Fantastic Four #286 [Direct]
(January 1986)

Marvel, 1961 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.65 USD; 0.30 GBP; 0.75 CAD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Marvel Comics Group
Brand
Marvel [standalone or inside vertical box]
Editing
Mike Carlin (credited as Michael Carlin) (editor); Michael Higgins (assistant editor); Jim Shooter (credited) (editor-in-chief)

Like a Phoenix... (Table of Contents)

Fantastic Four / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Byrne (signed as Byrne)
Inks
Terry Austin (signed as austin)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Fantastic Four: Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Invisible Woman [Susan Storm Richards]; Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards]; She-Hulk [Jennifer Walters]
Jean Grey
Universe
Marvel : mainstream
Reprints

Like a Phoenix! (Table of Contents: 1)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 30 pages (report information)

Script
John Byrne (credited); Chris Claremont (pp. 24-29)
Pencils
John Byrne (credited); Butch Guice (pp. 24-26)
Inks
Terry Austin (credited); Butch Guice (pp. 24-26)
Colors
Glynis Oliver (credited)
Letters
John Workman (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
"Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every coming together again...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Avengers: The Black Knight [Dane Whitman] (cameo flashback); Captain America [Steve Rogers] (also in flashback); Hercules (also in flashback); Namor the Sub-Mariner [Namor] (flashback); Wasp [Janet Van Dyne] (flashback)
Fantastic Four: Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Invisible Woman [Susan Storm Richards]; Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards]; She-Hulk [Jennifer Walters]
X-Men: Angel [Warren Worthington III] (cameo flashback and as Sentinel robot in flashback); Banshee [Sean Cassidy] (cameo flashback); Beast [Hank McCoy] (on recording also in cameo flashback and as Sentinel robot in flashback); Colossus [Piotr Rasputin] (cameo flashback); Cyclops [Scott Summers] (cameo flashback and as Sentinel robot in flashback); Iceman [Bobby Drake] (cameo flashback and as Sentinel robot in flashback); Marvel Girl [Jean Grey] (also in flashback and as Sentinel robot in flashback); Nightcrawler [Kurt Wagner] (cameo flashback); Professor X [Charles Xavier] (as Sentinel robot in flashback); Storm [Ororo Munroe] (cameo flashback); Wolverine [Logan] (flashback)
Doctor Peter Corbeau (flashback); Dark Phoenix [Jean Grey] (cameo flashback); Edwin Jarvis; Stephen Lang (flashback); Phoenix [Jean Grey] (cameo flashback); The Phoenix Force (flashback); Sentinels (cameo flashback)
Universe
Marvel : mainstream
Synopsis
Reed Richards manages to free Jean Grey from the capsule the Avengers had found her in. While trying to restore her missing memories, Jean learns that she was replaced by the Phoenix, who in turn was destroyed by the humanity it gained by duplicating Jean.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story continues in part from The Avengers (Marvel, 1963 series) #263 and continues in part in X-Factor (Marvel, 1986 series) #1.

According to John Byrne, significant portions of this issue were redrawn by Guice and rewritten by Claremont at the direction of Jim Shooter. (Note added by Brian Peck via the GCD Error Tracker, August 2010.)
The original unaltered pages ran in the X-Men: Phoenix Rising Premiere hardcover.

With special thanks to Roger Stern and Kurt Busiek.

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

Bullpen Bulletins / in-house column / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

Fantastic Forum / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Michael Higgins
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Letters from readers: Owen Johnson, Erik Gerdes, Michael Pickens, Timothy (full name and address lost by embarrassed assistant editor!)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Like a Phoenix...
    Fantastic Four
  2. 1. Like a Phoenix!
    Fantastic Four
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Bullpen Bulletins
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Fantastic Forum
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