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50 years ago today, Fantastic Four #1 changed the comics world

Fantastic Four #1

As Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort notes, 50 years ago today, The Fantastic Four #1 debuted, beginning a 102-issue run by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby — an unfinished issue was completed in 2008 — and giving birth to the Silver Age of Marvel Comics.

Given Marvel’s recent legal victory in the bitter copyright battle with Kirby’s heirs, the anniversary is undoubtedly a bittersweet milestone, but an incredibly important one all the same. Happy 50th to “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine” and the Marvel Universe as we know it. And thank you, Lee and Kirby, for the Fantastic Four and much, much more.

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time to read it again!!!

Thanks to Stan and Jack but also thanks to Joe Sinnott, John Byrne, Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard, Mark Waid, and Mike Weiringo for making the Fantastic Four one of my all time favorite comics.

Why does it say November 1 on the comic?

Cover dates traditionally were two to three months ahead of the publication date to increase the shelf life of the comic. Retailers would have put the copies of The Fantastic Four #1 on the shelf in August, and removed whatever was left in November.

Huzzah! Happy 50th FF! Proud owner of all 588 issues (thanks to a combo of Omnibuses, Masterworks, trades and singles)

So where is the big 50th anniversary spectacular from Marvel? As part of the big ongoing 50th anniversary events over the next few years for almost the entire line? (If I am missing something, I would like to know.)

I have very fond memories of Byrne’s triple-sized 20th anniversary issue of FF, which introduced me to John Byrne and which brought me back every month for the next several years.

Wow. And that was only the 20th anniversary! What a great issue. Well, except for the recycled cartoon show storyboards that they neither informed nor (as I recall) paid Jack Kirby for…

Googam son of Goom

August 8, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Jack was paid for his work. Just like you are. Was he given credit? Probably as much as you are.

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