Monday, June 2, 2014
The World's Greatest Comic Magazine!
The eternally hyperbolic Stan Lee dubbed Fantastic Four "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine!" It's great hype, but a claim which sadly draws a lot of attention. But for a time, this description was actually true. In late 1965 Stan and Jack started a series of stories which included among other things, the marriage of Reed and Sue, the discovery of the Hidden Land of the Inhumans, and the arrival of Galactus preceded by his herald the Silver Surfer. Change and innovation were the watchwords as the FF comic started to percolate as never before.
Those key stories are collected in the fifth volume of the Marvel Masterworks reprints dedicated to the Fab 4. I desire these mightily, but have been put off by the prices. I found this particular one, with the handsome Kirby and Sinnott cover art transformed by the rendering of Dean White, discounted for a very pleasant price.
Like an exceedingly fine wine, I need to sit back and savor these issues, arguably the greatest comic magazines ever. Even Stan says so in his introduction where he calls these stories "the best of everything Marvel stands for". He may not be bragging just this one time.