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76: Fantastic Four #15 (v1)

" The Fantastic Four Battle the Mad Thinker and His Awesome Android "
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Dick Ayers
Colourists: Stan Goldberg
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: June 1963
Release Date: March 1963
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Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,420                 Times Rated: 714
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The Thinker uses the power of sophisticated computers to devise a plan that would make him the ruler of New York by defeating the troublesome Fantastic Four!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Strange Tales #110a (v1). Mr. Fantastic next appears in Strange Tales #111a (v1).
  The Invisible Girl
The Invisible Girl last appeared in Strange Tales #110a (v1). The Invisible Girl next appears in Strange Tales #111a (v1).
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Strange Tales #110a (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Strange Tales #111a (v1).
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Strange Tales #110a (v1). The Thing next appears in Strange Tales #111a (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Willie Lumpkin
Willie Lumpkin last appeared in Fantastic Four #11a (v1). Willie Lumpkin next appears in Strange Tales #127a (v1).
  Alicia Masters
Alicia Masters last appeared in Fantastic Four #14 (v1). Alicia Masters next appears in Fantastic Four #16 (v1).
  The Awesome Android
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by The Awesome Android in the mainstream continuity. The Awesome Android next appears in Fantastic Four #28 (v1).
  The Mad Thinker
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by The Mad Thinker in the mainstream continuity. The Mad Thinker next appears in Fantastic Four #28 (v1).
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The Fantastic Four (Roster I)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Strange Tales #109 (v1). The Fantastic Four next appears in Strange Tales #111a (v1).
New York Police Department
New York Police Department last appeared in Journey into Mystery #93 (v1). New York Police Department next appears in Strange Tales #111a (v1).
Yancy Street Gang
This is the first appearance by Yancy Street Gang in the mainstream continuity. Yancy Street Gang next appears in Fantastic Four #20 (v1).
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The Mad Thinker is introduced in this issue.
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  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-21 23:41:58  
  This whole issue was preposterous.  

  Safis Says:    
  2012-02-19 09:44:16  
  Wow, I knew Reed was a genius and all, but isn't he a little too goody-two-shoes to be playing around with creating life? Oh, and it was nice to see the Yancy Street Gang (almost) appear at last! I loved their drawing :)  

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-07-03 15:29:50  
  A great new super villain with the incredible power to... think? I think Stan is running out of ideas. Seriously that idea is just lame lol.

Other than the stupid villain and the dumb resolution this issue was decent.

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-15 19:46:30  
  That drawing of the Thing by the Yancy Street Gang was the best thing about this issue. Also, that was one weird lookin' android.  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-26 17:15:12  
  This is pretty bad for 1960s FF. That The Mad Thinker could predict so much else and yet not predict Reed's plot is stupid- not to mention the fact that he could predict so much of that other stuff is stupid in the first place. Still, I couldn't in good conscience give it less than a 3, as it definitely had some entertaining bits, particularly some of the dialogue.  

  metsguy Says:    
  2012-12-24 02:03:21  
  A letter by Roy Thomas? That Roy Thomas?  

  TStarnes Says:    
  2012-12-24 11:00:26  
  Yep, that Roy Thomas.  

  Dopey Says:    
  2013-01-06 22:23:02  
  Pretty crummy issue when all is said and done. Mr. Fantastic outsmarted the Mad Thinker, Torch melted the crystal hull of the Baxter Building, The Thing chirped Reed for talking too much, and Sue called the police.

Knowing that both of these villains will come back, I'm interested to see what a year or so of development does for both of them. The Mad Thinker is, in my opinion, one of the worst foes the FF has faced yet. I completely agree with Blackie Skarr's judgement of him in the early panels.

Reed Richards has god complex. I swear, this guy is a super-villain masquerading as a good guy. When the FF is coming up the hall and see the Awesome Android, Reed knew exactly what it was just by seeing it. Mad Thinker used Reed's notes to construct the thing. The life he creates on his spare time. He even sells out to GE this issue.

The FF get called up and told to stick around because there is an influx of gangsters in the city and something is bound to happen. They then promptly decide to split up. Johnny even joins the circus...

At what time period to comics at least try to be believable?

One star for the Yancy Street Gang. One star for Torch in the circus.

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2013-01-23 10:32:02  
  Thinker... More like stinker!  

  rebelmswar Says:    
  2013-02-23 18:50:23  
  The villain in this book looks like a man sitting on a crapper conically constipated.

