Fantastic Four #18 (09/10/1963)

detail26.jpgFantastic Four #18 contains the story, “A Skrull Walks Among Us.” This issue is also the first appearance of the Super Skrull. “A Skrull Walks Among Us” centers around the Skrull empire seeking revenge on the Fantastic Four for foiling their previous invasion attempt by sending an enhanced skrull with all of their powers after them.

“A Skrull Walks Among Us” is a fun story that does a good job of presenting the Super Skrull as a real threat to the Fantastic Four. This issue also has the Fantastic Four working as a team versus the typical style of having them attack a villain one at a time. In addition, once again Kirby’s artwork delivers solid action panels and the battle between the Super Skrull and the Fantastic Four is just gorgeous. Also the cover to this issue is also well-down and gives a real good sense of how much of a threat the Super Skrull is.

There are a few downsides to this issue. One of them would be the ending to the issue, which seems to me is a very unheroic ending when you think about the consequences of it. Also, I just had to laugh at the remote control public address system as a means to challenging the Super Skrull–ah the times before cellphones, huh?

Overall, Fantastic Four #18 contains the first appearance of a classic Fantastic Four villain in the Super Skrull, combined with fantastic fight panels and a fun story and you have an issue that everyone should read.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Creators:

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