Fantastic Four #14
Issue(s): Fantastic Four #14
Review/plot: Good ol' Puppet Master. He's always around to make people fight each other for no good reason.
In this issue Namor fights the FF.
Eventually the Puppet Master is eaten by a giant octopus that the Thing threw (very slooooowly apparently as the Thing throws the octopus 19 panels before it crashes through the roof).
Sue breaks up the fight with Namor.
Prior to all that, the FF return from a mission fighting the Red Ghost and get swamped by fans. Reed especially is swamped by groupies. Meanwhile, the Thing fights a proto-Hulk Hogan.
Eventually they get home and the boys take a nap while Sue cleans up the place (Sue: "Hmmm, I think I'd better do a little housecleaning!" Reed: "Just so long as you do it silently!"). Seriously.
And then on the next page Reed can't figure out why Sue would be more interested in the Sub-Mariner than him.
Also of note: the Sub-Mariner, under control of the Puppet Master, uses a "Mento-Fish" to contact Sue, and then a "Hypno-Fish" to hypnotize her.
Finally, Reed uses "flexogen" to avoid a gas attack by Namor. And look at that dialogue. I know villain-speak when i see it.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: The Sub-Mariner has not yet found his people. At least in this issue he is actually shown to be looking for them. The Fantastic Four return from the moon at the beginning of this issue so they shouldn't appear anywhere else between issue #13 and here.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Collector's Item Classics #9
Inbound References (4): show
Did they explain how The Puppet Master escaped apparent death in his previous appearance? I don't remember.
DC also had a villainous Puppet Master that fought Green Lantern in his 1st issue in 1960. Luckily for Marvel, DC tended to consider their books unworthy of notice at the time(plus the fact that the DC Puppet Master never came back).
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 31, 2011 1:39 AM
The Puppet Master is first seen this issue getting kicked out of a sanatorium after hanging around there for months after he was "cured". He says he survived the fall despite what "the fools" thought.
Posted by: fnord12 | July 31, 2011 2:09 AM
so the torch takes a nap while he's on fire?
and Reed is such a douche.
Posted by: kveto from prague | September 25, 2011 2:28 PM
what insurance does the Puppet Master have, cause i want to know what medical facility lets you stay even though you've been cured for months?
it's not enough that the clay is radioactive. the Puppet Master has to go and cover it in lead paint, too?
i think Ben is trying to get out of his relationship with Alicia. why else would he bring his blind girlfriend to a dangerous confrontation at the bottom of the ocean???
love how they keep attacking the Sub-Mariner even after they make a point of mentioning how he seems to be controlled. they just want to beat him up. the whole rescuing Sue thing was just an excuse.
it's all too much for my female brain. i'd better go do some housecleaning.
Posted by: min | November 21, 2011 9:48 AM
Housecleaning? Just as long as you do it silently.
(The sounds you hear are of Grandma Cherie beating up Grandpa Chet.)
Posted by: Grandpa Chet | December 29, 2014 6:00 AM
ROFL! The last 2 comments are pure gold!
Posted by: Leves | January 26, 2015 2:22 AM
Actually the DC Puppet Master later fought the JLA as part of a group of villains assembled by Dr. Destiny and later still Marv Wolfman renamed him the Puppeteer and used him against the New Teen Titans.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | October 23, 2016 10:01 PM
As Brian Cronin recently noted, this issue's cover is the first one to feature the picture box in the upper left hand corner that would be a mainstay of Marvel comics covers for decades to come.
Posted by: Andrew | July 7, 2017 8:22 AM
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