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Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four - Volume 4 (Marvel Masterworks Fantastic Four (Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four #4)

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In perhaps their finest work, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby take the Fantastic Four on some of their greatest adventures! With classic foes like the Mole Man, the Invincible Man (hint: he's really Doctor Doom!), Atuma, Mr. Gideon, Dragon Man and the Frightful Four! Including the life and death of Franklin Storm, father of Johnny and Sue! Guest-starring Namor, Daredevil and Medus ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 6th 2010 by Marvel (first published November 26th 2003)
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Still reading FF in chronological order, for some reason! My favorites in here were #33 (great underwater pastel colors and I love it when Kirby does freaky warrior armor), #35 (kooky college lingo, fun plot, sweet ending) and #37 (Bloodthirsty Susan Storm, space opera, far-out collages, freaky warrior armor again).

#36 ("The Frightful Four") is the first Fantastic Four story in which the reader has to have some prior knowledge of another comic Marvel puts out (those Strange Tales with the Human
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Evan Leach
This book collects issues 31-40 of the Fantastic Four, along with the second annual, originally released in 1964-65. While the third Masterworks collection threw out a bunch of new (and occasionally crazy) ideas seemingly every issue, during this run Stan and Jack slow things down a bit and revisit some of the themes raised earlier in the series. Reed and Sue get engaged, Namor’s character is fleshed out, and Doctor Doom takes center stage; first in an extended look at his backstory, and later i ...more
Martin Jensen
Mar 31, 2015 Martin Jensen rated it really liked it
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This book ends just before Kirby and Lee's run comes to its high point, but the stories contained herein are good samples of the Lee/Kirby magic that laid the foundations of the Marvel Universe. Most of the stories are still single issue, although they begin to float into each other more frequently here, which would become a trademark for Kirby's storytelling later on.

The highlight of the book is definitely FF Annual #2 which contains Doctor Doom's first origin story. Never before had a comic b
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Joseph Rice
a little better than the previous volumes but Reed Richards is still a sexist pig.
Ed
Mar 24, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is where Fantastic Four starts really cooking again. I thought Volume 3 was a big step down from Volumes 1 & 2, but Volume 4 is almost all hits. I found the Moleman story pretty weak, but beginning with issue 32 there are almost no misses. This is a trend that continues for as far as I've read in Fantastic Four (which is #54 at present). Some highlights: Annual #2, like Annual #1, is a great villain showcase; the serial nature of the comic gets amplified; the characters' interpersonal r ...more
Rich Meyer
Jun 19, 2014 Rich Meyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Another excellent masterworks, with the last of the wonderful Jack Kirby/Chic Stone collaborations on Fantastic Four. Really, all you need to encompass the true greatness of the "World's Greatest Comic Magazine" is the first five Marvel Masterworks (I'd have included the sixth if the reproduction was a lot better on it, but alas, it apparently is horrid).

Dragon Man makes his first appearance here, along with the Frightful Four, along with the returns of Dr. Doom, the Sub-Mariner and the Mole Ma
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Timothy Boyd
Feb 09, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Marvel Masterworks volumes are fantastic reprints of the early years of Marvel comics. A fantastic resource to allow these hard to find issues to be read by everyone. Very recommended to everyone and Highly recommended to any comic fan.
Edward Davies
In spite of the repetitive villains, including The Mole Man and Doctor Doom, familiarity doesn't so much breed contempt as expand on the character of some interesting villains. Including issues 31 to 40 and the second annual, this might be pretty Doom-centric, but it is fun to read and also introduces The Frightful Four.
Brandt
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this is like the calm before the storm. in the next collection Galactus shows up and things get good... but not yet.
Tara Calaby
The early Fantastic Four comics are definitely among the best of Marvel in the 60s.
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Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber) is an American writer, editor, creator of comic book superheroes, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.

With several artist co-creators, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, the Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange, and many other characters, introducing complex,
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