The Transparent Fox:
Fantastic Four #275
Issue(s): Fantastic Four #275
She-Hulk is unable to stop the publisher from running the photos, neither legally as Jennifer Walters, nor by intimidating him as She-Hulk.
But things work out when the photos are accidentally "corrected" before publication to give her a non-green skin tone.
Cute story, although it does seem that stuff like this happens a lot to She-Hulk. No one ever wrote a story about a photographer catching the Thing nude.
I also can't help wonder how She-Hulk escapes massive civil suit charges, due to the property damage she causes while chasing the helicopter...
...and when she crushes the publisher's safe, which is full of money and checks.
In a subplot scene, we learn that Johnny and Alicia are sleeping together as of the night before. Alicia corrects Johnny's assumption that he's somehow taking advantage of her.
Most people reviewing this issue note that the publisher resembles Stan Lee, especially on the cover. It wasn't something that ever occurred to me.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The epilogue to this story, when the magazine issue is actually published, takes place "three weeks later", "two days" after Fantastic Four #276-277.
Since it's a deliberate flash-forward to set up some intrigue for the next arc, i'm treating it like a flashback and ignoring it for placement purposes (More importantly, those are Mattel Secret Wars figures Franklin is playing with! Like every other Marvel fan who got those toys, i see that Franklin chucked the "decoder shields"). I've also left Reed, Sue, and Franklin out of the Characters Appearing for this entry, since they're only in the epilogue.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showHuman Torch, Lyja the Lazerfist, She-Hulk, Wyatt Wingfoot
I thought it was supposed to be Stan Lee, even more so when the wig flew off.
Posted by: JSfan | December 16, 2014 6:34 AM
I kept one decoder shield - the one for my Captain America - and I drew his actual shield emblem and put it inside the shield.
I love that in the MU they actually made a Magneto figure.
Posted by: Erik Beck | May 23, 2015 1:02 PM
Pretty sad that the secret wars figures were the only marvel action figures for a long time (although I had a Mego Spider-man when I was really little)
It would be interesting to see which villains Mattel would use. If I recall correctly, the original figures were: Spider-man, Cap, Wolverine (who wouln't be known to the public), and Iron man. Villains were Magneto, Dr. Doom (doubt Mattel would use a head of state), Kang and Dr Oct.
I think I had Spidey, Iron man, Magneto (whose leg fell off) and Kang (who only lasted till issue 4 of the series)
Posted by: kveto | May 23, 2015 2:22 PM
You do remember correctly. I had all of them except Dr. Octopus.
But Kang made more sense than in the second wave, where aside from the black costume Spider-Man (who I had), there was also Daredevil, who wasn't in Secret Wars (but I had one) and Falcon, as I recall, who wasn't in either Secret Wars or really in the second Secret Wars.
Posted by: Erik Beck | May 23, 2015 3:00 PM
An issue that features exactly *zero* of the real FF, focusing (see what I did there?) instead on Byrne's masturbation-material insert character, the Soporific She-Blah!
"Cute story, although it does seem that stuff like this happens a lot to She-Hulk. No one ever wrote a story about a photographer catching the Thing nude."
Yeah, funny about that. Byrne loves to tell us how "sexy" his pet Green Gargantua is, but at the same time wants us to remember that sexual arousal, porn, and masturbation are bad, bad, BAD! Tease, but don't please, kids! Don't wanna go blind, you might not be able to enjoy next issue!
(Is this where he has Jenn make the "Onan the Barbarian" joke? I can't remember and, as I've written, I had zero interest in keeping these in my collection when it was split.)
Seriously, I wish Byrne would make up his mind about whether he's a pervert or a prude, already. I've got the pompous pedant part, but I'm confused about the rest.
(And who wears a toupée but doesn't dye the rest of his hair to match? I mean, seriously.)
Posted by: Dan Spector | March 17, 2017 3:44 AM
The "Onan the Barbarian" joke was in the She Hulk graphic novel he did...
Posted by: BU | March 17, 2017 1:32 PM
"but at the same time wants us to remember that sexual arousal, porn, and masturbation are bad, bad, BAD! "
When the hell did Byrne ever say this? I'm willing to bet that he didn't.
Posted by: Vincent Valenti | March 17, 2017 3:22 PM
I think he's claiming that that's the point or at least the undertone of this story.
Posted by: Morgan Wick | March 17, 2017 10:40 PM
My favorite issue of the FF. The She-Hulk is the best thing out if the 80s in Marvel comics.
Posted by: william | September 7, 2017 9:35 AM
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