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 (editor)

Issue Notes

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).
This issue has variants:

Skrulls from Outer Space! (Table of Contents)

The 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).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Honor House Products / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

Honor House Products / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

The Fantastic Four Meet the Skrulls from Outer Space! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Stan Lee (signed as Stan Lee [early- to mid-career])
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed as Jack Kirby [signature])
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.

[Training for Big Pay MADE SIMPLE] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Part 2 Prisoner of the Skrulls (Table of Contents: 5)

The 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.

[New Accordians] (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Accordion Corporation of America / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[Reward $2,000] (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Best Values Co., Coin Dept. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[Sell Grit] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Grit / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[Will You Work Saturday Mornings...?] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Mason Shoe Mfg. Company / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

The Fantastic Four Fight Back! (Table of Contents: 10)

The 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.

[Electric Monorail] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Medford Products / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Medford Products / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

The Thing (Table of Contents: 13)

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

[Stamps; Shop by Mail] (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Fantastic Four... Captured! (Table of Contents: 15)

The 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.

Only three of the Skrulls are depicted at the story’s end. The mystery of the missing Skrull was hastily explained by Reed’s suggestion that he was on his way to another galaxy, along with the rest of his invasion fleet (page 23, panel 5.)

[Test your talent!] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Art Instruction, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[Get Valuable Gifts] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Blair Quality Products / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[Learn Radio-Television Electronics] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

National Radio Institute / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[Announcing the All-New Daisy BB Gun] (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Daisy Air Rifles / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Skrulls from Outer Space!
    The Fantastic Four
  2. 1. ["Insect collecting kit"]
    Honor House Products
  3. 2. ["Amazing wrist radio"]
    Honor House Products
  4. 3. The Fantastic Four Meet the Skrulls from Outer Space!
    The Fantastic Four
  5. 4. [Training for Big Pay MADE SIMPLE]
  6. 5. Part 2 Prisoner of the Skrulls
    The Fantastic Four
  7. 6. [New Accordians]
    Accordion Corporation of America
  8. 7. [Reward $2,000]
    Best Values Co., Coin Dept.
  9. 8. [Sell Grit]
    Grit
  10. 9. [Will You Work Saturday Mornings...?]
    Mason Shoe Mfg. Company
  11. 10. The Fantastic Four Fight Back!
    The Fantastic Four
  12. 11. [Electric Monorail]
    Medford Products
  13. 12. ["Not 3, not 6, not 9, not 12 ... but 14 new sensational tricks a million laughs"]
    Medford Products
  14. 13. The Thing
    The Fantastic Four Pin-Up Page
  15. 14. [Stamps; Shop by Mail]
  16. 15. The Fantastic Four... Captured!
    The Fantastic Four
  17. 16. [Test your talent!]
    Art Instruction, Inc.
  18. 17. [Get Valuable Gifts]
    Blair Quality Products
  19. 18. [Learn Radio-Television Electronics]
    National Radio Institute
  20. 19. [Announcing the All-New Daisy BB Gun]
    Daisy Air Rifles
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