Back Issues: "Fantastic Four" #1 (1961)
- by Ninja Ross, 19 November 2014
Prepare to be amazed! In this edition of Trash Mutant’s Back Issues, I take a look at a classic from Marvel’s vaults! One of the greatest fiction families to ever hit the comic book stands! The Fantastic Four!
Meanwhile, Ben Grimm is shopping for clothes in his size when he sees the magical flare. At the time, he’s being told the shop doesn’t have clothes in his size. But that’s ok! He’s just going to wear his underwear, now that Reed wants him. And Grimm is surprised when police officers start shooting him!
Johnny is getting his car fixed up when he notices the signal. He decides it would be a good idea to turn into fire, melt his car and fly around. And this guy is surprised when aeroplanes begin shooting at him. These people are idiots and should not have super powers.
Somehow, they all manage to meet up with Reed Richards. I suppose they’re smart enough to follow a flare gun. But this is the perfect time for an origin story! And that’s just what we get!
You know this stuff already, right? Reed convinces everyone to sneak into a “secure” facility and steal a rocket in order to fly into space and do space experiments. Because it’s a nice night, I guess.
Sue turns invisible, which is nice. Maybe she’ll walk into a road. But the crash, the cosmic rays and the resulting super powers cause Ben to get real angry as he begins to change into The Thing. Not realising he’s changing, he grabs a tree in order to smack the stupid out of Reed Richards. Of course, not knowing he has super strength implies he would have tried to pick up a tree anyway.
Luckily, Reed subdues him with stretchy powers. Meanwhile, Johnny Storm is on fire and can fly!
Now back to the meeting! Reed has gathered them all together because atomic plants are falling through the earth, leaving big holes. Not really a normal thing. Possibly something you’d check out if you had super powers. After a little bit of research from Reed Richards, they’re lead to Monster Island, a place that probably has monsters on it.
After falling through the ground, Reed and Johnny stumble across the lair of... The Mole Man! A short fat guy with trendy glasses! Mole Man is a guy who just wants to rule the world because people called him ugly. Is that so bad? He was rejected by society because of his looks and now he has mastered the mole people. Somehow. Somehow he just... mastered them.
Then there’s a fight! And everyone goes home.
While nobody can take away the importance of this first issue, it does seem to be a book about stupid people doing stupid things. Here we have a scientist who thinks stealing a rocket is a good idea. A pilot who thinks he can pick up trees without super strength. an invisible woman who’s doesn’t really seem to do much of anything and a guy who can melt cars.
I’ve never really liked Jack Kirby’s art; everything seemed to kind of look flat and ugly. But, after reading this, I’m actually kind of warming to his style. I still think the people he draws look weirdly flat (is it really just me? [Yes. - Ed.]) but it’s not bad work.
Despite how much I disliked this first issue, I quite like the Fantastic Four in general. There are some great FF stories out there. And, let’s face it: nothing in the original series can be as bad as Victor Domashev.
So there's that! Please remember that the views of Ninja Ross do not reflect the views of the entire Trash Mutant staff! Feel free to leave awful comments! Excelsior!