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This was a revolution in comic books. But still the comics had to appeal to new readers, without confusing them. So the past can only be hinted at. These hints are sometimes very subtle.

Not even the book's writers know the long term story: not consciously. But they know it unconsciously. They know that the characters would react in certain ways, even if they cannot say exactly why: it just feels right. For example, John Byrne knew that Susan would react extremely badly to Reed's actions in FF , even though, on the surface, that made no sense.

Reed had routinely put himself in danger, so why was this different. Yet Byrne instinctively knew that this time was very different. Some unspoken line had been crossed. So the story is not explicitly stated. When something odd happens we need to look for clues. And the clues are always there. It is a case of "show, don't tell". The comic does not say "Reed Richards will now make his second suicide attempt, but he will deny it because he does not want to face the truth".

These characters face death every day: normally they do not betray fear or agitation.

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Yet little clues reveal what is going on beneath the surface. In this way the comic is like the book Les Miserables.

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The most powerful emotions are often revealed by the tiniest detail. He was cool, calm, grave, his gray hair was perfectly smooth upon his temples, and he had just mounted the stairs with his habitual deliberation. Any one who was thoroughly acquainted with him, and who had examined him attentively at the moment, would have shuddered. The buckle of his leather stock was under his left ear instead of at the nape of his neck. This betrayed unwonted agitation. Act 1: the monsters Act 1 FF introduces the main classes of monster: monsters from below, from above, from the land and sea, from science, magic, and from inside: from psychology.

Act 2: the response In act 2 FF they develop the ultimate weapon, the sub-space portal, a gateway to all possibilities. Act 3: the weapon Act 3 FF is the classic age of the FF, the s, when people thought science could protect the Earth from anything. Act 4: the doubts Act 4 FF is when self doubt sets in.

Science is not enough, as we can do as much harm as good. Act 4 ends in Reed sacrificing himself to destroy the ultimate weapon, as it is about to destroy the universe. What is a monster? Monsters are non-human or humans who make themselves non-human , and are so powerful that even powerful humans feel helpless. Superhero comics are the opposite: they are about fighting other super powered beings usually humans , and feeling strong. This "helpless before an alien" theme is in all the classic covers:. All the great Fantastic Four stories are monster stories.

Take John Byrne's run, for example. By focusing on the family he showed their smallness and vulnerability. But when handling villains he makes them far more powerful, and completely separated from humanity. All the greatest FF adventures are against monsters. The greatest FF epic of all is against Galactus, a vastly powerful giant alien. The greatest single issue, FF51, is against the monstrous negative zone it is alien and vastly bigger than we can ever hope to defeat: we later find it is full of conventional monsters as well.

Another frequently cited classic is when Doom takes the surfer's power: in it, Doom is so powerful that nobody stands a chance, and he gains that power fro the alien Surfer. The Inhumans are literally in-human, and vastly out-gun the human race. In their first story they invite Galactus to destroy the planet, knowing they can survive and rebuild see the notes to FF Even the apparently human foes are monstrous: the Thinker and alien-looking Puppet Master gain their power from non-human sources, and create fake humans; the Red Ghost is backed by en entire empire and has non-human partners; the Wizard's team is only dangerous when it relies on non-humans Medusa, Thundra , etc.

While the team does sometimes meet other regular superheroes, those meetings are short and uninteresting. The only "superhero" with staying power is the Hulk, a monster. Act 2 FF fills out the details in the main characters, and shows the full range of rising dangers. Each increasing danger is met by increased technology. It is building to the development of the ultimate weapon.

The portal is the item that links all sub-plots, and Susan is the one who must ultimately ensure it is closed. Act 3 FF shows the weapon in use. All the action in this period is driven by the portal. Just look at what motivates every story:. A third motive appears to be different: Reed's need to keep his family safe. Several times in act 3 he acts to remove Sue. But this is safe from dangers he created by his interest in the portal, and Reed very quickly returns to studying the portal, to Susan's great frustration.

By act 4 it becomes clear that the "technology and force" approach does not work, and is often worse than the problem.

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But violence is so ingrained into humans that Reed finds it impossible to see this. Act 4 charts Reed's decline, his state of denial, and the price Sue must pay to get through to him. Reed, the world's greatest hero, becomes the monster, yet does not see it until the end.

Every issue of the Fantastic Four progresses this story of Sue fighting monsters, both literal and metaphorical. To illustrate, let's look at Sue's final emotional battle. We will see how every issue is essential to the bigger story:. The Fantastic Four is a single continuous story: the story of how Susan beat her monsters, in five acts. In act 5 Reed Richards finally puts his family first.

