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Comics Should Be Good Top 50 Countdown! – #45

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Fantastic Four #45

Most creative teams, after being together for over forty issues, would begin running out of ideas. Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, though, just got better and better, as their astonishingly hot streak from issues #40-60 of the Fantastic Four demonstrates.

The FF had already encountered Medusa, as a member of the Frightful Four, and in #44, they met Gorgon (who was trying to take Medusa back to the other Inhumans), but in #45, they met the entire Royal Family of the Inhumans (by the by, what an awesome cover by Kirby!!), including the first appearances of Black Bolt, Crystal, Triton, Karnak, Maximus and Lockjaw!!

This issue would probably be on the list if it was just the first appearance of all of these Inhumans (particularly Crystal, who became a major character in the series with her relationship with Johnny Storm – even becoming a member of the Fantastic Four on at least two occasions), however, this was also the beginning of a striking multi-part storyline with the Fantastic Four aiding the Inhumans against Maximus the Mad.

So it was not only the first appearance of the Inhumans, it went right into using them in an awesome storyline.

That gets top marks in my book!

The closest competitor that I can think of is Tales of Suspense #45, which was the first appearance of both Happy Hogan AND Pepper Potts!!

And, of course, one of my personal favorite issues of all time, Justice League America #45!


I dunno, JLA #45 was the first appearance of the Shaggy Man, and Action Comics #45 marked the debut of Vigilantes sidekick Stuff the Chinatown Kid!

Quasar #45: Mark Gruenwald brings back Doctor Druid all the way from the 1950s, settign him up with a magical superteam called the Shock Troop. But did he have to retcon hair on Doctor Druid? The previous, fringed Dr. Druid was one of the few actually bald (not bald-by-choice) charatcers in all of comics! Let his hairline go!


June 30, 2008 at 7:25 am

Druid got his hair back in issue # 37 of AVENGERS SPOTLIGHT (aka: SOLO AVENGERS), when he cast a time-related spell, and it made him younger.

That the Spotlight issue came 3 years before the Quasar issue, and he had been around the M.U. before that anyway, having many guest-appearances since his original (pre-F.F.) “Amazing Adventures” issues (and the later, 1970’s re-telling of those issues in “Weird Wonder Tales”).

He was an Avenger well before the Shock Troop issues as well and was team leader in the late 1980’s.

Just thought I’d help out with some info.

I liked Druid.
He got shafted, creatively speaking.
For the very FIRST Silver Age Marvel hero (predating FF # 1 by 6 months), he deserved better treatment.


Supporting Dr. Druid by talking about his Avengers chairmanship wouldn’t be the first thing I would do. Dupe of Nebula, breaking the confidence of Captain Marvel, manipulating away most of the team, and a leadership that ultimately lead to complete disbandment. That is unrivaled poor Avenger leadership.


July 1, 2008 at 8:58 pm


Wasn’t talking about the Avengers leadership in ANY light. Supportive or not.
Just stating that he was brought back into the M.U. proper before that Quasar issue the other poster was mentioning.

Good or bad, a characters history is his history and I can still like the character even though he was mind-controlled (yeah, like that’s NEVER happened with any other character before).

Wait, who else led the Avengers while there was some weird mystical mind-f#@%ing going on that led to the teams demise… oh yeah, Captain America.

Sometimes leadership has nothing to do with it, if outside influences are screwing up the works.


As big a Fantastic Four fan as I am (and I do really love the cover), the story always smacked of a long set-up with a pay-off that kind of was eclipsed by the arrival of Silver Surfer and Galactus in 48.

Maybe it was sour grapes, to some degree, as back in the day 48-50 cost me a good chunk of allowance in the back issue market and I really wasn’t that impressed with them (not being all that cosmical-minded).

Now, FF 51 on the other hand… that masterpiece should definitely be on the 51-100 list!


July 9, 2008 at 7:13 am

This is probably my single favorite FF issue, but I read it first reprinted with #44 in an old Marvel Greatest Comics double-sized issue. What a read that was! And it ended on such a stunning cliff-hanger with Black Bolt’s first appearance.
It was two or three years later when Vancouver got a comics store, and I bought #46 on my first visit there, hyper-ventilating slightly as I carried it to the counter.

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Hellblazer #45 is one of my favorite issues ever– the famous penultimate chapter of Dangerous habits where John cons the Lords of Hells and ends with him flipping them the bird. A true classic.

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