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Only in Silver Age comics!

The Fantastic Four are unique in that they have the most ridiculous, preposterous concept imaginable. There's no way that Reed's rocket launch was part of the NASA space race. There's no way that these four people could come together as part of a traditional mission. It's all just goofy.

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Heh. :D

Nice review. I doubt that at the time, anyone but Stan Lee thought that the FF was epic and enduring. At the same time, though, if it weren't for a lot of bad Silver Age writing, we wouldn't have more epic storytellers today. I would imagine a lot of comic book writers read issues like FF 1, and said, Hey, I can write a better story than that. :)

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Cool review!

Nice that you mention "The Flash of Two Worlds". The Fantastic Four is usually mentioned as a response to Justice League of America. I wonder if Doom Patrol was a response by DC to this Fantastic Four...?

I'm starting to think the Mole Man is Marvel's version of The Penguin - looking for recognition and status from the rest of the (surface) world above him.

I wonder if Stan Lee is a modern age Bob Kane.

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Love your review. Only in comics - Silver Age Comics, to-boot, could a scientist take his girlfriend, college buddy, and his girlfriend's younger brother on a rocket into space! That proves just how smart Reed Richards is! He figured out how to do the impossible fantastic! There's got to be a way to jigger that for live action. Maybe Stark is funding an expedition into space or something. Reed's the brains. Ben's still the pilot. But, somehow Sue and Johnny get included - maybe a pre-mature launch while reed is giving them a tour. Maybe the rocket is a SHIELD response to the powers cosmic...? This could all happen between Loki in Avengers 1 and Thanos in Avengers 3...

I kinda like the idea of The Mole Man. I think he is as underrated as Stan Lee is overrated. Mole Man is kinda like a Silver Age Penguin - looking for recognition and status.

Cool review!

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Great review! I like how you put this issue in context, and perspective, of the times that produced it. Fantastic Four is such a wacky concept: a scientist, along with his college buddy, girlfriend and her brother all end up on a rocket blasting into outer space. Only in comics could something like that happen. It is so fantastic! The Mole Man is just such a brilliant, underrated adversary - what if Dr. Doom had never come along?! Ha!

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Glad you enjoyed it!

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Thanks for the feedback! It's an interesting first issue.

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I was disappointed that out of the number of DC Comics films that have been in theaters, only Wonder Woman seemed to be a hit. One of the things I noticed from watching Justice League - I rented it from Redbox - was that it was somewhat bloated. Trying to tell so many stories all at once. It was a Superman film. It was a Batman film. It was less a team film - well, yeah, since it was about forming the team - I think the story was lacking. Then the direction. I got the same feeling watching Green Lantern.

I believe that is why the Marvel films and that universe works better. They start with a character and a single, basic, simple story. That way all the baggage is set up and out of the way for the team film. DC's blueprint could work - inverting the Marvel blueprint - launching a team film then solo breakout films. But it hasn't. Because they can't focus on a single narrative.

That's just my two cents worth...

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Wonder Woman is awesome! I would love to see a Ben AffleckBatman film! Barry Allen was trying so hard to be comic relief - but it was really Jason Momoa. I get why Cyborg is included - but it's still wrong. Cyborg is a Titan. It's a shame that the Green Lantern film and cartoon bombed and turned the character into "kryptonite" for now.

There was a point where I wanted to yell at the screen - Affleck's Batman says they can't beat Steppenwolf. They need Superman for that. I think it's the way he said it. Maybe if he had put it another way, it would have been less of a confession of weakness. The whole point of the movie was a blatant plot to bring Superman back.

In hindsight, I would have better enjoyed a Justice League movie where Doctor Destiny was the villain.