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Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four, Vol. 3 (Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four #3)

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Celebrate Marvel's 70th anniversary by experiencing the tales of the world's most-famous super heroes from the very beginning! The Marvel Masterworks have brought readers deluxe hardcover collections of Marvel's classics from the Golden Age, Atlas Era, and the mighty Marvel Age, and now you can join in the Masterworks excitement with Marvel's new, monthly Marvel Masterwork ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 24th 2003 by Marvel (first published 1990)
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May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Now, this was a lot of fun.

Sure, it's hard to measure up to modern books, but if yo can turn that off an enjoy some Silver Age history, I think you're in for a good time.

Set in the first few adventures of the FF, I picked this wanting an early Dr. Doom story. This volume certainly contains a lot more with the Thing squaring off with the Hulk for the first time, the FF meeting to O.G. X-Men, Sue learning how to make a force field...goofy stuff like that.

Nothing too serious here, but considering t
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
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Another mixed bag of early Fantastic Four issues with a few installments where you can see the creators falling back on old monster-book tropes when, presumably, deadlines loom. The opener with the Hate Monger is generically boring, and some follow ups with the Mole Man, Doctor Doom and an alien super baby are nothing special.

A two-issue brawl with the Hulk is fun, though, offering muscleman The Thing some nice lines as he soldiers on despite being outmatched. Beyond that, "It All Started on Ya
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Getting caught up with foru volumes - way too many firsts to go into detail, but these stories are terrific. Okay, the awkward bits, like Reed telling Sue that she's "only" a female, don't age that well, but seeing the entire cosmology of the FF established, and develop (naturally and organically) is powerful stuff. The plot are adventurous and fun, and the character work still better than most superhero comics today.

Highly recommended.
Christian Smith
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story: 7/10

"Pure power even after two volumes"
Printable Tire
I still plan on reading every Fantastic Four comic (until like the 90's) but I began to slog down here.

It's an interesting coincidence/fate that the Hate Monger issue was published right after JFK's assassination, and that issue remains a favorite in this collection. The same issue in which the Thing first bellows his famous battle cry "It's Clobberin' Time!" (and promptly gets his ass kicked by the Mole Man's minions) is also the one where Invisible Girl gets a new haircut, as well as entirely
Evan Leach
This collection contains issues 21-30 of The Fantastic Four, written from December, 1963 through September, 1964. By this time, Stan and Jack have a few issues under their belt and know where the series is going. Most of the villains are returning characters we’ve seen before, including the gloriously bizarre communist super-apes:


But there are a few fresh faces. Diablo makes his first appearance, although he is overshadowed by a time traveling Adolph Hitler…


…and the truly weird Infant Terrible:


Rich Meyer
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Another good reprint volume in. the FF Masterworks series, though there a few issues with some strangely shoddy inks by George Roussos, and one page where there's a color layer missing (and the Thing is dark blue). It isn't the best of the early days of the Fantastic Four, as there are a lot of old villains reappearing. Diablo does debut in this one, and the Avengers and the X-Men meet the team forbthe first time. And the Hulk becomes BOB Banner for the first and only time.
Edward Davies
In spite of a surprise villain in the guise of The Hate Monger in the first story of this volume, spanning issues 21 to 30, this is something of a slow burning collection. Half way through though, we get a Hulk versus Thing battle royale! But with fights against The Avengers and The X-Men, it feels like Marvel were trying to promote their other titles through the popularity of The FF.
Ondra Král
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mám za sebou prvních 30 čísel FF. Čekal jsem, že se u toho budu šíleně nudit a ono ejhle... děsně mě to baví. Je to naivní, je to místy dost blbé, ale je to zábavné! Akorát Doctor Doom mi dosud přišel jako docela béčkový padouch, co nic moc neumí. Okamžitě jsem doobjednal další díly a těším se na svatbu, Inhumans, Galactuse a další věci.
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
This set of issues is a mess. A mix of bad ideas (the Hate Monger, the Infant Terrible), rehashes (Mole Man, Namor) and co-branding exercises (Hulk/Avengers, X-Men). The one issue that really cooks is #29, with the always delightful Red Ghost.
Timothy Boyd
Feb 09, 2016 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.
Nicole Crosby
Finally really got into the series with this volume. Hard to believe since there's no Doom, but the lack if him provided the opportunity to enjoy Puppet-master and the Super-Apes! Can't wait to read Final Victory of Doom.
wow, Sue Storm was pretty useless in these tales. talk about melodrama. i guess marv wolfman learned from Stan Lee.
Tara Calaby
The early Fantastic Four comics are definitely among the best of Marvel in the 60s.
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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nothing earth shattering here. probably their weakest work to be honest.
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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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