Fantastic Four #18 (08/10/1963)

detail25.jpgFantastic Four #17 features the story, “Defeated by Doctor Doom.” In this issue Dr. Doom continues to seek revenge on the Fantastic Four, as well as demanding a post in the Kennedy Administration. To set his plans in motion Dr. Doom kidnaps and holds Alicia, Ben’s girl, hostage.

“Defeated by Doctor Doom” is a fun story featuring Dr. Doom. In addition, in this story the Invisible Girl actually gets to do something other than actually get captured by somebody. I am pretty sure this is the first issue in which the Invisible Girl actually fights someone. Indeed, she also reveals that she has been trained in Judo. I have to say this was a fresh change of pace to what has been the norm for her character so far.

The story does have a couple of downsides, which are primarily just the product of its age. The whole Dr. Doom wanting a cabinet post just comes off as bizarre. Also there are a couple of cheesy lines, like when the missiles start going haywire someone says “It’s as though some evil genius tampered with every electric device.” I mean really, how would that person know that? In addition, why does the vehicle the Fantastic Four pilot has a giant

Fantastic Four #17 is an entertaining read, but there’s nothing particularly special about the story nor anything that adds to the overall Fantastic Four series. Still, if your a Fantastic Four fan then this issue is worth a read and you won’t be disappointed by the issue.

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Creators:

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