A Year of Cool Comics – Day 261
Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!
Today we take a look at beginning of the classic Fantastic Four stretch by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee where they introduced the Inhumans, Galactus, the Silver Surfer, the Black Panther AND had one of the all-time greatest single issue stories!!! We’ve already looked at the Galactus story and “This Man, This Monster,” now let’s take a look at the introduction of the Inhumans!!!
Sorry for the delay – the internet was down at my apartment most of Saturday and Sunday.
The whole story begins in Fantastic Four #44, where Medusa (a member of the Frightful Four) kidnaps the Human Torch (mostly just to use his car to get out of town). She is on the run because a mysterious fellow named Gorgon is after her.
The FF tangle with Gorgon, but he gives them the slip.
In #45, Johnny meets a mysterious pretty girl, who leads him to…the Inhumans!!
The FF show up in a really cool Kirby splash page (with a nice piece of quirky humor from Lee at the bottom of the page)…
#46 opens with an extended fight sequence between the FF and the Inhumans (mostly Black Bolt).
But then the Inhumans run away. You see, they were tangled up in a bit of a Civil War at the time, with Maximus (Black Bolt’s brother) sending people after the rogue members of the Royal Family…
When the FF meet the Seeker, he gives them a quick rundown on the Inhumans…
The FF save Triton but the Seeker takes him. Reed, though, uses this to find out where the Inhuman’s Great Refuge is…
The Inhumans, meanwhile, confront Maximus…
And after an awesome battle, Black Bolt is made king, all part of the mad Maximus’ plan.
Which the FF discover at the end of #47…
This whole time there was also a plot involving the Dragon Man running through the story.
Kirby and Lee packed SOOOOOOOOOOOO much story into these titanic tales, it’s really nuts looking back upon it now.
I left you with the cliffhanger of #47 – #48, of course, not only wraps this story up but it also begins the Galactus Trilogy! What a stretch of comics!!!