Thinker, eat some prunes.

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2013-06-16 01:56:49  
  the Thing's brow now formed(5+)  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-21 13:54:49  
  Major corporations chose their talent from comic books. That explains a lot. In the Marvel Universe, are those comics true stories or fictionalized adventures?
The best parts of this story all involved the Thing. He is fast becoming the standout member of the team.

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-09-15 17:50:08  
  Wjy is this one essential?? will the thinker be a regular FF villain.... not the greatest idea!  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-11 05:48:53  
  That was a good issue. I was very close to giving it a 4, but something didn't quite feel right at the end. I'd say it was probably a 3.7 or 3.8 in my book. I still feel like they aren't using Sue to her full potential in these stories. Quick Sue, push the button. Yeah you did it, you use one of your fingers, we are saved. :D  

  gonzo Says:    
  2013-10-27 10:35:05  
  The Thing is gonna get blackballed from wrestling for shooting on his opponent like that.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-11-10 14:13:44  
  Pretty good story, decent art. I like The Thinker and I'm looking forward to seeing more of him in the future. The only thing I didn't like. Sue's help seemed forced. Reed would then explain how she helped, so we the readers would know that Sue is an asset to the team. Aside from that, I kinda enjoyed this.  

  VenomousIntent Says:    
  2013-11-23 13:27:51  
  "DNA, the basic cells which are the building blocks of life itself" .... Reed Richards may be a genius, but his writers scientific knowledge is lacking. As a science teacher, I just want to smack Stan Lee in the face with a Biology textbook. I love the man, but good grief!  

  bharbeke Says:    
  2013-12-19 07:49:52  
  I liked this issue quite a bit. The Thinker seemed to have everything under control, but Reed was just that bit smarter. I was entertained throughout, and there were no communists or one-off aliens in sight.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-01-25 09:23:26  
  4 stars for the Mad Thinker and the Awesome Android. I know that people don't care for the Thinker, but I feel he would of been better staying behind the scenes orchestrating events.

Cover Me - EEK!!! Put some pants on the Android. Also, his face looks better on the cover than the way it is drawn inside.

Illusions Of Grandeur - Funny, Mad Thinker dreams of being a King of Crime looks just like the Puppet Masters dream!

Follow Through - You would of think that the Feds would check out the building that Blackie Skarr just left...

Carnies - Seriously, Stan Lee sure does love the circus! Cousin Bones of the Bones & Bailey circus no less. I guess Sue doesn't like to talk to that side of the family!

Yancy St Blues - Poor Ben, I think he be better off fighting the Crips or the Bloods!

Shooting Star - Wow, Sue works fast from Broadway to Hollywood in days!

Feng Shui - On page 9, panel 3 the FF have a little box with a 4 on it, and I guess that weird statue beside it is an award for landing on the Moon.

Big Brain - Wouldn't the FF be just right outside the Baxter when the meteor hit? Would they not help people out? Would Reed not check to see if his lab is ok?


  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-01-25 09:57:51  
  Dirty Mind - "I like to examine my apparatus from the inside as well as the outside!"-Mr. Fantastic, least anyone wonders why Sue really picked Reed over Namor!

Little Thing - On page 17, panel 1 the distorted Thing looks like Hellboy Jr.

Convenient - Boy, it's a good thing that the Android didn't mimic Reed's stretching ability, or it would of been a longer fight!

Big Brain II - So Reed has a short circuit button in the lobby of the Baxter that anyone can push at any time...

'Nuff Said - "The Android...neither animal, nor vegetable, nor mineral!"-Narrator

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-02-05 16:17:43  
  SFO airport wireless ate my comment.
Long story short...I'm torn between 2 and 3 but Willie to the rescue puts it over the top...3 stars.

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-02-19 08:39:55  
  And so Willy Lumpkin saves the day... Although it seems a bit risky for Reed to have set up a special doorbell which renders all his equipment useless, and have it be out in the open, freely available to anyone who feels like pressing it.

I always like the team's interaction with the "real" world, and Ben's long-standing consternation with the Yancy Street Gang. Stan and Jack are still really struggling with what to do with Sue, however. Her main power is simply to just disappear... Hmm, you don't say?

And while the Thinker requires a bit of suspended disbelief, I thought him knowing about the asteroid was a bit much.

  zengosm Says:    
  2014-04-21 09:50:45  
  I really had a hard time buying the Thinker's special power, and how Reed beat him made no sense at all.  

