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Fantastic Four #37-38
Issue(s): Fantastic Four #38
The Skrulls are looking a lot less... Skrully this issue.
Here's a quick shot of the 'tribbles' that will be re-used in a death trap for the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver during the Kree-Skrull War:
Issue #37 starts with this bizarre scene where Reed walks into the room with his power amplifier gun just sort of shooting off, forcing Johnny to flame on and destroy his wedding suit. This is set up for a few issues later when the FF will lose their powers and they use this device to restore them. It's nice to see some set-up going on, but having Reed walk around the Baxter Building accidentally shooting everyone with an experimental device doesn't make him look good. And it sure doesn't look like an accident in that picture.
The beginning of #38 has Reed examining some giant pictures he took of the Skrull homeworld.
We also have a panel of the Thing clearly giving Sue a spanking. The text of the word balloon looks like a last minute change from 'spank' to 'catch', but the art shows her bent over his knee with his hand about to smack her ass.
Meanwhile, the Frightful Four have regrouped.
Paste Pot Pete thinks he can just change his name to the "Trapster" but we'll have none of that on this site.
This is the second time Pete has tried to address the lack of respect he gets: in Strange Tales #124 he stopped dressing like a complete goofball but that didn't help either. On the other hand he seems to be dating Medusa (she calls him 'my handsome one')...
...so good deal for him.
In a nod to his new name, he seems to be using non-paste based gadgets as well.
The Frightful Four kidnap the Invisible Girl and use her to lure the rest of the Fantastic Four to an island where they've set up a Q-Bomb.
Amazingly, the Frightful Four actually win this fight. They win. They beat the Fantastic Four and the Q-Bomb goes off and the FF lose their powers and nearly die, and next issue the bad guys don't get the standard reversal of fortune. They just... win. Considering the Wizard doesn't care about loot or power or anything, he just likes humbling the FF, this is a huge win for him. Interesting.
The art is definitely getting better on this series.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: The Human Torch mentions the trip to the Skrull Homeworld in Strange Tales #132. Beginning with issue #38, there is a run of continuous stories in FF that ends with FF #43. That requires Strange Tales #132-134 and the Human Torch's appearance in X-Men #13, to take place after this issue but before FF #38. Unfortunately i have these two issues in a single reprint, so for now i'm placing those issues after this entry until it bothers me enough to cut up this issue. Journey Into Mystery #116 takes place after the Frightful Four have defeated the FF in issue #38.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: Marvel's Greatest Comics #30
Inbound References (6): show
"Monsters To Laugh With" was a b&w fumetti magazine where Stan would put funny captions on monster movie stills. I don't think it got published under the Marvel masthead.
The "tribbles" later got renamed "Druffs".
The Thing previously mentioned spanking Marvel Girl in the 1964 issue with the X-Men, and of course he spanked Moondragon in Marvel Two-In-One...maybe since he couldn't have regular sex at all, this was the best he could do?
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