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Fantastic Four, Vol. 5 (Marvel Masterworks) Paperback – February 23, 2011

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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (February 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785150587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785150589
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. Nevertheless: Having begun his career with wartime Timely Comics and staying the course throughout the Atlas era, Stan the Man made comic-book history with Fantastic Four #1, harbinger of a bold new perspective in story writing that endures to this day. With some of the industry's greatest artists, he introduced hero after hero in Incredible Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men and more -- forming a shared universe for rival publishers to measure themselves against. After an almost literal lifetime of writing and editing, Lee entered new entertainment fields and earned Marvel one opportunity after another. He remains one of Marvel's best-known public representatives.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Patrick Fischner on March 18, 2011
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Most Comic collectors and Marvel Fans in particular will agree that Jack Kirby and Stan Lee were reaching their peek at Fantastic Four #50. Artistically, Jack Kirby and inker Joe Sinnott and even letterer Artie Simek had established themselves as the rock stars of comic book art. The style and poses in every panel looked like nothing ever seen before. There were huge pop art looking three quarter page and full page illustrations of panoramic views and epic action that could stand alone as posters or paintings without benefit of story. These were in addition to the movie poster look of the covers. And Stan Lee's titles and dialog gave drama and literacy to the books that has set or surpassed todays standard in pop culture literature ever since.
As if all this was not enough, Issue #50 can probably be counted as the true beginning of Marvel's dominance in the comic book industry. Superman and friends cold not compete in story or artistic content. And, rather than lasting a year or two, this team stayed in tact at this level for the next FIFTY ISSUES! During this time, even though Spiderman was and remains Marvel's top seller, The Fantastic Four was the idea mill. The Inhumans, Galactus, the Silver Surfer, and a myriad of Marvel's heroes and villains were born in the pages of Fantastic Four. Jack Kirby and Stan Lee were building the entire franchise with characters and story lines that would run from the sixties all the way until now.
It was during this time that the "Soap Opera" aspect of comic book story telling took hold. Long before Graphic Novels, these epic stories spanned many many pages and read like screen plays. There were issues that dealt with very serious emotions and tragic situations. What would it feel like to be a hero trapped in the body of a crusty monster?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scorpio on January 20, 2012
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If you've never read Fantastic Four issues #41-50 and Annual #3, you're in for a treat. The first Fantastic Four I ever read was issue #43: "Lo, There Shall Be an Ending" and was hooked for life. But I had to depend on my older brother for issues, so the next storyline I read was #48-#50 (guys didn't buy comics as much on a monthly basis as is done today). Let's just say my thirst for the Fantastic Four grew. Don't want to give too much away, so I'll simply say this: Vol #5 includes the return of the Frightful Four (Wizard, Medusa, Sandman and Trapster), Dragon Man and Dr. Doom. Also featured are the first appearances of The Inhumans, Galactus and The Silver Surfer. 'Nuff said! Guess my brother actually knew what he was doing in those days.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Morton on March 29, 2011
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I started readings Marvel comics at age ten, one issue before these issues hit the stands (#39, Daredevil leading the FF against Dr. Doom in the Baxter Building). I agree with what Stan says in the forward, these were the biggest and best ten Marvel issues ever. Starting with the aftermath of the titanic struggle with Doom, through the Wizard's turning of the Thing, Crystal and the Inhumans and ending with Galactus and Silver Surfer. These issues formed the cornerstone of Marvel for as long as I read them, which was at least another 6 or 7 years. Very highly recommended.
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With a collection of Fantastic Four stories that include - the marriage of Reed and Sue and battles with Dragon Man and the Inhumans and to top it off - the arrival of Galactus and the Silver Surfer - this book was just too irresistible to pass up.

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby pull off a real blockbuster in this volume. The marriage of Sue and Reed is a real treat and Lee and Kirby must have had as much fun bringing this story to life as much as it was for fans reading it - all of the Marvel Universe comes out - good guys and bad guys in this chapter - and all hell breaks loose on Sue and Reed's big day - everything that you would expect, happens in these panels - characters such as Nick Fury, X-Men, Avengers, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, Spider Man all show and have to jump into action as villains such as; Mandarin, Kang, Super Skrull, Grey Gargoyle, Enchantress, Executioner, Attuma all try to crash the wedding - and who is the mastermind behind all the chaos - would have to be Dr. Doom right? Yep, of course. The excitement that ensues is a scene you might compare with one of those classic western bar-room brawls where everything gets utterly trashed - But thank goodness, Sue and Reed have their bliss at the end and the day ends well for the married couple. But this book gets even better.

The chapters with the FF meeting the Inhumans and Dragon Man is an enjoyable story and Kirby's panels are wonderful. Black Bolt and Maximus scenes are particularly worth savoring. Its these types of stories that made reading the Fantastic Four so much fun.

And then we get the "Coming of Galactus" tale and his cosmic herald the Silver Surfer - these stories set the ground work for future tales and introduce us to some of the most intriguing characters in the Marvel Universe.
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The Thing has just finished defeating Dr. Doom but at the cost of being trapped in his monster looking form. He leaves the Fantastic Four angry and heavily depressed, which soon makes him easy pickings for another outfit. -summary

Many people feel that the legendary duo of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby caught their creative stride with the now Marvel Milestone, The Coming of Galactus. I will admit that storyline was indeed a high point not only for the Fantastic Four but Marvel and comics itself, because this is when Marvel pretty much ran things and became rather invincible in the comic book world. I personally feel Lee and Kirby "got it right" several issues before the Galactus Trilogy, and it all started with their, at this point, recent encounter with Dr. Doom and especially The Frightful Four. The sinister group which was made up of the Wizard, Trapster, Sandman, and Medusa not only gave the Fantastic Four a run for their money, but they managed to beat them. This collection of stories pits the FF against their evil counterparts once again along with more exciting conflicts. This is a really good TPB. This book collects Fantastic Four issues 41 - 50.

The story begins with the Thing being captured by the Frightful Four, which quickly puts the Wizard's plan into action. This begins a multi-issue arc where things really look bad for the Fantastic Four. These issues are comic book writing at its best; full of suspense, great character interactions, and plenty of action. I will also point out that this was a great change of pace for the Sandman, because this bolstered his arch-enemies gallery as he was constantly fighting Spider-Man at this point. His powers were a true threat against the FF. He would later go on to battle the Hulk as well.
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