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The Fantastic Four Annual #3, 1965

The Fantastic Four Annual #3, 1965

Written by Stan Lee
Drawn by Jack Kirby
Inked by Vince Colletta
Lettered by Artie Simek
Catered by The Bullpen Gang!

The original story in this issue features a whopping 19 superheroes and 20 supervillains, not to mention Uatu the watcher, Patsy Walker (from the girl magazines they did, and a decade before she’d join normal Marvel continuity as Hellcat), Stan Lee and Jack Kirby themselves. I’m not going to mention all of them in my little one paragraph review, but I actually kept track in the tag section if you’re interested, and I’m so sure that you are.

It’s the wedding of Reed Richards and Susan Storm, the most beautiful event in any comic book person’s life. Unfortunately, they are comic book people, and that means they associate with a lot of super-powered folks. Also, Richards was mean to Dr. Doom back in college, so he’s decided to invent a machine to make every villain in the area try to kill him. After a ridiculously massive brawl, the Watcher shows up and (without interfering at all) gives Mr. Fantastic a machine that’ll send all the villains back to where they were with no memory of what happened at all. Okay, whatever. The happy wedding goes on happily and everyone is happy forever. Except Lee and Kirby, who are turned away at the door because everyone thinks they’re bums.

The reprint stories are that one awesome issue where Dr. Doom and Namor team up to throw the Baxter Building into the Sun and the two half stories from issue #11 where the Fantastic Four answers fan mail and deal with the Impossible Man. There’s usually another one in these annuals, but the huge brawl took up a lot of space, as I’m sure you can imagine.

Yeah, that’s a dumb ending to this excuse to fit every character possible into one comic book, but who cares? It’s all in good fun, and Giant Man didn’t show up at all, so I couldn’t be happier with it! Plus, his worst enemy, the Human Top, is taken out by a single punch from Quicksilver, who doesn’t even have super strength or anything. LOVE IT.


Daredevil #9, Aug. 1965

Daredevil #9, Aug. 1965

Fundamental plot and script by Smilin’ Stan Lee
Basic layouts and delineation by Wondrous Wally Wood
Comprehensive pencilled graphics by Bouncin’ Bobby Powell
Balloons, borders and blurbs by Swingin’ Sammy Rosen

This is kind of a weird issue, but at least it retains that good old fashioned Daredevil charm. By which I mean it’s pretty stupid. Whether he’s at home fighting guys on stilts or in made-up European countries full of robot knights, Daredevil always manages to disappoint. Hooray!

Matt Murdock’s secretary, Karen Page, has been riding his ass about getting his stupid blindness cured already. I mean, a woman could never love a blind man, apparently! So he travels to the tiny country of Lichtenbad (which is like Lichtenstein… BUT BAD) and finds the place in a state of martial law, governed by a goofball named Klaus Kruger and his army of robot knights.┬áLuckily, Murdock is also the man without fear and dons his red undies to save the country from oppression.

I like how the reasoning for Kruger to bring Murdock and the eye doctor to his country was so he could control the best person in every profession… which would somehow allow him to make a bigger robot army and take over the world. How do an eye surgeon and a lawyer have anything to do with building robots? Oh, also Daredevil gets shot at the beginning of this issue because he was being an overconfident dick. That made me smile.

The Fantastic Four #40, July 1965

The Fantastic Four #40, July 1965

Spellbinding Script by: Stan (The Man) Lee
Astonishing Artwork by: Jack (King) Kirby
Inked by: V. Colletta
Lettered by: Artie Simek

I can’t believe this is only Dr. Doom’s tenth appearance out of 260 issues. That’s, what, 4%? COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE. Not even Daredevil with his stupid cane that is apparently a gun and a shield can ruin this issue when you’ve got Doom going full force evil.

If you’ll recall, Dr. Doom took over the Baxter Building and the Fantastic Four lost their powers. The situation is so desperate that they’ve been relying on Daredevil to keep them from being killed by Mr. Fantastic’s inventions in the hands of Doom. Richards realizes that there’s only one hope for them to win their building back: They have to reach that one ray thing they used last time they lost their super powers to get their powers back! Why didn’t they do that before? Uh… it had to charge. Shut up.

