(February 1963)

Marvel, 1961 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Canam Publishers Sales Corp.
Brand:
MC
Editing:
Stan Lee
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

The Impossible Man (Table of Contents)

Fantastic Four / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby; Al Hartley ? (alterations)
Inks:
Jack Kirby ?; Al Hartley ? (alterations)
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]; the Impossible Man (introduction)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Nick Caputo, via the GCD Error List (1 November 2006), suggests that the cover may be inked by Kirby; Dick Ayers has affirmed to Caputo that he did not ink the cover (GCD Error List 2 November 2006). Alterations on Sue likely by Al Hartley, also per Nick Caputo, July 2012.

A Visit with the Fantastic Four (Table of Contents)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]] (origin retelling); Willie Lumpkin (introduction]; the Skrulls (flashback)
Synopsis:
Willie Lumpkin brings to the Fantastic Four their huge mailbag. It makes them think about their youths and their origin.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This story contains the first mention of the Yancy Street Gang.

It also contains a defense of Sue Storm's membership by Reed which appears to be a justification of her membership. It will be another year before Sue is given additional forcefield powers to "beef up" her abilities.

Fantastic 4 Fan Page (Table of Contents)

letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby; Sol Brodsky ?
Inks:
Dick Ayers; Sol Brodsky ?
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Typeset
Job Number:
X-74

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letters page replies by Stan Lee. Illos of Sue, Ben and Reed from earlier stories. Human Torch illo possibly by Sol Brodsky.

The Fantastic Four Pin-Up Page (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Characters:
Sub-Mariner
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Pin-up of Namor and his undersea headquarters.

The Impossible Man (Table of Contents)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fantastic Four [the Thing [Ben Grimm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]]; the Impossible Man (introduction)
Synopsis:
The police call the Fantastic four to help against a childish extra-terrestrial.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Superman (DC, 1987 series) #50 (Dec. 1990) depicts Mr. Mxyzptlk on a vacation as the Impossible Man harassing the Fantastic Four, with dialogue taken from this issue.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Impossible Man
    Fantastic Four
  2. 1. A Visit with the Fantastic Four
    Fantastic Four
  3. 2. Fantastic 4 Fan Page
  4. 3. The Fantastic Four Pin-Up Page
  5. 4. The Impossible Man
    Fantastic Four
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Nick Caputo
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Per Sandell
  • Pierre Freyssonnet
  • Peter Croome
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