Monday, August 08, 2011

Fantastic!

On this day in 1961, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby revolutionized the comic book industry with the introduction of a new and daringly different group of super heroes. Now we proudly invite you to join with us in celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the World's Greatest Comic Magazine!*

Although it's been said, many times, many ways,

Happy Anniversary, Fantastic Four!





Panels from Fantastic Four #1 (November 1961), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by George Klein, colors by Stan Goldberg, letters by Artie Simek




Panels from Marvel Age Fantastic Four #1 (June 2004), script by Sean McKeever, pencils and inks by Makoto Nakatsuka, colors by Chris Sotomayor, letters by Dave Sharpe




Panels from The Thing #1 (July 1983), script by John Byrne, pencils by Ron Wilson, inks by Joe Sinnott, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Janice Chiang





Panels from Fantastic Four #296 (November 1986), plot by Jim Shooter, script by Stan Lee, pencils by Kerry Gammill, inks by Vince Colletta, colors by Glynis Oliver, letters by John Workman




Panels from What If...? #6 (December 1977), script by Roy Thomas, pencils by Jim Craig, inks by Sam Grainger, colors by Phil Rachelson, letters by John Costanza





Panels from Fantastic Four #126 (September 1972), script by Roy Thomas, pencils by John Buscema, inks by Joe Sinnott, letters by John Costanza




Panels from Challengers of the Fantastic #1 (June 1997), script by Karl Kesel, pencils by Tom Grummett, inks by Al Vey, colors by Joe Rosas, letters by Richard Starkings





Panels from What If...? #36 (December 1982), script, pencils and inks by John Byrne; colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Joe Rosen




Panels from Fantastic Four v.2 #1 (November 1996), plot and pencils by Jim Lee, script by Brandon Choi, inks by Scott Williams, colors by Joe Chiodo and Martin Jimenez, letters by Richard Starkings and David Lanphear




Panels from Mythos: Fantastic Four one-shot (December 2007), script by Paul Jenkins, painted art by Paolo Rivera, letters by Joe Caramagna






Panels from Fantastic Four v.3 #50 (February 2002), script by Carlos Pacheco and Rafael Marin, pencils by Tom Grummett, inks by Scott Koblish, colors by Liquid!, letters by Richard Starkings




Screen shot from The Fantastic Four animated cartoon (1967)




Panels from Wha...Huh? one-shot (2005), script by Ed Brubaker, pencils and inks by Jim Mahfood, colors by Shaughn Struble, letters by Chris Eliopoulos




Panel from What If...? v.2 #41 (September 1992), script and layouts by Jim Valentino, finishes by Sam de la Rosa, colors by Tom Vincent, letters by Janice Chiang




Panels from Fantastic Four #11 (February 1963), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Dick Ayers, letters by Artie Simek




Panels from Ultimate Fantastic Four #2 (March 2004), script by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar, pencils by Adam Kubert, inks by Danny Miki, colors by Dave Stewart, letters by Chris Eliopoulos




Panels from Marvel Action Hour featuring the Fantastic Four #1 (November 1994), script by Joey Cavalieri, pencils and inks by Quique Alcatena, colors by Joe Andreani, letters by John Costanza




Panels from The Thing #10 (April 1984), script by John Byrne, pencils by Ron Wilson, inks by Hilary Barta, colors by Julianna Ferriter, letters by Jim Novak





Panels from Not Brand Echh #7 (April 1968), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby and Marie Severin, inks by Tom Sutton, letters by Sam Rosen




Panels from Fantastic Four: The Movie one-shot (August 2005), script by Mike Carey, pencils by Dan Jurgens, inks by Sandu Florea, colors by J. Rauch, letters by Mike Sellers





Panels from What If...Doctor Doom Had Become the Thing? [#165] (February 2005), script by Karl Kesel, pencils and inks by Paul Smith, colors by Paul Mounts, letters by Randy Gentile




Panels from Fantastic Four #220 (July 1980), script and breakdowns by John Byrne, finishes by Joe Sinnott, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Jim Novak




Panels from Origins of Marvel Comics one-shot (July 2010), script by Fred van Lente, pencils and inks by Dale Eaglesham, color by Paul Mounts, letters by Nate Piekos




Splash page from What If: Fantastic Four one-shot [#171] (February 2006), script by Mike Carey, pencils and co-inks by Marshall Rogers, co-inks by Jonathan Glapion, colors by Soto Color, letters by David Lanphear, Chris Eliopoulos, and Rus Wooton




Panels from Fantastic Four #236 (November 1981), script, pencils, and inks by John Byrne; colors by Glynis Wein; letters by Jim Novak




Panels from Fantastic Four #358 (November 1991), script by Tom DeFalco, pencils by Paul Ryan, inks by Danny Bulandi, colors by Christie Scheele and Reneé Witterstaetter, letters by Bill Oakley




Panels from Fear Itself: The Worthy #1 (September 2011), script by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, pencils and inks by Javier Pulido, colors by Muntsa Vincente, letters by Joe Sabino




Panels from What If...? v.2 #89 (September 1996), script by Ben Raab, pencils by Mark Miller, inks by Scott Koblish, colors by Tom Ziuko, letters by Chris Eliopoulos


And thank you again to Stan and Jack!







Panels from What If...? #11 ["What If the Original Marvel bullpen Had Become the Fantastic Four?] (October 1978), script and pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer, Bill Wray, Scott Shaw!, and Dave Stevens; colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Mike Royer


Then...


Cover of Fantastic Four #524 (May 2005), art by Mike Wieringo, Karl Kesel, and Paul Mounts



Now...


Panel from Fantastic Four #543 (January 2007), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Nick Dragotta, inks by Mike Allred, colors by Laura Allred, letters by Rus Wooton



And fourever!


Panel from Fantastic Four #550 (December 2007), script by Dwayne McDuffie, pencils by Paul Pelletier, inks by Rick Magyar, colors by Paul Mounts, letters by Rus Wooton


*Text adapted from the masthead of FF #236, the twentieth anniversary issue of the Fantastic Four.


7 comments:

Delta said...

Great post!

JonJ said...

And it could all have been avoided if only Sue had put up the curtains in the spacecraft in time.

googum said...

Man, that's a lot of cosmic rays. I hope my monitor is adequately shielded...ARRRGGH!

Michael Jones said...

Hey I managed to find a version of the origin that you missed (albeit in Japanese.)
http://mytwoyenworth.blogspot.com/2011/08/fantastic-fifty-50-years-ago-today.html

JPL said...

Awesome. Just awesome. Thank you!

d said...

Man, I'd forgotten how utterly off the wall insane that Kirby Bullpen FF issue is. It really needs it's own feature at some point. Fantastic Four is my favorite comic ever, by far. Is it telling that the only origin recap where I thought the art was just abysmal was the Jim Lee drawn one?

Joseph said...

What a great tribute to perhaps the greatest comic book ever. Thanks Bully!