COMIC TITLE: Fantastic Four #5 (1962)
Jack Kirby– Artist
I was honestly thinking about cancelling Throwback Thursday for today only because there were so many great comic book titles that were released this week. Then I decided that you can’t break tradition and you have to just roll with it. Plus, Marvel has been working really hard lately promoting the fact that the first family of Marvel in the Fantastic Four were coming back. That’s right, Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Susan Storm (Invisible Woman), Ben Grimm (Thing), and Johnny Storm (Human Torch) were coming back and I figured why not, let’s check out some back issues. The issue that I chose for today is Fantastic Four #5 which was released in July of 1962 and was written by the legendary Stan Lee and illustrated by the great Jack Kirby. The comic follows the first family as they recover from an encounter with Sub-Mariner only to find that someone has cut their power and has trapped them in their facility. The mad man turns out to be an old college colleague of Reed’s in the one and only Victor von Doom a.k.a. Doctor Doom. It turns out that Doom is hungry for power and he is going to trap the Fantastic Four into a plot to go back in time to steal Blackbeard’s treasure.
One thing that I loved about the comic of course is the artwork because this is the foundation upon what everything was built off of in the Marvel Universe as the great Jack Kirby put his pencil to paper. This is also a very special issue because it is the first appearance of Doctor Doom which hence began the rivalry that would rule Marvel’s world. That is all thanks in part to Stan Lee as well who wrote the very stories for Marvel that we all worship today and have seen in the films over and over again. The only thing that I am not a fan of is some of the dialogue, I feel like that Captain Obvious character from the commercials should be appearing in these issues, but at the same time I get it. It was a completely different time and that was the way things were done. So, I don’t take too many points away from them for that because the comic was enjoyable to read. One of the things I thought was funny was the fact that they passed off that Thing was really Blackbeard. It was comical and hey why not, it’s the comics we can do whatever we want. Check it out for yourselves and check out my grades below:
Character Representation: A+
Entertainment Value: A+