared in Tales of Suspense #40 (v1). United States Military next appears in Tales of Suspense #41 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Fantasticar MK II
Fantasticar MK II last appeared in Fantastic Four #12 (v1). Fantasticar MK II next appears in Fantastic Four #17 (v1).
Psychic Clay
Psychic Clay last appeared in Fantastic Four #8 (v1). Psychic Clay next appears in Strange Tales #116a (v1).
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2011-10-17 00:00:00  
  The cover on this one kills me. I distinctly remember this one being on display at the comic shop I frequented as a kid.  

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-20 17:59:31  
  The three guys lie around while Sue does some house cleaning. She IS useful after all. No sexism from Stan there. Hahaha  

  zweineuf Says:    
  2011-11-23 02:20:38  
  In this issue, they make a point of the Puppet Master donning a lead suit when he carves his radioactive clay, and treating his poppets with lead paint, all ostensibly to protect himself from the dangers of radiation. He even dons the lead suit when he has to quickly create a doll to save himself from an attacking octopus.
This is the first instance, 51 issues into the order, that I can recall of radioactivity being shown to have harmful effects, and even then he never explicitly says why he wears the lead suit; we are left to infer it. Perhaps the people of the 60s were finally starting to get it. Now if they would only stop smothering poor Johnny in asbestos.

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-24 13:41:22  
  Of course this is the only time that PM wears the suit.  

  rebelmswar Says:    
  2011-12-23 10:50:30  
  You mean I have to endure that clown again?  

  Safis Says:    
  2012-02-06 21:11:55  
  You know, when we first met the Sub-Mariner, I thought I was going to hate him, but I find I'm really enjoying the stories he's in.

Oh, and on the topic of Lee's nice little sexist remarks, let's not forget Thing's comment when he's saving Sue: "First time I ever saw a female who could keep her mouth shut so long!"

  darkdragonne Says:    
  2012-06-03 16:17:06  
  Actually, octopuses are quite intelligent... more intelligent than Sue, that's for sure.  

  saschavikos Says:    
  2012-06-05 13:53:01  
  I think cuddles the octopus needs his own title.  

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2012-06-25 17:05:22  
  I think it's about time someone creates a 'Silver Age Sexism' Tumblr.  

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-07-01 00:38:01  
  Man, I never realized how prejudice Stan Lee is. Fantastic Four is thick with sexism and Iron Man was horribly racist. Other than that this was a good issue.  

  DirtyMarco Says:    
  2012-07-15 21:16:23  
  Can I just say that the Puppet Master is the worst villain of all time? He is horrible.  

  olgamon Says:    
  2012-07-19 22:26:40  
  I decided that I'm going to write down every sexist thing that is said in Marvel as I'm reading it.  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-14 21:04:23  
  I don't like the Puppet Master as a villain, but I love that creepy face he has. He's like the Mole Man in that I just look how his character looks. Namor's always great, but this one was just average.  

  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-09-26 13:06:11  
  @olgamon. How's that list coming? You've got to have writer's cramp by now.  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-23 10:42:02  
  This one is decent,as it combines good character interaction(Ben and Johnny have a really good repartee in this issue) with some weird as hell sea-life that is used for plot devices in a way I'm not sure I like.  

  Dopey Says:    
  2012-12-17 01:07:14  
  The silver age is really a wild and zaney era.

Throughout these early FF comics, it seems that Stan is very enamored :). I mean, four times now we see the Sub-Mariner in the first fourteen stories. Granted, it's been spaced over a few years, but we can already tell that much like Doc Doom, Namor has a future as a main foil for the FF. It's a good feeling to know that we'll see these mainstays again, and I find myself always looking forward to the next story that includes them. The only thing that ticks me right off about this villain is the ridiculous powers he can utilize by imitating fictitious fish abilities. It is clear that the Ocean Deep is still a great mystery to humanity in the 60's, what with the 'mento/hypno fish'es that inhabit Namor's domain.

