Post by Hoosier X on May 5, 2014 15:40:18 GMT -5
I created this thread so all the Fantastic Fans can have a place to gather and discuss The World's Greatest Comic Magazine!
I bought my first issue of The Fantastic Four (#165) at the end of 1975 (or maybe the beginning of 1976) and I didn't miss an issue until around #290. I loved The Fantastic Four for years!
I accumulated a lot of back issues and a lot of issues were available in reprints, like Marvel Treasury Editions (where I first read The Galactus Trilogy) and Marvel's Greatest Comics. But it wasn't until the 1990s that I got serious about reading all the Lee/Kirby issues. I had the first 50 issues in the Marvel Masterworks collections and I eventually bought all the floppies for #51 to #116. (Those are all gone now, sold to pay for college.)
I recently realized that there's still a lot of issues between #116 and #165 that I had never read, so I got the appropriate volumes of the Essential Fantastic Four and I've been reading them over the past few weeks, and I'm really quite stunned by the overall quality of The Fantastic Four over its first 300 issues. Art by Kirby, Ayers, Roussos, Sinnott, Buscema, Andru, Perez, Buckler, Byrne, Sienkiewicz and a bunch of others. Written by Lee, Conway, Wein, Byrne and more. Reed, Sue, Ben, Johnny, Alicia, Franklin, Crystal, Medusa, Luke Cage, She-Hulk, Agatha Harkness. The Inhumans, Dr. Doom, the Sub-Mariner, the Mole Man, The Puppet-Master, The Black Panther, Galactus, The Silver Surfer, the Frightful Four, Terrax.
My favorite era is the Lee/Kirby era, and I think my favorite storyline is the one where they fight The Hulk despite the interference of those pesky Avengers in Fantastic Four #25 and #26.
But I really want to talk about the Roy Thomas/Gerry Conway era because I've only recently read most of them for the first time and it's still fresh in my mind. I was kind of surprised at how good it is because few people seem to get very excited about it, but I guess that's because it's kind of overshadowed by Lee/Kirby and Byrne. But I think it's as good as Byrne's run, and it's not too far away from challenging Lee/Kirby.
But that's just a suggested topic for conversation. This thread's for anybody who wants to talk about the Fantastic Four. And since it's not strictly an Appreciation Page, you can even say mean things about them! The Fantastic Fans can handle it!