Friday, 9 October 2015


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

The above cover is another one that I first saw on the original
American edition of the FF (#164, which I re-acquired a good few
years ago), but I didn't obtain the above issue until several years after
it first went on sale.  The reason being that, try as I might to find a copy,
it just wasn't available in any of my local newsagents at the time.  I seem
to have a notion that, when I finally tracked one down, it wasn't in the
best of condition, and that I later replaced it with a superior copy.
However, I could be confusing it with an issue of the X-MEN
weekly, so couldn't swear to it.  Ah, fickle memory!

Another missing ish was #35, which, again, took me several
years to find, so my collection of The COMPLETE FANTASTIC
FOUR was (if you'll pardon the pun) 'incomplete' for around six or
seven years.  It's always good to fill those missing gaps in a series -
it's almost like winning the Lottery.  (Well, a tenner anyway.)

As you can see, issue #32 started reprinting The INVADERS,
which, to be honest, seemed like an odd fit for a mag dedicated to
the FF.  I'm surprised they didn't choose The THING's adventures
from MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE, but perhaps it was felt that a bit of
variety in content might attract new readers.  It didn't work, as the
mag folded a mere five issues later.  We'll take a look at them
in the next (and final) post in this series.

Don't miss it, or your life won't be (wait for it) complete!


Colin Jones said...

Funny thing, Kid - I had trouble finding Complete FF #31 too. It didn't come into the newsagents as normal (it was on order with Rampage and Super Spider-Man) so my father asked a neighbour if she'd look for it - I remember going to her house to see if she'd got it but was bitterly disappointed. I did manage to get it a few days later though - I had #35 also and the entire run of Complete FF in fact. I didn't welcome The Invaders at all - I didn't like the strip or the artwork. It's weird to think we are now as distant from April 1978 as April 1978 was from October 1940 - before America had even joined the war.

Kid said...

I remember asking 'Britt' (see part ten) if he'd managed to get #31 and he couldn't find it either. Same with #35, I think. It's not only weird to think about the elapsed time since then, CJ - it's scary, too.

Colin Jones said...

I forgot to say what a great Jack Kirby cover No.31 is - as good as his '60s stuff even, no ? And the George Perez art inside was so much better than Rich Buckler's Kirby pastiche - what a pity the comic was almost at an end. Pity they had to spoil it with The Invaders though.

Kid said...

I don't think it's one of his better ones, CJ. The Crusader figure is pretty awful. Too flat and stiff.

Phil said...

I swear that is Marvel Boy renamed the Crusader. Anyone want to tell us?

Kid said...

It IS Marvel Boy, Phil - grown up and a bit confused.

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