History Comicbook / FantasticFour

6th Feb '18 5:02:45 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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As the first series set in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse proper, it marked the debut of a surprisingly large number of {{the Verse}}'s most popular concepts and characters. Case in point: the recurring alien races the Skrull, the Kree and ComicBook/{{the Inhumans}} all first appeared as adversaries of the Four, the ComicBook/SilverSurfer first appeared as a friend-turned-enemy of the team before ultimately getting his own series, ComicBook/{{the Watcher}} appears every time Marvel needs a narrator, and the iconic SufficientlyAdvancedAliens ComicBook/{{Galactus}} debuted in the classic story "ComicBook/TheComingOfGalactus". To this day, Doctor Doom and Galactus are popular candidates whenever the writers at Marvel need a villain [[TheDreaded big and bad enough]] to unite the heroes for a CrisisCrossover.

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As the first series set in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse proper, it marked the debut of a surprisingly large number of {{the Verse}}'s most popular concepts and characters. Case in point: the recurring alien races the Skrull, the Kree and ComicBook/{{the Inhumans}} all first appeared as adversaries of the Four, the ComicBook/SilverSurfer first appeared as a friend-turned-enemy of the team before ultimately getting his own series, ComicBook/{{the Watcher}} appears every time Marvel needs a narrator, and the iconic SufficientlyAdvancedAliens ComicBook/{{Galactus}} and ComicBook/{{the Watcher}} debuted in the classic story "ComicBook/TheComingOfGalactus". stories "The Fantastic Four vs. the Red Ghost" and "ComicBook/TheComingOfGalactus", respectively. To this day, the ComicBook/{{the Watcher}} regularly appears whenever Marvel needs a narrator, while Doctor Doom and Galactus are popular candidates whenever the writers at Marvel need a villain [[TheDreaded big and bad enough]] to unite the heroes for a CrisisCrossover.
6th Feb '18 8:54:55 AM GrigorII
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As the first series set in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse proper, it marked the debut of a surprisingly large number of {{the Verse}}'s most popular concepts and characters. Case in point: the recurring alien races the Skrull, the Kree and ComicBook/{{the Inhumans}} all first appeared as adversaries of the Four, the ComicBook/SilverSurfer first appeared as a friend-turned-enemy of the team before ultimately getting his own series, ComicBook/{{the Watcher}} appears every time Marvel needs a narrator, and the iconic SufficientlyAdvancedAliens ComicBook/{{Galactus}} debuted in the classic story "ComicBook/TheGalactusTrilogy". To this day, Doctor Doom and Galactus are popular candidates whenever the writers at Marvel need a villain [[TheDreaded big and bad enough]] to unite the heroes for a CrisisCrossover.

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As the first series set in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse proper, it marked the debut of a surprisingly large number of {{the Verse}}'s most popular concepts and characters. Case in point: the recurring alien races the Skrull, the Kree and ComicBook/{{the Inhumans}} all first appeared as adversaries of the Four, the ComicBook/SilverSurfer first appeared as a friend-turned-enemy of the team before ultimately getting his own series, ComicBook/{{the Watcher}} appears every time Marvel needs a narrator, and the iconic SufficientlyAdvancedAliens ComicBook/{{Galactus}} debuted in the classic story "ComicBook/TheGalactusTrilogy"."ComicBook/TheComingOfGalactus". To this day, Doctor Doom and Galactus are popular candidates whenever the writers at Marvel need a villain [[TheDreaded big and bad enough]] to unite the heroes for a CrisisCrossover.
6th Feb '18 8:53:49 AM GrigorII
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As the first series set in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse proper, it marked the debut of a surprisingly large number of {{the Verse}}'s most popular concepts and characters. Case in point: the recurring alien races the Skrull, the Kree and ComicBook/{{the Inhumans}} all first appeared as adversaries of the Four, the ComicBook/SilverSurfer first appeared as a friend-turned-enemy of the team before ultimately getting his own series, and the iconic SufficientlyAdvancedAliens ComicBook/{{Galactus}} and ComicBook/{{the Watcher}} both debuted in the classic story "The Galactus Trilogy". To this day, Doctor Doom and Galactus are popular candidates whenever the writers at Marvel need a villain [[TheDreaded big and bad enough]] to unite the heroes for a CrisisCrossover.

