- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Marvel Comics; 2nd edition (May 25, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785118284
- ISBN-13: 978-0785118282
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential Fantastic Four, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) Paperback – May 25, 2005
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Of course, the characters that make each issue come to life are the Fantastic Four members themselves. Leading the pack is Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic, who is esteemed as the most ingenious scientific mind on Earth and who possesses the ability to stretch his body over vast distances. Next in line is Ben Grimm, who comes to be known as the Thing, since his once natural, human body becomes, on the positive side, an entity that can lift heavy objects in a way comporable to the Hulk's feats, but on the negative side, has his flesh already transformed to a hideous, multilayered composition of rocks. Third is Sue Storm, who is known as the Invisible Girl and is the girlfriend (and would years down the road become the wife) of Mr. Fantastic; she possesses the power to turn invisible and in these early issues has not discovered or honed her abilities to project forcefields to protect her and her loved ones from various oncoming invaders and their weapons. And then there is Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch and brother of the Invisible Girl; he is the only member who can fly and who can turn his body into flame and project his elevated body heat to burn, melt and vaporize various objects, to say the least.
As a unit, the Fantastic Four are the most interconnected fighting team in the comic book universe.Read more ›
The whole point of "The Fantastic Four" was that Stan Lee was revitalizing the sorry state of superhero comic books in the early Sixties. While testing an experimental space craft Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, and Sue and Johnny Storm are exposed to a bombardment of mysterious cosmic rays. When they return to earth they discover that they have gained fantastic abilities, which they will use to fight evil. When compared to the competition at that particular point in time, these comics are pretty good, but I cannot help but compare them to the glory days of the Fantastic Four starting around year four when Galactus, the Silver Surfer, and the Inhumans first pop up. Lee's writing certainly improved over time, but not as much as Jack Kirby's artwork. Even within this collection, which covers the first twenty issues of "The Fantastic Four" along with the first annual, you can see a significant improvement in Kirby's artwork (just pay attention to how the Thing is drawn over this period), which I think goes beyond the work of Dick Ayers as the main inker on those later comics (Note: For FF#13 you have the rare combination of pencils by Kirby being inked by Steve Ditko).Read more ›
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The first 20 issues of the world's greatest comic (+ the first Annual!) ...This is a comic you tell your grandkids about. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Thonza
These stories were ground breaking in their time and still hold up today but you can buy 40 years worth of fantastic four comics in color- scans of the original books onto a disc... Read morePublished 2 months ago by thirdtwin
Jack Kirby and Stan Lee brought us about one hundred issues of Fantastic Four. Here are the first ones and it's easy to see where The World's Greatest Comic Magazine earned it's... Read morePublished on April 9, 2014 by Richard Rogers
I give this book a 10/10. I love the history and story that are in these pages. Yes the pages are black and white but this makes the product more affordable. Read morePublished on February 11, 2014 by Joey Winterbottom
More than 50 years after they were first released, the comics included in the first volume of “Essential Fantastic Four” continue to entertain. Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Kevin M. Derby
Honestly, I should have downloaded the color scans of these issues, but I sometimes enjoy holding the physical comic. You can't truly see Lee's art in a black & white format. Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by Tim
I had a lot of fun reading these early stories, especially as someone who's always been more of a DC person but has been getting into Marvel and finding out the humble origins of... Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by Lisa