  Schabenc Says:    
  2014-05-12 22:34:42  
  That was a boring issue. Why is it essential?  

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-07 22:46:25  
  I actually quite liked this issue! The Thinker's power being the ability to... think... was a little goofy and the resolution was strange, but I preferred it over one of the many alien invasions. It's nice to see Sue actually come up with her own idea! Hopefully she might become useful at some point in the near future...  

  J-Smack Says:    
  2015-01-26 19:42:38  
  This was already stated, but I like how anytime Sue does anything useful, the other members have to announce it. "Way to push that button, Sue!" It's kind of like that scene in Family Guy where Paul McCartney hangs Ringo's song on the refrigerator.  

  quartertwain Says:    
  2015-02-24 01:16:25  
  I didn't realize that the moon could be romantic, in the middle of the day.  

  Aldous Says:    
  2015-04-29 13:35:26  
  Saved by the bell.  

  Hovis Says:    
  2015-09-18 19:54:41  
  Alicia...blind...at the wrestling show...  

  Carlo Says:    
  2015-10-10 16:58:44  
  In a Journey Into Mystery, somebody almost beats up THOR just by being invisible. Invisibility is actually a terrific power, if Stan Lee could just figure out what to do with it. Why didn't they use Sue to spy more? Why is she ALWAYS caught, EVERY TIME she's invisible? ("The dog smells something!")

It's really just sexism. They did the same thing originally with Jean Grey, and she's was telekinetic.

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-23 10:58:31  
  What a cop out villain.  

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-23 10:09:10  
  Hovis nailed the error in the plot story! Blind at a wrestling show...really?
Love the Awesome Android... the Mad Thinker is sometimes hard to take.

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-18 20:52:13  
  • That’s my line – “Better turn invisible! I can’t run thru the streets with curlers in my hair!” (Invisible Girl)

  • The Thing in a tutu is priceless!

  • Maybe it’s something I didn’t get, but why would the team split up right after the chief of police told them to stay alert?

  • Well waddaya know! Wrestling is scripted?

  • Sue sums up Silver Age so well: “Another power-mad genius for us to contend with!”

  • This is the first time the creators use so many characters in a story: the gangsters, the circus, General Electronics, and the Yancy Street Gang, that we finally get a visual on… well kinda… They built a strong story that could have been stretched to several issues.

  • I liked seeing the team members in their distinct lifestyles. It was also truly nice to them showing affection towards one another, especially Ben and Johnny. At last, the team looks solid. I got this feeling that Stan was desperately trying to show the readers Sue is useful. Thanks for the effort, Stan, but you have not nailed it yet!

  • Overall, I really enjoyed it, but the villain, the predictions and the lazy ending blew it a bit. 4 stars for taking a totally different approach.

  • Love the pin-up page!


  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-03-22 17:14:48  
  The Thinker couldn't predict Reed's ideas because they rarely are understandable. This issue is essential because The Mad Thinker not only is a regular villain but if I'm not mistaken he also supplies future villains weapons to try to take down the FF and other heroes.  

  Calion Says:    
  2016-05-24 20:26:51  
  1. Reed: "I've created a single-celled form of life which looks nothing like this amphibian I'm holding up!"
2. "If I remember my notes correctly on the single-celled organism I created, I know where on this giant monster the off switch is!" *Sigh*...
3. The thinker can prepare for any random event...but not one extra precaution Reed took? Sigh again...

I think I'm getting sick of FF. More Spider-Man!

  KnuckIfYouBuckley Says:    
  2016-09-10 18:15:00  
  Probably the least or second least memorable issue of FF thus far, but it's a bit unfair given numerous past issues have seen important developments and debuts. The Mad Thinker isn't the lamest enemy they've faced yet (think that title should go to Kurrgo or the Miracle Man) but he is eclipsed by far better villains. However, he's going to show up in other titles so I'm interested in seeing where the character goes. Additionally, as a big wrestling fan, I loved the reference to Ed "Strangler" Lewis, a pro wrestling pioneer and innovator of the sleeper hold!  

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-04 03:49:26  
  One star for the first appearance of the Mad Thinker (a Marvel villain I've always enjoyed, 1for some inexplicable reason), and one star for the Thing in a ballerina tutu.