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As the first series set in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse proper, it marked the debut of a surprisingly large number of {{the Verse}}'s most popular concepts and characters. Case in point: the recurring alien races the Skrull, the Kree and ComicBook/{{the Inhumans}} all first appeared as adversaries of the Four, the ComicBook/SilverSurfer first appeared as a friend-turned-enemy of the team before ultimately getting his own series, ComicBook/{{the Watcher}} appears every time Marvel needs a narrator, and the iconic SufficientlyAdvancedAliens ComicBook/{{Galactus}} and ComicBook/{{the Watcher}} both debuted in the classic story "The Galactus Trilogy"."ComicBook/TheGalactusTrilogy". To this day, Doctor Doom and Galactus are popular candidates whenever the writers at Marvel need a villain [[TheDreaded big and bad enough]] to unite the heroes for a CrisisCrossover.
6th Feb '18 8:27:18 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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As the first series set in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse proper, it marked the debut of a surprisingly large number of {{the Verse}}'s most popular concepts and characters. Case in point: the recurring alien races the Skrull, the Kree and ComicBook/{{the Inhumans}} all first appeared as adversaries of the Four, the ComicBook/SilverSurfer first appeared as a friend-turned-enemy of the team before ultimately getting his own series, and the iconic SufficientlyAdvancedAliens ComicBook/{{Galactus}} and ComicBook/{{the Watcher}} both debuted in the classic story "The Galactus Trilogy". To this day, Doctor Doom and Galactus are popular candidates whenever the writers at Marvel need a villain [[TheDreaded big and bad enough]] to unite the heroes for a CrisisCrossover.
25th Jan '18 7:31:15 AM Cryoclaste
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* RunsOnIgnorance: In one arc, Reed Richards was helpless against Doctor Doom's magical prowess, so he had to learn magic from Doctor Strange, however he kept trying to analyze it scientifically and logically, making his results less than impressive. He only managed to use his magical skills to defeat Doom once he admitted that he had no idea what he was doing.
20th Jan '18 2:58:25 AM CaptainTedium
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* LawyerFriendlyCameo: In the early days of the series, Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby made an appearance, faces hidden from view, just to be bullied by Doctor Doom into altering that issue's plot in his favor.
** Another time, Johnny purposely used a intentionally-crudely-drawn version of the first issue of "The Incredible Hulk" to rile Ben. Needless to say, it worked, and even before Ben could tear the issue up himself, Johnny accidentally burned it to cinders while trying to grab it.
10th Jan '18 10:55:15 PM KingClark
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Also see ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'', an (obviously) UltimateUniverse version where the main difference is that the Four are younger and a little less mature. The book lasted until the ''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}'' event, after which Johnny moved to ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' and then ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen''.

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Also see ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'', an (obviously) UltimateUniverse version where the main difference is that the Four are younger and a little less mature. mature... [[BreadEggsMilkSquick And Reed becomes a supervillain.]] The book lasted until the ''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}'' event, after which Johnny moved to ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' and then ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen''.
28th Dec '17 4:26:25 PM nombretomado
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There have been several TV adaptations of the family, all [[AnimatedAdaptation animated]]; ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1967'', a 1967 Creator/HannaBarbera series with many episode plots taken straight from the comics, ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1978'', the 1978 series with H.E.R.B.I.E the Robot in place of the Human Torch, ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'', a 1990s series that aired along with ''Iron Man'' as part of the "Marvel Action Hour/Marvel Action Universe", and ''[[WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes]]'', a 2006 Main/{{animesque}} [[Main/InternationalCoproduction French co-production]]. Ben also appeared in his own show in the late 1970s as part of ''Main/FredAndBarneyMeetTheThing''; on that show he was reimagined as a mild-mannered teenager, who had the power to turn back and forth from the comic-book alter ego with the help of a magic ring. ("Thing Ring, do your thing!") Oh, [[NeverTrustATitle and he never actually meets]] [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred and Barney]]. ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' features the four as allies to the eponymous team.