Daredevil annoys Doom long enough for the FF to get to the power-restoring ray and get their powers back. The evil doctor decides to retreat and build a nuclear bomb out of shit laying around in Mr. Fantastic’s lab real quick, but Ben Grimm gets turned back into the Thing and attacks. There’s a crazy battle where Doom uses a thousand different little devices to defend himself, but Ben keeps pummeling his way through them until he finally rips Doom’s mechanical suit apart. Mr. Fantastic tells him not to kill Doom because he has diplomatic immunity, so the Thing decides to quit.

The plot device of the Thing being sad about his monstrous appearance and quitting is used a lot. A LOT. Still, most of the time it ends up with some pretty good stories, and it works really well here. He was all normal and human again, but Mr. Fantastic had turn him back into a monster for the sake of stopping the bad guy, he didn’t even ask Ben what he wanted to do. Yeah, fuck that guy.

Daredevil #8, June 1965

Daredevil #8, June 1965

Written with the inventive genius of Stan Lee
Drawn with the artistic brilliance of Wally Wood
Lettered with the scratchy penpoint of S. Rosen

Wow, Stiltman. I don’t think many comic book fans would argue against me if I called Stiltman the absolute worst comic book villain of all time. His power is that he has building-high hydraulic stilts! Why would ANYONE come up with that? Well, according to the letters page of this ish, Stan the Man gives credit to Wally Wood for drawing a guy with stilts, then he told him to make them bigger, then Jack Kirby made fun of him and said “next you’ll have him walking over skyscrapers!” You can’t make fun of Stan Lee, Jack. He actually thinks that ideas like that are worth doing.

A guy on huge stilts in armor is terrorizing the city, and not even Daredevil can stop him. Because Daredevil fucking sucks, I guess. Meanwhile, mild-mannered blind lawyer Matt Murdock gets a visit from an inventor who claims his boss stole one of his inventions, a hydraulic stilt-like thing that is in no way associated with Stiltman. In a shocking twist, it turns out Murdock’s client is actually the thief, Stiltman, and he was just trying to get at the actual inventors cool inventions, like a ray gun that shrinks things down into nothingness. He tries to shoot Daredevil with it, but accidentally hits himself instead, and Stiltman is never to be heard from again. I wish.

I didn’t like anything about this issue. They spend a lot of time describing Daredevil’s cane and apartment, which I could care less about (and also none of the stuff in his cane makes any sense), and then there’s this whole stupid Stiltman nonsense… It’s barely made up for if you take these two panels out of context and think of it as Daredevil actually taking him up on his offer of helping him for “everything he possesses”. BARELY.

The Fantastic Four #39, June 1965

The Fantastic Four #39, June 1965

Splendiforous story by: Stan Lee
Delectable drawings by: Jack Kirby
Delicious delineation by: Frank Ray
Laconic lettering by: Artie Simek

Man, this whole red suit thing is really working out well for Daredevil. This is only his second appearance with it, but first he’s fighting Sub-Mariner, and now Dr. Doom? Guess he’s finally graduating into the big leagues here.

The last we saw, the Fantastic Four were defeated by the Frightful Four and left to die on an island with an exploding “atomic Q bomb”. As they’re recovered by an American submarine, they discover a shocking fact… they’ve lost all their powers! Mr. Fantastic realizes the danger they’re in, so he tries to replicate their powers with his fantastic machines, and he… kinda gets it. Meanwhile, in Latveria, Dr. Doom is enjoying a magic act when the magician realizes that the monarch has been hypnotized (back in FF Annual #2) to believe that he’s defeated the Fantastic Four, but he actually hasn’t! Obviously, he’s pissed, and he probably feels a little silly that he hasn’t even like, checked the news to see if the team has been doing anything for the last half a year.

Doom flies out to the Baxter Building and immediately takes control while the Fantastic Four are out at an abandoned warehouse where they’re meeting their lawyer, Matt Murdock. Doom starts attacking his foes, giving Murdock the time to change into Daredevil, and help the powerless heroes out of their situation. Luckily Mr. Fantastic’s real power, his magnificent brain, is still perfectly intact, and he and Daredevil manage to get the situation more or less under control. Still, will it be enough to retake the Baxter Building from Dr. Doom’s clutches, since the Fantastic Four have no powers and Doom has all of Reed’s horribly destructive inventions?

Seriously, why does Mr. Fantastic have tornado cannons and heartbeat-seeking missiles and stuff just stored away in his house? He’s supposed to be a good guy, right? It’s not like he ever uses machines like that against bad guys, mostly he just has scanners and dimensional portals and shit like that, not weapons of mass destruction. He’s really just asking for some supervillain to come along and steal his shit… which… happens a lot, actually.