Issue fourteen, released on the week of February 14. Valentine's Day! And so love is a main story theme. Very clever. We get to see a frustrated Reed Richards who knows not the intricacies of maintaining a healthy relationship. This has been evident to me for a good while now, but it is actually verbally addressed by Reed himself this issue. He wonders why he can't keep Ms. Storm's attention.

Uhmmm... Reed? Observe the following:
Dopey's Girlfriend: "Hmmm... I think I'd better do some housecleaning!"
Dopey: "Just as long as you do it SILENTLY!"
Dopey's Girlfriend, aghast and shocked: "Wh-Whaat!?" Followed by a sharp slap and a month of female abstinence...
This is the quite obvious outcome north of Georgia and/or outside of middle America, and I do believe that the FF are based in New York. Stan, in addendum to previous posts: you're a sexist pig. And I'll bet you weren't getting laid much in '63.

  Dopey Says:    
  2012-12-17 01:46:24  
  The Richards-Storm pairing feels very 50s to me, which I guess is not that out of sync with the date of publication, and the almost adulterous sexual undercurrent that is brought to the table in the Namor-Invisible Girl attraction brings a nice level of intrigue to the table that I rather enjoy. Very Ashley Madison, and I like it.

For the record, the Puppet Master has now died on a sidewalk under his tenth floor window, and again in the maw of a giant octopus.

As ridiculous and out of place as it is, the blatant, uncensored sexism in this issue made me ROFL. The development of Namor as a main foil is a good thing. The nonsense of the silver age is disintegrating my brain and is giving me a nervous twitch. One star for the ROFL. One star for mental electro waves, ravenous unthinking fire-eaters, and gas-defeating flex-o-gen packets, and Sue realizing that Reed is just another womanizer from the 50s.

  edgar987 Says:    
  2012-12-24 07:38:58  
  You know you can hate the puppet master all you like. But in the 80s he will be a large part in one of there best stories.(terror in tiny town)  

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2013-01-09 08:36:01  
  Ugh puppet master, blech! And sue is really being a cocktease and I'm sick of it already. That's probably just another form of sexism from back then, you know, "a woman never knows what she wants" or something like that  

  JobberMP Says:    
  2013-06-24 22:50:33  
  I like the sexism. Haha. I find it funny  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-20 09:08:14  
  On page 2, that cop looks like he has Reed's elastic ability.
Sue Storm--high-tech stalker.
Stan invents new fish as Namor requires them. Just imagine if Namor united the strange fish into a supervillain goup. They'd be unstoppable.
When PM re-enacts his little plot with puppets, the Sue puppet is lying on the floor helpless.
Does Sue ever stand up for the butt ugly villains?
Stan Lee-man of the 60s!

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-07 06:12:14  
  I do home Namor becomes a good guy soon. I'm glad that Namor searching for his people is still an ongoing story thread. I also love that Thing is a big softy when it comes to Alicia. They have such a cute relationship.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-10-23 23:12:49  
  I liked that they brought Puppet Master back and good seeing Namor as well. I kinda like all the weird undersea weaponry and gadgets that Namor uses. Decent art. OK story.  

  VenomousIntent Says:    
  2013-11-18 20:24:05  
  Finally no asbestos!  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-01-11 19:53:05  
  2 stars for a less than stellar performance from Namor & Puppet Master.

Cover Me - You just know that Sue is checking out Namor's butt!

Shady - On page 2, panel 1 what is that guy in purple doing with that weird machine in the background?

Bad Reputation - You know what they say about girls from Clayville...

Wrestling Trivia - The Golden Angel is the father of Hulk Hogan!

Flame Off - This is the 3rd time that Johnny has done the travel by tornado trick, and he still acts like it's the 1st time he's ever done it!

Women's Suffrage - Every man knows that a good woman. Is a woman that can type!

One Trick Seahorse - Before Namor had all the fishy powers. Now their are fishes with powers...

Pier 4 - I think this is the 1st mention of the FF's private pier that they use later as a base.