That's it. That's all.

  davidmunday815 Says:    
  2017-03-09 15:37:07  
  I've never really particularly enjoyed Mad Thinker issues... Just don't get what the point of him is.  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-06-11 19:39:55  
  He's such a great Thinker buuut...he always forgets one little thing that brings his complicated plans to a halt.  

  CrazyforRAMU Says:    
  2017-06-14 09:24:29  
  Sue gets hired for a Broadway show on page 9; on page 13 she's acting in a Hollywood movie. I'd say this error belongs entirely to Stan Lee; the art could easily support her acting career being all Hollywood if the dialogue hadn't mentioned Broadway.  

  mvaughn16 Says:    
  2017-07-17 00:45:45  
  Sue: "I was getting my hair done!"

Johnny: "I was on a moonlit date in the middle of the afternoon!"

Thing: "I wuz gonna clobber those chicken-scratchin' Yancy Streeters once and for all!"

Reed: "And I was meddling in God's domain by creating tiny abominations in a test tube!"


And nobody ever acknowledges Reed casually mentioning his soft spot for high end mad science stuff. I love this comic.

  jennychan Says:    
  2018-01-12 20:25:23  
  Good evidence Reed always had a God-complex as seen in modern issues.

I'm a sucker for The Mad Thinker. He's a parody.

Always loved the silent Awesome Android's look.

I do not think this was an Essential issue though.

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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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Issue Letters Page

Dear Stan and Jack:

      Thanks for 'A Visit with the Fantastic Four' in issue 11. It answered many of my questions about the FF's past. There is only one thing I don’t understand: who is Sub-Mariner? Mr. Fantastic said that only the shadow of Sub-Mariner stood between him and the Invisible Girl. This doesn’t make much sense when you don’t know who Sub-Mariner is. But even without knowing the identity of Sub-Mariner, I think you've got the best of all the super-hero mags on sale.

Mary Hoffmann
358 11th St.
Santa Monica, California

"WHO IS SUB-MARINER?"!!! That's like saying "Who is Peter Pan?" (And sure enough, some wise-guy's gonna write to us asking: "Who IS Peter Pan?") Just keep reading the F.F., Mary, and sooner or later we have a hunch you'll be finding out quite a lot about ol' Subby!

Dear Stan and Jack:

      As I sit here at my desk writing this letter, I find it hard to think up words that would satisfy the means of praising you. Which brings me to say that I have seen such magazines as Journey Into Mystery, Strange Tales, Tales to Astonish, and so forth turned from fantasy magazines into wonderful high quality super-hero comic books which, at the present, are contributing marvelously to the wonderful world of the comic book. Your new characters are about the best there ever were. Amazing Fantasy, now featuring the Spider-Man, is on its way to "fame and fortune" with this number one super-hero. Everything about him is terrific, especially his red and black costume which is magnificent for his type of character. As for the Fantastic Four, they're just-well, you might say, utterly fantastic! I could go into quite a bit of detail on my likes and dislikes concerning all of your characters, but this letter has only been a warm-hearted thank-you to the many creators behind the scenes of today's most action-packed comics.

Ronn Goff
729 Encanto Drive
Calexico, California

Ronn, let us take this opportunity to congratulate you on your good taste, judgement, and critical ability! Believe it or not, we agree with you!

Dear Stan and Jack:

      In FF #9, the Thing is struck by a bolt of lightning during a thunderstorm and is transformed into Ben Grimm, his human form (in other words, Thing is not human). So how, with no explanation, does he turn up in the next scene as Thing again? By the way, how does he manage to waddle, let alone walk, in his bulky body? Does Mr. Fantastic have an elastic limit? That is, will he always retain his original shape, no matter how far he is stretched? Can he be torn? Now, last question: Does the Torch ever perspire?

Reynolds M. Morris
Bellevue, Nebraska

Aw, come on, R.M.M., we don’t go around asking personal questions about YOU! As for the THING, his big problem always has been (since his first contact with cosmic rays) that he cannot maintain his human form for very long. As for walking in his bulky body, he'd look even sillier SKIPPING all over the place. Yes, MR. FANTASTIC does have a stretchable limit, and we'll discuss it in greater detail in a future issue. As for the TORCH perspiring, we haven't got the nerve to ask him!

