Saturday, 19 November 2016
Giant Size Fantastic Four #3 (Marvel/1974)
Giant Size Fantastic Four #3 (Marvel Comics)
Gerry Conway/Marv Wolfman (w) Rich Buckler/Joe Sinnott (a)
The Fantastic Four provided the fictional "spine" around which the Marvel Universe was created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby. Sadly the comic is no more, having been put on hiatus because the company want the franchise back for movie making or so the story goes. The fact sales had drastically slipped didn't help either.
However back in the seventies the Fantastic Four could be relied on to provide a good yarn month after month along with The Thing getting his team up up series in the form of Marvel Two-In-One. Marvel also gave their first family a Giant Size quarterly edition which featured a new 30 page adventure plus a bargain basement reprint.
Lasting for six issues these are great fun to read.
In #3 the FF meet the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse who have returned to earth after being beaten and exiled in disgrace. Only the Fab Four can stop them! Nuff said.
The back-up reprint is a reprint of Fantastic Four #21 in which the team face The Hate-monger who turns out to be..Hitler or one of his doubles? Guest stars Sgt Fury.