Bette Davis Eyes - On page 19, panel 7 Namor has different colored eyes!

'Nuff Said - "You wait there, Alicia baby, and I'll bring you back some octopus pie!"-Thing

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-01-20 00:03:34  
  1. Sweet splash page, and I like how it picks up where the last issue left off...and the ship...and the moon landing...just love it.
2. Housecleaning and typing...very anachronous
3. Mmmm...mento-fish in drawn butter, with a hypno-fish bisque
4. Radioactive clay covered in lead paint...no wonder he has that freakish grin
5. The parking scene, the bathyscape adventure...this one is fun.
I really liked this issue. It had more complexity than we've seen thus far, and the last page showed interesting interactions between Submariner and the FF. Also, Kirby's art was really good in this one...4 stars.

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-02-08 15:32:02  
  Call me crazy, but I liked this one. While bothersome in other issues, I enjoyed the interactions of the Four with the public in this issue. Added a nice touch of humor to the whole thing. Kirby's art was okay, but man, look at Sue's transformation on page 5... She goes from looking as pleasing as Kirby's ever drawn her in panel 3 to "Mraaagh! Mongo HUNGRY!" in panel 4. Yikes.

I loved Ben's line about Namor reciting Hamlet. Great stuff.

  slewis880612m Says:    
  2014-04-12 19:45:00  
  I find I truly dislike the sub-mariner at this point. So much so that I am half tempted to give every issue featuring him the lowest rating possible just because he is in it. I'm very tired of him being the go to villian, having him pop up with ridiculous and undefined powers, and totally unrealistic fish, and gadgets. This is made more frustrating by the potential for growth the character has, but is never utilized only plugged again and again. If it remains like this for much longer I fail to see how he ever got his own title, let alone remained relevant in any way for 50-60 years.  

  Blustar Says:    
  2014-05-23 17:34:39  
  Old Stan! Look what you've done, you've made a sexist man right out of my son, Old Stan!

I really love the FF, reading the order makes me feel like I'm re-living a childhood I never had. I like modern comics but silver age Marvel has a chimeric quality that is tantalizing and sometimes even mythical. It has character( kind of like original Star Trek)

I hope Namor can find his people soon to see where his story goes next.

  Redsvetz Says:    
  2014-05-23 18:06:59  
  -@Blusty: The first part of your comment made me spit out my water. :-)  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2014-06-06 13:01:47  
  I never saw a submarine at a navy surplus store.  

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-06 22:13:50  
  Pretty average issue. I actually quite like Namor, I feel rather sorry for him though. He's just trying to look for his people; half the time he's not even the one picking the fight. And I like the way Sue/Namor and Alicia/Ben's relationships seem to be progressing. That said, this blatant sexism is getting really old.  

  UncannySteven Says:    
  2014-10-16 22:01:10  
  Puppet master is the coolest villain so far. His powers suck but he's so freaky and weird.  

  quartertwain Says:    
  2015-02-23 09:07:20  
  Sue Storm, "Hmmmm, I think I'd better do a little house cleaning." Reed Richards, "Just so long as you do it silently." Stan, your contributions to misogyny will go down in history alongside such greats as Eazy E, Eminem and Big L. Keep making us proud.  

  El Zoof Says:    
  2015-03-11 03:41:25  
  He bought the Navy surplus submarine under the alias "P. N. Guinne".  

  Carlo Says:    
  2015-10-05 20:25:03  
  Namor has always fascinated me, mainly because I expect a comic book hero from 1939 to be a HERO. And he's a total anti-hero, and always has been. He's an Atlantean hero, not ours. He really doesn't have much use for us at all, and to him, we're sometimes the bad guys. That's way ahead of its time in the early 1960s, let alone 1939.

That said, I hate when he has the power of fish, or orders fish around. That's Aquaman, not Namor. A "hypno-fish"? REALLY?

That cover is a hoot.

