After a clever tease involving famous Marvel adjectives and numbers, Marvel finally revealed that they are officially bringing the Fantastic Four back to comics with a new series written by Dan Slott and drawn by Sara Pichelli. Speaking to the New York Times about how his earliest exposure as a kid to the Marvel Universe was through the Fantastic Four, Dan Slott noted, “I started my adventures in the Marvel Universe with a freaked-out Reed Richards, the Watcher and the Silver Surfer. I’ve wanted this for so long.”
Looking at Slott’s Marvel Comics past, that certainly appears evident, as Slott has been working the Fantastic Four into his other Marvel Comics for well over a decade now. We thought it would be nice to take a look back at Slott’s past FF stories in anticipation of his upcoming Fantastic Four series.
This is more of an aside, but Dan Slott’s very first published Marvel Comics story was a Speedball back-up story in New Warriors Annual #1 (art by John Calimee and Don Hudson) where Robbie Baldwin keeps trying to activate his Speedball powers by jumping off high buildings, but various Marvel New York City-based heroes (namely, everyone) keep “saving” him before he can fall. One of the heroes who did so was the Invisible Woman, so a Fantastic Four member played a role in Slott’s very first Marvel assignment.
In 1993’s What If…? #52, Slott (working with artists Manny Galan and Mark Stegbauer) told a clever tale of What if Doctor Doom became Sorcerer Supreme?
In it, we get a new version of the events of Fantastic Four #5, with now the new-Sorcerer Supreme enlisting the Fantastic Four’s help with going back in time to help Doom defend the planet from an attack by Dormammu…
This was from Slott’s initial stint as a writer at Marvel, from circa 1992-1996.
Slott made his big return to Marvel in 2004 with his acclaimed She-Hulk ongoing series. While that was going on, he wrote a Spider-Man/Human Torch miniseries with artist Ty Templeton (plus a whole pile of inkers) that explored the friendship of Spider-Mand Human Torch over the years (with Templeton doing an amazing job drawing in the style of each of the different eras, from the Ditko era to the Romita era to the 1970s to the 1980s and finally, to the present day). It actually had a major moment in the lives of Spider-Man and the Torch when the final issue saw Spidey reveal his secret identity to Johnny, who reacted with a hilarious take on the classic Spider-Man term “Parker luck”…
Spider-Man then revealed his identity to the rest of the Fantastic Four and he, Aunt May and Mary Jane spent time with the FF family…
That miniseries, I believe, is also best remembered for reminding everyone of the awesomeness of Occulus (okay, that might not be why most people remember it, but still, Occulus references for the win!).
A year later, Slott got about as close as you could get to writing a Fantastic Four ongoing series when he, instead, wrote a Thing ongoing series with artists Andrea DiVito and Laura Villari…
While most of the issues were just about the Thing and his adventures, the fourth issue appropriately enough spent a lot of time with the rest of the Fantastic Four as the Thing ended up being essentially adopted by Lockjaw of the Inhumans…
Two years later, Slott got his dream assignment of becoming one of the main writers on Amazing Spider-Man. Do you think the Fantastic Four showed up for the ride?
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