Fantastic Four #11 (02/10/1962)

detail19.jpgFantastic Four #11 features the story “The Impossible Man,” as well as a story that answers fan mail letters. Fantastic Four # 11 is the first appearance of the Impossible Man. The story centers around an alien, the Impossible Man, basically vacationing on earth and causing all kinds of mischief due to his ability to transform his body into basically anything. As a result the story definitely has a lot of slapstick and the stakes are pretty low, but it’s still a fun read. Also enjoyable is Kirby’s design for the Impossible Man, which really conveys the whimsical nature of the character.

The downside to this issue is that there is a pretty big section of the issue dedicated to the Fantastic Four members answering fan mail. While it offers some interesting insight into the background of Reed and Ben’s first meeting, it really is another one of those breaking the fourth wall sessions that simply just don’t work in this series. In addition, “The Impossible Man,” while a fun story does nothing to add to the overall Fantastic Four series. I mean it’s basically one giant story of tag, with the Fantastic Four trying to catch the Impossible Man.

Therefore, while Fantastic Four #11 is a completely average issue. The story is enjoyable, however if you skip this issue you’re not going to miss anything with regards to series progression. In fact, unless you’re a huge fan of the Impossible Man, there’s not much to be had in this issue.

Rating: 3.0/5.0


  • Editor: Stan Lee
  • Cover Artists: Stan Goldberg
  • Writers: Stan Lee
  • Pencilers: Jack Kirby
  • Inkers: Dick Ayers
  • Colorists: Stan Goldberg
  • Letterers: Artie Simek

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