He lets Ben the one who represents monsters take control. Ben's different approach leads to new insights and a healthier team. While Ben does not have Reed's skill with technology, he has a far greater skill: empathy. Ben is able to make use of everybody's different talents. He gains access to the Mole Man's dimensional portals, advanced laboratories in Project Pegasus, and endless alien worlds. Finally Reed returns, happy at last. His new relaxed mind is able to understand magic for the first time, and Ben is finally cured. In act 5, the FF ceases to be a monster comic. The focus on mutual respect and alliances with Wakanda, Latveria, the Inhumans, the Mole Man, the Comet Men, the shaper of worlds and others means that monsters will never again be a serious danger.

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The late s and the s saw a superhero revival, and superheroes remain the dominant character archetype in the 21st century. Marvel Comics is the brand name and primary imprint of Marvel Worldwide Inc. Stan Lee was an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, and producer. He rose through the ranks of a family-run business to become Marvel Comics' primary creative leader for two decades, leading its expansion from a small division of a publishing house to a multimedia corporation that dominated the comics industry. Jack "King" Kirby was an American comic book artist, writer, and editor, widely regarded as one of the medium's major innovators and one of its most prolific and influential creators.

He grew up in New York City, and learned to draw cartoon figures by tracing characters from comic strips and editorial cartoons. He entered the nascent comics industry in the s, drawing various comics features under different pen names, including Jack Curtiss, before ultimately settling on Jack Kirby. In , he and writer-editor Joe Simon created the highly successful superhero character Captain America for Timely Comics, predecessor of Marvel Comics.

During the s Kirby regularly teamed with Simon, creating numerous characters for that company and for National Comics Publications, later to become DC Comics. The first Giganto seen was one of the mutates created by the Deviant scientists to serve as part of Kro 's invasion force when gathered on Monster Island. The Deviants are a fictional race of humanoids appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Kro is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The Mole Man is a fictional character, a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. A former scientist turned villain, the Mole Man is a recurring foe of the Fantastic Four.

His schemes usually consist of trying to rule the surface of the Earth with the aid of his "Moloids", subterranean, mole-human hybrids that he rules over. It brought the attention to the Fantastic Four who headed to Monster Island. The Fantastic Four is a fictional superhero team appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The group debuted in The Fantastic Four 1, which helped to usher in a new level of realism in the medium.

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The Human Torch is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is a founding member of the Fantastic Four. He is writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby's reinvention of a similar, previous character, the android Human Torch of the same name and powers who was created in by writer-artist Carl Burgos for Marvel Comics' predecessor company, Timely Comics. A Giganto with a lizard-like appearance followed the Fantastic Four back to New York where it fought them. After it was knocked into the sea, that Giganto tunneled underground and escaped.

Giganto was too much for the X-Men even when Mole Man sent more mutates to battle them. They were subdued in Mole Man's echo cave. The X-Men are a team of fictional superheroes appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. They are among the most recognizable and successful intellectual properties of Marvel Comics, appearing in numerous books, television shows, films, and video games. When Mole Man learned that millionaire Alden Maas had destroyed part of his underground kingdom when reaching the Earth's core, Mole Man unleashed Giganto upon Maas' facilities while he teamed up with Human Torch and Thing to fight Maas.

Alden Maas died before they arrived which denied vengeance from Mole Man. When he believed that the Avengers were the ones responsible for destroying part of his kingdom, he unleashed Giganto and other mutates to attack Los Angeles. Iron Man intercepted Giganto and threw him into the sea while he and U. Agent had an attempt to decide what to do with it.

When Giganto moved again, U. Agent tried to blind it with the afterburners on his skycycle only for Giganto to strike and U. Agent was separated from his vehicle. Wonder Man convinced Mole Man that the Avengers weren't responsible and blew his monster whistle to recall his monsters. Giganto was sent as a diversion while she looked for the lost Inorganic Technodrone. It attempted to crush Hulk before it was stabbed by Wolverine.

Although Mole Man and De'Lila tried to claim the Inorganic Technodrone for their own before it could end up imprinted by someone, it ended up accepting Giganto's mate who had imprinted on it and accepted it as if it were her own child. Mole Man, Giganto, and Tricephalous were conjured from the timestream by Aron the Rogue Watcher to oppose allies of the Fantastic Four who have come to prevent him from creating a pocket universe.

Giganto fought the Thing who buried it in a landslide. Mole Man assembled Giganto and other monsters to invade the surface only for it to be abandoned when the Fantastic Four were discovered to be alive.