From the first release of Marvel cartoons on video, this release was really overpriced, given that each tape had about an hour of cartoons on 'em... there'd be a cartoon featuring the character on the cover, plus a Spider-Man 1960s cartoon that may or may not have had that character, too. The use of modern-day artwork on the covers is also a bit of a drag, because that art wasn't even created in the time the cartoons were made!
The FF cartoons in this series were the 1970s ones with Herbie, by the way.
And I'll just take the opportunity to say that, in my mind, there have been four great eras of the FF... The first, of course, and the greatest, is the Lee/Kirby years. This is followed by the John Byrne issues, and then it's a tie between the all-too-short-lived Walt Simonson run and the Mark Waid-written era.
Here's one of those rare 1980s items I'll be sharing! I've never seen this myself (like pretty much all the merchandise photos in this blog, this photo came from an eBay auction), but based on the Hulk/Spider-Man set I've heard, it seems the comics with these were all-new, and had Stan Lee narrating on the tape!
Back in the 70s and early 80s, trade paperbacks weren't always collecting stories from one series... some, like the one above, were an anthology-type reprint! I'm not sure which of the Thing-Hulk battles this book includes...
Three cups of interest to us here... Black Bolt (leader of the Inhumans), Triton (another Inhuman) and of course, Doctor Doom! The other two are Nighthawk (a member of the Defenders) and the Man-Thing (one of the Marvel "monster" characters).
When Marvel Comics really started kicking into gear in the mid-60s or so, they were no doubt asked by fans who were late to the party how they could catch up... this title (along with Marvel Super-Heroes and Marvel Tales) let neophyte Marvelites catch up quickly! Eventually, Marvel Collectors Item Classics would be renamed Marvel's Greatest Comics, and once it was shrunk to a normal-length comic, just reprinted Fantastic Four stories!
One of the more bizarre What If-? issues ever! Usually, this mag would retell classic Marvel stories if something had happened differently. For example, in the first issue of Amazing Spider-Man, Spidey tried to join the FF, thinking it would be a paying gig, but lost his temper and left. What If-? #1 posited what would've happened if Spidey had joined the FF after all.
This issue kind of changed the rules, in my opinion, by just giving the FF different powers, using the theory that the FF's powers were influenced by their personalities, and choosing powers based on different aspects of same.
I guess if I really need to explain why this poster is here, you're reading the wrong blog? Well, just in case you're new to the FF, or that your only knowledge of these two is from the second Fantastic Four movie...
Galactus is a galatic force of nature who eats the life energies of planets to survive -- said life energies usually come from inhabited worlds. The Silver Surfer started out as Norrin Rad of Zenn-La... Galactus arrived at Zenn-La, and Norrin volunteered himself as Galactus' herald in return for sparing Zenn-La. Galactus changed Norrin to the Surfer, and they went off. Years and years later, Galactus arrived on Earth, and the FF (with help from Thing girlfriend Alicia Masters) convinced the Surfer to turn against Galactus, although it was through the use of the Ultimate Nullifer that Reed Richards was able to persuade Galactus to leave Earth forever.
As you may know, the Human Torch was spun out of the FF to star in solo stories in Strange Tales. Apparently Stan Lee thought he would be the breakout character! But the Torch wasn't enough, and the Thing was added into the mix. The feature lasted quite a while, all things considered! For a while, it was the Thing & Torch plus the Doc Strange story... but then change was in the wind, and Nick Fury took over their spot with the new SHIELD feature!
All the Torch and Thing stories are in The Essential Human Torch Vol. 1, so far as I know!
In the 70s, Marvel would try again, first with Marvel Team-Up (which seems to have been intended to trade off between Spider-Man and the Torch headlining), and then again with Marvel Two-In-One, teaming the Thing with other heroes!
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