You voted and we continue to reveal your choices for the top 60 Fantastic Four stories ever told! Here are your picks for #9-7!
Today, we look at your picks for #9-7 of the greatest Fantastic Four stories ever told!
As always, you voted, I counted the votes and now we count them down, four at a time. If I don’t add a date for the series, it means it is the original volume of whatever series I’m talking about.
9. Fantastic Four #25-26 “The Avengers Take Over!”
Fantastic Four #12 was the first time that the Marvel Universe had a crossover (tied with Amazing Spider-Man #1 that came out the same week), but a year later, they really exploded with this team-up of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four as they each take on the Hulk. The story (by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and George Roussos) opened up with the Fantastic Four first taking on the Hulk by themselves and getting beaten terribly. The Avengers stepped in the next issue, but even the combined might of the heroes was not enough…
It is especially nice how they highlighted how the superheroes don’t necessarily get along during their fight with the Hulk.
8. Fantastic Four #67-70 (1998), Fantastic Four #500 “Unthinkable”
This storyline by Mark Waid, Mike Wieringo and Karl Kesel opens with pretty much what the name of the story is – an unthinkable act of horror by Doctor Doom that makes it clear that this time around he is going to be going after the Fantastic Four in ways you could not even imagine (or, I suppose, “think”), as Doom gets the love of his life, Valeria, to admit that she still loves him, too, meaning that his sacrifice of her is powerful enough to strip her skin and turn it into a special magical suit of armor…
Doom outright committing to using magic to torment the Fantastic Four comes down to Reed Richards, Mister Fantastic, having to try to master something he ALSO cannot really even “think” about – magic!
7. Fantastic Four #236 “Terror in a Tiny Town”
John Byrne celebrated the Fantastic Four’s 20th anniversary with one of the great villain gambits in comic book history. The heroes awoke in a seemingly perfect world, only things were slightly off, including Reed Richards’ academic pursuits as a researcher kept getting thwarted by his jerk boss. Meanwhile, the various characters kept being haunted by dreams where they were superheroes.
Finally, Reed Richards figures out the truth. This is all some elaborate plot and the reveal of who is behind it is one of the great villain reveals of all-time (doubly so because it is an homage to some of Jack Kirby’s figurative work from the past, only here, Doom actually IS much bigger than the FF!).
It is a rare treat for an anniversary issue to be this strong
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