Fantastic Four #6 features the story “Diabolic Duo Join Forces,” which is divided into five parts: “Captives of the Deadly Duo,” “When Super-Menaces Unite,” “When Friends Fall Out,” Trapped” and “The End or the Beginning.” This issue sees Dr. Doom and Namor team up to take on their common enemies, the Fantastic Four. This issue also features a couple of firsts. It’s the first mention of the Baxter Building, which previously was just simply known as the Fantastic Four’s secret headquarters. In addition, this is the first repeat appearance of a villain in the series and it is also the first villain team up in the series.
Overall I would say the story is pretty good. It does a good job of highlighting the differences between Dr. Doom and Namor and really illustrates that while Dr. Doom is a megalomaniac, Namor is more conflicted due to the destruction of his homeland. In addition, the issue does a good job on further the relationship between Sue Storm and Namor and starting to set the ground works for the love triangle that would develop in the future between Sue, Reed, and Namor. On the flipside, there are parts of the story that either are problematic or just simply don’t work. Probably the biggest issue is just the whole idea of lifting a building into space and throwing it into the sun. In addition, the whole Dr. Doom catching a ride on a meteor is just plain silly.
Beyond the novelty of the repeat appearances and team up of Dr. Doom and Namor, there’s not much else to recommend to this issue. The story is serviceable, but is definitely a product of the ’60s and is just cheesy by today’s standards. Still, if you’re a fan of the Fantastic Four, I would say that Fantastic Four #6 is worth a read; otherwise it’s a safe issue to skip.
- Editor: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
- Writers: Stan Lee
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers
- Colorists: Stan Goldberg
- Letterers: Artie Simek