Fantastic Four #4 [Regular Edition]
(May 1962)

Marvel, 1961 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1962-02-08
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 in U. S. Copyright Office filings.


The Coming of the Sub-Mariner! (Table of Contents)

Fantastic Four / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Stop him!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [the Thing [Ben Grimm]; the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]; Namor the Sub-Mariner
Reprints

The Coming of... Sub-Mariner! Chapter 1 On the Trail of the Torch! (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
V-643
First Line of Dialogue or Text
At a secret skyscraper hideout, in the caverns of New York, three of the most fantastic humans on earth are found!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [the Thing [Ben Grimm]; the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]; Monster from Mars-statue (flashback); Miracle Man (flashback)
Synopsis
The Fantastic Four is searching for the runaway Human Torch.
Reprints
Keywords
Baxter Building; Fantasticar; motorcyles

Chapter 2 Enter the Sub-Mariner! (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Flame off, Torch!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [the Thing [Ben Grimm]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]; Namor the Sub-Mariner
Synopsis
Fleeing the Thing, the runaway Human Torch finds the amnesiac Sub-Mariner.
Reprints
Keywords
automobiles; comic books; flop houses

Indexer Notes

Revival of the Sub-Mariner as a noble anti-hero.

Chapter 3 Let the World Beware! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
V-643
First Line of Dialogue or Text
At the very moment that Johnny Storm makes his incredible discovery, the other members of the Fantastic Four are continuing their strange search...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]]; Namor the Sub-Mariner
Synopsis
The Human Torch drops the Sub-Mariner into the sea and he regains his memory.
Reprints
Keywords
commuter trains; helicopters; undersea civilizations

Chapter 4 Sub-Mariner's Revenge! (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
No sooner does Namor utter those fateful words, than the three other members of the mighty foursome, back at their headquarters again, planning their next move, see...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [the Thing [Ben Grimm]; the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]; Namor the Sub-Mariner; Giganto (introduction)
Synopsis
The Sub-Mariner sends Giganto to smash New York.
Reprints
Keywords
Fantasticar; monsters; nuclear bombs

Mister Fantastic (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Mr. Fantastic
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Pin-up of Reed Richards/Mr.Fantastic

Chapter 5 Return to the Deep! (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Sol Brodsky
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
V-643
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Slowly, warily, knowing that each step might be his last, the Thing stalks deeper and deeper inside the gigantic sea creature...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [the Thing [Ben Grimm]; the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]; Namor the Sub-Mariner; Giganto (death)
Synopsis
The Thing walks into Giganto with a bomb and blows him up. The Human Torch sweeps the Sub-Mariner and Giganto away into the sea. The Sub-Mariner says "I'll be back!"
Reprints
Keywords
monsters; nuclear bombs

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Thing; Invisible Girl
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters from Len Blake, Anthony Gonzales, S. Goldberg, Shirley Howard, Bruce Fogel, Jim Moony, and "unsigned."

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Coming of the Sub-Mariner!
    Fantastic Four
  2. 1. The Coming of... Sub-Mariner! Chapter 1 On the Trail of the Torch!
    Fantastic Four
  3. 2. Chapter 2 Enter the Sub-Mariner!
    Fantastic Four
  4. 3. Chapter 3 Let the World Beware!
    Fantastic Four
  5. 4. Chapter 4 Sub-Mariner's Revenge!
    Fantastic Four
  6. 5. Mister Fantastic
    The Fantastic Four Pin-Up Page
  7. 6. Chapter 5 Return to the Deep!
    Fantastic Four
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Fantastic 4 Fan Page
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