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Knowledge Waits: The 13 Times in the First 50 Issues of Fantastic Four the Invisible Girl Was Held Hostage

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

In my most recent Top Five list, I counted down the greatest Invisible Woman moments. In it, I noted that Sue didn't have a whole lot of "great" moments during the otherwise phenomenal Jack Kirby and Stan Lee run on the book. In the early issues of their run, though, things were even worse for Sue. In the first 44 issues, Sue was held hostage THIRTEEN times (I'm using 50 in the title because it's a nice round number)! So I figured I'd spotlight those thirteen times below, to show, when placed together, just how crazy it all looks...

In Fantastic Four #3 (by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Sol Brodsky), the Miracle Man makes comic book history by becoming the first villain to hold Sue Storm hostage!

The super compressed storytelling style of the era made Namor's hostage-taking of Sue in the following issue (by Lee, Kirby and Brodsky) very brief...

Sue goes three-for-three as she is held hostage by Doctor Doom in his first appearance in the next issue (by Lee, Kirby and Joe Sinnott)...

If William Marston was still alive at this point, you know he would have been totally digging that panel of Sue all bound up.

Sue got a two-issue rest before she was back to being a hostage in Fantastic Four #8 (by Lee, Kirby and Dick Ayers), as the creepy Puppet Master holds her hostage as part of a plan that involves his blind step-daughter, Alicia Masters, just HAPPENING to look exactly like Sue!

Sue gets five issues off before her next stint as a hostage!

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