  Urgat Says:    
  2015-11-04 15:58:13  
  I really had to laugh loudly because of some of Thing's sayings...also kinda liked this issue overall...to keep it an unknown fact to the FF whether the Puppetmaster is alive or not....4*  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-23 10:50:27  
  I just can't get on board with the submariner.  

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-23 08:17:12  
  Namor is a sick stalker, the rest of FF are sexist and lazy. I just don't understand why Sue has not bailed on them.  

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-03-22 17:08:34  
  Second villain team-up for the FF and they us the 2 worst villains. Still I liked the underwater adventure. The fire eating fish...um..wow. Weirdest issue yet I think.  

  Calion @ zweineuf (original post):    
  2016-05-24 19:18:24  
  You forget Doctor Octopus. His arms were for manipulating radioactive substances from behind a shield.  

  Necrocter Says:    
  2016-06-01 22:02:31  
  Octopuses brainless? Come on Stan! Btw this is the most sexist comic of the order until now.  

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-07 06:03:41  
  Stan Lee's portrayal of women in this issue could transform Eva Gabor into Andrea Dworkin, overnight.  

  ScottG12 Says:    
  2016-11-21 16:48:30  
  Wait... What? Why did the Puppet Master build more puppets of the Fantastic 4 and then decide not to kill them but instead make Sub Marioner fight them? What was the point of building them then? And wouldn't it just be easier to crush them?

  Murphynator42 Says:    
  2016-12-07 14:25:59  
  That between-the-legs shot on the over is the only reason this gets as many as three stars, though outside of the even more blatant than usual sexism, this was unusually entertaining, all things considered  

  CrazyforRAMU Says:    
  2017-04-26 10:51:41  
  Featuring one of the most artless scene transitions in history on P14:

"If you wonder how you got here, the giant clam which trapped you gives off chloroform vapors which put its victim to sleep! But now you are awake -- and you are my prisoners!"

The glorious stupidity of that line and the plotting that made it necessary really tell you just how absurd the Silver Age can be.

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2017-05-13 18:53:08  
  • That's my line – " For the Luvva Pete! I was all set for a knock-down argument about why I can’t take her with me! Now all the speeches I prepared are wasted!" (Ben Grimm)

  • First panels on pages 1 and 2 look great!

  • I like that we resume where we left off in last issue.

  • Having Invisible Girl doing TV ads for a deodorant is brilliant idea when you think about it!

  • So Sue is now a cleaning lady and a secretary. Such a macho world!

  • The Puppet Master’s face always looks a little off and give me the creeps!

  • Mento-fish? Hypno-fish?? A clam that chloroforms its victims?? Holy Jesus! What a string of crappy nonsense!

  • I did not remember Alicia had ESP, but it makes sense. Good for you, girl!

  • OMG! The Puppet Master IS Michael Jackson! (page 8 last panel)

  • Is the Puppet Master going to be the Kenny of this series and die each time he appears?

  • Despite the efficient storytelling, there are too many weird creatures and sexist comments for me to give it more than 3 stars!

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-07 14:48:46  
  The Puppet Master protects himself from radiation, with lead. Either way he would die  

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-07 14:50:35  
  The Thing throws ten tons at the wall and somehow it seems to do minimal damage  

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-07 21:35:30  
  Great Issue five stars  

  God2600 Says:    
  2017-07-17 22:38:11  
  "I'll be blankety-blanked!" -Thing.

Your friends at the CCA hard at work

  qwybie Says:    
  2017-07-23 21:23:23  
  The sexism is really quite ridiculous at this point, even for the 60s. That combined with the Puppet Master's plan making zero sense means it gets a low rating.

That said, this gets an extra star just for Thing. From arguing with parking attendants to making pithy comments about Hamlet, the Thing is really the MVP of this issue.

  UncannyAddiction Says:    
  2018-01-25 17:19:35  
  I have to agree with the sexism. It runs rampant in all of these early comics. I think it is going to be interesting seeing the social norms change over the years as I get further into the order.  

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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)
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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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Issue Letters Page

Dear Stan and Jack:

      We have formed a Fantastic Four fan club, and would like for you to send us ideas for some activities we can do at the meetings. At present at our meetings, we: first read our reports on the last adventure, then; make up a new adventure and play it. After that, our president, Mr. Fantastic, assigns parts of the adventure to each person. If you can, please send us materials to get going. Thank you.

Fantastically yours,
Stewart Scheifer, Secretary,
FF Fan Club
330 E. 173 St.
New York 57, N.Y.

Say, Stu, you ought to send US material – you seem to have more ideas that WE do! Actually we've heard from MANY friends who are starting F.F. fan clubs, and as soon as we can figure out what to do about it we're gonna devote some space to a fan club doings in a future ish.

Dear Stan and Jack:

      As an English major at the University of Texas, I would like to congratulate you on the high standards of literary excellence you've set in "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine." I love it! Sometimes the symbolism is too much for me – but that doesn’t keep me from enjoying each exciting issue. Your mag is as good as the greatest comics of the early 50's. So keep up the good work. I can hardly wait for the next issue.

Bill Hauptman
Box 39
A-Bar Hotel
Austin, Texas

Bill, we'll REALLY know we've arrived when we hear that some English major wrote a term paper about the F.F., thereby winning a scholarship! But we won't hold our breaths waiting!

Dear Stan and Jack:

      I may have missed out, but please inform me what happened to Dr. Doom's face, and why it is so horrible to look at? Also, how about a story concerning the Ant-Man, Thor, or Spider-Man meeting the FF. And I didn’t know Dr. Doom, the Invisible Girl, or the Hulk could fly. On the cover of ish 10, you have all of them flying. Please explain!

David Languth
106 24th St.
Altoona, Pa.

Some day in the future, Dave, we'll do a nice long meaty story about what really happened to DOC DOOM'S face – so let's save it till then. As for the F.F. meeting some of our super-heroes – could be! But the gang on the cover of ish #10 WEREN'T flying – that's known as a symbolic drawing – a vignette – an impressionistic rendition – a surrealistic interpretation of – aw, heck! It would be easier to claim that they CAN fly!

Dear Stan and Jack:

      I believe that Thing should be the head of the gang because he is the strongest guy in the gang. Now, what do you say?

Victor Phillips
410 North Hamilton
Indianapolis, Indiana

We'll say what we ALWAYS say! We'll pass the buck by asking you fans to VOTE on it! Anybody think someone other than Reed should head the F.F.?

Dear Stan and Jack:

      I have compiled a list of what I think are the best stories, art, etc of '62. This list does not include #1. Best story – The End of the Fantastic Four. Best artwork – issues #4 and #9. Most humorous story -- #9 and #7. Most humorous panels -- #'s 2-5, page 9, #9; panel #1, page 4, issue #9; panel #2, page 10, issue #2. Best all-round issue -- #9, which in my opinion will never be equalled [equaled]. Now for a couple of questions: In #2, the Thing says that he never gets tired, but in #9 when he fights the Sub- Mariner, he gets so tired that he can hardly stand. Also, in #1, the flare-gun shoots the words, "The Fantastic Four" into the air. Now all it shoots is the number "4." How come? In closing, I would like to give you my utmost congratulations – for yours is the only one that indeed deserves the title of "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine!"

Lee Whittlesey
320 West Johnson
Norman, Oklahoma

The THING never DID get tired until he fought SUB-MARINER – but battling Prince Namor isn't exactly a rest cure! As for the flare gun, the F.F. saves a lot of smoke with each shot by only using one numeral – and, with the high price of smoke today, every little bit counts! Or, would you rather have the truth, Lee? We GOOFED again! So shoot us!

Dear Stan and Jack:

      I like your comic mag a lot, but what I don’t understand is who drives the Fantasticar when the four parts of it are together?

Jeffrey Roy Pontello
R.D. 6, Fairdale
Cambridge, Ohio

Usually Reed, although any of the four can handle it. Due to MR. FANTASTIC'S inventive genius, it's actually easier to handle than the average family car.

Dear Stan and Jack:

      Sorry, but I don’t agree that F.F. is the "World's Greatest Coimc!" Matter of fact, the stories are often poorly written (perhaps you have too many irons in the fire, Stan!), the art, sloppy! What I can't understand is – why I like it!!! Being a collector-type, I have all 11 issues. All right, so I'm a nut!

Mark Savage
1104 W. 4th St.
Tyler, Texas

So you bought the first eleven issues? So we should have more nuts like you!

Dear Stan and Jack:

      Now listen here. I just can't stand to hold back any longer. I've just read issue #11 of FF, and all I can say is that your magazine is unequaled, matchless, first class, rare, priceless, exquisite, choice, unobjectionable, and inestimably fine. The original creativity that you give is unheard of, truly making your mage the T.W.G.C.M. (The World's Greatest Comic Magazine.) Another thing. Anybody who wants to drop the Invisible Girl is nuts! She adds that special touch that makes your mag great. In issue #11, the ideas were stupendous! 'A Visit With the Fantastic Four' was a brand new idea never before thought of or dared. 'The Impossible Man' met all expectations and more. Congratulations, Stan Lee! Keep up the good work.

Kathleen McCoy
630 Central Ave.
Oildale, California

One thing we like, Kathy, is a fan with IMPECCABLE judgment and taste!

Dear Stan and Jack:

      Your mag is truly the "World's Greatest Comic Book." As your issues went on, they got better in art and stories. I'd like to say that Prince Namor is a good villain, but he is very ugly (with long eyebrows and pointed ears). What Sue sees in him is beyond me. Please have a ballot on Sue's marrying Reed. I vote yes all the way.

Joseph Shoemaker
27 Sunny Crest Rd.
Trumbull, Connecticut

Joey boy, there are SOME things that can't be settled by a vote!

Dear Stan and Jack:

      When I first bought your magazine, I thought it was just another drop-in-the-bucket. But then I started to thumb through it – Boy, oh boy, what a mistake I'd made. This magazine has fine artwork, the characters have reality, and you seem to be able to weasel out of any error your readers say you make. But here's one you can't squirm out of: In #11, page 10, the Impossible Man turned into the Old Man of the Sea. Now, how could he do this when he's a stranger to the earth and knows nothing about us, Hmmm?

Richard Eilts
109 Henderlong Pkwy.
Crown Point, Indiana

Simple, Dick! Where do you think the Old Man of the Sea CAME from? He was an alien TOO, from the Impossible Man's home planet! In fact, rumor hath it that they were second cousins.

Dear Stan and Jack:

      In your recent story, 'The Return of Dr. Doom,' you show Reed Richards changing bodies with Dr. Doom. So when Reed Richards (as Dr. Doom) had doom's body, he should have been able to get out of the airless chamber because he had Dr. Doom's brain! Explain this. And please, no wise cracks.

Kevin Johnson
600 Pioneer Ave.
Tooele, Utah

Uh, uh, Kevin! Nobody said anything about their changing BRAINS! They only swapped BODIES! They KEPT their own personalities, remember? And another thing – if you spent an hour a day, every day, reading fan mail, YOU'D feel like bustin' loose with a wise-crack once in a while yourself!

Dear Stan and Jack:

      Nine issues ago, I sent you guys the best of luck with your F.F. Now I realize that you didn’t need luck, but you got something three times as good, that something being the most inventive comic in the history of the business. Each issue of F.F. brought new surprises as well as carefully worked out plots and artwork. The villains are very unique indeed, and your human approach, although a bit overdone, is a revolutionary idea never before attempted in a comic mag. The Thing and his crazy humor never fail to break me up, even in the most tense situation. Mr. Fantastic seems a born leader, and the Torch – well, he's just terrific. Sue Storm – ooh-la-la. Enough said. One gripe, however. Other fans might lynch me for even bringing this up, but I think the covers on each issue are too cluttered with action. Well, now that I've got that off my chest, may I say don’t let the stories get stale, and I'll be a fan for life.

Jim Broeker
4336 N. Lawndale
Chicago 18, Illinois

Jim, we couldn’t let these mags get stale if we WANTED to – not with you wide-awake fans breathing down our necks every minute – bless you all!

Dear Stan and Jack:

      Oboy, oboy, oboy, I found a goof in ish #11, where Mr. Fantastic was talking about Sue's being helpful with the Skrulls. In the picture, page 10, panel 4, you show her tripping a Skrull. The dotted outline of her is no doubt an outline of sue in her uniform – but the FF's didn’t get their uniforms until the ish following the Skrull adventure. You made another goof on Sue's cake. First the cake said, "Happy Birthday to Sue," but in the next panel, it says, "Happy Birthday, Susan." So, two goofs – but they didn’t effect how good this particular story was – "A Visit with the Fantastic Four." Enjoyed your new ish immensely. "The Impossible Man" was great and so was the Pin-up Page. The main things I want to see are: an FF annual; a reprint of #1: the FF in T.V. or movies. I love the "World's Greatest Comic Mag." Thanks a lot for it.

Arthur Davis, Jr.
2809 Avenham Ave.
Roanoke, Virginia

And thank YOU, A.D., for taking the time, etc. As far as all our mistakes are concerned, we make 'em while we're being real careful! Can you imagine if we ever get CARELESS??!

Dear Stan and Jack:

      Issue #11 was one of the worst issues you’ve ever printed. The Fantastic Four hardly tried to stop the Impossible Man. It showed that the Four were no match for him – and the Impossible Man is a ridiculous villain. I would like to see Submariner come back in a future issue. And I have an idea as to how you can get Dr. Doom back. What if he were to shrink into an atom world, a world inside an atom. The people who inhabited that atom would have their own tiny world, and a race far ahead of us in scientific knowledge. They would enlarge Dr. Doom until he would be his normal size. With these two villains, you've really got the greatest mag.

Barry Goldstein
50 Ave. D
New York 9, N.Y.

And WITHOUT 'em I suppose we're just ham fat, eh? Oh well, to each his own!


  • We get many requests for letters pages in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY, STRANGE TALES and TALES OF SUSPENSE! We'd LOVE to add 'em, honestly, but we simply can't! It takes HOURS to put together a letters page such as this one, because we take it very seriously. We read each letter, discuss it, and analyze it thoroughly before making our selection. We don’t entrust the job to assistants, or sub- editors! But, how's this for an idea? Let's let our F.F. FAN PAGE be the melting pot for ALL our mags (except SPIDERMAN which will have its own letters page) and we'll print any exceptionally interesting letters about THOR, ANT-MAN, HUMAN TORCH, or IRON MAN on these pages.
  • Have you noticed our new trade mark, on the upper left hand corner of the cover? ALL our mags will soon be sporting this handsome insignia. We kinda hope you'll make it a point to look for them, and better still, buy a few!
  • Here's a little teaser: Nothing definite yet, but hundreds of you have written to request an F.F. ANNUAL. Well, we're working on it! More info later on.
  • How would you you like to see a war story mag written and drawn in the same style as the F.F.? Well, we've GOT one for you – by Stan and Jack, called SGT. FURY And His HOWLING COMMANDOS! If you dig real battle action, solid characterization, and the MARVEL COMICS GROUP style of storytelling, then FURY is for you! Better reserve your copy at your dealer's now!
  • NEXT ISSUE: We've cooked up a whiz-dinger of a super-villain, and get a load of this title: THE F.F. BATTLE "THE THINKER, AND HIS AWESOME ANDROID!" Like it or not, you've gotta admit we've got COURAGE! So reserve your copy now, and we'll see you next ish!

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   December 3, 2017 TStarnes Added Psychic Clay listing.
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