Fantastic Four #15 features the story, “The Mad Thinker and His Awesome Android.” This issue features the first appearance of the Thinker, a super-intelligent crime boss who is able to think of almost every possibility. In this issue, the Thinker has come up with a plan to create a “Kingdom of Crime,” and to do so he needs to take over the Baxter Building.
It’s hard to point to a positive when it comes to this issue. Probably the one thing that comes to mind is Kirby’s android design. It certainly is a unique take on an android, but it makes sense in the context that it’s supposed to be a simple life form.
There certainly are a lot of negatives to this issue. The story itself is pretty generic and uninspired. I mean the Fantastic Four go on vacation, which gives the Thinker time to take over the Baxter Building, is pretty much the story. I don’t know if they were trying to setup the Thinker up as like an evil equivalent of Mr. Fantastic, but if they were it didn’t really work. Finally, these types of stories, outside of the brief presence of an android, really don’t work for a Fantastic Four story, because they tend to lack what makes the Fantastic Four so great.
In the end Fantastic Four #15 is really a throwaway issue in the series, as it contributes absolutely nothing to the series and features a pretty generic and lame villain.
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
- Writers: Stan Lee
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers
- Colorists: Stan Goldberg
- Letterers: Artie Simek
- Editors: Stan Lee