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Five Goofiest Moments in Fantastic Four #21-25

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Five Goofiest Moments in Fantastic Four #21-25

Every day this month will have the five goofiest moment from a five-issue stretch of a particular comic book run. Once a week it will be the ten goofiest moments of a ten-issue stretch. Here is a list of the moments featured so far.

Today we’re looking at the Fantastic Four #21-25, by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. We’ve already seen #1-20, so now let’s continue checking out the goofy moments of the Fantastic Four!

As always, this is all in good fun. I don’t mean any of this as a serious criticism of the comics in question. Great comics often have goofy moments (Kirby/Lee’s Fantastic Four is one of the best comic book runs of all-time – it just also has tons of goofy stuff in those 100 plus issues!).

HONORABLE MENTIONS

I don’t think this is provoking the thoughts they mean for it to provoke…

This splash page for #21 provokes the thought, “What the heck is this?!”


I love the mad look on Reed’s face and the odd design of Johnny’s face.

To be fair, it’s not like Stan came up with the name…oh…wait…

In #25, the Hulk turns into his alter ego…


“Hey, I knew it was BB and the last name was Banner! That’s pretty close!”

Something doesn’t quite fit here…

In #21, Reed’s old war buddy, Nick Fury, comes to visit…


Notice no eye-patch.

Later on, though, Stan Lee decided to explain away the eye-patch by having it happen to Nick during World War II…


But if he got it in World War II….see the problem?

It is surprising Reed lasted THIS long…

In #23, Reed gets sick of his teammates bickering, especially when they get mad at him talking down to them and deciding that they would each make a better leader than Reed…


I wonder what male curiosity is like…

In #21, the Hate-Monger’s Hate-ray has made the Fantastic Four, well, hate each other. So when Reed, now solo, goes off on a mission, each of the group is curious about what’s what. Sue, though, has to qualify her curiosity…


DYLAN REFERENCE TO SONG DYLAN HAD NOT WRITTEN YET!!!

In #23, Reed tests Sue’s battle-readiness…


I love that Sue basically just agrees with Reed. “He’s right, I AM too scatter-brained and emotional. He is so smart. I can’t wait to marry him!”

Stan and Jack’s idea of what women do on their downtime…

In #21, the various members of the FF are keeping themselves busy. Reed is doing experiments, Ben is punching a giant steel punching bag, Johnny is throwing flame-darts at a picture of Spider-Man and Sue…well…Sue is playing with wigs…


Oh Sue…simple, simple Sue…

5. Doom’s totally normal plan…

In #23, three criminals are freed…


I love how Doom is all, “It is obviously me! I’ve never done anything like this before, and freeing prisoners to work for me is pretty much what every villain does, but you should still know it was me, darnit!”

Taking it a further step into goofy-land is later in the issue…


Yes, Handsome Harry’s special hearing power.

What the heck?!?

4. Stan the fear monger…

In #21, the Hate Monger wants to catch up with Reed. Luckily, he has a totally realistic mode of transportation…


What, you didn’t know that the Russians were way ahead in the underground passenger missile race? Fools!!

3. Sue’s new powers…

In #22, we see Sue’s new powers…


I love the sooooo logical explanation for it…


And later, she shows off her third power…


The best part is that Lee just decides to let Ben do some of the talking…for no good reason.

2. Doom’s worst plan ever…

In #23…well…just look at how goofy this is…




1. Hate Monger’s identity revealed!

Even though the cover of the issue told me not to reveal it, here is the Hate Monger’s identity…



Yep, the FF versus Hitler.

Awesome.