Dear Stan and Jack:

      FF #12 was great! Of all of Stan's masterpieces, this was the classic of the year. The action shots were marvelous! Which shows that Jack's art is ever improving (is that possible?). I'm glad you dropped the feature page. To me it was always in the way, and having 23 pg. stories and a two-page letter column is worth having the feature page dropped (I'm sure all fans will agree) any day! The ending (where Reed and Dr. Banner were talking) was great!!! More of the Hulk and the Thing!!!

Michael "Mickey" Martin
1620 Deerwood Dr.
West Sacramento, California

Now we're embarrassed! We'll be bringing back the feature page from time to time – but how can we explain it to Mickey?

Dear Stan and Jack:

      I have just finished reading FF #12, and all I can say is WOW! I've been wanting to see the Hulk meet the Thing ever since you started publishing these two characters. Having read the mag, I natch read the letter column. As for F. Bronson, he can go to °!!° - for all I care. Why, the Thing is your best character. Underneath that gruff exterior beats a heart of gold. I also agree with Steve Utley. Besides, I think that the relationship between Torch and Thing is improving. Well, thanks for listening

Fred Gibbons
608 E. 6th Street
Mt. Vernon, Indiana

You're welcome, Freddy-boy! Thanks for writing!

Dear Stan and Jack:

      Ordinarily I enjoy your scripts and find them remarkably fresh and original for a comic book; however, you need to do quite a bit more character development than was done in "A Visit with the Fantastic Four" in issue #11. It is altogether unbelievable that characters of the complexity of the 1962 fantastic group should have emerged from the stereotypes you portrayed. Granted, you were being quite brief, but even so, couldn’t Ben Grimm have possessed more than muscles and bravura? And Reed Richards would be more plausible if he were not intelligence personified. Can't they be more human beings, and less mere foils to each other? There is also one question in my mind regarding the story per se: how is it possible that one man could have enough money to build a starship when all authorities assure us that only a nation could afford it? Finally, isn't it slightly ridiculous for even a wealthy scientist-to-be to smoke a pipe at 17 or 18?

Ginger Church
#2532 IWU
Denton, Texas

You sure can't please everybody! Almost every one of the hundreds of letters we received were wildly enthusiastic about "A Visit With The FANTASTIC FOUR" – except Ginger's! But the thing we really got a kick out of was Ginger's comment about Reed smoking a pipe at the age of 17 or 18. It was only because he couldn’t find his bubble gum, honey!

Dear Stan and Jack:

      Good Job! I'm talking about the Fantastic Four #11 featuring the 'Impossible Man.' It was one of the wildest , wackiest, and probably the worst story you have printed since issue #2. Conflicting statements? I think not. For several months your stories have been getting better and better. Each month we have been wondering, "Can they do it again?" "Get an even better tale next time?" Obviously you couldn’t keep it up forever. So with this one issue all the tension is released. 'A Visit With the Fantastic Four' gave us many new facts about the characters – very good. 'The Impossible Man' by itself was not worthy of being printed; it's too off-beat. But coming behind the great stories you have published month after month, it was perfect. Now I'm calm again and waiting to get back on the track with #12.

Roger Mann
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Boy! Talk about a left-handed compliment! Well, anyway, as long as we're still friends, Rog…

Dear Stan and Jack:

      Why does the Thing want to be normal again? As the Thing he is a hero, but as Ben Grimm he is just a test pilot. I know that being a test pilot must be exciting, but as the Thing he must have even more exciting adventures.

Ricky Phillips
1107 South Kiger
Independence, Missouri

We never thought of it that way, Ricky! Wonder how the rest of our readers feel? Would you rather remain as THE THING, or Ben Grimm?

Dear Stan and Jack:

