Thursday, April 30, 2009

1960s FF Cartoon: Prisoner of Planet X!


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mr. Fantastic Slurpee Cup from 1974!

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Featuring an image of Reed quite familiar to us older comics fans, no doubt!

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 7!

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Tomorrow, join us here to watch a video of the 1960s FF cartoon adapted from this episode!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Best of Marvel Comics Boxed Set!

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Until I came across this eBay listing, I had no idea that there had been boxed sets of these Pocket Book reprints of Marvel Comics!

Cover of the Day!

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Yes, you know that when I don't list the title in of the cover of the day in the blog post title, it'll be another foreign edition FF book!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Fantastic Four 166, Page 10, by George Perez!

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Cover of the Day: What If-? 21!

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Gee, you'd think I would've at least posted the cover for What If-? 1 before this one, since this is a direct sequel to the first issue...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Heroes World Ad!

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This one from the November, 1976 cover-dated Marvels! You'll have to really squint to see the FF 3-ring binder and the FF super-hero stamps, though!

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 16!

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Fantastic Four 150, page 1, by Rich Buckler!

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Click on this one for super-size options!

Cover of the Day!

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Yes, it's another foreign edition FF book!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Heroes World Catalog Page!

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Time for another page out of this catalog, just because of the nifty FF t-shirt advertised!

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 12!

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Inhumans #6, Page 22, by Gil Kane!

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From the short-lived spin-off series!

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 36!

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Yes, that's right, the Cover of the Day will jump around all over the place! Here's the first appearance, I believe, of the Frightful Four!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

1980s Marvel Videos!

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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.

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 4!

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I have a photocopy of a re-creation of this cover by Dick Ayers!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Heroes World Catalog Page!

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This is page 39 from Heroes World Catalog #1, and look at all the FF-related (and non-FF-related) goodies being offered!

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 2!

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Friday, April 17, 2009

What If-? #11, Page 14, by Kirby!

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Cover of the Day!

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And today brings us another foreign edition FF cover... too bad none of these seem to be using original, home-grown art, because those are always interesting to check out!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Dr. Doom Patch!

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Based on the art of John Byrne, this must be an early 80s item!

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 1!

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One of the most iconic comic book covers, ever!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Cover of the Day!

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Yes, it's another French edition of the FF - and also using a cover that wasn't a US FF cover!

Monday, April 13, 2009

1960s FF Cartoon: The Deadly Director!

So every now and then, we'll take a break from the comics covers and merchandise and take in a video!


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Mr. Fantastic Poster by John Byrne!

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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.

Cover of the Day!

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It's another foreign edition FF cover! This one doesn't appear to actually use a cover from the US edition, but is maybe a blow-up of an interior panel?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Cracker Jack Marvel Super Hero Poster!

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Man, this is so much cooler than the junk included in Cracker Jack these days....

Cover of the Day!

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Here's another foreign edition FF book (although in English)... I have no idea which country it was published in!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Marvel Comics Bubble Gum!

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I believe these were a mid-70s item, kind of like the Bazooka Bubble Gum, in which you'd get gum and a comic -- of course, these were very small comics, just gag strips, really!

Cover of the Day: What If-? 22!

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Never read a copy of this one, so I can't say much about it!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Book and Cassette Set!

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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!

Cover of the Day: Marvel's Greatest Superhero Battles Trade Paperback!

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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...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Cover of the Day!

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Today's cover of the day is one of the occasional foreign edition covers I'll be sharing.

By the way, this -- like all the covers I'll be showing -- are thanks to the Grand Comics Database!

Slurpee Cups!

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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).

Monday, April 6, 2009

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 27!

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Dr. Doom Topps Sticker from 1975!

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This was just one of a series of stickers available in a pack with a stick of gum in 1975! The backs of these could be assembled into a puzzle, if I recall correctly.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Cover of the Day: Marvel Collectors Item Classics 20!

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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!

Fantastic Four T-Shirt!

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Something of more recent vintage today! Probably long out of production, it's a nice, simple design... and I like it!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Cover of the Day: What If-? 6!

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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.

Galactus and Silver Surfer Poster by Kirby!

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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.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Cover of the Day: Strange Tales 128!

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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!