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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This Marvel Masterworks title contains some of the greatest issues of the Fantastic Four and demonstrates amply the brilliance of the achievements of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. These were the years when the FF fully blossomed into one of the great achievements of comic book history. By the way, it has just been reprinted (November 2007) and is now available so WHY IS IT NOT OFFERED FOR SALE BY AMAZON?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2008
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I got this at quite a discount from an alternate dealer because the variant cover is just not that impressive. Not sure why Marvel would use a variant cover that had a smaller reproduction of the artwork, but then their management is not known for always making good decisions. However, as bad as the variant cover looks, the print quality is on the better side for the Masterworks series. You have to be careful with the Masterwork series, because not all of them have been well printed, but this one is fine. The stories are some of the best of the Kirby-Lee FF, with some great co-starring roles for the Inhumans, a story that takes place in the Negative Zone, and the first appearance of Him (later to be known as Warlock). Some of Jack Kirby's best covers are reproduced full sized in this book, along with unused covers in pencil, and some pencil pages. Kirby's plotting at this time is at an incredible high, with Stan's usual penchant for awful tongue-in-cheek humor and overwritten dialogue. Stan's bad habit of filling word balloons with dialogue which either spelled out what you could see in the artwork, or awful jokes, is something you just have to live with in these old Marvels. Stan's dialogue is otherwise good, and Kirby's art is absolutely amazing, especially his rendition of the Negative Zone.
Buy this used, or for a discount if you can. Why give Marvel any more money so they can continue to maltreat their artists?
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on August 4, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Lee And Kirby were a magical team. They produced so many Marvel Masterpieces in their 9 years together. The Fantastic Four was their high point: 102 consecutive issues and 6 annuals. Things reached a peak in issues 44 - 67. New concepts were being introduced constantly, Lee found the perfect voice for his team and Jack Kirby's already strong pencils/plotting were enhanced by the lucky addition of Joe Sinnott to the inks. This volume starts out with the winding down of the FF from their apex, culminating in the introduction of Him, who would later go on to become Adam Warlock. After issue # 67 Kirby, feeling that he wasn't being treated fairly at Marvel, began to simplify his layouts. Sinnott became less an embellisher and more of tracer. And Lee's plotting and dialogue went on auto-pilot. Make no mistake. A weaker Lee/Kirby/Sinnott is still a high bar for any comic book to set. And 61 - 67 represented here has so many things that made the FF special: Johnny and Crystal's relationship, Sue wanting a vacation, the ever-loving blue-eyed Thing in all his glory and a rogue's gallery second to none. One of the great things about collecting comics is that I can pick up an old issue and be transported to that same excited feeling I got the first time I read it. I was in grade school when I spied FF # 61 at the grocery store. I had to have the comic where the Sandman is burying the FF. This led to a great 3-parter that introduced Blastaar, involved the Inhumans and dangled all sorts of subplots from issue to issue. 64 and 65 were more filler single issues, but also introduced the Kree, who would later figure prominently in the Marvel Universe. Then 66 and 67. As mentioned, the introduction of Him who would later fight Thor, then be transformed into Adam Warlock, a seminal Marvel character still around today. The following stories 68 - 71 are basically a retread of FF 41 -43. Nothing great, But like I said Lee/Kirby/Sinnott. How can you go wrong there?
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on April 5, 2015
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Highly recommended volume! This one has a lot to offer! An annual guest starring the Inhumans and the Black Panther! The first appearance of Him, later known as Adam Warlock! The Kree are revealed as an alien menace to the Earth! And the Thing goes on a rampage due to the Mad Thinker's greatest story line, where he sends his ultimate killing machine against the F.F.!
Recently, on the show Agents of Shield, the agents met a member of the alien race of the Kree, and the introduction of the Inhumans; guess what book all that got started in? The World's Greatest Comic Magazine.
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on February 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
another great Marvel Masterwork! The Kirby art is beautiful - he was really in his prime here. I can't get enough of these books.
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on April 17, 2015
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
excellent classic
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6 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2012
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Upon receiving this book I did not get a "contact the seller" option as of yet so I am writing this review. For a reason I do not understand, the book I received does not have the same cover as the one I ordered. It must be a different printing, but I would NOT have ordered this book had I known it would come with a variant cover that is contemporary, not by the original artist and is artwork I do not like. This review may sound pedantic but there it is.
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