Fantastic Four #16 features the story, “The Micro World of Doctor Doom.” This issue also features the first appearance of the Microverse, Princess Pearla, and the Lizard Men of Tok. In addition, this issue also features the first appearance of Ant-Man in the Fantastic Four series. In this issue, Dr. Doom has conquered the Princess Pearla’s home world and subsequently begins to randomly shrink the Fantastic Four. The Fantastic Four then seek out Ant-Man to assist them with solving this mystery, which eventually leads them to the microverse.
The story in Fantastic Four #16 is a pretty solid. I really enjoyed the concept of the microverse, a miniature universe underneath this one. The fact that Doctor Doom would conquer Princess Pearla’s home upon his arrival is no surprise to me. Also, having Ant Man show up in the Fantastic Four further helps to solidify the idea that there is an interconnected Marvel Universe. Also, the cover of Dr. Doom clutching the Fantastic Four in his hands is just awesome (although I could do without the weird, random magnifying glass over Ant-Man).
I really only have just one complaint with that issue and that is the fact that the Invisible Girl gets captured again and really isn’t involved in the fighting going on, which really is just a relic of the early ’60s.
Fantastic Four #16 is really a must read because it not only further expands the Marvel Universe by having Ant-Man show up, but also continues to expand upon the sci-fi and exploration elements of the Fantastic Four with the introduction of the microverse. Plus it has Doctor Doom, who is just a great villain that just makes pretty much any story better.
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
- Writers: Stan Lee
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers
- Colorists: Stan Goldberg
- Letterers: Artie Simek
- Editors: Stan Lee