Fantastic Four #8 features the story “Prisoners of the Puppet Master,” which is divided into five parts: “Prisoners of the Puppet Master,” “The Hands of a Puppet Maker,” “The Lady and the Monster,” “Face to Face with the Puppet Master” and “Death of a Puppet.” This story revolves around the Puppet Master using his powers to manipulate the Fantastic Four into fighting themselves. This issue features the first appearance of the Puppet Master and Alicia Masters.
The positive thing in this issue is that it features the first appearance of Alicia, the blind stepdaughter of the Puppet Master. In this issue, Alicia demonstrates that she is one of the few people that can see past the Thing to Ben Grimm. However, the negatives far outweigh the positives in this issue, which gives Fantastic Four #8 being a step back for the series. First off the Puppet Master is not a particularly well-thought out villain. He’s gained his ability to control people through radioactive clay figures he carves, but during the story it flips from him having to have them in a room and physically manipulating them to some how mentally controlling them. The other issue would be the motivations of the Puppet Master. As far as I can tell he attacks the Fantastic Four because his finger gets burned because of the Human Torch rescuing one of his puppets. Also if there is a two way feedback through the puppets, wouldn’t he also feel when the person would’ve impacted the water? Like I said, not a well-thought out character.
Fantastic Four #8 is really only for hardcore Fantastic Four fans. There is not much worth here to recommend this issue to anyone due to a lame villain and a disappointing story.
- Editors: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
- Writers: Stan Lee
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers
- Colorists: Stan Goldberg
- Letterers: Artie Simek