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Sunday, 8 July 2018
RIP-SNORTING REPOST: THE STARTLING SECRET ORIGIN OF THE FANTASTIC FOUR...
(Today's post is taken from Roddy Weed's blog and is
published with full permission - take it away, Roddy...)
Think you know the origin of the FANTASTIC FOUR ? Well, I, Roddy Weed, am about to give you the real, honest-to-goodness lowdown on the true origin of the fab foursome created by STAN LEE and JACK KIRBY in 1961. For instance, did you know that the actual prototypes of the FF were ROBIN HOOD & His MERRY MEN ? Hard to believe? Well, I, Roddy Weed, writer of the greatest blogazine in the history of the world, am going to prove it to you right now.
ROBIN Of LOXLEY, also known as the outlaw ROBIN HOOD, had four main comrades in his band of SHERWOOD FOREST followers. Namely, LITTLE JOHN, WILL SCARLET, FRIAR TUCK, and MAID MARION. Pay attention now, while I exclusively reveal the astounding, irrefutable conclusions of many minutes of painstaking research and several seconds of convoluted contemplation on the pertinent points which prompt my cataclysmic claim.
BEN GRIMM is obviously an amalgam of Little John and Friar Tuck; John is grim-meined (hence Ben's surname) and a man of great strength, while Tuck, despite his ungainly appearance (just like Ben's) has a heart of gold and is possessed of a noble spirit that echoes his modern-day counterpart. Likewise, Ben's orange-hued epidermis is reminiscent of Tuck's ruddy complexion.
JOHNNY STORM is undoubtedly Will Scarlet - the colour of his fiery alterego being the living embodiment of Will's surname. Just like Will, Johnny is sometimes a bit hot-headed (willful even), further confirming the uncanny similarities 'twixt the two men. No doubt Will often used flaming arrows to lay his enemies low just as Johnny has done when tossing fireballs at the bad guys.
Unconvinced? Consider PRINCE JOHN then. Patently the archetype on whom the FF's arch-foe, DOCTOR DOOM, is based. Just like John, Doom lives in a castle; just like John, who conceals his true persona under the guise of benign ruler of a country, Doom hides his true visage under a mask. And in the same way that John hates Robin and his band and tries to kill them, Doom's mission is to wipe Reed and his team from the face of the Earth.
This is I, Roddy Weed, creator of the world's greatest blogazine, signing off for the foreseeable future - so that you'll all miss me and pine for my return. (What will you do without me?)
Posted by Kid at Sunday, July 08, 2018