Fantastic Four #9 features the story “The End of the Fantastic Four,” which is divided into five parts: “The End of the Fantastic Four,” “Sub-Mariner Gives the Orders,” “The Fury of Mr. Fantastic,” ‘The Flame of Battle,” and “Vengeance is Ours.” This issue is about the Fantastic Four having to declare bankruptcy and the Sub-Mariner offering to pay them to film a movie.
Honestly, I’m not sure what to make of this issue. The aspect of the Fantastic Four dealing with bankruptcy was certainly new at the time, as no other superhero group had faced such problems (something the comic actually makes reference to). However, this interesting take is squandered by the strange plot twist of Namor financing and paying for them to be in a movie as a way to get them out of the way. In addition, the cyclops and the fire-proof tribe elements of the story just don’t work for me in the context of a Fantastic Four story. Also, another head scratching thing in this issue is the fact that Namor apparently not only has a television under the sea, but also gets the network channels.
Overall Fantastic Four #9 starts off with an interesting premise but ultimately does nothing with it and quickly devolves into a cheesy story. In the end, this story really doesn’t offer anything and is lacking a lot of the elements that makes Fantastic Four such a fun series, such as sci-fi elements. While Namor is an interesting villain the way he is utilized in this issue is just awful.
- Editor: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
- Writers: Stan Lee
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers
- Colorists: Stan Goldberg
- Letterers: Artie Simek