FANTASTIC FOUR #2 (1962)
Written by Stan Lee, drawn by Jack Kirby
The second issue of Fantastic Four was not nearly as interesting to read as the first, but that’s because I know who the FF are and what they can really do, so seeing them break out of military prison cells isn’t all that interesting. It is interesting how dumb the soldiers are, letting the Invisible Girl sneak right past them when trying to give her food. Seems like a pretty bad design for holding an invisible person.
This issue also sees the first appearance of the Skrulls which is kind of fun to see, but the first few pages of the FF “going bad” aren’t very interesting when you already know what Skrulls can do. It is pretty cool seeing them explain how they mimicked the Thing, Invisible Girl and Human Torch’s super powers.
Two aspects of the comic really stood out to me. First off, it’s not a good issue for FF whipping boy Ben Grimm. Not only does his rage get the better of him on several occasions–to the point where Reed has to wrap him up in his arms several times–but even worse, when returning to Earth (they went to the Skrull mothership pretending to be the FF-mimicking Skrulls and convinced them to leave Earth alone) the cosmic rays turn him back to normal, but he doesn’t even notice until he starts turning back into the Thing. Jeez, rough day.
The other interesting thing is that Reed showed the Skrull captain images of giant monsters from Strange Tales and Journey Into Mystery. Of course, in the real world, those were Marvel comics. I’m guessing in the Marvel U, they’re magazines documenting all the crazy monsters because they’re real enough to convince the Skrulls to high tail it out of this end of the galaxy “forever.”
The story ends with the FF capturing the remaining Earthbound Skrulls and hynotizing (theire spelling, not mine, just look at the panel above) into thinking they’re cows. I believe these SkrullCows are killed and turned into burgers at some point in the future. Continuity!