Fantastic Four #2 [Regular Edition]
(January 1962)

Marvel, 1961 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1961-09-28
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Canam Publishers Sales Corp.
Brand
MC
Editing
Stan Lee
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age U.S., then standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched (squarebound #116, 200, 358)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.

The on-sale date is the publication date reported to the U.S. Copyright Office found in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Third Series, Volume 15, Part 2, Number 2, Periodicals, July-December 1961. Class B periodical. Copyright registration number B928094. Copyright given to Canam Publishers Sale Corp.

Bob Bailey reported the "Arrival date" as 21 September 1961. (2 September 2005)

This issue has promo tags at the bottom of a story page:
"Like This Type of Story? Then Don't Miss "AMAZING ADULT FANTASY" Comics On Sale Now!" (Bob Bailey, 2 September 2005).


Skrulls from Outer Space! (Table of Contents)

Fantastic Four / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Klein
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
They had taken a deadly oath to destroy the Fantastic Four!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [the Thing [Ben Grimm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]; Skrulls
Reprints
Keywords
extraterrestrials

Indexer Notes

Note 1: Inker changed from Dick Ayers to George Klein by Bob Bailey (2 September 2005). Nick Caputo confirms (August 8, 2006).

The Fantastic Four Meet the Skrulls from Outer Space! (Table of Contents: 1)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
George Klein
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
John Duffy

Job Number
V-457
First Line of Dialogue or Text
What is happening here??
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]]; Skrulls (introduction)
Synopsis
Four shape-changing Skrulls pose as the Fantastic Four and act as criminals while the true ones are in the country and recall their origin.
Reprints
Keywords
Daily Bugle; Daily Globe; diamonds; extraterrestrials; off-shore oil drilling platform; rowboats; spacecraft; swimming

Indexer Notes

Inking often attributed to Dick Ayers and occasionally to Art Simek. The credit given reflects the current consensus.

Part 2 Prisoner of the Skrulls (Table of Contents: 2)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Klein
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
John Duffy

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Even as the Fantastic Four ponder their next move, grim, silent figures stealthily creep toward their cabin -- like a horde of avenging wraiths!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]]; Skrulls
Synopsis
The real FF is imprisoned by the government for their criminal acts. They escape and decide to flush out the imitating Skrulls.
Reprints
Keywords
cells; extraterrestrials; flareguns; megaphones; newspapers; rayguns; rockets; United States Army

Indexer Notes

Inking often attributed to Dick Ayers and occasionally to Art Simek. The credit given reflects the current consensus.

The Fantastic Four Fight Back! (Table of Contents: 3)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Klein
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
John Duffy

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Let go of that weapon!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]]; Skrulls
Synopsis
The FF infiltrate the Skrull mothership and pose as the Skrull spies. Mr. Fantastic uses clippings from Strange Tales and Journey Into Mystery to trick the Skrulls into thinking that the Earth forces are too strong to attack.
Reprints
Keywords
extraterrestrials; rayguns

Indexer Notes

Inking often attributed to Dick Ayers and occasionally to Art Simek. The credit given reflects the current consensus.

The Thing (Table of Contents: 4)

The Fantastic Four Pin-Up Page / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Klein
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
John Duffy

Job Number
V-457
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Thing [Ben Grimm]
Reprints

The Fantastic Four... Captured! (Table of Contents: 5)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
George Klein
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
John Duffy

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Stepping out of the now-motionless ship, four pairs of eyes are blinded by the glare of giant floodlights!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]]; Skrulls
Synopsis
The four Skrull spies are captured, forced to take on the form of cows and then hypnotized to forget all of their former lives.
Reprints
Keywords
cattle; extraterrestrials; monsters; policemen; snakes; spotlights

Indexer Notes

Inking often attributed to Dick Ayers and occasionally to Art Simek. The credit given reflects the current consensus.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Skrulls from Outer Space!
    Fantastic Four
  2. 1. The Fantastic Four Meet the Skrulls from Outer Space!
    Fantastic Four
  3. 2. Part 2 Prisoner of the Skrulls
    Fantastic Four
  4. 3. The Fantastic Four Fight Back!
    Fantastic Four
  5. 4. The Thing
    The Fantastic Four Pin-Up Page
  6. 5. The Fantastic Four... Captured!
    Fantastic Four
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