Fantastic Four #02 (01/01/1962)

detail.jpgFantastic Four #2 opens up with the Fantastic Four seemingly committing a serious of devious deeds, such as knocking over an oil platform, stealing a diamond, and turning off the city lights; in the process becoming wanting criminals. What could this mean? Of course it’s the first ever appearance of the shapeshifting alien race known as the Skrulls. It is up to the Fantastic Four to prevent them from ruining their good names and taking over the world!

I’ve always been a huge fan of the Skrulls, mainly because they have caused such mischief over the years. Indeed, I would argue that the Skrulls, for sure, are not only a classic Fantastic Four villain, but also for the Marvel Universe as a whole. A whole alien race on the brink of world invasion definitely ups the ante over the Moleman. Also, the ending of this issue was just hilarious. Finally, I also love the fact that the Fantastic Four have a flare gun that shots out a four.

Fantastic Four #2 is another classic collaboration between Kirby and Lee. Kirby’s design of the Skrulls is fantastic. In fact the Skrulls are one of the Fantastic Four’s, and the Marvel Universe’s in general, well-known villains. This issue also really starts to develop the issues Ben have over being The Thing and Mr. Fantastic‘s guilt over being the cause of Ben’s transformation.

Again, while some might find the art and story in Fantastic Four #2 is dated compared to today’s standards, however I found this issue to be another solid entry in the series and is definitely worth a read.

Rating: 4.5/5.0


  • Editor: Stan Lee
  • Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
  • Writers: Stan Lee
  • Pencilers: Jack Kirby
  • Inkers: George Klein, Sol Brodsky
  • Colorists: Stan Goldberg
  • Letterers: John Duffy



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