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There have been several TV adaptations of the family, all [[AnimatedAdaptation animated]]; ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1967'', a 1967 Creator/HannaBarbera series with many episode plots taken straight from the comics, ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1978'', the 1978 series with H.E.R.B.I.E the Robot in place of the Human Torch, ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'', a 1990s series that aired along with ''Iron Man'' as part of the "Marvel Action Hour/Marvel Action Universe", and ''[[WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes]]'', a 2006 Main/{{animesque}} [[Main/InternationalCoproduction {{Animesque}} [[InternationalCoproduction French co-production]]. Ben also appeared in his own show in the late 1970s as part of ''Main/FredAndBarneyMeetTheThing''; ''WesternAnimation/FredAndBarneyMeetTheThing''; on that show he was reimagined as a mild-mannered teenager, who had the power to turn back and forth from the comic-book alter ego with the help of a magic ring. ("Thing Ring, do your thing!") Oh, [[NeverTrustATitle and he never actually meets]] [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred and Barney]]. ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' features the four as allies to the eponymous team.
17th Dec '17 5:28:41 PM KingClark
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In 1994, ''Film/TheFantasticFour'', a low-budget movie never intended to be released, was made by Creator/RogerCorman. Eleven years later, ''Film/{{Fantastic Four|2005}}'', a big-budget movie, was released; it was followed in 2007 with a sequel, ''Fantastic Four: Rise of the ComicBook/SilverSurfer''. An unrelated ContinuityReboot, also called ''Film/{{Fantastic Four|2015}}'', was released in 2015.

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In 1994, ''Film/TheFantasticFour'', a low-budget movie never intended to be released, was made by Creator/RogerCorman. Eleven years later, ''Film/{{Fantastic Four|2005}}'', a big-budget movie, was released; it was followed in 2007 with a sequel, ''Fantastic Four: Rise of the ComicBook/SilverSurfer''. An unrelated ContinuityReboot, also called ''Film/{{Fantastic Four|2015}}'', was released in 2015.
2015. Following Disney's acquisition of many Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox assets, it was announced that there would be plans to integrate the characters into the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse by means of ''yet another'' ContinuityReboot.
4th Nov '17 3:13:31 PM Corlagon
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* ShoutOut: ComicBook/{{Tintin}} managed to have a cameo in volume 3, issue #1 of the series, drawn by Scott Lobdell and Alan Davis where Reed and Sue (in disguise) meet the reporter during a protest march, where he is addressed as French, but quickly points out: ''"For the record, I'm Belgian."''. Later in the story he is seen again fleeing, while shouting Haddock's catchphrase: ''"Billions of blistering blue barnacles"''. [[http://www.comicscube.com/2011/07/easter-eggs-in-comics-tintin-in.html]]

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** Annual #12 sees the Thing fighting an out-of-control robot and crashing into ''Series/TheGongShow''.
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ComicBook/{{Tintin}} managed to have a cameo in volume 3, issue #1 of the series, drawn by Scott Lobdell and Alan Davis where Reed and Sue (in disguise) meet the reporter during a protest march, where he is addressed as French, but quickly points out: ''"For the record, I'm Belgian."''. Later in the story he is seen again fleeing, while shouting Haddock's catchphrase: ''"Billions of blistering blue barnacles"''. [[http://www.comicscube.com/2011/07/easter-eggs-in-comics-tintin-in.html]]
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