Fantastic Four #98
Issue(s): Fantastic Four #98
The Fantastic Four (once again without Sue, who is once again left behind, this time without even a 'reason')...
...stop the Kree Sentry from interfering with the Apollo moon landing. The Sentry is much easier to beat this time.
Even though the FF have been to the moon a few times already, the plot here calls for them to remain on the Earth in order to not take away from the real-life accomplishments of the astronauts.
Reed treats Sue like such a non-entity. "Quiet, honey!" "Hold it, Sue!" She is very patient with him but her facial expressions (to me) look like someone who is not very happy with where she wound up in life.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This story takes place in July 1969 - the time of the first Moon landing. This causes a irreconcilable conflict with Marvel: The Lost Generation #6, which also takes place during the first Moon Landing at a time that is explicitly before the Fantastic Four have formed. Not much can be done about this except posit that there were two important moon landings in the Marvel Universe, years apart. This illustrates the problem with the sliding time scale concept.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel's Greatest Comics #79
Inbound References (1): showAlicia Masters, Franklin Richards, Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Kree Sentry 459, Mr. Fantastic, Thing
That 2nd caption in the module panel has a different lettering style than the other two. It was probably inserted this time by editorial mandate than by Comics Code interference.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 12, 2011 9:51 PM
Armstrong's famous quote is in a different hand as well...including "a man" rather than just "man," about which there is still some question. Maybe added later for the late 1970s reprint?
Posted by: haydn | November 4, 2011 11:02 PM
The text and lettering is the same in my GIT Corp PDF of the original issue.
Posted by: fnord12 | November 6, 2011 10:36 AM
Hi, I came across an FF issue #98 with a 1/- before the issue number box. Variant?? typo?? any idea??
Posted by: Joe Albanese | August 7, 2012 9:58 AM
Hi Joe, I know it's months later but I hope you will see this: what you have is known as a Type 1a Pence Cover Price Variant--U.S. published at the same time as the "normal" FF comic #98, but for foreign distribution.
Posted by: Shar | November 20, 2012 8:59 PM
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