      Latest issue of FF (#11) one of the best yet. It truly is an "off-beat collectors' item isue," as the cover blurb claims. One thing I liked on the cover was the drawing of the heads of the Fantastic Four. Perfect! Might I suggest that they be added to the masthead permanently, Mr. Fantastic and the Thing on the left, and Human Torch and Invisible girl on the right. The Thing continues to be, to me, the best of the Fantastic Four, and one of my all-time comic-book favorites, though I rather dislike the idea of a serum which occasionally turns him back to Ben Grimm. I especially liked the "Visit with the Fantastic Four" feature and, with thousands of others, I'm sure, wait for more. Best parts: first, the answer to fans who don’t like the Invisible Girl ("Go see lady wrestlers!") although I feel myself that she ought to suddenly obtain the power to walk through objects as well; and second, but hardly less, the part where the Thing ruined his dumb-bell in anger at the Yancy Street Gang. The Yancy Street Gang, with this issue, joins Pete's mother-in-law on the "September Bride" television program as one of the great "unseen" characters of all time. I hope you do not under any circumstances at any time yield to the temptation to show any of them – let them remain nefariously in the background to annoy the Thing for reasons left obscure. Please? "The Impossible Man" was a great yarn, too, reminding me a little (but not enough to spoil it for me by any means) of the science-fiction novel, Martians Go Home, of a few years ago. I hope he does return to earth sometime, this time not to be driven away by ignoring so that the Four must think up a new stunt. Or could they? Personally, I'd like an issue in which he decides to annoy earth's crimefighters, including the Four, Ant-Man, Thor, Spiderman (Perhaps), and maybe even the Hulk and Namor for good measure. As to your letter column, I would love to see the Four on T.V., but I realize that has about as large a chance as the proverbial snowball. Handled well, I think adults would really dig it, besides just us comic-book-loving souls. The Thing, in particular, has a real appeal, especially now that he's abandoned his boots.

Roy Thomas
307 Greensferry Rd.
Jackson, Mo.

Thanks for the comments, Roy. Glad we don’t pay for these letters by the word.

Dear Stan and Jack:

      I am not going off half-cocked and this is not a crank letter, however, I am going to try to belittle your characters for a reason that will be unmistakable later. Now to go through your complete list of heros in the order of my reading them. First the Fantastic Four will be my object. What good would Mr. Fantastic be if all he could find to chase were petty hold-up men and purse snatchers? Why should he exert himself by stopping their getaways??? Why should the Thing wear himself out with juvenile delinquents?? Hardly any reason. Who would like the Human Torch if all he did was melt down crooks' getaway cars? Very few. If the Invisible girl only followed crooks to their hideouts and then called the cops, she wouldn’t have many fans, would she? If the Hulk hadn't armies and spies to fight, no fans, right? Thor's smashing in walls for a police raid would result in extinction. What else? Spiderman catching falling kids in his web wouldn’t last too long, huh? Even the Ant-Man replacing wire taps – can you enjoy that? Forget it. So, instead of "Super-heros can do anything," your motto seems to be, "Super-heros are only as good as their villains." Just keep up the good work!

Bob Kennedy
871 Warwick Lane
Glendale 22, Missouri

We're not sure we understand Bob's point, but wouldn't this be a dull world if everything was nice and simple?

Dear Stan and Jack:

      FANTASTIC FOUR #11 was the greatest!!! The first story was very good because it told about their past. But the second story was obviously the better of the two. It was the funniest I have ever read! I nearly died laughing at the panic this creature from the planet POPPUP caused. WOW! Some of the crazy things that were said were wild!! For instance, when the THING said, "Ya don’t get to be a comic book hero by being careful." Please fellas, stick to science fiction stories in the future. I wouldn’t want to see humor magazines run out of business. By the way, the pin-up of Sub-Mariner was superb!!!

Jerry Smith
915 W. Pierson
Phoenix 13, Arizona

Thanks, Jerry, for those kind words. But don’t worry – we're sure THE NEW YORKER and MAD aren't worrying too much about us putting them out of business!

  • Many, many of you fabulous fans have written offering to pay verious amounts of money for back issues. Also, some of you have written offering to SELL back issues. Unfortunately, we simply don’t have the room to print these items, BUT – we have learned of a fan mag called the COMICOLLECTOR,
  • published by Ronn Foss, at 233 Benton Ct., Suisun, California. Ronn prints items about comics for sale or trade, and so we suggest that those of you who wish to buy, sell or trade mags contact the COMICOLLECTOR.
  • Yes, there WILL be a FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL! We're working on it now, and are doing our best to make it the biggest, most exciting, most fantastic two-bits' worth you've ever seen! We hope to have it on sale early in the summer. More about the F.F. Annual later.
  • COMING NEXT: Wait'll you see th e yarn we have for you next issue! Not one, but TWO widely- requested characters! That ol' villain's villain, DOCTOR DOOM, will be back for fun and games, and as an extra surprise, another guest appearance of a MARVEL COMICS GROUP hero – The Astonishing ANT MAN will be on hand also! Tell your magazine dealer to reserve your copy now – you wont want to miss the great F.F. #16!

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   November 24, 2017 TStarnes
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   November 29, 2014 Neskit Added New York Police Department to the issue.
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   October 27, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for The Thing.
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