Fantastic Four #7 features the story “Prisoners of Kurrgo, Master of Planet X,” which is divided into five parts: “It Came From the Sky,” “Outlawed,” “Bound of Planet X,” “Twenty-Four Hours Till Zero,” and “The End of Planet X.” In this issue the Fantastic Four are taken to Planet X in order to save the people of the planet from the disaster of another planet striking and destroying their planet. This issue is also the first appearance of Kurrgo, Master of Planet X.
This is an interesting issue in that it’s the first story that takes place in deep space. The story is fun, if nothing special. I thought it was interesting how the inhabitants of Planet X were saved. However, the plot mechanism to get the Fantastic Four to Planet X is ultimately unnecessary based on how the story unfolds. I found Jack Kirby’s artwork great for this issue. In particular I liked his depiction of Planet X and its technology. However, Kurrogo’s design just seems a little weird to me. Not bad, just weird.
In the end, there really isn’t too much to Fantastic Four #7. It doesn’t have any connection to any of the stories that proceeded it and it didn’t really do anything in terms of further developing any of the characters or the dynamics between them. I would say even Kurrgo himself is pretty forgettable. Really, Fantastic Four #7 is probably the very definition of average: it’s an enjoyable read but you’re not missing anything if you don’t read it.
- Editor: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
- Writers: Stan Lee
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers
- Colorists: Stan Goldberg
- Letterers: Artie Simek