Fantastic Four #3 [Regular Edition]
(March 1962)

Marvel, 1961 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1961-12-12
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

An alternate Jack Kirby/Dick Ayers cover for this issue was published in Fantastic Four #224 (November 1980).

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 B942377. Copyright given to Canam Publishers Sale Corp.
This issue has variants:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Fantastic Four / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In this great collectors'-item issue, you will see, for the first time...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [The Thing [Ben Grimm]; The Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; The Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]
Reprints
Keywords
Fantasticar

Indexer Notes

Johnny Storm has two left hands. The thumb on his right hand is on the wrong side of his palm.

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

Bond Book Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Chapter 1 The Menace of the Miracle Man (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Stan Lee (signed as Stan Lee [early- to mid-career])
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed as J. Kirby); Sol Brodsky (see notes)
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
V-563
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Can even the Fantastic Four defeat a man who performs... miracles???
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [The Thing [Ben Grimm]; The Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]; Miracle Man (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The Miracle Man performs his supervillain debut at his magic show by humiliating the Thing.
Reprints
Keywords
Baxter Building schematic; Fantasticar; stage magic

Indexer Notes

Alterations on the Torch by Sol Brodsky. Info per Nick Caputo, January 2016.

Johnny Storm the Human Torch! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
V-564
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Human Torch [Johnny Storm]
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Medford Products, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Chapter II The Monster Lives! (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Stan Lee (signed as Stan Lee [early- to mid-career])
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed as J. Kirby); Sol Brodsky (see notes)
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
V-563
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Guess I'll see what's doin' on tv tonight, Reed!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [The Thing [Ben Grimm]; The Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; The Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]; Miracle Man; Monster from Mars-statue
Synopsis
Miracle Man declares war on humanity and animates a movie monster statue.
Reprints
Keywords
cinemas; Fantasticar; monsters; policemen; tanks; United States Army

Indexer Notes

Alterations on the Torch by Sol Brodsky. Info per Nick Caputo, January 2016.

Great New Idea From CTI (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Commercial Trades Institute / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Chapter III The Flame that Died! (Table of Contents: 7)

The Fantastic Four / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed as Stan Lee [early- to mid-career])
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed as J. Kirby); Sol Brodsky (see notes)
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
V-563
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Thing!! Look!! It's the Torch!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [The Thing [Ben Grimm]; The Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; The Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]; Miracle Man; Monster fron Mars-statue
Synopsis
Human Torch torches the animated Monster from Mars-statue and Invisible Girl stowes away on the atomic tank that Miracle Man has stolen.
Reprints
Keywords
Fantasticar; United States Army

Indexer Notes

Alterations on the Torch by Sol Brodsky. Info per Nick Caputo, January 2016.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

Chapter IV In the Shadow of Defeat! (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
Stan Lee (signed as Stan Lee [early- to mid-career])
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed as J. Kirby); Sol Brodsky (see notes)
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
V-563
First Line of Dialogue or Text
An hour later...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [The Thing [Ben Grimm]; The Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; The Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]; Miracle Man
Synopsis
The Thing recalls the origin of the Fantastic Four while the Invisible Girl is taken prisoner by Miracle Man.
Reprints
Keywords
dogs; flareguns; helicopters; tanks

Indexer Notes

Alterations on the Torch by Sol Brodsky. Info per Nick Caputo, January 2016.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Grit / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13)

Fantastic 4 Fan Page / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Letters
typeset

Feature Logo
Fantastic 4 Fan Page
Synopsis
Letters of comment from Alan Weiss, Las Vega NV; Rick Wood, Cambridge MA; "unsigned" Dallas TX; George Paul, Hoboken NJ; Bill Sarril, Boston MA; and "S. Brodsky" (Sol Brodsky), Brooklyn NY.
Reprints

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Chapter V The Final Challenge! (Table of Contents: 15)

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

Script
Stan Lee (signed as Stan Lee [early- to mid-career])
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed as J. Kirby); Sol Brodsky (see notes)
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
V-563
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fate works in mysterious ways!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [The Thing [Ben Grimm]; The Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; The Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]; Miracle Man
Synopsis
Miracle Man is defeated, but at the cost of the Human Torch leaving the Fantastic Four.
Reprints
Keywords
automobiles; helicopters; hypnotism; machine guns

Indexer Notes

Alterations on the Torch by Sol Brodsky. Info per Nick Caputo, January 2016.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Padell Book Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Honor House Products / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Mason Shoe Mfg. Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["In this great collectors'-item issue, you will see, for the first time..."]
    The Fantastic Four
  2. 1. ["New Discoveries in Hypnotism"]
    Bond Book Co.
  3. 2. Chapter 1 The Menace of the Miracle Man
    The Fantastic Four
  4. 3. Johnny Storm the Human Torch!
    The Fantastic Four Pin-Up Page
  5. 4. ["New super-speed way to add pounds of solid muscle to chest, back, arms, wrist!"]
    Medford Products, Inc.
  6. 5. Chapter II The Monster Lives!
    The Fantastic Four
  7. 6. Great New Idea From CTI
    Commercial Trades Institute
  8. 7. Chapter III The Flame that Died!
    The Fantastic Four
  9. 8. ["Reward $2,000.00"]
    Best Values Co, Coin Dept.
  10. 9. ["Amazing Wrist Radio"]
    Honor House Products
  11. 10. Chapter IV In the Shadow of Defeat!
    The Fantastic Four
  12. 11. ["Boys -- 12 or older"]
    Grit
  13. 12. ["Transistor Radio"]
    Honor House Products
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Fantastic 4 Fan Page
  15. 14. [Stamps; Shop by Mail]
  16. 15. Chapter V The Final Challenge!
    The Fantastic Four
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Padell Book Co.
  18. 17. ["Treasure Chest of Fun"]
    Honor House Products
  19. 18. ["For a successful career in radio television electronics"]
    National Radio Institute
  20. 19. ["New Type of Shoe will Fill Your Pockets with Cash!"]
    Mason Shoe Mfg. Co.
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