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The Fantastic Four #47, Feb. 1966

The Fantastic Four #47, Feb. 1966

Story: Stan Lee
Art: Jack Kirby
Inking: Joe Sinnott
Lettering: Art Simek

Finally we get to see what the Great Sanctuary of the Inhumans is like! It’s… a lot like every other supervillain lair/futuristic kingdom that you get in these 60’s Marvel comics. How fucked up is my life that this is a humdrum thing I’m complaining about?

Johnny and Ben go off to subdue Dragon Man again while Reed and Sue stay in and save Triton’s life with a fire hose and Sue’s force field. Before the Seeker leaves again, Mr. Fantastic manages to sneak a tracking device on their ship, and the Fantastic Four follow the Inhumans back to their hidden sanctuary. Inside, we learn that Black Bolt’s brother Maximus has been the king while the group was away, and also that he’s evil and has an evil ray gun of some sort that’s going to kill all humans, leaving the Inhumans in charge of the whole dang place. The Fantastic Four come to visit and Maximus shoots off his big gun. I guess all the humans are dead now, oh well.

I’m not a big fan of the Inhumans stuff, however it did say that the next issue wraps it up for now and also has the coming of Galactus! WOOO GALACTUS!! Also “of note”, I guess, Susan Richards gets a new hairstyle in this issue. I don’t have much to talk about here, okay?

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The Fantastic Four #46, Jan. 1966

The Fantastic Four #46, Jan. 1966

Story by our leader, Stan Lee
Illustrations by our idol, Jack Kirby
Inking by our star, Joe Sinnott
Lettering by our letterer, Artie Simek

More with the Inhumans. The first time I started reading through all these comics, I was really impressed by this Inhumans storyline just because it was so huge. I don’t remember exactly how many comics this one contiguous plot goes through, but it’s way more than anything else up to this point. And the Inhumans are a neat, if kinda weird, idea.

The issue starts with the Thing fighting Black Bolt, who seems to be just about a match for the rocky hero thanks to the little antenna on his head which gathers power for him somehow. Through the fight, Mr. Fantastic realizes that the Inhumans are just fighting back out of fear of someone named the Seeker, and they’re just trying to get away. Black Bolt makes a move which stuns Ben, but also uses up the rest of his power and the Inhumans make a break for it via Lockjaw.

When they get home, the Fantastic Four notice that someone stole Dragon Man, who they’d had locked up and tranquilized. They follow the huge robot’s trail and find the Seeker himself, who tells them that the Inhumans were another intelligent race from Earth that developed much faster than humans but were seriously outnumbered by them. His job is to find these runaway Inhumans and bring them back to the Great Refuge, where the species has been hiding out all these years. Dragon Man escapes and, in this attempt, accidentally kills Triton. Ah well, he was just a badly-developed character anyway.

One thing I don’t quite get is that the Seeker took Dragon Man because he thought he was an Inhuman. Doesn’t he know who the renegade Inhumans are that he’s seeking? Are there way more than just this one group? Does he just have no goddamn clue what he’s doing? Seems like a shitty way to run a railroad if you ask me, but he did kinda have to do it to advance the plot, so… whatever.


The Fantastic Four #45, Dec. 1965

The Fantastic Four #45, Dec. 1965

Incredible story by Stan Lee!
Incomparable pencilling by Jack Kirby!
Invincible inking by Joe Sinnott!
Inevitable lettering by Artie Simek!

All right, now we’re introduced to the rest of the Inhumans, which are… pretty strange. There’s Medusa and Gorgon, which we already know, Black Bolt, the leader (who hasn’t revealed his power yet, so I won’t go into it), Karnak, a guy who can find the weak spot of anything and then karate chop it, Triton, who… is a fish guy? Something like that. Finally there’s Crystal, the hot girl Johnny Storm likes and who has some sort of nature powers, and Lockjaw, the giant teleporting dog who is the coolest character ever.

Dragon Man took off with Sue last issue, so Johnny follows to attempt a rescue. As it turns out, Sue’s domesticated the big weird animal thing, and they go back to the Baxter Building to make a nice little room for the monster. Johnny decides to take a break and wander the streets, where he sees a beautiful woman that makes his current girlfriend “look like a boy”. She disappears in a strange tornado, but that doesn’t keep the ol’ Horndog Torch away.

He follows the girl around until she sees him flame on, and he lies to her about being one of her “people”. Her name is Crystal, and she shows Johnny the secret underground lair of the Inhumans. Once Medusa and Gorgon notice him the jig is up, and he escapes long enough to call in the rest of the Fantastic Four.

I love Lockjaw. He’s such an insane idea, and he’s got Jack Kirby written all over him. I think he actually ends up being the member of the Inhumans that gets used the most, partly because he has an extremely handy super power, and partly because everybody loves dogs. That’s what it boils down to, right? Dogs are awesome, and only get more awesome when they’re huge and can teleport you through time and space.