Saturday, 22 April 2017


Image copyright MARVEL COMICS

I bought my first copy of this comic on October 6th 1972.
It was a Friday, I was off school, and I purchased my second
copy of The MIGHTY WORLD Of MARVEL #1 at the same
moment.  Oh, how I wish I could go back in time and relive that
day, all of nearly 45 years ago.  Well, in a way I can - whenever I
gaze upon this sensational cover of FANTASTIC FOUR #126
by Big JOHN BUSCEMA.  I wish they still made comics like
this today, don't you?  Then leave a comment saying so.


Rip Jagger said...

This comic is the beginning of Marvel's second age. The first ended when Kirby departed for DC and the second was when Stan handed off the writing of the Fab 4 to his protege Roy Thomas. The few years in between are transitional as the company was leaving behind the core identity it developed in the Silver Age which had saved comics, and was becoming the Bronze Age behemoth which almost died of its own weight as the industry tottered once again before the advent of the direct sales market. Other than reprints this was the first month in a few decades when a Stan Lee script did not flow from the maw of Marvel.

Rip Off

Kid said...

Fortunately, Roy'd had plenty practice in emulating Stan's writing style by then, so thankfully Stan's absence wasn't too noticeable. His 'voice' (or a passable imitation) still spoke through Roy, and this is one of my favourite non-Stan issues of the '70s. Thanks for your interesting (as always) comment, RJ.

karl said...

One of my favourite FF comics too, and i love them ALL without exception! The fabulous Buscema art and the rampant emotions coursing thru the team, it really was a new Renaissance for them, and this also reminded me of the 45,rpm record that accompany the comic book a few years later, which you so kindly replicated for me last year, Kid (thanks again by the way for that, as my old copy for worn out). Happy times!

Kid said...

Happy times indeed, K - wish I could have 'em all back. Glad you enjoyed the CD. I worked on it so that it wasn't quite as crackly as the plastic record.

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