Friday, 13 March 2015
The Fantastic Four in: Rock Around The Cosmos!
Here's one of my all-time favourite FF stories from Rascally Roy Thomas' time on the book, a love letter to his teen years in the 1950's, in the same way The Invaders was rascally's paeon to the '40's.
After Kirby left the Fantastic Four, and Marvel, the book went through a bit of a fallow period, and by this point, Roy was ringing the changes, basically trying anything to spruce the FF up, and doing a pretty damn good job of it too.
Firstly, this was the period when Medusa had joined the team, while Sue Storm was off being all whitebread somewhere.
Medusa was simultaneously hotter AND cooler than dull old Sue. If Sue Storm was Millie The Model ( which she kind of was ), well, Medusa was Chili, and she definitely brought attitude and sex appeal to the team for the first time ever.
Also this was when the Torch got himself a spiffy new red costume, which at the time was massively exciting. ( Sounds silly, I know, but really, unless you were a kid in the Bronze Age, you have no idea how cool it was when a superhero got a new outfit. It was the same when Neal Adams re-designed The Angel. Simple things eh? )
Anyway, this is a great satirical swipe at the generation gap, and the era of bobby soxers and rock n' roll, with gorgeous Buscema / Sinnott art. It's all down to The Shaper Of Worlds, Marvel's version of red kryptonite, him being the perfect excuse for any kind of plot you like.
Here's part 1: