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827: Fantastic Four #77 (v1)

" Shall Earth Endure? "
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Fantastic Four #77 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Joe Sinnott
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: August 1968
Release Date: June 1968
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 521                 Times Rated: 285
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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The Thing, the Human Torch and Mr. Fantastic are drawn to an unknown location inside of a microscopic world by the Psycho Man where they must fight multiple illusions of the villain himself.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Fantastic Four #76 (v1). Mr. Fantastic next appears in Fantastic Four #78 (v1).
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Fantastic Four #76 (v1). The Thing next appears in Fantastic Four #78 (v1).
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Fantastic Four #76 (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Fantastic Four #78 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  The Invisible Girl
The Invisible Girl last appeared in Fantastic Four #76 (v1). The Invisible Girl next appears in Fantastic Four #78 (v1).
Crystal last appeared in Fantastic Four #76 (v1). Crystal next appears in Fantastic Four #78 (v1).
  Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer last appeared in Fantastic Four #76 (v1). Silver Surfer next appears in Silver Surfer #1a (v1).
Galactus last appeared in Fantastic Four #76 (v1). Galactus next appears in Silver Surfer #1a (v1).
Psycho-Man last appeared in Fantastic Four #76 (v1). Psycho-Man next appears in Micronauts #15 (v1).
Group Appearances
The Fantastic Four (Roster II)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Fantastic Four #76 (v1). The Fantastic Four next appears in Fantastic Four #78 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Silver Surfer's Surfboard
Silver Surfer's Surfboard last appeared in Fantastic Four #75 (v1). Silver Surfer's Surfboard next appears in Silver Surfer #1a (v1).
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  Kez Says:    
  2011-10-24 08:15:54  
  Wow. For a one of the most powerful beings in the galaxy, he sure sucks at finding food.

"I'm starving, I can't find a planet to consume! I must live, so I must eat Earth!" Silver Surfer: "Sup, I'll have a look."

-10 seconds later-

"Found one!"

Was he even really looking at all?

  TStarnes Says:    
  2011-11-19 13:28:39  

  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-01-03 19:02:37  
  @Kez. Funny stuff. True dat.  

  Calthor Says:    
  2012-07-11 09:19:27  
  This whole arc would be a lot better if it didn't contain 'Psycho Man'.  

  Duhhaag Says:    
  2012-07-13 18:34:37  
  Good have been better without Psycho-Man  

  rubixcube60 Says:    
  2012-09-18 19:58:59  
  Kind of a disappointing arc. Galactus never actually tried much of anything, the Fantastic Four didn't actually do much of anything about him; Silver Surfer just ended up conveniently finding a planet for him, and ultimately nothing really changed for him or the FF. Also why is Surfer so depressed about being stuck on earth? He found his new roaming grounds in the Microverse. Why doesn't he just go back there?  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2013-06-16 01:29:36  
  amazing background drawings in this one(5)....I say this a lot about this book  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-16 10:39:35  
  Fight with Psycho Man, tell him about Galactus, Psycho Man soils his pants at the thought of Galactus reaching Sub Atomica and sends the FF home.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-06-10 21:59:06  
  I wonder if a good doctor could prescribe some drops for Psycho-man to clear up his squiggly-eye.
If you're in such a hurry Surfer, why are you hanging around with the ladies instead of hightailing it to the Planet Muncher?
Thing doesn't have the brains to be a monkey's uncle. Damn Reed's bringing the heat!
So Psycho-man's control over your mind is so complete that you could be chained up in a basement and not know it? Reed I'm so glad you thought this plan through.
Why is the Surfer so upset? He can go back to the mini-galaxy that he loved so much!
Okay so what was accomplished by going and fighting micro-baddie? He's still free and able to attack whenever he wants, but now he has learned some new tricks from you.
Silly end for a decent arc.

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-09-28 13:05:37  
  The ending blew.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-11-27 08:42:12  
  Why's the Silver Surfer so pissy about being stuck back on earth when he just found out a couple issues ago that he can enter the Microverse?  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-04-11 16:18:24  
  3 stars for the Psycho-Man defending himself!!!

Cover Me - Nice layout showing all of the action!

Smooth Operator - I too must be a cosmic being; because I have the power to put women to sleep as well....

Hunger Games - Snickers should do a commercial using the Silver Surfer and Galactus! Of course, to quell Galactus hunger, a moon size snickers might be needed!!!

Resettlement - It would be interesting to know more about Psycho-Man's race. When he 1st appeared in FF Annual #5, he wanted to conquer Earth because of overpopulation of his world!

Prick - Hmmm....which appendage did the Psycho-Man use to send the boys home with?? (p20,p5)

'Nuff Said - "I have been returned...to the mad, orbiting prison which men call...Earth!"-Silver Surfer

  Antifa Says:    
  2015-06-23 17:53:39  
  ... and the good arc is spoiled by this filler issue. the actually relevant events of the story could have been included in last issue. no reason for psycho man.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2015-09-02 12:23:21  
  This wasn't as good as the past few FF stories, but a whole lot better then that dang Namor crap.  

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-06-11 01:11:09  
  I do hope Psycho-Man changes his name if he's to make many future appearances. Otherwise I'm going to be stuck hearing the stabby music from a certain movie every time he's mentioned.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2016-08-14 19:40:46  
  Latin 101: I had to look up "nil nisi optimus." I think it's supposed to be "optimum" but I think it means "nothing but the best."

Reed was even more of a jerk than usual in this one. I still don't see what the purpose was of taking on Psycho-Man after they located the Surfer. I'm guessing it was another one of Reed's vanity projects.

Is it weird that I think Sue looks kind of hot in her maternity nightie on Pg6/P3? I'm not quite sure what that says about me, but it's probably not complimentary.

The one-two punch of Kirby and Sinnott on this arc has been great to see, though. Just classic, high-quality Silver Age artwork. I love all the little details too, like Reed's stretched-out limbs not snapping back into place immediately (Pg11/P1) or the look on Ben's face as he's getting up off the floor on Pg16/P1.

The one thing I still don't get is how Psycho-Man was pretty much invulnerable until Ben drops some machinery on him, and then he becomes a pussywillow, as Aunt May would say. Dunno... Seemed too easy.

But, at least the Silver Surfer is set up for his own title! Hang Ten, Kahuna!

  Russ Says:    
  2016-10-23 17:31:37  
  I wonder if anyone is catching the analogy between the Galactus/Silver Surfer relationship and a dysfunctional couple.

"I demand you get me something to eat before I wreck this house!"

"It's right here, you big ox! Calm down."

Next time, Surfer, get Galactus a Snickers bar. Because "you're not you when you're hungry"

Psycho-Man's appearance made this arc lose some steam, but not a lot. I understand that Reed, Ben and Johnny couldn't have done much more to aid Earth when the Surfer left Sub-Atomica, but really, the Psycho-Man just isn't one of the FF's better villains, and his presence over two issues wasn't all that great. I did find it intriguing that they took a proactive approach to dealing with him so they wouldn't have to in the future.

3 stars. I think the FF is starting to lose a little bit of momentum after about 3 years worth of stories. However, it's still one of Marvel's best titles and there's a few subplots running to keep it interesting; not least Sue's pregnancy. And the Thing reverting to Ben Grimm next issue? Let's see where this goes.

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2017-04-11 00:19:18  
  This arc would be better if it was Psycho Mantis instead of Psycho Man. "I can read your mind!"  

  Leander Malurt Says:    
  2017-06-28 06:44:08  
  About as meaningless as the last ish. And why would Psycho-Man look for them, instead of just letting them die of hunger or something. Seriously, some of these villains are just to stupid. Three stars.  

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Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four, Volume 8
This collection includesFantastic Four #72 (v1), Fantastic Four #73 (v1), Fantastic Four #74 (v1), Fantastic Four #75 (v1), Fantastic Four #76 (v1), Fantastic Four #77 (v1), Fantastic Four #78 (v1), Fantastic Four #79 (v1), Fantastic Four #80 (v1), Fantastic Four Annual #6, Fantastic Four #81 (v1), Fantastic Four #82 (v1)
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Date User Name Update
   February 2, 2018 TStarnes Added Silver Surfer[appost]s Surfboard listing.
   February 2, 2018 TStarnes
   February 2, 2018 Urgat
   December 4, 2017 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   November 24, 2017 TStarnes
   March 16, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for The Fantastic Four.
   March 15, 2014 Spider-Borg Changed comic details.
   January 24, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for The Invisible Girl.
   August 11, 2013 Robareid Updated the listing for The Human Torch.
   August 11, 2013 Robareid Updated the listing for The Thing.
   August 11, 2013 Robareid Updated the listing for The Invisible Girl.
   August 11, 2013 Robareid Updated the listing for Mr. Fantastic.
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