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Fantastic Four: 50 Years Young Today!

Skott Jimenez 08/08/2011 Reviews

Fifty years ago today, a new era in comics began. Out on newsstands across the country, kids looked and saw a new comic book with THE FANTASTIC FOUR emblazoned across the top of the cover in bold, red letters.

From that single issue, an entire universe was created.

The story goes that Stan Lee wanted to get out of writing comics. He’d been doing it much of his life and was tired of writing ‘garbage.’ He wanted to do something else, something meaningful. At the behest of his wife, Joan, he created a new kind of team.

So, with legendary artist Jack Kirby, the Fantastic Four were created and the book would become legendary. Their historic 102-issue run led to the creation of numerous comics, cartoons, toys, movies, posters, and countless other products – a true franchise was born. Of course, Kirby, Lee, and other all-time greats would build on this fantastic foundation and create the Mighty Marvel Universe!

So, on behalf of the Comic Booked crew, I would like to congratulate Marvel’s, indeed comic books’, First Family on a fantastic 50 years of action, drama and excitement!

Happy Birthday, Fantastic Four! Stay tuned to Comic Booked as we show some love for the Fantastic Four over the course of the next week!

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I've been collecting comic books for over 20 years, over that time I've learned a lot about the history of the industry and that fascinates me so I'm always looking for new sources of information. If it's about comic books then I'm interested.

  1. Kyle Black 08/08/2011 at 10:42 am

    Stuff like this makes me smile when I think about the timelessness of comics.

    • Nick C 08/08/2011 at 12:28 pm

      Never mind how amazingly well the Lee/Kirby run holds up. Sure, it can feel a bit dated by modern standards, but the sheer imagination that was packed into those stories is beyond compare.

  2. Comic Booked 08/08/2011 at 1:36 pm

    Certainly amazing. Our FANTASTIC should I say…5 decades. WOW

  3. R. B. LeMoyne 08/08/2011 at 1:46 pm

    I can barely fathom that. 5 decades! Wow!

    I still remember my first exposure to the Fantastic Four as a little kid. It was through a coloring book, of all things, but I spent so much time reading their origin story in it. I haven't read a lot of the comic since then, but I got back into Marvel's first family just before Civil War started up and I've been enjoying it since.

    Happy birthday, Fantastic Four!

  4. Robb Orr 08/08/2011 at 1:51 pm

    I love the Kirby art in those old silver-age FFs. 50 years, WOW! Here's to 50 more!

    • Nick C 08/09/2011 at 1:22 pm

      There's a reason they called him the King!

  5. Nick Furious 08/08/2011 at 2:40 pm

    It pains me to think that people that saw the Fantastic Four in theaters think they are lame. They are the furthest thing from lame…they have probably the most entertaining title to this day.

  6. The Crimson Blur 08/08/2011 at 3:31 pm

    I love the Fantastic Four!

  7. Emmet OCuana 08/08/2011 at 4:30 pm

    The Fantastic Four are not superheroes.

    Ok, got that, have I your undivided attention?

    No, Jack Kirby had a far bigger goal in mind. They were 'imaginauts'. It's such a wonderfully descriptive word, explorers of the imagination, the Fantastic Four a group of adventurers setting sail into the unknown in an age when we were told there were no more frontiers – except for space of course.

    Stan and Jack showed that the world of imagination was far greater, far weirder, than any humdrum map could reveal. Their heroes travelled beneath the surface of the earth, travelled to Atlantis, to the Negative Zone….Skrull cows!

    They say Marvel is the house that Stand and Jack built and while accounts of who did most of the heavy lifting might differ, there can be no disputing that The Fantastic Four is the foundation of everything that came after.

  8. Michael Wirth 08/08/2011 at 6:18 pm

    I know I'll probably get flayed for saying this but I was never a big fan of the FF. I enjoyed the Ultimate FF to no end, but when I got into comics, the Fantastic Four just weren't that interesting. It wasn't until years later during the Mark Waid and Mark Wieringo run did I really enjoy the characters. But with that said, I still appreciate the impact that the FF have had on the industry.

  9. Eric Scroggs 08/08/2011 at 10:29 pm

    One of my first comics was a Marvel Team-Up of Spider-Man and The FF. Happy Birthday, Reed, Sue, Ben, and Johnny!

  10. Roberta 08/17/2011 at 4:04 pm

    Happy birthday fantastic four … i'm still in edition 430 … but it amazed me from the first edition … the other universes (but earth-616 is still the best) are cool too!! I hope i will be alive to commemorate the 100 years aniversary!

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