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Lee and Kirby set the standard for out-of-this-world imaginative adventure and launched the Marvel Universe in the pages of Fantastic Four. Now, in 1963, with all the new superheros in place, it's time for the FF to run the gauntlet. The Sub-Mariner takes on the entire Human Race in the first FF Annual. The Thing throws down with the Hulk in a battle so huge it takes the combined might of the FF and the Avengers to stop it! The FF tangle with the X-Men! The second FF Annual features the all-new origin of Doctor Doom.
Nick Fury drops by in the story that set the table for "Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D."! And even Doctor Strange makes an ever-so-astral appearance! Oh, this is the good stuff, when every issue of the FF was a new gem. And the annuals each featured long, all-new stories that were extra-special. Also here is a whole bunch of bonus pages, which feature original artwork (including the one we've shown here, an unpublished pencilled variant cover), cover paintings by various artists for other collected editions, original house ads (I always love those), even pin-up pages that were a regular part of the annuals.
I will own up to my bias for this era. My very first Fantastic Four that I bought off the newstands was, believe it or not, issue #1. But then I wasn't very serious about comics yet (I was only 9 year old then). So the next issue I bought was #18, then there was another gap. Then, in early spring of 1964, at the age of 11, I began buying every Marvel title on the stands, starting with FF #27. So these are from my own Golden Age, and I love 'em.
Little known is that Marvel actually had a handful of back issues available back in these early days, and I scored the missed FF Annual #1 this way...direct from Marvel. And boy, was that a treat. Here you get both the first and second annuals. Soon I discovered I could find used comics at the huge local Flea Market, which I began to haunt on a regular basis. I'd ride my bike there early every Saturday and Sunday, and score Marvel comics I'd missed up to that time...for a nickel each. That's how I quickly turned up several of the issues here. And then I met some other collectors, discovered comics fandom and the Rocket's Blast, and set the course for my entire future career in comic books.
This is where it all began for me, and for a heck of a lot of other baby boom generation kids. We were captivated by what Marvel had to offer us for just twelve cents an issue. Marvel was still under contract for DC to distribute their titles, so they could only produce 10-12 titles a month. So all their creative energy was going into a very small group of books, and it showed. Get in here on the ground floor and enjoy the seminal days of the Marvel Age of Comics!
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Item Code FFE02 Publisher Marvel Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9781302904357 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 448pg Color Full Color