The Fantastic Four #43, Oct. 1965
Daringly written by Stan Lee
Dazzlingly drawn by Jack Kirby
Dramatically inked by Vince Colletta
Docily lettered by Artie Simek
I gotta think that “Lo, there shall be an ending!” is one of the worst possible names for a story. Yes, finally, it’s over! This awful storyline keeps getting complaints, but we had to stick through it because it set up other things, dammit!
Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Girl manage to escape from the Frightful Four and the brainwashed Human Torch… because the Torch was just faking it and was intentionally letting them get away. This is possibly the most clever thing Johnny Storm has ever done. The Frightful Four find out about it and manage to pretty easily subdue him. Meanwhile, Richards has designed a helmet that looks like a tie fighter that should hopefully cure the Thing of his actual brainwashing… or it might kill him. You never know.
The (evil) FF break into the Baxter Building and tell Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Girl that they have to surrender or he’ll send Johnny Storm into the atmosphere with one of the Wizard’s anti-gravity discs. The Thing wakes up just long enough to smash the control device, and the rest of the team captures the Frightful Four. Except for Madam Medusa, who escapes, even though the Torch had the chance to stop her. Is he in love, or is he just a loser who sucks and is an idiot? Hey, Ant Man isn’t around anymore, I gotta pick on somebody.
There’s a cute little cameo in here with Dr. Doom being angry about his hands being all messed up due to the Thing, and he swears that once they get better, he’ll get revenge on them… in the Fantastic Four Annual #3, on sale now! Marvel is proof positive that if you’re up-front enough about it, the most shameless possible marketing can work out really well in your favor.