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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: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,567 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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10 of 11 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 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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4 of 4 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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By edcerc on January 16, 2012
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first off all, jack kirby is a genius the visuals alone are well worth the price. the stories and characters are also interesting and entertaining and anyone who loves the art form of comics should check out this holy grail of innovation. the fantastic four can seem kind of corny but when marvel started out they were very popular. its not hard to tell why, the storytelling and presentation of these classic issues still seem fresh after all these years. i love old comics and theses are some of the most important issues of early marvel. the silver surfer and galactus story is really the main draw here and the preceding events lead up to it well. it made me want to check out a lot more of these issues.
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