Bruce Castle Archives: Fantastic Four Omnibus Part 6

Before this issue we get another introduction by Stan Lee. The first story in this issue is a fun one. It has the first appearance of Willie Lumpkin. It is mainly a story to address all the questions and concerns the fans have had about this book. It begins with the FF walking by a newsstand with people buying their comic. That should let you know what you’re in store for. The second story features the first appearance of the Impossible Man! Oh yeah! This is the one you’ve been waiting for! Ok, maybe not. Still, this is marvel’s answer to Mister Mxyzptlk. It’s a fun zany story. Certainly not the best but it’s not the worst either. Overall, this is a good solid issue. We get a pin-up of the Sub-Mariner and the letters column is expanded to two pages.

This is the first time the Thing fights the Hulk! Sadly, it’s not quite as impressive as I thought it would be. Like FF #6, the Fantastic Four take a back seat to a guest hero. This time it’s the Hulk and at this point, he’s not nearly as interesting or as well-written as Namor was. I don’t think Stan Lee was writing that great of a Hulk when this issue came out. Still, the story is certainly intriguing, Kirby’s art is fantastic, and the Thing even beats the Hulk!

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